Letters to the Editor
March 31, 2011

Sean and April Hastings, Owners of Attractions Spa, Massage ~ Facials ~ Waxing, would like to thank the community and our customers for the success of our new business!
Attractions Spa will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary this April 1st, 2011! Within our first year of business we have successfully gained over 300 customers, moved to a larger location, hired a third therapist and expanded our services. We are now located at 287 Central Avenue and have welcomed Brenda Bush of Fillmore as our third therapist. Brenda comes with over 15 years experience and matches the professionalism we have here at Attractions Spa. New to our menu are the following services; Hot Stone Massage, Custom Mommie to Be Pregnancy Massage, Foot Reflexology Massage and Deep Therapeutic Massage. We still of course offer Swedish & Deep Swedish Massage, Facials and Waxing.
We have decided as a thank you to the community and to our customers, April 2011 will be our Customer Appreciation Month! Attractions Spa will be offering $15 off ANY Massage or Facial throughout the entire month.
Also, Attractions Spa will be hosting the monthly Fillmore Chamber Mixer on Wednesday April 6th from 5:30-7:30pm and all are welcome!!! Come help us celebrate our new location and Attractions Spa's 1 year anniversary! Double A Cafe will be serving Appetizers and Bella's Teas & Treats will be serving Tea, Coffee and Treats! On this night ONLY from 530-730pm, we will also offer an unbelievable special for ANY Massage, Facial or Waxing certificate to be purchase at 50% off!!! (can be used anytime starting April 7th and there is no expiration on the certificates, 2 per person limit.)
This is our way of saying thank you to our customers and future customers. We look forward to seeing you April 6th at Attractions Spa! Please call us with any questions 805-524-7722 or visit our website at AttractionsSpa.com.
Sean and April Hastings


Letters to the Editor
March 10, 2011

To the Editor:
Civic Pride arrived in the community and is working although many new to the community of Fillmore do not know what it is! Much work went into the many facets of the program which is operating as you read this article. Having been one interested in the program working with various citizens of the city we worked for civic pride in many ways.
A roster came to my attention as I was filing away papers and it was the Civic Pride Roster. So, I felt these citizens should be thanked once again with so many changes that have happened since the program was in operation.
In my opinion thanks should go to these individuals: Helen Archer, Andy Arias, Pat Couse, Bill Dewey, Judy and Ray Dressler, Sarah Hansen, Cindy Klittich, Jan Konter, Linda Nunes, Joe Zunia and Rosemary Fennel.
Conway Spitler


Letters to the Editor
March 3, 2011

To the Editor:
Thankfully God does not imitate the Supreme Court. The right of the Westboro Baptist Church to express their anti-gay views outside military funerals was upheld Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the free speech provisions of the First Amendment protect the Kansas-based group's public protests. If courts could rule in matters of righteousness perhaps we'd see a different resolve. What is civil and what is lawful aren't synonymous. We can expect anti-Christians to sully the church in the mainstream while media pundits run with this rancor over political and religious speech. In this matter, speech cannot be separated from the inclusive right to assemble. Judges are free to personally comment, even call the actions of the protesters morally reprehensible, but rule according to what the law allows. Here, it's not the law but the gospel that's being perverted by delusional men and women professing to be harbingers of Christianity. The Court did the only thing it could do without subjugating the 1st Amendment.
Bert Castel de Oro


To the Editor:
Today I received an e-mail from a friend of mine that I stay in contact with regularly. His letter read, “I am in England, I am in a terrible situation right now and really need your help with a loan of $2700. I know it’s such short notice, but unfortunately for me, my bank does not have local presence here. That's why I have to ask you for help. If you can help out with this money or whatever funds you can come up with, I will greatly appreciate it.” I replied saying it sounded rather strange but in case it was true I would be glad to help. He mailed me back saying this: “I wasn't supposed to spend more than a week but I got mugged and robbed here. I lost my personal effects including my bank & credit cards, my cell phone and other important stuff. That's why I am asking you for a loan but I'll explain better once I get back. I am at this address. (removed)”
I noticed the e-mail address he was using was different than my friends and of course knew it was a scam and didn’t follow up with his request. I tried to get hold of my friend with no luck and then went to the local Sheriff’s Dept. I knew they would not take the time to follow this up and I was right. There are just too many scams going around for the manpower they have available. At least I did the right thing by trying. This all leads up to one of my pet peeves, “using e-mail etiquette.” Once a year I send to all my e-mail friends a special letter hoping it will make a difference; sad to say that I have made very few converts. I don’t know if people are just lazy or don’t give a darn, maybe both. Here is the letter I send every year.
Do you really know how to forward emails? 50% of us do; 50% DO NOT.
Do you wonder why you get viruses or junk mail? Do you hate it? Every time you forward an email there is information left over from the people who got the message before you, namely their email addresses and names. As the messages get forwarded along, the list of addresses builds and builds and builds and all it takes is for some poor sap to get a virus and his or her computer can send that virus to every email address that has come across his computer. Or, someone can take all of those addresses and sell them or send junk mail to them in the hopes that you will go to the site and he will make five cents for each hit. That's right, all of that inconvenience over a nickel! How do you stop it? Well, there are several easy steps. Try the following if you haven't done it before:
(1) When you forward an email, you can DELETE all of the other addresses that appear in the body of the message (at the top). That's right, DELETE them. First though, You MUST click the 'Forward' button, and then you will have full editing capabilities against the body and headers of the message. If you don't click on 'Forward' first, you won't be able to edit the message at all. Highlight names, addresses and etc. and delete them, backspace them, cut them, or whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes a second. [At this point you can make corrections or additions in the body of the email, if you wish].
(2) Whenever you send an email to more than one person, do NOT use the To: or Cc: fields for the list of email addresses. Always use the BCC: (blind carbon copy) field for listing ALL the email addresses. This is the way the people you send to will only see their own email address. If you don't see your BCC: option click on where it says To: and your address book list will appear. Highlight the address and choose BCC: and that's it, it's that easy. When you send to BCC: that message will automatically say 'Undisclosed Recipients in the 'TO:' field of the people who receive it.
(3) Remove any ' FW:' in the subject line. You can highlight the FW and delete it or re-name the subject if you wish or even fix the spelling.
(4) ALWAYS hit your Forward button from the actual email you are reading. Ever get those emails that you have to open 10 times to read the one page with the information on it? By Forwarding from the actual page you wish someone to view, you stop them from having to open many emails just to see what you sent.
(5) Have you ever gotten an email that is a petition? It states a position, asks for an address and you to add your name to it. You are to forward it to 10 or 15 people or your entire address book. The email can be forwarded on and on and can collect thousands of names and email addresses. A FACT: The completed petition is actually worth a couple of bucks to a professional spammer because of the wealth of valid names and email addresses contained therein. DO NOT put your email address on any petition. If you want to support the petition, send it as your own personal letter to the intended recipient. Your position may carry more weight as a personal letter than a laundry list of names and email addresses on a petition. (And don't believe the ones that say that the email is being traced; it just ain't so!)
ACTUAL FACT: Most e-mail petitions are worthless because they do not fully identify the signer by street address, etc. nor does it prove that the signer really signed it. Don't forward them. Besides, if you send the petition to several people that means your name is on several other petitions and growing. Not quite legal.
Some of the other emails to delete and not forward are:
a.) The one that says something like, 'Send this email to 10 people and you'll see something great run across your screen.' Or sometimes they'll just tease you by saying 'something really cute will happen.' IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! I repeat.... IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!!!!! (No matter how many you send it to or how long you wait.... IT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!!! We are still seeing some of the same emails that we waited on 10 years ago!)
b.) I don't let the bad luck ones scare me either, they should get trashed. The ones that say if you send to x-number of people you will receive a blessing or something...don't be fooled. If you want to bless someone or be blessed send them a direct encouragement. And as for 'send this and don't break the chain', .this is another type of a petition format.
c.) Before you forward an 'Amber Alert' or a 'Virus Alert' a99 or some of the other emails floating around nowadays, check them out before you forward them. Most of them are junk mail that's been circling the net for YEARS! Just about everything you receive in an email that is in question can be checked out at Snopes. Just go to www.snopes.com. It's really easy to find out if it's real or not. If it's not, or seems far fetched please don't pass it on.
So please, in the future, let's stop the junk mail and the viruses.
Also get rid of the advertisements at the bottom of your emails! You pay for your internet why advertise free for them? If they want advertisement let them pay you to use your space!!!
Finally, here's an idea. Let's send this to everyone we know (but strip my address off first, please). This is something that SHOULD be forwarded, so do it, please!
John Heilman


Letters to the Editor
February 24, 2011

To the Editor:
Tillie Spitler was involved in so many different areas that happy memories of her will live in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to know her We knew her best as a board member of our Santa Clara Valley Hospice/ Home Support Group. Tillie helped represent the Fillmore Area and was conscientious about all information about the services being were publicized in the Fillmore area. She also made sure everyone had an opportunity to purchase tickets for our many fundraising events.
Many of you will remember Tillie, looking adorable, in her sunbonnet at a card table outside Von’s Market, with the information about our Light Up a Life Tree of Life. She was instrumental in our being able to add a Tree Lighting Ceremony in Fillmore. Tillie usually showed up at our very early morning board meetings with little muffins. She initiated many projects with her creative ideas. She had a quick brain, wonderful sense of humor and her enthusiasm was contagious.
We will all miss Tillie very much!
Cathy Barringer
Past President Santa Clara Valley Hospice/Home Support Group


Letters to the Editor
February 17, 2011

To the Editor:
Re: FHS AVID Program, Advancement via Individual Determination
Dear businesses and community members,
Last year the FHS AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program had quite a busy and successful year. With your generous support we visited UCSD, SDSU, USD and CSULB. We also had Fillmore AVID students earn honors by becoming finalists in the annual AVID Write-Off Competition. We are very proud of what we accomplished and want to continue this success this year as well.
One of the most important components of a successful AVID program is the ability to take students to visit universities. This spring we will visit Cal Poly-SLO, Cal State Monterey Bay, UC Santa Cruz and others. With nearly so many students participating, these trips do not come without a cost. Last year, one trip cost us $1100 in transportation fees alone. In our budget for this year, we have decided to raise at least $5000 for our field trips. We are confident that this can be achieved and certain that with the help of the community, we will surpass this goal.
We would appreciate your help and the entire AVID program will benefit from your financial support. As an FHS graduate, teacher and former AVID student, I know that without the aid of businesses and organizations in the community, many school programs would be far less effective. Thank you for your time consideration in this important matter. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Paul FitzGerald
Fillmore HS
555 Central Ave
Fillmore CA 93015
Yes, I would like to support the Fillmore High School Avid program by donating to the cause.
Name: ______________________________
Business Name: _____________________
Phone #:____________________________
Amount of Donation:_________________
*All checks can be made out to Fillmore High School
(Tax Id: 95-249340)

Letters to the Editor
February 10, 2011

To the Editor:
At the risk of forgetting to mention many worthy businesses, I want to share that I'm discovering anew that Fillmore does have a lot to offer. We really don't need to drive out of town for a good meal or something to do. Just lately I had the most delicious potato salad at Central Station - as close to the one my mom made as can be found. And Double AA has a great roasted vegetable salad -so good! It's quite special to be able to have "high tea" available within walking distance at Bella's. One could easily spend a week enjoying the museum - many, many Fillmore stories and pictures. Being home to the Fillmore Western Railway is certainly a bragging right despite having to stop for its crossings! Reading the article about Bert Rapp and what he said about the connection between local services and taxes made me more aware that we really should try Fillmore first before we hop in the car and go!
Susan M. Cuttriss

Letters to the Editor
February 3, 2011

To the Editor:
Fillmore High School hosts a Beautification Day twice a year to improve our facility. Staff, students, and the community get together to pull weeds, prune roses, rake leaves, scrape gum from the sidewalk, and undertake other general upkeep tasks. The last Beautification Day was a success! Eighty five students from the local schools volunteered to make Fillmore High School a better place. We assembled twenty two new tables that the Associated Student Body of 2010- 2011 purchased to provide more tables for the students to have a place to sit. We pulled weeds, raked leaves, pruned, roses and scraped gum. The photos were taken by our wonderful photographer Nicole Camarillo.
Kind Regards,
Chloe Keller


To the Editor:
My daughter went online to view [an] excellent [feature at www.fillmoregazette.com]. Unfortunately we saw a very offensive video showing Nancy Pelosi getting smashed over the head with a hammer. As a mom of a daughter, I don’t appreciate that the Gazette thinks it is amusing and encourages violence and hatred towards women. I will never buy another Gazette.
Requesting that my name and address be unknown to avoid being bashed by the Gazette.
(The Gazette here and now officially bans ‘Anonymous’ from ever buying anther issue of the Gazette.)

Letters to the Editor
January 27, 2011

To the Editor:
On Thursday, January 13th we were in a motor home accident on Highway 126 heading to Steckel Park. We wound up in a drainage ditch. People stopped to help us get out of the rig, bring us to a safe place on the road and make the necessary calls for the ambulance, Highway Patrol, etc.
Unfortunately they left the scene all too soon and we never got the chance to thank them properly. Therefore, we want to send out a very grateful THANK YOU for their compassion, selflessness and kindness during this devastating time. We will never forget what you did for us. We wish you a very happy and blessed life.
Bob and Fran Bagdad
(Editors Note: See photos of the accident here: http://www.fillmoregazette.com/front-page/injury-accident-126-near-tolan...)

To the Editor:
Former Councilwoman Laurie Hernandez sent the following correspondence to Fillmore City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Council Members Washburn, Walker, Conaway and Brooks (asking it be forwarded to Sipes), and City Attorney Ted Schneider.
Dear City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Council Members and City Attorney Ted Schneider,
First of all may I remind you, most of you ran on Open Government and Transparency. I need to know, is it true Yvonne you just hired a part-time employee for the Finance Department? And no Council, I don't mean Finance Director, [I mean]part-time person and at what wage? Why on earth would we hire another person when permanent staff is subject to furlough days, why not give those hours back to our staff that’s sacrificed already? This is a slap in their faces. You have a duty to staff and the general public. My hope is, Council, you have a good reason for continuing acceptance of such hires, because this is against all you preach. As you see I've shared my question with the local papers as well. Look forward to hearing from you.
Laurie Hernandez

Letters to the Editor
January 13, 2011

To the Editor:
We would like to thank the service clubs of Fillmore for their continued support of the arts programs at Fillmore High School. Thank you to the Fillmore Lions Club and the Fillmore Women’s Service club for their donations to the upcoming April Arts show. We would also like to thank the Fillmore Ebell Club for their generous donation to the Ceramics and Photo departments which allowed us to purchase much needed studio equipment for our programs. Thank you all for your generosity.
Rosalind Mitzenmacher
Visual & Performing Arts Dept. Chair
Fillmore High School

Letters to the Editor
January 6, 2011

To the Editor:
The One Step a la Vez (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County) would like to thank the Santa Clara Valley Democratic Club as well as particular members Jane Munoz, Steven Lattimore and Ruth Ann Vomund for the generous donation to the program. Their donation will go to support the Food Distribution Program and will feed 60 families for four weeks. Thank you so much for your support of the youth and the families of Santa Clara Valley (and in particular Fillmore/Piru).
Lynn Edmonds
Program Manager

Letters to the Editor
December 23rd, 2010

To the Editor:
Happy rainy day! I hope everyone is safe and dry. I wanted to say what a wonderful job the Musical Theater Workshop kids did with their performance of "Hairspray" yesterday at the Sespe Auditorium. And we had a great and dedicated audience tromp through the rain to see it.
We are holding in the rankings.
www.refresheverything.com/sespeauditorium - text to 73774 message 104492.
Keep on voting!
Janet Foy

Letters to the Editor
December 16th, 2010

To the Editor,
I would like to take the time to formally thank Mr. David Deutsch for his generous donation of time, effort, and energy to make Fillmore Middle School a better place. Fillmore Middle School hosts a parent meet and greet the last Friday of each month. This is an opportunity for parents (both Spanish and English speaking) to become more educated about what is going on at FMS. Mr. Deutsch has cooked breakfast for each of our monthly meet and greets and the food has been amazing. The monthly meet and greets are open to parents and community members and the next meet and greet is this Friday, December 17th at 7:30. David’s wife Ronda Reyes-Deutsch is a counselor at FMS and plans all of our meet and greets. Thank you to both David and Ronda for making a tremendous difference at Fillmore Middle School.
Scott Carroll
Assistant Principal, FMS

Letters to the Editor
December 9th, 2010

To the Editor:
On behalf of CJ Financial and Timeless Images Photography Studio we would like to thank those that came to our Holiday Party/Chamber of Commerce Mixer. We had a fantastic turnout and lot’s to enjoy. Thank you to Dustin of the Double A Café and Filipe of Bella’s Teas and Treats for the food, Hans Almena for tending the drinks, Dennis and Cody Jackson for setting up the games to play, and Vance Johnson for putting together some really good Country music. Many raffle prizes were donated and we would like to thank Elkins Golf Course, Element Computers, Cookie Lee by Ari, Attractions Spa, Camilla Conaway for a Avon Basket, Train Stop Crafts n Things by Sandi, Kathleen McCreary of Fillmore & Western Railway, Rosa Martel for a Center Piece, “The Girls” Joan, Paula and Amalia of Santa Clara Valley Bank, Kyle at Edward Jones for the gardening basket, Alex at AM Pet for the pet gift, Brenda Crockett at Troop Real Estate for the many cookie cutters, Melanie Fiske for the Mary Kay Cosmetics, Cindy Zanotti for the Christmas arrangement, and Ruth Uridel of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Ashley Jackson, Heidi Hinklin and my son Kelly for assisting with the raffle prizes that evening. We appreciate each and every one of you for your support and kindness. May God bless you all and best wishes for a Happy New Year in 2011!
Cindy Jackson/CJ Financial
Eric Vigil/Timeless Images Photography Studio

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To the Editor:
Dear Family & Friends, Fillmore has a wonderful project/contest going on right now that could really benefit our School Auditorium, we need YOUR votes! Please click on the link below and vote, if you have a moment, please pass this along to your friends and family.
Thank You and Happy Holidays,
Cindy Jackson

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To the Editor:
We have moved up in the ranks again!! Way to go Fillmore Friends and Families!! We need your votes to win this $50,000 grant from Pepsi. Please, if you haven't registered to vote yet, it is easy, click on this web site and go to the bottom left corner to start. www.refresheverything.com/sespeauditorium AND text a vote to: 73774, Message:104492. Keep this moving!!
Janet Foy
Sespe Players

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To The Editor:
Regarding the Owens and Minor financing arrangement:
One of our local Service Clubs has what they call the "Four Way Test". Is it the TRUTH? No- Fail. 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? No- Fail. 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? No- Fail. 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned. No- Fail. Four out of four failures. How can this be good?
Even though the details are different, recent news about officials from the city of Bell come to mind. As far as ill gotten financial gains to benefit a few at the expense of many.
Is the short term financial gain worth the loss of credibility and respect for Fillmore?
At San Cayetano School they are teaching 'Character Counts'. Our former city officials seem to be practicing the exact opposite.
If this had been a just and equitable business transaction it is unlikely that any legal action would have been taken. Just because some judge decided in favor of Fillmore doesn't make it right. All too often the person with the highest paid lawyer wins. What is right, honest, just and beneficial to all concerned has no bearing on the final judicial outcome.
Maybe it is a good thing those who put this arrangement together are no longer leading the City of Fillmore down the road to moral bankruptcy.
Larry Jennings

Letters to the Editor
December 2nd, 2010

To the Editor:
I am so thankful for all of the community support that we received during the campaign. I'm grateful to those of you who had the courage to speak out for change in FUSD. Mark Austin and I received over 2700 votes; every one of those a vote for change. I am hopeful that two new pairs of eyes and ears on the Board will bring the "breath of fresh air" that we were all hoping for.
I would like to thank Mark Austin. I am honored to have met him, campaigned with him and to call him my friend. He did not run for himself--period. I look forward to working with him in the future to improve our schools.
I am immensely proud of the campaign we ran, a campaign based on integrity and truth with true grassroots support. Our supporters volunteered to help, requested yard signs and people I had never met before were calling and emailing thanking us for running. Our campaign opened the door to change at our District. And we are not going anywhere. We must stay organized and stay vigilant. The new Board members will need help working for transparency and accountability. At the most recent School Board meeting the auditor had to remind the Board that the budget is a ‘public document” meaning that any member of the public has access to this. Even with all their experience they still need to be reminded that they are a public body, they are accountable to the public, it is their role to answer to us and to provide the best education to all students. A shift is happening. A seed has been planted.
Stay tuned for information on the formation of a community based group to support the District in improving our schools.
With Gratitude,
Kimberly Rivers
Piru Resident

Letters to the Editor
November 25th, 2010

To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of Fillmore for your continued support and faith in my leadership. I will continue to work hard for our community in every way I can. I am humbled and honored to be given the chance to represent you and Fillmore for the next four years. I continue my promise to listen to your issues and address your concerns.
I have been truly blessed with a strong support system in my family and friends. I thank those who contributed many hours to my campaign and who provided words of encouragement during this election cycle. I would be remiss if I did not extend a special thank you to those who donated their time and encouragement these many months as we worked on the campaign trail - Bob Stroh, Gloria Hansen and Bob Smith. I appreciate the many residents of Fillmore who made generous monetary donations to my campaign. And, of course, my treasurer, Donna Cruz for her time and support when I thought there wasn’t enough time, or money, to get it all done. To the many in the community who offered words of encouragement when the going got rough it was because of you I was able to keep focused on my mission and the issues.
I cannot thank my husband Steven enough for his unwavering support and his unending faith in my abilities.
I am honored to have the opportunity to continue in my service to this great city, my home, Fillmore.
Patti Walker

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To the Editor:
Friends and Customers in Fillmore,
We at the Double A café would like to thank all of you for the warm reception into the community. Opening the restaurant has been the culmination of a dream and involved a lot of planning and hard work but it has been all worth it. Business has far exceeded our expectations at this point in time thanks to you. It has been a pleasure greeting old friends and meeting new ones and we look forward to serving you for many years.
We will be having a lot of fun at the café where we provide a dining experience in a relaxed atmosphere, serving the best and freshest product possible at a reasonable price. No frozen or deep fried foods are used. Although I am an experienced chef, I am a brand new business owner so please be patient as we work out the “kinks” and look for ways to improve our service. The cafe is a work in progress and I think you will see improvements every time you visit.
Our business style lunch, Tuesday through Sunday, offers an excellent meal for a very reasonable price. Dinner, from Wednesday through Saturday, involves more gourmet fare with a menu that changes with the seasons. We have recently introduced an Early Bird special at a reduced price from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Starting soon we will offer a family style dinner on Wednesday nights where you can enjoy a three course meal with a choice of five entrees for a reasonable price. Our Sunday brunch has already become a very popular attraction. Please call 524-4052 for business hours, information or reservations.
Once again, thank you to everyone in Fillmore, citizens and businesses, who have helped make our venture a success. I am proud to have been raised in this great town and look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship for years to come.
Bon appetite!
Dustin Anderson

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To the Editor:
Re: Gazette Editorial (11/11/2010)
To address incorrect information and clarify issues.
“Gazette: Construction Costs”
The total capital cost of the Fillmore project is $82 million. This includes $26 million for effluent disposal. So if the plant was only $39 million, where did the other $17 million go? The Santa Paula plant is twice the size of ours and their plant capital cost was $44 million with $8 million for effluent disposal.
The truth is that the extreme costs of this sewer plant are due to the plan (undisclosed and unknown until recently) for ratepayers to subsidize the Business Park. The cost of the land, the levee and River Street extension would not have been incurred had the City used another site on land we already owned. In addition, the extended sewer mains, utility infrastructure and storm drains (from D St. to Plant) increased costs. THE MAIN REASON THE PLANT WAS SITED AT ITS CURRENT LOCATION WAS TO FACILITATE AND SUBSIDIZE THE BUSINESS PARK. KDF is NOT helping the City, the City and taxpayers are helping KDF. The question is whose plan is this?
Gazette: “Fillmore owns its plant outright while Santa Paula has a buyout clause”
Fillmore does not own its plant outright because it carries a 40 year bond debt of $57 million principal plus $77 million in interest, ($134 million). This does not include $19 million taken from the Redevelopment Agency. Plus whatever debt service is associated with that.
Gazette: “In every way Fillmore’s plant is far superior in cost and efficiency.”
Santa Paula's plant has a much smaller footprint, saving millions in land costs. (Fillmore paid $2.4 million just for land purchase.) Santa Paula's plant can be operated by 3 operators. Fillmore requires 6. Both plants have won awards and are recognized as state of the art.
It seems like the Santa Paula paper is keeping its citizens informed. If the Gazette did, citizens would know about the issues with Fillmore’s plant. Including; the delays to get an APCD permit, that W. M. Lyle’s took all of the “open book” funds(intended for cost savings sharing), and the 21 change orders, some of which were implemented prior to Council approval. In Santa Paula, this is what caused their Public Works Director to be fired.
The Gazette continues to smear citizens of Fillmore who have a right and responsibility to question the enormous cost of this plant. If the Gazette was doing its job, it would have asked the same questions.
Bob Stroh

Read a responce to Stroh's letter here: www.fillmoregazette.com/editorial/realities-117

Letters to the Editor
November 18th, 2010

To the Editor:
A Big Thank You! I would like to express a special thank you to the Fillmore High School Hall of Fame Committee and the Alumni Association for choosing me for their first inductee class and inclusion in the new FHS Hall of Fame; what an outstanding experience. This ranks as a “Top Ten” event in my life besides playing in college sports, marriage, having two great kids and 3 grandchildren and of course the privilege of coaching in Fillmore. Many thanks to the parents and the great “Flashes” fans. I want to thank my assistant coaches, Tom Ecklund, Robert Ortega, Bob Taylor, Ked Creed, John Romero, Jerry Dann, Owen Muchisky and all those who coached at the JV and Freshman levels. The FHS teaching staff, administration and classified staff certainly deserve a great thanks: Ellen, Joyce, Joleen, Debbie, Nada and all the guys who prepared our athletic fields; they were the wheels that kept our engine going. Fillmore is my home! To my Ventura R&A golfing buddies, I call Fillmore “God’s Country”! Having traveled to all 50 states and 34 foreign countries, no place is better. Also I believe the coaches and players who were inducted into the FHS Hall of Fame will feel privileged to “come off the bench” and represent those inductees who are only with us in spirit. A very humble thanks to all.. Bruce Dempsey, 2010 Inductee, FHS Hall of Fame
J. Dempsey


To the Editor:
Tip of the hat to Joe Woods and the organizers and supporters of the Fillmore High School Hall of Fame first induction ceremony held at Fillmore High School on Saturday, November 13. The event was very well organized and the dinner provided by El Pescador was great. The induction ceremony, which was necessarily long because of the number of inductees, provided interesting details of the athletic history of the school and her first group of outstanding athletes. It was wonderful to see so many young families present (one infant of three weeks!) to honor friends and relatives. I hope that Fillmore High School will have this event annually. Thanks to all of you who made this happen.
Kelly Scoles


To the Editor:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, the citizens of our great community, and my family and friends for the overwhelming support and words of encouragement you have given me during this past election. I am honored and proud to have been elected as one of your voices on our School Board. I am ready to serve you in this capacity, which I know will be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. However, I am confident that together we can make positive changes that will improve our school system.
I plan to work with our local youth organizations, community groups, businesses, and especially with our Board members, administrators, teachers, other staff members, parents, and students. Positive changes can only happen if we work as a team! Let us stop all of the negativity that has gone on in the past. We must move forward as professionals with only positive efforts, and with mutual respect for one another, so that our students and schools can thrive.
I would like to encourage those parents who have pulled their children from our school system to contact me. I value your issues and concerns. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and volunteers who have supported our schools with your time and effort at any of our school activities and functions. Thanks also go to the administrators, teachers, and other staff members who work tirelessly above and beyond their regular hours, without pay. Your dedication and commitment are to be commended. If everyone would put forth that same positive effort into whatever job they have, we would be one of the top school districts in the county. I believe we can be that. Again, thank you for your vote of confidence. My email is rangelfan@roadrunner.com.
Lucy Rangel


To the Editor:
I would like to make a correction to your article on November 11th regarding the Nov. 9th City Council meeting. My comments at the council meeting regarding lose of jobs had to do with eight pool staff who are employees of the City of Fillmore (not Heritage Valley Aquatics). My issue was with the fact that leading up to the pool closure and at the time of the closure, nobody from City Hall staff (not the job of City Council) communicated with these employees regarding their job status.
On another subject: I was very sad and upset when I began hearing in June that there was going need to be cuts in pool programs, jobs and, as it turns out, closure of the pool. I started asking questions and looking into the revenue and expenses of the pool. There was two years of parcel tax revenue collected before the pool opened. Does anyone out there wonder where it went? The only answer I ever got was that it was spent, that it cost a lot more than projected to run the pool. Yes, it does cost a lot to run the pool facility but it is my contention that had there been better oversight of the expenses and revenue from the beginning that the current situation and the future of the pool facility would not be so bleak. The City staffer who oversees the pool facility has no aquatic or recreation background, has taken the advice from vendors over the advice of experienced aquatic employees, has placed blame every where but their own doorstep. The latest “sound bite” is that our pool is too much of a competitive pool. This City staffer oversees two other city departments in deficit – the theatre and the recreation department.
I have been asking a lot of questions. It is like pulling teeth to get answers. I pointed out several times that the current pool budget does not make sense. Here is a specific: the budget states that only one part-time pool manager would be budgeted for the 2010-11 budget year when in fact the numbers showed two part-time pool managers budgeted. When I questioned this before the City Council, the council was told that only one pool manager was in the budget. I contacted the Finance Director asking to please show me where in the budget it showed one pool manager. It took about three weeks of sending emails. Even though I did not feel it was necessary the Finance Director insisted on a meeting at City Hall. After meeting with her on Wednesday, Nov. 10th, she did agree with me that the budget did, in fact, reflect two pool managers were budgeted. I believe that two pool managers are needed, especially during the summer months, but my point has been that the budget does not make sense and does not solve problems.
I have more questions. Where is the oversight? 1) Can anyone understand why $8,000+ was spent on pool office furniture and chairs for the locker rooms? (The filing cabinet cost $1,300!) Was that really in the budget? 2) There are two pool rentals from the summer of 2009 that have still not been paid. I have repeatedly asked about this uncollected revenue, beginning this past June when it came to my attention. The pool rentals go through the Community Services Supervisor’s office at City Hall – not through the pool office. One of the pool rentals was for a birthday party for a city council member’s son. The other was for the Boys & Girls Club. Why hasn’t something been done about the missing revenue?
I have many more questions. Citizens of Fillmore need to ask hard questions and demand answers. There needs to be more oversight of spending. We are all experiencing hard economic times but this that the only answer to all of our City’s financial problems?
Cindy Blatt


To the Editor:
Dear Editor and community of Fillmore,
Sespe Players, Fillmore's community theater group, has applied for a Pepsi Refresh Project Grant. we will find out on November 30th if we have been excepted into the “voting process”. Then, on December 1st we can start our Voting Campaign.
The grant will “Refresh Sespe Auditorium with new curtains, lights and sound”. Sespe Players has applied for $50,000, and to win this grant, the community must vote on a daily basis, for the “project they want”.
No one knows how old the stage curtains are in the auditorium! There is no stage lighting or sound system! So the Fillmore School District could really use our help in getting this wonderful asset “Refreshed”!
Sespe Auditorium is located in the Fillmore School District Building, at 627 Sespe Avenue. Sespe Players has used this stage for many years to produce wonderful plays and musicals for the community. Recently we have had Musical Theater Workshops and acting classes as well. The District uses the stage for graduation ceremonies, community forums and rents the facility to other performing entities.
Before the voting begins for Sespe Auditorium, you can go online to refresheverything.com register to vote, and check out this month's projects up for voting.
Get to know the process, because come December 1, we hope to have everyone online voting for Sespe Auditorium! We will be up against some very tough competition from other very large communities, but , if we get the word out to all our email, Facebook and Twitter friends from everywhere, we could really pull this off!
Thanks you all for your support! We will find out Dec. 1 and let you know for sure if we made it past the review process, and into the voting phase.
Janet Foy
Sespe Players


To the Editor:
I just watched the Oprah show and Marie Osmond was talking about her son that committed suicide, believe me it was heartbreaking. She was talking about how hurtful bloggers were after her son's death. It reminded me of the bloggers we have in Fillmore that say such hateful things and don't have the guts to sign their real name, so they must be ashamed of what they say. I don't read that garbage because I have better things to do in life. A member of my family read the things said about me and was hurt that you (and you know who you are) would say such crap. Believe me I am not stuck in the nineties I am proud of what was accomplished then. I really had to laugh when the evil person said I did not know how to read. That does not even deserve an explanation since I have never sat around and used my brain for vicious things. I wish all of the no names would make better use of their time and do something constructive to improve Fillmore and the world.
God's word says "forgive them for they know not what they say", I believe that so much that I forgive you. I truly hope you will find better things to do, there are charities crying for help. Just remember some day you will stand before God ( at least I hope so) and you will have to explain the hurt you have dealt to people.
Always signing my name
Shirley Spitler


To the Editor:
This is a proposed method to provide the U.S. Treasury with a better way to reduce the deficit by simplifying the tax codes.
In the past, numerous attempts were made to streamline the Federal Tax laws, to no avail. Now more and more citizens/politicians want to reduce government involvement and to reduce the deficit.
Almost $30 billion (Ref. 1) are spent paying accountants to fill out complicated forms and estimates. Also, we spend almost $110 billion (Ref. 1) on our labor for keeping track of the records/paperwork.
Two options are being proposed to meet said goals. One (I) is based on an article in the September 6, 2010 issue of Newsweek (See Ref. 1). The second (II) is based on my thoughts, also to meet said goals.
OPTION I: “Clean Slate Time” is a plan to eliminate the tax man and save the country from suffocating debt in four simple steps:
A. Cut income and payroll tax rates in half except for people earning more than $2 million a year who will enjoy smaller cuts.
B. Eliminate all individual deductions and exceptions.
C. Impose a 12-15% value added tax on consumption.
D. Individuals will no longer have to file tax returns with the IRS. All earned and investment incomes will be collected by withholdings.
OPTION II: To provide an equitable tax rate to all, across a wide spectrum of incomes:
A. Eliminate all individual deductions and exemptions.
B. A 10% tax on Gross individual incomes of $50K and up. No taxes for those making less than $50K. Thereby providing a financial benefit to the lower incomes.
C. A 10% tax on $50K and up from all Gross incomes from the following:
1. Withholdings (includes companies operating outside the U.S.)
- Salary/bonus/deferred payments/etc.
2. Investment incomes (includes sources outside the U.S.).
- Dividends
- Interest
- Capital Gains
- Etc.
D. Social Security/Medicare benefits are Status Quo, no changes.
E. With the simplification of the proposed Option II, of collecting taxes will virtually eliminate the large cost/labor of filling out complicated forms, keeping track of records/paperwork by the individual/tax preparer/IRS, and will result in savings of billions of dollars.
With the large reduction of the labor/dollar costs, the IRS workforce will be reduced by 30% during the first five years and an additional 20% within the next three years. Also, during the work force reduction, the remaining workers will be consolidated in specific offices throughout the U.S. The unused facilities/equipment would be sold and/or leased; thereby providing additional funds to be available.
This added revenue to be dedicated to our most needy programs, i.e.; jobs, small businesses, housing financing, Social Security, Medicare, Veterans and families.
(Ref. 1:”Clean State Time”, by Keith Libby & Evan Thomas, Newsweek, issue of Sept. 6, 2010 www.cleanslateus.com)
Raymond Dressler
Fillmore Ca.

Letters to the Editor
November 11th, 2010

To the Editor:
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Congratulations to Patti Walker and Brian Sipes for their wins for Fillmore City Council. I only hope that as elected officials, they will prove to me and the citizens of Fillmore, whose votes they did and did not earn by their trust that they are truly deserving of the positions to which they were elected.
As for Mayor Patti Walker, I am disappointed that I am still awaiting information I had requested on September 16th, 2010 in regards to an economic assistance program she had promoted in her campaign. As for Brian Sipes, I am surprised that he has never in the past three years reached out to welcome me or my business to the Fillmore Community. Yet they both campaigned for Accountability, Fiscal Responsibility, Integrity and Understanding. They also laid claim to be Pro Business and encouraged everyone to Shop Local, as this was part of their solution to building Fillmore’s economy. I encourage both Patti & Brian to look deep into their hearts and ask, “Have I been doing what I have asked of the Community? Am I setting precedence by example?” Thus far you have both proved otherwise. Now is the time to show us your commitment to the community that you both campaigned on. I hope someday you can earn my trust.
I welcome Mr. Sipes’ commitment to pursue solar grants to lower operating costs by reducing electricity costs and to lobby for state loans or assistance to pay down our bond debt. I only hope as he claims to be a professional in finance, that he does not ask the taxpayers to foot the bill to pursue these endeavors. I challenge Mr. Sipes to pursue his agendas without cost to the citizens of Fillmore. Talk is cheap, action speaks volumes and time will tell all.
Again, I wish them the very best as they both have a long and winding road ahead. Remember all eyes are on the both of you for the next four years. Good Luck!
Alex Mollkoy

To the Editor:
To the Community of Fillmore:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters who placed their trust in me to be their soon to be City Council member. While this election season was contentious, I do acknowledge that debating issues is necessary for the betterment of our community. When I take my oath to be your elected representative, I will work hard to see that our City is run efficiently and governed ethically. As I have stated throughout this campaign, this is the people’s government. I will never breach that trust nor will I ever forget it.
For those whom did not support my candidacy, I hope to earn your trust and support throughout my term as your City Council member. I would also like to acknowledge my opponents. It takes determination and sacrifice to be a candidate. For that, I say thank you for being a part of the process and believing in democracy.
I have high hopes for the new City Council and our community. Let’s work together to find common ground so our community can strive to be the best small town in Ventura County.
Brian Sipes

Letters to the Editor
November 4th, 2010

To the Editor:
Jeff Sweeney, our local school district, and Piru families really pulled off a coup. Piru Elementary recently dropped 31 points in its annual API score and teachers promoting the charter school were transferred. You and your supporters, Jeff, have to be smiling. You can't have test scores without someone being last.
Name withheld by request

To the Editor:
When Scott Lee, former councilman and mayor, delivered and read the first letter of discontent from the City of Fillmore employees to the City Council, I wondered why Mr. Lee would put himself in such an obviously dicey situation...especially since he stated he had not read the letter prior to the Council meeting. So, I asked him why. He responded that he had “trust” in the City employees.
When Mr. Lee delivered and read the second letter of discontent at the October 26, 2010 City Council meeting, he stated that the letter was not signed. I wondered why Mr. Lee would read an unsigned letter to the City Council and citizens of Fillmore. So, I asked him why. He responded “you saw how many people were in the audience”. So, I asked another way. I asked if he could verify that the 32 employees who signed the first letter also signed the second letter. He said he did not know, that Roger Campbell had given him the letter.
So, here are a couple more questions. Why didn’t former councilman and mayor Roger Campbell present the letter himself? Who is it that Mr. Lee trusts?
Gloria Hansen

Letters to the Editor
October 28th, 2010

To the Editor:
Dear Citizens, Thank you for your support as I seek a seat on the city council. Those who know me know I'm running for office because I care for our town and the direction it’s going. I ran a fair and clean campaign and am sorry that others have to resort to belittling other candidates' efforts. It's sad, but then that is the state of politics today and one of the reasons I'm running for office. I've learned that you can't have thin skin if you run for office, part of the learning curve some say.
I believe it's time for reasonable people to stand up and serve Fillmore. If Fillmore wants a slick politician then do not vote for David Lugo. If Fillmore wants someone who is open minded, truly independent, who will listen and makes decisions for the betterment of Fillmore I ask you to support me, David Lugo for City Council. Your vote will not be a waste; I promise to work hard to prove my words have meaning. Please allow me to thank Gabriela my wife and my children Mario, Jonathan and Tatianna for their support, love and encouragement.
Thank you,
David Lugo


To the Editor:
My name is Joe Golson, director for IWA independent wrestling alliance. We are putting on the fundraiser show with the help of City Council candidate David Lugo and Little League. We are excited to bring Fillmore this event and to my knowledge as a life long Fillmore resident it will be the first pro wrestling event in this great town. We as a wrestling company are pleased that Fillmore Little League chose us to run this show for them. As a parent and coach for Little League what they are doing by lowering ticket prices is a wonderful thing. Also helping out those less fortunate with enrollment cost is great this coming ball year. The event takes place November 6th, 7pm, Fillmore Middle School gymnasium.
Joe Golson
IWA Director
(I may have not typed it right, I meant to say that David Lugo was involved with Little League as its President and was mainly responsible for the hiring of my company IWA to run this fundraiser for Little League and Little League only. It was not my intention to lead people to believe that David Lugo as a candidate for city council was to benefit from this show; that is not the case. The winners of the the fundraiser is going to be Little League and its players. Joe Golson)


To the Editor:
The residents of Fillmore are fortunate that Mayor Patti Walker agreed to run for reelection. She offers a level of experience unmatched by any other candidate and has served the people of Fillmore with the utmost integrity, grace and dedication. As she presides over council meetings she is fond of saying, “This is the people’s house, please feel free to tell us your concerns.” She listens. She makes sure that our City government is open and accessible.
Patti has worked tirelessly to represent our city in many regional and county committees that make decisions impacting us all. She has done so always keeping our best interests and Fillmore’s future in mind. She is respected and supported throughout the Fillmore community by the people she has unselfishly served and throughout Ventura County by the officials she has worked with.
We are honored to call Patti Walker our representative on the Fillmore City Council; we are proud to support her candidacy for reelection and look forward to a continued benefit from her leadership. We encourage all Fillmore voters to cast their vote for Patti Walker for City Council.
Bob & Joann Stroh


To the Editor:
Vote NO on Sipes.
I’ve never made a political statement, but I believe it’s necessary to speak out against Brian Sipes’s desire to represent the city of Fillmore as a council member.
Over the last few years, I’ve witnessed Brian exercise poor judgment; make false statements, and put his own self-interest above common sense and what’s best for the city of Fillmore.
Maintaining The Fillmore Gazette’s website as an independent contractor has allowed me to meet with many local business owners, school board members and city council members. I’ve meet with Brian and his mother Trinka many times over the last few years. Both have been kind to me and I wish them well; however, in the last election, Brian submitted a full page political ad attacking two political candidates that contained statements that I believed were false. I noticed these false statements before the ad was published and I asked Brian if he could provide any proof of the claims he was making. Brian said he “had proof” ... “somewhere” and “would have to get back to me on that.” In the meantime, I contacted the two political candidates being attacked and both were able to provide written proof that Brian’s statements were false. When I asked Brian again for any proof of his statements, he could not provide any, but still wanted to run the ad “as is.” In other words, Brian knowingly couldn’t provide any proof of the claims he was making but still wanted to publish the ad. It wasn’t until Brian realized the Gazette would not publish his ad “as is” that he accepted removing the false statements. A willingness to make false statements crosses a line for me. If Brian is willing to make false statements to get other people elected, what false statements is he willing to make to get himself elected? And if elected, what false statements will Brian tell us, the citizens of Fillmore, as a council member?
Brian works in the mortgage industry as a loan agent. In a Finance Committee meeting at City Hall on March 30th, 2010, Brian attempted to convince the committee to lower the city’s First Time Home Buyer Program’s loan standards. In other words, Brian was saying I’m a loan agent, and if you lower your loan standards, I’ll be able to write more loans and make more money. The meeting was attended by another local loan agent and real estate experts who all thought this was a bad idea. Does Brian not recognize the nation is in a recession caused largely by his industry’s unethical behavior and low loan standards? How could anyone think it’s a good idea to lower loan standards and put the city at greater risk?
Once again, Brian has exercised poor judgment; made false statements, and put his own self-interest above common sense and what’s best for the city of Fillmore; and for these reasons, I do not support Brian Sipes for city council.
Scott Duckett


To the Editor:
My family and I are life long residents of Piru. I am a mother of two young boys and am looking ahead to options for school for them. I have concerns about our local schools and would like to see our local district, school board and community working closer to provide a strong education and equal opportunity for all students. I would like to see the children of our district, our community, to be the priority, for they undoubtedly will be our future. That is why I am supporting Kimberly Rivers for Fillmore School Board. Kimberly lives in Piru and since moving here has served on the Piru Neighborhood Council and recently volunteered to help Piru Youth Sports get a website up and going. Kimberly is dedicated, determined and willing to invest her time and effort to see change for our children happen. This is the first time that a current resident of Piru is running for the School Board and I'm confident that Kimberly will not only bring the concerns of Piru residents to the Board, but will work to ensure the Board is trully working for all the families in the District.
JoAnn Sanchez-Torres


To the Editor:
I endorse Mark Austin for election to the Fillmore Unified School District Board. During the years I have served with him on the City of Fillmore Planning Commission, as well as previously when I was a staff member making presentations before the Commission, I have observed that he is a natural leader. He picks his battles wisely and sparingly, and ALWAYS has information available to support his position. He is persuasive, and very importantly...almost always correct!
Just as important as this is his ability to support and build a team. He is certainly not a soloist...but functions as an important cog in the entire wheel.
I see his abilities and talents as a commissioner, businessman, and environmental expert translating directly into his future participation on the School Board.
I'm requesting that my friends and neighbors in the District join me in voting for Mark. I guarantee that will not be a wasted vote!!!
Vance Johnson


To the Editor:
For your information: The "STORAGE YARD" at the end of Orange Grove Avenue was and is for the use of "Grad Nitre Live". Our organization has kept cars, motor homes, yard sale items and any donated items in this neat and safe area. Our yard sale items were kept in the enclosed storage bins. Gary Copeland has been with Grad Nite Live for 13 years. He has brought items that were donated to Grad Nite Live to my garage and the storage yard of Campbell's Auto Shop for years. When we are given a car to sell Gary checks it all over to see if he can fix it to sell or if we should give it to a mechanic shop where they donate parts and labor so we can sell it or give it to a student as a Senior Gift. Cesar Sandoval (he has a mechanic shop next to Grad Nite Live's storage yard) has helped us by donating parts and labor in the past. Then Brenda Ortiz of Super Seal and Strip offered Grad Nite Live this piece of land (dirt not asphalt) that was traded to her by the City for some of her property at the bike path. Gary then cleaned, leveled and fenced the area for Grad Nite Live. Then he was able to acquire a storage bin for us. This was all done with the approval of the neighboring businesses; Bill Stoessel, Brenda Ortiz and Charles Neal owner of the property that later was leased by Gary for his own storage yard. Grad Nite Live is a non-profit organization since 1990. We have taken the Senior Class on a safe "no drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes/cigars" graduation party since our first trip in 1991. We have been able to do this by having many fundraisers. We started with 140 students graduating and it cost $10,000; now the Senior Class is 270 and the cost is $21,500. City Planner Kevin Mc Sweeney has been very helpful it getting this problem resolved, however as it stands now it seems the "City" wants to take back the yard from Grad Nite Live so that there is more parking space for cars and trucks of the businesses at the Dead End of Orange Grove Avenue. At this time there is an easy access to the end of Orange Grove Ave/Bike Path because everything is in a fenced dirt area not on the asphalt of the street.
Raelene Chaney


To the Editor:
In case you didn’t know, an opponent of Brian Sipes has been stealing signs at several locations. So far at least 14 signs were stolen since Tuesday night. While there is no proof of who stole the signs I hope the voters of Fillmore refuse to vote for a candidate who would do that. If they would steal campaign signs to win what else would they do and what kind of person are they?
Dave Roegner


To the Editor:
Brian Sipes – the right choice for Fillmore City Council
Brian Sipes will make an outstanding contribution to the Fillmore City Council.
I was born and raised in Ventura. My family settled here in 1928. As former Chief Deputy District Attorney for the County of Ventura, I know well that support for our local law enforcement is critical for the safety of everyone in our communities. Brian shares that view. He respects and supports law enforcement and will listen to their needs. Brian’s moral compass is always pointed in the right direction. His outstanding work ethic combined with his dedication for the betterment of Fillmore is a winner for the citizens of that fine community.
Brian Sipes is keenly aware that decisions of today have not only immediate consequences but also have long range consequences for the future.
As a small business owner, Brian understands the vital importance small business plays in the successful growth and fiscal security for everyone in Fillmore.
Brian believes that all citizens of Fillmore should have a voice in their local government. Brian will listen to those voices.
Brian is energetic, well-educated and well-informed. Brian has demonstrated his unique ability to lead by having already attended most City Council and subcommittee meetings. He knows the issues; he knows the City protocol; he will follow and abide by all rules; he will hit the ground running.
Do the right thing for Fillmore. Vote Brian Sipes for City Council.
Lela Henke-Dobroth


To the Editor:
Why knowledge is important – Why I am supporting Brian Sipes
Brian Sipes indicated a few years back he was interested in representing the citizens of Fillmore as a Council Member. Being the thoughtful and meticulous person he is, Brian began looking into the issues and duties of a council member by attending almost every council meeting. He went up and beyond by attending the Sewer and Financial Subcommittees. And he did not do this in just the last few months but has been a steady attendee for the last two years.
Brian did not stop there. He heard the call for support of the Boys and Girls Club and held a fundraiser to help bridge the financial gap the Club was dealing with. And when the Senior Center needed support he and his business associate made a donation to their bag lunch program.
Brian, like many others, did not appreciate the need to raise water rates. The difference is, Brian recognized that it was necessary to keep Fillmore’s credit rating safe and the water system properly maintained.
Isn’t that what Fillmore is about? Doesn’t Fillmore deserve a dedicated individual who has lived here most of his life and has a business here? I think it does, and I think the citizens will find that type of person in Brian Sipes.
Please join me on November 2, and cast your vote for someone who will listen to your concerns, work to find solutions to the problems, and strive to keep Fillmore fiscally sound and financially sustainable. That person is Brian Sipes.
Patti Walker
Mayor, City of Fillmore


To the Editor:
Re: Candidates campaign practices
There is information available for public viewing on the candidate's campaign money, financial form 460. The purpose of this form is to disclose to the public as to who is financing their campaign.
Beware: Candidates who do not submit this financial form 460! DO THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE?
Beware: Candidates who have received money from SPECIAL INTERESTS GROUPS like out of town developers. If they receive money from special interests they will be obligated to vote for these company bids even if it's not the best decision for the City, the Citizens, or the Business people of Fillmore. It may turn out to be another white elephant like the Bridges. One candidate has received over $2,000.00 from developers for his campaign.
Consider: Candidates that have had their campaign funded by private citizens and businesses in Fillmore. Who do you think that candidate will be representing in a City Council Vote.
Think about It: Take the time to obtain this form and really decide which person you want on the City Council. Three different kinds of campaigns here in Fillmore our "Best Little Small Town in America" Which Candidates would you prefer making decisions for the town and the people?
I have lived in Fillmore since 1965 and I have seen many things happen to our people and town because of our City Council. I would like to see the Council stop selling out to developers with the wrong kinds of developments and start focusing on building Real Revenue for Fillmore so our city can again own itself!
Donna Miller


To the Editor:
To Whom It May Concern:
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mark Austin on the Fillmore Planning Commission for the past six years. His professionalism, knowledge, wisdom and leadership have been inspirational.
Mark is always prepared for planning commission meetings, he is open minded and willing to listen to all sides before determining a course of action. He takes great pride in this community and his service to it.
This is why I am endorsing Mark Austin for the Fillmore School Board. Based on my experiences working with Mark I know that he will be a strong asset to the school board.
Douglas Tucker


To the Editor:
Every week when Congress is in session, my husband flies across the country to work. When he returns at the end of the week, we are busy attending community events throughout the 24th Congressional District. Being a U.S. Representative is not a job, it is a way of life.
Elton and I have four children and 10 grandchildren. Our children were all raised here and are products of the public school system. Three of our four children live, work and volunteer in the district and their children attend our public schools.
On the weekends, when we’re not at community events talking to our neighbors about their concerns, Elton spends his time playing with the grandkids, attending their baseball and soccer games or building them forts and playhouses. It’s how he relaxes after spending the week in committee hearings, discussing with his congressional colleagues the need to fairly compensate the victims of the 2008 Metro link crash, or working any number of other foreign and domestic issues that are on his plate at any given time. One of the four full committees Elton sits on is the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Although he cannot talk about the national security threats he deals with on that committee, sometimes I can just tell how heavy it weighs on him. But the concern he brings home fades for a short time as he immerses himself in our grandchildren’s young lives.
But it’s also for them that he continues to fly to work every week and take on the serious issues of fighting terrorism, creating a climate that helps businesses create jobs, rejuvenating our economy and fixing our health care system without destroying it. Our children and grandchildren – yours and mine – are our future. Elton wants to make sure they have prospects for a prosperous future. As a member of Congress, Elton works long and hard yet always makes time to be a husband, father, grandfather and the neighbor you see around town. Home provides the roots, the understanding and the incentive to battle for what’s best for our country and Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in Washington, D.C.
I am proud of my husband and the important work he does. I know how much he cares for our country and our community. Please join me in voting for Elton Gallegly for Congress.
Janice Gallegly
Simi Valley

Letters to the Editor
October 21st, 2010

To the Editor:
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Fillmore Historical Museum, I would like to thank Martin Farrell, Publisher of the Fillmore Gazette for his consistent support of the Museum. We would especially like to thank him for his donation of a weekly copy of the newspaper so that our collection of information and news of Fillmore and its surrounding communities can be as complete as possible.
Our mission is to collect and safeguard the historical stories and artifacts that relate to the Fillmore, Sespe, Bardsdale, and Piru communities and display this information in a manner that is historically correct and interesting.
We invite the members of our communities to visit the museum. Our Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9-12 and 1-4 and most Saturdays from 10- 3. Our office is in the Rancho Sespe bunkhouse at 340 Main St., Fillmore.
Martha Gentry
President of the Board of Directors

To the Editor:
Hello, my name is Diane McCall, I am a Fillmore resident and six year member of the Planning Commission. I write this letter in support of Mark Austin, a candidate for Fillmore School Board.
I have had the pleasure of working with Mark on Planning Commission and our body has been faced with many difficult and sometimes publicly controversial projects. Mark continually demonstrated the highest level of integrity and standards in bringing forth quality projects to the City. Mark Austin carefully prepared for meetings by offering sound advice and insight into all projects brought before the commission.
In working with Mark Austin these past years, I have observed him utilizing his decision making powers to the highest possible standards. I have no doubt that Mark Austin would bring this same integrity and discernment to the Fillmore School Board.
As parent of a Fillmore High School student, and considering the current economic climate and budget constraints facing our nation and our school district, it is imperative to elect strong leadership. But that leadership shouldn’t be afraid to break away from tradition if necessary, to create better performing schools, higher test scores and more productive students. I believe Mark Austin is the right person and possesses the drive required to face the challenges within our district.
Fillmore School Board needs strong leadership and Mark has the foresight and tenacity to bring a positive environment for both our district and our students. I sincerely hope you will join me in voting Mark Austin for Fillmore School Board.
Diane McCall

To the Editor:
I am asking you to vote for Patti Walker and Brian Sipes. It is important to have hardworking, honest and dedicated people on the Council. They will look out for the citizens of Fillmore. I have been seated at the dais for two years and I have observed the dedication and professionalism that Patti consistently exhibits. While you will read and hear a lot of politically motivated negative talk, there is a lot that you don’t hear about. Under Patti’s leadership we saved MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars and brought new transparency to the public. In January 2009, a proposal to buy land in the river bed under the 126 bridge for nearly $7 million was presented. The owners were the same individuals that prior City Council paid $225,000 per acre for the sewer plant. The rationale was to have the ability to remove sediment for flood control. Mayor Walker, I, and Councilman Brooks voted “NO”. This was Ventura County’s responsibility and the cost to the taxpayers was unreasonable. In March 2010, the Business Park developers wanted the City to apply for a $4.9 million loan from the IBank using the General Fund as collateral. In addition, they wanted a direct loan from the City of another $2.9 million. Again, Mayor Walker, I, and Councilman Brooks voted “NO”. The developers came back the next meeting and said they didn’t really need the money anyway. These are just a few examples. With many difficult decisions, time after time I have seen Patti put aside her personal feelings and do the right thing for the community. That takes integrity.
Gayle Washburn
Mayor ProTem