Pictured is what was once known as Faith Community Church/Fillmore Bible Church. It will soon be converted to a 26-unit apartment building with commercial units on the ground floor.
Pictured is what was once known as Faith Community Church/Fillmore Bible Church. It will soon be converted to a 26-unit apartment building with commercial units on the ground floor.
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The building that was Faith Community Church on the corner of Central Avenue and First Street will become a new housing site after a 5-0 vote of the city council.

The owner of the property plans to keep the exterior church structure and renovate the interior. A 26-unit apartment building is planned with commercial units on the ground floor.

The city council also approved an 18-unit condominium building for the UHaul business site at Fillmore and Main Street. It will be a three-story structure with six commercial spaces on the ground floor. This plan, proposed by owner Harold Foy,
was warmly received by the council. The property owner, Harold Foy, told the council he thinks his proposal is “a one-of-a-kind project, the likes of which I have not seen in Fillmore.”

“The owner of the church property is Alex Glasscock, who also owns The Ranch Malibu, a luxury fitness retreat in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Ventura and Los Angeles County line.”...”We found an amazing piece of property that might have gone vacant, and we have some experience repurposing and restoring special properties,” he told the council. (Ventura County
Star)

 


 
Fabian Garibay, 26 of Fillmore.
Fabian Garibay, 26 of Fillmore.

On August 14th 2019, Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit were conducting an investigation into Fabian Garibay, a documented gang member out of Fillmore. Fabian Garibay was the suspect of several crimes committed in the cities of Port Hueneme, Oxnard, and Fillmore.

Gang Unit Detectives, with the assistance of Fillmore Station Patrol Deputies, contacted Fabian Garibay in an alleyway of the 500 block of Kensington Drive in Fillmore. While executing a signed search warrant on Garibay, he was found in possession of a loaded handgun, gang indicia, and drug paraphernalia. The handgun was later confirmed to be stolen out of Port Hueneme.

Garibay was booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Main Jail facility for violation of PC 25850(a) – Carrying a loaded Firearm on One’s Person, PC 25400(a) – Carrying a Concealed Firearm, PC 27545 – Unlawful Transfer of a Firearm and PC 496(a) – Receiving Stolen Property. Fabian Garibay remains in custody with bail set at $105,000.

Nature of Incident: Gang Member in Possession of Stolen Firearm
Report Number: 19-127807
Location: 500 block of Kensington Drive, Fillmore
Date & Time: August 14, 2019 / 5:15 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Fillmore Station Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S1) Fabian Garibay, 26, Fillmore
Prepared by: Detective Erik Hernandez
Approved by: Captain Brian Slominski

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 
On Tuesday, August 16th at 2 p.m. at Two Rivers Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Sheriff ’s K9 Unit was conducting a K9 Training with six of their K9 officers. Pictured above are the K9’s lined up and ready to take their orders, and inset are the officer’s and the K9’s as they take a lap around the park.
On Tuesday, August 16th at 2 p.m. at Two Rivers Park in Fillmore, the Ventura County Sheriff ’s K9 Unit was conducting a K9 Training with six of their K9 officers. Pictured above are the K9’s lined up and ready to take their orders, and inset are the officer’s and the K9’s as they take a lap around the park.
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A traffic collision took place at River and A Street on Monday, August 19, 7:26 p.m. A Chevy Silverado traveling west on River slammed into the rear of a parked Toyota. No injuries were reported. River Street, between A Street and Surrey Way, was closed until after 9 p.m. Cause of the accident is under investigation.
A traffic collision took place at River and A Street on Monday, August 19, 7:26 p.m. A Chevy Silverado traveling west on River slammed into the rear of a parked Toyota. No injuries were reported. River Street, between A Street and Surrey Way, was closed until after 9 p.m. Cause of the accident is under investigation.
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Isaias Arana, 24 of San Fernando.
Isaias Arana, 24 of San Fernando.

(Courtesy KVTA)

A man who kidnapped his estranged wife at gunpoint near Fillmore earlier this year has admitted his crimes.

24-year-old Isaias Arana of San Fernando pleaded guilty to kidnapping, first degree residential burglary, false imprisonment by violence, battery, and disobeying a domestic relations court order.

Prosecutors say it happened on April 24th in the 100 block of Hopper Canyon Road between Fillmore and Piru.

They say Arana shot out of window to gain entry into the home even though there was a baby inside along with three women, including his estranged wife.

Prosecutors say he then kidnapped her and drove to the San Fernando Valley where she managed to escape and find her way back to Ventura County as Arana was arrested by LA County authorities and returned to Ventura County to face charges.

Arana had been arrested for attempted murder but prosecutors decided not to file that charge.

He remains in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $1 million until he is sentenced on September 10th.

Arana is facing 23 years in state prison.

 


 
At last night’s School board meeting FHS Campus Security Joe Woods spoke in support of the FUTA who wore red to in protest of the actions of FUSD managers.
At last night’s School board meeting FHS Campus Security Joe Woods spoke in support of the FUTA who wore red to in protest of the actions of FUSD managers.

Resolution No. 19-20-03 Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California's Public Schools
The Governing Board adopted Resolution No. 19-20-03 Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California’s Public Schools.

Enrollment by School Site Presentation
The Governing Board received information from Andrea McNeill, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, regarding enrollment by school site.

Advanced Placement Results, Spring 2019
The Governing Board received information from Micheline G. Miglis, Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, regarding Advanced Placement Results, Spring 2019.

CAASPP Test Results, Spring 2019
The Governing Board received information from Micheline G. Miglis, Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, regarding CAASPP Test Results, Spring 2019.

Personnel Recommendations
The Board approved all personnel recommendations including new hires, promotions, resignations, and leaves.

 
Join us this Saturday for the Grand Opening of Rio Vista Park! We hope you can join us August 24th at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting by Fillmore Mayor Diane McCall. There will also be food vendors ready to take your order, and a whole brand new park to explore! Come out for this special day. Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook page.
Join us this Saturday for the Grand Opening of Rio Vista Park! We hope you can join us August 24th at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting by Fillmore Mayor Diane McCall. There will also be food vendors ready to take your order, and a whole brand new park to explore! Come out for this special day. Courtesy City of Fillmore Facebook page.
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Youth Basketball Season ’19-’20 will soon be upon us, let us get prepared ahead of time by starting STAFF SIGN-UPS in August!  (Youth sign-ups will be in September ONLY). All potential Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referees/Scorekeepers, Gym Manager applicants... please call 805-524-1500 ext 713 for info or email recreation@fillmoreca.gov to get a packet emailed to you. Come into City Hall during regular business hours through the month of August to apply to be part of the Fillmore Youth basketball staff for the upcoming season! [Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.]
Youth Basketball Season ’19-’20 will soon be upon us, let us get prepared ahead of time by starting STAFF SIGN-UPS in August! (Youth sign-ups will be in September ONLY). All potential Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Referees/Scorekeepers, Gym Manager applicants... please call 805-524-1500 ext 713 for info or email recreation@fillmoreca.gov to get a packet emailed to you. Come into City Hall during regular business hours through the month of August to apply to be part of the Fillmore Youth basketball staff for the upcoming season! [Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram page.]
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Photo of the Week "My favorite stilt couple at the Ventura County Fair" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 1600, aperture f/13, 1/640th second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week "My favorite stilt couple at the Ventura County Fair" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @16mm. Exposure; ISO 1600, aperture f/13, 1/640th second shutter speed.
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Affordable and it floats!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Two old trucks are my rides: A Ford Ranger for rumbling around town, an F350 dually for long hauls. A fireman next door recently bought a Chevy Colorado truck. Instantly reminded about how much I miss the aroma of a new truck wafting through the cab. Upon checking the MSRP of the Colorado diesel crew cab long box 4-wheel drive truck I was instantly reminded about how much I don't miss new vehicle payments. Yet lust prevails.

Photographically speaking, a friend did what I often think about doing: He bought a new Olympus OM-D E-M1X camera and a couple of superlicious lenses. Unmercifully teasing me about its prima facie attributes, I revisited the Olympus website. The OM-D E-M1X MSRP is another budget buster. I glanced at my Canon 7D Mark II camera and was instantly reminded that it still works well. A strong reason for continuing to love what I have and forego coveting the latest-greatest camera. Yet lust prevails.

Lust constrained by the budget is depressing, especially when a relentless itch for adventure persists. So, I did something that is not only considerably more affordable, it also allows me to party hearty with mermaids. Since the ocean is too cold to swim around in with the damsels of the sea, I bought an inflatable Driftsun Rover 120 kayak!

Seriously, a kayak enables me to fulfill a desire to photograph many scenic locations from a different perspective. For example, I have photographed the intriguing tufas of Mono Lake but always from the shore. I yearn to photograph the majestic tufas from the lake. I have also photographed Lake Tahoe but again only from the shoreline. I envision photoing Lake Tahoe's Sand Harbor from the lake.

I opted for an inflatable because, even full of air, the Rover 120 weighs only 22 pounds. My aging body can tote this boat. Collapsed, the kayak fits nicely into a sturdy bag--inflates in five minutes. The paddle breaks down to four sections. And the bow has a camera mount! I wonder if AAA offers emergency harbor/river/lake service.

In the bag, I can take the kayak on an Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island and paddle around to photograph the sea caves. For more exciting adventures, kayak the upper Kern River and record video of the trip. If I have to portage, the kayak's lightweight makes it doable. BTW, the Rover 120 is rated for up to Class 3 rapids. In a word: Exciting!

However, my Canon 7D2 is not waterproof! Hence, I need a "waterproof" (action) camera. With an action camera, you'd be right to postulate that I intend to shoot video in addition to stills. A lot more video! More learning curves. But not always learning is a boring life, isn't it?

I narrowed the choices to a GoPro Hero 7 Black or the recently introduced DJI Osmo Action camera. However, Photo Rumors said GoPro might be releasing Hero 8 this September. Photo Rumors is reporting the action camera will support 4K video at 120 fps and full HD at 480 fps, all powered by a 12-megapixel sensor and GoPro-designed GP2 chipset and improved lens design for better image quality. Slam on the brakes! Best to wait to compare the expected Hero 8 with the DJI Osmo Action cam.

Attention kayakers! I initiated the "Southern California Kayakers" group on Facebook. All SoCal kayakers are encouraged to join. Requirement: Own a kayak; hardshell or inflatable.

My favorite stilt-walking couple at the Fair is my photo of the week. Happy photoing!

Send comments, suggestions or questions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 
The 2019 Jr. Livestock Auction is on the books with three Fillmore winners this past week. As usual, the building was full of eager bidders. As the auctioneer noted, the Ventura County Fair Jr. Livestock Auction is the most attended, most involved auction of its kind in the state. Thousands of dollars are awarded to the kids for their efforts and hard-earned awards. Many of the winning bidders donate the animals to Food Share. Pictured is Erin Berrington who raised a 1,252 pound FFA Reserve Champion steer, named Keegan, that fetched $5.00 a pound at the auction. Photos Courtesy Bob Crum.
The 2019 Jr. Livestock Auction is on the books with three Fillmore winners this past week. As usual, the building was full of eager bidders. As the auctioneer noted, the Ventura County Fair Jr. Livestock Auction is the most attended, most involved auction of its kind in the state. Thousands of dollars are awarded to the kids for their efforts and hard-earned awards. Many of the winning bidders donate the animals to Food Share. Pictured is Erin Berrington who raised a 1,252 pound FFA Reserve Champion steer, named Keegan, that fetched $5.00 a pound at the auction. Photos Courtesy Bob Crum.
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Pictured is Jordyn Blankenship who graced the auction ring with her Reserve Grand Champion/FFA Champion FFA market swine named Ruger. High bidder for Ruger paid $9.00 a pound.
Pictured is Jordyn Blankenship who graced the auction ring with her Reserve Grand Champion/FFA Champion FFA market swine named Ruger. High bidder for Ruger paid $9.00 a pound.
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Pictured is Alexis Van Why who raised a 242 pound pig, named Bubba, and was awarded Reserve FFA Champion. Bubba was bought for $60 a pound at the auction. Total: $14,520.
Pictured is Alexis Van Why who raised a 242 pound pig, named Bubba, and was awarded Reserve FFA Champion. Bubba was bought for $60 a pound at the auction. Total: $14,520.
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