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Santa Paula: Renovation and Relics

Santa Paula: Renovation and Relics

 By Sheryl Hamlin During the June 5, 2017 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, Gary Nasalroad presented an all-volunteer plan to refurbish the old county fire station on 8th and Santa Barbara. According to the presentation by Gary Nasalroad, the building was built in 1934. The proposed restoration plan, explained Nasalroad, grew out of the Santa […]

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

By Sheryl Hamlin What is a GHAD? A GHAD is a mechanism to collect funding in perpetuity for areas with long-term, unsolvable geologic issues where properties have been located. By forming the GHAD, the city or county in which the GHAD is formed is relieved of the obligation to pay in the event of a […]

Santa Paula: Elusive Fiscal Sustainability

Santa Paula: Elusive Fiscal Sustainability

 By Sheryl Hamlin The two major items on the Santa Paula City Council agenda for May 25, 2017 Special Meeting were intertwined fiscally. Hence there was discussion about which item should be presented first: the FY 2017-2018 Budget or the Annexation into the Ventura County Fire Protection District (VCFPD). The budget was presented first followed […]

Santa Paula: Battery Storage Community Meeting without the Community

Santa Paula: Battery Storage Community Meeting without the Community

 By Sheryl Hamlin Stark Turnout The March 24, 2017 community meeting about the proposed Battery Energy Storage Project in Santa Paula drew only five people. This is in stark contrast to the first community meeting on March 28, 2017, when the room was packed. The project manager said that notices were mailed to residents within […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Car Wash and Airport Update

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Car Wash and Airport Update

By Sheryl Hamlin A festive mood prevailed at the May 23, 2017 Santa Paula Planning Commission. Why? For the first time in months, there was a full collection of Planning Commissioners with the addition of Margaux Bangs and Earl McPhail who had been appointed previously by the city council. There were two items on the […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

 By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula voters approved a 1% sales tax increase in November 2016 which included the provision for an oversight commission. To read the full text of the ordinance defining the commission, click here. The members were chosen in April 2017 from a field of many applicants. The members of the Commission are: […]

2017 Sold Out Benefit Fashion Show At The Collection Riverpark

2017 Sold Out Benefit Fashion Show At The Collection Riverpark

 By Sheryl Hamlin Brick and mortar retailing is not for the faint of heart in 2017. When competing with on-line giants and a demographic headwind of retiring boomers whose spending habits have declined dramatically as they reach retirement years, the mall owner must be an impresario, a buzz generator and a trend analyst. The 2017 […]

Santa Paula: New City Manager Michael Rock

Santa Paula: New City Manager Michael Rock

By Sheryl Hamlin Michael Rock, Santa Paula’s New City Manager Mr. Rock’s most recent municipal tenure was Banning, California. Note the similarities between Santa Paula and Banning, California. In terms of finance, the fiscal year 2015/2016 for Banning shows the following: General Fund Starting Balance $2,858,705 Adjusted Revenue $14,150,397 Adjusted Expenditures $14,280,764 Projected Loss ($130,367) […]

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

By Sheryl Hamlin Development on Historic Hardison House Approved After several reductions in size and one lawsuit, Williams Homes has prevailed at the City Council level with a new site plan consisting of fewer homes, larger lots and the use of a planning tool called a “Remainder Parcel” to segregate the Hardison house, barn and […]

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

By Sheryl Hamlin A graduate class (CSUN RTM 580 Tourism Policy & Planning Spring 2017) at California State University Northridge (CSUN) chose Santa Paula as the case study for their class project. Starting in January 2017, the team analyzed the area’s strengths and weaknesses, created and analyzed a survey, and recommended a course of action […]