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On Saturday December 3rd, 2016 Fillmore residents lined Central Avenue to celebrate the 15th Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade which began at 1pm and concluded with Santa taking free photos near the train depot. Photos by Bob Crum.
On Saturday December 3rd, 2016 Fillmore residents lined Central Avenue to celebrate the 15th Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade which began at 1pm and concluded with Santa taking free photos near the train depot. Photos by Bob Crum.
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This photo shows Taft Electric's directional drilling rig at work, drilling under Highway 126 in order to place electrical lines for the new Mountain View traffic light. According to Raymond Brown Sr., who pushed long for the project, work is proceeding quickly. A handicap ramp and other corner work is under way.
This photo shows Taft Electric's directional drilling rig at work, drilling under Highway 126 in order to place electrical lines for the new Mountain View traffic light. According to Raymond Brown Sr., who pushed long for the project, work is proceeding quickly. A handicap ramp and other corner work is under way.
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Publisher's Editorial
A response to a letter from Regina Stehly Nunez.
A story which appeared in the Ventura Star a few weeks ago has raised the hackles among some Fillmore residents. A remark attributed to Fillmore City Manager David Rolands may be the source of some confusion.

The vote (city council on taxing marijuana) "tells me the community is open to the possibility of cultivation and taxation of marijuana...the thing with Proposition 64 is it has to do with recreational use. They're saying they are comfortable with the medical side, but they do have concerns about the recreational side."

A couple of facts should guide us through this discussion and quiet the alarm bells. First, the City of Fillmore does not want marijuana within its boundaries. The City was the only municipality in Ventura County to vote NO on Proposition 64 which permitted recreational marijuana throughout the State of California.

City groups were formed on short notice before the election for the purpose of saying no to Prop 64. But Prop. 64 passed, subjecting Fillmore to a plague of new issues and challenges.

Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten sent a four-page letter to city leaders two days after California voters approved Prop. 64. He stated "I write to encourage your city council to enact coordinated, uniform regulations preventing the marijuana industry from bringing harm to our communities,". His purpose was to encourage our leaders to enact comprehensive regulations "to prohibit the operation of commercial marijuana enterprises in our county". Totten further warns of the enticement "by the promise of substantial tax revenue from commercial marijuana interests. Experience has shown this promise to be illusory." In other words, the marijuana market is a cash market which easily escapes proper taxation - and the cost of controlling crime can exceed any expected tax revenues. The cost of physical and psychological injury can be huge, and damage to our youth incalculable.

Fillmore approved two local measures Nov. 8 that could tax marijuana sales and commercial cultivation operations, should the city ever allow them. The approval of these two measures is causing the current, unnecessary, uproar. The council could appear to be lying-in-wait, as it were, to approve commercial activities at a later date
I received this response to my inquiry from our city manager: "We took the proactive approach and placed these issues on the ballot this year rather than wait till 2018, which is the next time we could have done it. We did no campaigning nor did we talk about it outside my one article in the paper and both passed with 60%+ of the vote. In order to tax we would need to overturn our bans. Before anything is done we would have a community dialogue. Once again Fillmore was in the forefront on this issue. It's important to remember the residents, not city council, voted and passed taxing marijuana by an overwhelming number.” - David W. Rowlands.

However, if the time came and the city council decided to permit and tax the commercial marijuana industry, nothing could be done without a public hearing. I don't believe that there is an agenda in city hall to permit the marijuana industry in our city now or in the future. If there were such an agenda why wouldn't an attempt be made to implement it today? But, since there seems to be some doubt about this issue now is a good time to ask our council members in person at the next council meeting.

The passage of Proposition 64 is simply another example of what California has become during the past 30 years. It has been taken over completely by the far Left-Progressive-Democrats. Republicans now have only one third of Sacramento government. Governor Brown and his henchman Gavin Newsom, have secured complete control, making California a staging place for every foolish, idiotic, immoral, and ungodly idea conceived of during the past 100 years.

Want a multi-billion dollar bullet train to nowhere, which no one will use? you will find it here. Want a sanctuary STATE for illegals? it's here now. Partial birth abortions? step right up. How about drivers licenses for illegal aliens? we have them. Get out of jail free for felons? we're OK with that as well. California has become absolutely toxic for traditional conservative values under Democratic rule.

So, it was only to be expected that Proposition 64 would flood the state with marijuana; it's the kind of suicidal culture Sacramento encourages.

Maybe if President-Elect Trump cuts-off all federal largess to California it can be tamed.

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I salute Regina Stehly Nunez for her energetic and persistent opposition to marijuana in Fillmore, as expressed in her letter. She correctly outlines many of marijuana's deadly attributes. Hers' is a great example of good citizenship. I also share her hatred of marijuana, and every other illegal drug. But I disagree with her worry about a council agenda threatening our town. It's time for our council to again speak out clearly on this issue.

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By the way, I mislabeled Proposition 64 as Prop. 65 last week. It's one thing to grow old - quite another to grow old and be in a hurry. Well, at least I came close.

Martin Farrell
Publisher
The Fillmore Gazette

 


 
At the December 6 School Board meeting Scott Beylik was voted in as the new President, and Sean Morris as Vice President of the Fillmore Unified School Board. Pictured, left to right, Adrian Palazuelos administering the oath of office to Trustee Kelli Couse and Trustee Virginia de la Piedra.
At the December 6 School Board meeting Scott Beylik was voted in as the new President, and Sean Morris as Vice President of the Fillmore Unified School Board. Pictured, left to right, Adrian Palazuelos administering the oath of office to Trustee Kelli Couse and Trustee Virginia de la Piedra.
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New Military Banners were presented to the families of Ryan Calderon, Micah Chumley & Blaine Aviles on Monday December 5th at 10 AM in front of the School District Office. Members of the Fillmore’s local VFW Post 9637 also were in attendance to honor those who serve.
New Military Banners were presented to the families of Ryan Calderon, Micah Chumley & Blaine Aviles on Monday December 5th at 10 AM in front of the School District Office. Members of the Fillmore’s local VFW Post 9637 also were in attendance to honor those who serve.
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A vehicle crashes into the back of a parked Big Rig near the 1000 Block of Ventura Street, early Saturday December 3, at 3:00am. One occupant, one patient with moderate injuries, and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center.
A vehicle crashes into the back of a parked Big Rig near the 1000 Block of Ventura Street, early Saturday December 3, at 3:00am. One occupant, one patient with moderate injuries, and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center.
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Carnales MC East County's Toy Giveaway for the Children of Piru Saturday December 10th at 3:30pm in the Piru Square.

Toy donations were received from:
-Members of Carnales MC
-IBEW Union Local 11
-Ventura County Fire Departments Piru Substation
-Residents of both Fillmore and Piru As well as several other Motorcycle clubs from Southern California