California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

Two new laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving go into effect July 1, 2008. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning these new laws.

Q: When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
A: The new laws take effect July 1, 2008
Q: What is the difference between the two laws?
A: The first law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. The second law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using a wireless telephone or a hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle (VC §23124).
Q: What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands- free device?
A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services agency.
Q: What are the fines if I’m convicted?
A: The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.
Q: Will I receive a point on my drivers license if I’m convicted for a violation of the wireless telephone law?
A: NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation point.
Q: Will the conviction appear on my driving record?
A: Yes, but the violation point will not be added.
Q: Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
A: NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation.
Q: Are passengers affected by this law?
A: No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.
Q: Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?
A: Yes
Q: Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?
A: YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.
Q: What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?
A: No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature. However, a push-to-talk feature attached to a hands-free ear piece or other hands-free device is acceptable.
Q: What other exceptions are there?
A: Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property
DRIVERS 18 AND OVER
Drivers 18 and over will be allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving. The following FAQs apply to those motorists 18 and over.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
A: The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.
Q: Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?
A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.
Q: Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your wireless telephone while driving?
A: Yes.
Q: Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?
A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.

DRIVERS UNDER 18
Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?
A: NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities. (VC §23124).
Q: Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?
A: Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.
Q: Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while driving?
A: NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency agency entity.
Q: Does the law apply to me if I’m an emancipated minor?
A: Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.
Q: If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my wireless telephone while driving?
A: NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.
Q: Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?
A: No
Q: May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?
A: NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency situation.
Q: Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while driving?
A: No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a law enforcement officer can pull you over.

 


 
Fillmore Fire Department
Fillmore Fire Department

The City of Fillmore Fire Department in conjunction with the Ventura County Sheriffs Department would like to remind citizens of our Illegal Fireworks Ordinance.
In 2006 the Fillmore City Council adopted ordinance 15.39.010 of the Fillmore Municipal code making it illegal to possess, discharge, or sell any type of non-approved firework within City of Fillmore city limits. The fine imposed upon violators is $1,000.00.

It is the goal of the City of Fillmore to eliminate any unnecessary hazards generated by the use of illegal fireworks. By enforcing this ordinance the City of Fillmore hopes to curtail the widespread problem. Citizens are reminded that there will be zero tolerance for subjects found in violation of this law.

Citizens should expect to see increased patrol efforts by Deputies and Fire Department Personnel beginning the first week of June continuing through the Fourth of July Holiday Season. A fireworks task force has been established and will be responsible for the investigation and enforcement pertaining to fireworks related activities in Fillmore. In addition to increased patrol, illuminated sign boards will be placed alongside highway
126 as well as posters throughout the city, reminding citizens Fillmore is not the place to discharge illegal fireworks.

If you witness any illegal activity please call the Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-1500 ext 350. All reports may remain anonymous.

 


 
The Fillmore Historical Society had a noteworthy opening of the “Depot Office” this past weekend. President of the Fillmore Historical Society, Martha Gentry, gave a short, but very enlightening presentation of the history of the society from its beginnings to the present. You would have been impressed by all the work and hours of planning and getting the project completed. Of course, Edith Moore Jarrett, Spanish teacher to many of us, was the person behind all these activities at the museum with her donations. However, money isn’t everything and the museum has been working for quite a few years to come to this day. So, take the time to see the newest addition to the museum and enjoy the many “exhibits” and the items that are available for viewing at no cost to you. And, if you have the time, offer to assist in the operations of the museum.
The Fillmore Historical Society had a noteworthy opening of the “Depot Office” this past weekend. President of the Fillmore Historical Society, Martha Gentry, gave a short, but very enlightening presentation of the history of the society from its beginnings to the present. You would have been impressed by all the work and hours of planning and getting the project completed. Of course, Edith Moore Jarrett, Spanish teacher to many of us, was the person behind all these activities at the museum with her donations. However, money isn’t everything and the museum has been working for quite a few years to come to this day. So, take the time to see the newest addition to the museum and enjoy the many “exhibits” and the items that are available for viewing at no cost to you. And, if you have the time, offer to assist in the operations of the museum.
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Pictured are (l-r) Barbara Smith, David Wareham, Shaun Stehly, Kassaundra Sandoval, Julio Chavez, Ashley Grande, Ed McFadden, Dick Richardson.
Pictured are (l-r) Barbara Smith, David Wareham, Shaun Stehly, Kassaundra Sandoval, Julio Chavez, Ashley Grande, Ed McFadden, Dick Richardson.
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The Club was chartered on May 24, 1924. Five high school seniors and counselor Al Arguelles were honored at a luncheon on May 22. Each scholarship recipient will receive $1000. The recipients from Fillmore High School are Ashley Grande, Kassaundra Sandoval, Shaun Stehly and Julio Chavez, David Wareham is from St. Bonaventure High School, in Ventura. The Scholarship Committee was made up of Dick Richardson, Ed McFadden and Barbara Smith. These scholarships were made possible by the money made at our fireworks booth. Please continue to support our booth next to Vallarta Restaurant and Papa Loy’s. The Club was also honored by a visit and program from Supervisor Kathy Long. She updated us on what is happening in the county especially concerns effecting Fillmore and hwy 126. Fillmore Noontime Rotary meets every Thursday at Mama Sue’s Kitchen. For information, call Martha Richardson, President, at 524-5099.

 


 
On May 27, Installation Officer, Janet Howarth presented new President Mary Ford; 1st Vice President (Programs) Beverly Brisby and Melodie Stich (Interim); 2nd Vice President (Special Activities), Joyce Schifanelli and Kate O’Brien: 3rd Vice President (membership), Trisha Armstrong; 4th Vice President (Meeting Coordinator), Charlene Smith and Phyllis DeMarco; Recording Secretary, Lavonne Deeter; Corresponding Secretary, Gloria Henderson and Venita Bloxham; Treasurer, Fay Swanson; and Parliamentarian, Janet Howarth, and Outgoing President, Wanda Haynes. During the meeting Fillmore Middle School Band Director Greg Godfrey was presented a check for $1200 for a Baritone Horn.
On May 27, Installation Officer, Janet Howarth presented new President Mary Ford; 1st Vice President (Programs) Beverly Brisby and Melodie Stich (Interim); 2nd Vice President (Special Activities), Joyce Schifanelli and Kate O’Brien: 3rd Vice President (membership), Trisha Armstrong; 4th Vice President (Meeting Coordinator), Charlene Smith and Phyllis DeMarco; Recording Secretary, Lavonne Deeter; Corresponding Secretary, Gloria Henderson and Venita Bloxham; Treasurer, Fay Swanson; and Parliamentarian, Janet Howarth, and Outgoing President, Wanda Haynes. During the meeting Fillmore Middle School Band Director Greg Godfrey was presented a check for $1200 for a Baritone Horn.
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Bardsdale Cemetery is getting a much needed facelift. Sprinkler systems are being installed in the older section of the beautifully-located cemetery, according to new manager Ryan Bobolts.
Bardsdale Cemetery is getting a much needed facelift. Sprinkler systems are being installed in the older section of the beautifully-located cemetery, according to new manager Ryan Bobolts.
Photo by Wanda Castel de Oro
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This Sunday E.T.I. Corral 126 will be having their regular June horse show at the Fillmore Equestrian Center at 308 Chambersburg Road just off the 23 Highway south of the Santa Clara River Bridge. There will be Halter Classes in the morning and the English Jumping classes starting after 11:00 am. Anyone interested in attending or watching the show can look on their website at www.eti126.org for more information.

 
FHS Class Reunions
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Hey Class members of 1943, 1973, 1978, 1983, or 1988. If you are not planning an “Official” class reunion for the weekend of June 13, and 14, 2008, The Fillmore High Alumni Association invites you to attend the annual dinner on Saturday night, June 14, starting at 4:00pm., dinner at 6:00. You do not have to send out any invitations, receive and account for money, or make elaborate plans for a Restaurant, or Hotel. Just have your classmates send in their reservations to the Fillmore High Alumni Association, P.O. Box 385, Fillmore, CA 93016-0385, and we will reserve tables for your class, and give you an opportunity to visit with other classmates. The cost is $30.00 per person for “Flashbacks” subscribers and $35.00 for non-subscribers. For further information, please call the alumni office at 805-524-0416. Come support your Alumni Association, and reconnect with your class.

 

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Gazette’s website (stats: 15,000 unique visitors per month viewing nearly 130,000 pages), we’ve been hard at work developing a new and improved website that will feature larger photographs, more video, and countless new features that we, as a community, will all benefit from and enjoy. In anticipation of the new website’s launch, we’re asking service organizations, clubs, and all community leaders to contact us via email and learn more about how we can support and promote what you do in the community. Please email us anytime at mail@fillmoregazette.com for more information.

 

The Family Resource Center has these services available FREE of cost: They may obtain and complete forms, conduct research, view video or internet workshops read self help manuals, obtain information on the law, procedure and legal process in the areas of Family law (including divorces, paternity, custody, and support issues), Domestic Violence, Guardianships and Step-parent Adoption. If you need more information call (805) 981-5974.

 

Healthy Life Seminary offered June 7, 8:30am to 12:15pm, First Methodist Church Hall, 421 Sespe St., Fillmore. Sponsored by Young Women of Destiny, Young Men of Destiny, Higgy Foundation, Ventura Public Health, Bautista Medical Clinic. All are welcome.

Seminar topics are nutrition a gift to a healthy life (Ruth Ricards); Exercise a way of living for life (Michelle Pina); and Being as healthy community and family.

No cost, it’s free! Bring a friend. For more information please call 524-5807.

 

From cattle kings and cowpokes to pioneer women and saloon gals, all “fun-slingers” are invited to claim a stake in a unique fundraiser when Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group opens the doors to the Old West on Saturday, June 21.
The 2nd Annual Western Casino Night to benefit the River Valley Adult Day Program will be held at the historic Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St., Santa Paula) from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are only $65 each ($75 at the door).
The evening will feature celebrity dealers, prizes, gourmet “chuck wagon vittles” followed by a hearty dinner and old West fun.
Western style hors d'oeuvres and cocktails (each ticket includes one courtesy drink, beer, wine or soda only) will start the party at 5 p.m. and a hearty Western dinner prepared by the Ironhorse Restaurant will be served at 5:30 p.m. on the wide-open spaces outside the Inn.
Games of Chance will be held from 6:15 to 9 p.m. with the initial stake of $50 in play money included with each ticket.
Players will “Git along!” with games of skill (bring your best poker face for Texas Hold 'Em and Blackjack!) and chance (Roulette and Wheel of Fortune).
The Western Casino Night will offer musical entertainment, a no host bar and plenty of “Celebrity Dealers” such as “Deadeye” Bob Gonzales (Mayor of Santa Paula), “Calamity” Kathy Long (Ventura County Supervisor), “Gun-Slingin'” Steve MacKinnon (Santa Paula Police Chief), City Council members and a whole posse of River Valley Club supporters.
Casino fun will be in the lobby of the historic Glen Tavern Inn as well as in the “South 40” Annex where a Silent Auction will offer something to please every cowpoke and Prairie Princess.
Opportunity drawings will offer real life gambling destination trips among other prizes.
“People really enjoy our Casino Night partly because it's an informal evening…the Western theme really appeals to people,” says Cathy Barringer, former longtime President of Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group.
The River Valley Club, now approaching its second anniversary, offers activities to seniors with special needs (Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), featuring current events (conducted each Monday by Barringer who notes “I really enjoy it!”), visits with a therapy dog, arts and crafts, light physical activity and numerous other planned activities.
“The club serves nutritious and delicious hot meals and snacks and has a wonderful, inspirational staff,” who Barringer says especially enjoy working with seniors.
So corral your energy, polish those boots, press the jeans and get ready to kick up your heels in support at this rootin' tootin' cabaret.
River Valley Club supporters are sure that all Cowboy Joes and Calamity Janes will have a bronco-busting time at a Western Casino Night...make sure you don't miss this Gold Nugget party where you can dress Western from your finest Stetson down to those spurs that jingle jangle jingle!
Call 525-1333 for more information or to make reservations.

 

The Los Angeles-Ventura Counties Affiliate of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be hosting an upcoming orientation and training for volunteers. Learn about MADD’s programs, services and volunteer opportunities in your area. The event will be on Saturday, June 21st from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Proud Bird Restaurant. Lunch will be provided.
Each year, over 17,000 people die and over a half a million people are injured in alcohol related traffic crashes. Approximately 1.4 million drivers are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States. This problem affects all of us!
If you are wondering what you can do to help make our communities safer, then attend and find out how you can make a difference in your area!
For more details and to RSVP regarding this training, or to volunteer, contact MADD at 310-215-2905.

 
 
 
1903 Statistics
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Here are some statistics from 1903:
Average life expectancy in the U. S. was forty-seven (47).
Only 8% of the homes had telephones.
A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only; 8,000 cars in the U. S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.
Sugar cost 4 cents a pound.
Coffee was 15 cents a pound.
Eggs were 14 cents a dozen.
The five leading causes of death in the US were: pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease, and stroke.
The American flag had only 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30.
Canned beer and iced tea had not been invented.
One in ten U. S. adults couldn’t read or write.
Only 6% of all American had graduated from high school.
Just think what it will be like in the next 100 years.

 
Shown are the Fillmore Women’s Service Club 2008 Educational Grant recipients and $1,000 Re-entry Educational Grant recipients. The recipients and their parents were guests at a luncheon hosted by the Fillmore Women’s Service Club (FWSC) at El Pescador on Tuesday, May 20th. Each high school senior received a certificate and a $2,000 grant, and Diana Rojo received a $1,000 educational re-entry grant. Left to Right: FWSC Youth Chairman Glenda DeJarnette, FUSD Recipients Andy Klittich, Stephanie Butts, Brianna Rojo, David Wareham, Julio Chavez, Shaun Stehly, FWSC President Tobey Bowers and Re-entry Recipient Diana Rojo.
Shown are the Fillmore Women’s Service Club 2008 Educational Grant recipients and $1,000 Re-entry Educational Grant recipients. The recipients and their parents were guests at a luncheon hosted by the Fillmore Women’s Service Club (FWSC) at El Pescador on Tuesday, May 20th. Each high school senior received a certificate and a $2,000 grant, and Diana Rojo received a $1,000 educational re-entry grant. Left to Right: FWSC Youth Chairman Glenda DeJarnette, FUSD Recipients Andy Klittich, Stephanie Butts, Brianna Rojo, David Wareham, Julio Chavez, Shaun Stehly, FWSC President Tobey Bowers and Re-entry Recipient Diana Rojo.
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Pictured above are the 6th graders who helped out with the tour, Gilbert Acavedo, Wendy Bolanos, Franki Chavez, Citlali Erazo, Kiana Hope, Carson McLain, and Juan Moreno.
Pictured above are the 6th graders who helped out with the tour, Gilbert Acavedo, Wendy Bolanos, Franki Chavez, Citlali Erazo, Kiana Hope, Carson McLain, and Juan Moreno.
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This program is only funded for 6th grade students here in Ventura County to hopefully support our youth making positive/healthy choices in their lives and how to use this information to help their family members as well, even if they have already started using and are addicted to the nicotine.
There are over 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette. Some of those chemicals are poisons, such as arsenic, insecticides, formaldehyde and of course the by-product of smoke carbon monoxide. There are 2 very important phone numbers that are shared with our students:

1. To report illegal sales of tobacco (cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco) to minors (under the age of 18)… If someone sees a store clerk selling to a minor, they can make an anonymous call to: (800) 5ASK-4-ID

2. If you know someone that is already addicted to smoking and wants to quit. The Ventura County Public Health offers free classes to anyone in Ventura to help them stop smoking. They also provide “free” nicotine patches to help those going through withdrawals. 201-STOP

 
The cities of Piru and Fillmore lost all Time Warner cable service Thursday, for approximately 7 hours. Service was reconnected about 10:00 p.m., after exhaustive efforts by approximately 12 company specialists. The outage was due to an improperly installed cable in 1991, which was accidentally cut because it was not placed with enough depth. It had been laid on top of the old concrete highway which is now Santa Clara Street.
The cities of Piru and Fillmore lost all Time Warner cable service Thursday, for approximately 7 hours. Service was reconnected about 10:00 p.m., after exhaustive efforts by approximately 12 company specialists. The outage was due to an improperly installed cable in 1991, which was accidentally cut because it was not placed with enough depth. It had been laid on top of the old concrete highway which is now Santa Clara Street.
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