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February 12, 2016

Firefighters knock down suspicious fire that heavily damages home

A South Olive Street home was badly damaged Sunday afternoon in a blaze deemed suspicious that drew firefighters from throughout Ventura County.

After an all day hearing that featured allegations of murder against a witness and sobs from family members of a slain Santa Paula woman, a Superior Court Judge ordered a 20-year-old gang member to stand trial for the 2014 death of his pregnant girlfriend.

There will be a study session Tuesday for a development that has been in the works for more than a decade that is being contested by nearby residents.

Appointing youth members to the Recreation Commission, reviewing the annual audit of financial reports, raising rates paid to SPARC and taking possible aim at the controversial Highway 126 Caltrans project is on the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

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Two defendants awaiting trial in the Santa Clara Waste Water-Green Compass explosions and fire case have filed a $27 million civil rights claim against Ventura County, alleging deliberate misconduct by District Attorney and Sheriff personnel.

Ten-year-old Glen City Elementary School fifth-grader Daniel Hernandez has one word for his alma mater’s brand-new Literacy Center: “Awesome.”

A Fillmore teenager was arrested Friday on suspicion of being the gunman who robbed a Santa Paula convenience store about three weeks ago, a crime that was caught by a surveillance camera on videotape.

Santa Paula will again celebrate the 4th of July with a pyrotechnic party — that is if supporters step forward with donations to help stage the fireworks show, a free event for the whole community that can be viewed throughout the city.

Three individuals from the Santa Paula Unified School District have been selected as Administrators of the Year for 2016 by the Association of California School Administrators—the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States. These awards recognize outstanding performance and achievement by individual administrators, classified managers or confidential employees

Santa Paula Fire put out a blaze in a grove of palm trees early Saturday morning, a fire outside a local department store that a SPFD spokesman said the cause of which is still being investigated.

Cats, famous for having nine lives, escaped again after the City Council voted to exclude felines from the licensing portion of a new spay and neutering ordinance narrowly approved Monday evening.

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.

Sixty chairs were set up for Wednesday evening’s Caltrans Highway 126 Safety Enhancement scoping meeting but it soon became apparent more seating was needed for the crowd, including those that strongly objected to the long controversial plan.

Hosted by the Blanchard Library, Ted Lucas of CSUCI presented the evolution of music notation, production and composition on January 26, 2016. From armies of copyists to a massive analogue sound machine leading to a small digital computer, music notation, production and composition has tracked the spread of technology.

Mupu School Spelling winner

February 05, 2016

Mupu Elementary just held its annual Spelling Bee on January 19, 2016. Scholars worked diligently, spelling excruciatingly tricky words. We had 36 contestants, and 14 rounds. A winner emerged, and note, he has won three years in a row. His name is Matthew Phillips! Zachary Addison was the runner up twice in a row! Matthew did not miss his first word until the 8th round; the word was “force majeure.” Zach misspelled “seaworthiness”, and Matt had to spell the next two words correctly. Those two words were “campaign” and “titanic.” We are all very proud of all the Mupu scholars that participated. 

The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Martin Hernandez, and many friends and family members celebrated the grand opening of Corner Cottage on January 15th. Owner Sarah Gonzales has happily opened her doors and is stocking high quality gifts for all ages.  Her store is a beautiful addition to our historic downtown. Corner Cottage is located at 925 E. Main Street and is open Wednesday thru Friday 11:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm.

Two Santa Paula teenagers — one that had been released from jail just the day before — were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon related to an incident that occurred Monday.

The Santa Paula City Council heard about the concept to transfer the California Oil Museum from the city to a new nonprofit foundation.

The only thing for sure at last week’s Ventura County Transportation Commission’s (VCTC) Unmet Needs Assessment is that VCTC needs money to help cure countywide transportation woes, funding the agency is hoping to garner through a sales tax measure.

Instead of groaning Santa Paula residents will soon be smiling when they open their sewer bill and see they are receiving a quarterly rebate on their base sewer fee, a program expected to begin in April.

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.

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.

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