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August 1, 2014

David Hernandez arrested in connection to Hector Alamillo Jr. homicide

On July 30, 2014 at approximately 2:55 p.m. , David Hernandez 40 years, Santa Paula, was taken into custody by Ventura Police Officers.

There will be a meeting next week for affected residents to address the policies and guidelines of the new parking district in the designated neighborhoods surrounding Santa Paula High School.

Friday’s Cruise Nite will kick off a weekend of triple fun when Johnny & The Love Handles takes to the outdoor plaza in an event that will feature girl cheer groups previewing all their spirited moves and a special array of race cars that will fill historic downtown Santa Paula.

The 2014 Ventura County Fair, “A County Fair with Ocean Air”  opened Wednesday at 11AM after a brief opening ceremony. 

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The 7th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival in Santa Paula was a hit both in the sky and on the ground with thousands of people from all over Southern California who came to celebrate one of the state’s most unique events.

It opened in August 1930 with a dedication celebration that included air races, aerobatics and parachuting, a visit from the Goodyear Blimp, and featuring many famous aviators of the time such as Art Goebel, Roscoe Turner, Pancho Barnes, Jimmy Doolittle and Hawley Bowles. 

Santa Paula Police continue to investigate the July 23 shooting death of 33-year-old Hector Alamillo Jr. while his family and friends are staging fundraisers to help pay for funeral services as well as establish a reward fund to help catch the killer of the father of two young children.

Friday’s Cruise Nite will surely be hopping when Johnny & The Love Handles takes to the outdoor plaza, girl cheer groups preview all their spirited moves and a special array of race cars fills downtown Santa Paula.

An artist inspired by the Masters whose true love are ocean and water scenes is having a solo exhibit sponsored by the Santa Paula Society of the Arts.

Two special guests from Time Warner Cable were welcomed to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley’s Harding Park location for the recent “Kids Day at the Club!” event that featured interactive exhibits that focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

Rick Neal (City of Fillmore), Maria Christopher (Rancho Camulos), Kevin Keehl President (Piru MX),  Cindy Jackson Vice President (CJ Financial), Talia Wunder Executive Director (Best of VC Marketplace), Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long  3rd District, and Ron Lewis (Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society). Not pictured: Jeanne Orcutt (California Oil Museum) and Jim Mendralla (Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society).  The Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau meets every other month and welcomes the general public to attend.  Our goal is to promote tourism throughout the Valley by working together with its Members, the California Welcome Centers, and other Tourism based offices throughout the County and region. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to participate feel free to give us a call at 805-524-7500 or see us on Facebook.

Santa Paula Unified School District Trustees hit the road to visit schools to give them ideas of what should be built in the new Limoneira East Area 1 development.

Santa Paula Police are in the early stages of an investigation of a homicide that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Grant Line.

If you want to see it you’ll have to be there when the City Council holds a special meeting Monday to allocate money for two School Resource Officers and continues discussions on implementing a parking district in residential neighborhoods surrounding the high school.

As traditional, Friday was slow, Saturday picked up more business and Sunday there was no place else to be than at the 47th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival held at Harding Park.

Fourteen Santa Paula High School seniors completed the necessary work to graduate in summer school and received their diplomas in a special ceremony Friday in the SPHS Auditorium.

An area man out on bail for one crime was taken into custody again at the Santa Paula Police Station - where he had gone to reclaim his towed car - about nine hours later for another crime and was put back in jail for suspicion of felony theft of a utility.

After two days of online outrage, the Santa Paula Police Reserve Officer behind a series of YouTube videos whose latest installment joked about running over bicyclists has resigned.

It was officially billed as “Kids Day at the Club” but adults enjoyed it too with STEM exhibits related to science, technology, engineering and math to fire every imagination.

Last week VFW Post 2043 had their Installation of Officers for the 2014-2015 and was followed by a small reception where family was invited.  The following members were sworn in by Past Commander Bill Florio: Commander, Gerald Olivas; Quartermaster, Rey Frutos; John Campos, Surgeon; David Garcia, Judge Advocate; Carlos Lopez, Jr. Vice Commander; John Hurtado, Sr. Vice Commander; Gordon Welsh, 3rd Year Trustee; Herb Sturm, 1st Year Trustee.  Not pictured: Chaplin, Tim Santana and 2nd Year Trustee, Peter Solis.  The ceremony was held at the Limoneira Pavilion.

This will be the last year the Santa Paula High School FFA will be using the farm located behind the old Santa Paula Water Treatment Plant to raise animals for the Ventura County Fair. Currently 54 students have animals at the farm with the program being led by Alex Flores. Thursday evening the Santa Paula Unified School District Superintendent Alfonso Gamino and the School Board, Diana Ponce-Gomez, Christina Urias, Michelle Kolbeck, Chris Wilson and Kelsey Stewart toured the facility. The board was able to see how the animals are cared for and even met students that were on hand tending to their animal. Above left to right looking at a steer are Board Member Kelsey Stewart, Superintendent Alfonso Gamino and Alex Flores teacher and FFA advisor.

Korean War Veterans Association-Ventura County Chapter #56 will remember those who lost their lives in the Korean War at a special ceremony Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park that also honors veterans who passed in the ensuing years.

Ahoy! Old Man Moonlight is going to welcome you aboard the adventure of a lifetime when you book passage to a “Polynesian Paradise!” for the 8th Annual Moonlight at the Ranch celebration, where you’ll “Get your Tiki on!” September 20 at Limoneira Ranch.

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