Photo of the Week: "Sunrays, Info Center and long gorgeous shadow" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @ 17mm. Exposure; ISO 5000, lens aperture f/22, 1/320 sec shutter speed.
Photo of the Week: "Sunrays, Info Center and long gorgeous shadow" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @ 17mm. Exposure; ISO 5000, lens aperture f/22, 1/320 sec shutter speed.
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Looking but not seeing
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Considering the variety of 'photos of the week' published, I often receive questions asking how do I stay inspired? Answer: Life! In spades! Life in its multitudinous forms present unlimited fascinating photo opportunities every day, so staying motivated is easy.

Another question often asked by a few of my 1,286,328 readers is about a photo walk in Fillmore. Done! Last Saturday. I announced it here twice but should have advertised it on a billboard. Sad to say, not one photographer, or phonetographer, from Fillmore, participated.

Not only was the photo walk fun, but also an excellent opportunity to practice the art of "seeing." I've observed that too often, people look but don't 'see.' If a scene or object is seen without total apperception, looking is not seeing. Some conclude that photographers have a third eye, referring to 'seeing' what most overlook. And let's acknowledge previsualization (previs) with the 'mind's' eye, a topic for another day.

I scheduled the photo walk to begin at 5 p.m. to take advantage of the late afternoon light. What's better than downtown Fillmore during the golden hour for photographic inspiration? A photo walk is not unlike street photography. Street photography is a genre that I don't engage in often enough. Though photos made are often fortuitous, they are nonetheless revealing of life. Connect the dots.

Phonetographers continue to write about, ahem, the inconvenience of photography.

This topic came up during my discussions with my Truckee photography friend. Upon ruminating the subject, we mutually concluded that phonetography is all about instant gratification. To opine, it seems that the world, because of technology, is running at a much faster speed. It is often feeling like hyper-speed. No time to make a RAW photo, and later have to post-process it. Snap the picture with a cell phone and instantly zap it to social media. Every day, millions of phonetographers post snapshots on Facebook and Snapchat. All shot without any regard to composition, but so what? There are so many snapshots to see that at best, they get only a quick glance, then it's on to glance briefly at the next snapshot. The next day, who remembers the snapshots? Snaptography is like ghostography; we think we saw a photo, but we're not sure.

In spite of apparent obstinacy, I remain motivated to beat the creative drum. I'm passionate about photography because I'm enamored with creativity. But as my friend and I discussed, if creativity means nothing, it follows that photography means nothing. But I am not yet disposed to believe that creativity is kaput. Yet I remain befuddled. Photography is the perfect medium for those who like me have no artistic talent for fine art painting. So it seems that only two obstacles prevent or hinder more from engaging in the joy of photography: Cost of gear and editing software. I get that. But a quality point-and-shoot camera can be bought for far less than a large screen tv. And surely photography is so much more fun than watching a tv sitcom. Arguing this opinion is futile!

On the recent photo walk, a photo op magically appeared. It happens when you believe in serendipity. Truth be told, anticipating such possibilities, I scheduled the walk to include the golden hour before sunset. At the right time, I maneuvered into position to capture both the sunrays and the long, gorgeous shadow. Bidda-bing, bidda-boom: Ecstasy! BTW, the sunrays are done in the camera, not added during post-processing. The technique is revealed in the photo data.

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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

As the Sheriff of Ventura County, I feel compelled to address my decision to withdraw our participation from the “Blue Bowl” flag football fundraising event that was scheduled to take place this weekend here in Ventura County.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has worked with hundreds of organizations, businesses, and individuals over the last year to organize and plan successful fundraisers for the Helus family and all the victims of the Borderline tragedy. To date, every event has been successful, lifelong friendships have been established, and people of all faiths and all political views stood hand-in-hand because the focus was exactly where it needed to be - on the victims and their families. We will continue to support all of our fallen law enforcement brothers and sisters and their families, as well as all of the victims of tragedies our community has experienced.

In regards to the “Blue Bowl,” I initially gave my approval for support of the event organized by this out-of-state group. As we drew closer to the actual event, they seemed to become more focused on political agendas, and less and less so on the victims and their families. I felt it was in the best interest of the department, the victims, and our community to not directly participate in the event, which the organizers have since cancelled.

The event organizers have now launched a vicious and calculated social media campaign against the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office — and specifically against Commander Tim Hagel, who serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Thousand Oaks, as he has done honorably for the past several years. During the past year, since the Borderline crisis, Commander Hagel has been both professionally and personally involved with all those impacted by the Borderline tragedy. He has personally attended every funeral service and been present at virtually every
fundraiser. His focus has been and continues to remain on what is best for those impacted by this tragedy and what is best for Ventura County.

Our focus continues to remain on what is best for the people of Ventura County and those that suffered, during this difficult time.

Given the national spotlight focused on this event, Karen Helus, the widow of Sgt. Ron Helus who was killed at the Borderline, and their son, Jordan, have reached out to us and expressed their disappointment over the negative publicity. Here are statements from Karen and Jordan:

Statement from Karen Helus:

Friends,
As always, thank you for the continued and incredible amount of love shown to me and my family over the last year. I am saddened and disappointed that a charity fundraiser has turned into politically charged national news story. Since the tragic events of last November, I have intentionally avoided relating political causes to the loss of my husband. Unfortunately, the politics surrounding this flag football event turned into a distraction from the cause it was meant to highlight. Since this event has evolved into more about politics and less about our loss, I feel it is important to remind everyone that I have met our President on several occasions and continue to respect and support him due to his unwavering support of my family and all law enforcement. I also want to thank my life long family at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for standing by me throughout this past year. They have been with me every step of the way from accompanying me to highly publicized charitable fundraisers to getting my nails done and going to lunch.
Thank you,
Karen

Statement from Jordan Helus
Hello All,
As you are probably well aware, I typically do not speak out on issues, but I feel it is important to do so now. With the recent developments of the Ron Helus Blue Bowl I'd like to clarify a few things from my perspective.
1: Tim Hagel and the VCSO pulled out of the event due to mutual agreement based on the growing political agendas surrounding the event. He is not a rogue chief of police and he is in no way any of the negative things some members of the community (the one he continues to love and support) are calling him. Knowing him personally, he is a kind hearted man who does not deserve to be treated in any other fashion as such.
2: The original intent of the event was to honor those lost at Borderline and have fun with the community in a friendly flag football tournament. As the event has grown in notoriety, the agenda of the event seemed to be changing from honoring the fallen, to becoming a political platform to speak and express personal views. The VCSO has no issue with freedom of speech coming from any political affiliation, but the purpose of the event was not to discuss politics on a stage that the deaths of 12 people created.
3: I have not spoken with the organizers of the Ron Helus Blue Bowl, and I do not believe they had done anything wrong in regards to organizing the event and inviting individuals from a variety of political views, beliefs, and mindsets. In fact, I am very thankful and appreciative of their efforts organizing such a large event. Where they went wrong, was taking conversation between them and the VCSO out of context and try to paint Tim Hagel as the villain. There was no villain. No one was in the wrong. The focus of the event changed and the VCSO no longer wanted to be affiliated with the newly perceived focus of politics. The only wrong done was slander on the part
of the organizers.
As you can tell, I have strong opinions on this and I wish that things could just go back to how they were when the event was first presented. Both my mom and I were very excited and enthusiastic about the idea along with the VCSO, but I personally support their decision to withdraw from the event.
That being said, I do not have all the facts and tend to keep a very open mind. My hope is that this was all a huge miscommunication and that the Blue Bowl organizers did not intend for the event to turn into a political stage.
Best,
Jordan

Prepared by: Sheriff Bill Ayub

 


 
Armando Alvarado, 18, Thousand Oaks.
Armando Alvarado, 18, Thousand Oaks.

Two Thousand Oaks teenagers were arrested after they stole a commercial truck and crashed it in the city of Fillmore.

On 09/18/19, deputies responded to a vehicle theft in the 400 block of Main Street in Fillmore. Deputies learned that two male subjects entered the victim’s truck and sped away. The suspects proceeded to a nearby dirt lot where the victim attempted to confront the thieves. The owner of the truck grabbed onto the vehicle, but the driver accelerated. In doing so, the suspect nearly ran over the victim. The suspects were able to elude the victim and accelerated onto a nearby street where they lost control of the truck and collided with a parked car.

Several witnesses provided information concerning the vehicle theft. In addition, one witness was able to capture the event on a cellphone camera. The witness observed the suspects as they drove throughout the city. During the theft, the suspects lost control of the truck and crashed into a drainage canal near Ventura Street and Los Serenos Drive in Fillmore. Once the vehicle came to rest, the subjects exited and ran away from the scene. Multiple witnesses utilized their cellphone cameras to video various aspects of the crime, but at the time, deputies were unable to locate the suspects.

Investigators were able to identify the suspects by way of the images provided by several witnesses. This led to the identification of Armando Alvarado and a juvenile. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ residence. The search warrant uncovered additional evidence linking Alvarado and the juvenile to the crime.

Alvarado was booked at the Pre Trial Detention Facility for the following charges:

VC 10851 (a)- Unlawful taking of a vehicle
VC 20002 (a)- Hit-run driving
PC 245 (a)(1)- Assault with a deadly weapon

The juvenile was booked at the Ventura County Juvenile Hall Facility for the following charges:

VC 10851 (a)- Unlawful taking of a vehicle
VC 20002 (a)- Hit-run driving

In this instance and with several other automobiles stolen in Fillmore this year, keys were left in vehicles, enabling the suspects to steal the vehicles with ease. The Fillmore Police Department would like to remind residents of Fillmore that crimes of opportunity exist because criminals choose targets that offer high reward with little resistance. Residents are reminded that the easiest way to avoid becoming a victim of this crime is to never leave ignition keys in your vehicles.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Theft Hit and Run Suspects Arrested
Report Number: 19-147331
Location: 400 Block of Main Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: 09/30/19 7:10 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol and Fillmore Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(A-1) Armando Alvarado 18 Thousand Oaks
(A-2) Juvenile 14 Thousand Oaks
Prepared by: Sergeant Vince Alvarez
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

 


 
Members of the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association, along with parents and community members, picketed the FUSD building, with cars driving by honking in support.
Members of the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association, along with parents and community members, picketed the FUSD building, with cars driving by honking in support.
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The school board meeting was packed with teachers and supporters, with the crowd overflowing into the hallway. Several teachers spoke regarding their requests for a fair and equitable salary increase.
The school board meeting was packed with teachers and supporters, with the crowd overflowing into the hallway. Several teachers spoke regarding their requests for a fair and equitable salary increase.
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Board meeting highlights for the Fillmore Unified School District

1. Resolution Implementing Prequalification of Construction Contractors Under Public Contract Code Section 20111.6 Fillmore Unified School District.
The Governing Board adopted Resolution No. 19-20-10 Implementing Prequalification of Construction Contractors Under Public Contract Code Section 20111.6 Fillmore Unified School District

2. Award Bid for RFP# T 2020-001 ISP for Internet Access Services
The Governing Board awarded the bid to Lowest Qualified Bidder: AT&T. The Bid Amount is $59,824.80

3. Award Bid for RFP# T 2020-002 NGFW for Network Firewall
The Governing Board awarded the bid to Lowest Qualified Bidder: BorderLAN—Fortinet. The Bid Amount is $35,326.90

4. Award Bid for RFP# T 2020-003 CF for Web Content Filter
The Governing Board awarded the bid to Lowest Qualified Bidder: BorderLAN—Content Keeper. The Bid Amount is $62,717.85.

5. Approve Notice of Completion for Science Building Window Replacement at Fillmore High School, Project 2019-026—Bodagger Enterprises, Inc.— Contract $412,425.00
The Governing Board accepted the Notice of Completion for purchase order F19-01391, Science Building Window Replacement at Fillmore High School completed by Bodagger Enterprises, Inc.

6. Approve Change Order #2 for Fillmore High School Electrical Yard Infrastructure Upgrade at Fillmore High School, 555 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015, Project 2019-035
The Governing Board approved Change Order #2 in the amount of $4,448.31.

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

 


 
On September 25th 1999, the Vision 20/20 Time Capsule was buried. Now, after 20 years, the time capsule was unearthed on Wednesday, September 25th. The City of Fillmore now has the contents of the capsule upstairs on the 2nd floor of City Hall during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday and every other Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A copy of The Fillmore Gazette was included.
On September 25th 1999, the Vision 20/20 Time Capsule was buried. Now, after 20 years, the time capsule was unearthed on Wednesday, September 25th. The City of Fillmore now has the contents of the capsule upstairs on the 2nd floor of City Hall during regular business hours: Monday – Thursday and every other Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A copy of The Fillmore Gazette was included.
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On Friday, September 20th Fillmore Rotary and Soroptimist International of Fillmore hosted International Peace Day at Fillmore’s City Park. This year they honored FHS student Hanna Fairall, who was award Peacemaker of the Year. Pictured left to right: Cathy Krushell, president of Soroptimist International of Fillmore, Hannah Fairall, Peacemaker Award recipient, Richelle Piechowski, assistant principal of Fillmore High School, Katharine McDowell, Peace Chair for Rotary Club of Fillmore and Soroptimist International of Fillmore, and Ari Larson, president of Rotary Club of Fillmore and District Director 1 for Soroptimist Camino Real Region.
On Friday, September 20th Fillmore Rotary and Soroptimist International of Fillmore hosted International Peace Day at Fillmore’s City Park. This year they honored FHS student Hanna Fairall, who was award Peacemaker of the Year. Pictured left to right: Cathy Krushell, president of Soroptimist International of Fillmore, Hannah Fairall, Peacemaker Award recipient, Richelle Piechowski, assistant principal of Fillmore High School, Katharine McDowell, Peace Chair for Rotary Club of Fillmore and Soroptimist International of Fillmore, and Ari Larson, president of Rotary Club of Fillmore and District Director 1 for Soroptimist Camino Real Region.
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Rotary Club of Fillmore and Soroptimist International of Fillmore collaborated to celebrate International Day of Peace on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at the City Park in Fillmore. A Peacemaker award was presented to a student at Fillmore High School who exemplified the spirit of peace and giving. The honoree was Hannah Fairall. She was selected by FHS principal John Wilber and staff. The award was presented to Hannah by FHS assistant principal Richelle Piechowski. The history of the peace crane was read and a meditation was led by Renee Swenson of ReGen Haus Yoga. Every attendee received an origami peace crane as a symbol of being mindful of striving for peace in the community. Katharine McDowell, Peace Chair for both Rotary Club of Fillmore and Soroptimist International of Fillmore thanked the guests for attending and invited the group to a small reception at ReGen Haus Yoga. A special thank you to Roan Mills Bakery. If you are interested in learning more about Rotary Club of Fillmore or Soroptimist International of Fillmore contact Ari Larson 805.794.7590 or petenari55@hotmail.com

 
The KB Homes Citrus Grove Development located behind the Vons Shopping Center on River Street seems to be making some progress. In the past few weeks at least two 3-story condo units are nearly complete, and workers seem nearly ready to add the roofs. These are just two of the 104 units set to be built on the property, to house 375 residences.
The KB Homes Citrus Grove Development located behind the Vons Shopping Center on River Street seems to be making some progress. In the past few weeks at least two 3-story condo units are nearly complete, and workers seem nearly ready to add the roofs. These are just two of the 104 units set to be built on the property, to house 375 residences.
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Last Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m., crowds of people lined up down Central Avenue as the Fillmore Alumni Association hosted their annual Blue & White Night and Fillmore High School’s 2019 Homecoming Parade. Pictured above is the Fillmore High Mascot the “Flashman”, as he rides in on his horse waving to the crowd, getting them pumped up for Friday night’s game against Carpinteria. Photos courtesy Mark Ortega of FHS Alumni President.
Last Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m., crowds of people lined up down Central Avenue as the Fillmore Alumni Association hosted their annual Blue & White Night and Fillmore High School’s 2019 Homecoming Parade. Pictured above is the Fillmore High Mascot the “Flashman”, as he rides in on his horse waving to the crowd, getting them pumped up for Friday night’s game against Carpinteria. Photos courtesy Mark Ortega of FHS Alumni President.
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The FHS Homecoming Parade took place and as tradition would have it the students from each class created a float to represent their class. This year’s theme was “Flash Through the Decades.” Pictured above is the Senior Class float which reads “The Fabulous 50’s.” Photo courtesy Mark Ortega, FHS Alumni President.
The FHS Homecoming Parade took place and as tradition would have it the students from each class created a float to represent their class. This year’s theme was “Flash Through the Decades.” Pictured above is the Senior Class float which reads “The Fabulous 50’s.” Photo courtesy Mark Ortega, FHS Alumni President.
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Saturday, October 5th is Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Appointments are required; call 805-658-4323 to make your appointment! Fillmore Residents and small business owners can drop off hazardous waste materials that are not accepted in general trash/recycling bins. Drop off location is at Fillmore’s Public Works Department yard at the Corner of A Street and Landeros Lane (Sespe Ave). Accepting waste and oil based paints, electronics, pool and photo chemicals, cleaning solvents, batteries of all kinds, etc. See photo for list of items NOT being accepted. This is FREE for Fillmore residents; you will be required to show valid ID and a copy of a bill demonstrating your household address proving validity of Fillmore residency such as a trash bill, water bill, etc.

 

October 31st Trunk or Treat – Downtown Fillmore (Central Avenue between Sespe Ave & Main Street!) 5pm-8pm FREE trick or treating fun on Halloween night in Fillmore! Come dressed in your best costumes to show off & show out this Hollow’s Eve & vote on your most favorite decorated trunk at the event! Free family fun. If interested in being a registered “trunk” to decorate your car/tent & hand out treats or host games for the trick-or treaters, call 805-524-1500 ext 713 or email recreation@fillmoreca.goc for more info! FB event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2508489405904461/