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Santa Paula: Filling Vacancies and Council Elections

Santa Paula: Filling Vacancies and Council Elections

By Sheryl Hamlin The December 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council included two important vacancies and the annual council elections for Mayor and Vice Mayor. Vacancy of City Clerk After receiving no application which met all the criteria, including residency, the city received an application from a qualified resident, who is currently the Principal of […]

Santa Paula: Seniors Receive Huge Rent Increase

Santa Paula:  Seniors Receive Huge Rent Increase

By Sheryl Hamlin During the Public Comments section of the December 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the Reverend Jo Martinez, a retired Presbyterian Minister, who now works with GSMOL (Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League), reported on a huge increase that has been levied on the residents of The Oaks Mobilestates, a senior […]

Santa Paula: Farmworker Monument from Dream to Reality

Santa Paula: Farmworker Monument from Dream to Reality

By Sheryl Hamlin With a backdrop of dozens of teenaged soccer players, 95-year old Albino Pineda of Santa Paula presented the dream of his farmworker monument, an idea which had been presented to the city council fifteen years earlier. “Driving around and watching the people around the county stripping down, I kept thinking, who appreciates […]

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

By Sheryl Hamlin While this may be the intent of the Consent Calendar, it is noteworthy that neither council nor citizens chose to speak on any of the following matters on the Consent Calendar: 4. Adoption of Ordinances 1286 and 1287 for the Water and Sewer Rate Increases 5. Consider the Approval of a Landscape […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

By Sheryl Hamlin Suppose you own a home financed by a 30-year mortgage. Subsequent to the origination of the mortgage, interest rates drop significantly. Assuming you are still a creditworthy buyer, there are several options to take advantage of this drop in interest rates: 1) refinance the balance of the principal, reducing payments and saving […]

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the Closed Session Report of the November 20, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, City Attorney Cotti reported that the council had discussed a Qui Tam lawsuit and has authorized counsel to intervene in the Qui Tam lawsuit.Previously Citizens Journal had received a notification of this lawsuit via email. Here […]

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

    By Dr. Edo McGowan, Guest Editorial As to toxins, carcinogens, endocrine disrupters as well as pathogens, the standards are badly in need of review. The regulatory community in the U.S. is well aware of this deficit but is moribund. Industry pressures on legislatures and regulators should be reviewed. There are a number of […]

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the past two years, discussion of annexation to the Ventura County Fire Protection District brought confusion about the amount that was to be paid to VCFPD.The allocation of property tax by cities within a county is driven by the rules of AB 8, which is why the report is called […]

Santa Paula: Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee First Report

Santa Paula: Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee First Report

By Sheryl Hamlin The impetus for the creation of the Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee arose from the $22 million relocation plan proposed by former City Manager Rock where the city services would be bifurcated between the United Water Conservation District and Lemonwood. Read those past articles here: Five Options for Relocation Relocation of All […]

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase Brings New Speakers and Issues

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase Brings New Speakers and Issues

By Sheryl Hamlin The November 6, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting brought new speakers to discuss the effects of rate increases. In a prepared statement, Mayor Garman said that Public Comments were not to be considered official “protests” until the proper form was filled and signed. A table was provided for this purpose in […]

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