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.

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 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 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.

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

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.

The Rotary Club lauded Santa Paula High School Juniors for their achievements at a recent meeting where the next generation showed they already are displaying the right stuff for success.

Fifth-grade students from Glen City Elementary School had an opportunity to walk through the American Revolution by participating in dramatic re-enactment activities that were considered pivotal points in America’s history.  The event was held on February 26 and March 4 inside the school’s brand-new Literacy Center.

Mercer Prieto Post 2043 applied for the VFW Foundation Community Service Grant and was approved in the amount of $1,000.00!  In turn, Post 2043 donated the funds to “The Spirit of Santa Paula” organization which feeds the poor, the hungry, the elderly and the challenged people in our community every Wednesday afternoon with a very nice hot meal.  Pictured left to right: Bill Fowlie, Assistant Manager, Ms. Kay Wilson Bolton, Program Coordinator, Post Member Bill Florio, Post Commander Jerry Olivas and Post Quartermaster Rey Frutos.

Thank you Whole Foods Market Oxnard for giving us the opportunity to participate in your 5% Community Giving Day.  Your generous donation will be used to support our STEM Program -specifically the Ozobot Robots for each of our three club sites in Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru. By having youth engage with the Ozobots they will be learning the language of coding for computers. This is a hands-on example of project based learning. When youth are excited and engaged in a project, they are learning. Thanks again Whole Foods Market Oxnard for inviting us to be part of your 5% Community Giving Day! Pictured with the youth of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley are Jan Marholin, CEO and Cindy Schoonmaker, Community Outreach Whole Foods Market Oxnard.

By Letitia Austin

A “strict zero tolerance” policy for lawbreakers at an area condominium complex led to the arrest of four people Friday evening according to a Santa Paula Police spokesman.

Santa Paulans will have a chance to hear the six candidates for the Ventura County 3rd District Supervisor at a Forum tomorrow night in Fillmore.

Most people think of anything being decided by voters to take place in January but it’s less than a month away that Santa Paula voters will decide Measure P, a $39.6 million bond measure to benefit elementary schools.

A report on the future of fire services was criticized several days after its presentation to the City Council at a special meeting April 29.

Santa Paula Police is recognizing National Peace Officers Memorial Day with a rededication of the law enforcement and community created monument located within Railroad Plaza Park, just west of the Depot.

A Santa Paula gang member didn’t hesitate to let a SPPD Officer know he had a loaded weapon inside his vehicle parked at the local cemetery Thursday, just one factor that led to his arrest.

Old favorites, new varieties and flower lovers themselves were all in bloom at the Giant Plant Sale benefitting America in Bloom Santa Paula and Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group. 

There will be plenty to enjoy at Friday’s Cruise Nite from live musical entertainment by the Eastwind Electric Trio to a boutique upstairs at the historic Odd Fellows Lodge and Clock Tower.

Volunteers who will be pre-trained to save lives in a simple but effective way are now being sought for a special American Red Cross/Santa Paula Fire Department program to install smoke detectors in area homes.

A Santa Paula man was arrested early Sunday morning in Ventura shortly after he allegedly carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint.

A plywood paradise designed by an engineer to reflect the dimensions of his main building material won’t evoke thoughts of pocket pen protectors but will probably bring you dozens of smiles at Saturday’s Santa Clara Valley Hospice-Home Support Group’s Spring Home Tour! 

The report of a man with a gun led to an hours-long standoff Sunday at a Santa Paula apartment complex where after deploying pepper gas the suspect was finally arrested.

“I don’t want to launch something that isn’t going to fly,” said Councilman John Procter at the conclusion of Monday’s marathon discussion on a proposed sales tax measure to boost public safety.

About 40 people attended an April 28 meeting staged by a collaborative group focusing on the issue of homelessness and how to get people into a home of their own.

A special session held Monday before the regularly scheduled City Council meeting to gave the public a chance to weigh in on the proposed sales tax to benefit public safety.

Dinner and dogs were ready to roll at 5:30 p.m. sharp when the Community Center started to fill with participants and supporters of the Santa Paula Police K-9 Unit.

Almost two-dozen teams circled the track for 24 hours to show that although “Cancer Never Sleeps” neither will they until a cure is found. Proceeds from the event benefit various American Cancer Society programs and activities.

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. 

Eva Clementine Griffiths

Leamon “Lee” Harmon 

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