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May 4, 2016

Public invited: St. Francis Dam Symposium May 7 at Agriculture Museum!

The St. Francis Dam Disaster will be the focus of a presentation at the Agriculture Museum of Ventura County where a varied program will examine different aspects of the second largest disaster in state history. Sponsored by the California State University Northridge Forgotten Casualties Project, the May 7 symposium will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum located at 926 Railroad Ave. in Santa Paula.

The City Council will hold a special session before Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting to garner public input on the need for and spending plan of a potential sales tax to benefit public safety. The workshop will start at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 970 E. Ventura St. When the meeting moves into its regular session at 6:30 p.m. one of the items to be considered by the council is placing a sales tax on the November ballot to benefit public safety.

Tammy Ferguson, the longtime Blanchard Community Library bookkeeper, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to the embezzlement of almost $500,000 from the publicly funded library. 

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The City of Santa Paula’s Senior Center will now be operating the Meals on Wheels program after an agreement was approved by the City Council at the March 21 meeting. 

Recology Los Angeles/Ventura underwent its first City Council evaluation as the trash hauler hit its one-year anniversary contracting with Santa Paula, with recycling rates and customer perks outlined as well as future goals.

Almost a dozen Santa Paulans told the City Council Monday that a proposed power “peaker” plant that filed an application to be built just west of the city has targeted the city with a project that more than one speaker said represents environmental racism.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Saturday for allegedly swinging a rabbit around by its ears and then lighting it on fire near residences and a neighborhood market as well as suspicion of drug violations.

The autopsy was conducted Monday on an Oxnard man found dead in a Santa Paula apartment after an argument escalated into a stabbing leading to the arrest of an area man on suspicion of murder.

 There are a number of folks in Santa Paula who have been concerned for decades about the dismal local economy caused by lack of job opportunities and diversity and the amount of disposable income spent out of town. They have studied ways to increase the tax base to pay for a higher level of services and amenities including public safety and sound infrastructure.

It’s time for the City Council to again invest in the economic future of the Heritage Valley by promoting tourism the representative of the area visitors’ bureau said at the March 21 meeting.

The tradition of an automotive business next to the historic Glen Tavern Inn will continue with a body shop but the latest occupant will open the showroom to Cruise Nite and also be selling custom and other vehicles.

An area man found dead Friday evening behind a Santa Paula liquor store died of natural causes.

There was more than one Easter Bunny hopping and rocking to live music and plenty of fun for the whole family at Saturday’s Easter and Earth Day Celebration held at Teague Park.

City Hall should be packed Monday when the Council hears from a representative of the Calpine Mission Rock Energy Center, gets an update on The Harvest at Limoneira, is asked to approve the first wastewater treatment rebate and considers establishing a Mello-Roos for the new Limoneira-Lewis community. 

You won’t be an April Fool but still have plenty of fun Friday when the 18th season of Santa Paula’s famed Cruise Nite kicks off a season of ncars, music and socializing in the historic Downtown. 

Hundreds of shoppers went home with thousands of plants Saturday, purchases that represented being drought smart and supportive of the community all at the same time.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Investigators are trying to determine what led up to the shooting of a Santa Paula male early Tuesday evening.

There was Rustee, Cigfa and Teddy all lined up for an evening of learning about the aftermath of emergency or disaster and all three of the dogs a vital component of healing. And a representative of the Red Cross also spoke of emergency and disaster response, all the focus of the March 8 program sponsored by the Santa Paula Citizens Corps featuring HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response (AACR).

The California Highway Patrol is determining the cause of a collision that occurred Friday evening involving a Santa Paula Police patrol unit and a private vehicle. According to SPPD Sgt. Ken Clark the March 18 collision occurred 7:53 p.m. at the corner of West Harvard Boulevard and Steckel Drive. The two SPPD Officers in the patrol unit were not injured but a person in the second vehicle was transported to Santa Paula Hospital for a precautionary examination. Per policy, the CHP is the lead agency investigating the collision. 

New charges were filed against four Santa Clara Waste Water - Green Compass officials as well as the business entities for a variety of alleged offenses, ranging from handling hazardous waste causing unreasonable risk and withholding information regarding a substantial danger to public safety to conspiracy and beyond.  

Santa Paulans visited City Hall to submit signatures needed to place the local SOAR (Save Open-space Agricultural Resources) renewal law on the November ballot the City Council learned Monday.

Santa Paula Unified School District held an All-District Concert on Thursday, March 17. The combined concert brought together the Santa Paula High School Choir led by conductor Jerry Cruz, the Isbell Middle School Concert Band led by conductor Scott Kneff, the 5th Grade Advanced Band led by conductor Kathy Thorne and the Santa Paula High School Symphonic Band led by conductor William Melendez. The concert provided a variety of musical selections from America the Beautiful to Fields of Gold. Left photo the 5th grade advanced elementary band plays. Right photo the Isbell Middle School Band plays to a standing room only crowd.

There might be a plea agreement in the future for the former Blanchard Community Library bookkeeper accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A Santa Paulan showed up in a Ventura County Superior court Thursday with $4,600, the first payment for embezzling funds from the Santa Paula High School Band Booster Club.

Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, Nueva Vista Media, and Santa Paula High M.E.Ch.A students will be bringing “El Bracero – Mariachi Opera” to the Santa Paula High School Auditorium on March 31st at 7p.m. as part of Cesar Chavez Day celebrations.

Agriculture students Santa Paula High School learn to graft apples with a “Learn by Doing” demonstration from the members of the California Rare Fruit Growers (CRFG) of the Ventura County Chapter. Agromin generously donated 60 bags of soil and Otto & Sons Nursery donated 125 one gallon pots to help conduct the workshop. The Santa Paula High School agriculture program recently purchased semi-dwarf apple rootstocks from the CRFG. These rootstocks are then grafted over the student’s favorite variety of apple. Grafting is common in the fruit orchard and the nursery to produce trees and fruit, which are true to form and taste.

Spring is in the air and area animal shelters are bracing for an expected onslaught of kittens and puppies as well as stray and lost dogs, a crisis for those in animal care due to the lack of spay and neutering of pets.

Life was sweet at First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall where See’s Candies were pulling in crowds looking for the famed chocolates. 

Ventura Police are asking the public’s help in finding a man wanted on two warrants that led law enforcement on a wild chase March 14 before crashing a stolen pickup truck at the south end of Hallock Drive.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office will seek the death penalty against an Oxnard man awaiting trial for murder in the shooting death of a Santa Paula woman more than two years ago.

You’ll meet the Easter Bunny, be surrounded by Mother Earth and have plenty of fun at Saturday’s Easter and Earth Day Celebration at Teague Park, an event that is free for the whole community.

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