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Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Enigma

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Enigma

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula City Council heard presentations from three officers of the county and city fire fighters. Presenters included: Luis Espinosa (Assistant Fire Chief SPFD), Michael Laplant (Deputy Fire Chief Ventura County Fire Protection District), Mark Lorenzen (Chief, Ventura County Fire Protection District). The complete council packet for the April 17, 2017 meeting […]

Santa Paula: Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee Redux

Santa Paula: Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee Redux

By Sheryl Hamlin No stranger to the Santa Paula City Council, Victor Carlos Espinosa attended council in 2014 to launch the Friendly Neighborhood Action Committee, but was met with resistance. Read about this meeting here. An articulate letter was published in 2017 stating his views on social justice. Mr. Espinosa spoke in Public Comments at […]

Santa Paula Begins Water and Rate Fee Study

Santa Paula Begins Water and Rate Fee Study

By Sheryl Hamlin At the February 6, 2017 Santa Paula City Council meeting, a Standing Committee on Water and Sewer Rates was established with two council members populating the committee. The members chosen to the new committee were Mayor Crosswhite and Council Member Hernandez. To watch the council meeting where the new committee was established, […]

Santa Paula Welcomes Four New Retail Stores Downtown

Santa Paula Welcomes Four New Retail Stores Downtown

By Sheryl Hamlin Spring is here and shopping is in the air! Santa Paula’s historic downtown recently welcomed four new retail stores: Santa Paula Trading Company Lily Fields Vintage Sparrow’s Nest Market Italienne Salon   Santa Paula Trading Company Santa Paula Trading Company owners Sierra and Chris Hall are no strangers to the area, having […]

Santa Paula Council Presented with Fund Dump

Santa Paula Council Presented with Fund Dump

By Sheryl Hamlin Mid-Year Report FY 2016-2017 General Fund Only At the March 6, 2017 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Finance Director Easley told the council that there was a projected deficit in the General Fund. This meeting is reviewed here. Because there was nothing in the March 6, 2017 report about the Enterprise Funds, […]

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

By Sheryl Hamlin Taxing History In 2014, the City Council of Santa Paula approved a ballot measure, Measure F, a one cent sales tax which required monies to be divided into specific percentages for specific beneficiaries. A Specific Tax requires a 2/3 vote to pass. Measure F failed. In 2016, with the financial picture more […]

Santa Paula: Teenager Squats 512 Pounds for World Record

Santa Paula: Teenager Squats 512 Pounds for World Record

By Sheryl Hamlin No, this is not a teaser headline to sell you a fitness regime, but it could be! Santa Paula teenager Thalia Soto has won the International Powerlift League competition for a record setting squat of 512 pounds. Thalia trains at Santa Paula Fitness on Main Street owned and operated by fitness expert […]

Ventura County: The STEM of Farming’s Future

Ventura County: The STEM of Farming’s Future

 By Sheryl Hamlin The 2017 Ventura County Ag Summit hosted by the Office of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner packed the conference room of the County Office of Education in Camarillo where Masters of Ceremonies Richard and Bonnie Atmore shared a bit of their professional and family lives with the audience, as they announced the […]

Jon Coupal: Taxpayer Assault on Horizon

Jon Coupal: Taxpayer Assault on Horizon

By Sheryl Hamlin Fresh from a roadside phone interview with NPR radio about Governor Brown’s proposed $54 billion tax increase, Jon Coupal, veteran tax warrior and head of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), breezed in to keynote the Ventura County Taxpayers Association meeting on Thursday, March 30 in Oxnard. $54 Billion Tax Increase THIS […]

ZGlobal Presents: Solar Powered Battery Storage to the Santa Paula Community

ZGlobal Presents: Solar Powered Battery Storage to the Santa Paula Community

 By Sheryl Hamlin The community meeting on March 28, 2017 was noticed here and was reviewed for informational purposes only at a Santa Paula Planning Commission on October 25, 2016. Battery Storage, Load Sharing and the Grid It is fair to say that the Lithium and nickel metal hybrid battery enabled the portable electronic device […]