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Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Wastewater Based Epidemiology

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Wastewater Based Epidemiology

by Sheryl Hamlin Chesapeake Water Environmental Association (CWEA) featured two research projects in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University during its June 17, 2021 webinar. The first half of the program was a discussion of urban agriculture and methods of water reuse for urban gardens, a rapidly growing segment of the […]

Ventura City Council approves water and wastewater rates adjustments

Ventura City Council approves water and wastewater rates adjustments

Ventura, Calif. — On Monday, May 17, 2021, at the Public Hearing for Water and Wastewater Rate Adjustments, Ventura City Council unanimously approved five-year water and wastewater rate increases. A second reading of the ordinances will take place on May 24, 2021, for approval. Beginning July 1, 2021, the average Ventura household will see a […]

T.O. City Council – Residents Respond to “805 Resistance” Barbs; New Method to Wastewater Charges

T.O. City Council – Residents Respond to “805 Resistance” Barbs; New Method to Wastewater Charges

By Kevin Harris  Thousand Oaks residents responded in number Tuesday night to accusations made by a social equity group that the city, like the broader nation, suffers from inherent systematic racism and white supremacy. The group, called “805 Resistance,” also demanded that Thousand Oaks pass a resolution of diversity, inclusion and equity, and form an […]

Oxnard Secures $2.8 Million FEMA Grant For New Backup Generator at City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

Oxnard Secures $2.8 Million FEMA Grant For New Backup Generator at City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility

OXNARD, Calif. – The City of Oxnard applied for and won a $2.8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which helps local communities significantly reduce or eliminate future risk to lives and property from natural hazards such as flooding, tsunamis, and earthquakes. The grant money will […]

Santa Paula: New Employees, Wastewater Blues, Homeless Shelter Payment

Santa Paula: New Employees, Wastewater Blues, Homeless Shelter Payment

by Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula City Council Meeting of November 18, 2020 included a dense calendar of reports and action items. This article will summarize highlights. New Employees and Promotions Jonathan Royas is a new management analyst; Julie Latshaw is the new Deputy City Clerk; and Cindy Madrigal from the Public Works Department will […]

Not So Appealing: Starr Challenges Oxnard Appeal Victory Over Measure M Wastewater Rate Increase Rollback

Not So Appealing: Starr Challenges Oxnard Appeal Victory Over Measure M Wastewater Rate Increase Rollback

    Moving Oxnard Forward As you probably remember, the City of Oxnard sued to overturn Measure M, our 2016 initiative which repealed the City Council’s abusive 87% sewer rate increase. Voters adopted Measure M with 73% of the vote. We successfully defended ourselves in court and won in Ventura County Superior Court in 2018. […]

Court of Appeal Rules in City’s Favor to Overturn Aaron Starr’s Measure M Wastewater Rate Ordinance Repeal

Court of Appeal Rules in City’s Favor to Overturn Aaron Starr’s Measure M Wastewater Rate Ordinance Repeal

By City of Oxnard OXNARD, Calif. – The Second District Court of Appeal ruled on October 13, 2020, that Aaron Starr’s Measure M ballot initiative, a repeal of the City’s wastewater rate ordinance in 2016, would negatively affect the public’s health and safety. The Court opinion stated that: “Common decency and the law require that […]

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

By Sheryl Hamlin During the October 7, 2020 Santa Paula Council meeting, the council considered a $100,000 addition to the MKN (Michael K Nunley Associates) contract. These monies will be used for services from Gradiant who will provide technical specifications on their high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) technology which MKN will incorporate into the MKN […]

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

By Sheryl Hamlin Public Comments The topic of the meeting on Wednesday September 16, 2020, was the takeover of the plant by the city. However, in Public Comments, Sandy Smith of Sespe Consulting essentially refuted a major portion of the MKN Study which was previously provided to the Water Board. Read that MKN report here. […]

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

By Sheryl Hamlin The dense agenda of the August 19, 2020 Santa Paula City Council (via Zoom) included major presentations by the Santa Paula Police, the Finance Department and Public Works. Santa Paula Police Department Presentation Commander Varner gave the quarterly report (April 1 through July 30, 2020) for the SPPD. Commander Varner is one […]

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