Letters to the Editor
February 27, 2014

To the Editor:
Dear Editor and community,
I wanted to give you a little run down on the meeting last week that was held by the One Step Group. It was a great turnout and it was so good to see so many new faces becoming involved in this superfund site issue. We had people from a few newspapers, a few lawyers and representatives from a Congress Woman’s and a Senator’s offices, too bad no one from our own City Council or Planning Department were able to attend. It was a good opportunity for the community to get some questions answered and give feed back to Chevron and the EPA. Many of the near by neighbors oppose the project, which will involve developing the area for light industrial and business park, because of potential contaminated soil once again being disturbed and the unnecessary building of the site. I asked Chevron who they talked to, other than City officials, who gave them the indication that developing this site would be a good idea for our town. The answer was that they only talked with City officials. So Chevron did not communicate at all with the citizens to find their opinion on this project. They just came into our town and decided that this would be good idea whether we want it or not. Once again they are demonstrating that they are “not a good neighbor”. The EPA sent a representative who came with no information and would be reporting concerns to her higher ups. Not much help there. I asked if Chevron has a plan B if there plans are not approved, they do not. Why not? I propose that they finish the drainage required by the County, finish the instillation of the air sparging system to get the benzene out and then replant trees, native plants, install a fence around it and LEAVE. Chevron has left it abandoned for many years, so why the need to develop it now? Many people have told me that they feel that Chevron is just trying to build something on top of it to cover it up. I will be at the Re-development meetings to listen to Chevron try to prove to others why this is a good idea for our town. I am there to listen and give my in put as to why it is not best for our town. Please come voice your opinions during the public discussion time this Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6 pm at the Fillmore Senior Center.
Thank you again,
Kathy Pace


To the Editor:
I would like to thank the members of the Lions Club of Fillmore for their generous donation of $250 to help with this year Arts Show. I would also like to thank the members of the Fillmore Womens Service Club for their generous donation of $200. The donations will go towards the expenses of putting on this years’ event “Euphoria” scheduled for Thursday April 10th at the Memorial Building.
On behalf of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Fillmore High School, thank you!
Rosalind Mitzenmacher
Fillmore High School