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January 31, 2015

BCL Trustees settle
Robles lawsuit, will pay
former librarian $35K

Calling it a “sound business decision” Blanchard Community Library Board Trustees announced they have settled a lawsuit filed by former longtime Librarian Dan Robles.

A stopped Lincoln Navigator was the first step in the process that landed a documented member of a Santa Paula-based tagging crew in jail on various charges including allegedly being armed with a loaded handgun.

One person was transported to an area hospital after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on East Harvard Boulevard Saturday afternoon.

A set of pricy golf clubs is looking for its owner, according to a Ventura County Sheriff’s Detective.

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Three area nonprofits will continue to get city property at bargain prices in exchange for public benefit the City Council decided at the January 20 meeting.

Millions of dollars are riding on the hope that volunteers will turn out in force Tuesday and help count those without a home of their home for the annual Ventura County Homeless Count.

John A. Pineda son of Albino and 

The woman who gunned down an aspiring Santa Paula photographer during a confrontation that stemmed from a Facebook argument between the victim and the shooter’s friend is now facing 40 years to life in prison.

A historic joint meeting will be held Monday, January 26 when the Santa Paula City Council and the Santa Paula Unified School District sit down for a session to cover items of mutual concern.

Santa Paula Fire has been able to use a church complex that is about to be demolished to stage exercises with other departments for coordinated training of firefighters that often work together.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Thursday for allegedly physically abusing his two young daughters in front of his pregnant wife.

A Santa Paula teenager was arrested Friday as the suspect in a 2013 attempted murder that occurred on his 18th birthday - so if Alberto Perez is tried on the charges it will be as an adult.

There is a rare couples’ exhibit now on display at Blanchard Community Library where the works of artists Lynda Gruber and Bill Spicer, Santa Paula residents, have filled the Douglas Shively Memorial Wall with dozens of varied works.

A Santa Paula Police Officer with less than a year on the job has made such an impression that he was chosen Police Officer of the Quarter and honored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Valley Community Foursquare Church made Christmas bright for hundreds of Santa Paula families this December, with a fun evening of toys and joy. Pastor John Farmer, his wife Claudia Farmer and their church family presented the community with Christmas memories to last for years to come at their church on Santa Paula’s Main Street.

There were 22 murders in Ventura County in 2014, including three in Santa Paula, a number that was half from the six that occurred in the city the year before.

Santa Paula Police are looking for suspects in separate crimes that involved a stolen debit card and some Christmas Eve shoplifting and are hoping members of the public might recognize those “caught on tape” through surveillance cameras and help catch them for real.

The new Science/Technology buildings at Santa Paula High School, first expected to open last summer, have just now opened their doors for students.

With the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday celebrated Monday the City Council will meet Tuesday to consider municipal business including leases of city property to nonprofits and an update of the now dissolved Redevelopment Agency.

The close of the weekend inched Santa Paula closer to the entire rainfall experienced each rain year for the last two years, thanks to light but steady precipitation over the weekend.

A Santa Paula gang member was sentenced by a Ventura County Superior Court Judge to 16 years in prison on charges related to assault with a deadly weapon and street terrorism, less than the maximum sentence but more than the minimum.

Making a dream come true for a child with a life-threatening illness is more than indulging a wish... it could be the first step on the path to recovery. Santa Paula Rotarians learned at a recent meeting about the Tri-Counties Make-A-Wish Foundation from Elizabeth Arellano, developmental director, who told of the various ways people can help fulfill a sick child’s dream. 

Hundreds of truckloads of solidified material have been taken to a Los Angeles County landfill, the Ventura County Sheriff requested another extension of the declaration of emergency, the Incident Command Post - including the federal Environmental Protection Agency - was dismantled, Santa Paula still has three injured firefighters on medical leave and people throughout the region remain baffled as to just what happened at Santa Clara Waste Water.

Bank of the Sierra recently named David Azma as Market President for the Santa Paula, Fillmore and Santa Clarita branches. In his new position, Azma will supervise and direct the Operations Managers and branch lending officers, assess risk of all financial transactions executed by bank personnel, direct, coordinate, and monitor activities to implement institution policies, procedures and practices, and generate new business.

Known for the bumper sticker photos taken around the world and the pictures of thousands of celebrations where those having a birthday wore an oversized sombrero, Familia Diaz Restaurant will wind down business with a year-long celebration.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying people wanted for questioning in a series of commercial burglaries that primarily are targeting Apple computers and laptops.

If just might be farmers versus environmentalists churning rough waters for the steelhead trout when a representative of the National Marine Fisheries addresses board directors of the United Water Conservation District (UWCD) Wednesday. 

The City Council received an update on the transfer of the city’s solid waste contract from Crown Disposal Company to northern-California based waste hauler Recology at the January 5 meeting but the deal wasn’t sealed. 

The minor shaking took a day or so off then came back with a new swarm of micro-earthquakes over the weekend that followed two sizeable shakers that occurred January 3.

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