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January 2, 1998 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former gang member died Thursday morning in what police called a gang-related shooting--making 1998 the second year in a row that Santa Paula has reported Ventura County's first homicide of the year. As officers spent New Year's Day searching for suspects, community leaders pointed to the killing as further evidence that the city needs to deal with its gang problems. Louie Fonseca, 27, was found at 1:48 a.m. bleeding in the street in the 100 block of Marin Road.
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February 21, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
GIRLS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS DIVISION 1AA First round, Thursday Corona Centennial 62, Diamond Bar 38   DIVISION 3AA First round, Thursday unless noted Santa Barbara 64, Firebaugh 11 (Wednesday) Calabasas 58, El Monte 47 Irvine 40, Antelope Valley 39 Murrieta Mesa 45, Palm Springs 29 Esperanza 56, Westminster La Quinta 28 Yorba Linda 50, Fullerton 30 Palos Verdes 59, Temple City 53 Diamond Ranch 53, Saddleback 15 Charter Oak 71, Hawthorne 60 Garden Grove Pacifica 84, San Gorgonio 59 Corona del Mar 52, Orange 33 Tustin 51, El Modena 38 South Hills 53, Apple Valley 37 Hacienda Heights Wilson 57, Palm Desert 31   Second round, Saturday, 7 p.m. #1 Santa Barbara at #16 Calabasas Irvine at #8 Murrieta Mesa #5 Esperanza at #12 Yorba Linda #4 Diamond Ranch at #13 Palos Verdes #3 San Juan Hills at Charter Oak #6 Corona del Mar at #11 Garden Grove Pacifica #7 Tustin at #10 South Hills #15 Hacienda Heights Wilson at #2 Lakeside     DIVISION 3A First round, Thursday Inglewood 77, Ganesha 21 Santa Paula 54, Monrovia 44 Ridgecrest Burroughs 65, Leuzinger 53 Lakewood St. Joseph 40, St. Lucy's 31 Estancia 57, Gladstone 36 Ocean View 47, Pomona 39 Gabrielino 58, Yucca Valley 39 South Pasadena 81, Rubidoux 18 San Luis Obispo 48, Lompoc Cabrillo 41 Covina 50, Barstow 40 Oak Park 61, Shadow...
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2011
Colorful hot air balloons take to the sky over the scenic citrus orchards of Santa Paula at the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival. Highlights include sunrise balloon ascensions, sky divers, vintage tractor displays and more. 18249 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, 5-11 p.m. Fri., 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sun. $12. Citrusclassicballoons.com.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Missing from the Southern Section playoffs are Villanova Prep and Santa Paula. The two schools played in an overtime game last week that saw players from both benches come onto the court near the game's conclusion after two players got tangled up, according to Villanova Coach Jon Wyers. Players who leave the bench must miss the next game. Santa Paula pulled its team out of consideration for a playoff spot. Villanova Prep also is not in the playoffs. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, Times Staff Writer
The 1990s brought a more diverse population to Ventura County. Due largely to an influx of Latinos in every local city, and a boom in upscale housing in the east county, the number of Ventura County residents rose to 753,000--up 84,000 in 10 years. The people pictured below represent the region's increasing diversity. * Betty Hudson, 66, has watched her hometown change dramatically, first with apprehension and then with outrage.
SPORTS
February 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Missing from the Southern Section playoffs are Villanova Prep and Santa Paula. The two schools played in an overtime game last week that saw players from both benches come onto the court near the game's conclusion after two players got tangled up, according to Villanova Coach Jon Wyers. Players who leave the bench must miss the next game. Santa Paula pulled its team out of consideration for a playoff spot. Villanova Prep also is not in the playoffs. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1997
Loved Nick Green's article "A Long Winter's Nightmare" (Dec. 10) on Santa Paula. He captured the situation extremely well. MARTHA K. HARRIS Santa Paula Ventura County Letters
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2000
Re "Mikels, LAFCO and Farmland," Ventura County letters, Feb. 9. The letters regarding my vote with the Local Agency Formation Commission on Santa Paula's sphere of influence application require response and clarification. The second letter was so clearly political it could have been written by an opponent in my campaign for state Senate. My only comment to this is that the LAFCO vote was not "to include for ultimate removal a lot of the best agricultural land in Ventura County." It was, simply, a vote to allow Santa Paula to decide its own future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000
Caution needs to be taken in reading the proposed Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiatives in both Santa Paula and Fillmore. These initiatives follow California law and agree with the existing housing elements (a legally required part of each city's General Plan) in encouraging density of housing near the city core. This would have the double effect of providing more customers for downtown businesses and reducing traffic congestion and the consequent air pollution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2000
Re "U.S. Sues Santa Paula Over Voting System," April 7. I am a lifelong resident of Santa Paula. I am an American of Mexican descent. I speak both English and Spanish. I have never denied my heritage. I am not a victim of any society, because the decisions that I made in life, good or bad, were my decisions. The last thing I would want is to look back and say, "I would not have succeeded if I hadn't had the help or backing of this group or that group, or if they had to bring in outside groups to teach me how to stand up for what I believe in!"
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
Here comes Halloween, bearing down upon us like a hearse with bad brakes, and your family is way behind in its fall rituals. No worries. Here are three farms, all within 90 minutes of Los Angeles, that are all tricked out for the season with corn mazes, hay rides, pumpkin patches and something called a “pumpkin cannon.” Go forth next weekend -- or during the week, if you're unbound by traditional school schedules -- and make hay while the...
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May 7, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow magnitude 1.4 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning three miles from Meiners Oaks, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:06 a.m. PDT at a depth of 6.8 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 13 miles from Carpinteria, 14 miles from Ventura and 16 miles from Santa Paula. In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes . [Updated at 5:30 p.m.: The USGS had earlier reported the quake was magnitude 3.7. ]
TRAVEL
November 4, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie
Santa Paula's downtown is reminiscent of any Small Town, USA, with its century-old inn, mural-lined walls and neighborhoods with Victorian homes. The tranquil lifestyle might make it seem as if it's in an isolated part of the state, but the truth is that the town, population 28,000, is 20 minutes east of Ventura. The bed The 1911 Tudor-Craftsman Glen Tavern Inn (134 N. Mill St.; [805] 933-5550, http://www.glentavern.comrooms from $79) includes the on-site Enzo's Italian Restaurant, a lobby featuring a fireplace and a plethora of inviting couches, and hallways lined with classic movie posters.
FOOD
September 29, 2012 | By David Karp
With dark blue, astringent skins, and dry, sour flesh, the ancient plums called damsons aren't good for eating fresh. When submitted to a process akin to alchemy, however, their tartness and spiciness are ideal for making preserves. Cooked down, the damson's astringency disappears, and its tannic skin imparts a gorgeous magenta color and rich, spicy flavor, while its abundant pectin confers a lusciously thick and smooth consistency. Originating in western Asia (supposedly near Damascus, whence its name)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
William H. "Bill" Mensing, the owner of an aircraft sheet-metal business whose improved water-drop tanks made for Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopters in the early 1970s became widely used, has died. He was 88. Mensing died July 26 at his home in Santa Paula after a brief illness, said his family. A World War II veteran, Mensing opened a precision sheet-metal business called Sheetcraft in Northridge in the early 1960s and became known for his skill in making new parts for damaged helicopters and airplanes.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The bank-owned Santa Paula ranch that screen star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned has sold for $660,000. The property was listed in 2009 at $1.95 million but after multiple price reductions was lost to foreclosure in November at $699,283. The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home's living room in January 1980. The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, contains some of its original Victorian features, antique stained-glass windows and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
A Santa Paula company that in 1990 filed for bankruptcy protection has reopened and hopes to provide 150 jobs in the next six months. The company, Valco V Automotive Products Inc., was formerly known as Valco Automotive Products Inc. The V was added to represent the five Ventura County investors who hope to resuscitate the firm, according to its new president and chief executive, Chuck Fesler. "Eventually, we hope to have 300 employees, but I'm not sure how long that will take," Fesler said.
FOOD
March 8, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Located in a narrow canyon four miles north of Santa Paula, Mud Creek Ranch combines a historic family homestead, a commercial organic citrus and avocado orchard and a mystery zone where the usual rules of farming do not apply. It is a one-family experiment station where Steven and Robin Smith grow all manner of fruits, from apples to wampees, in some 400 varieties, very likely the most of any vendor at farmers markets. It's a mixed bag, but many are delicious and exotic, like the Tahitian pummelo, now in season, one of the most underappreciated forms of citrus in California.
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