(l-r) City Council candidates Carrie Broggie, Tim Holmgren and Diane McCall
(l-r) City Council candidates Carrie Broggie, Tim Holmgren and Diane McCall
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Question #3: Fillmore and Western Railway is in danger of closure. What, if anything, should/can the City Council do to assist the Railway?

Carrie Broggie
The Fillmore and Western Railway has not only put Fillmore on the map as a family destination on weekends to select a Christmas tree, or to meet Thomas the Tank Engine in person, it has also made Fillmore the favored destination for Hollywood producers and independent film makers for scenes involving trains and railroads. This translates into revenue for the City’s General Fund. (In FY2012/13 and 2013/14, film permit revenues totaled $197,155, surpassing film revenues for the city in all previous years.)
And that figure does not factor in the amount of tax revenue dollars earned from those working on the films and commercials who visit our shops and restaurants while visiting our community.
As chair of the Film Commission, I know how vital the train is to the draw of filming and tourism to the community and the revenue that comes with that. It is absolutely an economic boost to our downtown Central merchants, and our economy in general.
Because the City is not a party to the lawsuit that threatens the closure of the Fillmore and Western Railway, the City Council must wait it out and hope for a resolution that is satisfactory to both parties, one that would still permit the train to operate, while also being financially viable to the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC). Meanwhile, as we wait for the court proceedings to conclude, it is prudent for council members to research potential alternative options that could be proposed to the VCTC should the court rule that the Fillmore and Western Railway must cease operations permanently. Viable options should be prepared in advance to present to the VCTC immediately, so that no valuable time is wasted and the financial loss to Fillmore is kept to a minimum.

Tim Holmgren
The train is not just a draw for tourism and filming in Fillmore, it’s a major part of our history and heritage. The idea that we could lose the train is unthinkable. What should we do…what can we do, as a city, to keep our trains running?
The first thing to understand is that the disagreement is between the Ventura County Transportation Commission and Fillmore & Western Railway. Both sides have tried to come to an agreement but haven’t been able to come up with a deal they can agree on. There is now pending litigation, which means there is information to which we are not privy. Because we can’t know what’s happening behind closed doors, it’s important for us not to take sides until we know all of the information.
But whatever the outcome, Fillmore needs to do whatever’s necessary to keep the trains running. Our downtown merchants depend on them to stay in business. In a conversation I have had with one downtown merchant just the other day, I was told that their store would definitely go under if we lose the tourism from the trains.
We have to fight to keep the trains. But at the same time, we need to look for more ways to bring tourism to the city. We can’t be dependent on one source for our fiscal health. What events or activities can we add to what we’re already doing to bring in more tourism? We need something going on in Fillmore that will draw people to visit regularly. I’ve heard a number of ideas proposed and they’re all worth investigating. But while we consider additional sources of tourism, we must do what we can to make sure that Fillmore’s trains stay on schedule.

Diane McCall
The railway is an integral part of Fillmore’s current identity part of the fabric of our community. Myself and the current city council have been dedicated to assisting Fillmore and Western see it’s way through their current dispute with the County. At one point Fillmore brought in a consultant, at no cost to the railway, in an effort to assist in furthering the discussions between the two entities. However, the end result of those negotiations were unsuccessful. The city has also discussed taking over the Master Lease with the county and having the railway sublet in order to lift some of the burdens being placed on the operator.
At this time, Fillmore and Western has been granted a stay in their legal proceedings and will continue to operate as normal until such time a final ruling is made on their case against the County. The City will continue to patiently wait until that determination is made and continues to pledge its support in being a partner with the railway. In the event the ultimate decisions are not in favor of Fillmore and Western the city will need to take swift action in locating and securing another railway operator to assume a lease on the recreational lines and continue recreational rail service within Fillmore. As a current council member I was responsible for the drafting of a resolution from the City of Fillmore to the County requesting that regardless of the final outcome with Fillmore and Western, it is Fillmore’s ongoing desire to be allowed use of the rails for any current or future operators and retain this important tourist attraction within our community. At this time we patiently await the courts ruling and again as a council body are committed to keeping a piece of our towns identity in tact.

 


 
(l-r) Mike Saviers, Scott Beylik, Sean Morris, Lucy Rangel, Dave Wilde
(l-r) Mike Saviers, Scott Beylik, Sean Morris, Lucy Rangel, Dave Wilde
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Question #2: What do you perceive as the most important issues for the School Board, and the District? What policies would you work to change, add or subtract?
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Mike Saviers
The most needed attention at this time is the implementation of "Common Core". As a District and a Board we need to be ready to assist the schools, personnel and students in whatever way we can, be it technology, curriculum development and/or any other infrastructure needed. Secondly, I feel the Board needs to seriously address the reasons that parents and children feel it necessary to leave our district for others. We need to start asking "Why" rather than just allowing it to happen and not pursuing the reasons. We as a Board and District need to address these issues immediately. I have yet to hear from parents I have spoken to that academics is the reason for leaving.
I would like to see a more structured evaluation policy for all personnel within our District. Every year ALL staff working for this District need to be evaluated on their performance. Those excelling need to be recognized and those needing improvement need to be assisted in developing their skills. If they are never told their performance is substandard then how can they be monitored, performance improved and held accountable.

Scott Beylik
First and foremost, the safety and security of our students and faculty on all FUSD campuses needs to be reviewed now and on an ongoing basis to ensure a happy learning environment exists for our kids. In addition to safety and security, a critical review of faculty training and teaching methodology needs to be performed in an effort to boost academic performance and accountability. Fillmore Unified School District has been identified as a district needing improvement by the California Department of Education therefore it is clear that enhancements to our existing process are needed. Lastly, the district’s budget needs to be closely evaluated and adjusted to accommodate the much needed repairs of blighted school facilities, the funding of vital school positions & the creation of a reserve fund capable of filling the void during a deficit.
The process required to accomplish all of the above mentioned goals will not move forward without the regular input & solutions offered up by parents and faculty. Transparency and accessibility will be key factors included in my community-based approach to problem solving. I am confident in the teaching talent our district possesses and I am convinced we will collectively find solutions to our problems.

Sean Morris
The most important issue currently is raising our scores, in particularly the English Learner and Socio Economic. The District Schools are in Program Improvement. If we remain there, there is a chance we will have the state come and dictate to the board. Further our children deserve better than being in a program that is not performing to standards.
As a board we can help perpetuate an environment that allows the professionals do their job, create model programs and reward teachers who go beyond just the job description. We all need to go beyond the job description, to give that extra effort to pursue excellent and push scores way beyond the state standards.
Communication with community, staff, teachers and administration is a very high priority. I will ask questions during meetings so people are able to see my reasoning for an action we may take. I want to start a report card to the community so we are accountable for our plans and actions.
I would also like to determine how, through budget means and the community, to come up with more class offerings in the vocational services for high school students.
Finally, we need to look at our budget and understand where we can offer more classes through state means, where and how we can start capital improvements (fund) and avoid further barrowing money when the State does not issue monies to the district timely.

Lucy Rangel
Like many school districts throughout the county and state, Fillmore Unified is facing its share of challenges. Presently, the implementation of Common Core and providing staff development and training for our teachers have been some of our current issues. Reducing class size in grades K-3 is also an important issue we need to address. While our students need to be college and career ready, we need to provide more electives for our students. We need to advance our technology instruction, replace the music classes that had been eliminated, provide vocational courses and provide an intervention program for our struggling students at our high school.
Maintaining our facilities is also a crucial issue we need to plan for. Finally, we have neglected one of the most important components a school district needs to be successful – parent involvement. Especially in Title I schools, where we have a high percentage of low socio-economic families, we need a parent outreach program. We must include our parents and work collaboratively for the success of our students.
Although we review policies throughout the year, we need to update them so they are aligned to the new LCAP and LCFF along with the implementation of the CCSS. For example, the superintendent must insure that each school site submits a SPSA (Single Plan for Student Achievement). These will reflect the changes in state testing and must reflect the goals of the districts LCAP. If we focus on the SPSA for each site, it determines the schools priority for targeting funds to raise student achievement for ALL students.

Dave Wilde
Before I discuss some issues addressing the education of our children there are two other important items that need to be dealt with right away, and in fact are. The first is the repair of the relationship between the city and the school district. In a small community such as Fillmore it is extremely important. The correct growth of the district and community depend on it. The second issue is transparency and accessibility, both of which our new superintendent is already working on. Our community deserves to feel confident that they are completely aware about what is the vision and direction of the district. They need to feel they have a voice.
In terms of education there are many things I am concerned about. Under the direction of Martha Hernandez, our new assistant superintendent of curriculum, one is already being addressed. That is the instruction of our ESL students. As we speak teachers are being prepared to satisfy the new guidelines and assessment programs handed down by the state. We need to do what ever possible to prepare our limited English speaking students to deal with the language barriers they face in the classroom. The high school is currently operating without a teacher, and data driven RTI and collaboration program. The minute any student begins to struggle in the classroom their problem needs to be identified and solved. It could take a day, week, or month. Each student has individual learning needs and it is our responsibility to recognize and correct them.
Common core is another major concern. However Adrian Palosuelos and Martha Hernandez are doing a great job of assisting our teachers to deal with the new instructional and assessments requirements. I am confident our teachers and staff will effectively deal with common core.

 


 
A Proclamation was presented by Mayor Manuel Minjares at Council for the effort of the Soroptomists Club recognition of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and November Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Receiving the Proclamation was (l-r) Patti Walker, Betty Carpenter, Kathy Krushell, and President Jane David.
A Proclamation was presented by Mayor Manuel Minjares at Council for the effort of the Soroptomists Club recognition of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and November Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Receiving the Proclamation was (l-r) Patti Walker, Betty Carpenter, Kathy Krushell, and President Jane David.
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

The October 14, 2014 Fillmore City Council meeting began with a Proclamation for the effort of the Soroptomists Club recognition of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and November Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Receiving the Proclamation was President Jane David, Kathy Krushell, Betty Carpenter and Patti Walker.

Fire Chief Rigo Landeros announced The 10th Annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service being held Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 a.m.. The Fallen Firefighters of Ventura County Memorial is located at the Ventura County Government Center. Landeros will be the keynote speaker. The service will include the reading of the fallen, the traditional bell ceremony, the flag ceremony, bagpipes and other musical tributes.

There were three agenda items; the Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP), the Heritage Valley Transit service provider and a City Communication Plan.

The newly comprised Fillmore Development Council (FDC) is drafting an Economic Development Strategic Plan to move the city forward in the short and long term. Members of the FDC come from a diverse group consisting of both service and business; Mayor Manuel Minjares, Council Member Rick Neal, District Director Ernie Villegas, Chris Balden-Balden Town Center, President Southern California Association of Governments and Ventura Council Member Carl Morehouse, William Morris Chevrolet Bill Morris, Fillmore School District Superintendent Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, Fillmore City Manager David Rowlands, Fillmore Planning Director Kevin McSweeney, and Fillmore Fire Chief Rigo Landeros.

The FDC presented a draft of the plan proposal to the Council. The goal of the plan is to support a fiscally healthy city with major objectives and proposed implementation actions.

The plan's major objectives are improving the City's retail base, attracting green/clean technology industry firms, agriculture, filming, healthcare and highlighting the benefits of businesses and firms relocating to Fillmore. Also included is a budget goal of having a 40% reserve against General Fund expenditures along with supporting small business expansion, a business friendly environment and a predictable permitting process. Regarding land use, while considering the social and fiscal impacts on the City the plan calls for business and commercial areas that complement residential and public use. Having a truck stop on the west end of Highway 126 and C St. is being considered.

Rowlands informed the Council there are two companies in discussions of a tax sharing agreement in moving to Fillmore.

Council Members Rick Neal and Diane McCall liked what the plan called "incubator businesses", where small startup businesses in town are given guidelines on how to grow and what resources are available.

Council Member Steve Conaway responded, "This is a large scope of work, it's ambitious and exactly what we want. I'm fully supportive of this plan. This is great stuff. I think it's possible. It could be done...it's do-able."
Mayor Pro Tem Douglas Tucker stated, "This is an outstanding plan" and remarked he liked the idea of looking at other cities and possibilities of partnering together.

Mayor Minjares ended the discussion stating, "There's a lot in this"....and stated he does not see everything going in that direction (considering the large scope of work), but agreed it is a great plan.

The second agenda item addresses the breakdown of communication between the City's elected officials, which includes the Fillmore Unified School District Board Members, and the residents of Fillmore. A City Communication Plan is being drafted and worked on; but before the plan was discussed City Manager Rowlands wanted to disclose that he wants specific wording in the plan that communication will also be in Spanish.

The plan will address the concerns of residents and enable them to become part of the City's decision making process along with improve communication to and from businesses and organizations. The plan addresses four avenues used to increase the communication of Fillmore residents with the City. The four avenues are: Communication, audiences, goals and external communication tools. Two-way communication is first on the plan; it ensures information is shared throughout the community, reinforces and reflects the goals of the City with complete, accurate and timely information.

The audience is the citizens of Fillmore with a goal of strengthening the relationship between the City government and its 15,000 residents. The audience also includes City employees and the media.

The goal is to enhance and improve community and media relations and increase awareness, interest and participation of the citizens of Fillmore in government goals and activities. This will break down the feelings of 'us vs. them" with a goal of building pride in the City and relationships between elected officials, City employees and the residents of Fillmore.

The external communication tools, both existing and potential, will be updating the Fillmore web page, providing live broadcasts of City meetings on Fillmore's Public Access Channel, brochures to explain such things as the permit process, opening a business, conservation or other topics beneficial to the public. Also included is designing a social media page for Fillmore on such sites as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube etc.

Neal commented that not everyone has cable and thus does not get Channel 10 programming of City Council Meetings.

Conaway responded to the plan stating, "One of the largest responsibilities we have as a Council is outreach and communication. It's difficult to get people engaged....anything we can do to get our message out....Most of us are on satellite, not cable."

McCall added, "We need to reach out to the Spanish community." To which Minjares stated, "Fillmore is 58% Spanish speaking and 77% identify as Hispanic according to the last census. I know there are costs associated with getting the information out in both English and Spanish."

The third agenda item is one very important to many Fillmore residents; transportation. On October 1, 2014 the Heritage Valley Policy Advisory Committee (HVPAC) consisting of Representative Kathy Long, Mayor Minjares, Santa Paula Councilman Ralph Fernandez and the Ventura County Transit Authority (VCTC) asked both Fillmore Area Transit Company (FATCO) and MV Transportation to submit their best and final offer to run the transportation in town. At a meeting was held on October 3rd VCTC voted 9-6 to contract with MV Transportation to be the Heritage Valley Transit service provider. There were many local residents who wanted FATCO to retain the service, but VCTC made the final decision. MV Transportation, which is based in Santa Paula, is expected to start service the first of next year.

Minjares informed everyone that an agreement was reached on a three-way split with Santa Paula, Fillmore and Ventura regarding the tax revenue from the sale of gas to run the buses. Also, FATCO employees who are willing move over to the new provider will be hired on the condition they pass the position requirements, such as the driving test.

Rowlands informed the Council of the City's communications with the businesses in town regarding abandoned shopping carts. A company retrieves the carts daily for Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, Super A and Vons. La Plaza and Goodwill do not contract with the cart retrieval service. There are three ways for residents to report the location of abandoned carts; Website reporting at www.cartretrieval.net, toll-free phone line 800-252-4613 and an iPhone and iPad app that residents can download (CartSnap) from the iTunes store. Rowlands ended with "This is a start."

 

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[Editor's note: On Thursday, October 9th, a joint forum was presented by the Fillmore City Council candidates, and the Fillmore United School Board candidates. Following is coverage of the City Council portion of the forum. The School Board portion will be printed in next week’s edition of the Gazette.]

Candidates' Forum October 9, 2014
City Council
Diane McCall Incumbent, Carrie Broggie, Tim Holmgren
Moderator: Dr. Cynthia King, Professor at Cal State Channel Island
Timekeepers: Douglas Tucker and Johan Medina

(1) What is your vision for the future of the City of Fillmore and what qualifications do you possess that will help you achieve this vision?
Tim Holmgren; I see the town revitalized with more jobs...when people are doing well, jobs will grow.
Diane McCall; My vision for Fillmore is a thriving downtown...I can get this done by coming up with great ideas. I'm committed to do that.
Carrie Broggie; What I see is a small town American feel. I'd like to retain that. Whe have to make public safety a priority....help Fillmore to grow.

(2) What do you see as your top three priorities for the city and how would you prioritize them?
Diane McCall; We need economic development...seek out ways to do funding...funding for the gang officer.
Carrie Broggie; We have to have a safe community...economic and business development. It's hard work...monitor what we are spending...be good stewards.
Tim Holmgren; I want Fillmore to get to the point were we have the revenue, jobs needed and it's better for all. Public safety, I have a great appreciation for safety.

(3) What is your experienced with the youth of Fillmore and what are your ideas about how the city could support them?
Carrie Broggie; I'd like to meet with all the organizations and programs for kids and see what they need to be successful.
Tim Holmgren; I love kids and have my own. It's important to get kids involved and participate in the community.
Diane McCall; My daughter went to school in Fillmore. We need more recreation for our youth. All the Boards I've served on usually involve kids such as mentoring for youth gang members.

(4) We have both the highest rate of unemployment in Ventrua County and many people who live in Fillmore and work outside of the area. What are your ideas to enhance employment locally?
Tim Holmgren; I hear people have to leave town to work. Then they spend their money out of town before returning home...with work in town such as the Business Park, everyone benefits.
Diane McCall; I'm engaged with contacts to bring business to Fillmore.
Carrie Broggie; Until we see the revitalization of Fillmore, jobs won't be here. The Business Park will help.

(5) Fillmore has several vacant parcels waiting to be developed into industrial parks and vacant commercial storefronts throughout the town. Our local businesses are struggling. How do you see that the city could address this issue?
Diane McCall; We can outreach to companies to bring business to Fillmore. We've (the Council) been active doing that.
Carrie Broggie; People will come to Fillmore as a tourist destination...people will travel here. We need not just industry and retail, but tourism also. It's a tried and true money generator.
Tim Holmgren; There's a lot of advantages to bringing businesses and being in business in Fillmore. The fee structure needs to be business friendly.

(6) What do you feel might bet eh economic, fiscal, health and environmental advantages and disadvantages of annexing the Chevron property east of the city limits? (A reminder from the moderator NOT to say how they might vote on the issue.)
Tim Holmgren; Until all the information is put together, I'm holding my judgment. Neighbors are not happy, but we need all the information first.
Carrie Broggie; The advantages are potential businesses and jobs. The disadvantages are because of the contamination businesses might not want to be there.
Diane McCall; At this point the property is not within the city limits. I have not make an opinion and cannot comment.

(7) Fillmore has many residents who live in substandard housing (renting garages, multiple families in one home, individuals renting a bed). Give us your thoughts on how to bring more safe and sanitary affordable housing to the residents of Fillmore.
Tim Holmgren; That's what the housing element is for. We need affordable housing...the State directs us on how to fill the need.
Diane McCall; Our (Fillmore's) housing element has been sent to the State, we have not received an answer yet. We can benefit greatly by paring up with companies that can help.
Carrie Broggie; Fillmore has large homes that are the least expensive in the County. We could get companies to build smaller homes.

(8) What are your ideas for maintaining the present balance of budget for the City of Fillmore?
Diane McCall; Fillmore has goals, one is a balanced budget and then increasing the tax base. Identify areas where we can be fiscally sound. We're (the Council) working at having a sound reserve.
Carrie Broggie; I think Fillmore is doing a great job. I support 40% rainy day fund. The key is broadening the tax base.
Tim Holmgren; To balance requires spending less than you bring in. The budget today looks great compared to the past. We're going to spend less than we bring in.

(9) In this time of high heat, east winds and worry about continuing drought, how do you envision ensuring an adequate water supply for the residents?
Carrie Broggie; There are Fillmore residents who are restricting their water use to save water, we need to make it a benefit to do such things. There are a lot of things citizens can do on their own.
Tim Holmgren; We have our own wells which is a benefit. We could use more wells. We all need to cut back...we all need to get through this drought.
Diane McCall; We should have already been conserving. We are doing a good job compared to many others. We are a community that is using recycled water for our own town's needs. Everyone should be conserving.
Answers to questions from the audience.

(Q) Patrick Maynard's question; The City of Fillmore undoubtedly has a limited tax base. How do you intend on securing funds that are not only sustainable, but capable of ensuring that our local government needs are met?
Tim Holmgren; As businesses are brought in our tax base will grow.
Diane McCall; What we have to do is smart growth. We need companies that will be good for the community. We need to be wise in what companies we choose.
Carrie Broggie; I don't want to see a whole lot of growth. I grew up in the Valley and that's not my idea of growth.

(Q) Kathy Pace's question; How will you as a council member reach out to the Spanish community since they make up half of our community?
Carrie Broggie; We need translators...it should be at the top of the list.
Tim Holmgren; I think we need to reach everyone. I'll do what ever I can to encourage involvement.

(Q) Rick Neal's question; Fillmore is often referred to as a 'bedroom community'. Those viewing it as only a bedroom community are missing out on the best thins about living here. In your opinion what are teh best things about Fillmore and how do we preserve it?
Carrie Broggie; The proximity to Los Angeles will bring in businesses such as tourism.
Tim Holmgren; My family fell in love with Fillmore and we moved here. It feels like a small town. One of the best things about Fillmore is you're able to reach out to people with the same passion to keep Fillmore a small town community.

(Q) Cindy Blatt's question; How important is re-establishing communication with the school disrict and meetings with the Board quarterly?
Tim Holmgren; It's critical the School Board and City Council work together. I get a good feel with the direction now.
Diane McCall; The communication was a big problem. I suggest we get together. The City Council and School Board are now willing to get together.
Carrie Broggie; The School Board and City Council should have meetings monthly. I see the School Board moving in a new direction. I want to see that continue.

(Q) Jayme Laber's question; During your time on the City Council how do you plan to stay engaged with the citizens to assure your decisions are representative of their opinions and desires?
Diane McCall; We are here to speak for the community. I'm always available. I answer emails. I bring concerns back to the council.
Carrie Broggie; I am a people person. I'll be there for anybody. Even if there's disagreement, we need to be able to communicate, be respectful, hear them out.
Tim Holmgren; I would do what I'm doing currently. I attend meetings....I want to know what I can do to help. What ever event I attend....I talk and meet with people.

Closing Statements:
Carrie Broggie; Thank you to everyone who attended the forum. I appreciate being here, I know who to see and who to know to get things done.
Tim Holmgren; Right now is an exciting time for Fillmore. We're in transition. We must keep the City going in a positive direction.
Diane McCall; I appreciate all of you coming. Being on the City Council I've seen great things happening. I committed to this. I want to see the great work going forward.

 
Fillmore Fire Chief Rigo Landeros indicated that the Fillmore Fire Department took possession of a new fire engine last week on Tuesday, September 30th, that will replace a 25-year-old engine that did not meet NFPA’s current standards.  The department purchased the $450,000 engine with a Community Development Block Grant approved by the City Council.  This new modern fire engine will help Fillmore Fire Department provide the best service possible to the citizens of Fillmore, along with help fighting fires during mutual-aid operations in the county and across the state. Chief Landeros appreciates the continued support of the council and citizens of Fillmore. Photo by Sebastian Ramirez.
Fillmore Fire Chief Rigo Landeros indicated that the Fillmore Fire Department took possession of a new fire engine last week on Tuesday, September 30th, that will replace a 25-year-old engine that did not meet NFPA’s current standards. The department purchased the $450,000 engine with a Community Development Block Grant approved by the City Council. This new modern fire engine will help Fillmore Fire Department provide the best service possible to the citizens of Fillmore, along with help fighting fires during mutual-aid operations in the county and across the state. Chief Landeros appreciates the continued support of the council and citizens of Fillmore. Photo by Sebastian Ramirez.
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Ventura County Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn announced today the deadline to register to vote in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial GeneralElection, is Monday, October 20, 2014.

Lunn stated, “All citizens who have notyet registered to vote need to register by October 20 to be eligible to vote on Tuesday, November 4. Your vote is your voice; register and vote on November 4!”

For convenience, voter registration is available online at www.RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Voters may also callthe Elections Division at (805) 654-2664 to request that a voter registration card be mailed to them.

Voters may still register on a paper form at the Ventura County Elections Division, Government Center Hall of Administration, 800South Victoria Avenue, Ventura. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Registration forms are also available throughout the County at city halls, post offices, libraries, chambers of commerce, and fire stations.Completed voter registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 20, 2014,in order to vote in the November 4, 2014Gubernatorial GeneralElection.

For more information, please visit the Elections Division website at http://venturavote.orgor call the Elections Division at 654-2664.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

There are many things a parent can do to ensure their family’s safety. Adequately preparing your home and teaching children how to use 9-1-1 properly from an early age may, one day, save a life. If you are unsure where to begin, here are a few of the key things you can do and messages you can relay to youngsters to ensure that your household is prepared should a call for help ever have to be made.

Post your address clearly and prominently in multiple locations. Having your address easily visible at the end of your driveway and on your home itself will ensure that first responders aren’t left wondering if they are at the right location. Make sure that you use numbering and lettering that can be seen during the day or night, and are visible no matter which direction you are coming from. Many cities and counties have ordinances that will give you direction on how to post your address properly, so be sure to check with local authorities for more information.

Report missing street signs in your neighborhood immediately. This is even more important for those of you who live in the rural parts of Ventura County. Making sure that your neighborhood has all the proper signage not only helps friends and family find your home, but it can be crucial during an emergency situation where time is of the essence.

Teach your kids what 9-1-1 is. Let them know that 9-1-1 is the number to call when they need help or they see someone who needs help right away.

Teach your kids when to call 9-1-1. It is important that children learn that there are specific times when calling 9-1-1 is the right thing to do. Let them know that they should only call when someone or something, such as an animal, is hurt or in danger or if they need a police officer, firefighter, or doctor.

Last but not least, practice makes perfect. Help your kids memorize information that will be useful to 9-1-1 dispatchers, such as their name, their parents’ names, their address, and their phone number. The more comfortable and calm they are, the more quickly they can provide vital information to the 9-1-1 dispatcher who can then send the appropriate responders to the location.

Once is never enough, as they say, and your job isn’t done after your kids understand the basics. As the years pass, technology will change and so will your child’s capacity for providing crucial details to the 9-1-1 dispatcher. It is up to you to make sure that they are knowledgeable about the features and capabilities of the device they use to dial 9-1-1 and that they are ready to provide the most detailed and useful information possible when they call 9-1-1.

If you or your child is ever in doubt whether to dial 9-1-1 or the Sheriff’s non-emergency number (805) 654-9511, go ahead and dial 9-1-1. We’re here to help you.

Nature of Incident: Making 9-1-1 Work For You, Things Parents Need to Know
Location: 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009
Date & Time: October 10, 2014
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Communications Center
Prepared by: Erin M. Brockus, Assistant Communications Manager
Media Release Date: October 10, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Erin M. Brockus
Erin.Brockus@ventura.org, (805) 654-5158
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Pink is the wardrobe color of choice for Fillmore Fire personnel in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink is the wardrobe color of choice for Fillmore Fire personnel in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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(l-r) City Council candidates Carrie Broggie, Tim Holmgren and Diane McCall
(l-r) City Council candidates Carrie Broggie, Tim Holmgren and Diane McCall
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Question #2: What is your vision for Fillmore if elected/re-elected? In order of importance, what do you perceive as the three most important priorities for the city?
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Carrie Broggie
My vision for Fillmore is to build upon the aspects of Fillmore life that we enjoy, which is a beautiful, historic community that has managed to maintain its small-town Americana feel in spite of its proximity to the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis. To achieve this, I believe the following issues are key:
PUBLIC SAFETY
If businesses and individuals do not feel safe in Fillmore, we will not achieve the business expansion and increased tax base we need to fully recover from the economic turmoil of the recent past. I will work fervently to make sure our law enforcement officers, fire fighters, and EMT/paramedics, have the support they need to make Fillmore a safer place for us to live and work.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / BUSINESS REVITALIZATION
There is not a magic solution or an easy "fix" to recover from the recent economic downturn Fillmore experienced. A healthy, economically sound budget can only be obtained through careful planning and the close monitoring of all expenditures and a well-run City Hall. Key to this is the Council being good stewards of the funds entrusted to the City by the citizens they serve. This includes being prepared for future economic crises by maintaining a healthy “rainy day” fund. I support the City’s current goal to maintain a reserve of 40 percent.
OUR YOUTH
My husband and I raised three children, and we have an appreciation for programs that help build a child's character and self-esteem. I believe in keeping children and teens active and focused as a deterrent to bad choices and irresponsible behavior that can often times have life-long consequences. As a council member, I will focus on ways to support and enhance our community-based groups that serve our kids, and I will advocate for the needs of our school district.

Tim Holmgren
I envision a strong economic future for Fillmore. We’ve been through some challenges in recent years but we made it through them and are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. The current council has worked hard to lead the city toward economic stability and now it’s time to focus on economic prosperity. I see a strong Fillmore with a thriving economy, which brings me to my first priority.
The economic well being of Fillmore and her citizens is my top priority. Thanks to the leadership of the council, we are beginning to see stability. We transition that into economic prosperity by promoting a business-friendly atmosphere to attract more jobs to Fillmore, raising everyone’s standard of living. When built, the business park will revitalize our community by creating a positive cycle of jobs, leading to prosperity, leading to jobs. It’s also important to work in conjunction with our schools, preparing our students for the jobs the business park will bring.
Public safety is another priority and I strongly support our police and fire fighters. Fillmore police and fire fighters are always going way above the call of duty to serve our community and they deserve our support. I’ve watched the current council support our police and fire departments. I will add my support to theirs.
Another priority is finding a way to bring down the sewer rates. Everyone I talk with wants to know about the sewer rates and what the city is going to do about them. I know that the council is doing everything they can and looking into every possible way to bring down those rates. A solution needs to be found and I’m committed to doing whatever is necessary to bring some relief to Fillmore citizens’ sewer bills.

Diane McCall
One of my priorities for Fillmore has always been, and will remain, job creation for our local residents. Being a small town with minimal industrial development and retailers makes finding employment within Fillmore difficult, if not impossible. As a mentor to several “at risk” youths I have found that the key to their success is securing viable employment opportunities. Quite often these individuals must leave Fillmore to find work. This example is representative of the larger issue for Fillmore, we have become a bedroom community to our neighboring cities. This vision of job creation leads me to my next goal which is moving the business park forward as we work to creatively reduce the development impact fees for initial construction, thereby attracting viable industry to our city. I’m committed to foster the current relationships with land owners and local brokers who can introduce their clients to our community and the diverse workforce we offer. Getting this business park underway is a two fold solution to my visions for Fillmore which is providing viable jobs for our residents and an additional tax base stream coming back from the sale of goods. Lastly, while there are many tasks on my agenda as we move Fillmore forward, one item I feel needs attention is the communication between the City and our School District. As a city we must be able to openly communicate with our school district in order to see where we as a community can work together to improve for our youth. As a current councilmember, I recommended a committee to be formed between city council and the school board to meet on a quarterly basis and bring back that missing communication. I would welcome your support so I can continue working to making my visions a reality for Fillmore.

 
(l-r) Mike Saviers, Scott Beylik, Sean Morris, Lucy Rangel, Dave Wilde
(l-r) Mike Saviers, Scott Beylik, Sean Morris, Lucy Rangel, Dave Wilde
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Question #1: Who decides the direction of the District — the school board or the superintendent? What kind of relationship do you envision between them if you are elected?
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Mike Saviers
The Fillmore Unified School District's Board has the ultimate responsibility to set the direction in which the District will go. With that being said it is also the Board's duty to represent the entire community which makes up the District, including the superintendent, principals, teachers, support staff and the families who we represent. A board member may have a vision of where he/she wants to see the District go but if the community and the staff that make up the District which we serve does not share that vision then discussion, compromise and consensus should take precedent over the Board member's vision and a vision shared by all should be set forth and built on.
I hope that this year will be a new beginning, a beginning of trust and teamwork between the Board and the Superintendent. The Superintendent should work with the Board to implement the policies and ideas we will all share. There will be disagreements, debate can be healthy, but it should be constructive and enlightening for all. We have the opportunity to build something very special within this District and nothing should get in the way of teamwork getting it done.

Scott Beylik
It is the responsibility of the school board to have a broad vision and direction for the school district. Also, to be able to relay that direction and vision to the superintendent and the community. Then the superintendent can implement the direction and vision of the board.
The relationship I envision between myself, the board and the superintendent, is one of mutual respect, and oversight, to ensure the direction and vision of the board is being implemented with transparency. In order to transform that vision into a reality, which will better serve our students and community, I will be available for regular meetings with the superintendent to see that our direction is still on track.

Sean Morris
Who decides the direction of the District-- the School Board or the Superintendent? What kind of relationship do you envision between them if you are elected/re-elected?
The superintendent and the board must align their direction/vision to meet the needs of the district, with the ultimate responsibility of that direction being with the board.
The board’s only direct hire is the superintendent. When hiring a superintendent, the board is hopefully looking to find a leader who has a particular vision. The board should understand what direction they have for the district. The two directions may not be perfectly compatible but should reflect the values necessary to propel the staff and students towards excellence. A unified vision and goals need to be set forth by both the superintendent and the board. The board needs to reiterate that vision and make sure the necessary steps to achieve the vision are being taken and met.
I envision a good demanding relationship with the Superintendent and his direct staff. We need to listen to one another, hotly debate the issues, ask questions and develop a vision and plan to bring our schools out of academic probation. The key to any relationship is communication and trust. We need to rebuild that trust in the district, with the board and community.
The most important role a board member has is to help create an environment that fosters trust, creativity and respect. You do that by setting a clear direction, with specific measurable goals. You do that by reporting to the district and community what has been achieved and what areas need attention.
I believe the direction has been set in everyone’s mind for academic success. I believe I have the experience to help work with all the stake holders to fulfill this vision. Thank you.
Sean Morris for FUSD School Board

Lucy Rangel
According to our Board Bylaws, the School Board works with the Superintendent to fulfill its major responsibilities. One of these, of course, is setting the direction for the district. If it is to govern effectively, the Board must ensure that a long term vision is established for the district. This vision should reflect the consensus of all board members, the Superintendent, staff, and the community as to what students need in order to achieve their highest potential. The focus should be on learning and achievement for all our students. The Superintendent should provide leadership based on the direction of the board; and he should accept accountability for implementing the vision, goals, and policies of the district. Then we have a responsibility to support the Superintendent and staff as they carry out the direction of the board.
Board members have to work together as a governance team with the Superintendent to make decisions that best serve all the students in our community. I envision this team to have a trusting relationship – one of mutual respect. The board and the Superintendent should work collaboratively in order to move towards the district’s vision and goals. Communicating openly with trust and integrity is the type of relationship that is needed to ensure that our students receive the high quality education that they deserve, and that our community should expect.

Dave Wilde
Together, the school board members have to develop a vision or direction they see the district moving towards. That direction is shared with the district administration and it is their responsibility to do what must be done to accomplish those goals. The superintendent and other staff members are the hired experts to decide what programs or policies are developed to assist in their achievement. Most school board members don't have the expertise to do that on their own. The board becomes the oversight group to insure we stay on focus. Recent history suggests that the board does not always agree on the direction the district is moving in at any given time. At that point the leadership ability of your superintendent becomes very important in his/her ability to pull the board together. In my opinion the last administration failed in that category. However, I have a great deal of confidence in the people skills demonstrated by our new superintendent these past two months and don't see that being a problem. I am very excited about prospects for our district in the coming years.