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December 17, 2014

In wake of SCWW closure SP takes strong stance on illegal waste dumping

If you see something say something, especially since the city is on the alert for those who might illegally dump hazardous waste down city manholes.

As the first responders to an emergency outside city limits, Santa Paula Firefighters didn’t hesitate to start treating a severely injured man at the scene of an explosion on Mission Rock Road. 

Six Santa Paula Firefighter Reserves and one full-timer recently promoted to engineer were lauded by the City Council at the November 17 meeting.

A concerned citizen who heard a fight and references to a gun that led to a call to Santa Paula Police ended with the arrest early Saturday morning of a Fillmore gang member on various charges.

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“Please don’t litter, spay or neuter your critter!” is the motto of Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center’s program that not only helps keep down the animal population but also improves the health and quality of life for pets.

Two architectural firms, each hoping to get the contract to design the new K-8 school in East Area 1, made their presentations to the Santa Paula Unified School District board last week at a special meeting.

The National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association (NLFRTA) 2014 Rural Coalition Winter Forum is one of the few events nationwide where farmers and ranchers, farmworkers and youth delegates engaged in discussions about the importance of agriculture. The goal of this “Knowledge Sharing Institute” is to share, connect and develop innovative grassroots solutions to secure food sovereignty and build a more just and sustainable food system that fosters diversity, equity and community based inclusiveness.

There were more than 100 people on the platform when the Christmas Train Display pulled out of the station at the Odd Fellows Lodge where this year’s nostalgic celebration of the holidays will be riding the rails until the last weekend in December.

Gordon Kimball, whose family represents generations of local farming and agri-businesses, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Limoneira Company.

Santa Paula fought the law and the law didn’t win when it came to a bid to expand Todd Road Jail, but Sheriff Geoff Dean noted in a November 19 letter to city officials that his office is reapplying for the grant denied the agency in March.

A wheelchair bound man was struck by a vehicle and killed Tuesday at about 4:15 p.m. in a crosswalk on the west side of town.

The Isbell Middle School Band has been awarded a grant to purchase much-needed band instruments from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Santa Paulans attended Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors hearing where a declaration of local emergency was ratified and tough questions asked about the November 18 chemical blasts and fires that occurred just southwest of the city.

Departing City Councilmen were thanked for their service at the December 1 meeting held at the Community Center where new members were sworn into office in front of A standing room only crowd of supporters and city employees.

There were cries of “Santa!” Saturday evening when Fillmore & Western Railway makes its traditional stop at the Santa Paula Depot with their famous passenger to delight local children and pick up toy donations to ensure needy kids have Christmas cheer.

Newly elected Councilman John Procter was selected Mayor at Monday’s inaugural City Council meeting, a seat he had been denied seven years ago before he declined to run for a third term in 2008. He had served as Mayor in 2003 during his initial two-term Council service.

There was a sea change in the City Council Monday when a new majority of the panel was sworn into office and a new mayor and vice mayor selected.

What many believe is a record crowd flocked to the 65th Annual Optimist Club Christmas Parade Saturday where more than 50 entries filled East Main Street with a procession that lasted 90 minutes.

A Santa Paula native has been honored by the readers of People en Español selected as one of the 25 Most Powerful Latinas of 2014.

After an impressive showing in their first robotics competition last year, The Stompers honed their skills and entered the 2014 First Lego League Challenge. 

Keeping a long-standing tradition alive, Isbell Middle School had their annual Turkey Trot race last week.

Witnesses willing to get involved helped police capture a 16-year-old boy Saturday night who allegedly fired a gun near a group of people, including several children.

Santa Paula Police are asking the public tohelp in providing information about a Thanksgiving Day stabbing after a man was found lying in a front yard of a residence near Teague Park.

Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean called for a declaration of local emergency stemming from the November 18 chemical explosions and fires that occurred at Santa Clara Waste Water in an unincorporated area of Santa Paula on the same day the plug was pulled by the City of Oxnard on the waste handler now under investigation for a series of explosions and fires. 

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