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April 17, 2015

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Luis Jimenez grew up in Acapulco, in Mexico. Vacation destination, right? But Luis grew up helping his father clear trees on the land that he worked, hacking out a living to support his family of 13. Mama had finished elementary school, but papa never got that chance, and education was not a high priority in the Jimenez home. Papa couldn’t help him with homework, and mama was too busy with those eleven children, so Luis remembers tossing his backpack in the corner when he came home from school, and there it stayed till the next day.

Santa Paula Police are searching for two suspects who shot a local man and battered his friend Friday night during a street confrontation that reportedly started with the question “Where are you from?”

An art exhibit, featuring work of Santa Paula High School artists is being featured at the Ventura College Santa Paula site.The exhibit will run through June 5. The Gallery is located at 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. There was an opening reception this past Tuesday.

The Board of Directors of Sierra Bancorp, the holding company for Bank of the Sierra, today announced that it has officially appointed Kevin McPhaill as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2015. On the same day, the founding bank President, James C. Holly, will officially enter retirement, but continue on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman.

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Santa Paula Police are looking for the suspect riding in a pickup truck that fired on those in another vehicle Wednesday evening in Santa Paula, the third such incident in a week that could be gang-related.

A  homeless man that allegedly assaulted another man with a rock during a robbery attempt Wednesday evening was arrested after he got into a stranger’s car and asked for a ride, according to a Santa Paula Police spokesman.

Patricia Alonsa had lived in her house at 443 Bradley Street for about 20 years when she grew tired of the challenges of keeping her lawn in shape, from dealing with a touchy sprinkler system and rising water rates to the cost of maintenance.

Following a visit to the lowest snow pack ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Wednesday sweeping actions and urged citizens to wrestle control of water use.

A busy closed-door session will be followed by an even busier night of business for the City Council at the April 6 meeting.

With Cruise Nite roaring into town for its 17th Season and the First Sunday of the Month at famed Santa Paula Airport that’s plenty for the whole family to do this spring weekend.

A Santa Paula man that led sheriff deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit and then was the subject of a daylong ground and air search Monday was arrested on various charges.

The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce gave special honors to a longtime area business and a citizens group striving to bring stronger public safety to the city at its annual awards ceremony.

The 2015 Santa Paula Unified School District summer school program has been approved by the SPUSD Board, but with some concerns expressed by board members about the program.

The email message claims to be from a major department store offering to give the addressee a large gift. But although a pricy gift card is offered as the reward for taking part in a shopping survey, the only thing people will get is ripped off.

Rodolfo and Stephanie (Villalobos) Contreras were married on March 14, 2015 at Lifeway Baptist Church, Santa Paula.  Villalobos was a 1997 graduate of St. Bonaventure High School. Contreras was a Santa Paula High School graduate in 2000. The bride and groom would like to give thanks to Melgar Photo Studio, Bernice Mata (Make-up), Samantha Dunehew (Hair) and all family and friends who attended the very special day.

With more than 100 members The Ninety-Nines Ventura County Chapter (VC99s) is flying high, especially as it boasts one in 51 worldwide members belonging to the chapter that started in Santa Paula.

Wednesday is April 1st but area police won’t be trying to fool anyone when they write a ticket for distracted driving, a month-long effort to make people pay more attention to the road.

Craigslist can be a fun and moneysaving way to shop, but it is also becoming fertile territory for scam artists and other criminals, including those that will kill others for their possessions or money.

The coolest event in Ventura County, Santa Paula’s Cruise Nite, is revving up for its 17th season Friday with hundreds of sweet, pre-1975 cars and even more friends strolling historic East Main Street enjoying live music, restaurants, shopping and the vibe of the historic Downtown.

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