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Santa Paula: Bets Future on 2004 Schwarzenegger Vehicle License Fee Tax Swap

Santa Paula: Bets Future on 2004 Schwarzenegger Vehicle License Fee Tax Swap

By Sheryl Hamlin Who would have thought that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger would play a role in Santa Paula’s financial future? This history did not come up during the Saturday, June 17, 2017 Special City Council Meeting when former Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell presented his detailed financial model comparing the annexation to the […]

Ventura County: Senior Summit 2017

Ventura County: Senior Summit 2017

By Sheryl Hamlin Supervisor Parks opened the sixth Ventura County Senior Summit on October 21, 2017 welcoming a full house of about 300 in attendance. On a Ventura perfect day at the historic CSU Channel Islands campus, guests arrived by car or in county provided buses carrying groups from different cities who were then shuttled […]

Santa Paula: Active Calendar for Community Services

Santa Paula: Active Calendar for Community Services

 By Sheryl Hamlin Ed Mount, Director of the Santa Paula Community Services department, presented an overview of the department’s programs, all of which have shown increases in attendance. Programs include exercise, WII bowling, walking, a coffee club, a balance class and the popular monthly Senior Lunch. The center itself is booked for the rest of […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Lunch with Mike Powers, County CEO

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Lunch with Mike Powers, County CEO

 By Sheryl Hamlin Dick Thomson, eight year president of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) passed the presidential gavel to Robert Alviani on July 27, 2017 during the summer meeting in Oxnard with about 50 in attendance including several elected officials. Mr. Alviani, a retired banker, said he was “looking out for taxpayers” and how […]

Santa Paula: Roses and Rivets Tattoo Art Gallery Coming to Town

Santa Paula: Roses and Rivets Tattoo Art Gallery Coming to Town

 By Sheryl Hamlin In a possible reference to Rosie the Riveter, a potential new business “Roses & Rivets” was considered by the Santa Paula Planning Commission on July 25, 2017. Deputy Planning Director James Mason prefaced item 7.A. by noting that the application from Stephanie Robinson (aka “Sparrow”) is one of the most professional and […]

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

By Sheryl Hamlin Veterans Park Restroom Renovation Completed Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting on July 17, 2017, the city hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the remodeled Public Restroom Facilities at Veterans Park. Note that a review of the financial situation for this renovation was reported here. While the new restrooms met with praise, […]

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula is the only city in southern California hosting a Labor Day Parade. This was the brainchild of Joanne Wright who spearheaded the idea in 2005. Over a decade later, the parade has gained popularity gathering officials from the entire county and hundreds of participants in the parade itself. Note: Please […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: No Demographics or History in Purview

Santa Paula Planning Commission: No Demographics or History in Purview

By Sheryl Hamlin Both items on the June 27, 2017 Santa Paula Planning Commission involved the Santa Paula Unified School District. To download the materials and listen to the audio click here. Item 7A “Finding of Consistency for SPUSD Acquisition of Palm Court Site” A concern for the historic nature of Palm Court had been […]

Santa Paula: Council Balances 2017/2018 Budget using 30% of Measure T Funds

Santa Paula: Council Balances 2017/2018 Budget using 30% of Measure T Funds

By Sheryl Hamlin Balanced General Fund At $16.1 million, the expenditures in the interim FY 17/18 Santa Paula General Fund Budget are projected to exceed the budgeted FY 16/17 expenditures by $1.5 million, but the projected revenues for FY 17/18 are almost identical to the FY 16/17 budgeted revenues of $14.5 million, as shown in […]

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

 By Sheryl Hamlin The five member citizen oversight commission for Santa Paula’s Measure T Sales Tax (2016) convened on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with a goal of establishing allocation recommendations for the new sales tax revenue, now estimated at about $2 million. Public Comments Five students spoke in public comments: Mireille Vargas, Mason Ramos Rodriquez, […]