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Split Roll: Taxes, Bureaucracy, Inflation

Split Roll: Taxes, Bureaucracy, Inflation

By Sheryl Hamlin The Ventura County Taxpayers Association hosted Rob Gutierrez from CalTax on Thursday October 3, 2019 to review the proposed Split Roll Proposal which has qualified for the 2020 ballot. Note that there have been two versions of this proposition. Here is a link to the proposition and a comparison of the two […]

Santa Paula Planning: Proposed Family Motel and Housing Plan

Santa Paula Planning: Proposed Family Motel and Housing Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin The September 24, 2019 meeting of the Santa Paula Planning Commission included a review of a proposed “family motel” to be located on the corner of 12th Street and Harvard. Planner Arroyo explained that she was related to the owners of the restaurant on this property which closed earlier this year and […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Conditional Approval of Self-Storage

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Conditional Approval of Self-Storage

By Sheryl Hamlin On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Santa Paula Planning Commission approved the first project in the Santa Maria Industrial Park (SMIP), a park that had been approved in 2013 according to the staff report. History of SMIP The original owner/developer of the Santa Maria Industrial Park was “Aspen”. At some point the […]

California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

By Sheryl Hamlin An Executive Order (EO) signed in April 2019 by Governor Newsom directed State agencies to recommend a suite of priorities and actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways. The official website is: http://waterresilience.ca.gov On September 12, 2019, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) spent three […]

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

By Sheryl Hamlin At the September 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the council voted to present two rate increase alternatives to the citizens for a vote, one for water and one for sewer. The alternatives chosen were: 1) Raise water in a declining pattern for five years: 15%, 13%, 11%, 9%, 9% and […]

Friendship Bridge Evening: Empowering Guatemalan Women

Friendship Bridge Evening: Empowering Guatemalan Women

Empowering Guatemalan woman so that they can create their own solutions to poverty. You are invited to a special evening at the historical Unitarian Universalist Church on 740 East Main in Santa Paula on Monday, September 16th at 7 p.m. to learn about the successful “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (www.friendshipbridge.org) in Guatemala. Our […]

Santa Paula: Peck and Harvard Roads Intersection Repair and Closure

Santa Paula: Peck and Harvard Roads Intersection Repair and Closure

Public Notice Street Rehabilitation Peck Road and Harvard Boulevard Intersection Closure On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the intersection of Peck Road and Harvard Blvd. will be closed for pavement rehabilitation. This closure will take place starting at 8:30 am and continue until 3 pm. During that closure you will need to avoid that intersection. Freeway […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves Permissible Areas for Shelters

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves Permissible Areas for Shelters

By Sheryl Hamlin The only item of business on the August 27, 2019 Planning Commission Agenda was a modification to the Santa Paula Municipal Code. From the Staff Report: The proposed amendment would amend the following chapter of the SPMC: 1. Chapter 16.21 – Industrial Zones to make the provisions consistent with the purpose and […]

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report

By Sheryl Hamlin Item Number 10 in the Consent Calendar was the Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report. Council Member Crosswhite asked for the item to be pulled because she had questions. Chief Monday approached the dais to answer the questions. Chief Monday, VCFPD Council Member Crosswhite indicated that the report included incident stats […]

Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

By Sheryl Hamlin This column has been following the Hardison property since 2014 when Williams Homes acquired the 20 acre site from the Procter estate. The originally proposed site plan consisted of 58 homes, relocated barn and all other structures and landscape removed. Read those reports here. Other responses to City Planning documents are here […]