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May 29, 2015

Monday: Council to consider budget,
liens for unpaid water bills

The City Council will interview two candidates for the Planning Commission, consider placing property liens on owners who haven’t paid their water bills and discuss budget goals at the June 1 meeting. Monday’s meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. closed session — public comment is allowed beforehand — in the City Hall Administration Conference Room to continue the evaluation of City Manager Jaime Fontes.

The city’s newest fire engine arrived May 8 and was carefully backed into Station 1 on South 10th Street…it was a tight squeeze for a piece of equipment that arrived just in the nick of time.

Three Isbell Middle School students are going to the University of the Pacific in Stockton Saturday for the State Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) National Engineering Challenge competition.

The Santa Paula Unified School District board has tabled a request for a big car show at Isbell School.

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Six SPHS students recently took a trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City.

A hefty grant has been reconfigured, with the city having to come with new ideas of how to put beauty back into beautification.

Graduation isn’t until June but Santa Paula High School seniors had plenty to celebrate at the annual Rotary Club of Santa Paula Scholarship Awards held May 11.

The 10th Annual Amgen Tour of California cycling race wound its way through Santa Paula Thursday. Stage 5 of the race brought the riders from Santa Barbara, through Ojai to Santa Paula and through Balcom Canyon to Moorpark, finally culminating in Santa Clarita.

When Commander Jerry Olivas speaks about Prisoners of War and Missing in Action at Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony, he’ll note one Santa Paulan whose fate remains unknown…and that there are others that possibly should also be recognized as MIA on the Veterans Memorial.

The May 25 Memorial Day Ceremony will have something different this year: a special remembrance for those Missing in Action and Prisoners of War.

“Presbyterians Recall Early Church Days in Santa Paula.”  That was the headline in the Santa Paula Chronicle in May of 1923 when the church was celebrating its 40th anniversary.  Today, May 13, 2015 they celebrate 132 years of ministry.  From that 1923 article we share some snippets of interest.

Local schools celebrated Cinco de Mayo last week. Celebrations were held both at Olivelands and Glen City Schools Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5.  It is celebrated both in the U.S. and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It seems to be more widely marked here than In Mexico, where it is not a national holiday. Here in the U.S. people bring out the tacos, burritos, guacamole and Margaritas and Corona to help celebrate the day, even if they’re not entirely sure what the day is all about. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. That was the beginning of the end for France in Mexico. They finally pulled their forces out in 1866. Above, Glen City School students took their Cinco de Mayo show on the road Tuesday, May 5th. The Folkloric dancers, under the direction of teacher Teresa Trujillo performed Tuesday evening at Blanchard Library. A large group of family and friends gathered to enjoy the performance. The Santa Paula Optimist Club provided refreshments. 

The City Council heard from citizens that the top concern of the public is safety and funding for same should be a priority.

Students, under the direction of second grade teacher Teresa Trujillo at Glen City Elementary School performed traditional dances of Mexico, as classmates and parents looked on.

Olivelands students sang and danced as classmates and visitors looked on. The crowd was also entertained with a mariachi and folkorico from Hueneme High School. A dance group from Santa Paula also performed.

A busy afternoon is coming up for the Santa Paula Society of the Arts which will install its new board of officers, hold its regular monthly meeting and enjoy an art demonstration by a talented artist all on Sunday.

There’s been no interrupted service with the company that bought out the city’s refuse hauler and Recology vows to not only to strive for zero waste going to landfills but also to continue strong community support.

The Planning Department has plans to beef up the understaffed group that handles all things land and what is put on it.

A 40-year-old man was critically injured Wednesday afternoon after getting his arm caught in machinery at a business near Limoneira property on the east side of Santa Paula.

A teenage bicyclist suffered a broken arm in a collision with a vehicle Wednesday in Santa Paula near the high school.

Santa Paula Police are thanking the public for providing tips that led to the arrest of an area man allegedly captured on surveillance video when he took a $100 bill from a child holding her mother’s wallet.

The City Council will continue their budget discussions, hear a report on the city’s purchase of the water recycling plant and its continuing operations and consider approving plans for remodeling Las Piedras Park at Monday’s meeting.

There was some sparring between the Fire Chief Rick Araiza and City Councilman Jim Tovias during preliminary budget discussions when the latter questioned why the city does not have a volunteer fire department.

It was hats, gloves, prizes, delicate sandwiches and sweets at the 14th Annual St. Paul’s/Emmanuel Church Women’s Spring Tea held May 2 at Parish Hall.

Teen Scene recently had a wonderful collaborative event with the Santa Paula Art Museum. Blanchard Community Library’s Teen Scene celebrated Earth Day with very special guest, Michelle Glass, artist and museum educator with the Santa Paula Art Museum. Michelle spoke to teens about a current exhibit, Dos Del Sur (Two from the South), a two person exhibition featuring work by Ojai artists Carlos Grasso and Sylvia Raz. Teens were then encouraged to create their own assemblage out of a wide variety of recycled items and art materials supplied by Michelle. Teen Scene members Teresa Goodrich and Angel Saucedo with Michelle Glass in the middle.

Sadie Foster, the daughter of Tom and Joanne Foster, was a part of the Cal State Chico Model United Nations delegation at the UN in New York City recently.

Santa Paula is home to 30,556 people, 0.4 percent more than last year but less than the 0.7 percent average increase of new residents recorded in Ventura County according to the annual state Department of Finance report.

Santa Paula Police will have “zero tolerance” when the Click It or Ticket campaign kicks off May 18 and officers will be looking for those that aren’t buckled in a seatbelt—and especially for unsecured children that will bring hefty penalties to drivers.

Jr. Achievement is a likely prelude to senior success Santa Paula High School students heard when Santa Paula Rotary celebrated them at the club’s recent awards.

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.

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