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District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Cheree Noel Sanker (DOB 03/07/77), of Fillmore, was sentenced on May 22, 2012, by the Honorable Colleen Toy White to nine years in state prison. Sanker pled guilty on March 15, 2012, to one count of corporal injury to a co-habitant with a deadly weapon, a felony.

The crime took place on October 29, 2011, after Sanker and the victim, who were domestic partners, had ended their relationship. The victim went to their former residence to retrieve some personal belongings. Sanker became enraged with the victim and hit her multiple times with a piece of wood, causing severe contusions. This case was investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

Sanker’s prison sentence was enhanced under California’s “Three Strikes Law” because of a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer in Ventura County. The maximum possible sentence Sanker faced was 15 years in state prison.

 

The Bardsdale Cemetery will hold it Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28th at 11AM.

Featured speaker this year is Captain Tom Brovarone. He is the Commanding Officer of the Navy’s Engineering Duty Officer School on the base at Port Hueneme. He previous command tour was at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Florida. He began his career as a submariner; serving at sea on two attach submarines before he went into the business of building of fixing submarines. He has held engineering and maintenance positions on the staffs of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington DC, US pacific Fleet and Pacific Fleet Submarine Force in Pearl Harbor. Captain Brovarone also did a tour in Baghdad Iraq as the Director for Reconstruction for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Captain Brovarone is originally from New Jersey but is no stranger to California having attended the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey and Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo.

The Rev. Bob Hammond will give the Memorial Service, special music will be provided by the Bardsdale Methodist Church Choir. Also assisting in the ceremony will be Supervisor Kathy Long, VFW Post 9637, Boy Scout Troop 406, Cub Scout Troop 3400 and Bob Thompson. The Boy Scouts will put out the flags on Friday, May 25th and they will be picked up by the Bardsdale 4H on Tuesday, May 29th.

The Board of Trustees of the Cemetery District: Scott Lee, President, Lynda Edmonds, Secretary Rita Rudkin, Gabriel Asenas and Dick Diaz would like to invite the community to this special event.

 
First Place, Sam Coultas, 18 of Ventura.
First Place, Sam Coultas, 18 of Ventura.
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"Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos" theme illustrated by County Youth
Second Place, Amanda Vassaur, 17 of Fillmore.
Second Place, Amanda Vassaur, 17 of Fillmore.
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Third Place, Joel Mayorga, 13  of Ventura.
Third Place, Joel Mayorga, 13 of Ventura.
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May 13, 2012 - Ventura County children in Grades 5 through 12 competed in the third Ventura County Fair Poster Contest with entries that illustrated the Fair's 2012 Theme: "Rides, Ribbons & Rodeos". Of 45 entries, three were chosen by a panel of judges as the winners of the 2012 Ventura County Fair poster Contest.

First Prize went to Sam Coultas (18) of Ventura for his rendition of the Fair with an exciting Rodeo Rider in the foregrounds and a sweeping view of the Fair that includes the ocean and Channel Islands as well as an array of Fair Prize Ribbons. The work is rendered with amazing detail in watercolor paint with ink illustrations in a playful style that is colorful and fun.

Second place was won by Amanda Vassaur (17) of Fillmore for her vivid illustration of a Rodeo Rider in a style that is unique and skillfully colored. Visions of the Fair seem to leap off of the page as your eyes are drawn into the people, places and Fair things in this mesmerizing illustration.

Third place was awarded to Joel Mayorga (13) of Ventura for his electrifying depiction of a Fair Ribbon against an unmistakable Ventura County landscape peppered with creative images of carnival rides, Fair booths and people having a good time at the Fair. The artist's style illustrates the theme with whimsy and color.

"Congratulations to the talented winners of this year's contest," said Barbara Quaid, Fair CEO, adding "every artist who entered can be very proud of your uniquely crafted contributions to our community. You have told us many personal Fair stories, each in your own talented way. We thank every child who participated and encourage all children to continue creating and making art to share with us at the annual Ventura County Fair."

Cash Prizes are being awarded to the 3 winners and their artwork will be used to promote the 2012 Ventura County Fair. All contestants receive a prize and are invited to ride with the Junior Fair Board on a float in the
2012 Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 4. All contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo at the Ventura County Fair, August 1 - 12.

For more information about the Ventura County Fair, and to see the winning designs, please visit www.venturacountyfair.org.

 
At approximately 10:25 Wednesday morning the California Highway Patrol and Ventura County Sheriff deputies pursued a Kawasaki motorcycle up Central Avenue from Highway 126. The motorcyclist entered a driveway in the 300 block of Foothill Drive, abandoned his bike and fled the scene.
At approximately 10:25 Wednesday morning the California Highway Patrol and Ventura County Sheriff deputies pursued a Kawasaki motorcycle up Central Avenue from Highway 126. The motorcyclist entered a driveway in the 300 block of Foothill Drive, abandoned his bike and fled the scene.
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He had been pursued by CHP and clocked at speeds of 120 m.p.h. before entering Fillmore. At press time the suspect was the subject of a K-9 search.
He had been pursued by CHP and clocked at speeds of 120 m.p.h. before entering Fillmore. At press time the suspect was the subject of a K-9 search.
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Winners of Regional Speech and Spelling Tournament, Sandra Murillo (4th Grade) and Aiesabella Rodriguez (4th Grade)
Winners of Regional Speech and Spelling Tournament, Sandra Murillo (4th Grade) and Aiesabella Rodriguez (4th Grade)
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Participants and Winners of the State Migrant Speech and Debate Competition are recognized for their achievement.
Participants and Winners of the State Migrant Speech and Debate Competition are recognized for their achievement.
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Board Member John Garnica and State Tournament English Speech Winner Yulissa (8th Grade) Fregoso
Board Member John Garnica and State Tournament English Speech Winner Yulissa (8th Grade) Fregoso
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Board Member John Garnica and State Tournament Spanish Speech Winner Beatriz Tovar-Salcido (11th Grade)
Board Member John Garnica and State Tournament Spanish Speech Winner Beatriz Tovar-Salcido (11th Grade)
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School Board Member John Garnica presented Jonathan Gonzalez the “Migrant Student of the Year” award. Gonzalez is a senior at Fillmore High School and plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall.
School Board Member John Garnica presented Jonathan Gonzalez the “Migrant Student of the Year” award. Gonzalez is a senior at Fillmore High School and plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall.
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Board Member John Garnica and Migrant Parent of the Year Maria Pascual
Board Member John Garnica and Migrant Parent of the Year Maria Pascual
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Jennifer Weir being recognized for her work with students and families. Jennifer is the Special Populations Student Support Coordinator for Fillmore Unified School District.
Jennifer Weir being recognized for her work with students and families. Jennifer is the Special Populations Student Support Coordinator for Fillmore Unified School District.
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Tron Burdick, Labor Relations Representative with the CSEA, voiced serious concerns about Fillmore Unified's negotiation practices.
Tron Burdick, Labor Relations Representative with the CSEA, voiced serious concerns about Fillmore Unified's negotiation practices.
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Superintendent Nishino and Board Members discuss the budget cuts.
Superintendent Nishino and Board Members discuss the budget cuts.
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There were a number of agenda items discussed at May 15, 2012 Fillmore Unified School Board Meeting beginning with honoring the winners of the State Migrant Speech and Debate Competition. Other items were the Teaching Strategies Task Force Report and approval the Alternative Governance Board Findings for Fillmore Middle, San Cayetano and Piru Schools.

Cynthia Frutos, along with four others, presented a basic overview of the Teaching Strategies Task Force’s progress. Frutos spoke of the collaborative effort of those involved, the use of universal strategies which are not just grade or subject specific and a goal of looking for high yield results, adding “These systems are helping our district move forward.” The next to present was Jenny Bortins who expounded on Bloom’s Taxonomy; a method used that identifies three domains of learning behaviors (cognitive, affective and psychomotor). Originally conceived in 1956, the learning objectives have been revised to: creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding and remembering. Erin Sebek then presented the teachers “Point of View” and how it will assist during lesson planning. Jennifer Weir then showed a video clip of Raina Arrellano’s classroom using various methods in the teaching strategies and spoke of how computer generated lessons with imbedded links will provide students more information and improve lessons. “The District is committed to this Top Down/Bottom Up approach” Weir stated, and that she would also like to both increase the rigor of what is being taught and promote sharing ideas and strategies through a district website which will be an added tool in the teachers tool box. The final presenter was Diana Vides who highlighted the importance of having highly trained teachers with continued support and training.

The Alternative Governance Board (AGB) presented their findings on Fillmore Middle, San Cayetano and Piru Schools. The AGB is responsible for overseeing the improvement of the Districts schools that are in Program Improvement (PI). All three schools have been in PI for years with San Cayetano going on 6 years.

Anna Merriman with AGB reported that some teachers at Fillmore Middle School are not adjusting the lesson plans to the needs of the students and that GATE, grade level and remedial levels are being taught the same lessons. Also, some teachers had submitted lesson plans but for whatever reason chose not to implement the developed lesson plan in class. Also, while many classrooms had learning goals posted, in a majority of classes it was not used in a meaningful manner to detail proficiency expectations of lesion objectives to the students according to what they were to learn in each class, how they were going to learn it and how they were going to be assessed to determine they had learned it.

It was not all bad news though, in the Fall 41% of lessons were below the students grade level, but in Spring only 30% were below. Also improved, the percentage of lessons in which the teacher related what was being taught to a standard increased from 48% to 77%.

After the first visit to the school it was recommended that the District develop a plan to train staff on various research-based staff development strategies that support the California Standards for the Teaching Profession with a focus on research-based strategies such as checking for understanding, compare and contrast, summarizing and note-taking, connecting to prior knowledge, graphic organizers or non-linguistic representation, listening actively to student responses, interactive groups, and analyzing and giving feedback on homework. Also recommended was the Opportunity Programs be eliminated and that Earth Science be taught every day instead of every other as is now being done.

The AGB reported the quality of instruction at San Cayetano has not improved and that 35% of lessons observed were teaching standards below grade level. It was noted that lesson plans continue to lack the explicit connection between the stated standard and the content of the lesson. For example, in one of the lesson plans, the standard states, “Analysis of how is the value of a dime is different from the value of a penny”; however, the lesson required students to compare the difference between a penny and a dime, which is at a comprehensive level. On their second visit AGB noted explicit direct instruction was absent in 41% of lessons as compared to 10% of lesions on their first visit in the fall. Also, not all teachers at San Cayetano have high expectations of students and not all teachers are turning in lesson plans. AGB recommends that funds be allocated for professional staff development and hiring highly qualified certificated teachers be put in the next budget.

Piru School didn’t do much better. Many students are not taught at the rigor expected during their visit 24% of lesions observed had teaching standards below grade level. Piru also had teachers with low expectations of students. It was recommended that the 6th grade be transferred to Fillmore Middle School.

The Board acknowledged that is was Staff Appreciation Week but there was little to cheer about. Superintendent Dr. Alan Nishino explained how Gov. Brown’s over projected revenue, which now puts the State at almost $17 Billion in the red, will impact education even more severely than previously expected. Nishino informed those in attendance that even if the tax increase measures that Brown has banking on to help balance the budget, does pass, “…we still have to cut, but just not as much…we continue to spend without it coming in.”

The announcement of Staff Appreciation Week brought a bit of controversy as two speakers addressed the Board with scathing comments on the teacher layoffs and furlough days. Tron Burdick a California School Employees Association (CSEA) Rep. stated, “I find it bittersweet that we have Staff Appreciation Week when you cut so many teachers…you now use temporary employees…when we ask for information we’re ignored or rejected…I had to ask six times for information.”

Next to speak was Lola Rogers, CSEA President, who accused the District’s negotiating team of lying. “In 2011 all these groups agreed to 5 furlough days….In July of 2011 a Prior Year Payroll was processed. The Director of Human Resources received not 5 but 10 days extra pay. The Assistant Superintendent of Finance received not 5 but 10 days of extra pay. The Superintendent received 83% of his normal monthly salary, almost $10,000 extra pay. With benefits this came to over $22,000….there were differences in the budget as to what was Board approved and what was actually spent….we do not appreciate being lied to in negotiation….”

Just before the honors went to the students who participated in the 2012 Regional Spelling, Speech and Debate Tournaments Nishino stated, “This is a very proud moment for Fillmore.” Nineteen students, 6th-12th grade, attended the tournament and brought home 24 trophies. The California State Speech & Debate Tournament also had a number of Fillmore students bring home trophies; Yulissa Fregoso 8th grade student at Fillmore Middle School, won 1st Place extemporaneous; Beatriz Tovar-Salcido Fillmore High School 11th grade student won 1st place prepared Spanish and 2nd place extemporaneous Spanish. Also participating at the State Tournament: Viridiana Quintana, Luis Montejano, Itzella Iniguez, Neira Hernandez, Mariela Figueroa, Sarahi Pasqual and Banely Arevalo.

Other honors went to Jonathan Gonzalez for Migrant Student of the Year. Gonzalez plans to attend the University of Oregon in the spring. Also honored for Parent of the Year was Maria Pascual, whose two daughters attend Sespe and Fillmore High Schools.

Assistant Superintendent Michael Johnson announced a Summer School math program to prepare students for Algebra and Geometry will be offered. It’s an intensive program that’s goes for 20 day at 3 hours a day starting June 11th through July 13th.

 
On Tuesday, May 15, an installation of two banners was held for Christopher Gallo and Ramon Solorio. Pictured (L-R) Fire Chief Rigo Landeros, Jay C. Woods, Jim Mills, Tom Ivey, Vic Westerberg, and Jim Rogers.
On Tuesday, May 15, an installation of two banners was held for Christopher Gallo and Ramon Solorio. Pictured (L-R) Fire Chief Rigo Landeros, Jay C. Woods, Jim Mills, Tom Ivey, Vic Westerberg, and Jim Rogers.
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Friday, May 11, Fillmore Citizens Patrol presented Grad Nite Live a check for $1000, to go towards the graduation cruise. Pictured (l-r) Steve Hope, April Hastings, Raelene Chaney, and John Harm.
Friday, May 11, Fillmore Citizens Patrol presented Grad Nite Live a check for $1000, to go towards the graduation cruise. Pictured (l-r) Steve Hope, April Hastings, Raelene Chaney, and John Harm.
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The Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for assistance in the 400 block of Main Street, Sunday
afternoon. A baby rattlesnake was killed. Captain Al Huerta, holding the snake, wants to remind everyone that snakes are abundant this time of year, and this is just one of perhaps as many as 15 hatched by the mother of this one. Even small rattlesnakes can deliver a fatal bite. It is best to call for assistance when a snake is confronted.
The Fillmore Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for assistance in the 400 block of Main Street, Sunday afternoon. A baby rattlesnake was killed. Captain Al Huerta, holding the snake, wants to remind everyone that snakes are abundant this time of year, and this is just one of perhaps as many as 15 hatched by the mother of this one. Even small rattlesnakes can deliver a fatal bite. It is best to call for assistance when a snake is confronted.
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Council Members debate the El Dorado Estates settlement agreement.
Council Members debate the El Dorado Estates settlement agreement.
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City Attorney Ted Schneider explains the issues of El Dorado Estates to the council at Tuesday night’s meeting.
City Attorney Ted Schneider explains the issues of El Dorado Estates to the council at Tuesday night’s meeting.

There wasn’t an empty seat in the council chamber as the May 8, 2012 Fillmore City Council began. It was a joint meeting with the Council and the Film Commission with a number of items on the agenda, but most in attendance came to hear the Council’s decision on the El Dorado Estates conversion proposal.

Other items were the downtown palm trees being removed, weed abatement, the one third retail requirement for the Central Business District, appeal to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and important financial issues.

Assistant City Attorney Charmaine Buehner gave a presentation on the City’s legal standing and the judge’s rulings in the case of El Dorado Estates vs. City of Fillmore. The City has prevailed in three rulings, yet that has not resolved the situation. The Petitioner/Plaintiff El Dorado Estates continues to sue, leaving the City with a legal bill of $236,000 to date. This all began on March 5, 2009 when the owners of El Dorado applied to subdivide the one 37.5 acre lot consisting of 302 mobile home spaces into 302 resident owned lots. There was a great deal of back and forth between the City and El Dorado as the application process began with the City not being satisfied with what was submitted. That brought on a threat by the owners to sue the City. On September 28, 2009 a lawsuit was filed by El Dorado and a legal battle began.

The owners of the park lifted the age restriction (morphing from a senior only to family park), which is something not subject to City approval and beyond the City’s reach. But this decision brought concerns for the safety of families with small children due to the lack of a safe play area and the additional parking needed for larger families. There is concern that these issues have an environmental impact.

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Nick Medina playing Vissarion Belinsky in the Shotgun Players version of Tom Stoppard”s “The Coast of Utopia: Voyage”. Photo credit Pak Han.
Nick Medina playing Vissarion Belinsky in the Shotgun Players version of Tom Stoppard”s “The Coast of Utopia: Voyage”. Photo credit Pak Han.
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Nick Medina, a 2007 Fillmore High School graduate, got his first professional role as Vissarion Belinsky in the Shotgun Players version of Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast Of Utopia: Voyage”. The play ran from March 14, 2012 to April 29, 2012 with a total of 34 performances.

Nick gained the role as V. Belinsky while interning at the small Berkeley, California theater group, Shotgun Players and auditioned after being coaxed by director Patrick Dooley as a joke, not thinking anything would come of it. Well, something did come of it, to his surprise he was cast in one of the starring roles.

The “Coast of Utopia: Voyage” is the first in a three - play trilogy and is a dense play about Russia’s struggle for freedom set in the 1833 to 1844 era. Nick, being one of the youngest cast members, did a fantastic job. The Berkeley Daily Planet released a review of the play on April 20, 2012 and had this to say “…One performance stands above the rest: Nick Medina as V. Belinsky, the impoverished, less-educated revolutionary and literary critic, in the midst of aristocrats. Shy and awkward, ragged and a little dumpy among these lithe patricians, when he is aroused his rhetoric about the Revolution is entrancing and makes one want to rise to the Marseillaise. Medina knows how to play Stoppard: he directed a production of his “Travesties” as few years ago”. Another review from For All Events by Richard Connema said, “Nick Medina gives an electrifying performance…”

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A young child was struck by a vehicle near Fillmore Street, Saturday. The extent of injuries was not reported.
A young child was struck by a vehicle near Fillmore Street, Saturday. The extent of injuries was not reported.
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On Sunday, May 6th, the Fillmore Raiders Cheerleaders held their 3rd Annual Pageant. Pictured above are the winners. Ultimate Supreme High Point Winner, Azaria Aguilar: Pre-Teen Queen, Ryan Nunez: Junior Miss Queen, Aaliyah Morales: Little Miss Queen, Jenessa Hurtado: Tiny Miss Queen, Isabella Flores: Little Mr. King, Dominick Wadsworth: Petite Miss Queen, Delaney Vasquez: Tiny Mr. King, Andrew Morales: Wee Miss Queen, Selena Torres: Baby Mr. King, Ted Chewning III: and Baby Miss Queen, Camille Perales.
On Sunday, May 6th, the Fillmore Raiders Cheerleaders held their 3rd Annual Pageant. Pictured above are the winners. Ultimate Supreme High Point Winner, Azaria Aguilar: Pre-Teen Queen, Ryan Nunez: Junior Miss Queen, Aaliyah Morales: Little Miss Queen, Jenessa Hurtado: Tiny Miss Queen, Isabella Flores: Little Mr. King, Dominick Wadsworth: Petite Miss Queen, Delaney Vasquez: Tiny Mr. King, Andrew Morales: Wee Miss Queen, Selena Torres: Baby Mr. King, Ted Chewning III: and Baby Miss Queen, Camille Perales.
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Joshua Magallon, Fillmore, 24
Joshua Magallon, Fillmore, 24

On May 3, 2012, the Fillmore Police Gang Unit with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit served a search warrant at the residence of Joshua Magallon. The Fillmore Police Gang Unit received information that Joshua Magallon who is on California Youth Authority State Parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon was in possession of firearms. The investigators recovered a stolen handgun, a large amount of ammunition, and evidence of Magallon selling Methamphetamine. Magallon was also under the influence of a controlled substance.

Joshua Magallon was booked into the Ventura County Jail for numerous weapons and narcotic charges, as well as a parole hold. Magallon is not eligible for bail at this time.

Gang Search Warrant / Recovery of Weapons and Illegal Narcotics
Report Number: 12-9792
Location: 1300 Block of Waterford Lane, Fillmore, CA
Date & Time: May 3, 2012 / 7:30 am
Unit Responsible: Fillmore Police Gang Unit / Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Joshua Magallon Fillmore 24
Deputy Preparing Media
Release: Sgt. Anthony Aguirre
Media Release Date: May 3, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Anthony Aguirre 805-524-2235 / anthony.aguirre@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Monica McGrath
CHIEF OF POLICE
CAPTAIN MONICA MCGRATH
SHERIFF
GEOFF DEAN

 
Samantha Barker Wins Miss Teen Fillmore 2012
Miss Fillmore 2012 Anissa Magdaleno (center) and court 1st Princess Brooke Aguirre (left), and 2nd Princess Laura Garnica. Photos courtesy of Dale Crockett Studio.
Miss Fillmore 2012 Anissa Magdaleno (center) and court 1st Princess Brooke Aguirre (left), and 2nd Princess Laura Garnica. Photos courtesy of Dale Crockett Studio.
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Miss Teen Fillmore 2012 Samantha Barker (center) and court 2nd Princess Danielle Ramirez (left), and 1st Princess Stephanie Meza.
Miss Teen Fillmore 2012 Samantha Barker (center) and court 2nd Princess Danielle Ramirez (left), and 1st Princess Stephanie Meza.
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SFC Zavala receiving the Purple Heart
SFC Zavala receiving the Purple Heart
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SFC Zavala and COL Wolff
SFC Zavala and COL Wolff

SFC Gilbert T. Zavala, served with Task Force 71, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in the Helmand Province, Gereshk, Afghanistan. On the morning of 20 OCT 2008 at 0830, while serving with a combined Special Operations Task Force, Afghan Security Guards and Afghan National Police were attacked by a three sided ambush while conducting a Combat Reconnaissance Patrol in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan. SFC Zavala's entire convoy came under direct fire initiated by a mortar round and for 30-40 minutes the convoy was under intense volumes of fire from RPG's, recoilless rifles and mortar fire while dispersed in a Wadi north of the Helmand canal in the Loy Mandah region. The Special Forces TM SGT's vehicle was receiving accurate PKM machine gun fire along with multiple Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) rounds narrowly missing the Civil Affairs vehicle. Upon receiving the command over the radio, SFC Zavala started to move his vehicle to higher ground to try to gain fire superiority and after moving about 50 meters his vehicle received a direct hit in which the RPG which penetrated the vehicles armor. The blast peppered the interpreter with shrapnel and knocked SFC Zavala and SFC Montenegro unconscious. SFC Montenegro, the Team Medic, was the first person to regain consciousness and he then revived SFC Zavala. IOT regained control of the vehicle. Unable to talk and having trouble hearing due to the concussion of the blast, SFC Zavala opened his door to let out the smoke to allow oxygen into the vehicle since the RPG blast initiated the fire extinguisher system. After establishing visual contact with the SF TM SGT, SFC Zavala drove the CA vehicle north about 100-150 meters to get out of range of any incoming rounds. Upon stopping the vehicle, SFC Zavala was immediately attended to for injuries sustained from the explosion. After receiving aid, SFC Zavala then jumped into the turret of his vehicle and noticed the 50 Cal machine gun was damaged, then moved to the M240 machine gun and returned fire towards the enemy positions that were still firing onto the CA and SF TM SGT vehicles with RPG's and PKM fire. After the enemy fled, SFC Zavala then jumped out of the turret and ran to the other side of his vehicle to assist in the treatment of casualties and removed them from the vehicle to prep for MEDEVAC. For his injuries, SFC Zavala is therefore awarded the Purple Heart.

 

The topic of discussion at Tuesday’s Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) Board Meeting was the an action taken by the Board on the adoption of the layoff notices sent out last month. Todd Schieferle, Director Human Resources, asked for final approval of the layoffs by the Board. Schieferle informed the Board that both attorneys, Margaret A. Chidester representing FUSD, and Fareq M. Hishmeh representing the Certified Teachers Association, came to an amicable agreement, thus avoiding a full hearing and the additional expense. Schieferle stated, “We’re running out of options….this had nothing to do with performance, it had to do with seniority.”

School Board Member John Garnica commented, “We have to go through this every year. This is something we had no choice in.” He went on to say that other schools had layoffs last year and are doing more layoffs this year and that Fillmore held out until there was no other option. Superintendent Dr. Alan Nishino remarked, “Every time there’s no money it’s a local decision, but when there is money it’s Sacramento’s decision. When it comes to the tough decisions we have to make them…we’re 47th in funding.” Nishino was referring to being 47th in funding per student out of the 50 States. Nishino also reminded those in attendance that the “…budget is still being hashed out and there are two competing initiatives on the ballot…they may be a deciding factor for next year.”

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