Continued Improvement in Loan Quality, Improving Capital Ratios, Highly Liquid

SANTA PAULA, CA. - Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVBank;OTC BB: SCVE) Chairman of the Board, Scott K. Rushing, today announced the Bank's 2013 third quarter results.

Board Chairman Scott Rushing reported that portfolio quality continues to demonstrate solid performance and loan production improvement is already apparent with record high second and third quarter new loan production.
SCVBank recorded a net loss from operations of $25,000 for the third quarter of 2013 compared to a net profit of $148,000 for the third quarter of 2012. SCVBank continues to maintain a strong capital position with a Tier 1 Leverage Capital Ratio of 10.95%, up from 10.68% at December 31, 2012. Liquidity continues to be very strong as cash, interest bearing deposits at financial institutions, and investments total 48% of total assets at quarter end.

President Cheryl Knight commented that, "challenges remain due to the decline in loan demand, irrational competition, and historically low interest rates, all placing pressure on interest income.” Chairman Rushing stated that, “financial results are consistent with the bank’s strategic plan to hire additional lending staff to support future growth of the bank”. Ms. Knight added that, “the bank continues to seek good quality loans. As new quality loans are funded, the financial performance of SCVBank should 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 www.SCVBank.com.

Santa Clara Valley Bank Corporation Headquarters
901 East Main Street
Santa Paula, California 93060
(805) 525-1999

Statements concerning future performance, developments or events concerning expectations for growth and market forecasts, and any other guidance on future periods, constitute forward looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from stated expectations. Specific factors include, but are not limited to, the effect of interest rate changes, and the ability to control costs and expenses, the impact of consolidation in the banking industry, financial policies of the United States government, and general economic conditions.

 


 
September‐October 2013 Edition

A message from Detective Ray Dominguez:
Greetings Farm Watch readers, recent reports indicate that commercial burglaries are on the rise. We’ve had multiple burglaries and attempted burglaries reported throughout the Oxnard Plains and Somis area. I’m finding that many of these burglaries involved suspect(s) cutting pad locks or chain link fences to gain access to the property. The suspect(s) have then cut or pried their way into storage containers, storage sheds, and farm offices to steal everything from office computer systems, tools, and even buckets containing loose brass sprinkler heads.

The trend I’m seeing involves suspects using tools to pry at exposed door hinges instead of trying to defeat heavy‐duty locks used to secure doors on outbuildings. The suspects are looking for the weakest link to access your shed. Please check your sheds and storage buildings for this potential problem. If your door hinges are exposed, try moving them to the interior of the shed to reduce the chance of having the hinges pried at. The same holds true for hinges on chain link fences. The suspects will dismantle the hinges if they have access to them, and lift a gate off the hinge in lieu of trying to defeat your heavy‐duty chain and locks.

Suspect(s) have also been cutting or pounding small access holes into the sides of wood or sheet metal storage sheds to gain access. Once they gain access, they crawl inside or simply pull the property out via the opening they create. Take a look at your building and see what can be done to defeat this type of attack. If you can’t reinforce the existing building, then consider moving your valuables to a more secure location.

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The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center at 5100 Adolfo Rd., Camarillo.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for advice from Consulting Rosarians and refreshments, a little rose show at 7:00 p.m., and our speaker presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.

This VCRS meeting will feature three different demonstrations showing methods of rose propagation from cuttings. Jeri and Clay Jennings from the Gold Coast Heritage Rose Foundation will show their method of propagating Old Garden Roses. Burling Leong, owner of Burlington Nursery in Visalia, CA, will demonstrate how she does chip budding propagation to produce many of the roses for the Hearst Castle Rose Garden. Kim Rupert will demonstrate his "burrito method" of making cuttings.
Members and guests will have an opportunity to try "hands-on" propagation. This will be a very exciting meeting for anyone interested in learning how to propagate their favorite rose that is no longer in commerce.

Visitors are always welcome to our VCRS meetings. For more information contact: Janet Sklar at 818-337-9970 or Dawn-Marie Johnson at 805-523-9003. Our website is http://www.venturarose.org/

 


 

Ventura, CA - The Community Memorial Health System’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation.

The COEMBS program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care for obese patients. The program is structured to help bariatric surgery providers continuously improve care quality and patient safety.

To earn the COEMBS designation, CMHS’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center provided information on all aspects of its bariatric surgery program and processes, including data on its surgical outcomes.

“Accreditation shows we are following the highest standards of care for patients of size,” said Julienne Mitchell, bariatric coordinator for CMHS. “Dr. Helmuth Billy and our staff have cared for over 200 patients in recent years, and we’re honored to receive this recognition.”

The Surgical Review Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide.

For more information on the Bariatric Weight Loss Center, call 805/658-5831.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 


 

This Friday, November 1st, 5:30pm, 460 Santa Clara St. Fillmore

Please come and celebrate the soft opening of:

Diamond Realty
Friday, November 1, 2013
5:30pm
460 Santa Clara St. Fillmore, CA 93015

Hors d'oeuvres will be served along with wine from the Robledo Family winery. Music will be provided by Theresa Griffith an internationally acclaimed flutist.

Please RSVP to: Theresa@DiamondRealtyTeam.com

 
Chevron Project Manager Leslie Klinchuch, pictured below, spoke to a group of concerned Fillmore citizens, above, on Thursday, October 24th. Questions were brought up about the safety of winds blowing dust around San Cayetano Elementary School. Soil cleanup work has been going on at the closed site for years. The construction is now shut down for the rainy season and will resume in the spring of 2014, weather allowing.
Chevron Project Manager Leslie Klinchuch, pictured below, spoke to a group of concerned Fillmore citizens, above, on Thursday, October 24th. Questions were brought up about the safety of winds blowing dust around San Cayetano Elementary School. Soil cleanup work has been going on at the closed site for years. The construction is now shut down for the rainy season and will resume in the spring of 2014, weather allowing.
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Last Thursday, at 12:50 a two-car accident took place at the intersection of Mt. View Street and Highway 126. A late model Ford Expedition struck a silver four-door car causing significant front-end damage to the car. The driver of the Expedition was transported to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.
Last Thursday, at 12:50 a two-car accident took place at the intersection of Mt. View Street and Highway 126. A late model Ford Expedition struck a silver four-door car causing significant front-end damage to the car. The driver of the Expedition was transported to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.
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Jan Marholin
Jan Marholin

Jan Marholin, CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley took the B&G Club of America’s Spark Plug Award at the B&G Club Pacific Region Conference held in Reno Nevada on October 15-18, 2013. The award is presented each year to a new chief professional officer who has affected positive impact for their organization and the Pacific Region as a whole. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional determination, tenacity, spark and leadership, and have evidenced significant improvements in their Club’s operation. “We all know how special Jan is and how essential she has become to our Club. We see her energy, enthusiasm and dedication on a daily basis….now she has an award to prove it!” stated Tammy Hobson board president of the B&G Club of SCV.

 

Livingston Hospice conducts several adult bereavement support groups to help those who have experienced a loss. Explore and express feeling, understand the grief process and receive emotional support. Open to the public, free of charge, all are welcome. The groups are held at

The First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard; Every Wednesday, (November 6, 13,20, 27); from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave (#112), Ventura; Every Wednesday, (November 6, 13,20, 27); from 6:30 – 8:00

Help of Ojai, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai; On 2nd & 4th Tuesday, (November 12 & 26); from 10:30 am – 12 noon

For the newly bereaved: at Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave, (#112), Ventura; On second Thursday, (November 14); from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Call 642-1608 for more information.

 

Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash and green waste collection schedule on Nov. 15, during the week of Veterans Day.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 
 
November 12, 2013

Ventura, CA - Advances in minimally invasive spine surgery will be the focus of a free seminar the Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Michael Dorsi, M.D., a local neurosurgeon with subspecialty expertise in spine and peripheral nerve surgery, will lead the seminar that will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 Brent St. in Ventura.

Minimally invasive spine surgery was first performed in the 1980s but has recently seen rapid advances. Technological advances have enabled spine surgeons to expand patient selection and treat an evolving array of spinal disorders with less tissue disruption. This can result in a quicker recovery, less operative blood loss and help the patient return to normal function.

Dr. Dorsi received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He trained in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and completed an advanced spinal care fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Dorsi is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff and the clinical instructor for Western University School of Medicine.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so reservations are required. Call 652-5436, or visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

 

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little scary. Concerns about children’s safety, whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with their bags of goodies, can make parents extremely worrisome. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a good time for all.

• Make sure older kids go out with friends. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car.
• Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat. Together, map out a safe route so you know where they’ll be. Remind them not to take shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or playing fields.
• Remind kids never to enter a strange house or car.
• Try to get kids to trick-or-treat while it is still light out. If it is dark, make sure the children are carrying flashlights that work.

Pranks That Can Be a Little Tricky
Halloween is notoriously a night of pranks, whether it is toilet papering a house or mischievous things, these are not unusual occurrences on this particular night. Try to get a handle on your children’s plans before they go out. Explain to them that while you want them to have a good time, some tricks could hurt other people or vandalize property. Emphasize that you disapprove of things that can harm others and vandalism.

Eating the Treats
• Kids need to know not to eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they’re still out is to feed them a meal or substantial snack beforehand.
• Check out all treats at home in a well-lit place.
• What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.
• Don’t forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. Welcome trick-or-treaters at home by turning on your exterior lights.
Remember
• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard to visitors.
• Drive slowly all evening—you never know what creature may suddenly cross your path.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your local sheriff’s or police department.
Consider This
Parents and kids can avoid trick-or-treating troubles entirely by organizing a Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary stories, and much more. Make your Halloween party the place to be! Schools, churches, fire stations, libraries, even malls in many communities organize “haunted houses” and other festivities for families.

Making Safe Costumes
• Check that costumes are flame-retardant so the little ones aren’t in danger near candlelit jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
• Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
• Encourage kids to wear comfortable shoes.
• Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more importantly, they can obstruct a child’s vision—a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
• Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Dressed Up and Dangerous?
• Halloween blood and gore are harmless stuff for the most part. However, sometimes dressing up as a superhero, a scary monster, or a slimy alien from outer space—coupled with the excitement of Halloween—brings out aggressive behavior.
• Even fake knives, swords, and guns can accidentally hurt people. If these objects are part of a child’s costume, make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible materials. Better yet, challenge kids to create costumes that don’t need “weapons” to be scary and fun.

Try to apply these tips this holiday and have a howling good Halloween.

Nature of Incident: Halloween Safety
Location: City of Moorpark
Date & Time: Tuesday, October, 21 2013 at 10:06 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Moorpark Beat Coordinator Unit
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Beat Coordinator Bob Berger
Media Release Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Bob Berger
Approved by: Stephen Wade, Captain

 
(l-r) Theresa Robledo, Board Director, Janine Rees, Owner of The Scented Path, Cindy Jackson, President.
(l-r) Theresa Robledo, Board Director, Janine Rees, Owner of The Scented Path, Cindy Jackson, President.
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The Scented Path

We started our business in 1980 when, living and going to school in Boston, Bill Faith and I decided we’d like to start an endeavor together. Bill already had a background in medicinal herbs so we began to sell herbal teas at a small marketplace in the basement of a church in Cambridge, MA. We soon branched out into essential oils, to be used for healing. This was long before ‘aromatherapy’ was a commonly used term, but we discovered that there was a lot of interest in oils, so we began to concentrate on that aspect of our business.

After we got married, we moved back to California. Bill and I had both gone to college in Santa Barbara and met while living there. I grew up and graduated in 1970 from Fillmore High so we decided to move back and start our family there. As our business developed, we started ‘taking our show on the road’ selling at craft fairs, military bases, county fairs and renaissance festivals. During our many years working at renaissance festivals, we always actively promoted the city of Fillmore as an attractive travel destination. We developed our own lines of perfume solids, scented lotions and soaps and incenses as well as custom blended fragrances, made to order.

Between 1981 and 1993 we had a boy and four girls, all born at home with a mid-wife. They attended Fillmore schools and grew up actively participating in sports, music, theater, church and volunteer projects.

Luke (31) is Special Projects Manager for Seneca Resources; Hannah (29), is expecting her second child and a Special Education teacher; Tara (26) works full time as a care-giver; Nora (24) attends graduate school in Ireland; and Claire (20) is a junior at Humboldt State University.

They’ve all worked at the family business for many years.

In 1998, we opened The Scented Path Apothecary at its present location, next to the Towne Theatre. We modeled the business after a turn-of-the-century shop, with crown-molding-topped shelving built by Walt Taylor and custom-designed wooden display cases made by my dad, Ralph Rees. We felt that the historic flavor of the building would lend itself to our business approach which emphasizes natural and old-fashioned fragrance, beauty and health products.

Since that time, we’ve continued to enjoy working in the small town atmosphere of Fillmore, offering our services in order to help people regain good health and generally contributing to the well-being of the community. In the past we have supported a number of groups including: Grad Night Live, Little League, Fillmore Convalescent Center Auxiliary and Fillmore Women’s Service Club among others. Scented Path sponsors a table each year for the Soroptimist’s annual Fashion Show. And I teach Yoga classes to seniors at the Fillmore Senior Center as well as other Yoga classes to adults at the Body Image and at my own studio, Fillmore’s Health and Wellness Center on Santa Clara Street.

Bill and I both love to read, watch classic movies, travel, car camp and hike and spend time with our kids and granddaughter. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Thanks again for your support and acknowledgement.
Janine Rees

 

If you like magi, don't miss Master Magician, Shawn McMaster! He will entertain and amaze you! Join us at the Fillmore Library 502 Second Street Wednesday, October 23rd at 3:30pm. For more information call 524-3355. This program is made possible through the support of the Fillmore Friends of the Library.

 
Fillmore Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our newest Member, Rudy Gonzalez Jr. Sales Manager at Primo Auto Sales located on the corner of Ventura St/Hwy 126 & Central Avenue.  Serving the entire Santa Clara Valley and stop by and see all the great vehicles they have to offer.  You may reach Rudy at (805) 524-3270.
Fillmore Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our newest Member, Rudy Gonzalez Jr. Sales Manager at Primo Auto Sales located on the corner of Ventura St/Hwy 126 & Central Avenue. Serving the entire Santa Clara Valley and stop by and see all the great vehicles they have to offer. You may reach Rudy at (805) 524-3270.
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Ventura, CA - Improved service between Ventura and Santa Barbara, with stops in Carpinteria, are coming to VISTA’s Coastal Express. The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is modifying its VISTA Coastal Express route effective Monday, October 21, 2013, to include new bidirectional stops at West Peking Street and Main Street in Ventura and Carpinteria City Hall.

“These changes will provide additional service along this popular route, especially to and from Carpinteria, Goleta and Santa Barbara,” noted VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “The Coastal Express route is a valuable part of VISTA’s service offerings. These changes, combined with new over-the-road coaches and the ability to use free wireless internet onboard the vehicles, will provide a more comfortable and easier commute. We hope these changes will continue to make the route appealing to our riders.”

Slight time adjustments will also be implemented for better overall coordination.

Schedule changes to the VISTA Highway 101, Conejo Connection, East County, CSUCI Shuttle, and Highway 126 routes went into effect August 26, 2013.

The VISTA Coastal Express is provided in cooperation with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.

To view the updated VISTA schedules or to learn more about local transit options, visit www.goventura.org or call (800) 438-1112.

 

The Camarillo Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future drivers.

The “Start Smart” Program is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Camarillo Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.

In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, Start Smart is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

Interested parents are asked to contact Sergeant Renee Ferguson at (805) 388-5132 for more information. For reservations, call the Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit at (805)388-5155. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Nature of Incident: Start Smart Program
Location: Camarillo Police Station Community Room
Date & Time: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Traffic Unit
Prepared by: Deputy Dan Turock
Media Release Date: Monday, October 14, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Renee Ferguson (805) 388-5132
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

 

Young stamp collectors will be searching through thousands of stamps to find items to start or expand their collections during the 23rd annual Youth Stamp Fair on Oct. 19 at the Dudley House Museum, 197 N. Ashwood Ave. (Ashwood Avenue and Loma Vista Road), Ventura.

The free event, sponsored by the Ventura County Philatelic Society and the Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature contests, door prizes, and information about the basics of stamp collecting. The event is open to the young and young at heart who want to learn more about stamp collecting, which has been called the king of hobbies and hobby of kings, but the contests are limited to those 18 and under. The young visitors will be asked to guess the number of stamps in a large jar, and the person who has the closest guess to the actual number without going over the number will win the jar and a collector’s kit. Young artists can prepare a cachet (pictorial envelope) at the event, and first-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen in three age groups. All the winners will be notified by mail and invited to the awards presentation during a meeting of the Ventura County Philatelic Society on Nov. 18.

The most popular part of the event is the pick-and-choose area, where visitors can search through thousands of U.S. and foreign stamps to find items for their collections. The stamps are free to children, but adults are asked to pay 5 cents each for stamps they take.

Several workstations will introduce the visitors to basic stamp collecting techniques: how and why to get stamps off paper; how to detect watermarks (designs in the paper) and measure perforations (the holes around the edges of stamps); how to identify stamps; and how to safely store stamps and other philatelic material. Other stations will introduce visitors to topical collecting (saving by stamp’s subjects rather than the countries that issued them), and collecting covers (postal stationery and envelopes that have been sent through the mail). Visitors will also be able to make bookmarks with the stamps of their choice.

A special cancel picturing one of the entries to the Olivas Adobe in Ventura will be available at the event. The picture was drawn by Carolyn Weber, a member of the Ventura County Philatelic Society. The entries in the cachet contest will automatically receive the cancel. Others who want a copy of the cancel may bring envelopes or other items bearing first-class postage to the event for cancellation.

More information about the event may be obtained from Chairman John Weigle at 485-7121 or by email at jweigle@cipcug.org. Weigle, who lives in Oxnard, also advises the Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club.

The Ventura County Philatelic Society meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Road, Ventura. The doors open at 7 p.m. and visitors are welcome. The Anacapa Middle School Stamp Club meets during the lunch hour on Mondays during the school year and is open only to Anacapa students.

 

Ventura, CA - Healthcare reform will be the focus of two free seminars Community Memorial Hospital is holding in the coming weeks at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.

Session 1, set for Oct. 29, is entitled “Healthcare Reform: Cure or Curse?” CMHS President and CEO Gary Wilde and Gerald Kominski, Ph.D., professor of Health Policy and Management at the Field School of Public Health at UCLA, will be featured speakers.

Session 2 on Nov. 19, “Exchanges, Mandates and Marketplaces,” will serve as a practical primer for patients and families about what they need to know about healthcare reform. Joining Wilde at Session 2 will be Dylan Roby, Ph.D., director of Policy and Research at UCLA’s Center for Public Health.

James Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at CMHS, will serve as moderator of both seminars in CMHS’s “Ethics of Caring” series that will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 800/769-0745 or visit www.cmhshealth.org/ethics.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and 11 family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health. The health system is located in Ventura County, California.