On Friday morning, October 11th, at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, John Pressley of Fillmore donated a check for $1,000 to the Veterans Memorial building fund towards the roof repairs needed for the building.
On Friday morning, October 11th, at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, John Pressley of Fillmore donated a check for $1,000 to the Veterans Memorial building fund towards the roof repairs needed for the building.
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Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, Los Angeles CA.
Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, Los Angeles CA.

A lottery scam investigation in Fillmore on Thursday, October 10th, led to the arrest of a Los Angeles man for felony conspiracy to commit a crime, obtaining money by false pretenses, elder abuse, and an out-of-county felony warrant.

On October 10th, at approximately 2:40 p.m., an elderly female entered Bank of the Sierra in the city of Fillmore and proceeded to withdraw a large sum of money from her account. Cruz entered the bank as the elderly female was conducting the transaction. Cruz appeared to have an unusual interest in the elderly female and her transaction which prompted bank employees to notify the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol deputies and detectives responded to the bank and Cruz was contacted scurrying out of the bank. Patrol deputies interviewed the elderly female who told them she was contacted by two suspects, a male and female, asking for her help cashing a winning lottery ticket. They convinced the elderly female to obtain “good faith” money from her account that was needed to cash the winning ticket. The two suspects handed the elderly female one of their cellphones and a male on the other line impersonated himself as a lawyer corroborating what she had been told by the two suspects reference the winning lottery ticket.

Detectives determined Cruz was working in concert with the unidentified male and female suspects and he was booked at the Main Jail for PC 532(a) / Obtaining Money, Labor or Property by False Pretenses, PC 182(a)(1) / Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and PC 368(b)(1) / Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse. During the booking process, it was discovered Cruz had an out-of-county felony warrant for PC 487(a) / Grand Theft by Embezzlement and was a suspect in Long Beach case for a lottery scam.

The common methods for carrying out these crimes include targeting the elderly, suspects alleging he/she cannot cash the winning lottery ticket due to their nationality, suspects working in pairs of two or three, and the request to wire, transfer, or obtain money or goods in exchange for winnings from a fictitious lottery ticket. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who believes they are possibly being scammed in a similar matter to contact local law enforcement.

Nature of Incident: Lottery Scam
Report Number: RB# 19-159713
Location: City of Fillmore
Date & Time: 10/10/19 @ 2:40 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services and Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, of Los Angeles, Ca
Prepared by: Detective Shawn Pewsey #3867
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

 


 
Several law enforcement agencies in Ventura County worked collectively to stop a countywide crime spree

On October 9, 2019, at 7:30 AM, Santa Paula Police officers responded to an armed carjacking report at 6th and Santa Paula St. The officers contacted the victims and learned their 2000 Chevy Silverado truck was stolen at gunpoint by a male and female juvenile. SPPD notified surrounding agencies of the incident, including details of the stolen vehicle.

At approximately 3 PM, SPPD received information from the Ventura Police Department that the stolen vehicle was spotted fleeing from a shopping center in Ventura after a female juvenile was arrested for shoplifting. The female subject was later identified as one of the two suspects involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in the day in Santa Paula.

At about 3:30 PM, SPPD received additional information that the stolen truck was involved in a traffic accident on Highway 126 at Pyle Road, Fillmore. Four male juveniles and a female juvenile were arrested by Ventura County Sheriff's deputies after the suspects fled the accident on foot. One of the male subjects was later identified as the second suspect involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in Santa Paula. The Santa Paula Police K-9 Unit searched the area where the suspects were arrested and discovered a loaded firearm fitting the description of the gun used during the carjacking incident.

Subsequent investigation revealed the subjects are known gang members and was involved in a countywide crime spree that spanned Santa Paula, Oxnard, and Ventura. The crimes included multiple armed robberies, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a loaded firearm, and attempted theft.

“This effort is a perfect example of local law enforcement agencies working together to share intelligence in order to solve a variety of crimes while remove dangerous gang members from the community,” said Chief Steve Mclean. “Thank you to the Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Department, and California Highway Patrol for working closely to end this crime spree within eight hours of the first incident.”

The investigation is on-going.

Officer Preparing Press Release:
Assistant Chief of Police
Approved by: Chief of Police Steven McLean #1001

 


 
On Sunday, October 13th, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Fillmore Police Department held scheduled police training at the VC Behavioral Health building, 840 Ventura Street. Pictured is the staging area set up outside the building, as officers inside practiced clearing the building from a burglary.
On Sunday, October 13th, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Fillmore Police Department held scheduled police training at the VC Behavioral Health building, 840 Ventura Street. Pictured is the staging area set up outside the building, as officers inside practiced clearing the building from a burglary.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Drop off box Thursdays & Fridays at Diamond Realty

Socks are one of the most needed items for the needy! This year we are once again holding a sock drive for Fillmore kids. Our goal is 1,000 pairs of new socks! Drop off box will be available Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Diamond Realty, 460 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. We will be accepting sock donations until December 1, 2019. New children’s socks only—toddler and up—no infant socks. There are donation boxes around the community. Questions? Contact Lorraine at 805.298.5318

 


 
Fillmore Lions Club announces their Annual Enchilada Dinner to be held Saturday, November 1st at the Veterans Memorial Building. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. At the door tickets will be $12 for adults & $7 for kids 12 and under.
Fillmore Lions Club announces their Annual Enchilada Dinner to be held Saturday, November 1st at the Veterans Memorial Building. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. At the door tickets will be $12 for adults & $7 for kids 12 and under.
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Fillmore High to host “Vaping Presentation: What Parents Need to Know”, October 22, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Fillmore Unified School District auditorium, 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015. For more information call Alma Ixta at (805) 981-8475. Courtesy Fillmore High School website.

 
Photo of the Week: "My friend John" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @48mm. Exposure; ISO 500, aperture f/11, 1/80 second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "My friend John" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @48mm. Exposure; ISO 500, aperture f/11, 1/80 second shutter speed.
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Green to blah!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

'Tis the autumn season and reminiscing often leads to waxing whimsical. I grew up in a small New Jersey farming community. To the north of home, a raw unmolested forest of deciduous trees stood protected by thorny briars. On my hands and knees, my dog King and I would crawl through the briars to the secret path that led to our oasis along Shalk's creek. Every autumn, the landscape became the canvas upon which nature painted vivid scenes. Imagine an eyeful of colorful scarlet oak, vivid yellows from tulip poplars, and the golden leaves of black hickory. This potpourri of brilliant colors is much too majestic to be observed with a glance and dismissed. Enthralled with the essence of Mother Nature's creativity, my dog King and I would spend as much time as my mother would allow at a clearing in the forest along the creek. Occasionally a trout would break water leaping to catch an insect. Squirrels often joined us. Songbirds provided the melody, in G# of course. There is little that massages the feeling of awe better than such an experience.

Back at the house, mom's constant command: Bobby, rake the leaves! The unspoken reward: A leap into the giant pile I made. Giggles guaranteed! And I can still feel the cushioned landing. And smell the aroma of crushed leaves. Ah, sentimental and wistful affection for my childhood days. But I digress.

That was then and before I had a camera. Nevertheless, the memories remain as vivid as the colors. Green trees presently predominate here in Fillmore. Some leaves on the sycamore trees are beginning to turn, many dislodged by the recent Santa Ana breeze. But sycamore leaves don't turn a vibrant color. They simply go from green to blah. The only thing more depressing is not winning the Power Ball lottery.

Dazzling displays of autumn colors in Southern California are rare. However, the eastern Sierra is replete with color galore. Mono County woodlands provide some of the best golden-orange-crimson autumn colors in the western United States.

The Mono County website (monocounty.org) declares that the time to go is now. "Travel to Rock Creek, Mammoth Lakes, the June Lake Loop, Yosemite (Tioga Pass), Lundy Canyon, Bridgeport, Sonora Pass and beyond to see fall colors at their finest." Find hotspots at http://tinyurl.com/yyr5j5dv. Though my yearning to go is intense, previous commitments prevent it. Because the colors of autumn are a short season, not sure I can engage this year.

Tips for compelling photos of fall foliage. First, a dedicated camera is the tool of choice. A polarizing filter on your lens will enhance the vibrant colors. If you're at a creek, wet leaves on the bank shot with a polarizing filter make killer photos.

Light and weather are significant factors. Don't let overcast skies discourage you. Such conditions provide saturated colors. Overcast light will reduce harsh shadows and highlights bringing forth lovely colors that bright sun often dampens. Wait! If you prefer super shadows and highlights, direct sunlight will increase the tonal range with a touch of drama. And don't quit shooting too early. The blue hour, right after sunset or just before sunrise, often adds a delectable blue/purple hue to fall foliage. The golden hour - the hour after sunrise and before sunset - often adds a luscious touch of gold to the leaves.

Blue hour, golden hour, high noon, or any tick-of-the-tock: If there's light, I take delight in shooting what I behold. Go and make photos of fall foliage and send me your best photo!

The photo of the week is of John, made during the recent downtown photo walk.

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

 
Fillmore City Council Members listen to half a dozen Fillmore business owners complain about the financial and emotional damage caused by their heavy-handed negotiation tactics with the property owner.
Fillmore City Council Members listen to half a dozen Fillmore business owners complain about the financial and emotional damage caused by their heavy-handed negotiation tactics with the property owner.
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(above) Bruce Johnson, tenant of Fillmore's Packinghouse Creative, voicing his frustrations at City Council regarding the red tagging of the building (the packing house at Sespe and A Street across from the fire station) back in August of this year. See Johnson’s Letter to the Editor in the
(above) Bruce Johnson, tenant of Fillmore's Packinghouse Creative, voicing his frustrations at City Council regarding the red tagging of the building (the packing house at Sespe and A Street across from the fire station) back in August of this year. See Johnson’s Letter to the Editor in the "Letters" section.

A half-dozen Fillmore business owners complained to the Council about the red-tagging of businesses located in the packinghouse at Sespe/Landeros and A Street. The City maintains warnings have been sent to each business in the structure concerning violations of state and local safety issues. The building owner contends that these citations cannot reasonably be satisfied financially in the 100-year old building and is causing businesses to abandon their places in the historic structure.

8.A 1) PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCE 19-920, ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 19-04, AMENDING THE FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE TO REMOVE THE TEMPORARY USE PERMIT REQUIREMENT FOR SPECIAL EVENTS AND FINDING OF EXEMPTION FROM CEQA; AND 2) CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCE 19-919, AMENDING THE FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT REQUIREMENT
FOR EVENTS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY AND FINDING OF EXEMPTION FROM CEQA, was unanimously approved.

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
23 Staff recommends moving forward with this item. Civic Rec Staff is recommending the purchase of a new online recreation software from Civic Rec. Staff likes the way this software operates behind the scenes for staff and for the general public. Civic Rec will be able to manage all of the following: •Online facility / park rentals• League registration for basketball/baseball•Recreation class registration• Ticket sales for special events• Point of Sale operations for the aquatics center – this would replace the square system oDaily entry transactions Scheduling of swim lessons The software interfaces with a company called Sky Logix. Sky Logix makes a wireless controller for field lighting systems. When an end user completes a reservation for one of our fields, the lights will automatically turn on and off based on the reservation in the system. This would prevent facilities staff from having to travel to the park to turn on/off the lights. The wireless lighting controller would be an additional cost above and beyond the cost to Civic Rec for software as detailed below. The time savings generated would pay for the wireless controller. The first-year cost is $10,500. That includes a $6,000 setup/implementation charge for CivicRec and a $4,500 annual subscription fee. The recurring cost is then $4,500/year. Staff tabulated the rental revenues from FY17/18 for the Memorial Building, Active Adult Center, Parks & Pool and determined the cost of our annual revenue to be $129,746 for rentals. Based on those figures, staff estimates being able to offset the annual subscription fee of the software by charging a 3.5% online booking fee. The booking fee would need to be adopted formally.

28 FISCAL IMPACT: Fiscal impact for recommended items – $206,428.93 No funds were budgeted for these items and would need to come from the reserve funds. RECOMMENDATION 1. Discuss and comment on items proposed by city staff. It was determined that the city's parks are in need of additional maintenance. Delores Day Park, the swimming pool, and other park areas were discussed and commented on by City Manager David Rowlands.

DISCUSSION: Over the past several months, City staff has been putting together a list of projects and repair estimates for various City facilities for City Council consideration. None of these projects are included in the adopted 2019-20 Budget. FINANCE DEPARTMENT: Data Ticket Inc. is used by a number of cities in Ventura County to process citations and issue permits including the Cities of Ventura, Port Hueneme, and Camarillo and the Ventura Community College District. Working with Data Ticket would allow the City to put RV and driveway parking permits, garage sale permits, and citation payments all online in one system.

Staff recommendations were unanimously approved.