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September 16 School Board Meeting
School Board candidate Sean Morris
School Board candidate Sean Morris

The September 16, 2014 Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) Board Meeting lasted less than an hour and besides the District Staff and about 15 faculty along with several members of the community On the agenda was a presentation on the financial statements for 2013-2014 school year and two public hearing items; "Sufficiency of Textbooks and Instructional Materials for the 2014-2014 School Year” along with the "Adoption of Pupil Textbook and Instructional Material for Structured English Immersion Program for the 2014-2015 School Year."

Fillmore School District has struggled and failed for years to bring up its academic improvement, and there has been very little community involvement at Board Meetings. There are state requirement that promote parent and community involvement and one requirement is informing the public of time, place and agenda of each Board Meeting and Public Hearing. According to the California Department of Education a Public Hearings regarding sufficient quantity of textbooks, the hearing "must be on or before the eighth week of school and at least 10 days notice of the public hearing posted in at least three public places within the district that stated the time, place and purpose of the hearing, and encouraged participation by parents, teachers, members of the community, and bargaining unit leaders, (if the district of county office has a bargaining unit).

In order to be eligible to receive instructional materials funds, the governing board of each district and county office of education is required to hold an annual public hearing and adopt a resolution stating whether each pupil in the district has sufficient textbooks or instructional material in specified subjects that are aligned with the academic content standards and consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum frameworks adopted by the state board."

A hearing is required before funds can be used to purchase the textbooks, which include Mathematics, Science, History-Social Science, English/language arts. Other books include foreign language or health classes. Insufficient quantities of the language and health books will not prevent funds being spent.

When asked where the District placed the information on the recent Public Hearing, the Gazette was told it had been posted at the front of the District building, and one in each school in the District. When questioned were the third posting was placed it was said to be in the Superintendents office (which is not a public place).

Sean Morris, who is running for a seat on the School Board, asked the Board why he had not heard of this Public Hearing stating, "...all kinds of notices are sent home with the kids, it would be nice to have it (notices of hearings) sent to the parents with the children."

Scott Beylik, who is also running for a seat on the School Board, stated last month he sent a formal request to the District to have the agenda email to him three days in advance of each meeting as the State requires Districts to do. Beylik then said he did not receive the September 2nd meeting agenda until the 3rd, a day after the meeting. He informed the Board he had not received any agenda information for the present meeting he was attending.

Superintendent Adrian E. Palazuelos, Ph.D. responded to the complaints stating, "We'll review the process and see about putting it in digital form."

Michele Reddy, Director of Budget and Accounting, gave a presentation on the past FUSD Budget. The General Funds in 2013-2014 school year were $31,962,811, but the expenditures were $32,088,853, leaving a deficit/deficiency of $126,042. Reddy informed the Board this deficit was covered by a reserve fund established by a previous administration three or four years ago, adding "...the reserve is now almost empty." Board Member Tony Prado asked if the deficit was due to the repair of the roof at Fillmore Middle School. Reddy responded, "No, that hasn't been paid for yet" informing everyone that the district borrowed the money for the roof.

Palazuelos introduced those in attendance to two newly hired FUSD employees: Stefan Cvijanovich, Director of Special Programs and Student Services; Gary Hobelman, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services.

Irma Torres, ASB President/Speaker of the House, announced it's currently Santa Paula vs. Fillmore Week and next week students start building the Homecoming Float. Also, Fillmore Cross Country raced at Fastback Shootout on the 6th winning over 18 medals. Other accomplishments included Fillmore Football winning their last two games beating Channel Island 21 to 3 and last Friday defeating Oak Park 53 to 8.

 


 
On Sunday evening this suspect, after a short pursuit, was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on Sespe Avenue near A Street. A Taser was used to subdue the suspect, who was sought for outstanding warrants. No injuries were reported.
On Sunday evening this suspect, after a short pursuit, was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on Sespe Avenue near A Street. A Taser was used to subdue the suspect, who was sought for outstanding warrants. No injuries were reported.
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Pursuit for Stolen Vehicle, Evading, and Resisting Arrest
Enrique Patricio
Enrique Patricio

This morning at 5:39 a.m., Headquarters Sergeant Jim Kenney was on patrol in the area of Faria Beach on Pacific Coast Highway. Sgt. Kenney noticed an older model van stopped on the shoulder with an inoperative rear taillight. When Sgt. Kenney attempted to detain the vehicle for the Vehicle Code violation, the van fled at a high speed southbound on Pacific Coast Highway and then onto southbound US 101. The van exited the 101 freeway and continued to flee eastbound on SR 126. Additional Sheriff’s units responded to assist in the pursuit, which reached speeds in excess of 85 mph. The van continued to South Hallock Road in Santa Paula where it purposely crashed into road closure gates. The driver, and only occupant, Enrique Patricio, ran from the van and into the river bottom intending to continue eluding law enforcement.

A Sheriff’s helicopter and two canine handlers responded to the area. At about 8:00 a.m., Patricio was reported by an anonymous resident hiding on the property in the 1600 block of Lemonwood Drive. Sheriff’s Deputies moved to that area and set up a perimeter. A short time later, the Sheriff’s helicopter spotted Patricio walking on Telegraph Road near Farris Drive. Patricio was quickly taken into custody by Sheriff’s Detectives, who had responded from the Fillmore Police Station to assist in the search. Follow-up investigation revealed the van had been reported stolen to the California Highway Patrol in Santa Barbara yesterday.

Patricio was arrested and later booked at the Pre-Trial Facility for auto theft, evading law enforcement, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The length of the pursuit was 23.7 miles. No law enforcement personnel were injured nor vehicles damaged. Patricio sustained a minor laceration to his nose and was treated at the scene. The van sustained significant front end damage and was towed.

Nature of Incident: Stolen Vehicle and Pursuit Arrest
Report Number: 14-20776
Location: US 101 from Faria Beach to South Hallock Road, Santa Paula
Date & Time: September 11, 2014 0529 hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Headquarters Patrol and Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Enrique Patricio Ventura 29
Prepared by: Captain Patti Salas
Media Release Date: September 11, 2014
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Patti Salas, 805 797 6392
Approved by: Captain Renee Ferguson

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).

 


 
In remembrance of the 9/11 tragedies, Fillmore Firefighters, Ventura County Sheriff deputies, California Highway Patrol officers, and Servicemen representing all branches of the United States Military, enjoyed recess with the students of Sonshine Preschool for their annual “Hero Day” celebration, September 11, 2014. Photos courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
In remembrance of the 9/11 tragedies, Fillmore Firefighters, Ventura County Sheriff deputies, California Highway Patrol officers, and Servicemen representing all branches of the United States Military, enjoyed recess with the students of Sonshine Preschool for their annual “Hero Day” celebration, September 11, 2014. Photos courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
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FREE City-Wide BBQ & Rally Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, from 12 noon to 2:00pm at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue. Bring your family, friends, and loved ones!
FREE City-Wide BBQ & Rally Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, from 12 noon to 2:00pm at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue. Bring your family, friends, and loved ones!
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Alumni Night Downtown Fillmore was a huge success. Even bigger "Pack The House Night" event this Friday September 19th

Thank you all for coming to "Alumni Night" in downtown Fillmore this past Friday evening. What a special evening of catching up with old friends, and taking in a beautiful Summers evening in Downtown Fillmore on Cruise Night. A Great time was had by all!

Remember everyone, This Friday, Sept 19th is the Big Game with Santa Paula here at Fillmore Field, and it's PACK THE HOUSE NIGHT. The Alumni Association wants all the community of Fillmore to come out and support our local Students, and Student/Athletes at they play in the 104th meeting between these two schools on the gridiron.

Please call the High School at 524-6100 to verify if there are tickets left to be sold. We want everyone to wear Blue and White this Friday. There will be one last chance to get your Flashes gear this Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The Alumni Association will be at Central Station one last time before the big game with their Merchandise. Flashes T-Shirts, Sweaters, Caps. They will also be showing Old game Films of the Fillmore / Santa Paula Football games, dating back to 1968 on the big flat screen T.V's. So come out and support our Team, our Town, OUR COMMUNITY!!! GO FLASHES!!! Beat the Cardinals!!

 
08/26/14 - 09/01/14
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

08/26/14
Accident – Non Injury
B St./Ventura St.
Theft
300 Blk. Central Ave.
300 Blk. Blaine Ave.
Search Warrant
900 Blk. 4th St.
Trespass
200 Blk. Cook Dr.
08/27/14
Accident – Non Injury
500 Blk. Mountain View St.
Theft
600 Blk. Ventura St.
Keep the Peace
700 Blk. 4th St.
1000 Blk. Olive r St.
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Pictured is Alumni Night, 1957 judging by the Fillmore Towne Theatre marquee. Fillmore has pride! Show it by Packing the House!
Pictured is Alumni Night, 1957 judging by the Fillmore Towne Theatre marquee. Fillmore has pride! Show it by Packing the House!
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FHS Alumni Association hosts 2 events - Alumni Night! & Pack The House Night! - This Friday September 12, & next Friday September 19th

The Fillmore High Alumni Association presents two upcoming Alumni Events. On Friday, September 19th they are hosting their annual “PACK THE HOUSE” night for the Fillmore/Santa Paula Football game at Fillmore Field, and they want the whole community to come out to the game and support our local student athletes as they compete in the 104th meeting between these two High Schools on the gridiron. To gear up for this great traditional game, they are also hosting “Alumni night” at Central Station this Friday evening Sept 12thin beautiful downtown Fillmore. The Alumni Association wants to paint the town Blue and White for Santa Paula week, so come out to Central Station this Friday between 5:00pm and 10:00pm and get your Flashes Game day wear. They will be there with their Flashes T-shirts, Ball Caps, Bling wear, and sweaters and hoodies. It’s also the last Cruise Night of the summer, so come out and see the beautiful classic cars parked along Central Avenue between Main Street and Sespe Streets. If you have a classic car that you would like to park and show the whole community, please enter from Main Street, and someone will help you find your parking spot. It’s the “Kick Off” to Santa Paula week, so come out and help the Alumni Association paint the town Blue! GO FLASHES!!

 
Local business owner Norma Amaro questioned the city council’s plans to restrict “Sandwich-Board” sidewalk advertising on Central Avenue.
Local business owner Norma Amaro questioned the city council’s plans to restrict “Sandwich-Board” sidewalk advertising on Central Avenue.

There were four items on the agenda at the September 9, 2014 Fillmore City Council meeting. First was a budget adjustment for the Mountain View/Highway 126 traffic signal; then approval of supporting an increase in Medically Needy Only Beneficiaries; next a report on the status of the Fillmore Redevelopment Agency/Successor Agency; and last were discussions on what priorities to put forward to the Ventura Council of Governments.

The meeting began with Public Comments as three Fillmore business owners addressed the Council on the crackdown of advertising "bootleg/sandwich boards" signs discussed at the last Council Meeting. The business owners complained about the signage removed stating they all struggle to be successful and need signage. Some stated the ordinance prohibited signs but not banners and flags. Minjares responded later that banners are ok and the Council agreed to discuss the issue directly with the business owners on Central Avenue and Sespe Street.

Norma Amaro said the foot traffic on Central Avenue is less than it has been in the past, stating it might be due to less tourism and the question of the train continuing. She asked for better communication between the City and business owners which would dampen the gossip and everyone would be informed, adding.
"Before any decisions are made, talk to the business owners."

Another question Amaro raised was if the Council had considered the possible loss of foot traffic on Central Avenue if the Chevron project is built. She also asked if the Mayor had voted against keeping the train, to which he responded later that the train was not financially feasible.

The Council wants the light signal on Mountain View and Highway 126 as a priority project. The cost of design, construction management and construction of the signal was not included in the original FY 2014/15 Budget. The Council agreed to adjust the budget allowing the project to move forward. Willdan Engineering will handle design, manage construction, and submitting the plans to Caltrans for permits. Their contract is for $100,300 plus $15,000 to cover the cost of research and applying for grants to fund the project. The total cost is expected to be $547,730. Funding will come from the anticipated advanced payment of Transportation Development Impact Fees (DIF) for approximately 48 units Hearthstone will build, other DIF and grants from the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and the Active Transportation Program. At this time the grants have not been applied for.

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The small town of Piru experienced a little moving and shaking Sunday night, September 7th. At 9:10pm a 2.0 magnitude shook the tight-knit community. The epicenter was located 7 miles north of Piru. A second, stronger earthquake registering 3.7 on the Richter Scale struck at 9:19pm. The earthquake was felt over some of Ventura and Los Angeles counties. There were no reports of injuries or damage.