A resident of Rancho Santa Paula Mobile Home Park kicks butt — or rather litter — with his one-man crusade to defeat trash.

An acclaimed and prolific artist will be the guest Sunday of the Santa Paula Society of the Arts where Laura Wambsgans will show her prize-winning plein air oil techniques.

Back by popular demand the Santa Paula Historical Society is proud to announce the return of the Melody Hall Music Festival coming to Santa Paula on Saturday June 6th.  Held in the adjacent parking lot located next to the California Oil Museum at 1001 E. Main Street, this free event will showcase seven outstanding bands that will range from Rock & Roll to Big Band Jazz & Swing. 

An enthusiastic audience recently enjoyed a look at nearby Santa Rosa Island from the cozy confines of Blanchard Community Library’s Hardison Room. Dr. Cause Hanna, PhD introduced the crowd to the beauty, history and vitality of the windswept isle, engaging them in a learning experience and appreciation for this rich natural phenomenon located just off our southern coast.

Library Endowment Fund presents check

Public safety, fiscal stability/sustainability, infrastructure/utilities, economic development and transparency are the “Big Five” a wide variety of people have discussed with the consultant that will guide City Council and community goal setting.

America in Bloom (AIB) is always in action but there’s a new urgency in their projects as the date that judges for the national beautification competition will visit Santa Paula approaches.

Just before Spring Break, the Santa Paula High School auditorium was filled with friends and family as various school musical groups performed for the All District Spring Concert.

It took almost exactly seven years but the mayor said the city finally got it right at Monday’s meeting where the City Council authorized issuing $72 million in bonds to buy the long-controversial wastewater treatment plant from the private entity that owns and operates it. 

What could have been a record crowd attended the kickoff to the 17th season of Cruise Nite Friday where cool was the watchword for the cars, the weather, the music and the vibe. 

When most people hear SOFIA they think of the glamorous actress with the thick Columbian accent that plays the trophy wife on the hit TV comedy “Modern Family” but there’s a bigger star out there than Sofia Vergara.

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. The California Residential Building Code requires smoke alarms in all residences. Carbon monoxide detectors are also required if a residence has a gas-fed appliance, such as a furnace, stove, or water heater.

You’ll rock around the clock at the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula’s “Flying 50’s Sock Hop” and enjoy the tunes that defined a generation of poodle skirt and ducktail wearing kids.

The whole community is invited to put on the dog — specifically Hozy, Zak and Ace — at the 6th Annual K9 Spaghetti Dinner!

An art exhibit, featuring work of Santa Paula High School artists is being featured at the Ventura College Santa Paula site.The exhibit will run through June 5. The Gallery is located at 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm. There was an opening reception this past Tuesday.

The Board of Directors of Sierra Bancorp, the holding company for Bank of the Sierra, today announced that it has officially appointed Kevin McPhaill as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2015. On the same day, the founding bank President, James C. Holly, will officially enter retirement, but continue on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman.

Santa Paula Police are looking for the suspect riding in a pickup truck that fired on those in another vehicle Wednesday evening in Santa Paula, the third such incident in a week that could be gang-related.

A  homeless man that allegedly assaulted another man with a rock during a robbery attempt Wednesday evening was arrested after he got into a stranger’s car and asked for a ride, according to a Santa Paula Police spokesman.

Patricia Alonsa had lived in her house at 443 Bradley Street for about 20 years when she grew tired of the challenges of keeping her lawn in shape, from dealing with a touchy sprinkler system and rising water rates to the cost of maintenance.

Following a visit to the lowest snow pack ever recorded in the Sierra Nevada and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced Wednesday sweeping actions and urged citizens to wrestle control of water use.

A busy closed-door session will be followed by an even busier night of business for the City Council at the April 6 meeting.

With Cruise Nite roaring into town for its 17th Season and the First Sunday of the Month at famed Santa Paula Airport that’s plenty for the whole family to do this spring weekend.

A Santa Paula man that led sheriff deputies on a vehicle and foot pursuit and then was the subject of a daylong ground and air search Monday was arrested on various charges.

Luis Jimenez grew up in Acapulco, in Mexico. Vacation destination, right? But Luis grew up helping his father clear trees on the land that he worked, hacking out a living to support his family of 13. Mama had finished elementary school, but papa never got that chance, and education was not a high priority in the Jimenez home. Papa couldn’t help him with homework, and mama was too busy with those eleven children, so Luis remembers tossing his backpack in the corner when he came home from school, and there it stayed till the next day.

Greetings from the IRS

December 03, 2014

You’ve just picked up your mail and ... uh oh, there among the ads, bills and too numerous offerings for credit cards is that official looking letter from the Internal Revenue Service. A feeling of dread comes over you...but don’t panic or toss it, and please DO open it. 

Leamon “Lee” Harmon 

Eva Clementine Griffiths

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