(above) Tim Holmgren was appointed Mayor of Fillmore at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
(above) Tim Holmgren was appointed Mayor of Fillmore at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.
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Fillmore City Council selected the 2020 Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem at Tuesday night’s meeting. The City Clerk asks the Council to nominate a Councilmember to serve as Mayor via a motion.... Fillmore City Council unanimously voted Councilman Tim Holmgren as Fillmore's new Mayor for 2020.

5. The Fillmore City Council meeting began with a presentation by Mr. Charles Richardson. Mr. Richardson apologized to City Manager David Rowlands and to Public Works Supervisor David Smallwood, for his previously mistaken accusation that the city was responsible for water quality at the El Dorado Mobile Home Park. Richardson subsequently learned the city had no part in determining water quality at the Park. He praised Rowlands and Smallwood for their handling of the issue.

See further discussion of issue on Fillmore City Council agenda: by Roxanne Hughes, PE, City Engineer.

8.A The City Engineer's recommendation that the City Council approve Final Map Tract No. 5520-5, authorize the Mayor to sign the map, and direct the City Clerk to record the maps with the County Recorder's office was approved unanimously.

8.B That the City Council adopt the plans and specifications and approve the advertisement for bids for the construction of the State Route 126 and State Hwy23 Utility Cover Adjustment Project, Spec. No. 18-01. DISCUSSION Caltrans recently completed asphalt concrete paving projects on State Route 126 (Ventura Street) and State Route23 (A-Street) that covered the manhole and valve covers that serve as access points to city owned water, sanitary sewer, and storm drain utilities. The Caltrans design team did not coordinate with City staff during that project’s design phase, however, the construction team did invite City Staff to the preconstruction meeting. Unfortunately, Caltrans did not include any adjustments for any “non-highway facilities” in their scope of work, nor did they coordinate with the utility owners, prior to beginning construction of the project. As a result, the utility covers are now below grade. The City, as the utility owner, is now required to raise the covers to match the new grade as a City project under an encroachment permit from Caltrans.

Staff will bring the construction bid analysis to Council with a recommendation for contract award, including a proposed final budget request and request for the required budget allocations and/or appropriations.

Recommendation approved.

8-E ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 19-3741 AMENDING THE CITY’S COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS RESOLUTION FOR NON-REPRESENTED MANAGEMENT/MID-MANAGEMENT AND PART TIME EMPLOYEES TO REFLECT NEW HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT CLASSIFICATION AND THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES.

The City Council adopted Resolution 19-3741 unanimously as recommended.

8-F CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION 19-3741 ADOPTING A FURTHER REVISED THE PUBLICLY AVAILABLE PAY SCHEDULE FOR ALL CITY OF FILLMORE EMPLOYEES.

Approved unanimously by Council.

8-G REPORT ON DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE INCOME AND EXPENSES PER GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 66006 AND CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION NO. 19-3742 MAKING FINDINGS REGARDING UNEXPENDED FEES.

City Council approved Resolution No. 19-3742 to accept the DIF income and expense report and make the findings required by state law with respect to a portion of DIF funds that are unexpended and were collected over five (5) years ago.

8-H REVIEW AND APPROVE FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 19-922, REPLACING FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 2.36, WITH A NEW TITLE 16 “WATER DEPARTMENT” TO INCORPORATE NEW WATER SHUTOFF PROCEDURES AS REQUIRED UNDER SENATE BILL 998 – THE WATER SHUTOFF PROTECTION ACT AND ADOPTION OF AN EXEMPTION FROM CEQA.

Ordinance approved.

8-I APPOINTMENT OF TO THE FILL ONE OF THE CITY OF FILLMORE’S SEAT ON THE CITIZENS TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE/SOCIAL SERVICE TRANSPORTATION ADVISORY COUNCIL (CTAC/SSTAC). The purpose of the Committee is to act as an advisory board to VCTC for purposes of transportation planning and identification of unmet transit needs.

The Council appointed Aaron Todd to the position, and thanked him for volunteering for the position.

8-J COMMENT ON AND ADOPT PROPOSED CITY POLICY FOR PARKS AND RECREATION SPORT FIELD RENTALS.

No action taken.

8-K Council considered THE ADOPTION OF INTERIM URGENCY ORDINANCE 923 TO PROHIBIT THE CULTIVATION, MANUFACTURING, TESTING, STORING, AND CERTAIN SALES OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP IN THE CITY OF FILLMORE, DECLARING THE URGENCY THEREOF AND THE IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 65858, 36934 AND 36937, AND MAKING A DETERMINATION OF EXEMPTION UNDER THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT.

Following discussion of health and safety issues relating to this discussion, Council voted 4-1 in favor of the interim urgency ordinance, with Councilman Lynne Edmonds dissenting.

The decision was taken after a lengthy discussion of contemplated action. Mr. William Steiger and Charles Steiger delivered thoughtful scientific reasons why the issue of growing and processing hemp (not marijuana) should be considered with reasonable controls to protect public health and safety. The ordinance mounts to a temporary moratorium on the processing of hemp.

8-L PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATION TO CITY COUNCIL TO ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 921, ADDING SECTION 6.04.42 OF THE FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING REQUIREMENTS AND FINDING OF EXEMPTION FROM CEQA.

Council followed Planning Commission's recommendation to introduce Ordinance No. 19-921 and add Fillmore Municipal Code section 6.04.42 regarding affordable housing requirements and finding of exemption from CEQA.

 


 
(above) Last year’s Toy Drive Giveaway.
(above) Last year’s Toy Drive Giveaway.
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This year’s annual Fillmore Community Holiday Giveaway will be held Saturday, December 14th from 9 AM – 12 PM at the Fillmore City Fire Station, 711 Landeros Lane. This is the annual event where holiday commodities are given to the children who reside within the Fillmore Unified School District boundaries. Each child will have a picture taken with Santa Claus. They will also receive a new toy and reading book, a new coat and socks, holiday bags of groceries will also be available as well as a limited number of Christmas trees. Cotton candy, popcorn and candy canes will be distributed. The children and their families will be able to visit with First Responders and learn safety tips.

Annual sponsors of the event include our local Fillmore Police and Fire Departments, Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid, The Latshaw Foundation, One Step A La Vez, Soroptimist International of Fillmore, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Fillmore Future Farmers of America, Sespe 4-H, Rotary International of Fillmore, Fillmore Lions Club, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, Fillmore Citizen’s Patrol, Fillmore Search and Rescue, The Fillmore Fire Foundation and numerous other generous personal and business donors.

If you would like to help donate to the Fillmore Community Holiday Giveaway, you may give new toys, coats, books, socks or canned food; drop boxes are located at the Fillmore Police Station and at the Fillmore City Fire Station. Cash donations are gladly accepted, checks may be made out to “The Fillmore Fire Foundation” with a notation of “Holiday Giveaway”. Donations may be mailed to Fillmore Fire Foundation” PO Box 331, Fillmore , CA 93016 or for drop off, please contact Scott Beylik (805) 732-1101 or Keith Gurrola (805) 558-0932.

 


 
Fillmore Fire Department was awarded $45,000 in grant funding to purchase new emergency equipment. Pictured is some the current equipment the department uses.
Fillmore Fire Department was awarded $45,000 in grant funding to purchase new emergency equipment. Pictured is some the current equipment the department uses.
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VCTC Approves Funding for Critical First Response to Roadway Incidents and Emergencies
The Jaws of Life, which is used to extract victims trapped in their vehicles following a collision.
The Jaws of Life, which is used to extract victims trapped in their vehicles following a collision.
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On Friday, Dec. 6, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) approved a resolution to provide 25% matching funds for a Freeway Service Patrol (FSP). FSP, a program to assist disabled vehicles along congested freeway segments, will provide roving tow and service trucks on freeways during peak traffic periods when it goes into effect next year. FSP will emphasize support on high-congestion areas along the U.S. 101, such as between Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Oxnard. On S.R.118, FSP will focus on high-traffic areas around Simi Valley and Moorpark.

FSP is a joint program of the California Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol and State of California’s Service for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE). While an FSP has existed in Los Angeles and other counties for several years, the Commission’s action brings the program to Ventura County for the first time.

“FSP provides free assistance to motorists stranded in dangerous situations on busy freeways,” said VCTC Executive Director Darren Kettle. “It also helps improve air quality and traffic congestion by quickly re-establishing free-flowing roadway conditions.”

The FSP is one of two significant programs approved by the Commission and funded by SAFE in recent months. In October, the Commission awarded grants to five first responders to improve response to traffic incidents. VCTC received grant applications from the Fillmore Fire Department, Oxnard Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Fire Protection District, and Ventura County Sheriff and elected to fully fund all five for a total grant amount in excess of $900,000.

• Fillmore Fire Department - $45,000.00
o Battery Operated Jaws Components
o LED Lighting System
o Traffic Control Devices
• Oxnard Police Department – $50,000.00
o Mobile Changeable Message Signs (2)
• Ventura Police Department (Major Incident Response Vehicle) - $437,519.62
o Major Incident Response Vehicle
o Faro Laser Scanner
o Wanco Sign Board
o Globug lighting
o Rubberneck Scene Barriers (3)
o Traffic Control Devices
o Vericom Accelerometer
o Master Tool Kit
• Ventura County Fire Protection District - $55,000.00
o Opticon Signal Preemption Moorpark/Simi
• Ventura County Sheriff – $318,000.00
o Opticon Signal Preemption
o Mobile Changeable Message Signs (6)
o LED Lighting System (2)
o Drones for mapping and photographic recording (6)

“The SAFE grants will help our local police and firefighters save lives,” Kettle said. “Each of the awardees has laid out a compelling plan to use grant funds to conduct critical traffic incident response more quickly, efficiently and safely.”
The SAFE program was established by The California Legislature in order to encourage the development of a motorist aid system comprised of multiple service elements and infrastructure along the California Freeway and Freeway System.

About the Ventura County Transportation Commission
The Ventura County Transportation Commission is the regional transportation planning agency committed to keeping Ventura County moving. Program information is available at goventura.org.

 


 

Please join us for the 42nd Annual Piru Christmas Parade and Festival on Saturday, December 14, from 12 - 6 pm. Anna Ramos (aka “Peter”) is our Grand Marshal and will start the parade. Parade begins at noon and the Festival starts immediately after. There will be music by Juano & Friends, pictures with Santa, and a Corn Hole Tournament, to name a few of the festival’s activities. See you in Piru!

 


 
On Tuesday, December 10th at 2:37pm, a traffic collision occurred involving a Chevrolet Express van and two Thomas school buses on Telegraph Road east of Cummings Road. (Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire PIO)
On Tuesday, December 10th at 2:37pm, a traffic collision occurred involving a Chevrolet Express van and two Thomas school buses on Telegraph Road east of Cummings Road. (Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire PIO)
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On December 10, 2019, at approximately 2:37 p.m., minor injury traffic collision occurred involving a Chevrolet Express van a Thomas School Bus (First Student) and a separate Thomas School Bus (Ventura Transit).

A male driver, age 57 of Montebello, was stopped at a stop sign in a white Chevrolet Express van on southbound Cummings Road at Telegraph Road.

A female driver, age 42 out of Ventura, was stopped in a yellow First Student School Bus with one student on board (age 6), on Telegraph Road, just west of Cummings Road.

A male driver, age 41 out of Fillmore, was driving a yellow Ventura Transit School Bus, with four 17-year-old students on board from Santa Paula, on Telegraph Road just east of Cummings Road.

The driver of the Chevrolet van attempted a left turn from Cummings Road onto eastbound Telegraph Road. The driver of the Chevrolet failed to check westbound traffic on Telegraph Road and crossed directly into the path of the Ventura Transit School Bus. This resulted in a collision between the Chevrolet and the Ventura Transit School Bus. The collision caused the Ventura Transit School Bus to continue westbound and collide into the stopped First Student School Bus. After the collision, the Ventura Transit Bus became partially engulfed in flames. Luckily all parties were able to exit safely from their vehicles. The male driver of the Chevrolet Express van and two children age 6 and age 17 were transported to Santa Paula Hospital with minor injuries.

The collision is still under investigation. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the collision should contact the Ventura Area CHP office at (805) 662-2640.

 


 
On Sunday, December 8th the Fillmore Fire Department and Fire Foundation hosted their annual Chicken Dinner and Toy Drive Fundraiser. From 5pm to 7pm people dropped off an unwrapped toy or a $10 donation and received a BBQ chicken dinner plate to go or they could dine inside the station. Pictured above are a few kids loading up the Fillmore Fire Truck with toys which will be given away at the Toy Drive Give Away on Saturday, December 14th at the Fillmore Fire Station.
On Sunday, December 8th the Fillmore Fire Department and Fire Foundation hosted their annual Chicken Dinner and Toy Drive Fundraiser. From 5pm to 7pm people dropped off an unwrapped toy or a $10 donation and received a BBQ chicken dinner plate to go or they could dine inside the station. Pictured above are a few kids loading up the Fillmore Fire Truck with toys which will be given away at the Toy Drive Give Away on Saturday, December 14th at the Fillmore Fire Station.
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Jose DeJesus Rodriguez (Courtesy SFPD).
Jose DeJesus Rodriguez (Courtesy SFPD).

Courtesy San Francisco Examiner https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/sfsu-student-allegedly-shot-and-killed-b...

In the months before she was fatally shot at a house near Lowell High School, 21-year-old Valeria Villagomez had become the victim of an abusive relationship, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The college student had just started dating 20-year-old Jose DeJesus Rodriguez this summer when he allegedly began choking her, calling her a “whore” and demanding she delete her social media account.

Then last Thursday afternoon, officers responding to a 911 call at a house near 26th Avenue and Eucalyptus Drive spotted Rodriguez walking outside shirtless and with blood on his hands.

Villagomez, a student at San Francisco State University, had been shot in the head with a revolver.

These are the details of the case alleged in a motion from prosecutors seeking to hold Rodriguez in jail without bail.

The District Attorney’s Office filed the motion Tuesday ahead of his first court appearance at the Hall of Justice.

Inside the courtroom, Rodriguez stood before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harry Dorfman wearing a County Jail jumpsuit with a chain around his waist.

“The public safety threat here is paramount,” Dorfman said, before ordering that Rodriguez remain in jail until the bail motion is heard next week. “The facts alleged appear to be weighty in favor of the accusation.”

Suzy Loftus, the newly appointed interim district attorney, was sitting in the front row of the courtroom gallery alongside Kathy Black, the executive director of La Casa de las Madres, a shelter for battered women.

“The most dangerous place for a woman is in her home,” Loftus said outside the courtroom.

“When we see this type of horrific crime,” she said, “it’s important to remember that if anyone in San Francisco knows anyone who they think might be a victim of domestic violence, certainly to report it to the police.”

The killing marked the 32nd reported homicide in San Francisco so far this year and the second killing of 2019 that appeared to be related to domestic violence.

But Black said the problem of domestic violence is much broader than homicides.

“When we only focus on the homicides, we are not looking at the thousands of victims who suffer less-than-lethal acts of domestic violence every single day,” Black said. “We have to really be focused on the big, total picture.”

Her organization responded to 8,914 calls from domestic violence victims and their allies in one recent year, and made 1,177 calls to survivors after police responded to their abuse, according to its 2017-18 annual report.

Rodriguez is facing three felony counts including murder and a domestic violence-related charge. He has not yet entered a plea, but his attorney called the shooting an accident.

“Preliminary information suggests that this was a tragic accident that resulted in the death of someone Jose loves dearly and has been close to since childhood,” said Brian Pearlman, a deputy public defender.

“We look forward to seeing all the materials the government has as soon as possible so both families can get the answers they deserve,” Pearlman said in a statement.

In the bail motion, Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart said Rodriguez has no ties to San Francisco and is from Southern California, where he has been arrested twice before. One of the arrests was gang-related, he said.

Swart said Rodriguez attempted suicide while in police custody at the Hall of Justice before allegedly attempting to take a gun from an officer at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Rodriguez is said to be medicated for bipolar disorder and had previously threatened to kill Villagomez and himself before, according to Swart.

After the shooting, Rodriguez was allegedly the person who called 911 to report that Villagomez was shot. Swart said police found Villagomez “lying on the floor in a pool of blood” and a revolver on the bed.

Swart said Villagomez had told a friend she was contemplating breaking up with Rodriguez. But there was no evidence that the alleged domestic violence had been reported to police before.

In a message to the campus community, SFSU President Lynn Mahoney mourned the loss of Villagomez without mentioning her by name.

“The tragic and untimely death of a student takes a particularly deep emotional toll,” Mahoney said last Friday. “I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the student’s family and friends.”

Students can access university counseling services at (415) 338-2208.

Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court again next Tuesday at 9 a.m for arraignment and the bail motion.

La Casa de las Madres has a 24/7 domestic violence crisis line that can be reached at (877) 503-1850.

 
Pictured is the Pacific Coast Shockwaves Fillmore Cross Country team which competed in the AAU Jr. Olympics on Saturday, December 7th: (l-r) Niza Laureano, Emily Arriaga, Leah Laureano, Aaliyah Tarango, Paola Estrada and Joshua Estrada. Photos courtesy Coach Evelio Arriaga.
Pictured is the Pacific Coast Shockwaves Fillmore Cross Country team which competed in the AAU Jr. Olympics on Saturday, December 7th: (l-r) Niza Laureano, Emily Arriaga, Leah Laureano, Aaliyah Tarango, Paola Estrada and Joshua Estrada. Photos courtesy Coach Evelio Arriaga.
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Paola Estrada on her way to becoming the National Champion in the 3000 meters 9 and 10-year-old girls race in Knoxville Tennessee this past Saturday.
Paola Estrada on her way to becoming the National Champion in the 3000 meters 9 and 10-year-old girls race in Knoxville Tennessee this past Saturday.
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Pictured out in front is Emily Arriaga running up the hill in the 3000 meters girls 9 and 10-year-old race where she earned the “All-American” award. Photos courtesy Coach Evelio Arriaga.
Pictured out in front is Emily Arriaga running up the hill in the 3000 meters girls 9 and 10-year-old race where she earned the “All-American” award. Photos courtesy Coach Evelio Arriaga.
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Niza Laureano sprinting towards the finish line to help her team earn 2nd place in the competition.
Niza Laureano sprinting towards the finish line to help her team earn 2nd place in the competition.
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Submitted by Coach Evelio Arriaga

The Pacific Coast Shockwaves Fillmore Cross Country concluded their season by competing at the AAU Jr. Olympics which took place Saturday, December 7th, 2019 at Knoxville Tennessee. The PC Shockwaves is an organization that focuses on teaching young kids powerful life skills such as perseverance, resiliency, collaboration and “Dare to dream big” through the sport of running. Young athletes from all PC Shockwaves, which includes the LA and Ventura county areas, collaborate with the goal of creating a competitive team that can challenge other teams at the National competition level. The Fillmore site was able to send six local athletes to Knoxville, TN to compete at the Jr. Olympics. The kids worked hard every single day, rain or shine at any location that was available to us. This ultimately helped the kids to compete at any terrain or conditions against anybody. You may have even seen them practicing near the Riverwalk Bike Path in the grass area under a light which they set up for every practice powered by a generator.

Knoxville Tennessee was an amazing experience for all the kids. They performed extremely well. Our first local runner competing was Joshua Estrada. He helped his team reach the podium as a 3rd place team by running the 4000 meters course in 15:53.12 and placing 131st overall. The next race included Niza Laureano running the 3000 meters event where she finished 50th with a time of 12:44.14. Niza’s team finished 2nd overall on a very competitive field of runners. After this race the 9 and 10-year-old girls 3000 meters race was next. This group is loaded with very talented runners which included two of our local athletes, Emily Arriaga and Paola Estrada. These two girls were up to the challenge and performed amazingly. Paola Estrada finished second overall with a time of 12:11.37 and first in the group of 10-year-old girls earning the title of National Champion in this category. Emily Arriaga finished 8th in the 9-year-old category with a time of 12:56.35 and earning the recognition of “All-American” which is only given to the top 8 runners. These two girls along with the other Shockwaves from our other sites led their team to become National Champions. Aaliyah Tarango was our next runner who was ready to participate in the 2000 meters race. She run a personal best time of 9:02.92 while finishing 8th in her category and earning the “All-American” recognition. Our last local runner, Leah Laureano participated in the 6 and under 1000 meters race. She ran a personal best time of 4:48.99 while finishing 7th overall and becoming an “All-American”. What an amazing performance from all our runners. We appreciate all the love and support from the community sponsors; Triple Mortgage, Re/Max Gold Coast Realtors, El Pescador, State Farm Insurance, La Michoacana Bakery, and Mejia’s Nursery, Inc. your support helped create life long memories for these kids.

 
Photo of the Week: "Fillmore’s beautiful snow-capped mountain tops" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII camera with Tamron 16-300mm lens @48mm. Exposure; ISO 125, aperture f/11 and 1/250th second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Fillmore’s beautiful snow-capped mountain tops" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII camera with Tamron 16-300mm lens @48mm. Exposure; ISO 125, aperture f/11 and 1/250th second shutter speed.
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To Photoshop, or not!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Besides the inclement weather, I can't always do what I used to regularly do like photograph the Fillmore Christmas parade. So disappointed that I didn't get to present Santa my 'wish list' directly. After all, I've been exceptionally good all year. Now I have to hope that my letter to Santa got to his North Pole address. Considering the purported effects of climate change, perhaps the Post Office will need to deliver my letter by boat. But I digress.

I previously mentioned that with a new camera in hand, you need photo editing software. Well, I received a few emails from astute readers reminding me that if the photographer got it right in the camera, in the first place, there's no need to edit the photo afterward. Hm, if only I didn't open those emails! Though I gave considerable thought to ignoring the comments, to do so would be a disservice because it's a relevant point.

Who will argue that it's a good idea to 'get it right' in the camera in the first place? Technically speaking, it's referred to as 'Straight Out Of Camera' (SOOC) photography. However, mention SOOC at a gathering of photographers around a campfire and you can hear the yelling punctuated with a smattering of profanity miles away. The staunch proponents of each camp, (SOOC) and (Post Process), ferociously present arguments defending their chosen position. I can attest that incongruous cacophony renders noise-canceling headphones useless.

It makes sense to get as much as possible right in the camera. After all, in addition to composition, we all know that proper exposure is essential. White Balance is equally important. Remember, out of focus photos cannot be fixed afterward. Many times I anguished over a photo of exquisite, compelling content (mermaids), delightfully composed (in a boudoir setting), but slightly out of focus. It's heartbreaking to have to put such photos in the trash. Um, I don't delete them, I sneak them into a folder labeled 'To avoid Heartbreak.' Works for me!

Imagine that I'm about to make a fantabulous photo. I see the green light in the viewfinder indicating focus accomplished. I slowly push down on the shutter button. CLICK. Ah, the histogram reveals a proper exposure and the composition is compelling. Bingo! I can take that photo straight out the camera and make prints or submit it to numerous social media websites for the world to enjoy. Bidda bing-bidda boom, DONE! It may be done for the SOOCers but not for me! I've said several times in this column that no photo straight of the camera is as good as it can be.

The perennial argument robustly ensues. Some say that SOOC is stupid! Others say that photographers who use Photoshop (or some other photo editor program) simply don't know how to use their camera. Conversely, others say that SOOC photographers simply don't know how to use Photoshop. The contentious quarrel rages on. Photoshop is indeed a powerful photo editor, and learning how to use effectively is not for the faint of heart. It takes serious dedication to learn all that PS is capable of accomplishing. In any event, neither argument is valid. Times up, to be continued.

I made the Photo of the Week after a recent pre-winter storm. I roamed hither and yon making several photos of the snow-capped mountain tops. One particular location provided multiple delightful compositions. Of several photos made at the location, I particularly like this image because of several photogenic components and the overall composition. BTW, it's not SOOC but processed much less than an Oscar Mayer hot dog!

Send comments, suggestions or questions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 
Thank you to all who came out to the 2nd annual City of Fillmore Community Tree Lighting this past Sunday, December 1st. We’d like to thank the Orange Peelers Bell Choir & Sembradores Church Choir for coming out to perform and for giving free hot chocolate, cookies and treats to everyone in attendance! We’d also like to thank Fillmore & Western Railway as an in kind sponsor for this year’s beautiful tree, Diamond Realty & Villegas Public Affairs for tree decorations, Diane and Steve Sutton for the custom star & last but not least City of Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola and the entire Fillmore City Fire Department for their hard work and dedication to our tree AGAIN this year. Lastly, thank you to Mayor Diane McCall for the appreciation speech and leading our countdown! Lighting the tree this year was Ariana Ocegueda, Miss Fillmore 2019 and her court. There was even a special visit from Santa Claus thank you Santa for making a special stop in Fillmore for Fillmore’s Community Tree Lighting! [Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook Page]
Thank you to all who came out to the 2nd annual City of Fillmore Community Tree Lighting this past Sunday, December 1st. We’d like to thank the Orange Peelers Bell Choir & Sembradores Church Choir for coming out to perform and for giving free hot chocolate, cookies and treats to everyone in attendance! We’d also like to thank Fillmore & Western Railway as an in kind sponsor for this year’s beautiful tree, Diamond Realty & Villegas Public Affairs for tree decorations, Diane and Steve Sutton for the custom star & last but not least City of Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola and the entire Fillmore City Fire Department for their hard work and dedication to our tree AGAIN this year. Lastly, thank you to Mayor Diane McCall for the appreciation speech and leading our countdown! Lighting the tree this year was Ariana Ocegueda, Miss Fillmore 2019 and her court. There was even a special visit from Santa Claus thank you Santa for making a special stop in Fillmore for Fillmore’s Community Tree Lighting! [Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook Page]
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