On April 23, 2009, at 11:15 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a vehicle collision involving several parked vehicles in the 100 block of “B” Street. Witnesses reported that the driver, Jose Gonzales 26, of Santa Paula, appeared to be intoxicated and was trying to leave the scene, but a local resident detained him.  

The investigation concluded that Gonzales was driving his 2007 black Ford F250 pickup truck southbound on “B” Street from Ventura Street at a high rate of speed. His vehicle drifted to the right side of the street and collided with five unoccupied parked vehicles before coming to rest in the middle of the street.  Gonzales’ vehicle sustained major right front damage, which prohibited him from driving away from the scene. The parked vehicles had major damage, as well.

Deputies determined that Gonzales’ blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit of .08 BAC and booked him at the Ventura County Main Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.  No significant injuries resulted from the collision.
On April 23, 2009, at 11:15 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a vehicle collision involving several parked vehicles in the 100 block of “B” Street. Witnesses reported that the driver, Jose Gonzales 26, of Santa Paula, appeared to be intoxicated and was trying to leave the scene, but a local resident detained him. The investigation concluded that Gonzales was driving his 2007 black Ford F250 pickup truck southbound on “B” Street from Ventura Street at a high rate of speed. His vehicle drifted to the right side of the street and collided with five unoccupied parked vehicles before coming to rest in the middle of the street. Gonzales’ vehicle sustained major right front damage, which prohibited him from driving away from the scene. The parked vehicles had major damage, as well. Deputies determined that Gonzales’ blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit of .08 BAC and booked him at the Ventura County Main Jail for driving under the influence of alcohol. No significant injuries resulted from the collision.
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Both Fire and Police responded to a single vehicle traffic accident on Central Ave. at approximately 6:30 p.m., Tuesday night. To a concerned City Council and audience, Police Captain Tim Hagel explained that Lupita Acero, 42 of Fillmore, lost control of her 2005 Ford Explorer, driving up a large boulder on the traffic island containing the City’s new $30,000 clock. Hagel reported that there were no injuries, and only minor damage to the SUV and City property. It was happily noted that placing a large boulder in front of the clock protected it. The boulder was City Planner Kevin McSweeney’s idea.
Both Fire and Police responded to a single vehicle traffic accident on Central Ave. at approximately 6:30 p.m., Tuesday night. To a concerned City Council and audience, Police Captain Tim Hagel explained that Lupita Acero, 42 of Fillmore, lost control of her 2005 Ford Explorer, driving up a large boulder on the traffic island containing the City’s new $30,000 clock. Hagel reported that there were no injuries, and only minor damage to the SUV and City property. It was happily noted that placing a large boulder in front of the clock protected it. The boulder was City Planner Kevin McSweeney’s idea.
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Your American Red Cross of Ventura County wants to make sure you have the latest information and planning to ensure you stay safe and informed

Our web site is updated frequently per day with national and local news and advisories. We are fully supporting the leadership of Ventura County Public Health and have links to their information as well.

www.arcventura.org

Here’s a great link to a brochure on Pandemic Flu Preparedness:

http://www.arcventura.org/pdf/pandemic_flu_home_care_brochure(1).pdf

also in Spanish:

http://www.arcventura.org/pdf/pandemic_flu_home_care_brochure_sp(1).pdf

and some answers to frequently asked questions

http://www.arcventura.org/pdf/SwinePandemicFluFAQ.pdf

An Update

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 — The recent documented cases of swine flu in several states across the U.S. and in a growing number of other countries may cause many people to wonder what they can do to better protect themselves right now.

As health experts around the world seek to better understand the scope and severity of the swine flu outbreak, this is a good time for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to review and update their emergency preparedness plans.

Stay Healthy
The Red Cross and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are offering the following tips to ensure you stay healthy:

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective when soap and water aren’t available.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. Try to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Influenza (flu) is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing.
If you get sick, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
Consult your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms of the flu, such as:

Fever
Cough
Sore throat
Body aches
Headache
Chills
Extreme tiredness
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
For more information, see www.arcventura.org .

Prepare for Potential Flu Outbreak
Stocking extra food, water and supplies at home will reduce the need to go out should swine flu become more widespread, thereby limiting potential for exposure to the virus. If a person does get sick and has extra supplies on hand, they will help reduce the spread of the flu by staying home.

Store a two-week supply of food, water and household necessities (such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc.). Select foods that are easy to prepare and store.
Store one gallon of water per person per day in clean plastic containers. Avoid using containers that will decompose or break, such as milk cartons or glass bottles.
Insure that formula for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning. Store an extra supply of food for your pets.
Make sure you have an adequate supply of essential medications and medical items for all family members.
The Red Cross recommends you take this opportunity to prepare your family for any disaster by getting a preparedness kit, making a plan and being informed.

As always please don’t hesitate to call us. Thanks as always for your support.

 


 
The Fillmore Unified School District approved the administration’s budget cut proposal Tuesday night. Above photo is from last week’s meeting.
The Fillmore Unified School District approved the administration’s budget cut proposal Tuesday night. Above photo is from last week’s meeting.
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Board Proclaims May 11-15 Staff Appreciation Week

The Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. The Board had already approved budget cuts to Certified personnel (Teachers), Classified personnel (Instructional Assistants, Library Clerks, etc.), and would conclude the third major round of cuts by approving program cuts and cuts to the District office staff. Many District employees were present. FUTA President and Teacher Theresa Marvel, CSEA Executive Board Member Sheila Duckett, and CSEA Member Luanne Brock made carefully planned presentations on the budget reductions. Board President John Garnica consistently stretched protocol to allow for comments when requested by the audience. At one point, Marvel started to ask detailed questions regarding FUSD’s monthly list of purchases and accounts payable, and was told that she was out of order, but the Board explained that Board Clerk Liz Wilde goes over that list with Assistant Superintendent Mike Bush each month.

Brock thanked Board Member Tony Prado for asking questions and requesting budget-cutting options from the District Office staff. He had been overruled by other Board Members and never received any options. Brock mentioned the Board’s refusal to take questions from the audience at last week’s Budget Study Session, and thanked Garnica for taking questions after he arrived. She said, “Denying the audience an opportunity to ask questions or provide input during a study session is not in the best interests of the public that you serve.” She quoted a School Services article on the current financial crisis, saying, “People will remember how they were treated during this difficult time.” CONTINUED »

 


 
Condors are always threatend by digesting bullets and other discarded items.
Condors are always threatend by digesting bullets and other discarded items.
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Last year we wrote about the new Copper only bullet laws implemented to purportedly protect wild condors. The following is some important follow up information on the ammunition and it’s locally reported performance.
Probably the oldest “all-copper” bullet manufacture in the US is the Barnes bullet Company (http://www.barnesbullets.com/about-us/company ) out of Mona Utah. Owners Randy and Coni Brooks have been operating this business since its’ purchase from Mr. Fred Barnes in 1972. They offer some of the best customer service around. A phone call to one of their readily available, free of charge, bullet technicians will answer any question you may have, (1-800-574-9200). Other manufactures such as Hornady, have now also designed legal copper bullets, such as their GMX bullet line, here are some links to their information; http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/condor/certifiedammo.html , http://www.hornady.com/story.php?s=792 .
This writer made the switch last year from traditional lead based bullets to all copper bullets in my hunting rifles, and honestly for awhile it was an experience that ran the gamut from pure frustration, to delight, back to perplexed, and finally too comfortable satisfaction.
I am a hand-loader, and typically load from raw components my own ammunition. This is for the purpose of custom tailoring the ammo to an individual rifle in an effort of achieving perfect bullet performance, stability and accuracy. It is rare that a firearm will perform as well with factory ammunition as it will with carefully and safely loaded specific hand loaded ammunition. There are exceptions, but on average few and far between. You see a bullet is no different than a rocket, airplane, baseball, football, or for that matter of aerodynamic principal theories, a Condor! They are all things that fly. And their “launch pad” (i.e., barrel) has a lot of how they take off and fly. CONTINUED »

 


 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On April 17, 2009, at approximately 8:20 PM, three suspects entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 600 Ventura Street, Fillmore, and stole electronics merchandise with a value of approximately $260.00 (Suspect 1 Hispanic male, 5-6, 130 pounds, bald, tattoos on chest, blue Dodger blazer, black pants, Suspect 2 Hispanic male, 5-8, 170 pounds, short dark hair, black long sleeve shirt, blue pants, suspect 3 Hispanic female, 5-3, 140 pounds, long blond/brown hair, green shirt, dark pants).

Rite Aid Loss Prevention Officers confronted the two male suspects, as they left the store with the stolen merchandise. S-1 pulled out a knife and told the Loss Prevention Officers to leave his wife (S-3) alone. S-1 then threw some of the stolen merchandise back into the store and ran to a parked, older model, gray, Dodge, van with a brown or burgundy horizontal stripe, bearing handicap license plates. One of the Loss Prevention Officers followed the suspect to the vehicle and saw the suspect retrieve a handgun from the vehicle. The Loss Prevention Officer obtained the license plate of the vehicle and returned to the store to report the crime. S-2 was driving the vehicle when it left the parking lot.

A search of the Fillmore and Piru area to the Los Angeles County line resulted in negative results for the suspects or vehicle.

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 494-TALK (Thousand Oaks / Moorpark) or 385-TALK (Camarillo / Oxnard / Port Hueneme).

Courtesy VCSD.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On April 19, 2009 at about 6:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Piru Market and Liquor in Piru to investigate a commercial burglary that occurred earlier in the morning. When a store employee arrived to open the business, she discovered someone had forced entry and took cash, lottery tickets, cigarettes, liquor and other merchandise. The total loss was estimated at about $6,500.00.

Later that same day, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) was investigating a traffic collision that occurred near Lake Piru. During their investigation, they discovered one of the drivers was in possession of some of the items stolen from the market. A coordinated investigation between CHP, Piru Lake Rangers and Sheriff’s Deputies resulted in the identification of two additional suspects at a Lake Piru campsite.

Most of the stolen property was recovered. The three suspects, Bennett Nevin 18, Joseph Avelino 19 and Sean Dominique 19, all from Simi Valley, were arrested for felony commercial burglary and felony conspiracy to commit a crime. They were booked at the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $20,000.00 each.

The public is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at (805) 654-9511 or 524-2233 if they have any information on the case.

Courtesy of Fillmore Police Department Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

 
On April 8th the community of Piru had a mural dedicated to the town and its people. The mural was created
by Carlos Callejo. Supervisor Kathy Long, guitarist and vocalist Enrique Ramirez, and Callejo were all at the
dedication.
On April 8th the community of Piru had a mural dedicated to the town and its people. The mural was created by Carlos Callejo. Supervisor Kathy Long, guitarist and vocalist Enrique Ramirez, and Callejo were all at the dedication.
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Guitarist and vocalist Enrique Ramirez of San Francisco performs at the beginning of the dedication.
Guitarist and vocalist Enrique Ramirez of San Francisco performs at the beginning of the dedication.
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Supervisor Kathy Long introduces and greets mural artist Carlos Callejo
Supervisor Kathy Long introduces and greets mural artist Carlos Callejo
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Artist Carlos Callejo discusses how the mural came to be thanks to a partnership with the community of Piru.
Artist Carlos Callejo discusses how the mural came to be thanks to a partnership with the community of Piru.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

VANDALISM
04/08/09
900 Ventura Street
04/10/09
East Telegraph Road
04/11/09
Central Ave/Santa Clara St.
04/13/09
N. C St/King Street
04/14/09
500 Block Central Avenue

THEFT/OTHER
04/08/09
600 Block Ventura Street
04/08/09
600 Block Ventura Street
04/08/09
400 Block River Street CONTINUED »

 
The Senior Center Board and Fillmore City Council held a joint meeting last night. Pictured (l-r) Gloria Hansen, Marie Wren, Jamey Brooks, Dave Roegner, Gayle Washburn, Patti Walker, Laurie Hernandez.
The Senior Center Board and Fillmore City Council held a joint meeting last night. Pictured (l-r) Gloria Hansen, Marie Wren, Jamey Brooks, Dave Roegner, Gayle Washburn, Patti Walker, Laurie Hernandez.
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Fillmore City Finance Director and City Manager, Barbara Smith, tendered her letter of retirement to the city council this week. She is retiring after 23 years with the city because of the “hostile environment” brought in by the new council members and recently appointed Mayor Patti Walker. Smith is the fourth top management member to leave office in the last two months.
Fillmore City Finance Director and City Manager, Barbara Smith, tendered her letter of retirement to the city council this week. She is retiring after 23 years with the city because of the “hostile environment” brought in by the new council members and recently appointed Mayor Patti Walker. Smith is the fourth top management member to leave office in the last two months.

The Fillmore City Council met on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Council Member Steve Conaway was absent. The Council sat with the Senior Center Board, discussed the turnover rate and employee morale at City Hall, and heard an update on possible soil contamination at the Heritage Valley Parks Specific Plan area. The City will hold a Goal Setting Workshop during the Special Meeting on April 22nd.

The resignation of Finance Director Barbara Smith was not discussed publicly at meeting, however The Gazette received an announcement from Mayor Patti Walker concerning Smith’s announced departure: “On April 14, Finance Director Barbara Smith forwarded to me and City Attorney, Ted Schneider, by email her notice of retirement. Ms. Smith indicated in her notice that she has been advised by the pension representative that her remaining until July 1 would bring no additional retirement benefit to her. As a result, May 14, 2009, will be her final day with the city. Ms. Smith has also indicated that she values her privacy and has requested that there not be any public honor or acknowledgment of her 23 years of service.

As Mayor, and on behalf of the City Council, well wishes and heartfelt thanks are extended to Barbara for her work, service and support she has extended to the council and community of Fillmore. Patti Walker, Mayor.” The Gazette wishes Ms. Smith all the best.

The meeting began with a joint session with the Senior Center Board. The Board and Council discussed their mutual responsibilities, and reviewed the Senior Center Budget. The Board will cooperate with Facilities Supervisor Annette Cardona to allot time for the seniors to play cards at the Senior Center, which is often used by Parks and Recreation programs in the afternoons and evenings. The Council approved use of the Senior Center even when not staffed by a full-time City employee, and will look into obtaining computer donations to improve the computer program. CONTINUED »