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Santa Paula: Taxes, Limoneira and Infrastructure

Santa Paula: Taxes, Limoneira and Infrastructure

By Sheryl Hamlin Property Taxes and Ventura County Fire Department The issue of annexation to the Ventura County Fire Protection District (VCFPD) moved forward with more numbers relating to property tax and the sharing of Santa Paula’s revenue with the VCFPD. A concept called ‘realized property tax revenues’, which consultant Mike Sedell had alluded to […]

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula should not have been surprised when former Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell stated at the June 17, 2017 special Saturday meeting that there was a structural deficit. The previous consultant Dr. Gardner had told the council on two occasions there was a structural deficit: December […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Commission Faces Stark Realities of Budget

Santa Paula: Measure T Commission Faces Stark Realities of Budget

 By Sheryl Hamlin The second meeting of the Measure T commission was held on June 14, 2017. The inaugural meeting was reported here. Chair Kristin Majda reported all five members present along with staff members Rick Araiza, Interim City Manager, Mike Sedell, former Simi Valley City Manager and consultant, James Cotti, city attorney, Ed Mount, […]

Valley Express Offers Free Rides on July 4th

Valley Express Offers Free Rides on July 4th

 Valley Express Offers Free Rides on July 4 Heritage Valley, Calif. – Valley Express, the public bus service which services Fillmore, Piru, and Santa Paula, is proud to offer FREE rides on July 4 from 5-10 pm. The special service will be on-demand, which means you must request a ride in advance. The phone number […]

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: […]