- The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approve groundbreaking Energy Services Agreement between the County and Ventura Solar, LLC April 19, 2017. Read more about this agreement here.
- The next meeting of the Fillmore Works Remediation & Redevelopment Community Focus Group is TBD at the Fillmore Active Adult and Community Center, 535 Santa Clara Street.
- Chevron announces Cenergy Power to lease former Texaco Refinery/Pacific Coast Pipeline site to build Ventura Solar Project. Read more.
Leslie’s Latest Update
Solar energy project status:
Cenergy Power is working on a building permit for its solar farm, in partnership with Ventura County. An interconnection agreement with Southern California Edison has taken much longer than anticipated. Cenergy expects to begin construction late this year or early next year with a goal to be in operation by late summer 2019. For more information, you may contact the Cenergy Power project manager, Eilroma Sarkis [link to contact info on the FillmoreWorks.com website].
Highway 126 frontage lot:
Escrow closed early this month on the sale of the frontage lot (less than 3 acres) adjacent to Highway 126. The buyer owns the land directly east of this lot and is working with the city on development of a recreational vehicle business.
The groundwater cleanup system that began operating in June 2015 continues to do its job to remediate subsurface petroleum compounds. As cleanup progresses, we continually optimize the system to maintain efficiency. We do that by focusing vapor extraction on well locations that are providing the most benefit and discontinuing extraction from locations that have cleaned up. Our last phase of optimization will connect two more wells to the system and be completed mid-September.
US EPA expects the groundwater system to achieve criteria that will allow us to shut it down temporarily around the end of 2018 and monitor for any rebound of petroleum compounds. It is common for groundwater systems like this to be cycled off and on as needed when the technology nears its performance goal.
Lastly, I’d like to announce that I am retiring after 33 years with Chevron. I’ve turned over management of the Fillmore project to Natasha Molla.
It has been my privilege to serve the Fillmore community through my role in restoring the former Texaco site to beneficial use. The task was not without its challenges, but I recently heard it said that challenges are part of a purpose-filled journey. I appreciate everyone I’ve met in Fillmore while on this journey. It’s a great community. I look forward to seeing the Texaco site revitalized as a solar farm.
November 22, 2017 Leslie Klinchuch with Chevron Corporation presented a check to Santa Clara Elementary for $1,000 to support the Music in the Classroom program. The program helps students K-6 by assisting with bringing a music teacher to the classrooms to teach appreciation and understanding of music for students, instrument instruction, and more.
August 16, 2017 Leslie Klinchuch with Chevron Corporation presented a $2,000 donation check to Martha Gentry of the Fillmore Historical Museum for the March 2018 commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the St. Francis Dam disaster. The donation will be used to pay for displays and programs related to the anniversary.
November 22, 2016 Leslie Klinchuch from Chevron Corporation recently presented a grant to Rancho Camulos Museum’s Director, Dr. Susan Falck. The museum is a 40 acre National Historic Landmark, situated within an 1800 acre working ranch in Piru, California.
September 22, 2016 Leslie Klinchuch from Chevron Corporation recently presented the Fillmore Fire Foundation with a $2,000 donation to support the Fillmore Fire Department with both its educational and equipment needs. One of Chevron’s core values is to benefit local communities by providing funds for local charitable contributions.
September 12, 2016 Leslie Klinchuch from Chevron Corporation recently presented a $5,000 check to Buddy Escoto, Site Director for the Fillmore site of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley. The funds will be used to continue the high quality STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) programs being implemented at the Boys & Girls Club.
March 2, 2016 AECOM Lead Engineer and Eagle Scout Zachary Gautsh visits the Boy Scouts from Troop 406. Zachary works on groundwater restoration at Fillmore Works, and he showed the scouts how the specialized equipment at the site functions. He also explained the details of the current groundwater cleanup process at the site. He also took time to explain how his Scouting experiences helped him prepare for his education and career as an engineer. Chevron Environmental Management Company and Fillmore Rentals helped make this tour possible.
November 19, 2015 Leslie Klinchuch from Chevron Corporation is shown with at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley presenting the Club with a donation of $5,000 toward its after school STEM program. Chevron has been a dedicated supporter of this program since it began a few years ago. STEM Education is a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The group was joined by Boys & Girls Club CEO Jan Marholin and grant writer/Club supporter Marleen Canniff.
November 16, 2015 Leslie Klinchuch from Chevron Corporation presents a $4,000 grant to Fillmore Lions Club president Susan Fitzgerald to help fund scholarships and support school art, band, and drama programs.
October 13, 2015 Martha Gentry from The Fillmore Historical Museum accepts a donation of $3,000.00 from Leslie Klinchuch representing Chevron Corporation. The donation will be used for the ongoing projects and programs of the Museum. The historic wagon wheel that is now part of the museum sign was found on the Fillmore Works property.
November 2013 Sespe Sun: Fillmore Senior Center receives check from Chevron
November 2013 Fillmore Gazette: Fillmore Historical Museum receives grant
October 2013 Fillmore Gazette: Chevron Donates $3,000 to Fillmore Volunteer Firefighters Foundation
August 4, 2013 – Chevron presents a $1,000 donation to the Fillmore Friends of the Library.
May 23, 2013 – Chevron recently shared the science of sports with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley through its STEM Zone (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students were bused from the Fillmore club to the Santa Paula club, ate pizza and got to take home a hat as a souvenir from their field trip.
March 19, 2013 – Ventura County Star: Neighbors get look at Superfund site
March 2013 – Chevron becomes platinum sponsor of Fillmore May Festival
February 28, 2013 – US EPA hosts community meeting at San Cayetano Elementary School with representatives from the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the California Cancer Registry.
August 22, 2012 Fillmore Gazette: Chevron donates $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club
February 2012 Sespe Sun: Chevron Donation to Fillmore Historical Museum
February 23, 2012 Fillmore Gazette: Fillmore Works Site Tour