It was standing room only for Tuesday’s City Council meeting with the “LGBTQ+ Pride Resource Fair” under discussion.
It was standing room only for Tuesday’s City Council meeting with the “LGBTQ+ Pride Resource Fair” under discussion.
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Items:
Presentations:
5-A Bike Month Proclamation-May 2022.
5-B Mental Health Awareness Month - May, 2022.
5-C Police Week and Memorial Day Proclamation.
5-D Verbal housing Element Update by Staff.

New Business:
8-A- 3-2. Write letter in opposition 8-B - 8K - (5-0) That the City Council discuss whether to take a position for or
against, or no position on, California State Assembly Bill 2223. 8-B - 8-K - (5-0) Waive the $137 encroachment permit fee for the installation of six new Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in City right of way. ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE FY 2022-23 ANNUAL BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF FILLMORE. ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 22-3882 FIXING THE COMPENSATION, BENEFITS AND OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT OF NON-REPRESENTED MANAGEMENT/ MIDMANAGEMENT, CONFIDENTIAL, AND PART TIME EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF FILLMORE EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2022. The City Council conducted a performance and compensation review of Mr. Rowlands in closed session on April 26, 2022. At the conclusion of the closed session, the City Council gave the Mayor parameters and direction to negotiate a compensation increase with the City Manager. The negotiations concluded with an agreement that the City Manager will receive the following: • His annual base salary will be increased by three percent (3%) effective on the first day of the first full pay period in July 2022. The new annual salary will be $215,788.79. • A lump sum non-PERSable retention bonus of $5,000.00 to encourage City Manager’s continued retention under the terms of the Agreement, paid the first full pay period in July 2022. • A one-time credit of general leave of 40 hours, given the first full pay period in July 2022. • An increase in monthly car allowance from $100.00 to $250.00, for a total car and phone allowance of $350.00, beginning the first full pay period in July 2022. 8-I - Primary - Mark Austin Alternate - Erika Herrera. Item 8-G - Council authorized staff to go out for bids and will determine funding source after bids are received.

 


 
Last week, Fillmore High selected their Athletes of Year, Yazmeen Gonzalez, Girls Volleyball, Girls Water Polo and Swimming, and Michael Camilo Torres, Cross Country and Track & Field. Photos courtesy Fillmore High blog.
Last week, Fillmore High selected their Athletes of Year, Yazmeen Gonzalez, Girls Volleyball, Girls Water Polo and Swimming, and Michael Camilo Torres, Cross Country and Track & Field. Photos courtesy Fillmore High blog.
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A special event was held in support of Sheriff Ayub’s reelection as Ventura County Sheriff on May 9th at La Cabana Restaurant in Santa Paula. The event was heavily attended with supporters, friends, and family. A special appearance was made by Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter (retired). Pictured (l-r) are Sheriff Bob Ayub, Assistant Sheriff Eric Dowd, Kelly Johnson, Assistant Sheriff Rob Davidson, Commander Eric Tennessen, and Undersheriff Monica McGrath. Front, Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter (retired). Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
A special event was held in support of Sheriff Ayub’s reelection as Ventura County Sheriff on May 9th at La Cabana Restaurant in Santa Paula. The event was heavily attended with supporters, friends, and family. A special appearance was made by Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter (retired). Pictured (l-r) are Sheriff Bob Ayub, Assistant Sheriff Eric Dowd, Kelly Johnson, Assistant Sheriff Rob Davidson, Commander Eric Tennessen, and Undersheriff Monica McGrath. Front, Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter (retired). Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
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On Tuesday, May 10th, from 10am to noon, Fillmore City Fire Department, Fillmore Police Department, City of Fillmore, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ventura County, and La Michoacana bakery in Fillmore partnered in the Coffee with the Badges event. The day’s festivities were in support of the City’s efforts to raise awareness about the importance of mental wellness and to raise funds for the NAMIWalks Your Way 2022 campaign. This event raises funds for NAMI’s free programs at a time when the community needs them the most. You can support Fillmore public safety’s fundraising efforts by visiting the following website and making a donation: www.namiwalks.org. Photos Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorKellyLong
On Tuesday, May 10th, from 10am to noon, Fillmore City Fire Department, Fillmore Police Department, City of Fillmore, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Ventura County, and La Michoacana bakery in Fillmore partnered in the Coffee with the Badges event. The day’s festivities were in support of the City’s efforts to raise awareness about the importance of mental wellness and to raise funds for the NAMIWalks Your Way 2022 campaign. This event raises funds for NAMI’s free programs at a time when the community needs them the most. You can support Fillmore public safety’s fundraising efforts by visiting the following website and making a donation: www.namiwalks.org. Photos Courtesy https://www.facebook.com/SupervisorKellyLong
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On May 6th, 2022, the Fillmore Sheriff’s Department, Fillmore Fire and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a traffic collision in the area of Santa Clara and B Street. Arriving fire crews reported two vehicles with one patient being transported to an area hospital, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel—AE News.
On May 6th, 2022, the Fillmore Sheriff’s Department, Fillmore Fire and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a traffic collision in the area of Santa Clara and B Street. Arriving fire crews reported two vehicles with one patient being transported to an area hospital, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel—AE News.
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On May 7th, 2022, at 3:34pm, the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department, Fillmore Fire and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a traffic collision at B Street and Ventura/SR 126. Arriving fire crews reported two vehicle’s involved, a semi-truck and a
black Toyota Tact truck. One patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel—AE News.
On May 7th, 2022, at 3:34pm, the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department, Fillmore Fire and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a traffic collision at B Street and Ventura/SR 126. Arriving fire crews reported two vehicle’s involved, a semi-truck and a black Toyota Tact truck. One patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance, condition unknown. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel—AE News.
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On Friday, April 22nd, 2022, Sierra Northern Railway, Ventura Division, operated a second train, with seven streamline passenger cars between Fillmore and Santa Paula. Photo courtesy Sierra Northern Railway.
On Friday, April 22nd, 2022, Sierra Northern Railway, Ventura Division, operated a second train, with seven streamline passenger cars between Fillmore and Santa Paula. Photo courtesy Sierra Northern Railway.
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By David Lustig

Following on the heels of a successful freight photo train April 22, Sierra Northern Railway, Ventura Division operated a second train, this time with seven streamlined passenger cars between Fillmore and Santa Paula. The train was stopped numerous times for their company photographer to record the trip. Besides photography, the train was important for the onboard crew to continue to familiarize themselves with train handling on the many newly refurbished sections of the right-of-way. Sierra Northern Railway leases the line, which is owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.

The railroad is planning to bring additional rolling stock onto the property to accommodate new freight customers and eventually excursion passenger trains, as well as supplying equipment for movie, television, and commercial productions.

The Sierra Northern Railway was formed in August 2003 through the merger of two Northern California short line railroads: the Sierra Railroad Company and the Yolo Short Line Railroad. They currently operate about 100 miles of track in Northern California, and 30 miles of track in the Santa Clara River Valley in Southern California.

 
The Fillmore Towne Theatre circa 1942 on Central Avenue. Photos Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
The Fillmore Towne Theatre circa 1942 on Central Avenue. Photos Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Movie Advertisement 1940.
Movie Advertisement 1940.
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Towne Theater Interior, date unknown.
Towne Theater Interior, date unknown.
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Manual and Connie Victoria Wedding Picture, date unknown.
Manual and Connie Victoria Wedding Picture, date unknown.
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Palm Theater, date unknown.
Palm Theater, date unknown.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

Going to the movies at the Towne Theatre on the east side of Central Ave. was a rare treat for young Esperanza Carrera. She could only to go the theatre in Fillmore every other week or so. She wasn’t allowed to go alone so she took her little sister as well. On one occasion she couldn’t see very well from the first place she sat, so she decided to change seats for a better view. A rope blocking the entrance to some empty seats had been pulled back. She and her sister settled in to these new seats to enjoy the show. Not long after a man with a flashlight came along and threw her out of the theatre. In those days the theatre in Fillmore was segregated and she wasn’t allowed to sit where she wanted. In her 1992 interview with Dorothy Haase, Esperanza told how scared and embarrassed she was at being treated that way.

She said, “We had our way, sitting by the wall…. and upstairs over there in the balcony. They didn't let anybody on the other side of the wall.” (In those days the balcony was divided with two low walls separating the seating areas with a space between the walls for the projection of the film. Mexicans sat on the north side with Anglos on the south side.) Others interviewed on the subject by Museum volunteers told of being required to sit up front in the first few rows, or along the sides, and at other times they were assigned to the balcony. The seating seems to have changed with the changes in management, but segregation continued.

At the time the Palm Theatre at 359 Central, the other theatre in town, showed Spanish language movies a few days a week. The Palm’s ad in the May 3, 1946, shows “Mexico Del Mis Recuerdos” and “Calaveras Del Toro” playing on Thursday and Friday.

Another time when Esperanza was on a date with her future husband, a popular movie was playing and the Towne Theatre was full. There were still a few seats on the other side of the theatre. “So, then I went over there, and I told the manager that that place was full ...” So, he said, ‘Well, you have to wait until the second part of the show.’ I said, ‘No, I can't. My mother's going to get mad....’ Well, as it is that sometimes we used to go home at 11 o'clock. And I said then that means maybe I have to get home at maybe 12 or 12:30. I said, “We can't do it mister.”

Sandy Gunderson shared the following: “This is my one of my all-time favorite stories that I've told many, many times. When my dad was in his 70s, or 80s, or young 80s, we had a birthday party and Joe Galvan came. I ended up sitting right by him on a couch and he's a storyteller. It was a post-World War II story of a young man who served his country who served in Europe, a man of Hispanic descent, Mexican descent, born here and an American citizen, and who was now coming back to Fillmore in the late 40s, or maybe 1946-47………he went to the movies, and there was a segregation policy, the Mexicans up in the balcony, couldn't sit below. But, this young man whose name, I don't remember, walked in. After having served his country, putting his life on the line, and sat on the bottom. He felt like a full citizen, didn't think he needed to sit upstairs anymore. And the people in charge weren't having it. The usher eventually told the manager, the manager said, you need to leave if you don't go sit up there. And this young man was not going to sit in the balcony. ‘No, this is my country; I could sit where I want.’ So, they managed to walk this young man out. And then the young man turned and said, ‘You know, I want my money back. If I'm not going to get to see the movie, I want my quarter.’ The manager by this time was up to here and beyond with this so…. The way Joe told it, he just opened the cashier drawer and pulled out a quarter and jammed it into this young man's hand. And this young man had the presence of mind to look at the quarter and said, ‘This isn’t the one I gave you.’ “At some point the police were called. Esperanza must have witnessed the same event and remembers that it was Earl Hume the chief of police, constable Jack Casner, and someone named Mr. Knight who came to deal with the commotion.

Manual and Connie Victoria were a well-known Fillmore couple. Manuel served in Italy during WWII, was a talented mason who built many walls around town, and ran a shoe repair shop in the Masonic Temple building. He rode bicycles, was a guide to the Sespe back country, and led hikes of the area for many locals. Connie was known for selling Avon products and being active in the community. They were a movie-star good looking couple and expert dancers. When they stepped out, they were “dressed to the nines, I mean, beautifully dressed.”

In their interview, Connie tells it this way: “Anyway, we were dressed up. I think he even had his army suit, because he was very proud of his soldier outfit. Anyway, we sat in the very front row. And right away after that, I turned around and I said Manuel ‘there's a lot of loges.’ And I already had this kind of problem in Santa Paula, when he was in the service in Italy. So, I was ready for this sort of thing. And I told him I wanted to sit in the loges. And they said ‘No, there's no room. You have to sit in front.’ And right away, my face got hot. And once my face is hot, you look out.

I asked, ‘Is it because we're Mexicans?’ And he said, ‘It's not my fault. It's just that I have orders that you cannot sit in the loges if you're Mexican.’ And Manuel said that you're going to hear about it. Because I had already done that in Santa Paula. When my husband was in Italy fighting, they would they not let us sit in the middle. We had to sit on the sides. I had backing because I belonged to two nice clubs, Latin clubs. And I told them about it. And they took me to the district attorney in Ventura. And he said, ‘You know, I wish there were more people like you. This wouldn't happen if people would say something. But no, they just let it.’ So, when the DA saw me again, back in Fillmore, he said, ‘not again. And he said I'll take care of it.’ And he most certainly did. Next day they came in and told us it was a big mistake.”

Sandy Gunderson tells that the “blowback came back on the theatre. And the theatre manager showed up at the Victoria’s front door with passes to the theatre and it was never segregated again after that.” She continues “By the time I came, I could sit wherever I wanted. Any gum sticky floor part was good enough for everybody. There was no segregation.”

The Fillmore Historical Museum invites you to send stories of your experiences at the theatre so that the history of the period can be more complete. Fillmore.museum@gmail.com

 
(above) Student of the Year, Emilia Magdaleno, Fillmore High School. Christine Schieferle, Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District announced the 2021-2022 Student and Staff Members of the Year. This year’s winners are: Administrator of the Year, Maria Baro, Principal, Piru School; Certificated Staff Member of the Year, Nereira Morales, Special Education Teacher, San Cayetano School; Classified Staff Member of the Year, Luanne Brock, Office Manager, San Cayetano School; Student of the Year, Emilia Magdaleno, Fillmore High School. All recipients were recognized at the May 3rd board meeting.
(above) Student of the Year, Emilia Magdaleno, Fillmore High School. Christine Schieferle, Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District announced the 2021-2022 Student and Staff Members of the Year. This year’s winners are: Administrator of the Year, Maria Baro, Principal, Piru School; Certificated Staff Member of the Year, Nereira Morales, Special Education Teacher, San Cayetano School; Classified Staff Member of the Year, Luanne Brock, Office Manager, San Cayetano School; Student of the Year, Emilia Magdaleno, Fillmore High School. All recipients were recognized at the May 3rd board meeting.
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Classified Staff Member of the Year, Luanne Brock, Office Manager, San Cayetano School.
Classified Staff Member of the Year, Luanne Brock, Office Manager, San Cayetano School.
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Certificated Staff Member of the Year, Nereira Morales, Special Education Teacher, San Cayetano School.
Certificated Staff Member of the Year, Nereira Morales, Special Education Teacher, San Cayetano School.
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Administrator of the Year, Maria Baro, Principal, Piru Elementary School.
Administrator of the Year, Maria Baro, Principal, Piru Elementary School.
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Fillmore’s Jay Morrissey, AKA Mr. Softee, is all smiles handing out a tasty cone. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
Fillmore’s Jay Morrissey, AKA Mr. Softee, is all smiles handing out a tasty cone. Photo credit Carina Monica Montoya.
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Written by Carina Monica Montoya

Who is behind the wheel of the most sought-after truck in Fillmore? His name is Jay Morrissey, more commonly known as Mister Softee. Day or night, sunny or overcast, people bolt out their doors when they hear the ice cream truck jingle, risking the high probability of becoming wedged in the doorway in a race to be the first outside to flag him down. Everyone in Fillmore has seen the truck, and most everyone has come to know Jay.

Originally from Northern New Jersey, Jay moved to Los Angeles where he lived for more than a decade. Jay’s passion is music. He’s a skilled guitarist and has been in the music business for 20 years. When his good friend Jeff Hiller from South Jersey started up Mister Softee for Southern California, he asked Jay to join him. Initially Fillmore was not on his route, only passing Fillmore via Highway 126 on his way to Ventura, but when cars began to follow him and he noticed both adults and children waving and pointing at him with big smiles, he soon realized that Fillmore should be included in his route. The rest is sweet history, as far as Fillmore goes.

The history of ice cream dates back to second century B.C. It made its appearance here in America in 1744, and its first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 12, 1777, long before California became a state in 1850. Our ice cream jones is something we’ll never tire of or outgrow. It’s the perfect combination of elements that make our mouth water – sugar, fat, frozen water, and air. It’s that simple, but there’s more. The human brain responds to eating ice cream in much the same way it responds to any favorite thing we like, such as a favorite song or winning a big prize. Jay can attest to the happy faces that come to him, which is the main reason he loves doing what he does, being Fillmore’s Mister Softee.

Jay is fond of Fillmore. He says it’s an amazing place that epitomizes small town USA where everyone is friendly, and when it comes to ice cream, “kids are kids and adults are kids.” So next time you see Jay’s truck, give him a wave because he’ll be just as happy to see you.