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March 27, 2015

SPFD: One man injured, six displaced in Acacia Road house fire

 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.

Wednesday is the big day for Santa Paula High School Agriculture Academy Director Alex Flores.

During October all fourth grade students in Santa Paula learned about fire safety at home from Santa Paula firefighters using the smoke house to teach them.

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The City Council will consider the purchase of the wastewater treatment plant and  obtaining the bonds to do so and hear updates on recovery costs for city services and the accounting system at Monday’s meeting.

American in Bloom “Did the best we could to show them the best we had in Santa Paula,” and Dianne Davis told the City Council the local chapter will do even better for the 2015 competition.

Mayor John Procter and City Councilwoman Jenny Crosswhite will be serving on an ad hoc committee with citizens interested in finding solutions to public safety issues a move that led another council member to urge wider participation.

From the first chords from a Beatles’ guitar to the first words spoken from the Moon there was no decade quite like the 1960s where you couldn’t trust anyone over 30 and “Right on” was the catchphrase of the generation!

The City Council made it official that there will again be a 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular this summer when they approved to co-sponsor the event at the March 2 meeting.

When a California Highway Patrol car and a Chevrolet Impala collided in the intersection of Highway 126 and Hallock Road last week Santa Paula Police was assigned the investigation.

A house fire that killed a Santa Paula woman Saturday was determined to be accidental, according to a fire department spokesman. But the official cause of death might not be known for months according to a deputy coroner.

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.

Santa Paula Firefighters responded to the scene of a donation when they presented a $500 check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley to support the club’s after school STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that raises interest in the studies by mixing fun with education. Those on hand at the Harding Park Club House for the donation included Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director Jan Marholin (4th from left) and Santa Paula Fire Chief Rick Araiza (5th from left) as well as a bunch of Club Kids that were delighted to see so many firefighters pull up in the shiny red fire engine. 

A Family Science Night was held at Blanchard Elementary School last week.

The Santa Paula Fire Fighters Association was honored at the March 2 City Council meeting for their dedication to the city’s Youth Basketball League.

The Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD) Board got an updated report last week on the timeline and recommendations for moving the Agriculture Animal Program to the 29-acre Grant Line property, from its current location on the old Santa Paula Water Treatment Plant property, now owned by Crown Disposal Company.

By Student Writer Alex Garza

The classroom came to Santa Paula last month when Blanchard Community Library presented a special program, Latino Progress: A Demographic Approach. BCL Adult Reference Librarian Buddy Flick introduced CSU Channel Islands Professor Dr. Luis Sanchez PhD to an appreciative hometown audience in the library’s Hardison Room. 

Animation, drama, comedy, music … LUNAFEST, the traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women is again coming to Santa Paula with a program of eight films filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor.

A volunteer coach for the Santa Paula Youth Basketball Program recognized at the March 2 City Council meeting — and Coach of the Year Carlos Mendez was lauded for his dedication to guiding the girls to getting their championship game on.

Enough is enough. This winter has been brutal for millions of Americans: subzero temperatures, record levels of snow and a groundhog — the famous Punxsutawney Phil — being the subject of a mock arrest warrant because he seriously under-predicted how much winter is really left. Everywhere you look is a bleak, cold reminder summer is still months away and last weekend there was snow at normally sunny Limoneira Ranch… lots and lots of snow. 

Training for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is starting up again in a few weeks but more citizens who want to be prepared in case of emergency are needed to fill the class, the City Council learned at the March 2 meeting.

Arrests in Santa Paula saw a healthy increase as the department beefed up the force with more officers able to act proactively and citizens that showed their willingness to pick up the phone and report suspicious activity.

Denny’s, known as “America’s Diner” for its homey atmosphere, generous plates of tasty food and 24/7 “anytime you want it” breakfast, lunch and dinner is opening Sunday in Santa Paula.

A Santa Paula City Councilman demanded others on the panel to explain their votes to rescind formal opposition to a new wing that could be added to Todd Road Jail at the Monday meeting.

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