Photo of the Week: "Sunset on West Main Street by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @24mm. Exposure; ISO 2000, aperture f/22, shutter speed 1/60 of a second.
Photo of the Week: "Sunset on West Main Street by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, Tamron 16-300mm lens @24mm. Exposure; ISO 2000, aperture f/22, shutter speed 1/60 of a second.
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In spite of rumors!
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

Film-specifically 35mm-was as comfortable as a fleece throw. All I had to do was shoot and hand over the exposed film to a processor. Remember 1-Hour photos? Once made, the prints laid quietly in a dark, sealed envelope. Grasping the envelope, my shaky hands anxiously opened the package. Alas, with prints in hand... some oohs and ahs but oh my, also lots of over-or-under-exposed failures, a.k.a, crap! C'est la vie!

As I pursued film photography with a vengeance, digital photography was well entrenched with gear improving by the month. Mattered little! I would rather wrestle a beluga whale than convert to digital. One year at the Ventura County Fair, I shot eight rolls of 36-exposure film. Yes, eight rolls! It was necessary because focus and exposure were of the utmost importance, and it's not possible to 'chimp' film. (chimping is checking the photo just made on the digital camera's LCD screen). For publication, focus and exposure were of the utmost importance.

But think about this: 36 x 8 = 288 frames of film. While eight rolls of film may seem like a lot for one day of shooting, it was one-third of a typical day of shooting digital. The significant difference is bad film photos were costly. Ma'am, there are 17 lousy photos in this pack, so I deserve a processing refund. But sir, we didn't screw up, you did. These days, bad digital photos (yes, I occasionally pressed the shutter button too soon or too late) are deleted and marched to the pixel graveyard.

Why did I resist converting to digital? Because I'm not any different than most. We often resist learning curves when they are inconvenient, don't we? Learning how to operate a new camera is a daunting task. So many dials. So many options. The menu as pickled as a jar of pigs' feet. And, if RAW photos (equivalent to film) are made, it's also essential to learn photo editing programs on a computer — more anguish. I didn't want any part of any of that. NONE! NADA! My Canon A-1 was working just fine. And I knew it forward and backward. Compose in the viewfinder, adjust exposure, focus and press the shutter button — no reason in the world to change cameras.

Then one day, I needed to go to Home Depot in Oxnard. In the same shopping center, I visited a Circuit City store as the company was going out of business. One digital camera remained in the glass enclosure: A Canon Xsi and two kit lenses. It screamed: BUY ME! OK... OK! I gingerly, and nervously handed the clerk a credit card. I bought the camera and both lenses. Ready or not, it was D-(Digital) Day. That little Canon camera ignited a new photographic world that, to this day, I enjoy immensely.

Fast forward to now. Phonetographers profusely and loudly proclaim that photography with a dSLR camera is dead, so get over it! Get the Apple iPhone 11 pro with the triple-camera system-ultra wide, wide and telephoto lenses they say. Much easier to whip out the cell phone and take the snapshot they insist. Bidda-bing, bidda-boom, the photo goes viral on the Net. Ha! It's just another snapshot on social media that's forgotten about in three minutes or less. In spite of rumors, as long as creativity is a paramount force of photography, cameras rule! Touché phonetographers!

Sunset on Main Street is the photo of the week, another in a series of photos made during the recent PhotoWalk. Proof that we have plenty of photo ops right here in town. Grab your camera and shoot!

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

 


 
Pictured is the Citrus Packing House which has been yellow tagged by the City of Fillmore until corrections are made. Tenants of the building have voiced their frustrations about the treatment and limited hours of operation imposed by the City.
Pictured is the Citrus Packing House which has been yellow tagged by the City of Fillmore until corrections are made. Tenants of the building have voiced their frustrations about the treatment and limited hours of operation imposed by the City.
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At the September 24 and October 8, 2019 City Council meetings, several tenants of the Citrus Packing House (CPH) complained about the treatment and the limited hours of operation imposed by the City of Fillmore’s yellow tag on the building. A “yellow tag” limits entry into a building until corrections needed for safety are made. Once the safety corrections are made, the yellow tag will be removed. The list of safety corrections was agreed upon months ago, after the City was allowed to inspect the entire building.

The building’s owner, David Storrs, is aware of the fire and safety conditions needing to be rectified and never applied for a business license or the other permits necessary to operate the CPH. For more than two years the City has been talking with Mr. Storrs about the code violations at the CPH and, although promises were made, no code violations were remedied until the City issued a red tag on the building. Then, within a week, the two most significant safety concerns were corrected, and the City was able to reduce the red tag to a yellow tag.

It is unfortunate that the tenants have been placed in this situation by Mr. Storrs, but the City has an obligation to enforce local and State building codes. As an example, at one point City staff discovered that two businesses with combustible materials were located dangerously close to one another within the CPH. It is the City’s responsibility to prevent this from happening, but City staff can only do so when landlords and tenants communicate with the City and apply for required permits and licenses.

Despite all of the delays and even though Mr. Storrs still does not have the permits required to operate the CPH and the plans he promised the City to address the fire and safety issues were due more than one month ago have not been submitted, the City is allowing him to keep the CPH open, for the benefit of the tenants. The increased hours for the occupancy of the CPH while the yellow tag remains were set at 7 AM to 7 PM Monday – Saturday per Mr. Storrs’s request. As he has made no further progress the City is unable, at this time, to further extend the hours.

The City has and continues to do what it can to work with the landlord to resolve the fire and safety issues at the CPH. The City has a responsibility to the CPH tenants and the citizens of Fillmore. Although it may not be a popular stance at this time, protecting the tenants and adjacent property owners is the right thing to do.

 


 
On Friday morning, October 11th, at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, John Pressley of Fillmore donated a check for $1,000 to the Veterans Memorial building fund towards the roof repairs needed for the building.
On Friday morning, October 11th, at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, John Pressley of Fillmore donated a check for $1,000 to the Veterans Memorial building fund towards the roof repairs needed for the building.
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Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, Los Angeles CA.
Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, Los Angeles CA.

A lottery scam investigation in Fillmore on Thursday, October 10th, led to the arrest of a Los Angeles man for felony conspiracy to commit a crime, obtaining money by false pretenses, elder abuse, and an out-of-county felony warrant.

On October 10th, at approximately 2:40 p.m., an elderly female entered Bank of the Sierra in the city of Fillmore and proceeded to withdraw a large sum of money from her account. Cruz entered the bank as the elderly female was conducting the transaction. Cruz appeared to have an unusual interest in the elderly female and her transaction which prompted bank employees to notify the Sheriff’s Office. Patrol deputies and detectives responded to the bank and Cruz was contacted scurrying out of the bank. Patrol deputies interviewed the elderly female who told them she was contacted by two suspects, a male and female, asking for her help cashing a winning lottery ticket. They convinced the elderly female to obtain “good faith” money from her account that was needed to cash the winning ticket. The two suspects handed the elderly female one of their cellphones and a male on the other line impersonated himself as a lawyer corroborating what she had been told by the two suspects reference the winning lottery ticket.

Detectives determined Cruz was working in concert with the unidentified male and female suspects and he was booked at the Main Jail for PC 532(a) / Obtaining Money, Labor or Property by False Pretenses, PC 182(a)(1) / Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, and PC 368(b)(1) / Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse. During the booking process, it was discovered Cruz had an out-of-county felony warrant for PC 487(a) / Grand Theft by Embezzlement and was a suspect in Long Beach case for a lottery scam.

The common methods for carrying out these crimes include targeting the elderly, suspects alleging he/she cannot cash the winning lottery ticket due to their nationality, suspects working in pairs of two or three, and the request to wire, transfer, or obtain money or goods in exchange for winnings from a fictitious lottery ticket. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who believes they are possibly being scammed in a similar matter to contact local law enforcement.

Nature of Incident: Lottery Scam
Report Number: RB# 19-159713
Location: City of Fillmore
Date & Time: 10/10/19 @ 2:40 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol Services and Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Nelson Davila Cruz, 63, of Los Angeles, Ca
Prepared by: Detective Shawn Pewsey #3867
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

 


 
Several law enforcement agencies in Ventura County worked collectively to stop a countywide crime spree

On October 9, 2019, at 7:30 AM, Santa Paula Police officers responded to an armed carjacking report at 6th and Santa Paula St. The officers contacted the victims and learned their 2000 Chevy Silverado truck was stolen at gunpoint by a male and female juvenile. SPPD notified surrounding agencies of the incident, including details of the stolen vehicle.

At approximately 3 PM, SPPD received information from the Ventura Police Department that the stolen vehicle was spotted fleeing from a shopping center in Ventura after a female juvenile was arrested for shoplifting. The female subject was later identified as one of the two suspects involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in the day in Santa Paula.

At about 3:30 PM, SPPD received additional information that the stolen truck was involved in a traffic accident on Highway 126 at Pyle Road, Fillmore. Four male juveniles and a female juvenile were arrested by Ventura County Sheriff's deputies after the suspects fled the accident on foot. One of the male subjects was later identified as the second suspect involved in the carjacking incident that occurred earlier in Santa Paula. The Santa Paula Police K-9 Unit searched the area where the suspects were arrested and discovered a loaded firearm fitting the description of the gun used during the carjacking incident.

Subsequent investigation revealed the subjects are known gang members and was involved in a countywide crime spree that spanned Santa Paula, Oxnard, and Ventura. The crimes included multiple armed robberies, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a loaded firearm, and attempted theft.

“This effort is a perfect example of local law enforcement agencies working together to share intelligence in order to solve a variety of crimes while remove dangerous gang members from the community,” said Chief Steve Mclean. “Thank you to the Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Department, and California Highway Patrol for working closely to end this crime spree within eight hours of the first incident.”

The investigation is on-going.

Officer Preparing Press Release:
Assistant Chief of Police
Approved by: Chief of Police Steven McLean #1001

 


 
On Sunday, October 13th, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Fillmore Police Department held scheduled police training at the VC Behavioral Health building, 840 Ventura Street. Pictured is the staging area set up outside the building, as officers inside practiced clearing the building from a burglary.
On Sunday, October 13th, from 7 p.m. to midnight, the Fillmore Police Department held scheduled police training at the VC Behavioral Health building, 840 Ventura Street. Pictured is the staging area set up outside the building, as officers inside practiced clearing the building from a burglary.
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"Life of Lulu" by Nick Johnson.
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Drop off box Thursdays & Fridays at Diamond Realty

Socks are one of the most needed items for the needy! This year we are once again holding a sock drive for Fillmore kids. Our goal is 1,000 pairs of new socks! Drop off box will be available Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Diamond Realty, 460 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. We will be accepting sock donations until December 1, 2019. New children’s socks only—toddler and up—no infant socks. There are donation boxes around the community. Questions? Contact Lorraine at 805.298.5318

 
Fillmore Lions Club announces their Annual Enchilada Dinner to be held Saturday, November 1st at the Veterans Memorial Building. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. At the door tickets will be $12 for adults & $7 for kids 12 and under.
Fillmore Lions Club announces their Annual Enchilada Dinner to be held Saturday, November 1st at the Veterans Memorial Building. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. At the door tickets will be $12 for adults & $7 for kids 12 and under.
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Fillmore High to host “Vaping Presentation: What Parents Need to Know”, October 22, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Fillmore Unified School District auditorium, 627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015. For more information call Alma Ixta at (805) 981-8475. Courtesy Fillmore High School website.