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March 30, 2015

Alex Flores, Ag Academy, FFA advisor honored as Citizen of the Year

Alex Flores is known by many titles, from Agriculture Academy coordinator and Future Farmers of America advisor to Dr. Alex for his touch in working with ill animals.

With development on the horizon, tax revenues up and the looming deal to purchase the wastewater treatment plant and slash the interest rate borne by cost-weary residents Mayor John Procter said the State of the City is definitely looking up.

Described as “an inspiration as a person, businesswoman and trendsetter,” Judy Phelps is used to high-flying awards and the latest for the Santa Paula Airport business-owner included a bravo: Phelps was honored as one of the recipients of the 2015 BRAVO Awards.

In a new lawsuit, two boys say they were sexually abused by a now-convicted Santa Paula priest after the cleric had admitted to LA church officials that he had molested other children.

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Entertainers of all ilks are sought for the 24-hour round-the-clock American Cancer Society Relay for Life, one of Santa Paula’s most successful fundraisers being held April 25 and 26 at Isbell Middle School.

City Council and staff had some items of interest they wanted to share at the March 16 meeting, remarks ranging from funding for a public works project to a potential art project a councilwoman asked be on a future agenda.

A discussion on the Limoneira Co. grant to the city that must be matched to boost public safety spun off into a discussion on support staff such as dispatchers and others that help those with their boots on the ground stay grounded.

Pictured are Cheryl Leatherman, President of the Santa Paula Ebell Club, Doug Kadansky, Santa Paula High School Jazz Band Director and Alice McMahan, program chair for Ebell Club, and the Jazz Band in the background. The Jazz Band of Santa Paula High School presented a very enjoyable concert to the women of the Santa Paula Ebell Club at a recent meeting held at Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church. The Santa Paula Ebell Women’s Club have a project to financially assist the music programs of the Santa Paula High School and Isbell School. A fundraiser is held each year with proceeds divided between the schools. Garden Market prepared the delicious luncheon for a recent fundraiser by the Women’s Club. The Club presented $500 to the Jazz Band .

The long-shelved issue of the city’s aging accounting system and whether to upgrade or replace same was addressed by the City Council at the March 16, meeting where they asked that all options be explored.

A high-speed pursuit Saturday that started in Palmdale ended in Santa Paula when the suspect behind the wheel of a stolen car took out a fire hydrant and was captured amid the gusher.

Six people were displaced and one man injured by a house fire in a residential section in northwest Santa Paula Friday afternoon, but the blaze was quickly responded to by nearby firefighters.

A Superior Court judge Tuesday sentenced a woman to 40 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a young Santa Paula woman, an aspiring photographer, a homicide that occurred midday in a busy park.

The Santa Paula Unified School District has hired its first Public Information Officer, Letitia Austin.

City and county government officials from throughout Ventura County and a land-use consultant recently joined the board of directors of the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County. The new members include Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, Camarillo Vice Mayor Mike Morgan, Santa Paula Mayor John Procter, Ojai Councilmember William Weirick, Thousand Oaks Mayor Al Adam and Sandy Smith of Sespe Consulting, representing the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA). Each new member brings a wealth of business and leadership experience to the board, which includes representatives from private-sector businesses, the county and each of its 10 cities. This ensures every sector and community has a voice in EDC-VC’s growing list of programs and services.

The City Council agreed to fund a study on cost recovery for non-developmental city services at the March 16 meeting after hearing that the city is on the losing end of the fiscal stick.

A Santa Paula Police Sergeant had to be transported to the hospital after he was injured in the aftermath of a fight that broke out between two St. Patrick’s Day celebrants at a local pub.

The Governing Board of the Santa Paula Unified School District has heard a proposal from a consulting firm on projected school enrollments and possible school boundary realignment.

One speaker questioned a councilman’s ethics while another urged more police enforcement for illegally parked cars and that pet owners fix their animals, diverse comments made at the City Council meeting.

The junior class at Santa Paula High School had the opportunity to talk with college representatives from around the state and some from out of state last week at a  College Faire, held in the McMahan Gym.

The bad news is the animals just keeping showing up at the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center but the good news is most of them go home with a new owner according to 2014 statistics released by the no-kill animal shelter.

The 78th Annual Santa Paula Art & Photography Show had barely gone up on the walls of Blanchard Community Library when two paintings were sold. 

A 34-year-old Santa Paula man was arrested Saturday afternoon for suspicion of possession of and the intent to sell methamphetamine, not the first time Santa Paula Police have had contact with the suspect.

With three full-time firefighters still out of work due to injuries they suffered in November when they responded to a chemical explosion and other staffing shortages the city is being sued by the union for not allowing overtime to backfill vacant shifts.

Several Santa Paula area schools recently celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

 Six people were displaced and one man injured by a house fire in a residential section in northwest Santa Paula Friday afternoon, but the blaze was quickly responded to by nearby firefighters.

It’s a fact.  America in Bloom Santa Paula and the city funded the 2015 application for our city to compete again in the national competition was accepted. Last year we earned a 4 out of 5 rating and would love to gain a 5 this year.  We will be judged in May, 2015. Two judges will visit all competing cities and choose the one that shows the efforts of the entire community.  That includes municipal departments, commercial businesses and residential areas.  

Valley Express might just offer two days of free rides after a lingering rainstorm kept people from trying the service that now connects different points throughout the city.

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