Santa Paula Beautiful success outlined by event coordinator

November 09, 2007
Santa Paula City Council

The community and sponsors were thanked for another successful Santa Paula Beautiful, after the coordinator of the cleanup event told the City Council the results of the recent half-day beautification effort.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe community and sponsors were thanked for another successful Santa Paula Beautiful, after the coordinator of the cleanup event told the City Council the results of the recent half-day beautification effort.Public Works Compliance Officer Lance Lawhon said that the October 20 Santa Paula Beautiful drew more than 250 volunteers, and resulted in the collection of more than 11 1/2 tons of trash and green waste. “It was quite successful,” even garnering more than $2,300 in private donations from those who value the aesthetics of the city, noted Lawhon.Among the volunteer groups was Heritage Valley ARC, which has adopted Veterans Memorial Park and was a strong presence among the volunteers who tackled a variety of projects. Santa Paula High School also had a strong volunteer showing, including members of several campus clubs.
Isbell Middle School, churches and community members worked from 8 a.m. to noon at various locations around the city, with a special emphasis on parks and entryways. “They did many projects at various locations... our main location was Veterans Memorial Park, but we also did work at other parks,” tackling jobs that ranged from general cleaning and grooming to plant and tree plantings.Business sponsors also continued to show strong support. Lawhon said that the corner of Main and Ojai streets - just east of the future location of the Santa Paula Art Museum - was the focus of beautification of its planters, including new trees.And, “Although October 20th was the big day, it’s an everyday thought and mindset as people drive around the city and see things,” as they see areas that need improvement or correction or “have any ideas,” that they contact the Public Works Department at 933-4212, noted Lawhon.“Thank you Lance, and I and the Council also want to thank those that helped or donated” to the community effort, said Mayor Ray Luna.



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