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CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

By Sheryl Hamlin , Hosted by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA), the current Board Chair Ron Golden introduced the September 17, 2020 virtual event and the sponsors, a list that has been growing over the years. 1000 virtual attendees were on-line. The video prelude to CEO Powers’ presentation oozed with lush, inviting, healthy scenes […]

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin East Area 1 was the subject of two items on the September 16, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting. The first was an update on the entire project while the second was a discussion of changes to the Sports Park. East Area 1 (Harvest) Status Tim Jones of Limoneira/Lewis and Trayci Nelson, […]

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. […]

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

By Sheryl Hamlin RenewableGas360 hosted a webinar on September 9, 2020 on the subject of renewable hydrogen as a way to decarbonize the world’s energy consumption. Each speaker focused on a different aspect of this complex topic. What is Green Hydrogen Most people know that water is the most abundant molecule on earth consisting of […]

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

By Sheryl Hamlin Referring to the wastewater plant, Council Member Crosswhite used the expression “albatross”, a metaphor for a burden one must bear because of a previous decision. She had used this description during a previous meeting and it is beginning to feel more accurate. The September 9 Special City Council Meeting focused on refinancing […]

CAISO: Flex Alert issued for holiday weekend, calling for energy conservation

CAISO: Flex Alert issued for holiday weekend, calling for energy conservation

Alert: Power grid operator predicts high heat, energy demand this holiday weekend FOLSOM, Calif. – The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, beginning Saturday and extending through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Labor Day weekend temperatures are forecast 10-20 degrees above normal […]

Santa Paula Council: Housing, Recycling, Public Works, Audit, Measure D

Santa Paula Council: Housing, Recycling, Public Works, Audit, Measure D

By Sheryl Hamlin With a full moon underway, the Santa Paula Council met via Zoom on September 2, 2020 for over three hours. Although lengthy, the agenda was balanced with relevant presentations from guests and staff. To watch the meeting click here: http://santapaulaca.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1513&Format=Agenda Santa Paula Housing Authority (SPHA) Mr. Ramsey Jay, Executive Director, presented the […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Housing in Commercial Zoning

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Housing in Commercial Zoning

By Sheryl Hamlin In 2017, Governor Brown signed housing legislation that intended to increase housing supplies through reduced zoning restrictions and less regulatory interference in the pursuit of new housing. To read the state’s summary of the 2017 legislation, click here. In December 2019, Santa Paula hosted a council Study Session on Housing inviting many […]

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 […]

Santa Paula: Covid Closed Business Overtaxed

Santa Paula: Covid Closed Business Overtaxed

    Guest Editorial, Dr. Vanessa L. White, Owner, Santa Paula Fitness Biggest reason why many small businesses will fail during the pandemic: Inaction, caused by Greed There are two reasons why some economists are saying 60% of small businesses will close their doors for good because of the pandemic: (1) Governments’ and (2) property […]

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