Fillmore’s Ernie Villegas, with the Fillmore-Piru Veteran’s Memorial Foundation, spoke at the Lions Club meeting on May 16th. He spoke about the recent $2.2 million grant that was given to the Foundation. The money will pay for a roof replacement and asbestos remediation, and other improvements such as electrical upgrades, flooring, energy efficient windows, kitchen improvements and more. As part of the grant, there is an agreement with the Ventura County Human Services Department to use the building as an emergency supply center (for example, in the event of an earthquake, fire, floods, etc). Congratulations to the Fillmore-Piru Veteran's Memorial Foundation! For more information on the Fillmore Lions Club, visit www.fillmorelionsclub.org.
Fillmore’s Ernie Villegas, with the Fillmore-Piru Veteran’s Memorial Foundation, spoke at the Lions Club meeting on May 16th. He spoke about the recent $2.2 million grant that was given to the Foundation. The money will pay for a roof replacement and asbestos remediation, and other improvements such as electrical upgrades, flooring, energy efficient windows, kitchen improvements and more. As part of the grant, there is an agreement with the Ventura County Human Services Department to use the building as an emergency supply center (for example, in the event of an earthquake, fire, floods, etc). Congratulations to the Fillmore-Piru Veteran's Memorial Foundation! For more information on the Fillmore Lions Club, visit www.fillmorelionsclub.org.
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On Saturday, May 14th the Fillmore Health and Wellness Resource Fair was held in front of the Fillmore Unified School District from 11pm to 2pm. There were 20+ resource booths dedicated to serving the community, gathering to promote mental, emotional and physical health and wellness! They had mini-workshops, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, FFA gave out free grocery boxes, zumba, yoga, books, games, and positivity building activities. The Fillmore Fire Department and Mr. Soffe was in attendance. Above is a group photo of all who participated in this year’s fair. Photo credit Maya Zumaya, Co-Founder of First Responder for Mental Health Initiative.
On Saturday, May 14th the Fillmore Health and Wellness Resource Fair was held in front of the Fillmore Unified School District from 11pm to 2pm. There were 20+ resource booths dedicated to serving the community, gathering to promote mental, emotional and physical health and wellness! They had mini-workshops, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, FFA gave out free grocery boxes, zumba, yoga, books, games, and positivity building activities. The Fillmore Fire Department and Mr. Soffe was in attendance. Above is a group photo of all who participated in this year’s fair. Photo credit Maya Zumaya, Co-Founder of First Responder for Mental Health Initiative.
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Above is the Mentor Club from Fillmore High School. Students pictured (l-r) are Laura Orozco, David Reyes, Ashley Montiel, Bennedy Ferrerr, Rubi Santa Rosa, Samuel Zneimer (from Ventura County Active Transportation Plan), Kira Martinez, Jose Suarez, Amelia Aparicio (program manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters), Diego Ramirez and Kobe Lizarraga. The team conducted surveys as part of the Ventura County Active Transportation Plan and the information collected will improve transportation in our District 3 community.
Above is the Mentor Club from Fillmore High School. Students pictured (l-r) are Laura Orozco, David Reyes, Ashley Montiel, Bennedy Ferrerr, Rubi Santa Rosa, Samuel Zneimer (from Ventura County Active Transportation Plan), Kira Martinez, Jose Suarez, Amelia Aparicio (program manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters), Diego Ramirez and Kobe Lizarraga. The team conducted surveys as part of the Ventura County Active Transportation Plan and the information collected will improve transportation in our District 3 community.
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(l-r) Fillmore Unified School District's Saira Fuentes (Piru Elementary Counselor), Sonia Ibarra (Rio Vista Elementary Counselor), Rosanna Lomeli (Special Education Coordinator), and Blanca Mercado (Mountain Vista Elementary Counselor). Each elementary site has a site counselor who supports/helps all students reach their highest potential, attaining transferable skills through their academic, social/emotional, and college/career development. Counselors attended the Health and Wellness Fair to promote school services.
(l-r) Fillmore Unified School District's Saira Fuentes (Piru Elementary Counselor), Sonia Ibarra (Rio Vista Elementary Counselor), Rosanna Lomeli (Special Education Coordinator), and Blanca Mercado (Mountain Vista Elementary Counselor). Each elementary site has a site counselor who supports/helps all students reach their highest potential, attaining transferable skills through their academic, social/emotional, and college/career development. Counselors attended the Health and Wellness Fair to promote school services.
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Above are Fillmore Unified Staff, FFA, student helpers, and counselors who attended and participated in the Health and Wellness Resource Fair.
Above are Fillmore Unified Staff, FFA, student helpers, and counselors who attended and participated in the Health and Wellness Resource Fair.
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On Saturday, May 14th from 9am to 12pm, at Two Rivers Park, Fillmore Police Department, Fillmore Fire Department and multiple VC Sheriff ’s units gathered for the Fillmore Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Event. They were able to host the event through grant funding provided by California’s Office of Traffic Safety. They offered a Safety Training Course for bicyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians, offered a physical safety course, free helmets, prize raffle, and food vendors for all to enjoy.
On Saturday, May 14th from 9am to 12pm, at Two Rivers Park, Fillmore Police Department, Fillmore Fire Department and multiple VC Sheriff ’s units gathered for the Fillmore Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Event. They were able to host the event through grant funding provided by California’s Office of Traffic Safety. They offered a Safety Training Course for bicyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians, offered a physical safety course, free helmets, prize raffle, and food vendors for all to enjoy.
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Two loaded semi-automatic handguns police recovered when conducting a search. Gabriel Cuevas, 26 of Piru, and Miguel Ortiz, 24 of Ventura, were arrested for parole violations. Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Two loaded semi-automatic handguns police recovered when conducting a search. Gabriel Cuevas, 26 of Piru, and Miguel Ortiz, 24 of Ventura, were arrested for parole violations. Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
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Above are two loaded semi-automatic handguns police recovered when conducting their search. Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriffs Department.

On May 6, 2022, Sheriff’s Gang Unit detectives conducted a parole search at a park in Ventura, which resulted in two subjects being arrested for parole violations and the recovery of two unregistered firearms.

On May 6, 2022, at approximately 1749 hours, SGU detectives were conducting directed enforcement in the Saticoy area and contacted three subjects at Huntsigner Park located at 1198 S. Saticoy Avenue in Ventura. Two of the subjects are documented gang members and are on active parole with search terms. Miguel Ortiz (24, Ventura) was on parole for a firearm offense conviction and Gabriel Cueva (26, Piru) was on parole for a felony assault conviction. Detectives searched a vehicle associated to Ortiz and located two loaded semi-automatic handguns. Ortiz is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition due to his criminal history.

Detectives arrested Ortiz and Cueva for parole violations. They were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. The firearms were determined to be unregistered and the investigation is on-going.

The Sheriff’s Gang Unit is comprised of eight detectives, who focus on protecting West County communities from criminal street gang terrorism and reducing violent crime by actively investigating illegal firearm activities.

The Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase of illegal firearm activities in Ventura County. If you have any information about unlawful firearm activities in the West County areas in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, including in Fillmore, Saticoy, El Rio, and Ojai, please contact Detective Sergeant Beau Rodriguez at 805-767-0360.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank members of the public for their on-going support and due diligence in providing information to assist our agency in solving crimes. We are better at what we do because of our community partnerships.

Join us in the fight on crime by following us on Twitter @VENTURASHERIFF, Facebook, Instagram @ VCSHERIFF, and with Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to receive local law enforcement and public safety alerts and advisories.

Nature of Incident: Parole Search Results in Firearms Recovered and Parole Violation Arrests
Report Number: 22-59986
Location: 1198 S. Saticoy Avenue, Ventura
Date & Time: 5/6/2022 @ 17:49 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit (SGU)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Ortiz, Miguel, Ventura, 24
(S) Cueva, Gabriel , Piru, 26
Prepared by: Sergeant Beau Rodriguez
Approved by: Captain Victor Medina

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).

 


 
Photo taken from Santa Clara Street behind Fillmore’s 7-Eleven.
Photo taken from Santa Clara Street behind Fillmore’s 7-Eleven.
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On Sunday, May 15th, 2022, beginning at 8:03pm to 11:50pm, a total Lunar Eclipse took place and was visible to many in Fillmore. The Eclipse lasted for three hours and 47 minutes. Pictured is the blood moon, taken at about 9:00pm. The phenomenon occurs when the entire moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth's shadow. The reason why the moon takes on a reddish color during totality is a phenomenon called Rayleigh scattering. It is the same mechanism responsible for causing colorful sunrises and sunsets, and for the sky to look blue. The next Lunar eclipse is on October 25, 2022. For more info visit https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/@5348133

 


 
On Saturday, May 14th, Fillmore Fire Department held a booth at the Health & Wellness Resource Fair to raise awareness and funds for the NAMI Ventura County Walk to Support Mental Health Awareness. Help support them in their efforts to raise $2,500 for Mental Health Awareness! To donate use this link https://www.namiwalks.org/team/49852. Pictured (l-r): Maya Zumaya, Co-Founder of First Responder for Mental Health Initiative, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, Fillmore Fire Captain Billy Gabiel, Engineer Jason Arroyo and Firefighter Steven Gallatin in their team shirts.
On Saturday, May 14th, Fillmore Fire Department held a booth at the Health & Wellness Resource Fair to raise awareness and funds for the NAMI Ventura County Walk to Support Mental Health Awareness. Help support them in their efforts to raise $2,500 for Mental Health Awareness! To donate use this link https://www.namiwalks.org/team/49852. Pictured (l-r): Maya Zumaya, Co-Founder of First Responder for Mental Health Initiative, Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola, Fillmore Fire Captain Billy Gabiel, Engineer Jason Arroyo and Firefighter Steven Gallatin in their team shirts.
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The First Responders for Mental Health (FRMH) initiative was a huge success, and we are excited to invite past and new supporters to come together to make an even bigger impact for mental health awareness in our county.

Last year the FRMH initiative brought together over 30 organizations across the county that raised approximately $68,000, hosted 15 events and participated in a county-wide PSA to raise awareness. The impact this initiative had on our community was tremendous. Fillmore City Councilmember shares, "I am super proud that the City of Fillmore participated in this initiative and have since moved forward with the first ever annual Mental Health Resource Fair."

Your support is vital. Port Hueneme Councilmember Misty Perez and co-founder of the initiative shares, "This initiative brought awareness to the issues our first responders have to deal with every day and showed the holes in the system and the need for more programs, partnerships and funding." Your support not only helps us provide services for over 5000 individuals annually it also allows us to advocate for such issues.

This is a countywide campaign to educate, fundraise, and raise awareness in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Port Hueneme Councilmember Misty Perez and Oxnard Assistant Chief of Police Denise Shadinger will be this year's FRMH Ambassadors and NAMI Ventura County Walk Honorary Chairs. We are excited to announce that this year the walk will return to an in person walk hosted by the City of Port Hueneme. The NAMI Ventura County Kick-off and 40-year anniversary will be held March 19 and the Walk will be held May 21. In addition to the walk there are many ways to help raise awareness across our county.

For more information & questions email Maya Zumaya at M.zumaya7@live.com or call 805-767-7569.

 


 

Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

During the 1950s and 1960s many families in Fillmore would keep a small green jar with an orange label in their medicine cabinets. The jar contained Hydrosulphosol ointment. Not only was it very effective for treating minor burns – it was also a hometown product manufactured by the E. C. Lientz Company in North Fillmore.

So, what was hydrosulphosol? It was developed by Earl Hill Wilson in the 1930s. In 1935 a piece of steel penetrated the eye of Betty Lientz, then age 12. The steel was removed with a magnet, but the eye did not heal but continued to hemorrhage. Betty’s parents, Elizabeth and Oliver Lientz, were told the best treatment would be to remove the eye. Oliver Lientz was reluctant to do this since he had his right eye removed in 1926 due to complications from a childhood injury, so he looked for alternative treatments. In 1936, just two weeks before Betty was due for the surgery to remove her eye, the Mr. and Mrs. Lientz met with Earl Hill Wilson. His formula was given to a professor of chemistry at Occidental College to test. Based on the test results it was decided it was safe for Betty to take hydrosulphosol internally. Both Betty and her father began in April 1936 to take the medicine. When Betty was examined by the ophthalmologist prior to the planned surgery, no new hemorrhaging was found for the first time in nine months. The surgery was cancelled, and Betty kept her eye.

During World War II hydrosulphosol was used successfully to treat burns on the battlefield and also for burns suffered by welders. The Lientzes formed a company called E. C. Lientz & Co to manufacture and market Hydrosulphosol. E. C. being the initials of Elizabeth Lientz. In 1946 a manufacturing plant was built in North Fillmore. Oliver Lientz concentrated on the medical/scientific aspects, Elizabeth concentrated upon the financial/accounting aspects, and Betty was involved with the manufacturing and packaging of Hydrosulphosol.

Numerous articles were written in the 1940s and 1950s on the effectiveness of the ointment for burns. Articles appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Time magazine. Art Linkletter, a popular TV personality of the day, had several shows spot lighting the success of the ointment.

In a 1988 letter by Betty Lientz to Dorothy Haase, “The publicity happened during a time when it was totally unacceptable to presume to tread upon the sanctity of the medical profession. In other words, the deep core of medical politics viewed this publicity as advertising, as if a small company could influence so many news agencies to publish or broadcast medical news for the purpose of promoting the sale of a specific product.”

By the early 1960s, the product had attracted the attention of regulatory bodies. One suit was brought which alleged, “The defendants conducted the interstate distribution of the article as a mail order business and promoted the business through the use of newspaper and magazine articles and radio and television programs the defendants sold the article direct to laymen for purposes of self-medication and also promoted sales to doctors, drug wholesalers, and retailers…” According to the complaint, “labeling of the article contained false and misleading representations that the article was adequate and effective for the treatment mitigation prevention and cure of corneal scars, opacities, corneal dystrophy, corneal ulcers, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, iritis, …. and other diseases and conditions of the eye that cause impaired vision.”

In 1962, the company agreed to stop shipping hydrosulphosol to the general public for internal use, but it could be prescribed by physicians for such use and still could be used as a topical ointment.

The company continued in business until 1971 but by that time the founders were ready to retire. Although there was hope that a pharmaceutical manufacturing company would purchase the business, none stepped forward and the enterprise was closed. Elizabeth Lientz died in 1975, and Oliver passed away in Fillmore in 1985. The Hydrosulphosol building still stands in North Fillmore and is a private home.

 


 
Class of 2002.
Class of 2002.
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The Great Class of 2002 will be celebrating their 20-year class reunion at the annual alumni dinner event in downtown Fillmore, on Saturday June 11th.

Awarding winning caterer, DJ's California Catering, will be serving up a delicious meal starting at 6:00pm. This year, 2 DJ's and live band (Juano and Friends) will highlight the evening, along with DJ Manuel Nunez Jr. Happy hour starts at 3:00pm.

Lots of surprises in store for this year's alumni dinner. Don't miss out. All Alumni are invited.

Make your reservations soon before it's too late.

Go to fillmorehighalumni.com and click on Events!

www.fillmorehighalumni.com/events.

Go Flashes!

 


 
It was standing room only for Tuesday’s City Council meeting with the “LGBTQ+ Pride Resource Fair” under discussion.
It was standing room only for Tuesday’s City Council meeting with the “LGBTQ+ Pride Resource Fair” under discussion.
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Items:
Presentations:
5-A Bike Month Proclamation-May 2022.
5-B Mental Health Awareness Month - May, 2022.
5-C Police Week and Memorial Day Proclamation.
5-D Verbal housing Element Update by Staff.

New Business:
8-A- 3-2. Write letter in opposition 8-B - 8K - (5-0) That the City Council discuss whether to take a position for or
against, or no position on, California State Assembly Bill 2223. 8-B - 8-K - (5-0) Waive the $137 encroachment permit fee for the installation of six new Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in City right of way. ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FY 2022-23 ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF FILLMORE. ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 22-3882 FIXING THE COMPENSATION, BENEFITS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT OF NON-REPRESENTED MANAGEMENT/ MIDMANAGEMENT, CONFIDENTIAL, AND PART TIME EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF FILLMORE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2022. The City Council conducted a performance and compensation review of Mr. Rowlands in closed session on April 26, 2022. At the conclusion of the closed session, the City Council gave the Mayor parameters and direction to negotiate a compensation increase with the City Manager. The negotiations concluded with an agreement that the City Manager will receive the following: • His annual base salary will be increased by three percent (3%) effective on the first day of the first full pay period in July 2022. The new annual salary will be $215,788.79. • A lump sum non-PERSable retention bonus of $5,000.00 to encourage City Manager’s continued retention under the terms of the Agreement, paid the first full pay period in July 2022. • A one-time credit of general leave of 40 hours, given the first full pay period in July 2022. • An increase in monthly car allowance from $100.00 to $250.00, for a total car and phone allowance of $350.00, beginning the first full pay period in July 2022. 8-I - Primary - Mark Austin Alternate - Erika Herrera. Item 8-G - Council authorized staff to go out for bids and will determine funding source after bids are received.

 


 
Last week, Fillmore High selected their Athletes of Year, Yazmeen Gonzalez, Girls Volleyball, Girls Water Polo and Swimming, and Michael Camilo Torres, Cross Country and Track & Field. Photos courtesy Fillmore High blog.
Last week, Fillmore High selected their Athletes of Year, Yazmeen Gonzalez, Girls Volleyball, Girls Water Polo and Swimming, and Michael Camilo Torres, Cross Country and Track & Field. Photos courtesy Fillmore High blog.
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