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March 2, 1999 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A financial bridge now spans the Heritage Valley. In December, a group of investors capped a year of planning with the opening of the Santa Paula branch of the Santa Clara Valley Bank. The new institution was intended to fill a community bank niche that had disappeared from the city when Citizens State Bank merged with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. The next step in the business plan was to quickly follow with a branch in Fillmore, Santa Paula's Santa Clara (or Heritage) Valley neighbor.
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February 8, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Though he lived in a region known worldwide for hyper-enthusiastic, round-the-clock innovating, Walter Cottle Lester wasn't a big fan of change. As Silicon Valley's subdivisions and office buildings surged around the farm his family had started more than a century before, he refused to sell. Reclusive and soft-spoken, he turned down potential earnings as high as $500 million. Instead, he arranged to donate his spread, the last big farm in the city of San Jose and one of the last in the sprawling Silicon Valley, for public use as a historic park.
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April 13, 2000
Seeking to shield the Santa Clara Valley from large-scale development, activists in Santa Paula and Fillmore have announced plans to place growth-control measures on the November ballot. The campaigns were spurred in part by two recent actions. In Santa Paula, a land-use commission gave the city the green light to proceed with plans to more than triple its size.
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February 6, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County is expected to join in an $8.2-million study aimed at developing flood, water protection and other environmental policies to better deal with growth in the Santa Clara River Valley watershed. Local officials would partner with Los Angeles County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the three-year study, which would also focus on erosion, sedimentation problems and wildlife habitats.
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January 25, 1997 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Clara Valley residents today can catch a glimpse of their possible transportation future. A state-of-the-art, relatively inexpensive, low-pollution train that could one day shuttle commuters between Santa Clarita and Ventura visits Santa Paula and Fillmore this weekend.
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August 7, 1993 | RODNEY BOSCH
The California Transportation Commission awarded a group of local agencies $3.5 million this week, which local officials say will be used to help purchase the Santa Clara Valley rail line from the Southern Pacific Transportation Co. The cities of Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura joined Ventura County and the Ventura County Transportation Commission in applying for the federal funding, approved Thursday.
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November 2, 1995 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although just four of the protesters in the "Million Mad Farmers March" agreed to drape themselves in overripe lemons, nobody was crying sour grapes. Fruit or no fruit, the dozen or so demonstrators at the Ventura County Government Center on Wednesday were going to juice their message for all it was worth: no new mines in the Santa Clara Valley.
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October 14, 1999 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Clara Valley ranchers lashed out Wednesday at a new plan to designate more than 40,000 acres of farmland near here as an agricultural greenbelt. A voter-backed proposal to indefinitely protect a vast swath of the valley from development prompted bitter protest from most of the 11-person Santa Clara Valley Advisory Committee.
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June 7, 2002 | SUZIE ST. JOHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A three-year effort to capture the beauty of the Santa Clara Valley will pay off today when the latest exhibit at the Ventura County Museum of History and Art opens. Nearly 50 oils, watercolors and pastels by 18 local painters will be on display through Sept. 1 in the show "Painting the Santa Clara Valley." The pieces attempt to capture the flavor of a valley that follows the Santa Clara River from Ventura through Saticoy to Saugus in Los Angeles County.
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July 26, 1993 | RODNEY BOSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A battle for a 32-mile stretch of dilapidated railway meandering through the Santa Clara Valley--once a vital link in the coastal route that first joined Northern and Southern California--is being waged in an effort to save the historic line from extinction. The cities of Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura have joined Ventura County and the Ventura County Transportation Commission in an attempt to purchase the 106-year-old line from Southern Pacific Transportation Co.
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October 30, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Avocado grower Chris Taylor has seen plenty of wildfires in his decades of farming the rugged canyons above Santa Paula. But none was as wild as the one that whipped through South Mountain Road this week, destroying half his ripening crop. The veteran farmer lost about 300,000 pounds of the pear-shaped fruit to the fast-moving Simi fire, which also wiped out a barn, boat and ranch equipment. Now he worries that trees scorched by fire on his 60-acre spread will never bear fruit again.
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June 7, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long announced Friday that she will seek reelection next year for one of three seats that will be up for grabs. "I still enjoy very much what I do. If I didn't, I wouldn't be taking this step to try to win the voters' support for a third term," said Long, whose 3rd District stretches from suburban Camarillo to the Santa Clara Valley and includes Cal State Channel Islands and the Navy base in Port Hueneme.
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May 15, 2003 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
Trustees at struggling Santa Paula Memorial Hospital have voted to affiliate with Ventura County's public hospital system, a move intended to keep the Santa Clara Valley's only medical center open. "While we have improved our financial performance in recent months, an affiliation with the County of Ventura will strengthen our ability to provide important current and future services to the Santa Clara Valley," said board Chairman Phil Romney in a news release announcing Tuesday's decision.
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November 26, 2002 | Massie Ritsch, Times Staff Writer
A key connector between Moorpark and the Santa Clara River Valley reopened Monday, nearly five years after El Nino storms washed part of it away. The redesigned three-mile stretch of Balcom Canyon Road cost nearly $3 million. Most of the funding came in the form of disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In February 1998, mudslides and the collapse of 200 feet of road forced the Balcom Canyon connector to close.
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September 23, 2002 | KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was Yom Kippur, Judaism's most holy day of the year, and the message from the pulpit at Congregation Kol Emeth in Silicon Valley last week included this startling and unusual appeal: Your fellow congregants need job leads. At Congregation Beth Am, another synagogue in nearby Los Altos Hills, Rabbi Janet Marder's sermon on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, included an urgent plea on behalf of a family in the congregation who desperately needed housing.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2002 | JOSEPH MENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No place was as emulated in the '90s as the gold-paved way between San Francisco and San Jose, which gave birth to what venture capitalist John Doerr called the greatest legal creation of wealth in history. Small wonder: Silicon Valley was home to three of the world's 10 most valuable companies. Start-ups in the region took in nearly half the record $69 billion invested by venture capital firms in 2000.
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November 30, 1989 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outside the Sears and across from the McDonald's in the Esplanade Mall, Catherine Mervyn was calling the shots as her husband and a friend this week hoisted a piece of local religious history onto a wall. "Come down a little on the left," she called out. "It's not quite level. There--that'll look nice up there, won't it?"
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May 6, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the age of 81, Santa Paula rancher Anita Tate is one of the last stewards of farmland in the Southland, holding it for a new generation. The problem was that nobody seemed very interested in taking over. Tate's pioneer Ventura County family helped settle what is now the last large farming valley in coastal Southern California. Until last year, however, she had found no heir interested in managing the lemon and avocado orchards on her Santa Clara Valley ranch.
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July 22, 2002 | Associated Press
Efforts by Congress and the Bush administration to ban corporate loans could take away a tool frequently used by Silicon Valley companies to attract top talent to one of the nation's most expensive places to live.
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June 25, 2002 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's easy to forget about Piru. Long overshadowed by neighboring Fillmore, this dusty town of 1,800 had its heyday as a bustling railroad stop more than a century ago. In recent decades it has looked more like an abandoned Mayberry, its quaint Main Street lined with boarded-up shops and lunch counters. Motorists whiz by on California 126 never knowing the community near Magic Mountain exists. But Santa Clara Valley tourism promoters say that this is about to change.
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