Free event will engage students on region’s housing, transportation and economic issues

On Sept. 28, the Future VC Leaders’ Summit will convene college students at the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) to learn how transportation, housing, economic and urban planning issues impact the local community. Students will have an opportunity to speak directly to civic leaders and influence policy and planning decisions.

The Summit is sponsored by the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC), the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and the region’s major colleges and universities.

“The Future VC Leaders’ Summit will engage college students in issues and policies that directly impact their daily lives and their desire to stay in Ventura County after they graduate,” said Darren Kettle, executive director of VCTC. “We are looking forward to meeting the future leaders of our region.”

The event will take place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 in the VCCF conference room at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo, Calif. 93012. It is free to students enrolled at Ventura County colleges and universities and includes breakfast and transportation from campus, however advance registration is required. Students can register for the Summit at www.futurevcleaders.eventbrite.com and learn more at www.goventura.org/summit.

The Summit program will feature a keynote address by Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy; a lively panel discussion with local experts in the fields of transportation, economics and urban planning; and closing remarks by Erick Went, entrepreneur and Chief Technology Officer of Camarillo-based Matter Labs. The event will include opportunities for students to interact with the speakers and network with their peers.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at www.goventura.org.

 


 

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) has launched a new page on its website that allows people to order bus passes online and have them delivered by mail to a physical address of their choosing. The online sales portal is the latest feature to be added to the VCTC’s recently redesigned website.

“Online pass sales allow for a higher level of convenience and accessibility for VCTC bus riders,” said Darren Kettle, VCTC executive director. “Individuals can now order passes 24-7 from their computer, phone or other device and receive them by mail.”

The pass sales portal, powered by Shopify, allows riders to purchase VCTC 10-Ride Tickets or 31-Day Passes. The 10-Ride Ticket gives riders a discount of 10% per ride. The 31-Day Pass offer unlimited rides for 31 consecutive days starting from the first of day of use. Passes will arrive in the mail at the address provided by the rider.

In-person pass sales remain available at seven locations throughout Ventura County. Passes can also be purchased over the phone by calling (800) 438-1112. For more information, visit www.goventura.org/buy-passes/.

Later this fall, VCTC will unveil an additional feature for transit customers – an “app” for real-time transit information for all Ventura County bus services.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at www.goventura.org.

 

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Transform Youths’ Lives with Pie

Calling all bakers and lovers of pie to our 3rd Annual Pie for Breakfast! The pie bake-off and silent auction will benefit the One Step A La Vez program for at-risk youth. One Step A La Vez youth have been in partnership with the Latinos for Engagement, Advancement, Development (LEAD) Employee Resource Group from Southern California Edison (SCE). LEAD will showcase a student-designed “Clean Power” art exhibition demonstrating what clean energy means to students and their community. Eat pie and learn more about clean energy.

The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10am-12pm at the One Step Teen Center, 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, CA 93015. The event will include a Clean Power Youth Art Exhibition, pie bake-off contest, and silent auction. There is no cost to attend. All guests can enjoy a slice of pie for breakfast. Anyone who wishes can contribute a homemade or purchased pie as a donation to the silent pie auction or may enter the pie contest.

Pie-bake off contest information: Bakers who would like to be considered for the bakeoff must submit two identical recipe homemade pies between 9am-10am on the contest day at 421 Sespe Ave. Fillmore, CA. Winning pies will be live auctioned at the event. There will be prizes for the winning pies in the categories of crust, filling, best looking, best overall, and best student pie.

“Last year, one prize winning pie auctioned for more than $300! Since we began this event two years ago, it just keeps growing. You do not want to miss the excitement! We’re hoping to have more youth bakers this year, because we have a category for best youth baker.” Kate English, executive director of One Step A La Vez

One Step A La Vez is a teen drop in center serving Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru teens between the ages of 13 and 19. The majority of One Step A La Vez youth are Latino high school students from low income families who are trained in leadership, service to others and civic engagement. The One Step youth were recently invited by LEAD to visit SCE‘s Irwindale Energy Center to learn about renewable energy.
As a result, the students have engineered a “Clean Power” art exhibition that will be displayed at Pie for Breakfast. All students are welcome to enter artwork on this theme, and there will be prizes for the youth artists.

The mission of the One Step A La Vez program is to serve the communities of the Santa Clara Valley by providing a safe environment for 13-19 year olds and preparing informed, empowered youth who are equipped with the tools to lead; cultivate cultural awareness; bridge the gaps of inequality; and advocate for fair, just and healthy individuals and community.

For more information contact: Kate English at 805-625-7067 or kate@myonestep.org

 


 
Pictured above is a photo memorial plaque for the St. Francis Dam which sits at the Bardsdale Cemetery.
Pictured above is a photo memorial plaque for the St. Francis Dam which sits at the Bardsdale Cemetery.
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Submitted by Martha Gentry, Fillmore Historical Museum, St. Francis Dam Commemoration Committee

The St. Francis Dam commemorative committee is happy to finally have placed the memorial plaque at the Bardsdale Cemetery. Many thanks to Lin Thomas who donated the rock which was found on his ranch. Thanks also to Sam Bennett and Johnny Zavala who retrieved the rock and took it to Fillmore Lumber where Butch Foy installed the plaque. Sam and Johnny were responsible for moving the rock to the cemetery and placing it in a prominent location near the burial plots of many of the victims of the flood disaster. Doug Basolo, manager of the cemetery, was also instrumental in deciding on the location and placement of the stone. This was the culmination of the 90th anniversary events commemorating the collapse of the St. Francis Dam.

 
(l-r) Bruce, Mark, Jim and Greg jam in front of Roan Mills
(l-r) Bruce, Mark, Jim and Greg jam in front of Roan Mills
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Local musicians Bruce, Mark, Jim and Greg got together for a free-form jam session on Friday, September 7 in front of Roan Mills, 400 block Central Ave. After playing to a crowd of approximately 30 people, Bruce Johnson (above playing bass) said, “We’re inviting all local musicians to come out and jam with us on Friday nights. For more info visit www.packinghousecreative.com

 

Submitted by Lynn R. Edmonds

Please join with the Soroptimists and the Lions’ Clubs of Fillmore to Celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 at 5:00 at the City Park by the Peace Pole.

In 1981 the UN General Assembly Resolution passed a resolution put forth by Costa Rica, that Sept 21 be declared the International Day of Peace to be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace. Soroptimist International of Fillmore member, Sarah Hansen, began the first Fillmore International Day of Peace in 2007 with a temporary wooden pole. The permanent Peace Pole was installed in 2010 though the collaboration of the City of Fillmore, local service groups and donations from individuals.

Inscribed on the Peace Pole Fillmore Peace Pole is script in seven languages stating “May Peace Prevail on Earth”; English, Spanish, Chumash, Arabic, Braille, Hebrew and Japanese.

In declaring the International Day of Peace, — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said "Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind." This is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all. It is each of our responsibility to do our part in building a more peaceful world.

Please join us for a time to reflect on the need for peace!

 

The Ventura County Elections Division seeks volunteers to staff and manage 361 polling places throughout the county for the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election. Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn stated, “Being a poll worker is a great opportunity to meet new people while serving our community and the democratic process.”

Eligibility:
• Must be 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Poll Worker Program)
• Must be able to read and speak English
• Must be able to work from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Election Day
• Must be a U.S. citizen, registered to vote in California or a Legal Permanent Resident
• Must complete training
• Bilingual Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, and Vietnamese speaking poll workers are especially needed

Duties:
• Set up and administer a designated Polling Place
• Direct voters to sign in and verify addresses
• Assist voters to operate the electronic voting machine
• Answer voters’ procedural questions
• Close polls at the end of the Election Day

Compensation:
• A stipend of $20 to complete required training
• A stipend of $90 to serve as a Clerk
• A stipend of $125 to serve as an Inspector

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online at http://venturavote.org on the poll workers menu. For additional information regarding becoming a poll worker or to request a paper application, contact the Ventura County Elections Division at (805) 654-2784. You may also apply in person at the Elections Division located in the Hall of Administration, Lower Plaza, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura.

 
Rancho Camulos Museum is excited about the authentic Tataviam Village being built on their site. The village will show another aspect of our early California history. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Rancho Camulos Museum is excited about the authentic Tataviam Village being built on their site. The village will show another aspect of our early California history. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The 2nd Annual Big Bike Splash-Bike Safety Class took place on September 1st. The event kicked off with a bike ride and ended with a pool party at the Fillmore Aquatic Center. The event was sponsored by the Fillmore Lions Club. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
The 2nd Annual Big Bike Splash-Bike Safety Class took place on September 1st. The event kicked off with a bike ride and ended with a pool party at the Fillmore Aquatic Center. The event was sponsored by the Fillmore Lions Club. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Workers were seen inside the Waba Grill which is gearing up to open at the end of September. Tofu veggie bowl anyone?
Workers were seen inside the Waba Grill which is gearing up to open at the end of September. Tofu veggie bowl anyone?
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The Fillmore Lions Club inducted two new members at a recent meeting. Club Membership Chair Bill Edmonds (left) is pictured with Jaclyn Ibarra and Bill’s wife Lynn Edmonds. Jaclyn and Lynn have participated in Lions Club activities for some time before officially joining. Photo courtesy Brian Wilson.
The Fillmore Lions Club inducted two new members at a recent meeting. Club Membership Chair Bill Edmonds (left) is pictured with Jaclyn Ibarra and Bill’s wife Lynn Edmonds. Jaclyn and Lynn have participated in Lions Club activities for some time before officially joining. Photo courtesy Brian Wilson.
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On Thursday, August 9, 2018 Fillmore Citizen Patrol awarded 3 scholarships totaling $3,000 to Explorer Angel Mejia. Angel plans are to attend California State University Channel Islands, work part-time, and continue with Fillmore’s Explorer Post #2958. Congratulations Angel! Pictured are: Lisa Hammond, Angel Mejia, Annette Fox, Captain Eric Tennessen. Courtesy of Lisa Hammond and Lidia Arredondo.
On Thursday, August 9, 2018 Fillmore Citizen Patrol awarded 3 scholarships totaling $3,000 to Explorer Angel Mejia. Angel plans are to attend California State University Channel Islands, work part-time, and continue with Fillmore’s Explorer Post #2958. Congratulations Angel! Pictured are: Lisa Hammond, Angel Mejia, Annette Fox, Captain Eric Tennessen. Courtesy of Lisa Hammond and Lidia Arredondo.
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(l-r) Rotary Club President Andy Klittich presenting Ernie Villegas with a mug to recognize all the time he has dedication he has put into the Designation Fillmore program. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Rotary Club President Andy Klittich presenting Ernie Villegas with a mug to recognize all the time he has dedication he has put into the Designation Fillmore program. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Submitted by Martha Richardson

Rotarian, Ernie Villegas gave and interesting and enthusiastic program on Destination Fillmore. He and a dedicated “team of champions” are committed to making Fillmore the place to be and to come to. We have our Train and City events which are drawing people, but we need more to bring in monetary resources. There are ideas to bring in small microbreweries, new ice cream store, more music downtown, and other small businesses that will draw visitors and locals as well as filling empty buildings. FAB, the Fillmore Association of Business is working with current merchants to improve and retain their business. They are encouraging family friendly events like the Porch Fest, events at diamond Realty and the Fillmore Alumni Association. With new technology we can get the Fillmore “word” out. There is a Fillmore webpage, in progress which will show all that is happening here. Some say why change things, but we all know most people are shopping and eating out of town. We need to make our downtown a great place to shop, eat, and enjoy by all.

 

Ventura County Library Adult Literacy READ Program is looking for Adult volunteer tutors who would like to help other adults improve their reading and writing skills. No teaching experience is required and the training is free. The five-week tutor training series will be offered in Ventura in August through September, and in Simi Valley in September through October.

The READ program trains adult volunteers to provide free one-to-one reading instruction for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. Ventura County Library is encouraging residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

After completion of the five-week training, tutors will meet with their adult learners at locations throughout the county. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners.

Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction. Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.

For more information about how you can support literacy and make a difference in someone's life, call (805) 677-7160.

 

Show Student ID for a Free Ride
Do you attend California Lutheran University, California State University at Chanel Islands, Moorpark College, Oxnard College or Ventura College? Then you can ride the bus for free this school year! All you have to do is show the bus driver your student ID.

Transit Operators County-Wide
The College Ride Pilot Program is a grant-funded project that will allow Ventura County college students to ride buses in Ventura County for free for the 2018-19 academic year. Students can ride on any bus at any time and do not have to be traveling to or from school. The following operators are participating:

• Camarillo Area Transit
• Gold Coast Transit District
• Kanan Shuttle
• Moorpark City Transit
• Ojai Trolley
• Simi Valley Transit
• Thousand Oaks Transit
• Valley Express
• VCTC Intercity Transit Service

Students can save money, relieve stress and help the environment by participating in this program.

Ventura County Transportation Commission

 
Fillmore Rotary Club prepares for their Literacy Project. Dictionaries will be distributed to every 3rd grader in the Fillmore Unified School District this coming September. Members and friends gathered to place Rotary labels, with the 4-Way Test inside each book. Pictured above are some of the Rotary members who helped with placing labels. Back row l-r: Lynn Hicks, Dick Richardson, Dave Andersen Front Row: Soleil Peacock, Alicia Hicks, and Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary Club prepares for their Literacy Project. Dictionaries will be distributed to every 3rd grader in the Fillmore Unified School District this coming September. Members and friends gathered to place Rotary labels, with the 4-Way Test inside each book. Pictured above are some of the Rotary members who helped with placing labels. Back row l-r: Lynn Hicks, Dick Richardson, Dave Andersen Front Row: Soleil Peacock, Alicia Hicks, and Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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(l-r) Ari Larson, Rotary President Elect, introduced Victoria Beelik who has developed a program to plan, prepare and evacuate large animals in case of emergency. During the Thomas Fire she was the site coordinator for large animals at the fairgrounds. She is an author and presents seminars on how to plan, prepare and evacuate your animals when needed. She stressed communication with neighbors, who also have large animals, being sure everyone has the ability to move their animals. Paperwork on each animal, important phone numbers, etc. should be in a portfolio and ready to grab when evacuating. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Ari Larson, Rotary President Elect, introduced Victoria Beelik who has developed a program to plan, prepare and evacuate large animals in case of emergency. During the Thomas Fire she was the site coordinator for large animals at the fairgrounds. She is an author and presents seminars on how to plan, prepare and evacuate your animals when needed. She stressed communication with neighbors, who also have large animals, being sure everyone has the ability to move their animals. Paperwork on each animal, important phone numbers, etc. should be in a portfolio and ready to grab when evacuating. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On Thursday, August 2nd President of the Santa Clara Valley Hospice Board of Director Rachel Bustillos presenting a check
of $300 to Alejandro Arana, President of the Santa Paula High School Key Club.
On Thursday, August 2nd President of the Santa Clara Valley Hospice Board of Director Rachel Bustillos presenting a check of $300 to Alejandro Arana, President of the Santa Paula High School Key Club.

Submitted by Santa Clara Valley Hospice

Rachel Bustillos, President of the Santa Clara Valley Hospice Board of Director, presented Alejandro Arana with a check for $300 in support of the Santa Paula High School Key Club. Alejandro, President of Club, accepted the check and said that the money will help the club offset the cost of the bus taking them to the Fall Rally South event in Six Flags this November.

President Bustillos said, "We, at Hospice are very appreciative of the many volunteer hours that these fine young students have given to our organization and to the community", "there are so many instances when their help has been invaluable!". For the past months, Key Club members helped Hospice in large events like the Night of Elegant Nostalgia, the Man Cave Tour, Cinco de Mayo, the Hawaiian Casino Night, and the most recent Santa Paula Senior Festival.

The club has also provided student-interns to Hospice, Lizette Cornejo and Emily Chavez. Lizette and Emily, now Seniors, helped the Hospice's office for several months while gaining professional office skills.

"Helping Hospice is very aligned with our Club's mission", said Alejandro. "Key Club and Hospice are all about helping the people in our community!"

"Key Club International is the oldest, largest, and most successful non-profit student-led organization for high school students. Through community service students learn about caring, character-building, inclusiveness, and leadership. Members of Key Club, a part of the community-service based Kiwanis International Family, develop themselves into young leaders as they positively impact their schools and communities."

The Santa Clara Valley Hospice is a community volunteer, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization serving older adults and people with disabilities. They also offer support and programs for those experiencing short or long term illnesses in the cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore and the non incorporated areas of Piru and Saticoy. Their office is located at 217 N. Tenth St. in Santa Paula. All their programs are free of charge and they can be reached at 805-525-1333 M-F from 9 am to 1 pm.

 
Who can remember these Fillmore FFA kids as well as what year they were in the club? Please submit your answers in the comments on the Fillmore Gazette Facebook page. Photo courtesy Mark Ortega, FHS Alumni Association President.
Who can remember these Fillmore FFA kids as well as what year they were in the club? Please submit your answers in the comments on the Fillmore Gazette Facebook page. Photo courtesy Mark Ortega, FHS Alumni Association President.
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