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March 6, 2015

California Lions Friends in Sight conducts eye screening

Everything came into focus for hundreds of people earlier this month when the Santa Paula Lions Club hosted a free vision screening at the Santa Paula Church of Christ. California Lions Friends in Sight conducted the event, and Lions Club members came from throughout Southern California bringing thousands of free, recycled eyeglasses and leaving many happy folks with a clearer view of life.

With plenty of fanfare and not much discussion the Planning Commission and City Council unanimously approved the amended specific plan for the 501-acre East Area 1, Limoneira's planned residential and commercial development east of Hallock Drive.

Finding solutions to the public safety gap, communicating with City Hall and the newly forged relationship between elected officials were topics of public comment at Monday’s City Council meeting.

After a two-year hiatus, Santa Paula High School hosted a College & Career Fair on Friday, February 13. Over 500 students visited more than 40 information booths on campus presented by local and regional representatives from colleges, universities, and trade schools. 

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A man kidnapped his wife at knifepoint, took their young daughter and later when he showed up at their residence was greeted by Santa Paula Police who had to taser the subject when he tried to use the child as a shield.

City Manager Jaime Fontes offered a wide-ranging update at Good Morning Santa Paula at the February 11 Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

Jeff Paul, a longtime Venturan with over 30 years of experience in the local banking field, has been named the new Chairman of the Board for Community Memorial Health System. 

“I raise my arms to the sky

Santa Paulans will have a chance to workout to help others’ in their quest for wellness the last week of February at Santa Paula Fit Fusion Family Studio where low-cost classes will benefit those with rare diseases.

The staff of Santa Paula High School announced the Top 40 Accelerated Readers for the 2014-15 fall semester school year. The Accelerated Reader is a computer-managed reading program where students are awarded points based on the number of comprehension quizzes they pass after reading books. The value of the books are determined by their length and difficulty. 

Three Santa Paulans were injured Friday in a head-on traffic collision that occurred in Fillmore that trapped one victim that had to be extricated, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. 

A longtime Santa Paula Police officer and a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy are being hailed as heroes after they helped four people escape from a second story fire early Thursday morning.

The Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD) board heard an update on the Governor’s proposed budget and how it would impact the SPUSD at a special meeting last week. The board also got a report on projected enrollment.

Annual Agriculture Career Fair

February 18, 2015

High school students found a feast of opportunity recently at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The second Annual Agriculture Career Fair drew students who gained firsthand knowledge and information about one of California’s most vital industries, agriculture.

Santa Paula’s RadioShack will continue to be an electronic geek’s paradise after the West Harvard Boulevard branch was not listed among the more than 1,000 stores across the nation that potentially will close their doors.

Santa Paula’s crime rate has been on a wild ride that saw the number of homicides increase by 500 percent in 2013 and fall by half in 2014 as well as other rising and falling crime numbers that could reflect the shrinking of the police department before the city again began enhancing services.

The new Science/Technology buildings at Santa Paula High School will be open for public tours Saturday, following a 10:00 am dedication ceremony.

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