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May 25, 2015

3rd District Supervisor Kathy Long to
forego sixth term

As Supervisor of the 3rd District for almost two decades, Kathy Long has been a strong advocate of the Santa Clara River Valley, long admired for her take no prisoners attitude when it came to reopening Santa Paula Hospital and her personal touch when dealing with constituents.

It was all dogs all the time at the 6th Annual K9 Spaghetti Dinner where Zak was honored, new dog Ace welcomed and the retired Hozy lauded, although the latter was unable to attend the celebration.

Ace was welcomed as the newest Santa Paula Police Officer at the April 29 6th Annual K9 Spaghetti Dinner where he was introduced to the community and barked his appreciation for being there.

A woman who told police she reached for her purse after it slid off the front seat of her SUV started a chain reaction crash that last week left one vehicle knocked over on a sidewalk.

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A movement has started on Facebook to convince the Santa Paula Unified School District Board to reconsider an action taken last month.

Samuel W. Ramirez

The City Council started to get an idea of the wish list for City Hall in a preliminary budget session that saw department heads talk of needs and led to the creation of a public email hotline for suggested goals tied to spending.

Santa Paula Police are asking the public to provide any information on a strange theft that occurred Friday in a Downtown grocery store, a crime caught on a surveillance camera.

It seemed like there wasn’t anything you couldn’t do at Friday’s Cruise Nite from speaking to the owners of the cool cars lining Main Street to getting a free water-saving showerhead…even learning how to save a life.

The Santa Paula Education Foundation has been handed 15,000 shares of Calavo Growers stock to go towards the proposed Santa Paula High School Agriculture Facility.

“You guys are the best!” Limoneira President-CEO Harold Edwards wrote on the Santa Paula Fire Department Facebook page Monday shortly after noon. “Thanks to all for the swift response. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Santa Paula Police are investigating a series of shootings that occurred over the weekend that could be related, including one that featured a shot fired through a security door and the second involving a police perimeter around an area apartment building.

Santa Paula must cut its water consumption by 28 percent from its 2013 baseline, a move the city is preparing for including programs to help people save water.

Volunteers grabbed gloves for beautification Saturday when a variety of helpers including city staff worked to spruce up Santa Paula in time for this week’s judging for a national competition.

Pedestrian access points on the Bike Trail will be getting some attention but a majority of vehicle jarring railroad crossings will have to wait for new funding.

With a big show of small images at the Blanchard Community Library and a newly elected Board of Directors, the Santa Paula Society of the Arts is only a month away from celebrating 47 years of creating and preserving art in the Santa Clara River Valley.

The Planning Commission approved a proposed development with a long history, but the 79 single-family homes still have a long way to go critics of the project were told at the April 28 hearing.

The number of reported homeless throughout Ventura County has again dropped according to the annual count held in January, a survey often undercounted and one that shows a troubling trend with the number of those with mental disorders living on the streets.

Santa Paula Police are asking for the public’s help to provide information about a stabbing that occurred last week in the city.

Santa Paula Airport/Aviation Museum Historian

It was a joyous gathering when Troop Real Estate celebrated the opening of their own dream property — new offices at the corner of East Main and 8th streets — with a gala Chamber of Commerce Mixer.

There will be three ways to celebrate community this weekend with an array of free events including one where you can roll up your sleeves and help beautify Santa Paula.

A couple of dozen children from a Los Angeles neighborhood visited Santa Paula’s two museums recently. They were part of the Learning Zone, which meets at Westside Vineyard Christian Fellowship. The Learning Zone is an after-school program that assists families by providing tutoring, field trips and other special gatherings throughout the school year. This trip to the Ag Museum and the Santa Paula Oil Museum was one of those trips. Volunteer Bob Crave said that, on the way home they were taking the kids to the Fillmore Fish Hatchery. He added that they brought the children here because of his long-time friendship with Santa Paula residents Ed and Norma Geis. (Above) Museum Education Coordinator Kay Clark talks to a group of the children.      Photo by Brian D. Wilson

The governing board of the Santa Paula Unified School District honored two employees at their last board meeting. Teresa Trujillo was recognized as Certificated Employee of the Month for April. She’s a teacher at Glen City School. Pictured above are, (l-r) Alice Pacheco, Principal at Glen City School, Ana Rodriguez, Assistant Principal, Alfonso Gamino, SPUSD Superintendent, Teresa Trujillo and Michelle Kolbeck, Board President. The board also honored Tillie Garcia of Glen City School as the Classified Employee of the Month. She was unable to attend the meeting.           Photo by Brian D. Wilson

The City Council will start digging into the budget at Monday’s meeting where they will consider several other items of business as well as continue the closed-door evaluation of the city manager.

For the first time in years the public — and for that matter the City Council — will tackle the city’s future at a workshop devoted to goal-setting.

Seven bands will deliver a mix of music styles, from Latin jazz to rock ’n’ roll and rhythm and blues, at Santa Paula’s second annual Melody Hall Music Festival on June 6, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., adjacent to the California Oil Museum at 1001 E. Main St.

Thousands of plants went home with hundreds of people during the weekend’s Giant Plant Sale benefiting America in Bloom Santa Paula Chapter and Santa Clara Valley Hospice-Home Support Group.

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