Ventura County Third District Supervisor Kelly Long was one of the participants in the Heritage Valley Tourism Bureau’s (HVTB ) Annual Member Meeting held February 1st at the Santa Paula Depot. HVTB members and others interested in local tourism met to review the group’s accomplishments for the past year and discuss effective short term and long term strategies for increasing the economic benefits of tourism throughout the Heritage Valley.

Blanchard Community Library will be the focus of future planning and all Santa Paulans — library users or not — are invited to provide input.

A pursuit that started in Santa Paula Thursday and caused an accident ended in Ventura, but so far the suspect involved has not been located.

Brian Morris is the new Director of Certificated Personnel for the Santa Paula Unified School District. Morris started in his new position on February 21, 2017.

While the film community was handing out Oscar awards somewhere in La La Land on Sunday, February 26, nearly a hundred community theater mavens were honored at Ventura County’s Four Star Theater Awards at the High Street Theater in Moorpark.

Elvia Hernandez is a hometown dynamo and her continuing efforts on behalf of church and community garnered her the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.

Retired after a decades long career as a Santa Paula Police Officer, Carlos Juarez continues to be on duty by volunteering for programs and activities that help make the city great.

The City Council learned that financial news is bad with the slowed Harvest at Limoneira development and other factors that is resulting in an anticipated $311,868 shortfall in budget revenue.

One person was injured in a March 7 traffic collision on East Harvard Boulevard at 10th Street, according to SPPD Sgt. Ken Clark. “One male adult was transported for a minor injury,” following the collision, that occurred at about 5 p.m. when one vehicle traveling eastbound turned left in front of the westbound vehicle. Clark said both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.                                      Photo by Misha Chapman

Settling a lawsuit over the development of the Hardison House property is on the Consent Calendar of Monday’s City Council meeting, a meeting short on business but tackling several important issues.

Santa Paula Police arrested a man Sunday for allegedly raping a woman, a crime reported early that morning when the victim sought help at the Santa Paula Hospital Emergency Room, according to a SPPD spokesman.

The Isbell Middle School Concert Band attended the Santa Susana Band & Orchestra Festival held at Moorpark College on Saturday, March 11. Students performed before a panel of three judges and earned the rating of “Unanimous Superior” which is the highest rating that can be earned at a judged festival. This is incredibly difficult to achieve and marks the first time an ensemble from Isbell Middle School has earned this rating. In addition, this is the third consecutive year that the Isbell Middle School Concert Band has earned a superior rating at an adjudicated festival. The band has now qualified for the regional festival where they will get the opportunity to compete with the top music ensembles in Southern California. Way to go!

With 360 participants on 48 teams it’s not easy to choose the recipient of the Charlie Castro Award for Youth Basketball Volunteer Award but Danny Alvarez’s dedication cinched the prize this year.

Many Santa Paulans remember Adalgis White, who for decades owned and operated Mode O’ Day on East Main Street, its storefront a throwback of funky fun fashions including a wide array of brightly colored muu muus that dominated the display window. 

Every family that includes undocumented members needs to have a plan for what will happen to their children should family members be detained, those that attended a special workshop in Santa Paula learned.

The Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce recognized Blanchard Community Library as the Non-Profit of the Year for the ongoing benefits it provides to the community.

Five students from Renaissance High School attended the “Entrée to Employment” event held on Thursday, February 9 on the campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The event brought together high school, adult education and community college students with real-world employers throughout Ventura County. The focus was on the information and communications technology industry. The experience provided students with a unique opportunity to share, engage, and connect to the future business world. “The event was a great experience for the students,” said Nilson Lopez, a teacher at Renaissance High School. “One student was offered a job and two others 

A Santa Paula man was arrested Tuesday on charges related to the overdose death of his friend for whom he allegedly acted as the go-between for a heroin purchase.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ventura County is readying to step out to raise money and awareness at its annual walk, the City Council learned at the March 6 meeting.

Santa Paulans won’t have far to go to address unmet transit needs with two separate meetings by two related agencies that help residents get from here to there.

A carbon monoxide detector did its job at a Downtown area apartment complex where a small fire in a parking structure was doused Monday.

It was no walk in the park when the City Council grappled with recommendations made by the Recreation Commission regarding the new complex at the Harvest at Limoneira.

Board of Trustees of the Blanchard Community Library and Directors of the BCL Endowment share smiles as Laura Phillips and Ed Arguelles display a $20,000 check facsimile made to the community library for the 2017 operating year.

An area orthodontist, actually Santa Paula’s only orthodontist Dr. Jared Lee, DDS MS was honored by the Chamber of Commerce with the 2016 Beautification Award for maintaining one of Main Street’s most outstanding buildings.

Santa Paula Police responded to a reported domestic dispute last week that led to the arrest of a man for suspicion of drug charges.

Members of Renaissance High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team attended the Regional Gold Coast Section Conference on February 4, 2017 in Westlake Village, Calif. Congratulations to Vincent Mendez, a student at Renaissance High School, who received 5th place in the “Computer Applications” event. He will advance to the state competition in Sacramento this coming April. Above are members of the Renaissance High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team.

Santa Paula Police arrested a 15-year-old juvenile last week on allegations that he repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old during an altercation in a quiet residential neighborhood.

New Ventura County District 3 Supervisor Kelly Long visited the City Council at the February 21 meeting.

Theft is relative, Delia Cordero discovered when she almost lost $900 to a woman who called and identified herself as Cordero’s niece in distress.

Ebell Park was the focus of discussion by the Design Assistance Committee at the February 2 meeting.

The State of the City is good Mayor Jenny Crosswhite told the crowd at the annual Celebrate Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce dinner honoring an array of citizens and businesses.

A vision that filled the Downtown with flowers led to Dianne and Dudley Davis being honored with the 2016 Dr. Sam Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Chamber of Commerce.

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