Chris Godfrey
Chris Godfrey

Chief Deputy Chris Godfrey has been a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and worked varying assignments in all four divisions during that time. As a part of the Sheriff’s management team for the last 13 years, Godfrey has managed the Todd Road Jail, the Regional Training Center, the Fillmore Police Department, acting as Chief of Police for that city, Patrol’s East County Bureau with oversight responsibility for the City of Moorpark and the unincorporated areas of East County Patrol, and Commander of the Professional Standards Bureau encompassing the Regional Training Center, Internal Affairs, and the Internal Audits Units.

Currently, Godfrey was assigned to the Support Services Division where he had oversight of the department’s budget as well as two bureaus, Professional Standards and Human Resources. Chief Godfrey has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Chief Godfrey retired from the department on Friday, February 6, 2009 and was honored by approximately two hundred family, friends, and coworkers in attendance to enjoy a pictorial review of his career and an evening of dinning and friendship. CONTINUED »

 


 
Shown are some of Brandi Walker’s 4th grade students working with robotics. The students need to use various math skills including reasoning and deduction in order to program the computer to make the robots move certain directions and pick up items. Upper grade teachers rotate teaching their students in the robotics lab. The robotics were purchased with NASA funds.
Shown are some of Brandi Walker’s 4th grade students working with robotics. The students need to use various math skills including reasoning and deduction in order to program the computer to make the robots move certain directions and pick up items. Upper grade teachers rotate teaching their students in the robotics lab. The robotics were purchased with NASA funds.
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Story Courtesy Celebrating Fillmore, The Official Publication of the FUSD

At San Cayetano Elementary School, Students are reaching for the stars –and remote control devices.
Last year, San Cayetano was one of 50 schools nationwide that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected as a NAS Explorer School. The innovative program is designed to bring NASA’s engaging math, science and technology lessons to teachers and students. Robotics is an important component of the curriculum.

Last summer, San Cayetano teachers Brandi Walker and Melanie Schrock attend a week-long workshop at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to become proficient in teaching robotics. After sharing what they earned with other upper-grad teachers as the staff created a schedule that allows most fourth- and fifth-graders 13 one-hour sessions to learn robotics.

Teachers assembled the robots; the students added enhancements and completed all the computer programming to manipulate their movements.

“This is truly a combination of hands=on math and science,” said San Cayetano Principal Jan Marholin. “How will a student ever forget the first time he or she has programmed a computer using math skills and reasoning?”
Most students are already technologically savvy, having been exposed to computers all their live, so they are fast learners, said Marholin. “They get it, they love it, and it’s an amazing thing to watch.”

San Cayetano has entered JPL’s annual robotics competition this spring to see how the students’ skills stack up against teams from other NASA Explorer schools. In the competition, which JPL will broadcast live on its web site, students pre-program their robots to navigate an obstacle course and perform tasks such as retrieving simulated planetary mineral formations – all within two minutes.

 


 
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The City of Fillmore's "Spooky" Hall

 


 
Judy Dressler received a commendation for her six years of service as Chair of the Vision 2020 Civic Pride Committee. Dressler was one of the founding members of the Committee. Mayor Patti Walker thanked Ray Dressler (shown) and the Committee for their support and hard work.
Judy Dressler received a commendation for her six years of service as Chair of the Vision 2020 Civic Pride Committee. Dressler was one of the founding members of the Committee. Mayor Patti Walker thanked Ray Dressler (shown) and the Committee for their support and hard work.

Fillmore City Council met at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at City Hall. The Council heard presentations from local service organizations, honored Judy Dressler, and discussed construction projects.

Council Member Jamey Brooks had corrections for the minutes of three past meetings, and the Council discussed whether the January 13th minutes should contain direct quotes regarding City Clerk Clay Westling's presentation.
Mayor Patti Walker, on behalf of the Council, presented Judy Dressler with a commendation for her six years of service as Chair of the Vision 2020 Civic Pride Committee. Dressler was one of the founding members of the Committee, and served many years as Secretary before becoming Chair. She thanked Ray Dressler and the Committee for their support and hard work. The Committee supports the annual Art Walk, yard of the month, business of the month, street fairs, and the Spring 2009 flower show.

The Council appointed Tom Fennell and Vance Johnson to the Planning Commission.

The Council discussed allocation of the 2009-2010 Community Development Block Grant provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City has $25,575 available for public service programs, and it has $136,734 available for public improvement projects. CONTINUED »

 


 
Installation of a new wind generator takes place under the watchful eyes of local farmer Bob Hammond. Converting his old orchard wind machine is expected to produce up to 500 kilowatts per month for the Hammond household. This is about as green as it gets.
Installation of a new wind generator takes place under the watchful eyes of local farmer Bob Hammond. Converting his old orchard wind machine is expected to produce up to 500 kilowatts per month for the Hammond household. This is about as green as it gets.
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For several years Bob Hammond pondered what might be done with the wind machine standing in his orange orchard. Power to the motor had been disconnected and the prop spun freely in the wind which regularly swept across his trees near the Santa Clara Riverbed. The machine, installed in the 1950s, really wasn’t needed in the micro-climate surrounding Bob’s orchard and had not been used in nearly 10 years.

Last July Bob read an article in Central Coast Farm Bureau Magazine about wind turbines. He thought his wind machine might be converted to a wind generator like the article mentioned. So he contacted Bob Hayes with Prevailing Wind Power in Redondo Beach. Bob researched weather conditions, concluded his wind turbine would work, and checked-out county permits and costs. He was shocked to learn that costs and fees amounted to more than $10,000 and was therefore not feasible. CONTINUED »

 


 

In an earlier article I had mentioned a “Military Banner Program” to honor the young men and women of our community who are currently serving in the military. The intent of the “Military Banner Program” is to recognize their service and the sacrifices they are now making and will make in the future to keep our Country safe. The “Patriotic Banners” that will be placed on Central Avenue on the light poles will be partially funded by the families of those currently serving and the remainder funded by grants. Each banner will have the name and branch of service of those young men and women from the Fillmore/Piru communities currently serving in the military. When the person named on the banner is no longer serving the banner will be given to the person named on the banner or to a family member.

The “Military Banner Program” is an effort begun by Fillmore School Board Member Virginia de la Piedra, in conjunction with the City of Fillmore, Fillmore Unified School Board, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fillmore Sunrise Rotary. It is similar to other programs begun by other cities including the City of Santa Paula.

To participate in this recognition a family member of a currently serving military man or woman should contact:
Virginia A. de la Piedra
School Board Member/Up for Education
(805) 524-1732
(805) 524-4154 FAX
Email - militarybanners@yahoo.com

You will be required to complete a short form and provide the following information that will be used to administer the program:

A “Military Recognition Form” must be completed by either the individual whose name will appear on the banner, or a family member. This form may be picked up at City Hall or you may call or email Virginia at the numbers listed above. The form asks for the name and branch of service of the currently serving military person to be recognized as well as some additional contact information. CONTINUED »

 


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

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s end of year Part I crime statistics for 2008 are now available. Significant details are as follows:

When compared to 2007, the total Part I crime rate per 1,000 population for the entire Sheriff’s jurisdiction decreased from 17.30 in 2007 to 16.34 in 2008. This represents a decrease of 6%.

The total Part I violent crime rate per 1,000 population had a very slight increase from 1.51 in 2007 to 1.53 in 2008, an increase of 1% (or a numerical increase of 11 more total Part I violent crimes).
Within this grouping, robbery increased from 0.31 robberies per 1,000 in 2007 to 0.37 robberies per 1,000 in 2008. In actual numbers, there were 22 more reported robberies in the Sheriff’s jurisdiction in 2008 versus 2007. CONTINUED »

 
A street light was attached to the existing utility pole at 126 and C Street to illuminate the dark corner at night, making it safer for pedestrians, including kids headed to and from the skate park after dark.
A street light was attached to the existing utility pole at 126 and C Street to illuminate the dark corner at night, making it safer for pedestrians, including kids headed to and from the skate park after dark.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Homicide Investigation
Location: 21 Peres Lane, Santa Paula
Date & Time: 10/11/2003 / 2345

Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Homicide Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses, City of residence, Age
(V)Samuel Reeves – (03/08/1988) Victim, Santa Paula, 15

On 10/11/2003, Samuel Reeves was shot and killed while attending a large ranch-style party at 21 Peres Lane in Santa Paula. This investigation was recently re-opened because of new leads and scientific evidence. Detectives have been continuously working with new information. This case is still under investigation and Detectives encourage anyone with information reference the Reeves Murder to contact the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Bureau.

 
Roy Payne,
Fillmore City Manager 1989-2005,
Special Projects Manager 2005-2009.
Roy Payne, Fillmore City Manager 1989-2005, Special Projects Manager 2005-2009.

February 3, 2009

TO: FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: ROY PAYNE, FILLMORE CITY MANAGER (1989-2005)
SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER (2005-2009)
SUBJECT: RENEGOTIATION OF FEE AGREEMENT

In response to the Fillmore City Council’s decision on January 27, 2009 to renegotiate the terms of my fee agreement with the City, why in the world would I want to continue working for a City that has a City Council who questions my integrity and value and my right to speak out on issues by stating:

1. According to Mr. Brooks, my expressed extensive opinions on Measures H and I and the passage of those measures by the voters of Fillmore was a clear no confidence vote against me and that Brooks heard from many voters that I should not be working for the City because of my opinions. I seriously doubt that Brooks heard from all 2300 voters who supported these measures; I seriously doubt that some of the persons who Brooks takes counsel from are even residents of Fillmore; and I guess freedom of speech is not permitted when it comes to expressing opinions that are contrary to the liking of Brooks.

2. Brooks stated that the fact that part of my compensation from the City was from deposits made by developers is in his opinion a conflict of interest. This is an insult to my integrity as a person who has spent the last 20 years of my working career attempting to represent the best interests of the City of Fillmore and to faithfully and honestly carry out the directions of the Fillmore City Council. My method of receiving payment for my services is no different than the method used to pay the Public Works Director, the City Engineer, the contract employees who work for the engineering department, the employees in the City Planning Department and the contract employees who work for the Planning Department. The salary of each and every one of these city employees and contract employees is partially funded from developer deposits to the city. The reason for this is to save the taxpayers of Fillmore money and not have the taxpayers paying for development projects within the City. So, if in Brooks’ opinion I have a conflict of interest, then I guess the City has a conflict of interest because the City accepts monies from developers and pays it employees with those monies on a regular basis. CONTINUED »