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January 18, 2017

Six injured in airport shuttle van collision near Steckel Park

Four people were taken to a hospital after a collision Friday night north of Santa Paula involving an airport shuttle van and a white Chevrolet four-door car, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Santa Paula Police continue to investigate a collision Friday that killed an area woman.

You don’t think too hard about the 4th of July on a cold, rainy January day unless you’re a member of the Fireworks Spectacular Committee, which has officially launched fundraising for the 2017 patriotic celebration. 

The Santa Clara Valley Wellness Foundation is dedicated to supporting a healthy community and quality health care. The SCVWF sponsors local health fairs bringing health education to the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru and offers programs and scholarships for the local youth who are thinking of pursuing a career in the medical field.

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The latest storm that brought anywhere from .77 to .85 inches of rain to parched Santa Paula was a record-setter of sorts bringing the area to 104 percent of the average rain to date, good news following the long, dry drought.

Part raffle, part auction and all fun, the Optimist Club of Santa Paula is staging its first Quarter Auction January 28, a fundraiser that works somewhat like bingo but involves a numbered paddle, lots of quarters, a numbered ball and prize drawings.

Purchasing a piece of equipment commonly known as a “cherry picker” was cause of City Council and public discussion at the January 3 meeting.

Engineer Matt Lindsey, a firefighter whose family has devoted generations of service to the Santa Paula Fire Department, was honored as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.

A determined K-9 with a nose for those wanted ferreted out two gang members hiding in a space under the floor of an East Harvard Boulevard home Tuesday.

A Santa Paula man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday, and he will have to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the 12-year-term. 

There is no moratorium on food trucks the city manager told several mobile business owners who used public comment at Tuesday’s meeting to plead their case.

A Santa Paula man started the New Year off wrong by being arrested Monday for suspicion of evading a police officer.

Californians were in for a shopping surprise Sunday when the across the board sales tax was deceased by a quarter of a cent.

On December 16th 2016, Ventura County Clerk Recorder Mark Lunn administered the Oath of Office to District 3 Supervisor-elect Kelly Long at the County Government Center, Hall of Administration. The Ceremonial Swearing-In of Supervisors Kelly Long, Steve Bennett, and John Zaragoza will be administered by Presiding Judge Patricia Murphy of the Superior Courts, State of California, County of Ventura at the January 10th Board of Supervisors Ventura County regular meeting. This meeting will begin at 8:30 am and will be held at the County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009. The public is welcome to attend.

Gentle storms continued to bring hope that 2017 will be a Happy New Year of rain and help erode the historic 5-year drought as totals to date close in on an historic normal rain year.

A hometown boy now an internationally known businessman, a couple that creates community beauty, a red-hot enterprise, and two dedicated community volunteers are among those being honored by the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce March 1.

Three people were displaced after their Howie Court home caught fire Friday evening, leading to hefty damage according to a Santa Paula Fire Department official who said the loss is in the “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

The old year went out with a rare, giant double-rainbow, described by many as the brightest and most brilliantly colored rainbow they’ve every seen. Saturday’s rainbow was the perfect backdrop for planes taking off and landing at Santa Paula Airport New Year’s Eve day.                          Photo by Judy Phelps

A Santa Paula gang member with a long history of violence and a reputation for barricading himself on several occasions over the years was sentenced last week to five years in prison with the caveat that he serves 85 percent of that time.

VFW Mercer Prieto Post 2043 celebrated Christmas a little early with the post members and their families with a nice Christmas dinner held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  After dinner, there was a raffle with gifts donated by various Santa Paula Merchants which added that special Christmas feeling of Giving!  St. Paul’s staff has been offering their hall to the Post at no cost for quite a few years now and we are great full for that.   

The Santa Paula Unified School District welcomed its first-ever Junior Optimists Octagon International Club at Santa Paula High School. It was officially chartered on Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

Santa Paula had two homicides in 2016, one quickly solved but the other still an open case.

No need to slow down your post-holiday shopping: Santa Paula’s own 1-cent Measure T sales tax approved by voters in November won’t start until April 1.

Oxnard duo spotted by off-duty VCSO arrested on various chargesA duo from Oxnard were followed by an observant off-duty Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy to Santa Paula Thursday where they were arrested on suspicion of car theft, being in possession of a stolen firearm and illegal drugs.

It was a year of news in Santa Paula where a citizens uprising against a proposed peaker plant and the return of the Rotary Pumpkin Patch led the list of top stories.

A post-Christmas gift came for a Santa Paula senior who left home and got lost on a day that as night fell became increasingly cold with icy winds, but was found by a stranger who said God led his search.

The City Council gave pay raises to four categories of employees at the December 19 meeting.

The City Council will start the New Year off with a short but hefty agenda when they meet Tuesday, a session pushed back one day for the first holiday of 2017.

A rare armed robbery Tuesday was followed with a second incident Wednesday when a man brandished a handgun at a local eatery and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Hiring a new Public Works Director was addressed by the City Council at the December 19 meeting where they decided to wait until a new City Manager takes over the corner office. 

Santa Paula Police are looking for an armed robber that brandished a knife and stole money from a popular ice cream store Tuesday evening.

A higher minimum wage, restoring public trust in autopsies by ensuring they are conducted only by licensed physicians, making CEQA documents easier to access, tightening restrictions on assault weapons and a ban on using “Redskins” as the name of a school team or mascot are among the latest California laws taking effect in the New Year.

The city should be seeing more money after an across the board rate increase for user fees was approved by the City Council at the January 3 meeting.

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