Pictured are the actors from the film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” (l-r) Danny Haro, Art Bonilla, Juan Toledo, Severo Perez, Marco Rodriguez were in attendance to meet & greet and answer questions abut the film. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.

On Saturday, October 15th the Historic Fillmore Towne Theatre opened for a free screening of the award-winning film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” for residents to enjoy as the opening of the new theatre. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
Pictured are the actors from the film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” (l-r) Danny Haro, Art Bonilla, Juan Toledo, Severo Perez, Marco Rodriguez were in attendance to meet & greet and answer questions abut the film. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya. On Saturday, October 15th the Historic Fillmore Towne Theatre opened for a free screening of the award-winning film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” for residents to enjoy as the opening of the new theatre. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
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On Saturday, October 15th the Historic Fillmore Towne Theatre opened for a free screening of the award-winning film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” for residents to enjoy as the opening of the new theatre. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
On Saturday, October 15th the Historic Fillmore Towne Theatre opened for a free screening of the award-winning film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him” for residents to enjoy as the opening of the new theatre. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.

Written by Carina Monica Montoya

The Historic Fillmore Theater opened its doors on Saturday, October 15th, for a free screening of the award-winning film “. . . and the earth did not swallow him”, a 1994 movie about a migrant farm-working family in the 1950s. Many of the scenes were filmed in Piru.

A 4:00 p.m. matinee featured a children’s dance group that performed a short traditional Mexican dance, and a special appearance by El Mariachi Los Rayos performed at the 6:00 showing. Actors Marco Rodriguez, Art Bonilla, Danny Haro, and director Severo Perez attended the event and were available after the last showing to Meet & Greet and answer questions.

It was a day of celebrating the opening of the 100+ year old theater. Strong community involvement and interest in the organization of the event and community attendance in support of its local theater, evidences the desire of many Fillmore residents to have its own theater and place to gather for entertainment.

The Fillmore Women’s Service Club donated funds for popcorn and water, and La Fondita Mexican Restaurant donated the use of their popcorn machine and provided the actors with a beautiful tray of pastries. Theater owner, Sean McCulley, spent weeks readying costly repairs needed before the theater could open. Fillmore resident Juan Toledo was MC for the event and donated many hours in support of the event by reaching out to people and organizations. Many others came together to help at the theater to bag and handout popcorn and water. A very special appearance was made by Ernie Morales, former City Council and Mayor of Fillmore, and his wife Becky, who both helped and supported the organizers in making the event a success.

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

8.A REQUEST That the City Council: (1) appropriate funding in the amount of $963,800 from the Water Development Impact Fees (DIF) fund, (2) authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement with Control Systems West for an amount not to exceed ($983,714.74) for upgrades and maintenance to the City’s SCADA system, including the purchase and installation of a new chlorine analyzer at each well, and (3) authorize the Assistant City Manager to execute a purchase order with APEX for the new server and related equipment needed for the new SCADA system in the amount of $16,286.26
Passed 5-0
8.B REQUEST Staff requests that the City Council award a professional services agreement to Peckham & McKenney in the amount of $25,500 for executive recruiting services, approve a one-time General Fund appropriation in the same amount, and authorize the City Manager to execute an agreement with Peckham & McKenney in a form approved by the City Attorney.
Passed 5-0
8.C REQUEST That the City Council approve a proposed new full-time unrepresented Public Works Senior Management Analyst classification and job description for this classification and appropriation of funding for this position for the second half of the 2022-23 year.
Approved 5-0 REQUEST Approve Resolution No. 22-3904 authorizing the Assistant City Manager or City Finance Director to execute contracts with a municipal advisor and certain other professionals and permitting the Administration and finance team to initiate the bond issuance process and bring contracts with other professionals and the bond documents back for final City Council approval prior to the bond sale.
Passed 5-0
8-D REQUEST Approve Resolution No. 22-3904 authorizing the Assistant City Manager or City Finance Director to execute contracts with a municipal advisor and certain other professionals and permitting the Administration and finance team to initiate the bond issuance process and bring contracts with other professionals and the bond documents back for final City Council approval prior to the bond sale.
Approved 5-0
8-E REQUEST Approve City Attorney contract amendment for legal services. DISCUSSION Tiffany Israel of Aleshire and Wynder serves as the city’s City Attorney and has done an excellent job representing the city and handling our legal matters. She is a key contributor to the management team and a valued member. The last increase was approved in December 14, 2022. A majority of the rate increases will be paid by third parties such that this proposed amendment will have minimal impact on the General Fund Budget.
Approved 5-0

 


 
(l-r) are Lynn Edmonds and Chris Gurrola who are running for a partial term (2-year) seat on Fillmore City Council. Next week, the Gazette will feature the four candidates who are running for 2-full term seats on the Council, they are Carrie Broggie, Albert Mendez, Zachary Lotshaw and Luis Rodriquez.
(l-r) are Lynn Edmonds and Chris Gurrola who are running for a partial term (2-year) seat on Fillmore City Council. Next week, the Gazette will feature the four candidates who are running for 2-full term seats on the Council, they are Carrie Broggie, Albert Mendez, Zachary Lotshaw and Luis Rodriquez.
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2022 Elections will be held on November 8th.

Fillmore City Council has one partial term (2-year) seat to fill, and two candidates, Lynn Edmonds and Chris Gurrola.

The Gazette submitted 3 questions to each candidate.

There are also two full-term (4-year) seats on council and four candidates, Carrie Broggie, Albert Mendez, Zachary Lotshaw and Luis Rodriquez. Their answers will be published in next week’s edition of the Gazette.

The three specific questions for direction were:

1. Qualifications which prepare you to serve on Council.

2. What actions taken by the current council in the last two years do you agree with most and why? What actions do you disagree with most and why?

3. What is your vision for Fillmore if elected/reelected? What do you perceive as the five most important priorities for the city?

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LYNN EDMONDS

1. Qualifications which prepare you to serve on Council.

It has been a pleasure to serve Fillmore on the City Council for the last four years. Prior to that I was principal of Piru Elementary and Fillmore Middle School. I have always worked with others to help Fillmore families, youth, to keep the town safe and improve the environment. I was on the founding committee of the Boys and Girls Club, founded the Fillmore Piru Mentor Program (BBSVC) and the One Step a la Vez Teen Program because it was clear that Fillmore Teens needed a safe, fun place to go after school to get help with homework and “hang” with friends in a welcoming, fun, safe environment. Clearly, youth and families of Fillmore are very important to me. In few words, I love Fillmore as a city and enjoy representing the people of Fillmore.

As a member of the City Council I represent Fillmore on many committees and report back to the community on the many activities that each committee has to help the residents of Fillmore such as the Air Pollution Control Board, the Ventura Transportation Commission, the Regional Energy Alliance and the Regional Sanitation District. All of my actions prepared me to better understand, represent and be elected to the City Council which I have enjoyed. I have learned so very much during my four years on the Council and feel that my prior four years have even better qualified me for the next two years.

2. What actions taken by the current council in the last two years do you agree with most and why? What actions do you disagree with most and why?

As a member of the City Council for the last four years, I am proud that we are finally fixing the parks and the park bathrooms and the dog park, soon to repair Sespe Ave and Santa Clara, are working to improve the downtown, are improving our website and looking at the water/sewer bills to see if there is a way to lower the cost of the bill. As a member of the City Council I was disappointed that the council voted down having community conversations and chose to not even investigate joining the Clean Power Alliance which possibly could not only help our environment, but also lower our bills.

3. What is your vision for Fillmore if elected/reelected? What do you perceive as the five most important priorities for the city?

My vision for the next years is to:

1) Improve the Downtown by reviewing the recommendations of the Downtown consultants and support the merchants as they work to improve the downtown while at the same time we maintain the streets in good repair and cleanliness,

2) Provide more low income housing so that all persons will have safe, comfortable, affordable housing.

3) Provide interpretation at all meetings and translations for all notices.

4) Save our small town feeling while incorporating the new residents by improving communication about city activities to everyone, sponsor community conversations so that people can meet new people in a positive way.

5) Assure folks that we serve EVERYONE and to work with and serve the entire community regardless of political point of view, ethnicity, language, religion, gender or age.

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CHRIS GURROLA
1. Qualifications which prepare you to serve on Council.

**The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Air Force, Department of Defense or the US Government**
My name is Christopher Gurrola. I have 17 years of Military leadership experience, which began when I was appointed to the United States Air Force Academy, after serving as Class of 2005 president at Fillmore High School. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, while serving as the Cadet Squadron Commander. I married my high school sweetheart, Cassandra, right here in town, and we began our 6 moves across the country. Concluding my last assignment in CA, we chose to buy a house in Fillmore - which incurred a 200-mile round-trip commute for me for 3 years - so that our four children could grow up in such a phenomenal place! I finished Active Duty as the Director of Operations for the 412thOperations Support Squadron at Edwards AFB. I continue serving as a civilian USAF instructor pilot, and also serve in the Air National Guard at the rank of Major. I want to put Fillmore’s tax dollars back to work, using the high quality training and experience that I have received, to better serve our community.

2. What actions taken by the current council in the last two years do you agree with most and why? What actions do you disagree with most and why?

Most recently, I agree with the City Council’s decision to use our tax dollars to implement the City of Fillmore Downtown Rehabilitation Grant Program. It’s an honest attempt by the City to assist property owners and businesses in keeping Fillmore a beautiful, walkable town. The approval of funding to re-open the dog park at Two Rivers Park was another great decision. A flood control basin at Rio Vista Park was quickly perceived as a viable solution simply because it is a gated area. The city was unfortunately sending mixed messages during that time, but ultimately made the right decision to invest in the promise of a true dog park at Two Rivers.
Unfortunately, the City Council has missed the opportunity to communicate a clear vision to the people of Fillmore. Despite multiple information gathering and goal setting sessions, there remains an outdated Vision 20/20 plan; the hallmark of the council for roughly 20 years. Leadership requires the creation and maintenance of consistent communication channels, to and from constituents. The City has also unreliably posted meeting minutes to its website, missing the opportunity to concisely communicate decisions of the council, and commissions, to its citizens. It is unreasonable to have to watch hours of recorded video to see the outcome of decisions on scheduled agenda items.

3. What is your vision for Fillmore if elected/reelected? What do you perceive as the five most important priorities for the city?

My vision for Fillmore is to foster a culture that values families and their children; they are the future and bedrock of our town! Smart growth and thoughtful sustainment plans will be required so that our town can support future generations. Five priorities the City must focus on include: articulating a meaningful vision for the next 20 years; updated, reliable communication channels; clear construction guidelines to reduce unnecessary delays and increased construction costs; long-term sustainment plans for parks and public facilities; and traffic control from surrounding cities that consider safety and continued support of local businesses.

 


 
On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at approximately at 8:00pm, Fillmore Police answered a call in front of Rite Aid for a subject disturbance. Deputies arrested a female subject as she resisted. The subject was arrest for PC 148, PC 647 (f), resisting arrest and public intoxication, along with other charges. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at approximately at 8:00pm, Fillmore Police answered a call in front of Rite Aid for a subject disturbance. Deputies arrested a female subject as she resisted. The subject was arrest for PC 148, PC 647 (f), resisting arrest and public intoxication, along with other charges. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 7:34am, Fillmore Police, Fillmore Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported vehicle accident in the 800 block of A Street, Fillmore. A single vehicle was reported inside a residence yard with minor damage. The cause is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 7:34am, Fillmore Police, Fillmore Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported vehicle accident in the 800 block of A Street, Fillmore. A single vehicle was reported inside a residence yard with minor damage. The cause is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On Saturday, October 15th, 2022, Ventura County Fire Department, AMR, and California Highway Patrol were dispatched to a heavy rescue crash at Sr23/Chambersburg Road and Riverside Avenue, Bardsdale. Arriving firefighters reported a single vehicle inside the orchards with moderate damage, single occupant. According to firefighters one person was being treated by AMR Paramedics on scene and was transported to a local hospital, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Saturday, October 15th, 2022, Ventura County Fire Department, AMR, and California Highway Patrol were dispatched to a heavy rescue crash at Sr23/Chambersburg Road and Riverside Avenue, Bardsdale. Arriving firefighters reported a single vehicle inside the orchards with moderate damage, single occupant. According to firefighters one person was being treated by AMR Paramedics on scene and was transported to a local hospital, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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The Howard Halloween Light Show is up and running for all to enjoy this Halloween. Stop by the 400 block of Edgewood Drive in the Bridges. You can tune into 97.7 FM on your car radio to listen to the frightfully familiar music and check out the spooktacular decorations!
The Howard Halloween Light Show is up and running for all to enjoy this Halloween. Stop by the 400 block of Edgewood Drive in the Bridges. You can tune into 97.7 FM on your car radio to listen to the frightfully familiar music and check out the spooktacular decorations!
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On Wednesday October 12th, 2022, at approximately at 6:00pm, Fillmore Deputies were seen with less lethal weapons (ie: pepper spray, tear gas, taser, etc.) along with their tactical gear for a subject that was reported swinging a shovel and belt on top of a roof in the Lemon Way Apartments. Deputies were able to approach the subject and take him into custody. No additional information was provided. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AENews.
On Wednesday October 12th, 2022, at approximately at 6:00pm, Fillmore Deputies were seen with less lethal weapons (ie: pepper spray, tear gas, taser, etc.) along with their tactical gear for a subject that was reported swinging a shovel and belt on top of a roof in the Lemon Way Apartments. Deputies were able to approach the subject and take him into custody. No additional information was provided. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AENews.
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On Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 2:50pm, Fillmore Police were seen at Sierra Vista / El Paseo Street, on a stolen vehicle call. One female suspect ran from police and deputies were able to get her in custody near the Grocery Outlet at Ventura and C Street. Sheriff's K-9 unit was seen near the area, tracking one of the suspects. The second female was taken into custody at the scene—two arrests were made as of 3:20pm. Photo credit Angel Esquivel--AE News.
On Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 2:50pm, Fillmore Police were seen at Sierra Vista / El Paseo Street, on a stolen vehicle call. One female suspect ran from police and deputies were able to get her in custody near the Grocery Outlet at Ventura and C Street. Sheriff's K-9 unit was seen near the area, tracking one of the suspects. The second female was taken into custody at the scene—two arrests were made as of 3:20pm. Photo credit Angel Esquivel--AE News.
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At last night’s City Council meeting Mario Robledo and Vanessa Garcia spoke to council regarding the approval of Boarder rates collected at the Fillmore Equestrian Center.
At last night’s City Council meeting Mario Robledo and Vanessa Garcia spoke to council regarding the approval of Boarder rates collected at the Fillmore Equestrian Center.

7.A LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR PRIVATE USE OF PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY FOR THE INSTALLATION AND USE OF A GROUND WATER MONITORING WELL BY 7-ELEVEN, INC.
Staff requested approval from the City Council of a new license agreement to allow the private use of public right-of-way by 7-Eleven, Inc. (“7-Eleven”) for the installation, maintenance, and operation of a ground water monitoring well and appurtenances.
It is recommended that the City Council approve the License Agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc.
Approved 4-0.

7.B ADOPTION OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR PROJECT SPECIFICATION NO. 21-01 - FILLMORE AQUATIC CENTER POOL REPLASTERING PROJECT AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADVERTISE FOR BIDS.
Approved 4-0.

7.C ADOPTION OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR PROJECT SPECIFICATION NO. 22-01: NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS REHABILITATION AND ADA IMPROVEMENTS AT TWO RIVERS PARK PROJECT, AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADVERTISE THE PROJECT FOR BIDS.
Approved 4-0.

7-D Staff requested that the City Council authorize an appropriation of $70,000 for the award of professional services agreements to Koff & Associates for conducting a citywide classification and compensation study and authorize the City Manager to execute the agreement with Koff & Associates in an approved form by the City Attorney.
Approved 4-0.

7.E ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 22-3903 APPROVING THE 2022 VENTURA COUNTY MULTI-HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN.
A copy of the plan is available for review in hard copy format on the City Clerk public counter, or online at: https://vcportal.ventura.org/OES/2022-03-01_VenturaHMP_Vol2_PublicReview.... FEMA’s approval of the 2020 Ventura County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan is a prerequisite for receiving certain forms of disaster assistance by the County and cities covered by the Plan.
Approved 4-0

7-F BIENNIAL REVIEW OF THE CITY’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE AND ADOPTION OF CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 22-3900 UPDATING THE CITY’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODE. Staff recommends that the City Council review the proposed amendments to the City’s Conflict of Interest Code and adopt City Council Resolution No. 22-3900, amending the City’s Conflict of Interest Code.
Approved 4-0

7-G PUBLIC HEARING: CONSIDERATION OF THE ADOPTING THE NEXUS STUDY FOR IMPACT FEES AND SECOND READING OF AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE UPDATED NORTH FILLMORE SPECIFIC PLAN (NFSP) AMENDMENT.
Approved 4-0

7-H CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF BOARDER RATES COLLECTED AT THE FILLMORE EQUESTRIAN CENTER.
Approved 3-1.