Simi Valley lies in Southeast Ventura County around twenty seven miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. As of December 2005, the city had a total population of 126,329, making it the 3rd biggest city in Ventura County. It was incorporated in 1969 and has a total area of 42 square miles.
The name for the city of Simi Valley is thought to have originated from the Chumash Indian Village Himeji. At first, the city was separated into two distinct cities: Simi and Tapo. The Indians who settled within the city were extremely clever. They used the acorns from the Coast Live Oak (the cities official tree) and the rosehips from the California Wild Rose (the cities official flower) to be able to help supplement their diet.
Amongst the largest land grants in history was made in 1795 to Simi Valley City. A total of 100,000 acres of land (referred to as El Rancho San Jose de Garcia de Simi) were granted to Luis Pena and Santiago Pico by Governor Diego de Borica of Spanish California.
The city has two main businesses located on opposite sides of the city. Within the east, the primary trade is tools and machinery with a total of sixty nine firms. The metal industry is within the west and has a total of fifty one companies. various trades that are littered throughout the cities industrial sectors are Apparel/Textiles, Food, Lumber/Wood, Minerals and Plastic Materials.
Since the mid 1990's, the largest division of the Bank of America (Formally the Countrywide Home Loans) has been headquartered in Simi Valley. The corporation has three main buildings all over the city. One is situated within a building just off Madera Road, that was once home to Bugle Boy, a clothing firm. The second is situated on Tapo Canyon, and the third is situated on First Street.
The Volkswagen of America Design centre moved from Simi Valley to Santa Monica in 2006. Then again, during its time in the Simi Valley, the business employed some automotive designers went on to become globally known for their skills. Jay Mays (currently VP Design for Ford and Freeman Thomas) and Thomas (who helped co design the very first Audi TT) used to call Simi Valley home. The space has since been developed into an industrial complex.