Pictured is Fillmore High School Principal John Wilber who presented the school board with the fall 2019 sports review for Fillmore High School.
Pictured is Fillmore High School Principal John Wilber who presented the school board with the fall 2019 sports review for Fillmore High School.

Board meeting highlights for the Fillmore Unified School District

Fall 2019 Sports Review
The Governing Board received information from John Wilber, Fillmore High School Principal, regarding Fall 2019 sports participation.

Fall 2019 Sports Medicine Review
The Governing Board received information from Breanna McLain, Director of Sports Medicine, regarding Fall 2019 sports medicine data.

Approve Pre-Qualified Pool of Division of State Architect (DSA) Construction Inspectors for Various District Projects
The Governing Board approved the pre-qualified Construction Project Inspectors for current and future Measure V Bond Projects.

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

 


 
On Monday, December 2nd at 9pm the Howard Family Christmas Light Show from Fillmore was featured on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight. The Howard’s Christmas light show began November 29th and will run nightly through January 1st. Located at the corner of Wildwood and Edgewood near Rio Vista Elementary School, you can listen from your car on radio station FM 97.7, or listen outside. They do ask that you not block their neighbors’ driveways, and please don’t blast the music. Courtesy Howard Family FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HowardFamilyLightShow
On Monday, December 2nd at 9pm the Howard Family Christmas Light Show from Fillmore was featured on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight. The Howard’s Christmas light show began November 29th and will run nightly through January 1st. Located at the corner of Wildwood and Edgewood near Rio Vista Elementary School, you can listen from your car on radio station FM 97.7, or listen outside. They do ask that you not block their neighbors’ driveways, and please don’t blast the music. Courtesy Howard Family FB page: https://www.facebook.com/HowardFamilyLightShow
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On Wednesday, December 18th the Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District along with the United Water Conservation District is celebrating the completion of the Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project. Pictured is the project while under construction. Photo courtesy Ventura County Public Works Agency.
On Wednesday, December 18th the Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District along with the United Water Conservation District is celebrating the completion of the Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project. Pictured is the project while under construction. Photo courtesy Ventura County Public Works Agency.
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The Ventura County Public Works Agency’s Watershed Protection District (VCPWA WPD) and United Water Conservation District (UWCD) are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

The project will capture runoff from the existing storm drain system, treating approximately 17 acre-feet per year (AFY) of runoff from 36 urban acres located in the Piru community. The captured runoff will be transported to the existing but inactive UWCD Piru Spreading Grounds and will be spread to recharge the Piru Groundwater Basin. Before entering the spreading grounds debris, sediment, trash and other pollutants will be removed by a pre-treatment device, a 10-ft diameter Continuous Deflective Separation (CDS) unit.

“The Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project will have dual benefits to improve water quality to meet compliance with Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load and groundwater recharge/ water supply enhancement,” explains Ewelina Mutkowska, VCPWA WPD, Stormwater Program Manager. “This will help improve the water quality of Piru Creek and add recharge to the Piru Groundwater Basin. Capture of stormwater runoff is a sustainable source for groundwater recharge, and we need to look for more similar opportunities to enhance our water supply sources countywide”.

Under pre-project conditions, storm drains directed stormwater runoff to Piru Creek on its way to the ocean. The Santa Clara River (SCR) downstream of Piru Creek has documented bacteria water quality impairments and is subject to federal Clean Water Act regulations set by the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LA-RWQCB). As described by the LA-RWQCB, available monitoring data indicates that the major contributors of bacteria loading to the river and SCR Estuary are dry- and wet-weather urban runoff discharges from stormwater conveyance systems. This project, funded by the State Proposition 1 Storm Water Grant Program, captures urban runoff, improves water quality and recharges groundwater.

Ribbon Cutting:

Who: VCPWA Watershed Protection District, United Water Conservation District to host a ribbon cutting for the Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project
When: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Piru Spreading Grounds

 


 

"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Photo of the Week: "Autumn snow-capped mountain north of Fillmore. A chilly harbinger of the winter to come?" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, auto mode, with Tamron 16-300mm lens @200mm. Exposure; ISO 100, aperture f/10, 1/250th of a second shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Autumn snow-capped mountain north of Fillmore. A chilly harbinger of the winter to come?" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, auto mode, with Tamron 16-300mm lens @200mm. Exposure; ISO 100, aperture f/10, 1/250th of a second shutter speed.
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P or A is OK
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Look at you, grinning from ear to ear. You're so proud of yourself for scoring a great camera deal on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I'm also proud of you. Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, or a Panasonic? All great brands. Say again? You bought a Hasselblad H6D 400c 100mp camera? Wow! Congratulations! Back to reality.

Of course you promptly inserted the battery followed by the SD or Compact Flash card. Then you turned on the camera and UH OH, sooooo many options. The menu looks like that of a French restaurant - Bouillabaisse, coq au vin, escargots de Bourgogne. Com'on, you know the drill: READ THE USER MANUAL! Sorry about yelling but you know that it's important to learn how to USE your new camera.

I get it. Many camera user manuals look like they were written in gibberish. Camera user manuals are not particularly user friendly. Relax! Youtube to the rescue. In the youtube search box, enter your camera brand and model. Unless you bought a closeout Shenzhen Ruoxing B88 camera on eBay for $4.95, there's a good chance that someone has published a hands-on tutorial for your camera. Such tutorials can get you up to speed in a jiffy. Two other resources: https://www.creativelive.com/ and https://www.udemy.com/. Either or both may have a tutorial for your specific camera. When I bought my Canon 7D Mark II camera, I found a great tutorial on Creative Live. The cost was negligible, and I learned a great deal about my camera in about an hour.

You don't have to actuate every sub-menu item. It's OK to begin with the camera in either 'P' (Program) or 'A' (Auto) mode and let the camera determine exposure as you focus on focus and the composition. After making a photo in 'auto' mode, study the photo data (ISO, aperture & shutter speed) to see the settings the camera used to get the proper exposure. It will help you prepare for manual mode. Also, check the LCD to view the histogram. The histogram is a graphical illustration of the image exposure. Some of my histograms are hysterical! But I digress.

Now that you know how to use your new camera, you are about to embark on a phenomenally creative adventure. Feel free to jump for joy in advance. Back down to earth, there's one more important detail: RAW or JPEG? Remember, JPEGs are camera processed. To start, JPEGs are fine because they eliminate editing afterward. JPEGS are usually OK for snapshots in adequate light. But at some point, JPEGs will disappoint you. You will then realize that RAW files enable a much larger latitude for editing to achieve the photo you desire for print or digital distribution. At that time, you will need to obtain a photo editing program. It's an integral part of becoming a 'photographer'. But software is a subject for another time. Watch this space, as they say on TV.

A brief word about, ahem, "phonetography". All 2,683,957 regular readers of this column know that my old trusty LG G3 cellphone died a sudden death a month ago. One moment it was alive and functioning fine-the next, no pulse. It's resting on a hand towel because after all these years sitting on my hip at the ready, I have not yet been able to 'let it go'. In the meantime, I'm (impressed) with the, ahem, photos my new Samsung S10+ produces. A harbinger of becoming a phonetographer? Whoa! Be nice and perish that thought!!!

Photo of the week is a north Fillmore mountain top covered with a lovely blanket of snow. Ah, such is the splendor of wintry landscapes.

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

 
A stabbing at Elva’s Center Market in Piru resulted in an arrest on Thursday, November 21st. The crime was reported at 2:07 p.m. at the popular market, located at 3969 Center Street in the small rural town. The victim suffered a stab wound to the shoulder and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Deputies located the suspect, Troy Dunn, 51, of Piru, shortly after. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into county jail, with a bail of $20,000.
A stabbing at Elva’s Center Market in Piru resulted in an arrest on Thursday, November 21st. The crime was reported at 2:07 p.m. at the popular market, located at 3969 Center Street in the small rural town. The victim suffered a stab wound to the shoulder and was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. Deputies located the suspect, Troy Dunn, 51, of Piru, shortly after. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and booked into county jail, with a bail of $20,000.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Last year, an increasing number of residential burglaries were reported in several Ventura County communities; particularly during the daylight savings time period. These burglaries shared some commonalities, including the residences being located near open spaces and hiking trails. Several of these homes were within gated communities that employ private security. While this is an extra layer of security for the resident, it did not prevent the suspects from approaching the properties on foot through these open spaces and entering the backyards.

These burglaries occurred during the holiday months, often when victims were briefly out to dinner or left their homes vacant for several days while on vacation. Suspects looked for indicators that the residence was unoccupied and then forced entry inside. A large number of these crimes occurred between 5 pm to 9 pm. Suspects targeted jewelry, small safes, and valuables, mostly within the master bedroom. It is possible in some cases that the suspects watched the residence and waited for the occupants to leave.

An extensive investigation employing numerous resources within the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of several suspects who were committing some of these burglaries. Undoubtedly, these arrests have prevented some additional burglaries, however, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like homeowners and residents to take extra precautions to protect themselves and their property:

• Leave interior lights or a television on and a vehicle in the driveway to give the appearance the home is occupied.
• Install high quality exterior cameras with clear day and night time resolution that is at face level.
• Have cameras cover common entry points such as front door, back windows and back sliding doors.
• Choose camera systems that can alert you of activation with an app on your phone.
• It is also important to be familiar with your camera security system so that you can access and or download the footage if needed.
• If you’re leaving for days at a time, let neighbors know and consider having someone check on your home while you’re away.
• The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office offers Vacation House Checks through our Volunteers
In Policing (VIP’s) programs or as extra patrol requests:
- Fillmore Police and Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 524-2233
- Headquarters Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 654-2668
- Thousand Oaks Police and Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 371-8398
- Moorpark Police and Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 532-2700
- Camarillo Police and Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 388-5100
-Ojai Police and Sheriff’s Station ~ (805) 646-1414

• While away, store your jewelry and valuables in a secure safe or hidden location. These criminals have been known to defeat some safes, so a safe deposit box is a safer alternative.
• If you choose to have an alarm; choose one with glass breakage detection.
Remember to call 911 if you witness a crime or discover you are a victim of a crime. If you are away from your home and receive an alert from your camera system and confirm suspicious activity, make the Sheriff’s Communication Center your first call at (805) 654-9511. If you call
911 from another jurisdiction, your call will be delayed while the agency answering routes your call to us.
Take note of the make, model, and license plate of any suspicious vehicles that are parked in the neighborhood that look unfamiliar. Immediately report suspicious persons that are trying to conceal their identity or are acting nervous. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office requests that you do not approach suspicious persons or vehicles. Call the Sheriff’s Communication Center to report suspicious activity, and a deputy will respond to investigate.

Nature of Incident: Evening Burglary Trends and Safety Tips
Report Number: Multiple
Location: Ventura County Communities
Date & Time: Evening Hours
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Services
Prepared by: Detective Theodore Stern
Approved by: Captain Denise Sliva

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

The Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) met with representatives from the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) on November 25, 2019, for the third mediation session. The mediation session was held at the District Office (627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, California) beginning at 9:14 AM. FUSD and FUTA reached a Tentative Agreement at 3:39 PM on Monday, November 25, 2019.
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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE FILLMORE UNIFIED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION

The District and FUTA agree to maintain the terms of the July 1, 2016-2019 collective bargaining agreement between the parties status quo for that term, plus one additional year, through June 30, 2020, except for the following modifications:

1. All certificated bargaining unit salary schedules, with the exception of the Hourly/Daily Extra Pay Certificated Assignment schedule shall be increased by 4.0% effective July 1, 2018. All certificated bargaining unit members actively employed by Fillmore Unified School District on June 30, 2019 shall be eligible for all retroactive pay.

2. All certificated bargaining unit salary schedules, with the exception of the Hourly/Daily Extra Pay Certificated Assignment schedule shall be increased by 2.5% effective July 1, 2019.

3. Health and Welfare Benefits under Article 5 shall remain status quo.

4. Article 19, Class Size, shall be modified as stated in the signed April 24, 2019 tentative agreement (attached hereto as Exhibit 1).

5. The parties’ signed February 26, 2019 Tentative Agreement for the MOU on Collaboration shall not be implemented.

6. For the 2019-2020 school year, the parties shall implement their February 26, 2019
Working Agreement for one additional middle school grade level chair at 6th grade (attached hereto as Exhibit 2).

7. The parties agree to defer implementation of the February 26, 2019 Working Agreement goal planning, performance observation, and final evaluation forms pilot until school year 2020-2021 (attached hereto as Exhibit 3). The evaluation committee shall resume meeting during the 2019-2020 school year to draft language to support the pilot forms. The goal of the evaluation committee is to present updated contract language for article 11 when negotiations begin for 2020-2021.

8. There shall be no reopener negotiations for 2019-2020. Both parties shall sunshine their proposals for school year 2020-2021 by March 27, 2020. Negotiations shall commence within 30 days after the sunshining process is complete.

9. Both parties shall take this agreement for ratification as a package and shall support ratification. No single element of this package shall be voted on separately. Should both parties not approve this agreement in its entirety, the entire agreement shall be null and void.

There will be a general meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd at 3:30 in room 8 at San Cayetano to go over the tentative agreement in more detail. Voting will commence at each site beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4th - Friday, Dec. 6th. Votes will be counted at 3:30 at San Cayetano on Monday, December 9th. All members are encouraged to attend to witness the count.

 
Saturday, December 7th at 10am will be the 18th Annual Fillmore Lions Club Christmas Parade, taking place on Central Avenue. Pictured above is a photo from last year’s Christmas parade.
Saturday, December 7th at 10am will be the 18th Annual Fillmore Lions Club Christmas Parade, taking place on Central Avenue. Pictured above is a photo from last year’s Christmas parade.
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Believe it or not, the Fillmore Lions Club Christmas Parade is right around the corner. This year’s Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th. As always, Santa will trade in his sleigh for the morning and make his special trip down Central Avenue aboard a Fillmore Fire Department fire truck. At the end of his ride, Santa will make his way to the depot to take photos with the kids, so make sure to bring your camera to take pictures.

The Christmas Parade is open to individuals, businesses, civic organizations, school bands, church groups, car clubs and equestrians. Just about any group or person who wants to celebrate the season with a “themed entry” is welcome and there is no cost to enter the parade. To be a part of the Christmas Parade, send an email to FillmoreChristmasParade@gmail.com and an application will be sent to you. Or visit our website at FillmoreLionsClub.org and click on the parade poster to find the application. For questions or additional information, please contact Lion Scott Lee at 524-1896.

Please remember that the parade route will be posted “No Parking” from 8:00 am to approximately 12:00 pm on the day of the parade on Central Avenue from Third Street to Santa Clara. Cooperation from residents is needed in order to keep vehicles off of the parade route during that time for the safety of parade participants and spectators.

Although the Fillmore Christmas Parade has a long standing tradition in Fillmore, it was in danger of being cancelled in 2001 when the parade lost its’ sponsor. The late Hank Carrillo suggested the Fillmore Lions Club assume the responsibility for the Christmas Parade as a service to the community and the Lions Club continue to sponsor the Parade in Hank Carrillo’s honor. Fillmore Lions wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you on December 7th!