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The City of Santa Paula, California is located 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 14 miles east of Ventura and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Santa Paula is the geographical center of Ventura County, situated in the rich agricultural Santa Clara River Valley. The City is surrounded by rolling hills and rugged mountain peaks in addition to orange, lemon and avocado groves. In fact, Santa Paula is referred to as the "Citrus Capital of the World". Santa Paula and Fillmore Homes and Land range from around $2,000,000 to $200,000.
The original community that has become known as Santa Paula was established by the Chumash Indians as the villages of Mupu and Srswa. The land was later given away as part of a Spanish land grant to Rancho Santa Paula and Saticoy in 1840. In the 1860's, the area was subdivided into small farms. In 1880, oil was discovered in Santa Paula leading to the formation of the Union Oil Company in 1890. The City of Santa Paula was incorporated on April 22, 1902. In the early 1900's Santa Paula was considered the pre Hollywood film capital, the Queen of the Silver Screen. Even today, Santa Paula is noted for its movie personalities (silent and sound) who resided in and adjacent to the city and a TV or movie crew is not an unusual sight in the community. The City is a major distribution point for citrus fruits in the United States and is also noted for avocado producing and processing. The community has a quaint, small town image, ideal climate and reasonable priced housing, which is why Santa Paulans refer to their community as "Hometown USA". Santa Paula maintains its own identity and is in close proximity to the many tourist, recreational, and cultural activities that abound in Southern California.
Santa Paula covers an area of 4.6 square miles and has a population (as of the 2000 Census) of 28,598 which is 26.4% White, 71.2% Hispanic or Latino and 2.4% all other races. The State of California estimates Santa Paula's population at 29,281 as of January 1, 2005. Santa Paula is California's 232th largest city.
Santa Paula Government and Utilities
The City of Santa Paula was incorporated on April 22, 1902 as a general law city. The City Council is made up of five members, elected at-large, serving four year terms. The Mayor is selected for a one-year term from among the members of the City Council. The City operates under a council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney. The City Clerk and City Treasurer are elected and serve four year terms.
The City of Santa Paula delivers municipal services through nine departments: Administration (City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk, Personnel, Risk Management), Building and Safety (building and code enforcement), Community Services (recreation, senior services, cable television, filming, California Oil Museum, tourism), Economic Development (redevelopment, housing), Finance (City Treasurer, Utility Billing and Payments, Accounting, Payroll, Purchasing), Fire, Police, Public Works (streets, parks, water, wastewater, refuse). Library services in Santa Paula are provided by the Blanchard/Santa Paula Library District and public transit services are provided by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.
Fillmore, the last unspoiled small town in Southern California, a place where Hollywood movies are filmed, is nestled in the heart of the Heritage Valley among lush citrus groves. Fillmore was founded over a hundred years ago beside a Southern Pacific railroad station, and it's still a "railroad" town!
Today, visitors board the Fillmore and Western historical train in Central Park, next to City Hall, quaint antique shops and our local winery. From there, they enjoy a leisurely, scenic ride past the shady groves and picturesque farms of the Santa Clara River Valley. So, the next time you drive by on Highway 126, stop to see what Fillmore has to offer here that might interest you.
When people visit Fillmore California's Historic Downtown in Southern California, they find the Historic Old Town open for business, passengers boarding Steam Trains, tour bus excursions visiting City Hall and Central Park Plaza. Fillmore offers Car Shows, Antique Shops, Antique Railroad Cars, Great Places to Shop, Points of Interest, Recreation Activities for youth and adults, the Railroad Festival in March, Concerts and Street Fairs, Celebrations for Families, Visitors and Travelers facilities, Great Weekend Get-Aways, Orange Festival, Winter Festival, Fourth of July Celebration, Fireworks, Parades, the Chili Cook Off, Historic Old Town Theatre, and Movie Locations.