After celebrating their 50th anniversary this past month, Fillmore Women’s Service Club president Jeanne Klittich told her members it was time to put their hard earned money back into their community. She tasked Service Club members to find worthy causes that would improve and benefit the families that call Fillmore home. Service Club member Shelly Johnson teamed up with Fillmore FFA Booster president Scott Beylik and presented the plans for a new meats laboratory on the Fillmore School Farm. Years ago the previous meats lab had been ruined in the flooding of the Santa Clara River in 2005. With the help of the FFA Boosters, Scott Beylik and Rigo Landeros had new plans drawn, and the cement pad pored, but more funds were needed to erect the building.

The Fillmore Women’s Service Club voted to award $20,000 to the structure that will serve hundreds of Fillmore students for years to come. Shelly Johnson said’ “I wanted the club to put their money into something that would serve hundreds of students for years, possibly even decades.” She went on to talk about how she grew up in the butcher business and how teaching students about the meat industry is an important part of agriculture. Members of the Women’s Service Club, FFA Boosters, and Ag Advisory Board, gathered on the cement pad for the meats lab and presented the $20,000 check the Fillmore FFA officers, Agriculture teachers, and Principal.

Submitted by Pam Klittich
Student Teacher Fillmore High School


Scott Beylik of FVFF and Jeanne Klittich of FWSC holding check presented to the Foundation. Attending are Fire Chief Rigo Landeros, several of his personnel and Club members Marilyn Griffin, Donna Voelker and Tobey Bowers.
Scott Beylik of FVFF and Jeanne Klittich of FWSC holding check presented to the Foundation. Attending are Fire Chief Rigo Landeros, several of his personnel and Club members Marilyn Griffin, Donna Voelker and Tobey Bowers.
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FWSC President Jeanne Klittich presents the check to Police Chief Dave Wareham along with several of our local deputies,  Enjoying the moment are Club members Donna Voelker, Tobey Bowers and Marilyn Griffin.
FWSC President Jeanne Klittich presents the check to Police Chief Dave Wareham along with several of our local deputies, Enjoying the moment are Club members Donna Voelker, Tobey Bowers and Marilyn Griffin.
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On Friday, October 10th the Fillmore Women’s Service Club made two important organizations serving Fillmore smile as the club donated monies to them to improve their situation.

They met with the recipients at the Fillmore Police Station to give a check to both groups to fill their need to better operate while serving the citizens of Fillmore.

The first group was the Fillmore Volunteer Firefighters Foundation who received a check for $4500 toward replacing the outdated computers on their Fire Trucks. The new computers will be able to integrate with the county system, thereby improving all services. Attending were several members of the fire department led by Fire Chief Rigo Landeros. Club President Jeanne Klittich presented the check to Foundation Chairman Scott Beylik.

The second group receiving a donation of $1500 was the Fillmore Police Department. It will provide “CoolCop” devices for use in their patrol cars. The equipment permits each deputy to connect from the car’s air-conditioning system to their protective vests helping to maintain a semblance of comfort during our extremely hot weather. Accepting the check from Club President Jeanne Klittich was Fillmore Police Chief Dave Wareham as several very happy deputies and Club members looked on.

According to FWSC President Jeanne Klittich, the club donates their hard earned funds to worthwhile projects along with their scholarships to benefit as many in our community as possible. The Fillmore Women’s Service Club has been active in Fillmore for over 50 years and whose members work toward making Fillmore a better place to live.


The Diamond Real Estate Art Show took place on Friday evening, October 24th. Part of the exhibit was Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead themed.
The Diamond Real Estate Art Show took place on Friday evening, October 24th. Part of the exhibit was Dia de Los Muertos, Day of the Dead themed.
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One Step a la Vez will be hosting two free two day sessions of Mental Health First Aid presented by Ventura County Behavioral Health, one in English and one in Spanish. OSALV will also be scheduling a session geared specifically towards teens in the near future.

Mental Health First Aid is a ground breaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive two-day course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.

Attendees will learn the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. Attendees will also learn how to use a 5-step action plan to assess a crisis situation and select and implement appropriate interventions; the realities and prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in our communities.

Important information will be given on how to access appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources to help someone with a mental health problem.

There is no cost to register. To reserve a spot in either the English or Spanish session, or for more information please contact Kate English: or call 805-625-7067.

Spanish session: November 5th & 7th 9am – 1pm, English session: November 10th & 11th 5pm- 9pm, Classes will be held at: , One Step a la Vez Community Center,421 Sespe Ave., Fillmore.



CAMARILLO, CA - A large coalition of prominent local Democratic leaders welcomed former President Bill Clinton while encouraging Democratic voters to support Jeff Gorell for Congress in California's 26th District.

"As Democrats, we support both President Clinton and Jeff Gorell," declared Tony Skinner, President of the Ventura County International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union.

"Like former President Clinton, Jeff Gorell understands how to bridge partisan differences to move our country forward," said former Oxnard Mayor Dr. Tom Holden. "That's why Jeff Gorell is the best choice for Democrats, Independents and Republicans."

Ventura County Democratic leaders supporting both Clinton and Gorell include:

Bedford & Irene Pinkard
Oxnard Councilmembers (Ret.)

Dr. Tom Holden
Oxnard Mayor (Ret.)

Sandy Smith
Ventura Mayor (Ret.)

Fred Robinson
Santa Paula Mayor (Ret.)

Steve Carlson, Past Secretary
Moorpark Democratic Club

Dick Jacquez
Oxnard Unified School Trustee (Ret.)

Lyle Elliot
Real Estate Professional Andres & Priscilla Herrera
Oxnard Community Leaders

Frances Prince
Thousand Oaks Mayor (Ret.)

Tony Skinner
President, Ventura County IBEW

Cindy Diaz-Telly
Pres. Ventura Coastal Realtors

Bob Taylor, Former Pres.
Camarillo Chamber

John & Maria Elena Ramirez
Oxnard Community Advocates

Tila Santana-Estrada
Oxnard Business Owner

"Jeff Gorell is one of the few candidates in Ventura County with the ability to attract this much cross-over support from Democrats," stated former Thousand Oaks Mayor Frances Prince. "We need this kind of bipartisan leadership in Washington D.C."



Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash and green waste collection schedule on Nov. 14, during the week of Veterans Day.

For more information, call 647-1414.



Ventura, California - Cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death in men and women, will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Alon Steinberg, M.D., will present an overview of cardiovascular disease and provide necessary knowledge to recognize this deadly disease, at the seminar that will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Ventura County Community Foundation, located at 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd. in Camarillo.

In “Matters of the Heart: What Every Person Needs to Know to Maintain a Healthy Heart,” Dr. Steinberg also will cover prevention strategies to combat cardiovascular disease as well as discuss important gender differences and biases in diagnosis and treatment of it.

Dr. Steinberg received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his fellowship training in cardiology at University of Florida hospitals. He also did additional training in cardiac computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging at the Berlin Heart Institute. Dr. Steinberg is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, cardiac CT and nuclear cardiology and is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Community Memorial Hospital. He has appeared on Cable News Network and CNN’s Headline News as an expert in his field.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Please visit or call Brown Paper Ticket at 1-800/838-3006.

The final free seminar for 2014 will be Cataract Surgery: The State of the Art, on Dec. 9.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 12 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.


This Thursday, October 30th, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will be working with the Thousand Oaks Police Department to host Youth Safety Night at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm.

Youth Safety Night will include various information and services available. Fire safety materials will be available, as well as certificates honoring those who pledge to remain drug free in recognition of "Red Ribbon Week". The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be fingerprinting children to help parents maintain a record of their child’s identity.

What: Youth Safety Night at The Oaks Mall

When: Thursday, October 30, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Who: Assemblyman Jeff Gorell
Thousand Oaks Police Department

Where: 350 W Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Youth Safety Night is a part of Red Ribbon Week, one of the oldest and largest drug prevention programs in the nation. Red Ribbon Week was founded in 1985 after the tragic death of undercover DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. In the wake of his death, family and friends gathered together and wore red ribbons to honor his memory and to spread the message that we must work together to put a stop to drug use in the United States.

Over the past 29 years, Red Ribbon Week has succeeded in bringing awareness to drug abuse and prevention – especially in children. But there is still more work to be done. This is why the California State Assembly joined together to pass Assembly Concurrent Resolution 175 which recognizes Red Ribbon Week and stresses the importance of engaging youth with the mission of building drug-free communities.


The Ventura County Garden Club meeting on Nov 5th will be a tour of Associates Insectary led Bill Grant. The address is 1400 E. Santa Paula St in Santa Paula. The tour will begin at 11:00 so those planning to attend should meet in Insectary parking lot by 10:45. A $2.00 donation is requested and the tour should last 45-60 minutes.

Please RSVP to Lora Clark by Oct 29th. Her phone number is 805-218-2105. Following the tour a self pay lunch will be held at the Flight 126 cafe located at the Santa Paula Airport. Guests are welcome.


• Strong Credit Quality and Core Deposits
• Strong Capital Ratios
• Strong Liquidity

SANTA PAULA, CA - Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVBank;OTC BB: SCVE) Chairman of the Board, Leslie Cornejo, today announced the Bank's 2014 third quarter results.

Board Chairman Leslie Cornejo reported that portfolio quality continues to demonstrate solid performance.Past due plus non-accrual loans achieved a record low of 0.41% of loans outstanding, with credit strength further demonstrated by just $7,638 in net loan losses, year-to-date 2014.

SCVBank continues to maintain a strong capital position with a Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio of 11.06%, up from 10.83% at December 31, 2013. Liquidity continues to be very strong as cash, interest bearing deposits at financial institutions and investments totaled 47% of total assets at quarter end.

SCVBank recorded anet loss of $239,000 for thethirdquarter of 2014 compared to a net loss of $25,000 for the third quarter of 2013. Expenses in the third quarter included $150,000 related to the upcoming merger with the Bank of the Sierra, scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014. The year to date net loss through September 2014 was $368,000 compared to a net loss of $116,000 for the same nine month period in 2013. The net losses are primarily attributable to declining loan balances from 2013 to 2014.

President Cheryl Knight commented that, "Challenges remain due to weak loan demand and very low interest rates; however, loans in process have recently increased and core deposits continue to be very strong.” Chairman Cornejo added that, “The bank continues to seek good quality business and commercial real estate loans in Ventura County and North Los Angeles County. As good quality loans are funded, the financial performance of SCVBank will continue to strengthen.”

Founded in 1998, SCVBank currently operates three branches in Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Valencia. Executive and Loan Offices are located at 866 East Main Street, Santa Paula, Ca. Under its stock symbol of SCVE, SCVBank’s stock is traded through McAdams Wright Ragen,Raymond James & Associates Inc., and Monroe Securities. The Bank’s web site is

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Hello Alumni. The Alumni Association invites the whole community of Fillmore and Alumni to come up to Beautiful Santa Barbara this Saturday To cheer on our 6-1 Fillmore Flashes. Our Flashes play the 7-0 Bishop Diego Cardinals at Santa Barbara City College at 7:00pm Saturday evening. The Alumni Association will be camped out at Shoreline Cafe for the big pre game party across the street from the stadium from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Come have an early dinner then literately walk across the street to cheer on our team. It's the first Tri-Valley league game of the season, and our Flashes need our community support. See you at Shoreline Cafe at 4:00pm, then onto the game to cheer on our Flashes. Let's do this!

David W. Rowlands, City Manager
David W. Rowlands, City Manager

It is my pleasure to serve as your city manager and take in the beauty that surrounds our great city. It is my hope to work with the Fillmore-Gazette to provide guest columns discussing the happenings at City Hall. This first column will focus on economic development and communication.
Economic Development

The council will be adopting an Economic Development Strategic Plan to assist the city in moving forward with economic development activities in Fillmore at their Tuesday, October 28 meeting. The plan is a living document that establishes direction for Fillmore’s short and long-term economic development.

The Plan identifies actions for the city to pursue as it enacts business retention, expansion, and attraction efforts, supports a fiscally healthy government, and realizes key development projects across the City. The plan includes major objectives, specific goals, and proposed implementation actions.

Part of the plan calls for city staff to meet individually with business located in the Downtown core to hear their views on what is needed to make their business grow and be successful. Meetings have taken place with a number of Downtown businesses with more to come. In addition, staff attended a Downtown merchant meeting to hear their concerns. Through these meetings the city, plans to devise different ways to help attract additional shoppers to our Downtown core.

At the direction of city council we are looking at modifying the fees associated with developing in the Fillmore Business Park. I believe if we are able to make the necessary changes developers will strongly consider new development in Fillmore. We have heard the fees at the Business Park make projects difficult to start.

Communication Plan
The City recognizes the value of citizen involvement and the wealth of good information and resources that the citizens of Fillmore possess. It is important to increase the City’s understanding of citizen concerns, ideas and values so that they can be utilized to make better decisions. Much of the City’s overall success is shaped by the quality of its communication efforts. Therefore, a proactive approach is needed to foster effective two-way communication. The City is dedicated to improving the image of Fillmore and flow of information to its constituents through an aggressive communications and outreach strategy. The goal of the communications strategy is to identify opportunities to share the City’s message and streamline the methods by which those messages are shared. A key component to the plan is to ensure that all communication; printed, televised and electronic is bi-lingual as 58% of our residents speak Spanish as a second language in their homes. The City wishes to work with our residents, businesses, visitors and school district to keep Fillmore the “Last Best Small Town”.


The Friends of the Santa Paula Blanchard Community Library invite all book lovers to their First-Saturday-of–the-Month and their Mid-Week book sales. The next First-Saturday Sale will be on November 1, 2014, from 10AM to 2PM. The mid-week sales are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12 Noon to 2PM. The sales are held in “The Back Stacks”, accessed from the north parking lot of the library at 119 N. 8th Street.

There will be great choices in fiction, non-fiction, and children’sbooks with prices from $.50-$2.00.The unique collection of rare and collectible books start at $4.00.This month’s special is a 20 volume set of Harvard Classics published in 1910, a $60.00 value on sale for $15.00.

For more information email


The Fillmore Lions Club has announced that this year’s student speaker contest will be held on February 2 – a Monday at the Fillmore Scout House at the end of Sespe Ave by Pole Creek. The topic will be – Water Conservation – What can we do to conserve, recycle, and reclaim.” This topic is very interesting and appropriate in light of our present drought. Chair Bill Edmonds states that the total prize money in scholarships and cash will again be over $21,000. The Fillmore winner will receive $100 (an increase) and will advance to the next round. Runner ups will receive $25. The winner goes on to compete against the winners of the other local Lions Club in early March. All high school age youth who live within Fillmore Unified School District boundaries are eligible to compete. This includes home taught students, foreign exchange students as well as Fillmore residents who attend other high schools.

Students who wish to enter may contact Bill Edmonds at 524-4839 or; Ms. Morielli at Fillmore High School. Edmonds emphasizes that this public speaking competition will be very worthwhile to the students and very interesting to their parents; and to the community. Public speaking competition will also look good on college applications and resumes. Students should get started early because it takes time to develop and practice a good speech.


The Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA) is sponsoring a free anti-terrorism and security training session Friday, October 24 at the Four Points Sheraton in Ventura (1050 Schooner Dr.). The daylong class (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) is open to all individuals responsible for maintaining security at lodging and other private facilities in Ventura County.

Attendees will receive an overview on how to increase awareness of suspicious behaviors and links to larger threats, and how to report information to the proper law enforcement authorities. The program is intended to encourage relationships with federal, state and local law enforcement.

“The primary goal of any private facility, whether it is a hotel, motel, RV park or office building, is to provide a secure environment for its employees and guests,” says Rebekah Evans, executive director of VCLA. “This program will show how to train staff to be alert and aware of the threats that are out there.”

The program, “Infrastructure Liaison Officer Training,” will be presented by Hal Kempfer from InfraGard, a national education and information-sharing program created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the private/public sector.

To pre-register, go to and click on the “InfraGard Training” tab. For questions, call FBI special agent Carrie Kokenis,, 310-420-5284.

Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA)
The Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA) is comprised of lodging facilities and destination marketing organizations in the California cities of Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. VCLA represents 61 members including hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV Resorts, resort rentals, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau and Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau. Its "VenturaCountyWest" marketing campaign is designed to attract overnight leisure and business visitors to the region.


CAMARILLO, CA - A strong 3rd quarter showing of more than $400,000 raised has boosted fundraising totals for the Gorell for Congress campaign to more than $1 million raised to date in this nationally targeted election rated as a "toss-up" by nearly every major political analyst.

"The momentum continues to grow for our campaign," declared Gorell. "Our financial support is surging across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties as polling from both parties shows this election contest is neck and neck."

"I'm humbled that an overwhelming number of my campaign contributions are coming from individual citizens," continued Gorell. "By contrast, nearly 90% of my opponent's contributions come from outside the district - not from her constituents, but from outside interests."

"Based on the fundraising numbers, it is very clear which candidate has the most local support and which candidate is dependent on Washington, DC," stated Gorell. "I am the only candidate in this race who represents a change from the dysfunctional partisan mess in Congress with the skills necessary to help move America forward."

"Republicans, Democrats, Independents and many first-time donors have stepped up on behalf of Gorell to help counter the baseless negative attacks from the incumbent and outside interests. As we head into the final stretch, our best ever quarter in fundraising demonstrates the momentum, electability and outpouring of support behind Jeff's candidacy," said Gorell Finance Director Shahla Seaborn.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell was elected to the California legislature in 2010 where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. He is also a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Jeff serves on the faculty of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where he been an adjunct professor of public policy since 2006. From 1999 to 2006, Gorell served as a Ventura County Deputy District Attorney.


CAMARILLO, CA - Camarillo Hospice, a volunteer hospice and grief counseling center, will host an educational luncheon on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Wedgewood at Sterling Hills, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Titled “Hard to Swallow,” the program will feature Karen Simon, M.D., and Chaplain David Knapp discussing the perils and pitfalls of various treatments for the late stage dementia patient.

“This program is designed to broaden understanding of treatment choices for physical changes that occur as a result of dementia,” comments Dr. Simon. “Without being too technical or medical in nature, we will provide basic information designed to help the individual make sound treatment decisions for loved ones with a dementia diagnosis.”

Dr. Simon, who is a graduate of The Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. She completed her Residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and a Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. Currently she is a member of Ventura County Gastroenterology, with offices in Camarillo and Oxnard.

Chaplain Knapp is Chaplain Supervisor for the Dignity Health St. John’s Hospitals in Camarillo and Oxnard and AlmaVia of Camarillo.

The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person, and reservations are required. Reservations may be made by phone to 805-389-6870 x 10 or email to

Founded in 1978, Camarillo Hospice is a volunteer hospice and grief counseling center dedicated to the dignity of life by providing care, comfort, support and counseling to individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness and/or grieving the loss of a loved one, and education on end-of-life issues to the community at large. All services and programs are free of charge. Annually, Camarillo Hospice assists more than 4,000 individuals plus another 4,000+ via telephone assistance, referral and presentations. For more information, please call 389-6870 or log onto

What a great time we had in downtown Fillmore last Friday evening. Many folks came and participated in the last
What a great time we had in downtown Fillmore last Friday evening. Many folks came and participated in the last "Flashback Friday" of the season. Let's see here, Mr. Ralph Rees brought in a 1856 Horse Carraige, and other's brought in their Modle A's, and Roadsters of the past. So neat to see Central Avenue lined up with these Classic vehicles of years gone by. The Alumni Association was camped out at Central Station bar and grill, and there was great old time music, lot's of visiting and dancing into the night. Great Fillmore Atmosphere. Next Spring, will be the next "Flashback Friday". Don't miss it.
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The Ventura College Santa Paula Site is pleased to present the fall art show, Nine Points of View, exhibited by the Artists Guild of Fillmore. The exhibit runs October 13 through December 19, 2014. A Meet The Artist Reception will take place Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm.

The Artists Guild of Fillmore was founded in 2009 to create interest in original work created by local artists. Nine Fillmore artists are featured in the show: Lois Freeman-Fox, Luanne Hebner Perez, Virginia Neuman, Joanne King, Wana Klasen, Lia Verkade, Doris Nichols, Lady Jan Faulkner and Judy Dressler. Nine Points of View showcases nine diverse artistic styles in a variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media and more.

The artwork is on display at the Ventura College Santa Paula Site located at 957 Faulkner Road, Suite 106, in Santa Paula. Free parking is available. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.