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May 24, 2016

El Santo Niño de Atocha: Arrival of icon in Santa Paula eagerly awaited

The procession Saturday at 3:00 p.m. will no doubt draw thousands when one of Santa Paula’s favorite saints, El Santo Niño de Atocha returns for a visit to what is now considered the icon’s second sanctuary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

The forum on Measure P brought out a rare opponent on a school bond measure but provided plenty of lively comment on the property tax bond measure.

Graduating Santa Paula High School Cardinals gathered $22,000 to feather their higher education nests at the annual Rotary Club Scholarship Banquet where recipients and their families celebrated achievement.

The Santa Clara Waste Water explosion was among the top issues Thursday at Fillmore City Hall, packed for the League of Women Voters – Ventura County forum that featured the seven candidates for 3rd District Supervisor. 

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With the case becoming mired in legal motions Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Santa Clara Waste Water–Green Compass and its CEO after defense attorneys continued to object to an earlier ruling to remove their firm as counsel in the case. In addition, Kellegrew took the unusual legal step of seeking an opinion from the Appellant Court before the trial proceeds to avoid appeals regarding his recusal of the attorneys after the fact.

A wild pursuit Friday led to the arrest of a suspect who allegedly was driving a stolen vehicle in the Santa Paula area.

Nilson Lopez, a teacher at Renaissance High School, was named May’s Educator of the Month. Photo: (left to right) Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, RHS Principal Robin Gillette, Nilson Lopez, and SPUSD Board President Chris Wilson.

Patty Estrada, a security officer at Renaissance High School, was named May’s Classified Employee of the Month. Photo: (left to right) Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, RHS Principal Robin Gillette, Patty Estrada, and SPUSD Board President Chris Wilson.

The Fireworks Committee is running short of funds for the annual patriotic celebration visible throughout most of Santa Paula, a free show that depends on the community.

Santa Paula Girl Scouts made a trip to Food Share this week to donate cookies.  Each girl loaded 180 pounds of cookies for a total donation of 900 pounds.  Pictured  from L to R: Samantha Lewis, Robin Fernandez, Angelique Lewis, Fabianna Sandoval, and Julia Fernandez.

The 2016 Student Leadership Reunion was held at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. where a total of seven Santa Paula High School students participated in leadership workshops, public speaking, and networking with friends from across Ventura County as well as the United States. The 2nd annual reunion brought together students who have participated in the summer program in the past. 

The St. Francis Dam Disaster found new life through a panel of experts at the May 7 symposium held at the Ventura County Agriculture Museum.

Hundreds of people attended Saturday’s rededication of the Santa Paula Police Memorial and the unveiling of benches honoring two officers killed in accidents during the National Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony.

The Chamber of Commerce honored a Santa Paula Fire Captain known for consistently going beyond the call of duty at the May Sunrise Santa Paula!

The SPHS Cardinal Choir competed the weekend of May 7-8, 2016 in Buena Park and Santa Ana, Calif. for the “Music in the Parks” competition. The choir took 1st place and received the Excellent Award. Music in the Park provides an incentive for students in the various performing organizations to strive for musical excellence in their performances. As a reward for these efforts and accomplishments, the organization presents distinctive trophies at their awards ceremony. Special thanks to Director Jerry Cruz and Assistant Director & Choreographer Kristi Crisp. Above: Director Jerry Cruz (top row, far right) with members of the SPHS Cardinal Choir.

The City Council will meet a new police officer as well as hear about Santa Paula’s role in an upcoming famed music festival and a high honor for city staff at Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting. A continuation of a budget discussion and other business will round out the session.

Janette Jauregui and supporters have done it again: the Santa Paula High School graduate and noted writer that has focused on veterans and their issues got her wish Wednesday evening when it was decided that the SPHS pool will be named in honor of an alumnus killed in war.

Community fears that a more than 100-year-old tall camphor tree will be cut down can calm after a city representative said the tree is not being removed and as the issue will be subject to a study and talks with the nearby property owner that sought it’s removal.

The Spring Tea was all about elegance from the high tea to the exquisite place settings at the annual gathering held April 30 in the Parish Hall and hosted by the Women of St. Paul’s Episcopal/Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Be on the lookout for a blue-eyed pit bull with a wide grin that was stolen at gunpoint Monday afternoon while out on a walk with an employee of the area animal shelter.

The budget is approaching fast the City Council learned at the May 2 meeting where they heard about city revenues and expenditures, discussion that will continue until June 20 when the council will be asked to adopt the plan for 2016-2017.

Potential tutors are invited to Blanchard Community Library Monday evening where they can learn more about Adult Literacy from those that know it best.

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