Pictured above is theft evidence collected during a search of the Santa Clara River homeless encampment in Fillmore. Nine people were arrested on various charges including drug possession, possessing stolen property and possession of a deadly weapon. Photo credit Ventura County Sherriff’s Department.
Pictured above is theft evidence collected during a search of the Santa Clara River homeless encampment in Fillmore. Nine people were arrested on various charges including drug possession, possessing stolen property and possession of a deadly weapon. Photo credit Ventura County Sherriff’s Department.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Paula Police Department conducted a joint investigation into several theft related crimes that occurred in their respective jurisdiction.

During the month of July, both agencies had a rise in theft related crimes. During this time, the Fillmore Detective Bureau arrested a 33-year-old Santa Paula transient for stealing approximately 80 feet of telecommunication wires from Southern California Edison utility poles costing the victim approximately $10,000 to replace. The telecommunication lines flanked the roadway of South Mountain Road near Balcom Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of Ventura County near Santa Paula. Both agencies worked together and located evidence related to this theft, which led them to identify suspects living in the Santa Clara River bottom. In addition, the Santa Paula Police Detectives also had evidence the same suspects may be responsible for committing theft crimes within the city of Santa Paula.

The operation resulted in nine people being arrested during the search of the river bottom: two for outstanding warrants and seven for drug charges. One of the nine arrestees had an additional charge of possessing stolen property, and another of the nine arrestees had an additional charge of being in possession of a deadly weapon. All nine arrestees were transported and booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Various items of recovered property are currently being held at the Santa Paula Police Station pending owner identification.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime or any other crimes are urged to contact The Fillmore Police Station @ (805) 524-2233 or The Santa Paula Police Department @ (805) 525-4474. The reporting party may remain anonymous.

Nature of Incident: Multi-Agency Santa Clara River Bottom Operation
Location: Santa Clara River Bottom, Ventura County
Date & Time: August 18, 2022 @ 7:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Paula Police Department
Prepared by: Sergeant Will Hollowell
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian, Fillmore Police Chief

 


 
On Saturday, August 20th, 2022, Fillmore Fire Department and Ventura County Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 1000 block of Olive Street, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported a small attic fire; on-scene firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly. A fire investigator was also dispatched to the scene, no injuries were reported at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Saturday, August 20th, 2022, Fillmore Fire Department and Ventura County Fire were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 1000 block of Olive Street, Fillmore. Arriving fire crews reported a small attic fire; on-scene firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly. A fire investigator was also dispatched to the scene, no injuries were reported at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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At last night’s city council meeting the Council discussed water and sewer past due payment plan options and changing of job description for Accounting Supervisor.
At last night’s city council meeting the Council discussed water and sewer past due payment plan options and changing of job description for Accounting Supervisor.
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Presentation

5.A
WATER AND SEWER PAST DUE PAYMENT PLAN OPTIONS UPDATES AND LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLD WATER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHWAP) PRESENTATION BY: ERIKA HERRERA-TERRIQUEZ, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, CITY OF FILLMORE SUSANA LOPEZ-GARCIA, MPPA, DIRECTOR AT VENTURA COMMUNITY ACTION (CAVC) MARIA RAMIREZ, HEAP MANAGER, AT VENTURA COMMUNITY ACTION (CAVC)

5.A Adopted unanimously.

7.B
REQUEST That the City Council adopt Resolution 22-3897, approving a change in job description for the position of Accounting Supervisor. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 22-3897, amending the Accounting Supervisor job description.

7.B CONSIDERATION OF JOB DESCRIPTION AMENDMENT FOR THE ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR CLASSIFICATION STAFF REPORT AMENDING AS JOB DESCRIPTION. Resolution 22-3897 adopted unanimously.

 


 
Fillmore School District students enjoyed meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends last week as they celebrated the first day of school.
Fillmore School District students enjoyed meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends last week as they celebrated the first day of school.
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Superintendent Schieferle greeted students at each campus in the district, including on the front lawn at San Cayetano Elementary.
Superintendent Schieferle greeted students at each campus in the district, including on the front lawn at San Cayetano Elementary.
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On Friday, August 19th, Fillmore Flashes Varsity kicked off the 2022 Season defeating the California City Ravens, 49–0. Pictured is Flashes #88 running the ball up the field for an 85-yard touchdown in Friday’s game. Photos credit Crystal Gurrola.
On Friday, August 19th, Fillmore Flashes Varsity kicked off the 2022 Season defeating the California City Ravens, 49–0. Pictured is Flashes #88 running the ball up the field for an 85-yard touchdown in Friday’s game. Photos credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Courtesy Head Football Coach Charlie Weis

Last Friday the Flashes opened their season with a resounding 49-0 win over the visiting California City Ravens. Sparked by touchdown receptions by Jarod Uridel and Nate Delgadillo, the Flashes shocked their opponents with 28 unanswered points in the first quarter.

The defense played an impeccable game holding the ravens to under 100 total yards of offense and earning the only shutout in Ventura County. David Jimenez led the team with 8 tackles while Matt Pineda and Diego Alcaraz forced turnovers in the first and fourth quarters.

Six different Flashes scored touchdowns including Nate Torres, David Jimenez (two), Matt Magana, Jarod Uridel, Nate Delgadillo, and Josiah Cruz. The team totaled 416 yards of offense with 276 rushing and 140 passing yards. Sophomore Quarterback Anthony Tafoya finished his first Varsity start with 140 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. Returning All-County and All-League TE Jarod Uridel picked up where he left off last season with 4 receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown. Senior RB Nate Torres rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown including an electric 83-yard rush to the endzone. Junior David Jimenez added 66 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. Senior Matt Magana also took a 33-yard rush to the endzone while going 7 for 7 on extra-point kicks.

The Flashes are excited to continue their season this Friday at John Burroughs high school in Burbank with JV kicking off at 4pm and Varsity at 7pm.

 
Ruth Walker, Edith Jarrett, and Dorothy Haase in 1970, who were instrumental in creating the Fillmore Historical Society and Museum. They sent a letter to 100 families in the community and to businesses and civic organizations asking why they
came to Fillmore, when, and if they had items to put on display. Photos credit Fillmore Historical Museum.
Ruth Walker, Edith Jarrett, and Dorothy Haase in 1970, who were instrumental in creating the Fillmore Historical Society and Museum. They sent a letter to 100 families in the community and to businesses and civic organizations asking why they came to Fillmore, when, and if they had items to put on display. Photos credit Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Ruth Walker, who in 1970 was president of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, and was present at the 50th anniversary event.
Ruth Walker, who in 1970 was president of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, and was present at the 50th anniversary event.
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The museum in the Masonic Temple building in 1972.
The museum in the Masonic Temple building in 1972.
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Museum front in 1974.
Museum front in 1974.
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Moving the depot in 1996.
Moving the depot in 1996.
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The museum site today in 2022.
The museum site today in 2022.
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Pictured above is Ruth Walker, Edith Jarrett, Dorothy Haase 1970, which were instrumental in creating the Fillmore Historical Society and Museum. They sent a letter to 100 families in the community and to businesses and civic organizations asking why they came to Fillmore, when, and if they had items to put on display. Photo credit Fillmore Historical Museum.
Pictured is the Museum front entrance in 1974. Photo credit Fillmore Historical Museum, more photos online at www.fillmoregazette.com.
Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum
On Sunday evening, August 21, members of the Fillmore Historical Museum celebrated the 50th year of the museum’s founding with a dinner held on site. Present were members, friends, and board members. Among those enjoying the evening event was Ruth Walker, who in 1970, was president of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce and who, along with Edith Jarrett and Dorothy Haase, was instrumental in creating the Fillmore Historical Society and Museum.
The process began when they sent a letter to 100 families in the community and to businesses and civic organizations asking why they came to Fillmore, when, and if they had items to display. They used the site of the Chamber’s offices on the ground floor of the Masonic Temple Building as the first Museum site. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
The museum opened its doors for the first time in 1971. The first display was a doll collection donated by Mrs. Clarence Cochran. This collection is still on display in the Bunkhouse as is another of the early donations, a 1910 Regina Corona music box donated by the Carl Burson Sr. family. It is in still operating and can be heard in the Bunkhouse.

It soon became apparent that more space was needed. In 1972 Southern Pacific Railroad was going out of business and tearing down any structures along the right of way. It was suggested that Edith approach the railroad with a request that they donate the 1888, beat-up, depot to the Society. They didn’t donate it but they gave her a good sale price - $1.00 plus 5 cents tax. They also gave her just one week to move it or it would be torn down. That week, she went to the Fillmore City Council asking for a location on which to place the depot. The location was immediately located and approved - a small lot east of the Fillmore Fire Station on the alley between Central and Fillmore Streets. Edith paid for the move and the restoration of the depot.

Fate took over in 1994 when the Northridge Earthquake rocked the Museum’s very foundations.
Light fixtures came off the ceiling, display cases toppled, and artifacts broke. The Museum closed for 4 years. Before the earthquake, Dorothy Haase had been working with the city on a plan to move the depot to a city owned parcel along the railroad tracks on Main St. The earthquake and subsequent need for massive repairs to the downtown area propelled the city council to form a task group to propose plans for the future of downtown Fillmore. Tourism was one of the areas of interest and the move of the depot to the area near the tracks was one of the approved projects.

The earthquake also had severely impacted large numbers of homes in Fillmore. One of these homes was owned in the early years by Dr. Ira Hinckley. It sat on a parcel on First Street. This parcel also had a barn to the north which had been transformed by artist Lawrence Hinckley into the famous “Artist’s Barn”. The house, off its foundation, was destined for destruction. The owner, Oliver Corl, instead donated it to the Museum. In just a few months it was moved from First Street to its new location on the west end of the new Museum site.

Within the year, Jim Finch donated the Rancho Sespe Bunkhouse to the Museum. It was moved down highway 126 in the dead of night to a location on the east side of the new Museum site.

The last building moved was the depot. It was moved in 1996 to its current location along the railroad on Main St. It was the final building restored and was opened in 2006.

Since then, the center of the Museum site has been paved and trees planted. The gazebo which had originally been in the park north of the city hall and then moved to the vacant Masonic Temple site was moved again to its permanent location on the Museum site.

More recently a display building was built to house a 1930 Model A pickup which was restored by students at Fillmore High School under the direction of teacher, Lin Thomas. Finally a small post office building which was the first post office in Bardsdale was placed on the site. Before the earthquake it had been located on the dock of the depot.

We had considered the site complete. But in 2021 we received the donation of a 1926 American LaFrance fire engine which had been restored by a group of Fillmore volunteer firemen. The fire engine was used in Fillmore from 1927 until the early 1950s. A new building is in the planning stages to soon be constructed to house this beautiful vehicle. And, of course, fundraising has begun to pay for this new addition.

But, we do more than restore buildings. We are open to tourists from all parts of the world and the United States. We provide school tours for students, scouts and families. We do research on local historical events and write stories for you to enjoy in the Gazette and online on the Museum website.

We, the Museum staff and volunteers, hope that you will visit the Museum, enjoy the many new displays and become members in support of our projects. We also welcome new volunteers – people who want to help by leading tours or just want to know more about local history.

Learn more about our programs by visiting our website: fillmorehistoricalmuseum.org. Or just come by and visit us at 350 Main St. in Fillmore, CA. You can also contact us at Fillmore.museum@gmail.com

 
On Wednesday, August 10th, 2022, Fillmore Patrol Services, Fillmore Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported traffic collision in the area of Casner Way and Market Street, Fillmore. Arriving Sheriff's Deputies reported a single vehicle into a tree with one occupant inside the vehicle. The driver was transported to a local hospital with sirens, condition unknown. At press time it was unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Wednesday, August 10th, 2022, Fillmore Patrol Services, Fillmore Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported traffic collision in the area of Casner Way and Market Street, Fillmore. Arriving Sheriff's Deputies reported a single vehicle into a tree with one occupant inside the vehicle. The driver was transported to a local hospital with sirens, condition unknown. At press time it was unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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Stock photo of Fillmore City Hall taken by Bob Crum.
Stock photo of Fillmore City Hall taken by Bob Crum.
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Courtesy https://www.retailstrategies.com/fillmore-california-brings-in-downtown-...

August 15, 2022
Fillmore, California, has appointed Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, to develop a downtown strategic plan on behalf of the city. The Downtown Strategies team will host a Strategic Visioning Workshop in Fillmore on August 16, touring downtown and gathering input from community leaders, downtown business owners and stakeholders, and elected officials.

The five-year plan will be defined and developed considering policy and administration, design, tourism and promotion, economic vitality, and in-market research.

“We believe giving attention to our historic downtown will enhance its features greatly. This partnership will add value to the work city leaders have already begun. Business owners, stakeholders, and community leaders are excited to attend the Strategic Visioning Workshop and take away knowledge they can apply to their respective roles,” said Mayor Diane McCall.

“Our team is delighted to partner with the city of Fillmore on a Downtown Strategic Plan,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “Creating the strategic plan will enhance the city’s historic downtown features. Our downtown team looks forward to the downtown workshop to kick-start the partnership and meet with the community leaders in Fillmore.”

About Fillmore, California
Fillmore is a small city in Ventura County, California, United States, in the Santa Clara River Valley. In an agricultural area with rich, fertile soil, Fillmore has a historic downtown that was established when the Southern Pacific built the railroad through the valley in 1887.

For more information, visit https://www.fillmoreca.com/.

About Downtown Strategies
Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, exists to provide realistic, implementable strategies to communities for revitalizing their downtowns. Led by a team of former downtown revitalization practitioners and real estate experts, our combination of real-world experience, plus expertise in real estate and retail uniquely qualify us to assist communities with backfilling vacancies, increasing tourism, and enhancing the sense of place in their downtowns. Serving rural communities in 22 states, Downtown Strategies is the leading national firm for downtown revitalization planning with an emphasis on real estate and retail.

About Retail Strategies
Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

 
Thank you to Leo Bunnin owner of Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula and Bunnin Chevrolet of Fillmore for their donation of $2,500 for our backpack supply giveaway. Thanks to donors like you, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley can offer approximately 1,650+ children a real chance at success by providing the necessary tools they need to start a successful school year. Our mission here at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. It is support like yours that makes it possible for us to make a difference in so many lives and we most sincerely thank you!
Thank you to Leo Bunnin owner of Bunnin Chevrolet of Santa Paula and Bunnin Chevrolet of Fillmore for their donation of $2,500 for our backpack supply giveaway. Thanks to donors like you, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley can offer approximately 1,650+ children a real chance at success by providing the necessary tools they need to start a successful school year. Our mission here at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. It is support like yours that makes it possible for us to make a difference in so many lives and we most sincerely thank you!
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Last week Fillmore Flashes JV & Varsity Football teams hosted their Blue Vs. White scrimmage against one another to get ready for their season opener at home this Friday, August 19th against the California City Ravens. JV will kick off at 4pm and Varsity at 7pm in Flashes stadium. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Last week Fillmore Flashes JV & Varsity Football teams hosted their Blue Vs. White scrimmage against one another to get ready for their season opener at home this Friday, August 19th against the California City Ravens. JV will kick off at 4pm and Varsity at 7pm in Flashes stadium. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Courtesy Head Football Coach Charlie Weis

The transition from summer to fall is marked by changes in the weather, a return to campus, and gathering of community. Although there is some understandable hesitancy in the transition back to school for families and students, there is only excitement surrounding Flashes Football.

With one of the largest rosters in program history, and the return of county leaders in key position, the Flashes are looking forward to showing our community what they can do. Fresh off a record setting quarterfinal appearance in the CIF playoffs, this year's team has high expectations for itself.

The Flashes open their season at home Friday, August 19th against the California City Ravens. JV will kick off at 4pm and Varsity at 7pm in Flashes stadium. This will begin a very competitive and challenging non-league schedule that includes games against Burroughs-Burbank, Hart, and Bakersfield South amongst other competitive Southern Section teams.

This season the Flashes will be led by physically imposing seniors Ivan Becerra on the offensive line and Tory Cabral at linebacker who inspire and motivate their teammates every day. In addition, the team will be leaning on returning county statistical leaders Jarod Uridel, who was the number one receiving Tight End in the county last fall, Anthony Chessani, who was the top rusher and scorer in 2021, and Mathew Magana, who compiled county leading statistics in points scored, turnovers forced, and offensive production.

Last Friday’s Blue Vs. White scrimmage was a testament to how deep and talented this team is. Huge game breaking runs from Junior David Jimenez and Senior Diego Amezcua paired with touchdown throws from Sophomore quarterback Anthony Tafoya illuminated how strong this team can be.

After a spectacular run last season that culminated in hosting an impressive playoff win over Coachella Valley and a quarterfinal berth in the playoffs, the Flashes have something to prove this year as one of the last small town football programs left. In an era where most top programs in southern California rely on transfer talent and out of area athletes, Fillmore stands as the pinnacle of what a home-grown program can be.

However, this can’t be done by players and coaches alone. They need everyone's support to keep this unique program thriving and they look forward to sharing many Friday nights under the lights with their friends, family, and fans.

Let’s bring back the One Town and One Team mentality that made last fall's CIF run so special! Our stands are the STORM and we've heard that The Storm Is Coming.

GO FLASHES!