Community highlights

Latest News

October 6, 2015

Mercer-Prieto VFW rededicates updated Vietnam plaque

An empty chair bearing the logo of those Prisoners of War-Missing in Action was on display as a backdrop for the Mercer-Prieto Post 2043 to honor all who died in war with an emphasis on those still considered missing decades later.

 It was a grand celebration when Latino Town Hall presented its 19th Annual Awards honoring community service.

Carol Wood has big plans for the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club and she’s rarin’ to go after being installed as President of the service organization.

The Santa Paula Rotary Club has put on its annual New Teacher Welcome BBQ. The event was hosted at the ranch home of Chris & Yvonne Wilson.  The 42 new teachers, counselors, and school psychologists (as well as their significant others) were treated to beverages, tri-tip, beans, salad, bread, and dessert. The principals of the schools where they are teaching introduced the new teachers.                         Photo by Letitia Austin

More news

The Santa Paula area was trembling Thursday with a series of 10 earthquakes reported ranging from a miniscule 1.4 magnitude to a stronger 2.8 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A tribute, art show and community favorite are blended into an upcoming awards ceremony and reception for the 11th Annual Judy Klement Friends & Artists Art Show at Blanchard Community Library.

Local resident Ken Brookes is currently appearing as Lazar Wolf in Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Brookes, who portrayed the conductor for several years on weekends at the Santa Paula train depot, is making his first appearance on the community theater musical stage. Other experience includes work as a church soloist in the LA area and Ventura County.

Santa Paula residents are being urged to cut the salt from their diet, or at least their appetite for soft water, and get up to $800 by removing water softening systems that are contaminating the water supply and signing up for an environmentally preferred service.

It was a groovy crowd for a great cause at Saturday’s Moonlight at the Ranch IX: The Groovy 60s where tie-dye swirled on a variety of shirts, flower power headbands sat on many brows and psychedelic prints dominated the salute to the decade of Peace and Love.

Santa Paula Fire joined with departments throughout Ventura County Friday to show they’ll never forget.

An Oxnard man who changed his plea to guilty just as his trail was starting was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in state prison for molesting two young girls at a Ventura bowling alley where he worked as a mechanic. The victims included a Santa Paula child.

Amended setbacks and landscape guidelines for East Area 1 residential development, a policy for police body cameras and the purchase of three Tahoe SUVs for SPPD are on the agenda for the City Council Monday meeting.

15th annual Pismo Run

September 18, 2015

The 15th annual Pismo Run departed Santa Paula last Saturday with over 200 motorcycles. The event started 15 years ago when Gilbert Gomez and his father put together the bike ride with a few friends and family. It’s grown since then, with riders joining them from throughout California and out of state as well. It swells to near 300 riders by the time they reach Pismo. There’s no charge for the riders, except for the annual T-Shirt. The proceeds from that go towards raffle prizes.  Gilbert said it started out as a family fun run and now, “It’s just to give back to the riders.” Father Charles Lueras, the senior pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church blessed the riders and their bikes before the start of the ride.

A Santa Paula man has been sentenced to four years in state prison for being a registered sex offender in possession of child pornography. 

Results from the 2015 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests were explained at this week’s meeting of the Santa Paula Unified School District Board.

What was expected to be a scant rainfall brought about four times more rain to some areas of Ventura County late Monday evening including Santa Paula, which booked the second highest rate of rain.

After an almost three-hour hearing a split vote by LAFCo (Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission) kept Adams and Fagan canyons in the city’s sphere-of-influence, but the clock is still ticking on finalizing development plans.

Students at McKevett School Learned about how to ride their bicycles safely in a program put on by the Santa Paula Police Department last week. The children were taught about how to ride safely on the street, what to do at intersections and safety at railroad crossings. SPPD bicycle officers were at the school to teach the kids safety. The officers were: Daniel Gosselin, Mike Hoppin, Eric Burnett and Senior Officer Larry Johnson. (Above) Children lined up with their bikes at one of the stations. Officer Burnett said they are in need of bike helmets to use at the schools. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Santa Paula Police and Fire Foundation for purchase of the helmets. Send your check to P.O. Box 162, Santa Paula, 93061.

It looks like sidewalks are finally going to get some attention after the City Council approved the plans and specifications for the project to tackle repair or replacements on 21 streets.

A Santa Paula woman was ordered to stand trial in connection with a shooting incident in July that sent five people—including those that had just exited a party bus—to the hospital, including one of the alleged shooters.

 Ventura County Realtor® Kay Wilson-Bolton, a Broker-Associate with Century 21 Hometown Realty in Santa Paula, has been named by the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.), as a “Champion of Home,” a title that signifies that she is a California Realtor who has changed her clients’ lives for the better, raised the standards for others, and led by example.

“Echoes of Hope” is the theme of the September 20 5th Annual Hands Across Santa Paula (HASP) Remembering the Spirit of Kindness at Veterans Memorial Park, a community wide event that offers student created art, guests speakers and promoting hope for the future.

The Planning Commission approved two Conditional Use Permits at a recent meeting one for an Italian restaurant with a proven track record of fine food and the second to add a caretaker’s residence at a storage facility delayed by the Great Recession. 

There was a Centennial Celebration for the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce when the organization known to be “In Business For Business” was recognized by the City Council.

A new scam related to obtaining your private information is hitting email inboxes and it’s one of the most elaborate and authentic looking yet.

Site Search

Tel: 805 525-6048


Call 805 525 1890 to receive the entire paper early. $50.00 for one year.