Letters to the Edfiror

February 05, 2016

Thank You

A series of tips to Santa Paula Police from citizens concerned that narcotic sales could be taking place at a west side residence led to the arrest of a father and son Friday on suspicion of selling marijuana at the home.

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging has named Jannette Jauregui as public information officer. Jauregui began her duties on January 4 at the Agency’s Ventura office.

A Santa Paulan wants to spread the word after his wife’s vehicle was stolen near an East Main Street church using a sophisticated method commonly known as “code grabbing.” 

Santa Paula Police arrested an area man Saturday for allegedly carrying a knife, loaded handgun, methamphetamine and a pipe known commonly used to smoke the illegal substance. 

Recology Los Angeles celebrated a $36-milion dollar investment to enclose, upgrade and beautify a Sun Valley Material Recovery Facility (MRF), long a controversial operation.

With no public comment or discussion among themselves the Santa Paula Unified School Board agreed Thursday to place a $39.6 million bond measure for voters to decide in June to fund renovations to the district’s six elementary schools and Isbell Middle school.

It wasn’t as wet as expected but it sure was windy Sunday leaving downed trees throughout the region but little damage in Santa Paula.

Santa Paulans should double-check their calendars to make sure they attend the February 3 public scoping meeting hosted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) addressing proposed safety enhancements on Highway 126.

Americans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s Day gifts last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of this money went for gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and restaurant meals (and about $700 million was spent on gifts for pets). There’s certainly nothing wrong with giving chocolates or roses. But this year, think about going beyond the classic gifts. Instead, use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to determine how you can make gifts with long-lasting impact to your circle of loved ones. 

A Santa Paula man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of being the thief who stole beer from a local pharmacy Saturday afternoon and then threatened a store employee by stating he was armed with a gun.

One of Santa Paula’s own has earned an internship in the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn.  Luis Salazar, son of Jose and Patricia Salazar and big brother to Alejandra, has distinguished himself in many areas since graduating from Santa Paula High School in 2012. 

Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crime detectives and Todd Road Jail personnel are investigating the Sunday afternoon death of an inmate, a Santa Paulan, housed at the facility just west of Santa Paula.  

A development in the works for more than a decade that has raised questions and concerns from nearby residents will be the subject of a City Council study session February 16.

Putting teeth in the new Spay/Neuter Ordinance brought with much discussion of the new law that would require pets to be fixed, but with some baring their claws when it came to the licensing of cats.

The Harvard Boulevard Sewer Trunk Replacement Project has taken to the streets tearing up portions of the roadway and causing commuters to either get struck in traffic or fine an alternate route, at least for the time being.

Letters to the Edfiror

January 29, 2016

No more playing in the street

By Jenny Crosswhite 

Happy New Year to all!  Here’s hoping your personal and business endeavors for 2016 are rewarding and successful.

Augustine Torres Bouvet (Augie)

The City Council approved — but not without one member noting their reluctance — to move ahead with a $50,000, 16-week study on options for the Santa Paula Fire Department. 

It’s back and Caltrans is planning two meetings in the Santa Clara River Valley to consider improvements to Highway 126, a longstanding and controversial plan for Santa Paula and Fillmore area residents but work that Caltrans claims will enhance safety.

You’ll be able to enjoy a romantic night out and do some good for the community when you attend the February 13 Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Paula! 

Maria Arenas, a third grade teacher at Barbara Webster School has been named Educator of the Month for the Santa Paula Unified School District. Principal Jeff Madrigal said, “Maria loves to teach.” Pictured above (l-r): SPUSD Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, Principal Madrigal, Arenas and Board President Chris Wilson.

Child Nutrition Services Site Lead at Barbara Webster School, Rita Donnelly has been named as Classified Employee of the Month by the Santa Paula Unified School District. Principal Jeff Madrigal said of Donnelly, “She never raises her voice and cares deeply for the students.” Pictured above (l-r): SPUSD Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, Principal Madrigal, Arenas and Board President Chris Wilson.

Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group celebrated supporting the community at its times of need at its 35th Annual Meeting held last week at Flight 126 Café.

The Fillmore-Santa Paula Masonic Lodge No.291 held their installation of 2016 officers Saturday evening, December 12, at the Santa Paula Masonic Temple at 7th & Main. The evening was well attended with over 60 roasted chicken dinners served, after which a dozen Masons, all civic-minded men of high character and philanthropic dedication, were installed in offices of Masonic responsibility. The Lodge members are now busy preparing and maintaining the Temple banquet facilities, which can accommodate up to 125 guests. The facility is available for banquets, receptions and other events at very reasonable rental rates. The hall can also be made available at no cost for fundraising events by youth groups and charitable organizations in the local community. For more information contact the Hall rental chairman, Rick Cook, at (805) 218-2881. 2016 Officers Front Row L to R: Nick Luizzi (Treasurer), Ryan Warren (Senior Warden), Leland Celestre (Master), Dan Shepard (Junior Warden), James Craig (Secretary). 

Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center (EDC) has filed a notice with California Resources Corporation (CRC), formerly Vintage Production Co. when owned by Occidental, of its intent to sue for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its South Mountain oil field.

Valley Express, the Santa Paula’s inner-city bus service, is on the move but some said one speaker are being pushed off the bus due to rising fares.

A 14-year-old Santa Paula boy was arrested Thursday morning for being in possession of a methamphetamine, an incident that prompted some comment from Santa Paula Police.

Cesario “Shorty” Huerta 

Shirley Zuniga

Clara Behrens 

Lawrence Robert Lasure 

Raymond Renteria

Leslie Anne Flanders Carson (1949-2016)

By Mike Kelley & 

Carlos Martinez Prado 

A taxpayer’s filing status for the year is based upon his or her marital status at the close of the tax year. Thus, if you get married on the last day of the tax year, you are treated as married for the entire year. The options for married couples are to file jointly or separately. Both statuses can result in surprises for individuals who previously filed as unmarried. The surprises can be both pleasant and unpleasant. 

Rose Frias Cordero

Mary (Milly) Catherine Sorensen

Hello friends and associates – Happy Holidays!  This session I want to visit security, in a different fashion, more directed to ‘protecting your security’.  It’s an ongoing problem worth attention and vigilance.

Maria Viola Dominguez 

Bobby William Hill 

Robert “Bob” Francis Giblin

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