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February 14, 1991 | GARY GORMAN and SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two men were killed and three others--including actor Kirk Douglas--were injured Wednesday when a helicopter and a small plane collided above Santa Paula Airport. Douglas, 72, a passenger in the helicopter, was treated at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and later flown to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, where he was reported in satisfactory condition Wednesday night. Officials in Santa Paula in Ventura County said the actor suffered head cuts and a possible rib fracture.
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December 16, 2007 | Jane Hulse, Special to The Times
Stroll through Santa Paula's downtown and you can't help but be wowed by the city's historic roots and Latino culture: It's splashed across colorful murals that tell the story of how two unlikely pairings -- oil and citrus -- put Santa Paula on the map in the late 1880s. Today, ringed by several spectacular mountain ranges, it's an unpretentious place with a rich history.
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October 10, 1990 | GARY GORMAN and SCOTT HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three fires--at least two apparently set by arsonists--raged near this Ventura County city Tuesday, charring more than 2,200 brush-covered acres and threatening luxury homes as hot, dry Santa Ana winds persisted throughout Southern California. About 750 firefighters, including units from the Los Angeles city and county fire departments were battling the Ventura County blazes.
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May 10, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula voters have overwhelmingly approved plans to expand the city's development boundaries to include neighboring Adams Canyon, clearing the path to build hundreds of luxury homes, a private golf course and a 200-room hotel-spa. Roughly 61% of those who cast ballots in Tuesday's special election voted to support Measure A7, which would amend the city's general plan to encompass the canyon area at the northwest end of town.
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February 15, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL and CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal investigators at the scene of a midair collision that killed two men and injured three others, including actor Kirk Douglas, said Thursday that the accident was caused by the failure of the pilots of both aircraft to "see and avoid" each other. But, while officials placed blame on both craft, they said the Pitts aerobatic stunt plane taking off from Santa Paula Airport had the right of way when it collided with the Bell JetRanger helicopter.
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November 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council has appointed Fire Chief Paul Skeels as interim city manager and has launched a search for a permanent replacement. The action, approved at Monday's City Council meeting, came after Peter Cosentini resigned as city manager to work for the city of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. The City Council also appointed Richard Araiza--the current assistant fire chief--as acting fire chief. Cosentini's last work day was Friday, officials said.
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December 9, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Paula City Council has approved the largest housing development in city history, clearing the way for construction of 2,155 homes in a citrus-studded canyon on the city's north end. The council's 4-0 vote on Wednesday allows Dallas-based Centex Homes to begin construction on about 800 acres in Fagan Canyon, one of the last large developable areas in the Santa Clara River Valley community. City Councilman John Procter abstained from voting.
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June 28, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
City fire officials announced Thursday they would consolidate the department's fire and rescue dispatch operations with those of the Ventura County Fire Protection District. Under the agreement, the county fire district will provide emergency dispatch services for Santa Paula, while the city's department will help the county respond to incidents in nearby unincorporated areas.
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May 11, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula's slow-growth advocates won a legal victory this week when a state appellate court affirmed their effort to put an initiative on the ballot forcing all large development projects to first receive voter approval. Three judges of the 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a ruling Tuesday that Citizens Advocating Responsible Expansion, or We CARE-Santa Paula, properly gathered signatures to get its measure on a ballot.
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June 30, 2004 | Arianne Aryanpur, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to bolster underfunded police and fire services, the Santa Paula City Council will add a public utility tax on the November ballot that could cost local households an additional $24 a month. The council voted unanimously Monday night to put the tax measure before voters on election day. It would add a flat $6 fee each to monthly gas, telephone, electricity and cable television bills. The decision comes after months of debate over whether elderly and low-income residents should be exempt.
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May 11, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula's slow-growth advocates won a legal victory this week when a state appellate court affirmed their effort to put an initiative on the ballot forcing all large development projects to first receive voter approval. Three judges of the 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a ruling Tuesday that Citizens Advocating Responsible Expansion, or We CARE-Santa Paula, properly gathered signatures to get its measure on a ballot.
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April 20, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Voters in the financially struggling community of Santa Paula this week narrowly rejected a plan to build hundreds of mansions in Adams Canyon. In June, voters will get their say on another development proposal, for more than 2,100 less-expensive homes in adjacent Fagan Canyon. In Tuesday's balloting, Measure Y, which would have expanded the city's growth boundaries to allow the development, was defeated by a vote of 2,201 to 2,082. About 41% of the city's 10,435 registered voters cast ballots.
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April 15, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Voters in Santa Paula, the small town with big-city aspirations, face a ballot measure Tuesday that could forever reshape the blue-collar community of fewer than 30,000. Pinnacle Development Group, an Arizona developer, has joined with Arnold Dahlberg, a San Diego County-based owner of thousands of acres northwest of the Ventura County city, to propose Adams Canyon Preserve -- 495 ultra-luxury homes dotting the canyon of the same name.
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December 9, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Paula City Council has approved the largest housing development in city history, clearing the way for construction of 2,155 homes in a citrus-studded canyon on the city's north end. The council's 4-0 vote on Wednesday allows Dallas-based Centex Homes to begin construction on about 800 acres in Fagan Canyon, one of the last large developable areas in the Santa Clara River Valley community. City Councilman John Procter abstained from voting.
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September 22, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A 77-year-old Ojai man was killed Tuesday after his car collided head-on with another vehicle on California 150, between Ojai and Santa Paula. Richard Gomez Corrall was pronounced dead at the scene of the 7 a.m. crash near Sulphur Mountain Road, the California Highway Patrol said. Corrall was driving east when he collided with Marvin Roberto Santos, 33, of Canoga Park, who was coming from the opposite direction, authorities said.
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June 30, 2004 | Arianne Aryanpur, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to bolster underfunded police and fire services, the Santa Paula City Council will add a public utility tax on the November ballot that could cost local households an additional $24 a month. The council voted unanimously Monday night to put the tax measure before voters on election day. It would add a flat $6 fee each to monthly gas, telephone, electricity and cable television bills. The decision comes after months of debate over whether elderly and low-income residents should be exempt.
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September 6, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The newly hired city manager of Santa Paula is scheduled to begin his duties Oct. 7, the interim city manager said Thursday. Walter Bobkiewicz, 36, an assistant city manager in the Marin County town of Novato, was hired this week by the City Council. He will receive a three-year contract that pays him an annual salary of $105,000 and a $400 monthly car allowance, said interim city manager Paul Skeels. Bobkiewicz grew up in Camarillo and attended USC and Syracuse University.
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October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge has dismissed a federal voting rights lawsuit against Santa Paula, closing a contentious three-year battle over Latinos' electoral clout in the small farm town. The lawsuit alleged that the city's at-large voting system violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and perpetuated racial discrimination by preventing Latino candidates from being elected to the City Council.
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May 8, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to bolster the local economic climate, Santa Paula has formed a partnership with Cal State Channel Islands to create and administer a loan program for small businesses, officials said Friday. The city and the university's Small Business Institute have committed $100,000 to the micro-loan program designed to provide assistance to businesses within Santa Paula's redevelopment area, which includes downtown, officials said.
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May 22, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 47-year-old Victorville man died when he lost control of his motorcycle Tuesday night at Telegraph Road and Hallock Drive in Santa Paula. Robert Herrera lost control of the motorcycle about 100 feet from where Telegraph intersects with Hallock at 10:30 p.m. He struck railroad tracks and was thrown from the vehicle, authorities said.
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