The Santa Paula man killed in an officer involved shooting on April 9 was armed with a knife when he charged a woman motorist and later sprinted toward the officers who responded with the knife raised.

On Thursday Santa Paula Police released the identity of the officer that was involved in the April 9 shooting that left an area man dead.

The public will have a chance to attend the first Santa Paula Water & Sewer Rate Study session Thursday at City Hall.

Residents in the area near Palm Avenue and Ventura Street were awakened Sunday morning to the sound of gunfire from an officer involved shooting that left a local man, reportedly brandishing a knife, dead.

Members of the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Visiting Committee visited Santa Paula High School March 26-29, 2017. WASC is responsible for evaluating and assuring the quality of educational institutions and programs in the western region. WASC accreditation is a process schools use to monitor student learning and set school improvement goals. Schools assess their program and the impact on student learning with respect to WASC criteria and other accreditation factors. According to the WASC website, every six years, accredited schools conduct a self-study and host a self-study visit. The self-study process culminates in the refinement of a schoolwide action plan. Throughout the accreditation cycle, schools are expected to address the schoolwide action plan and demonstrate evidence of acceptable student achievement and school improvement. In 2011, SPHS received a six year term with a one day mid-term review. The schedule this year included a meet and greet with parents, students, SPUSD Governing Board, and District administrators as well as gathering data, class observations, and participating in focus groups.  

The Santa Paula Fire Department responded to 2,251 calls last year, some overlapping each other and all requiring an emergency response.

Crash into Utility Pole

April 07, 2017

It was no April Fool’s joke when a vehicle slammed into a utility pole on Highway 150 about one mile north of Bridge Road, leaving scores of residents without power Saturday afternoon. Emergency responders included Southern California Edison crews that worked to replace the pole and restore power to about 1,944 SCE customers.                                                                                                 Courtesy photo by Richard Rudman

The Easter & Earth Celebration will be back on Saturday, April 15 when there will be plenty of fun for the entire family.

There will be an interview marathon Wednesday at City Hall when the members of separate employee and community citizens’ committees sit down to interview the final four candidates for Santa Paula’s top job.

A man wanted by Santa Paula Police was arrested Monday in Ventura after he was found passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and, after officers roused him, he scuffled with police allegedly punching two of them.

The City Council offered some parting remarks to City Manager Jaime Fontes, whose day with the city is April 14.

Mother Nature may threaten to put the kibosh on at least one weekend event and make for a soggy second one with a forecast of rain Friday lingering possibly into Saturday.

An agenda item will come back for reconsideration after the City Council axed language addressing costly traffic improvements in the area of the high school.

Five members were appointed by the City Council to the Measure T Citizens Oversight Committee, formed in the wake of the passage of the 1 cent sales tax meant to benefit police, fire, youth programs and roads.

David H. Esquivel, Sr.

April 07, 2017

David H. Esquivel, Sr. 

The coolest event in Ventura County, Santa Paula’s Cruise Nite, is revving up for its 19th season Friday with hundreds of sweet, pre-1975 cars and even more friends strolling historic East Main Street enjoying live music, restaurants, shopping and the vibe of the historic Downtown.

Rick Cook hands Coach Carla (SPHS Girls Softball coach) a check for $ 2,800 which was from the proceeds of the Santa Paula Masonic lodge # 291 third annual spaghetti dinner supporting  SP high softball program. The fundraiser is held because April is public schools month for all Masonic lodges in California. The dinner was held on March 24, 2017 at the Masonic Lodge .

It wasn’t a gusher but sure looked like one to residents of 9th Street who on Friday experienced an outflowing of water that led to fears a main had broken. 

The 17th Annual National Day of Prayer in Santa Paula will be observed on Thursday, May 4, 2017 pm, at Chapel of the Angels in Santa Paula.  Pastor Roger Cervantes from Living Waters will host the event and lead other pastors in prayer. Worship music will be provided by the worship team.

A Santa Paula man was arrested early Thursday for vehicle burglary after he was found inside a vehicle that wasn’t his and to be in possession of several sets of car keys. 

 Tommie Sanchez-Reyes, Director of Human Resources for Classified Employees for the Santa Paula Unified School District, was selected as Classified Educational Leader of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators — the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States.

There will be an interesting meeting Thursday when residents are expected to square off with the developers of a property approved for residential use years ago.

Joe Chrisman was part of UCLA’s national basketball championship in 1967 and he talked about March Madness with his wife Valerie at the Blanchard Community Library on Tuesday, March 28.

“Made for Shade” by Ray Harding shined as the Best of Show winner, sponsered by Santa Paula Chevrolet, at the 80th Annual Santa Paula Society of the Arts Art & Photography Exhibit. The work also garnered the top prize in the Jury of Your Peers for Mixed Media & Graphics and 2nd in People’s Choice.  

An array of models showed an even wider array of fashions at the unique Ebell Club Victorian & Vogue Fashion Show & Tea, where vintage met the latest clothing trends.

Esther Chavez

March 29, 2017

Esther Chavez

Jean Roed Smith

March 31, 2017

Jean Roed Smith

Steven Malcolm Jump

March 24, 2017

Steven Malcolm Jump

Letters to the Editor

March 24, 2017

SPUSD’s decision 

Raul Camacho

March 22, 2017

Raul Camacho 

Talk about Dropbox

March 22, 2017

Hello all.  I hope you’ve been enjoying the rain and the relief it’s bringing us.  Here’s to a continuing prosperous and healthy new year!

Barbara Palmer

March 15, 2017

Barbara Palmer 

When you retire, some of your expenses may go down – but health care is not likely to be one of them. In fact, your health care costs during retirement may well increase, so you may want to plan for these costs well before you leave the work force. 

Harold Ray Shoemate

March 10, 2017

Harold Ray Shoemate

Annis B Williams

March 08, 2017

Annis B Williams

Karen Lyn Portlock

March 08, 2017

Karen Lyn Portlock

Esther Tribis

March 03, 2017

Esther Tribis 

James “Jim” Felkins

March 01, 2017

James “Jim” Felkins 

Betty Seabaugh-DeBolt

March 01, 2017

Betty Seabaugh-DeBolt

Esther Tribis

March 01, 2017

Esther Tribis 

Raymond Lloyd McCalister 

International Women’s Day, observed on March 8, celebrates the social, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women continue to face many challenges. For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. If you’re a woman, what can you do to get past these barriers?

James “Jim” Felkins

March 01, 2017

James “Jim” Felkins 

Betty Seabaugh-DeBolt

March 01, 2017

Betty Seabaugh-DeBolt

Raymond Lloyd McCalister 

International Women’s Day, observed on March 8, celebrates the social, cultural and political achievements of women. Yet, women continue to face many challenges. For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. If you’re a woman, what can you do to get past these barriers?

Gussie Lee Abel

February 15, 2017

Gussie Lee Abel

Last year, Americans spent more than $19 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts, according to the National Retail Federation, with the majority of this money going to flowers, candy, cards and an evening out. These gifts were thoughtful, of course, and no doubt appreciated, but they were also somewhat disposable, for want of a better word. On the other hand, some financial gifts can have a pretty long “shelf life.”

Clifford “Walt” Garmon

February 08, 2017

Clifford “Walt” Garmon 

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