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February 11, 2016

Wild weather: Sunday not as wet as expected but it was windy

It wasn’t as wet as expected but it sure was windy Sunday leaving downed trees throughout the region but little damage in Santa Paula.

A series of tips to Santa Paula Police from citizens concerned that narcotic sales could be taking place at a west side residence led to the arrest of a father and son Friday on suspicion of selling marijuana at the home.

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging has named Jannette Jauregui as public information officer. Jauregui began her duties on January 4 at the Agency’s Ventura office.

A Santa Paulan wants to spread the word after his wife’s vehicle was stolen near an East Main Street church using a sophisticated method commonly known as “code grabbing.” 

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Santa Paula Police arrested an area man Saturday for allegedly carrying a knife, loaded handgun, methamphetamine and a pipe known commonly used to smoke the illegal substance. 

Recology Los Angeles celebrated a $36-milion dollar investment to enclose, upgrade and beautify a Sun Valley Material Recovery Facility (MRF), long a controversial operation.

With no public comment or discussion among themselves the Santa Paula Unified School Board agreed Thursday to place a $39.6 million bond measure for voters to decide in June to fund renovations to the district’s six elementary schools and Isbell Middle school.

The Harvard Boulevard Sewer Trunk Replacement Project has taken to the streets tearing up portions of the roadway and causing commuters to either get struck in traffic or fine an alternate route, at least for the time being.

Santa Paulans should double-check their calendars to make sure they attend the February 3 public scoping meeting hosted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) addressing proposed safety enhancements on Highway 126.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the thief who stole beer from a local pharmacy Saturday afternoon and then threatened a store employee by stating he was armed with a gun.

One of Santa Paula’s own has earned an internship in the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn.  Luis Salazar, son of Jose and Patricia Salazar and big brother to Alejandra, has distinguished himself in many areas since graduating from Santa Paula High School in 2012. 

Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crime detectives and Todd Road Jail personnel are investigating the Sunday afternoon death of an inmate, a Santa Paulan, housed at the facility just west of Santa Paula.  

A development in the works for more than a decade that has raised questions and concerns from nearby residents will be the subject of a City Council study session February 16.

Putting teeth in the new Spay/Neuter Ordinance brought with much discussion of the new law that would require pets to be fixed, but with some baring their claws when it came to the licensing of cats.

At   a press conference Thursday morning — just steps away from the monument honoring fallen firefighters — an attorney outlined a civil rights complaint against the County of Ventura, District Attorney Greg Totten, prosecutors and investigators as well as Sheriff Geoff Dean and members of his staff. 

It’s back and Caltrans is planning two meetings in the Santa Clara River Valley to consider improvements to Highway 126, a longstanding and controversial plan for Santa Paula and Fillmore area residents but work that Caltrans claims will enhance safety.

The City Council approved — but not without one member noting their reluctance — to move ahead with a $50,000, 16-week study on options for the Santa Paula Fire Department. 

You’ll be able to enjoy a romantic night out and do some good for the community when you attend the February 13 Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Paula! 

Child Nutrition Services Site Lead at Barbara Webster School, Rita Donnelly has been named as Classified Employee of the Month by the Santa Paula Unified School District. Principal Jeff Madrigal said of Donnelly, “She never raises her voice and cares deeply for the students.” Pictured above (l-r): SPUSD Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, Principal Madrigal, Arenas and Board President Chris Wilson.

Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group celebrated supporting the community at its times of need at its 35th Annual Meeting held last week at Flight 126 Café.

The Fillmore-Santa Paula Masonic Lodge No.291 held their installation of 2016 officers Saturday evening, December 12, at the Santa Paula Masonic Temple at 7th & Main. The evening was well attended with over 60 roasted chicken dinners served, after which a dozen Masons, all civic-minded men of high character and philanthropic dedication, were installed in offices of Masonic responsibility. The Lodge members are now busy preparing and maintaining the Temple banquet facilities, which can accommodate up to 125 guests. The facility is available for banquets, receptions and other events at very reasonable rental rates. The hall can also be made available at no cost for fundraising events by youth groups and charitable organizations in the local community. For more information contact the Hall rental chairman, Rick Cook, at (805) 218-2881. 2016 Officers Front Row L to R: Nick Luizzi (Treasurer), Ryan Warren (Senior Warden), Leland Celestre (Master), Dan Shepard (Junior Warden), James Craig (Secretary). 

Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has filed a notice with California Resources Corporation (CRC), formerly Vintage Production Co. when owned by Occidental, of its intent to sue for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its South Mountain oil field.

Valley Express, the Santa Paula’s inner-city bus service, is on the move but some said one speaker are being pushed off the bus due to rising fares.

A 14-year-old Santa Paula boy was arrested Thursday morning for being in possession of a methamphetamine, an incident that prompted some comment from Santa Paula Police.

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