Letters to the Editor

July 30, 2004
Thanking the community To the Editor:I would like to thank the entire Santa Paula community for their tremendous support of this year’s Citrus Festival – the most successful one ever! The Citrus Festival Committee met regularly throughout the year to plan this event. Those who worked so hard and deserve special recognition include Casey Salas, parade organizer; Ron Merson, who assisted in organizing the parade; Brian Yanez, who always provided a positive attitude and made people see their potential; and to all the members of the Santa Paula Kiwanis Club, who worked long hours and provided the person power to make this event happen.The unique aspect of this year’s festival was the tremendous support from the City Staff and City Council. There is no doubt that this very special encouragement injected a real excitement into the event. Special thanks must be given to Wally Bobkiewicz, our city administrator, whose vision and leadership made all the difference in ensuring that this would be a great event for the community!I must also give recognition to our sponsors who underwrote the incredible entertainment so many of us enjoyed. Words cannot express enough appreciation to the Santa Paula Times, Limoneira Company, Santa Paula Chevrolet, City of Santa Paula, Gold Coast Broadcasting, LLC, Ventura County Star, Mi Estrella, Mission Produce, Inc., Fagan Canyon, Calavo, Sunkist, Glen Tavern, Santa Clara Valley Bank, City National Bank, Ford of Santa Paula, Fillmore Family Motors, Saticoy Lemon Association, Fruit Growers Laboratory, Inc., City National Bank, and Cal West Real Estate.Proceeds from this event will go to support a variety of programs for our most precious resource – our youth. As a result of the community’s support, deserving students will receive scholarships and important youth serving organizations, such as the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Isbell School, Santa Paula Museum, Santa Paula Art Society and the Santa Paula Community Library, will receive support.Many of you have made suggestions to make this event even better next year. We appreciate your comments and it is the most important way that we can make the festival a first class event for the Santa Paula community.Thank you again, Santa Paula, for all your support! It truly is Santa Paula’s time!David LunaPresident,Santa Paula KiwanisBill GrantChairperson,Santa Paula Citrus FestivalRocky road
To the Editor:A letter to the City of Santa Paula, City Manager, Mayor, and City Council.It’s time to take a little drive up the newly repaired streets in Santa Paula.Perhaps your automobile suspension and comfortable seats will help you get accustomed to the uneven surfaces, but for a few pedestrians there are some virtual disasters in their future. Loose, uneven new surface material lines the streets. There is no reasonable explanation for this “unfinished” job.A young mother with an occupied child stroller commented on the roughness of the new surfaces as she began her walk within an unmarked street crossing. Hopefully, corrections will be made soon. Before remarking begins.The surface materials were poorly mixed. Notice that the Main Street parking surfaces were immediately scarred with dozens of inch deep furrows caused by automobile wheels. These gauges and lips of loose surface material can be dangerous to less alert citizens, and an invitation to “slip and fall” lawsuits.Question. Were the street repair bids that the City of Santa Paula accepted spelled out to include a specific high grade of surface content and finish?Question. Will the final reinspection of street surfaces specify adequate repairs and completion of the contract to match the specific requirements of the city’s resurfacing agreement?Of course, someone is responsible for supervising this poorly done job, and because it’s so easily corrected we should be looking forward to a quick, and very professional resurfacing of our Santa Paula streets.John UrieSanta Paula

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