On October 12th, at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Fillmore Rotary Club proposed a Legacy Sign project to Council. The two Gateway designs installation is meant to honor the hardworking men and women of Fillmore’s past, present and future. Themed after elements of the town’s history, each design is forged with architectural steel to symbolize the town’s lasting impact. While the concepts you see before you are preliminary and can be altered accordingly, we believe the theme should reflect Fillmore’s rich history. Above is a rendering of the proposed arch for Central Avenue. Inset, the locomotive with arch proposed for east and west Highway 126. Photos courtesy City of Fillmore.
On October 12th, at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Fillmore Rotary Club proposed a Legacy Sign project to Council. The two Gateway designs installation is meant to honor the hardworking men and women of Fillmore’s past, present and future. Themed after elements of the town’s history, each design is forged with architectural steel to symbolize the town’s lasting impact. While the concepts you see before you are preliminary and can be altered accordingly, we believe the theme should reflect Fillmore’s rich history. Above is a rendering of the proposed arch for Central Avenue. Inset, the locomotive with arch proposed for east and west Highway 126. Photos courtesy City of Fillmore.
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Vacancy on City Council.
City Council Member Ari Larson tragically and unexpectedly passed away on September 17, 2021. Her City Council seat is deemed vacant as of that date. This Staff Report discusses the options available to the City Council for filling the vacancy and seeks the City Council’s direction regarding the same. Appointment: Historically, someone appointed to fill a vacancy would serve until the expiration of the predecessor’s term. Govt. Code §§36512(b), 34902(a). However, under a somewhat recent update to the law, because Council Member Larson was in the first half of her term and there are currently more than 130 days until the City’s next regular general municipal election, per Gov Code 36512(b), the appointee would only serve until the City’s election next fall has been certified – the last 2 years of Council Member Larson’s seat will need to be on that ballot. Hence, should the City Council wish to appoint a resident to the City Council to fill the vacancy, the City Council could, by a majority vote of the quorum, make an appointment whereby the appointed person would serve until the November 2022 election has been certified.

Should the City Council desire to make an appointment, staff recommends that the City Council:
1. Establish a schedule for applications,
2. Direct staff to advertise the vacant City Council seat and the application deadline,
3. Schedule the time for the City Council to interview the applicants, most likely at a
special meeting, and
4. After interviews at the special meeting city may make the appointment; or
5. Schedule the regular November 9th City Council meeting as the date on which the City
Council would make the appointment. Council decided to prepare for appointment.

A proclamation and presentation by Mayor Mark Austin on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO of VCMC and Santa Paula Hospital, spoke, with Lorena Hoover, Radiologic Specialist II. The Doctor spoke of the activity at Santa Paula Hospital, and their great new equipment.

5-B. ROTARY LEGACY SIGN PROJECT- RENEE SWENSON.
The Council accepted Planning Commission recommendation to support the design concepts of the Gateway signs and incorporate wayfinding and parking signs for the downtown area, add color to the fruit on the images, remove the “Fillmore” sign in the median once the sign is installed, attempt to use faux railroad rails and provide lights.

5-C KEVIN MCSWEENEY, PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, gave an update on City Housing Element.

7-A Council Adopted City Council Resolution 21-3843 approving the Destruction of Certain Obsolete Records and directing the City Clerk to carry out this process.

7-B City Council approved by Resolution the Memorandum of Understanding between City of Fillmore and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501 Agreement for the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

8-B Staff recommend, and City Council approved and introduced, the first reading of Ordinance No. 21-934, creating a new Chapter 8.10 in the FMC entitled: “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA, ADDING CHAPTER 8.10 TO TITLE 8 (“HEALTH AND SANITATION”) OF THE FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE, ENTITLED “SPECIFIC REGULATIONS FOR ORGANICS WASTE DISPOSAL REDUCTION, RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE COLLECTION,” TO ENACT REGULATIONS IN COMPLIANCE WITH SENATE BILL (SB) 1383 FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FOOD AND ORGANICS RECYCLING AND RELATED SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING PROCESSING AND REPORTING AND ADOPTION OF EXEMPTION FROM THE CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT” Chapter 12 of Title 14, Division 7 of the California Code of Regulations (“CCR”) requires the City adopt an ordinance of similarly enforceable mechanism by January 1, 2022. CalRecycle is mandating SB 1383 implementation through such an enforceable mechanism no later than the January 1 deadline.

8-D Waving of THE SINGLE EVENT BUSINESS LICENSE PERMIT FEE FOR VENDORS WHO ARE
FILLMORE RESIDENTS FOR THE VETERANS DAY WEEKEND CAR SHOW AND MARKET. City Council waived the application and $35 business license permit fee for the first twenty (20) Fillmore residents applying for permits to sell items during the Veterans Day Weekend Car Show and Market as shown on a list provided by the Soroptimists.

8-F Emergency repairs to WELL #8 and request Council determine emergency remains pursuant to CA Public Contract Code Sec. 22050 and authorization of additional funding. Total $350,000.

8-G Public Hearing, Santa Clara Street and Central Ave. So CA Edison Rule 20A funds and finding exemption from CEQA.

 


 
On October 5th Fillmore Unified School District appointed Fillmore High School senior Chloie Martinez as the 2021-22 Student Board Member Representative. Pictured (l-r) is Superintendent Christine Schieferle, Chloie Martinez, Board Member Olivia Palacio, Clerk Lucy Rangel, President Tricia Gradias, Vice President Sean Morris. Photo courtesy Fillmore Unified School Website.
On October 5th Fillmore Unified School District appointed Fillmore High School senior Chloie Martinez as the 2021-22 Student Board Member Representative. Pictured (l-r) is Superintendent Christine Schieferle, Chloie Martinez, Board Member Olivia Palacio, Clerk Lucy Rangel, President Tricia Gradias, Vice President Sean Morris. Photo courtesy Fillmore Unified School Website.
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Courtesy Christine Schieferle, Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District

On October 5th, the FUSD Governing Board appointed Fillmore High School Senior, Chloie Martinez as the 2021-22 Student Board Member Representative.

Chloie Martinez is a senior at Fillmore High School, maintaining a 4.0+gpa, Associate Student Body Secretary, Varsity Cheer Captain, and actively taking college courses in the Ventura Community College District since 8th grade. Additionally, she holds multiple leadership positions at Fillmore High School, including Rotary, Cards for Kindness, Flashes Unified, and Sports Medicine club. Previously she has taken part in the HOBY Youth Leadership Seminar, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and student representative for the City of Fillmore’s Recreation and Parks Commission. Chloie looks forward to graduation and enrolling in a University in the Fall of 2022.

We welcome Chloie to the FUSD Governance Team and look forward to her student reports and input.

Go Flashes!

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

The City Council is searching for applicants to fill one vacancy. Interested applicants, please apply before October
21, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. We encourage applicants to apply online, however, paper application will be available at the Administration Department, second floor, at City Hall. Courtesy City of Fillmore website. For more information
use this link: www.fillmoreca.com/Home/Components/JobPosts/Job/1083/32?backlist=%2f

 


 
The Autumn Community Festival was held on Friday, October 8th from 5pm to 9pm, at Fillmore’s Central Park. The community gathered to enjoy a Halloween pet parade, pumpkin decorating, vendors, jumpers, live music and more. The festival kicked off the first of many City events to return.
The Autumn Community Festival was held on Friday, October 8th from 5pm to 9pm, at Fillmore’s Central Park. The community gathered to enjoy a Halloween pet parade, pumpkin decorating, vendors, jumpers, live music and more. The festival kicked off the first of many City events to return.
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On Friday, October 8th, at the Fillmore Boy’s and Girls Club, a big shout-out to Fillmore’s Steve Conway for coming out and teaching the kids how to cook a steak. And thanks to Patrick Maynard for putting this awesome event together. Tasty goodness! Photos courtesy Boys & Girls Club of SCV.
On Friday, October 8th, at the Fillmore Boy’s and Girls Club, a big shout-out to Fillmore’s Steve Conway for coming out and teaching the kids how to cook a steak. And thanks to Patrick Maynard for putting this awesome event together. Tasty goodness! Photos courtesy Boys & Girls Club of SCV.
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Also in attendance was Fillmore’s Chief of Police Captain Garo Kuredijian.
Also in attendance was Fillmore’s Chief of Police Captain Garo Kuredijian.
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John Galvin speaking at Monorail Groundbreaking in 1927. Photos courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
John Galvin speaking at Monorail Groundbreaking in 1927. Photos courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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(l-r) John Galvin in 1961, Erle Stanley Gardner in 1966.
(l-r) John Galvin in 1961, Erle Stanley Gardner in 1966.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

We say Fillmore was founded in 1887 when the railroad came through, but it was not an actual town until 1914 when it was incorporated. Incorporation was not an assured event. There was strong opposition, mainly on the basis that creating a city would put another layer of taxes on the locals. On the other side was the argument that taxes currently being paid weren’t coming back to the local residents but being spent elsewhere in the county. Streets were not paved and the only paved sidewalks were those put in by the adjacent business owner. In August of 1914 the election was held with the vote split 208 for incorporation and 193 against. Fillmore became the newest city in Ventura County.

In the same election George Tighe, the first station master and store owner, was elected mayor and Clarence Arrasmith was elected city clerk. Besides Tighe on the “board of trustees”, forerunner to the city council, were Bowman Merrill, druggist; E. O. Goodenough, merchant; E. A. Pyle, “financier”; and S. H. Mosher, hardware merchant. At the first trustee meeting two additional officials were appointed – John Galvin as city attorney and Jack Casner, city marshal, both would receive the salary of $25 per month.

Two of the new city officials would serve Fillmore well into the second half of the twentieth century – Clarence Arrasmith and John Galvin.

John Galvin was born in Kentucky in 1888, but grew up in Rawlins, Wyoming, where he graduated from high school. He then went to the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1910. Immediately on graduation he moved to California, originally settling in Oxnard but finding no legal work there got a job at the sugar beet factory. A chance meeting with C. C. Elkins brought him to Fillmore in 1911.

In 1913, other family members from Rawlins moved to Fillmore. His father, Warren, was employed as a bookkeeper at the refinery. His brother, Warren, served in World War One, then worked as an electrician before serving in various law enforcement positions. His sister, Leona, worked in the post office for many years and was active in the Soroptimists. Sister Mary graduated from Fillmore High school in 1919 and worked for several years at United Mercantile before graduating from the USC School of Music and having a career teaching in El Rio and the Briggs School district before coming to Fillmore school in 1942. Mary was the beloved kindergarten teacher to several generations of the children of our community. Youngest sister, Katherine, graduated from Fillmore High school in 1923 and married William Grady who also worked for the Post Office. Mary and Katherine were both accomplished musicians and entertained at Clarence Arrasmith’s “Happy Hours.”

When asked how he was chosen with little experience to be city attorney, he replied, “It happened I was in the right place at the right time to draw up the incorporation papers and become the attorney. I had personality, obvious and unimpeachable character and I was the only attorney in town.” (Fergus Fairbanks was working as clerk at the Fillmore State Bank but hadn’t finished law school yet).

In July, 1920, he married Elizabeth Grenier, who was a teacher at Fillmore Union High School.

City Attorney was not a full-time job. John Galvin had a busy practice handling both civil and criminal cases. In addition to his legal work, he was active in community and county activities. As a public speaker he was also in demand. The May 3rd, 1934, Piru News reported that “Aside from the fact that Johnny Galvin is one of the most capable lawyers in Ventura County, he also finds time to go to the smaller communities and give them the benefit of his findings on what constitutes good citizenship. . . Not only his unquestioned ability but his wholesome manner and pleasing personality always assure him a warm welcome in Piru.”

He was also active in the Rotary, serving as president in 1926. He was also a member of the Fillmore Club.

In 1933, he became the president of the Ventura County Bar Association upon the resignation of one Earl Gardner, aka Erle Stanley Gardner the creator of Perry Mason. Like Galvin, Gardner had been admitted to the California Bar in 1911 and he first practiced in Merced until 1917. Through the years the two men came to know and respect each other. In May of 1950 Edith Moore Jarrett wrote to Gardner for advice on the contract Houghton Mifflin had sent her for her text book, “El Camino Real.” While Gardner explained he had not practiced law for several years and so could not give her advice on the contract he did suggest several places that could help her. He ended his letter to her with “…. it is a pleasure to do anything I can for anyone who is a friend of John Galvin’s.”

John Galvin retired for the position of City Attorney in 1964 and was honored by both the City of Fillmore and the League of California Cities recognizing his long years of service. He passed away in 1966.

 
On September 29th, 2021, at 8:04pm, Ventura County Fire and AMR paramedics were dispatched to a reported vehicle on its roof, with one person trapped in the 3500 block of Grimes Canyon Road, north of the rock quarry. Arriving fire crews found a gray vehicle on its roof with one person inside the vehicle needing extraction. Fire crews quickly extracted the person who was transported to a nearby hospital, condition unknown. According to CHP the reporting party stated the driver was possibly driving recklessly prior to the crash. All lanes were blocked until fire crews cleared the area at 8:37pm. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On September 29th, 2021, at 8:04pm, Ventura County Fire and AMR paramedics were dispatched to a reported vehicle on its roof, with one person trapped in the 3500 block of Grimes Canyon Road, north of the rock quarry. Arriving fire crews found a gray vehicle on its roof with one person inside the vehicle needing extraction. Fire crews quickly extracted the person who was transported to a nearby hospital, condition unknown. According to CHP the reporting party stated the driver was possibly driving recklessly prior to the crash. All lanes were blocked until fire crews cleared the area at 8:37pm. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On October 3rd, 2021, at 11:51pm, Fillmore Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 600 block of Central Avenue, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported smoke showing from the windows of the Perez Family Funeral Home, and requested to attach VCFD (RE27). Fire crews conducted a primary search and fire was reported knocked down by 12:05am. Fillmore Police Department was also requested to respond to the scene for traffic control. At 12:07am the primary search was completed but fire crews remained for about three hours, with Investigator 91 on scene. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On October 3rd, 2021, at 11:51pm, Fillmore Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 600 block of Central Avenue, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported smoke showing from the windows of the Perez Family Funeral Home, and requested to attach VCFD (RE27). Fire crews conducted a primary search and fire was reported knocked down by 12:05am. Fillmore Police Department was also requested to respond to the scene for traffic control. At 12:07am the primary search was completed but fire crews remained for about three hours, with Investigator 91 on scene. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at approximately at 4pm, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department received a call of shots fired into a vehicle in the 4100 block of Center Street, Piru. Deputies searched in the area for evidence, and crime scene investigations were called to the scene. Eastbound Center Street was closed to traffic. No injuries were reported. No additional information was provided at the time of the incident. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at approximately at 4pm, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department received a call of shots fired into a vehicle in the 4100 block of Center Street, Piru. Deputies searched in the area for evidence, and crime scene investigations were called to the scene. Eastbound Center Street was closed to traffic. No injuries were reported. No additional information was provided at the time of the incident. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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