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Santa Paula: Water Tanks, Greenbelt Changes, Fire MOA, Trash

Santa Paula: Water Tanks, Greenbelt Changes, Fire MOA, Trash

By Sheryl Hamlin The agenda for the three hour Santa Paula council meeting of December 18, 2017 included four items with near and long term impact: 1) new water towers, 2) green belt modifications, 3) MOA (memorandum of Agreement) between Santa Paula and Ventura County Fire Protection District and 4) Athens trash service extension. Mesa […]

Santa Paula Development: Aero Lofts-Yes Sparkuhl-Maybe

Santa Paula Development: Aero Lofts-Yes  Sparkuhl-Maybe

By Sheryl Hamlin Two development projects came before the Santa Paula City Council on December 18, 2017, both of which originated prior to the formation of the existing council and prior to The Great Recession of 2007-2008. Aero Lofts This project was described as a way to own a “piece of the airport” in the […]

Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

By Sheryl Hamlin On December 18, 2017 Fire Chief Rick Araiza presented a flashback of the past fourteen days when the Thomas Fire broke out during another council meeting on December 4, 2017. Chiefs Plott and Araiza The Team and Fortuitous Events The fire was fought with a “perfect team”, said Araiza, along with help […]

Santa Paula: Tough Stance Against Peaker Plant

Santa Paula: Tough Stance Against Peaker Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin The proposed Mission Rock Peaker plant has been looming on the horizon for about two years now. With local meetings of the California Energy Commission drawing hundreds of citizens opposed to the gas fired peaker plant and numerous letters from citizens and the council, the staff of the CEC released a PSA […]

Santa Paula: Citizens Turn Out for Community Fire Meeting

Santa Paula: Citizens Turn Out for Community Fire Meeting

By Sheryl Hamlin Seating in the Santa Paula Community Center was arranged for the maximum capacity of 250 persons and it appeared to be filled on December 11, 2017. The audience included county officials, police and fire from the various organizations, as well as concerned citizens. The meeting started at 7:00 pm and ended around […]

Santa Paula Council: Ginger Gherardi Becomes Mayor on Tumultuous Night

Santa Paula Council: Ginger Gherardi Becomes Mayor on Tumultuous Night

By Sheryl Hamlin December 4, 2017 started with strong Santa Ana winds, which appeared to grow into the afternoon, according to a local tree watcher. The Santa Paula City Council meeting agenda included the traditional turnover of the mayoral seat on the first meeting of the last month of the first half of the fiscal […]

LAFCO: Levels of Service and Funding the Santa Paula Annexation to County Fire

LAFCO:  Levels of Service and Funding the Santa Paula Annexation to County Fire

By Sheryl Hamlin At approximately one hour and ten minutes into the meeting, Commissioner Zaragosa asked Kai Luoma, the LAFCO Executive Director, the following: What is LAFCO being asked to do today? Is it financing? MOU? (1:17:16 on video.) Mr. Luoma answered that Levels of Service (LOS) must be maintained and that the “enhanced level […]

Santa Paula: Creative Use of Enterprise Funds Carries City Finances

Santa Paula: Creative Use of Enterprise Funds Carries City Finances

By Sheryl Hamlin  A Rock and a Hard Spot To understand the Fiscal Year (FY) 17-18 budget, as presented by Finance Director Sandra Easley at the November 6, 2017 Santa Paula City council, one must revisit the October 16, 2017 council meeting. At this meeting watch video here City Manager Rock explained how the 125 […]

Santa Paula: Harvest at Limoneira Ground Breaking

Santa Paula: Harvest at Limoneira Ground Breaking

By Sheryl Hamlin According to Limoneira CEO Harold Edwards, it was during a meeting last century with Santa Paula City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, that the subject of expanding the city east via the historic Teague-McKevett Ranch was germinated. And today, November 8, 2017, nearly two decades after first appearing in the Los Angeles Times, the […]

Joint Meeting of Upper and Lower Santa Clara River Watershed Groups

Joint Meeting of Upper and Lower Santa Clara River Watershed Groups

By Sheryl Hamlin About 30 stakeholders of the Upper and Lower Santa Clara River Watershed met on November 1st, 2017 at the Fillmore City Hall to share information on water projects, discuss potential collaboration and learn about funding opportunities. Announcements: Important Forum in Oxnard Lynn Rodriguez, who manages the Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County, reminded […]