Yulissa Aguliar and Alondra Ochoa
Yulissa Aguliar and Alondra Ochoa
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Javlin Galan
Javlin Galan
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About two hundred Piru children and their families flocked to a good old-fashioned Haunted House created at the Piru Community Center on Halloween night, enjoying games, free hot dogs and candy treats.

A partnership of Piru Neighborhood Council members and community volunteers created the colorful maze of ghostly pirates, witches, giant spiders, skeletons, bat caves and a glowing pumpkin patch. Even a headless horseman made an appearance, scaring those brave enough to walk through the cavernous Community Center room. Children in their trick-or-treat costumes walked past the scarecrow corner and laughed or cried when a blast of compressed air hit their legs. Bloodcurdling screams were heard as volunteers dressed as skull men, goblins and other apparitions jumped up to scare teens and adults rounding the corners of the maze.

It was all for a good cause, according to organizers Fredy Galan and Luanne Schaper, since many of the participants paid a small donation to help the children of Piru. The proceeds from the Haunted House will go towards the purchase of books to be donated to students attending Piru Elementary School.



Grad Nite Live’s Marie Callender Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser: Pies will be ready to be picked up at the Veterns Memorial Bldg. Tuesday, Nov. 20th, noon to 4pm. If you have requested to have your pies delivered , they will be delivered during this time. Thank you for your orders and your continued support of Grad Nite Live. Any questions please call Mrs. Chaney @ 524-4909 or 407-5759. ALSO: Parents, friends and all people that are helping the Senior Class students with their Pie Fundraiser. Because school is not in session the week of Thanksgiving we don’t have the help of students. If your Senior wants to be at the Memorial Bldg to unload the truck of pies and help with bagging the pies (approx 7-8 hours) we will give you your ticket to the Harbor Boat Cruise. Please call Mrs. Chaney and make arrangements 524-4909 or 407-5759.


Merchant Education Visits

Fillmore Family Coalition in partnership with the Ventura County Public Health, Tobacco Education Program is excited to announce its tobacco merchant education campaign for retailers in the City of Fillmore. With support from the Fillmore City Council and Fillmore Sheriff’s Department, Fillmore Family Coalition members along with Tobacco Education Program staff are planning to visit all tobacco retailers in Fillmore.

Did you know? According to Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (2012) 90% of smokers began at or before the age of 18. Given current smoking rates, 596,000 youth alive in California will ultimately die from smoking*. The best way to prevent this is to limit the access youth have to tobacco products. Regardless of the fact that for over 100 years it has been illegal to sell tobacco products to minors, youth still state they find it easy to purchase tobacco products.

These educational visits will serve to empower businesses to make an impact on the health of our community’s youth. During these visits, business owners will be informed of current tobacco laws and information on how to reduce tobacco access to minors. Businesses will also be given a packet of educational materials and state issued tobacco signage.

Anyone interested in joining these efforts or would like more information please contact John Ford at 805.340.7335.



The Annual Toy Drive Sponsored by City of Fillmore Fire Department is underway! Unwrapped toy donations are currently being accepted at Fillmore Fire Station 91 located at 711 Sespe Place, Fillmore. All residents who donate a new unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more, or make a $10 cash donation will receive a ticket for one BBQ chicken dinner. The BBQ will take place on Sunday December 16th, 2012 between the hours of 4:30PM – 7:00PM. Dinner will be served at the Fire Station or you may take advantage of our convenient drive thru service.

Toys will be distributed to Fillmore children on Wednesday December 21th, 2:00pm at Fillmore Fire Station 91 located at 711 Sespe Place, Fillmore.

Hundreds of families in Fillmore struggle to put food on the table and pay rent each month leaving many without money to buy gifts during the holiday season. With your assistance you can help bring a smile to a child’s face this Holiday Season!

Toy Drop-off Locations:

Fillmore Fire Department
711 Sespe Place
Fillmore, CA 93015

Fillmore Police Department
524 Sespe Avenue
Fillmore, CA 93015


Provides Customers an Opportunity to Support Through ATM Donations

November is Military Family Appreciation Month

San Francisco, CA – Wells Fargo & Company announced today it is committing $35 million over the next three years as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting military service members and veterans. The commitment includes:

Real estate owned (REO) property donations and support valued at $30 million to qualifying nonprofits that serve military service members and veterans
Hiring and mentoring initiatives,
Customized financial education efforts, and
Funds for philanthropic donations and sponsorships.
In addition, November 14-30, Wells Fargo is providing its customers an opportunity to make donations through the company’s more than 12,000 ATMs in support of military service members and veterans. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo ATMs across the U.S. (with the exception of Kansas, Missouri and Washington, D.C., due to local restrictions) to the USO, National Military Family Association and Homes for our Troops. Customers will not be charged any fees for using the service and 100 percent of the donations will go to the selected nonprofits. Prior to November 14, Wells Fargo is giving customers an opportunity to give to the American Red Cross Disaster Release Fund through its ATMs for relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

“With this $35 million CONTINUED »



Merry Christmas!

It’s time again for the 2012 Annual Fillmore Christmas Parade sponsored by the Fillmore Lions Club.

On Saturday December 1st at 1:00 PM the parade will proceed south on Central Ave. from Second Street to Santa Clara Street.

The parade route will be posted with “No Parking Signs” from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the day of the parade. The Lions Club requests the cooperation and patience of Fillmore residents for this event to ensure the safety of all involved.

The Parade is open to all groups or persons wanting to celebrate the season with a “themed” entry.

Applications are available to print below and at several locations:
1. Walt’s Jewelers in the Vons Shopping Center
2. The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce Office,
3. Lobby of City Hall
4. Bob Klittich, Parade Chairperson at 524-2123, or Klittich@gmail.com.
5. Bill Dewey, Parade Vice Chairperson @ 524-4457

There is no cost to enter the parade. Parade check-in is at 11:30 AM on Second Street, in front of the Memorial building.

This is the 11th year the Lions Club has sponsored the Annual Fillmore Christmas Parade. The Fillmore Lions Club’s continues to sponsor the parade in honor of long time member, the late Henry “Hank” Carrillo. Hank urged the Club to assume the responsibility of the parade when it was in danger of losing sponsorship.

Santa Clause is expected to be in Fillmore to wish all a Merry Christmas in time for the Parade. Immediately after the parade Santa will be available for pictures, (if you bring your own camera), at the Fillmore Museum, near the train station.

See you all on December 1st!
Merry Christmas!

Bob Klittich
Christmas Parade Chairman
Fillmore Lions Club






It is that time of the year again! Christmas is just around the corner and the community as well as the Piru Neighborhood Council Inc. would like to invite everyone to Piru’s 35th Annual Christmas Parade.

This year the parade will be held on Saturday December 8th. The parade will start at noon followed by Our award ceremony at the Piru Gazebo.

If you are interested in entering our parade and need an application or have any other questions feel free to contact Paul Alverdi (805)317-9896 or Pam Piche (805)727-0464 or E-mail pirupam5@yahoo.com. Applications for the parade can also be picked up at any local store.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone come out! Hope you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Santa Clara Valley Hospice Home Support Group, Inc.

A light will be shining on the Hospice “Light Up A Life Tree” at the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Central Park Plaza, Fillmore or Piru. Join us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony for Fillmore on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM. or for Piru on Saturday November 17, 2012 5:30 on Center Street, near the Gazebo.
These names were received October 25 to November 7, 2012:

Eric (Rick) Godfrey
Bret Godfrey
Vera Godfrey
Vernon Booth
Marge Whipkey
Tom Mastin
Rev. J. F. Lyttle
Jewell Lyttle
Charles Randall
Dale Hutchins
Beverly Penrod
George Penrod
Sam Myers
Estelle Johnson
Bill Johnson
Margaret Stevens
Raymond Beserra
Leon Erlin
Onema Nunes
Donna Harkness
Derek DeJarnette
Amy DeJarnette

Lois & Grace Meehl
Terry Meehl
Kathy Black
James Booth
Peggy Booth
Joyce Queen
William (Tommy) Queen
Linda Lawson
Stanley Stevens
Mark Stevens
Pat Dixon
Raymond Wallace
Tommy Wallace-Whiteley
Lark Whiteley
Winnie Whiteley
Lloyd D. Michel, Jr.
Donald E. DeYoung
Neva DeYoung
Lee & Ramona Golson
Anthony Golson, Sr.
Ignacio & Armanda Ortega
Paul A. Perez
Bill Bishop
Melinda Bishop
Morris & Mae King
Barbara Ponce
Dad/Grandpa Zeke Hernandez
Dino Lovato
Nacho Guevara
Miguel Guevara
Molly Ramirez
Pablo Ramirez, Jr.
Eva Koch
Lori Golson
Luis Posadas
Mom/Mombo Andrea Hernandez
Lupe Morales


HO! HO! HO! The SANTA TRAIN is coming! To experience one of Southern California’s most unique arrivals of Santa introducing the Christmas Season this year, bring your family to one of four stops along the route in Ventura County. Santa will be riding the rails from Montalvo in East Ventura to Fillmore on Saturday night, November 24, 2012. Come one, Come All, Greet Santa as he stops in your neighborhood. Santa will be riding aboard the Fillmore & Western Railway Co. Santa Train, powered by a Baldwin 1913 vintage steam locomotive, the #14. This year the train is sponsored by the California Locomotive Preserve, a 501 C3, non-profit organization and several other generous Ventura County businesses and organizations including The Rotary Club of Fillmore, OST, Fillmore Volunteer Fire Fighter Foundation, Ventura County Sheriff’s Association, the Ventura County Transportation Commission and Metrolink. Santa’s first stop will be at the Montalvo Metrolink Platform in East Ventura at 5:00pm. After a 20 minute visit with children and their families, the train will continue east and stop about 300 feet east of the Bristol Street & Montgomery Street (Northbank pedestrian crossing) intersection at approximately 5:30pm for a 30 minute visit. Next stop at approximately 6:10pm will be in Saticoy at Alelia Street until approx. 6:40pm. Santa will distribute goodies from our sponsors to children at every stop, and asks kids of every age to bring their “Christmas Wish Lists” to fill his mailbag.

The “Santa Train” will arrive at the Santa Paula depot at approx. 7:10pm and will stay until approx. 7:40pm. This annual train is the only non-passenger train of the year. It is Fillmore & Western’s thank you to all of the communities along the “Santa Paula Branch Line”. The Santa train will continue on to it’s home in Fillmore, arriving at approximately 8:20pm with a reception for Santa at the Movie Train Café, 501 Santa Clara Street.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Association, as in years past, are a tremendous help and are creating a much safer environment for families at the Ventura train stops by providing officers for traffic control. Our sincere thanks go out to them for their support of our method of bringing in the holiday season. Our intent is to spread holiday cheer, and to bring a smile to the faces of the families in the communities along the Ventura County route.

This year we are asking that families bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to the Fillmore Volunteer Firefighter Foundation and the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs Association who will distribute the toys to needy children throughout the valley.

We wish a happy holiday season to all and hope that you, your family, friends and neighbors will line the “Orange Blossom Route” at the designated stops from the Metrolink Station in Ventura to Fillmore and help Santa bring in the holiday season. HO! HO! HO!

(l-r) Cynthia Frutos, Principal and Teachers Laura Todis, Susan Jolley, Rebecca Raskin, Jose Lomeli, Bill Chavez, Michelle Smith (President of the FWSC), and Tobey Bowers (1st V.P. of the FWSC).
(l-r) Cynthia Frutos, Principal and Teachers Laura Todis, Susan Jolley, Rebecca Raskin, Jose Lomeli, Bill Chavez, Michelle Smith (President of the FWSC), and Tobey Bowers (1st V.P. of the FWSC).
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On Friday November 9th the Fillmore Women's Service Club, represented by President Michelle Smith, 1st. VP Tobey Bowers, and 2nd VP Valerie Richards (not pictured) recognized the teachers from Fillmore Sierra High School. At a recognition assembly where Students at Sierra High School in Fillmore were presented with achievement awards, Tobey Bowers with Fillmore Women's Service Club presented checks to the teachers for their Teacher Recognition Awards. Each teacher received a letter of recognition and appreciation for outstanding dedication to education along with a check for $100 to purchase classroom materials. This was FWSC's way of saying Thank You to the faculty of Sierra High School for their commitment to students of the Fillmore Unified School District.

November 19, 2012

WHAT: Troop Real Estate, Inc. holds its 13th Annual “Turkey-A-Thon” to distribute Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings to needy individuals and families in Ventura county. Prospective recipients are certified by local food banks.

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 9 a.m. to Noon.

WHERE: Troop Real Estate’s corporate offices, 3200 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley (primary venue and largest distribution site), in concert with Care and Share/The Salvation Army.
Concurrently in West County at Troop’s Ventura office, 6128 Telegraph Rd., with Food Share; at the Moorpark Food Panty, 609 Fitch Ave., Moorpark; in Conejo Valley, with Manna, 3020 Crescent Way, Thousand Oaks, and with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley facilities serving Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Ojai.

OUTREACH: This year, Troop’s goal is to provide enough food to feed 3,125 families, or 25,000 people, including an increase to 500 military families.

Troop Real Estate invites your coverage of the event. For information contact Art Ansoorian, Ansoorian and Associates (805) 653-1648, or Alex Gandel, event chairman (805) 522-6788.

Photo by Greg Cooper
Photo by Greg Cooper
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Santa will be in town to help the Humane Society of Ventura County raise much needed funds for the animals at the Shelter, including recently rescued horses and dogs. “The Shelter is bursting at the seams with animals recently rescued by our Humane Officers, so the need is greater than ever,” said Shelter Director, Jolene Hoffman. In October, eight horses and 58 dogs were rescued, some from eminent starvation, others from lack of needed health care and grooming, all in need of help. These animals are currently being treated and rehabilitated while awaiting adoption. The Humane Society is Ventura County’s no-kill shelter, so these animals will be cared for until they are adopted, at a great expense to the organization.

Santa will be posing for portraits with Ventura County pets and family members, hoping to help. Photographing “Santa Paws,” will be professional photographer and Brooks Institute Professor Greg Cooper who will donate his services to help the Humane Society feed, spay and neuter, and place these animals in need. Also volunteering his time to help the animals is Chuck Bowman, our favorite “Santa.” Families who don’t celebrate Christmas are welcome to have their holiday portrait taken without Santa as well.

Photo sittings will include several poses with pets and/or their family members. Pets and their family member are encouraged to dress festively for the Holiday Season. The requested donation for “Santa Paws” photo sittings is $25 and includes a CD of your portraits which can be used for holiday cards or gifts. Photos are FREE for anyone adopting an animal from the Humane Society between December 1st and 8th of this year.

Because the Ventura County Humane Society is not affiliated with any other agency or government funding, it relies upon private donations and fundraisers. All proceeds raised by Santa Paws will benefit homeless animals throughout Ventura County awaiting adoption at the Humane Society Shelter and Adoption Center.

The event is first come, first served, no reservations required. Sunday, December 2nd , Santa will be at the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel at 2055 East Harbor Blvd in Ventura from 10am until 3pm. On Sunday, December 9th, he’ll be at the Humane Society of Ventura County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai. This date will also feature a Holiday Marketplace where local artisans will offer great gifts for the holiday season.

For more information and to view sample photos, visit hsvc.org or call 805 646-6505.


Livingston Visiting Nurse Association will hold Diabetes Classes to introduce basic information regarding diet, medication, exercise, blood sugar monitoring, new developments and common problems. Open to the public and free of charge, no registration is necessary. In Ventura: December 4, from 1:00 – 2:30 pm @Livingston VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave, #101.

Spanish Speaking Diabetes Classes are held in Ventura December 10, from 3 – 4:30 pm @ Livingston VNA. In Santa Paula Hospital: November 26 , from 3 – 4:30 pm @ l 825 N. 10th St. Call 642-0239 for information.

November 15, 2012

Ventura, CA - Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of American men and women; as a result, Community Memorial Health System is offering free prevention strategy programs presented by leading local experts every third Thursday of the month.

The next prevention strategies program, entitled “Heart Healthy for the Holidays: Cooking Consciously during the Season for Great Taste & Optimal Health,” is set for Thursday, Nov. 15. Jessica McGrath, a local food behaviorist, certified holistic health coach and personal chef, will present the program that will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the CMHS Training Center, located at 2809 Main St. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 805/667-2818 or email healthaware@cmhshealth.org.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, 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.


In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the employees of Santa Clara Valley Disposal are taking the day off on Thursday, Nov. 22. As a result, Fillmore residential customers will have their trash and recyclables collected on Saturday, Nov. 24, one day later than usual.

The regular Friday schedule will resume the following week.

For more information, call 647-1414.

The witches are Amanda Parker, Raelene Chaney, and Leona Palmateer. These witches all volunteer at the Lemon Way Store Front Brown Bag. Mr.s Chaney is the
The witches are Amanda Parker, Raelene Chaney, and Leona Palmateer. These witches all volunteer at the Lemon Way Store Front Brown Bag. Mr.s Chaney is the "Brown Bag" Witch.
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New Beginning Belly Dance class added: Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. - beginning November 13, 2012

Please bring water and a hipscarf if you have one. Dress Comfortably - fitted clothing is optimal so you/I can see what your body is doing.

Mondays 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (level 2)
Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (level 1)

The Wellness Center is located across Fillmore's City Hall and Central Park - just off the 126 and Central Avenue

Fillmore's Health and Wellness Center
448 Santa Clara St.
Fillmore, CA, 93015
A Space for Healing Experiences
We Help You Feel Better


United by blood and through Music, Hermanos Herrera have established themselves as the future of Regional Mexican music. Youthful exuberance, authenticity, and a refreshing image are the characteristics that will propel Hermanos Herrera and the Regional Mexican genre into new heights. Able to capture various traditional musical styles with remarkable authenticity, Hermanos Herrera are true representatives of Mexico’s rich musical landscape.

Hermanos Herrera is a family group consisting of five brothers and their younger sister. The group plays various styles of traditional Mexican music such as Son Huasteco, Son Jarocho, and musica Norteña. They perform with an aggressive and energetic style that is both passionate and exhilarating.

Hermanos Herrera have six recordings under the Sonbros Record label. Their latest Norteño CD received strong radio play throughout the U.S. and Mexico with three of their singles reaching various radio markets. Hermanos Herrera further broke new ground with their most recent Son Huasteco recording as it also received commercial
radio play in both the U.S. and Mexico. This groundbreaking achievement was a first for the Son Huasteco genre. For being ambassadors of the Son Huasteco genre, the group was awarded the most prestigious recognition, “Sol Poniente” Lifetime achievement award in Veracruz, Mexico, in 2009. Their discography includes; En Tu Corazón (2009), Huapangueros Para Siempre (2009), Siempre Unidos (2008), Pasión Huasteca (2004), Cruzando al Norte (2004), De Corazón Huasteco (2001), and Sones Huastecos con Los Hermanos Herrera (1998).

Hermanos Herrera have shared their music with a wide audience, performing throughout the U.S. and Mexico. They have performed at world renowned venues, alongside the biggest names in the music industry and have appeared on numerous national and international television programs. They have shared the stage with; Los Tigres del Norte, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Linda Ronstadt, Conjunto Primavera, Los Lobos, Intocable, Julieta Venegas, Ozomatli, Jose Feliciano, Montez de Durango, and Banda el Recodo, among countless other artists.

Beyond music, Hermanos Herrera have established themselves as well-rounded scholars and academics. All 6 members graduated valedictorian of their high school class and were all star athletes in various sports. They have, or continue to attend UCLA, one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. Jorge Andres Herrera is
continuing work on his Ph.D at UCLA. Luis Albino Herrera received his Master’s degree from UCLA. Miguel Antonio Herrera received his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and just started the new semester in the MBA program at USC. Juan Pablo, Jose Marcelino, and Rebeca Isabel all received their degrees from UCLA as well.

In addition to their musical and academic accomplishments, Hermanos Herrera have maintained an active presence in the community. Through their music they have raised over $100,000 for the community and have assisted in countless fundraising and community service events, educating children and assisting those in need.
Hermanos Herrera continue to promote cultural awareness and appreciation of their Mexican heritage with musical presentations and workshops at both the elementary school and collegiate levels. Jorge Andres teaches several Chicana/o music and Mexican history classes in the Chicana/o Studies department at California State University, Fullerton. Luis Albino is finishing a credential program with the hopes of teaching in his hometown of Fillmore. Miguel Antonio decided to further his education by entering in the MBA program at USC. In brief, Hermanos Herrera continue to find ways to give back to their community and preserve their culture through their musical talents and educational interests.

Hermanos Herrera plan on releasing a new Son Jarocho/Son Huasteco album in October, 2012, and their newest Norteño album in November, 2012, that will surely flood the radio waves and be a necessary addition to everyone’s collection.

September - October 2012 Edition


Detective Ray Dominguez had the following to report for this edition:

"Farm Watch Readers, overall things have been relatively quiet. However, I have seen recent storage container burglaries reported throughout the county. I’ve seen reports coming in from Somis and the unincorporated areas surrounding Ventura and Santa Paula. Items being stolen include generators, chainsaws, fertilizer pumps, bags of fertilizer, and miscellaneous hand tools. At this time, it appears the burglaries are not related and were committed by different suspect(s).

In reviewing some of these reports and talking to victims, I’ve found that in many of these cases the storage containers in question have been attacked before. It cannot be emphasized enough; please check your storage facilities regularly to identify weak points that are susceptible to attack.

For example, one victim was using a storage container constructed primarily of steel, but had a portion made of plywood. The suspect(s) in this case forced entry by cutting through the wood portion of the container creating a hole in the side. The hole was large enough for them to easily remove property from the container and pass it through a chain-link fence they cut adjacent to the container, and into the back of a waiting vehicle. The reality here is that no matter how indestructible the lock is on the front of the storage container, if you have a weaker access point for crooks to use they will find it and exploit it. You need to start thinking like a crook when surveying your site for potential problem areas.

I also suggest you look at what it is you’re trying to store/protect. Please don’t use a $2 lock to protect a $10,000 load of fertilizer. It sounds silly, but I have seen it time and again. Remember when using chains and locks, “The bigger the better.” Use only high quality locks and heavy duty chain that is impervious to an attack with bolt cutters and other common cutting instruments.

When considering where you are going to store/protect property please ask yourself, “Am I storing the item in an area that is convenient, but also more susceptible to theft?” If so, you may want to consider moving the property to a less convenient, but more secure location for peace of mind.

Another thing to consider when selecting the location for a storage area is whether it’s close to a roadway which provides quick and easy access or tucked away on the property, out of sight and harder to get to? Does your facility have lighting and physical barriers such as fencing erected around the perimeter to limit accessibility? Have you considered using surveillance cameras and electronic alarm systems, or even hiring a private patrol company?

Here are some other general crime prevention tips for you to consider:

-Maintain all fences and keep gates locked.

-Post “No Trespassing Signs” (3 per mile and at entrances to property).

-Make sure your address and Owner Applied Number sign are clearly visible.

-Build barriers using posts sunk in concrete to discourage vehicles from trespassing on roads or crossing property lines. Discourage 4x4 vehicles by digging a ditch or creating high dirt mounds where fences are not used to surround property.

Building Security:
-Secure and lock all windows and doors using hardened locks whenever possible.

-Install motion detector lights around buildings or in areas where there should be no traffic. Motion detectors can also turn on a bell, siren, alarm, pre-recorded messages and other security warning devices.

-Install security alarms.

Central Work Areas:
-Secure all equipment, including vehicles, and store in a visible, well lit area. If equipment will not be used for an extended period of time, bring it in and store it in a locked barn or shed. Install hidden “Kill switches” or render the vehicle inoperable by removing other electronic devices, i.e. distributor caps, batteries, etc. Use locking gas caps for ranch and business vehicles. This will help prevent sabotage. Never leave keys in your equipment.

-Fuel storage areas should have remote shut off switches for electrical power and locked electrical boxes. Lock fuel pumps and storage barrels. Portable fuel storage trailers or “Trap Wagons” should be brought in and securely stored overnight.

-Be aware of and report suspicious persons and vehicles to local Law Enforcement. Encourage employees to help spot strangers who don’t belong on the property and report it to their supervisors.

-Frequently patrol your property.

Employees and Neighbors:
-Know your employees, provide them with I.D. cards and educate them about crime prevention.

-Request prior work history and confirm their work experience.

-Limit employee access to buildings, equipment, chemicals and other valuables. If you have a large number of employees, a sign- in or log-in system may be necessary to limit access to certain areas of your business. Don’t hesitate to restrict areas you feel should be off limits.

-Know your neighbors and encourage them to report suspicious activities.

Mark all valuable property with your Owner Applied Number.
Report all crimes to local Law Enforcement.
Chances are you will reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a theft or burglary if you employ some of these simple practices. Remember that criminals look for easy targets where the risk of detection is slight and the profits are high.

When you cause a criminal to take more time, make more noise, and be more visible as he acts, you may prevent completion of a crime and perhaps even discourage an attempt.

As always, if you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact me directly at one of the numbers listed below or by email.

The following advice is always wise if you suspect illegal activity on your property:

Call the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 911.
Be a good witness
Note suspect descriptions such as age, height, weight, facial hair, clothing, and shoe type.
If a vehicle is involved, obtain a license plate number and note vehicle color, body damage, bumper stickers, camper shell, after market tires and wheels, etc.
Provide the dispatcher with information about the time and last known direction of travel.

If you are not sure of how to address the problem or would like additional crime prevention tips please contact your local Sheriff’s Office substation or Detective Ray Dominguez directly at (805) 384-4726 or by email at ray.dominguez@ventura.org.


Camarillo Detective Mark Corriea, mark.corriea@ventura.org

Fillmore Detective John Fox john.fox@ventura.org

Ventura Detective Christine Rettura Christine.rettura@ventura.org

Agricultural Crimes Detective, Ray Dominguez at Ray.Dominguez@ventura.org

As always, we would like to thank Sheriff’s Crime Analyst Karen Brown and Det. Ray Dominguez, for this issue’s great crime and alert update.

Be alert and always safe!

Monica (797-6338)

Geoff Dean - Sheriff

John Crombach and Gary Pentis - Assistant Sheriffs

Michele Smith, president of Fillmore Women’s Service Club, receiving an award of appreciation from Linda Nunes, member of Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee.
Michele Smith, president of Fillmore Women’s Service Club, receiving an award of appreciation from Linda Nunes, member of Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee.
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Michele Smith, current president of Fillmore Women’s Service Club accepted an award of appreciation from Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee for their club’s generous support with sponsoring 8 replanted pots along Central Avenue.

Fillmore Women’s Service Club is a unique group which has functioned since the 1960’s.

They are not attached to any other service organization in the United States, but focus their help entirely on the city of Fillmore.

They are pleased to be able to provide approximately $5000 in college scholarships for students that might “fall through the cracks”-middle income students with excellent grades and community service that aren’t eligible for other help.

This group also provides for other community needs such as benches, sponsoring a brick at the Historical Society, and providing each of the 6 teachers at Sierra Vista School with $100. The Equestrian Center also received a donation as a reward for their young people helping at the club’s 4th of July booth.

Fillmore Women’s Service club is a small group of about 20, but Michele said they welcome new members. They meet at the Fillmore Senior Center on Santa Clara Street, the second Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm.