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October 31, 2014

An area man who argued with his mother and then tried to damage her fence was arrested Friday after a student attending the Santa Paula High School Homecoming football game spied the man holding a rifle.

Santa Paula is getting closer to getting on the bus with the plan to provide fixed-route transit service expected to launch January although it won’t be called the Heritage Valley Transit Service.

Santa Paula schools have received grant money to help pay for kitchen equipment.

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Santa Paula is host to yet another unique art show that features the students of one of the most acclaimed artists in the region: the 10th Annual Art Show, Artists and Friends of Judy Klement is now on display at Blanchard Community Library.

When the clock struck 10:16 a.m. it was Drop, Cover and Hold On for millions of Californians that took part in the October 16 Great ShakeOut, an exercise in earthquake preparedness practiced around the world.

Ideas of how to deal with gang violence and closing remarks from those seeking office - including from an incumbent on why he started recusing himself from closed sessions on an arbitration issue - ended the September 24 City Council Candidates Forum.

By Santa Paula Police Chief Steve McLean

The Briggs School District has a $4.6 million dollar general obligation bond measure on the November ballot, which would allow for needed renovation work at the school, as well as some needed work at Olivelands School.

Blanchard School students raise money for cancer research

Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043 cooked up enough spaghetti to feed a platoon so there was plenty of go around at the veterans’ annual Spaghetti Dinner held October 9 at the Community Center.

A unique summit will bring together business leaders for a panel discussion and awards for some of Santa Paula’s internationally recognized manufacturers on October 28.

On Wednesday, October 8th the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting welcoming Flight 126 Café to Santa Paula. Flight 126 Café is located at the Santa Paula Airport and is open for business. Above Chamber members, employees, City Council Members and guests gather around Ken and Evie Kramer, owners of Flight 126 to left of Mayor Rick Cook and (right) Lisa Anderson, manager

Gilbert “Magu” Luján at the Santa Paula Art Museum

If you don’t want to leave democracy behind remember: the deadline to register to vote or to change your registration for the November 4th General Election is Monday, October 20.

There are a lot of kids in Santa Paula learning a lot about fire safety due to an entertaining but life-saving program being presented at area schools.

It should be a short City Council meeting Monday night with one business item - the disposal of surplus vehicles - on the agenda, although there is a consent decree with a federal agency on the Consent Calendar related to problems with the city’s storm drain system.

Santa Paula High School’s Agriculture Science Academy students attended their first Agriculture Industry Tour of the year to Mission Avocados, FRESKA Produce Intl., & CSU Channel Islands. According to Mr. Flores, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor at Santa Paula High School, “the one day industry tours are designed to provide students with several job shadow tours focused on career, educational and informative opportunities in the area of agriculture. There are a number of professional careers awaiting high school students and graduates with degrees in agriculture. When students attend the agriculture industry tours, they learn there is a significant job opportunity and a need for people to go into agriculture.”

Santa Paula Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a burning mattress in a homeless encampment in the Santa Paula Creek bottom Tuesday night that threatened to spread into dry brush.

A Santa Paula man accused of abusing numerous dogs at his east side home pleaded guilty Tuesday to five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for animals, a resolution to a case that had garnered international attention.

Yesterday, October 16, at 10:16 a.m. millions of people worldwide, including Santa Paula Schools and businesses practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008 and now have spread around the globe.Taking part in the annual Great ShakeOut is a good way to remind people of not only a lifesaving move but also about the importance of year-round emergency preparedness. The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. For more information The site also has more information related to disaster preparedness and recovery for the whole family. Above, students at Santa Paula High School evacuate the campus as part of the Earthquake drill. Other schools were also involved in the Earthquake drill including Bedell School where they had a collapsed building and missing students. The Earthquake drill helps prepare students and staff in case we are hit by an Earthquake.

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