Speakers line up to defend Karen Ashim and denounce Board Member Prado
Speakers line up to defend Karen Ashim and denounce Board Member Prado
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Board Member Prado
Board Member Prado
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The Migrant Education Speech/Spelling & Debate Winners of 2014 were presented by Diana Vides and Coach Marisela Gomez. The winners of Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous English Speech were; Jimena Cortez 1st Place 5th Grade, Anahi Pascual 1st Place 6th Grade, Giselle Perez 2nd Place 6th Grade, Aimee Ramos 3rd Place 6th Grade, Diana Perez 3rd Place 7th Grade, Yulissa Fregoso 1st Place 10th Grade, Jessica Cortez 1st Place 12th Grade. Montserrat Infante won 1st Place 9th Grade for Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous Spanish Speech. Four first place winners from Fillmore will be going to the Speech & Debate State Tournament in Santa Maria representing Ventura County on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May.
The Migrant Education Speech/Spelling & Debate Winners of 2014 were presented by Diana Vides and Coach Marisela Gomez. The winners of Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous English Speech were; Jimena Cortez 1st Place 5th Grade, Anahi Pascual 1st Place 6th Grade, Giselle Perez 2nd Place 6th Grade, Aimee Ramos 3rd Place 6th Grade, Diana Perez 3rd Place 7th Grade, Yulissa Fregoso 1st Place 10th Grade, Jessica Cortez 1st Place 12th Grade. Montserrat Infante won 1st Place 9th Grade for Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous Spanish Speech. Four first place winners from Fillmore will be going to the Speech & Debate State Tournament in Santa Maria representing Ventura County on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May.
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[editor's note: Board Member Prado's most recent Letter to the Editor entitled "Mary Ford, you have no integrity" may be found in the April 17th "Letters" section of of this website.]

A new superintendent was announced at the April 15, 2014 Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) Board Meeting which was held in the auditorium. With close to 100 in attendance, it was a gamut of high and low emotions as seven Public Comment speakers scolded the Board; the Board later responded to statements and accusations.

The meeting began with recognition of the Migrant Speech & Debate Students and their coaches. Also on the agenda was the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test Preparation and a profile of the potential non-graduating senior. Items that were not on the agenda, but part of disclosure were the resignation of six FUSD employees: Superintendent Dr. Alan Nishino 6-30-2014, Assistant Superintendent Michael Johnson 6-30-2014, Fillmore High School (FHS) Principal Russom Mesfun 6-30-2014, Director of Special Projects Gary Mayeda 6-30-2014, Athletic Director Matthew Suttle 6-12-2014 and IA Special Ed. Michelle Alvarez 4-14-2014.


Video of the April 15 meeting

The Board introduced Dr. Adrian E. Palazuelos as the new Superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year, who then gave a short speech in both English and Spanish. Palazuelos, who grew up in Oxnard, has worked in Ventura, Fresno and Sacramento counties, having worked most recently as the Associate Superintendent of School Leadership and Support in the Notomas Unified School District located in Sacramento. His employment is a three year contract at $165,000 per year with a $7,500 paid moving expense. The contract also includes the following stipends: an annual $1,500 technology, monthly $500 automobile and $150 phone.

The Migrant Education Speech/Spelling & Debate Winners of 2014 were presented by Diana Vides and Coach Marisela Gomez. The winners of Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous English Speech were; Jimena Cortez 1st Place 5th Grade, Anahi Pascual 1st Place 6th Grade, Giselle Perez 2nd Place 6th Grade, Aimee Ramos 3rd Place 6th Grade, Diana Perez 3rd Place 7th Grade, Yulissa Fregoso 1st Place 10th Grade, Jessica Cortez 1st Place 12th Grade. Montserrat Infante won 1st Place 9th Grade for Combined Prepared and Extemporaneous Spanish Speech. Four first place winners from Fillmore will be going to the Speech & Debate State Tournament in Santa Maria representing Ventura County on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May.

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Fillmore Fire Department assisted Ventura County Fire last Wednesday, with a fire in the 4400 block of Santa Paula Ojai Road, near Mupu School. The fire apparently started near a small trailer, pictured above. The trailer was destroyed, two other vehicles were engulfed, and a large Pine tree was consumed. The fire was reported at 1:40 p.m., and knocked down by 2 p.m. One man received moderate to severe burns and was transported to a hospital. Photo courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
Fillmore Fire Department assisted Ventura County Fire last Wednesday, with a fire in the 4400 block of Santa Paula Ojai Road, near Mupu School. The fire apparently started near a small trailer, pictured above. The trailer was destroyed, two other vehicles were engulfed, and a large Pine tree was consumed. The fire was reported at 1:40 p.m., and knocked down by 2 p.m. One man received moderate to severe burns and was transported to a hospital. Photo courtesy Sebastian Ramirez.
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The Fillmore High Art Show held on Thursday April 10th at the Veterans Memorial Building drew its annual large crowd. All mediums of art were presented.
The Fillmore High Art Show held on Thursday April 10th at the Veterans Memorial Building drew its annual large crowd. All mediums of art were presented.
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Fillmore Flower Show winners in no order Blanca Martinez, Joy Asenas, Regina Stehley, Carmen Zermeno, Linda Nunes, and Loni Larson.
Fillmore Flower Show winners in no order Blanca Martinez, Joy Asenas, Regina Stehley, Carmen Zermeno, Linda Nunes, and Loni Larson.
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The 2014, Fillmore Flower Show, “100 Years of Flowers”, for our centennial year, sponsored by Vision2020/Civic Pride Committee was deemed once again a success as we celebrated the sixth year of the returning show. Many willing volunteers, young and older, worked together to set up the tables and displays and little shop within the youth room for plant “sales” by donation.

By 6:30am, the senior center was already buzzing with people filling bottles with water for the entries which began arriving by 7:30am.

We had 256 entries this year and for the first time a group came from the Boys/Girls Club to make a team arrangement.

When the public arrived to view the show at 1pm, the room was filled with a sweet fragrance of the many roses and the tables were ablaze with ribbon awards and music was played by pianist, Joy Asenas. A small table beneath a historical display of newspaper articles gathered by Conway Spitler, held his photo and obituary as we dedicated this show to his memory. Our Flower Show Album created by Sarah Hansen enabled guests to look back over these 6 years of flower shows.

2014 Flower Show winners by division were: Best of Show, Blanca Martinez, with her potted black Swarzkopf succulent; Division I, (Rose: cut, single stem)Joy Asenas; Division II,(Iris: cut, single stem) Regina Stehley; Division III, (Other single stem, cut) Carmen Zermeno; Division IV, (Bouquets) Susan Hopkins; Division V, (Arrangements) Linda Nunes; Division VI, (Miniature Bouquets & Arrangements) Loni Larson; Division VII (Potted Plants) Blanca Martinez; Division VIII, (Dish Gardens) Carmen Zermeno; Division IX, (Youth Arrangements) Boys/Girls Club Team( David Reyes Recendez, Janet Contreras, Jessica Beserra, Alekzander Gonzalez, Celeste ?, Isaac Reyes Recendez, Fatima Moreno, Alonda Diaz, Leslie Zamora, Lindsey K. Diaz, Thomas Ramirez, Aldan Sanchez) ; Division X-Youth Composition- Ima Joy Zerudo.

This year we had the greatest number of prizes donated by merchants and individuals which enables us to bring in funds for our future shows and projects. We would like to recognize them and encourage support for their businesses. To be recognized and given “thanks” are: Ari Larson with Cookie Lee Jewelry, Avenue Pet, Carolyn Lasky, Chivas Skin Care, Diamond Realty & Investments, Judy Dressler, Elkin’s Golf Course, Green Thumb Nursery, King & King Ranch, Little Shop of Hoarders, Mary & Ian Nunez Eggs, Nanette Keller Clothing, Otto & Sons Nursery, Patterson’s Hardware, The Treasure Station, Trader Joe’s, Vallarta Restaurant and Vic’s Tires.

It is hoped that all who expressed an interest in entering next year and getting their children or youth groups involved, will begin to plan and prepare their yards now with a little extra care to be ready for 2015 and co-chairmen, Joanne King and Linda Nunes have asked that anyone with an interest in helping plan and put on the show, to contact them. They would love to divide up the work into committees.

Come to our Civic Pride meetings and add your voice and effort to improve quality of life and esthetic appeal in our community. Civic Pride Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 PM in City Hall.

 


 

The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) is seeking to block an emergency petition filed April 1 by Fillmore & Western Railway which would temporarily stop the commission’s effort to evict the railroad.
The railroad has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board, a federal regulatory agency, to prevent the eviction, citing allegations the VCTC is “...seizing the operation of a railroad in a profoundly unauthorized and unlawful manner.”

The commission filed an eviction complaint against the railroad in March when its prior cease and desist filing to halt further traffic, was ignored by the railroad on the 32-mile branch track owned by the commission.

In a countersuit, the railroad charged the VCTC unlawfully terminated the 20-year lease executed in 2001. The railroad seeks to consolidate the two cases which the commission opposes. The commission terminated the lease for the stated purpose of stopping a significant loss of money. The agency’s executive director, Darren Kettle claims while the commission has earned approximately $3.5 million from the agreement during the past 11 years, it has lost about $7.2 during that time due largely to track maintenance. Countering this allegation is the railroad’s claim that the loss is due to the commission’s mismanagement.

Fillmore & Western Railway claims it brings from 50,000 to 70,000 tourists to Fillmore yearly. The commission insists that the railroad’s petition is “wrong as a matter of fact and law”, while the railroad claims the commission is “seizing the operation of a railroad in a profoundly unauthorized and unlawful manner.”

Commission attorney W. Eric Pilsk, from Washington, has reportedly indicated a ruling on Fillmore & Western’s petition could take weeks or months.

Some facts in this story were obtained from the Ventura Star.

 
04/01/14 thru 04/07/14
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

04/01/14
Accident Injury
700 Blk. B St.
Vandalism
Shiells Park
Abandoned Vehicle
900 Blk. Meadowlark
Theft
600 Blk. Ventura St.
04/02/14
Surveillance
200 Blk. Sheffield Lane
Search Warrant
400 Blk. Arundell Cir.
Shots Fired
300 Blk. Mountain View
Vandalism
A St./Ventura St.
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“The Positive Place For Kids”
The 14th Annual Taste of the Valley fundraiser took place Saturday, April 6th in front of Fillmore City Hall. The mild spring weather was a perfect fit for the popular Boys & GirlsClub of Santa Clara Valley benefit. Live entertainment, silent auction, food and wine made the day special. The Club provides programs and activities for young people in Fillmore, Rancho Sespe and Santa Paula. The Club is celebrating 65 years of service to the Heritage Valley, 1949 – 2014.
The 14th Annual Taste of the Valley fundraiser took place Saturday, April 6th in front of Fillmore City Hall. The mild spring weather was a perfect fit for the popular Boys & GirlsClub of Santa Clara Valley benefit. Live entertainment, silent auction, food and wine made the day special. The Club provides programs and activities for young people in Fillmore, Rancho Sespe and Santa Paula. The Club is celebrating 65 years of service to the Heritage Valley, 1949 – 2014.
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Bob Stroh objects to “In God We Trust” display
Bob Stroh objects to “In God We Trust” display

The Tuesday April 8, 2014 Fillmore City Council Meeting lasted 40 minutes and contained three agenda items. One item was a Successor Agency contract, another was establishing a volunteer program and a third was consideration to display our national motto in the council chambers.

A volunteer program that is expected to benefit Fillmore was unanimously approved by the Council. The program was one of the goals set during a council/community workshop held a few months back. City Manager David W. Rowlands explained that most people volunteer out of a sense of community pride, but other examples of why individuals step forward are; gain job experience, learn new skills, explore new careers, socialize, feel useful, keep active and learn about the city government. Councilmember Diane McCall responded saying she welcomes the program and what a value this will be the community adding, "Kids are looking for jobs." Mayor Manuel Minjares also liked the idea and stated, "I'm really happy this is coming forward" adding that many people from the community have told him they wanted to volunteer but did not know how to go about doing it. City volunteer opportunities are: filing, collate documents, receptionist, graffiti removal, fold documents, gardener, work with seniors, public relations, fire dept., photographer, phone calls, building dept. and police dept. and fingerprinting; criminal and sex offenders background check will be required. Once a year there will be a Volunteer Appreciation Day to recognize and thank those who stepped forward.

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The idea of creating PACT came after it was known that a youth living at Fillmore Central Station was being bullied at school for wearing “unfashionable” clothing

Providing Accessible Clothing for Teens (PACT) youth closet project will officially open its doors to the Ventura County community on Saturday, April 12th at noon at Fillmore High School, Room 17 (the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Mentoring Room) located at 1St Street in Fillmore which will be a PACT closet grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony. Manuel Minjares, the mayor of Fillmore, will be one of our special guest speakers at the event along with our partners from Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Before the grand opening event, PACT volunteers and local radio personality Nancy Rodriguez will host a first event called the “Prom Dress Project” on Wednesday, April 9th from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to provide Ventura County girls with more 150 donated prom dresses from which to choose.

The PACT project is part of a community and resident-led leadership program started though the Cabrillo Economic Development’s (CEDC) Community Building division in partnership with the youth leadership group living at CEDC ‘s Fillmore Central Station Apartments.

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Theresa Robledo, assisting with the presentation of Fillmore Vision 2020 Civic Pride’s Yard of the Month for April awarded to Sue & Dino (photo with their adorable doggie) Congratulations! Please drive by their yard located at 957 Fifth Street, you will find colorful Snap Dragons, Calla Lilies, Deer Horns, Pansies, Ranunculas and a Ficus Tree in the front yard; In the backyard, are so many to name, Freesia, Roses, Lavender Madrid Purple, Chrysanthemum, Palm Sego, Star Jasmine, Purple Queen Bougainvillea, Thompson Seedless Grapes, Carolina Jessamine, Roma and Beef Steak Tomato Plants, Hawaiian Tree, Queen Palms, Strawberries, Spring of Glory Forsythia and Lavender Flower. Sue & Dino maintain and plant their own flowers, as Sue owns her own hardware store in the Valley and are new to Fillmore! We enjoyed their hospitality of showing us around with nice hot cup of coffee! A Big Thank you to Otto & Sons Nursery for providing a gift certificate to the winners, where they will find more of their gardening and plant needs!