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Suniga pleads guilty to embezzling Santa Paula High Band Booster funds

Suniga pleads guilty to embezzling Santa Paula High Band Booster funds

** UPDATE ON CASE ** On Nov. 3, 2015 suspect Michael Suniga plead guilty to one count of grand theft embezzlement. Suniga will be sentenced on January 12, 2016 with a maximum sentence of 3 years. Suniga is currently free on bail. See paragraph below for press release on his arrest. The Santa Paula Police […]

Semi crash at Telephone and Victoria in Ventura

Semi crash at Telephone and Victoria in Ventura

Santa Paula City Council: Sewage Spill and Community Policing

Santa Paula City Council: Sewage Spill and Community Policing

By Sheryl Hamlin In the first installment of the November 2, 2015 Santa Paula City Council meeting, various citizen related announcements and requests were reported. Waste Water Plant Spill Under Staff Communications, the City Manager reported on the October 31, 2015 sewage spill at the city owned waste water treatment facility. Mr. Fontes, an attorney, […]

Santa Paula Council: City News and Citizen Commentary

Santa Paula Council: City News and Citizen Commentary

By Sheryl Hamlin After an invocation by Reverend Maddie Sifantus, the newly installed minister of the historic Universalist Unitarian Church, three notable announcements from city staff were made followed by three serious issues brought forth by citizens. City News Beverly Ruiz, Senior Coordinator, representing the Santa Paula Community Center, invited all to attend a celebratory […]

Adams Canyon Santa Paula Property Sold at Auction

Adams Canyon Santa Paula Property Sold at Auction

By Sheryl Hamlin By order of the Court Appointed Receiver, Case # DC-13-12415, in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas, 14th Judicial District, 4,658.64 acres at 3035 Adams Canyon Road, Santa Paula, Ventura, County, auctioneer Hudson & Marshall held a live auction on October 29, 2015 in Oxnard, where about 35 people were present. […]

VC Star writer Tim Herdt “moves on,” takes job with Sen. Fran Pavley

VC Star writer Tim Herdt “moves on,” takes job with Sen. Fran Pavley

By George Miller Longtime VC Star editorialist and columnist Tim Herdt announced today that it would be his last column after a 31 year run. He ruminated about the state and transition of newspapers to less influence, but touted their role in informing the community and bringing it together. His words: “People who get their news […]

Santa Paula Council: Fire Department Funding (10E)

Santa Paula Council: Fire Department Funding (10E)

By Sheryl Hamlin Recognizing that the city could not fund itself forever on grants and that the timeframe for the expected windfall from East Area One was elusive at best, a group of citizens formed a committee to fund and promote a council approved sales tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. Measure F failed […]

Santa Paula: CURB the SOAR

Santa Paula: CURB the SOAR

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 10B on the October 19, 2015 Santa Paula City council became a classic case of mismatched expectations, flawed communication and an embarrassing display of organizational confusion. When Council Member Gherardi proposed at the October 5, 2015 meeting that Mr. Francis, lawyer and SOAR (Save Our Agricultural Resources) Board member, present a […]

Santa Paula Acquires Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle

Santa Paula Acquires Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle

By Sheryl Hamlin An item intended for the Consent Calendar of October 19, 2015 of the Santa Paula City Council meeting was pulled due to citizen concerns. This item, number 9C, was the acceptance of a donated MRAP vehicle by the Santa Paula Police Department. To read the police report of the justification, click here. […]

Santa Paula Council: Purple Hearts, Economic Development and Emergency Drill

Santa Paula Council: Purple Hearts, Economic Development and Emergency Drill

By Sheryl Hamlin In the presentation portion of the October 19, 2015 Santa Paula Council meeting, two presentations were given: the Purple Heart Proclamation and Economic Development. Military Order of the Purple Heart Vice Mayor Martin Hernandez, a veteran himself, read a proclamation declaring Santa Paula a member of the Military Order of the Purple […]