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Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Deficit Budget The first good news about the FY 19/20 mid-year budget was its timeliness. February 19, 2020 is a record in reporting the mid-year which ended December 31, 2019. Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, created a new format for the presentation. It was concise in that the tables grouped the data logically, […]

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin History Initially, the city was faced with fines for distributing waste into the river, hence the “new” plant was designed. But after the plant was launched in 2010, the chlorides in the surrounding well water increased with deleterious effect on local agriculture. Having tried a home water softener buyback program, the city’s […]

Santa Paula| New Interactive Website

Santa Paula| New Interactive Website

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula launched its new interactive website whose url is spcity.org Presented by Jacquelyn Nunez, the assistant to City Manager Dan Singer, the website is intuitive, multi-lingual and features user event notification. A citizen can create an account and then ask to be notified when certain events occur. Note that the entire […]

Santa Paula: Park and Rec Extensive Community Involvement

Santa Paula: Park and Rec Extensive Community Involvement

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the February 4, 2020 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, Park and Rec Director Greg Barnes presented a 26-slide presentation showing the depth of the community offerings for the Park and Rec Department ranging from pre-school to senior yoga and youth basketball to cornhole. All age groups are represented in the […]

Santa Paula: Stretching Staff to Implement New State Water Policy SB 998

Santa Paula:  Stretching Staff to Implement New State Water Policy SB 998

By Sheryl Hamlin Adding another State mandate to the management of California cities, Sacramento passed SB 998 in 2018 with an effective date of 2/1/2020. Entitled “Discontinuation of residential water service: urban and community water systems”, the bill mandates new procedures for water shutoffs, late billing and multi-lingual customer service. Read the text of the […]

Santa Paula Planning: Six Affordable Single Family Homes Approved and General Plan Update

Santa Paula Planning: Six Affordable Single Family Homes Approved and General Plan Update

By Sheryl Hamlin Habitat for Humanity to Build Six Homes at 14th and Prieto Streets According to Planner Tarantino, this Santa Paula neighborhood was originally developed in the 1980’s with a parcel of .45 acre never finished. The original site plan created in the 1980’s called for the three undeveloped lots to face 14th Street, […]

United States Postal Service: Does Path To Sustainability Exist

United States Postal Service: Does Path To Sustainability Exist

By Sheryl Hamlin On December 4, 2018, a task force organized by the US Department of the Treasury released a report entitled: ”United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward Report from the Task Force on the United States Postal System” Download the report here. USPS Major Employer The report states: In the third quarter […]

Santa Paula: Citizen Reports on Oaks Mobile Estates Senior Park Rent Increase

Santa Paula: Citizen Reports on Oaks Mobile Estates Senior Park Rent Increase

    By Barry Cooper, Oaks Mobile Estates Currently there is much speculation as to what is happening in the Oaks Mobile Estates in Santa Paula. As a resident in that park I would like to offer an honest, objective point of view about recent past events and where things stand at this moment. New […]

California: Water Conservation Legacy of Governor Jerry Brown

California: Water Conservation Legacy of Governor Jerry Brown

By Sheryl Hamlin Not only did Governor Brown sign the landmark Strategic Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014 for the management and sustainability of local groundwater, but in 2018 he signed a pair of laws for the preservation of locally delivered water supplies. From the State website: AB 1668 and SB 606 build on Governor […]

Santa Paula: Harvard Professional Building Approved and Reorganization

Santa Paula: Harvard Professional Building Approved and Reorganization

By Sheryl Hamlin The Planning Commission had approved this project in July 2019 granting a small relief to the applicant, but could not adjust the fees. The applicant subsequently appealed to the City Council. At that time, council determined that the item was too complicated for a single hearing and asked the staff to return […]