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The area of what today is Santa Paula was originally inhabited by the Chumash, a Native American people. In 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition, first Europeans to see inland areas of California, came down the Santa Clara River Valley from the previous night's encampment near Fillmore and camped in the vicinity of Santa Paula on August 12, near one of the creeks coming into the valley from the north (most likely Santa Paula Creek). Fray Juan Crespi, a Franciscan missionary traveling with the expedition, had previously named the valley Cañada de Santa Clara. He noted that the party traveled about 9 to 10 miles (14 to 16 km) that day and camped near a large native village, which he named San Pedro Amoliano. The site is located in a 91-acre industrial area (37 ha) that is surrounded by agriculture and located about 2-mile southwest (3.2 km) of the Santa Paula city limits. Green Compass that operates the facility also operates a Class II injection well in Kern County that is tailored toward oilfield production and completion fluids. The only other commercial facility for disposal of oil field waste in the county, operated by Anterra Corp. in Oxnard, temporarily expanded operations after the incident. Santa Paula is located in the Santa Clara River Valley on the north bank of the Santa Clara River and is surrounded by fruit orchards. The downtown area is centered around Main Street, which is home to the oldest homes in the city. Homes are often bungalows, cottages, Victorian-style houses and craftsman homes. Santa Paula has very few large retail stores but residents often travel to neighboring cities to purchase hard goods. The Main Street area consists mostly of clothing shops, specialty shops, novelty shops, dollar stores, restaurants, service-oriented businesses and office space. The city also has neighborhood stores and small grocery markets. Many of these small shops and markets have a distinct Latin-American flavor, often selling myriad imported items. In addition some markets also have a meat department which sells a variety of beef, poultry, and seafood.

The Santa Paula Fire Department provided fire protection and emergency medical services at the basic life support level (BLS) from two fire stations. American Medical Response (AMR) is the paramedic ambulance provider for the city. On July 8, 2018, The Santa Paula Fire Department was disbanded after serving Santa Paula for 115 years. The Ventura County Fire Department now provides fire protection services for the City of Santa Paula. Both fire stations used by Santa Paula Fire were transferred to Ventura County Fire. SS Santa Paula (later SS Acropolis) was a passenger and cargo ocean liner built for the Grace Line. She was the second of four sister ships (the others being Santa Elena, Santa Lucia and Santa Rosa) ordered in 1930 from the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company of Kearny, NJ. Her regular service route included inter-coastal service between the east coast and the west coast of the US via the Caribbean and the Panama Canal. She later sailed on cruises from New York to the Caribbean and South America. She was the second of three vessels to bear the name Santa Paula for Grace Line service. (The first Grace Line Santa Paula was a 1916-built ship that was sold in 1925 and sunk in 1943.) Voyages of 1944 included a round trip from Boston to Swansea, New York to Cardiff and return to Boston, New York and Norfolk to Naples, New York to Cherbourg and the UK, New York to Leghorn and Naples, and Boston to Avonmouth with a return to New York. In early 1945 Santa Paula visited Naples, Oran, Port Said, Suez, Massaua, Bahrein, Abadan, Naples, and Marseille. From April to December 1945 she made five round trips between New York and Europe as well as a trip to Karachi via the Suez Canal. In her four years of war service she made 28 overseas trips from the United States. After her war service she underwent repair and refit prior to redelivery to the Grace Line. A post-war promotional brochure boasted, "...The [Santa Paula and Santa Rosa] have been completely redecorated, refurbished and modernized after their war service; and provided with up-to-the-minute equipment to ensure comfort, speed, efficiency and safety. They have the very latest type of moving-picture equipment, a public address system, a fine orchestra and varied facilities for deck games. Thus equipped, these twin liners offer you the comfort of an attractively furnished country home together with the diversions of your favorite club." Santa Paula, California, also called the Citrus Capital of the World, located in the heart of Southern California's Santa Clara River Valley, is nestled among the citrus groves. Its beautiful weather, called the best in Ventura County, is the perfect backdrop for its cultural festivals, the Santa Paula Art and Photography Show in February, the Citrus Festival in July, and the Ghost Walk in October. The Santa Paula experience includes the Santa Paula Murals, a scenic Main Street, the vintage Santa Paula Airport, the historic California Oil Museum, famed Glen Tavern Inn, the Santa Paula Train Depot and Railroad Plaza Park, the oldest original train depot left in the County of Ventura and much more. Santa Paula also boasts the largest number of historic residential and commercial buildings in Ventura County. Discover the beauty of Santa Paula, California in the Heritage Valley. Visit us often. Come play and stay in Santa Paula! The Santa Paula Inn is a boutique hotel in California that offers comfort for business, leisure, weddings, film crews and pilots that are here for specialized training, and parents visiting St. Thomas Aquinas College. A stone’s throw from beautiful Ventura and Oxnard, this charming 14 room boutique hotel in California. It is a perfect romantic Southern California getaway. Situated in one of Ventura County’s historic agricultural region, surrounded by citrus groves, the Santa Paula Inn is a pedestrian-friendly boutique hotel experience, steps away to restaurants, antique shops, live theatre, museums and more.Buddha was barely alive when he was carried into S.P.A.R.C. by a Santa Paula Police Officer. He had tattoos across his chest and genitals which caused paralysis in his back legs. Any other shelter would have euthanized him but S.P.A.R.C believes every animal deserves a chance. Medical help, physical therapy, a donation from Eddie's Wheels and lots of love got Buddha up, moving and into a forever home! Santa Paula is the largest city in the rural Santa Clara River Valley, the lowest income and most geographically isolated part of Ventura County. Santa Paula has a deep history as a small but influential company town using the rich natural resources of the Santa Clara Valley, giving birth to California’s largest oil company and largest citrus company in the 1800’s. The town’s agricultural industry attracted one of the region’s longest standing Latino communities, and the community of 30,000 is now 80% Latino. Latino fair representation and civil rights continue to be priorities for Santa Paula grassroots activists. The people of Santa Paula and the Santa Clara Valley have organized for years to turn around the legacy of neglect and ensure an equitable share of public resources for education, transportation, healthcare and more are invested in the area. Santa Paula remains a global hub of the citrus industry, and farmworker rights is an important issue in the area. CAUSE has worked to support bringing bus service to the area, opening a teen drop-in center, and restoring the Santa Clara River to create a public parkway. (Source: causenow.org)

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