There was “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” and in between remembrances represented by twinkling lights at the 24th Annual Light Up a Life, where each donation helped to light the towering tree at United Water Conservation District that will shine through the holidays.

If you have any city business that involves the municipality you’d better hurry: City Hall has announced its modified schedule for December through the first of the year that affects all departments except police and fire.

Longtime Blanchard Community Library Trustee Brenda DeJamaer, who declined to run for another term governing the independent library, will be lauded for her dedication to books and those that read them at the board’s December 16 meeting.

With new elected officials, a change in some plans and questions regarding a supplemental report Limoneira Co. has asked that the joint City Council and Planning Commission hearing on East Area 1 be delayed.

A Board of Supervisors meeting to address the lingering - and potentially explosive - mystery of just what keeps igniting at Santa Clara West Water was instead hijacked by supporters of a second company that wants the continued business.

An 87-year-old Santa Paulan was struck and killed Tuesday afternoon that in years past has been the site of another fatal crash.

A Ventura woman was arrested Monday after her out-of-control pickup truck struck a fire hydrant on Steckel Drive and sent water shooting into the air. 

A concerned citizen who heard a fight and references to a gun that led to a call to Santa Paula Police ended with the arrest early Saturday morning of a Fillmore gang member on various charges.

“Please don’t litter, spay or neuter your critter!” is the motto of Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center’s program that not only helps keep down the animal population but also improves the health and quality of life for pets.

There were more than 100 people on the platform when the Christmas Train Display pulled out of the station at the Odd Fellows Lodge where this year’s nostalgic celebration of the holidays will be riding the rails until the last weekend in December.

Gordon Kimball, whose family represents generations of local farming and agri-businesses, has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Limoneira Company.

Santa Paula fought the law and the law didn’t win when it came to a bid to expand Todd Road Jail, but Sheriff Geoff Dean noted in a November 19 letter to city officials that his office is reapplying for the grant denied the agency in March.

As the first responders to an emergency outside city limits, Santa Paula Firefighters didn’t hesitate to start treating a severely injured man at the scene of an explosion on Mission Rock Road. 

Six Santa Paula Firefighter Reserves and one full-timer recently promoted to engineer were lauded by the City Council at the November 17 meeting.

If you see something say something, especially since the city is on the alert for those who might illegally dump hazardous waste down city manholes.

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