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Santa Paula: Budget Built on Unpredictable Revenue Sources

Santa Paula: Budget Built on Unpredictable Revenue Sources

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Manager of Santa Paula presented the FY 17/18 budget with and without the fire annexation. Annexation was approved at the April 10, 2018 Special Council Meeting. This article is based on the City Manager’s budget numbers taken from the illegible pie charts converted into a columnar presentation. Refer to the […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Fire District Annexation MOA

Santa Paula: Council Approves Fire District Annexation MOA

By Sheryl Hamlin The April 10, 2018 Santa Paula Council meeting to discuss the Ventura County Fire Protection District annexation Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was populated with many uniforms and a few citizens. City Attorney Cotti explained that the annexation per se had already been decided and approved in concept. The exercise for tonight’s meeting, […]

Santa Paula: Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

Santa Paula: Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

By Sheryl Hamlin Ed Mount, Community Services Director of Santa Paula, presented the final conceptual model for the East Area 1 Sports Park, now officially called “Santa Paula Creek Sports Park”. At thirty seven acres, the proposed park is larger than all other Santa Paula parks combined. Mount presented the park as two phases as […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Will You Be Able to Afford California Taxes in Ten Years?

Ventura County Taxpayers Association: Will You Be Able to Afford California Taxes in Ten Years?

By Sheryl Hamlin The VCTA Board Chairman Ron Golden welcomed the audience noting three projects VCTA is watching: 1. The Ventura County Medical Center budget. Read here. 2. The Amicus Brief in the California Rule Pension Reform Case. Read here. 3. The Santa Paula Annexation to the Ventura County Fire Department and lack of transparency. […]

Santa Paula Council Votes to Join Community Choice Aggregation

Santa Paula Council Votes to Join Community Choice Aggregation

By Sheryl Hamlin What is Community Choice Aggregation? CCA or Community Choice Aggregation is an alternative approach for communities to buy power rather than buying through traditional investor owned utilities (IOU). The CCA movement was an outgrowth of energy deregulation. California’s law was approved in 2002, although Massachusetts was the first state to pass a […]

Santa Paula Year End Forecast: Positive with Creative Accounting

Santa Paula Year End Forecast: Positive with Creative Accounting

By Sheryl Hamlin The last item on the three hour March 19, 2018 Santa Paula council meeting was a presentation of the year-end forecast comparing budgeted versus expected line items to arrive at an expected year-end result. To understand the state of the city’s budget, which was City Manager Rock’s first Santa Paula budget, please […]

Vacancy Notice – Santa Paula Housing Authority

Vacancy Notice – Santa Paula Housing Authority

VACANCY NOTICE – SANTA PAULA HOUSING AUTHORITY The City of Santa Paula is requesting all interested individuals to apply for the Santa Paula Housing Authority Commission, a seven member Committee. The Commission was created in 1968 to provide, manage and administer safe, decent and affordable housing. There are currently five seats available for Housing Commissioner […]

Santa Paula Council: LAFCO, Seniors, Housing Authority, Spectrum, Committees

Santa Paula Council: LAFCO, Seniors, Housing Authority, Spectrum, Committees

By Sheryl Hamlin LAFCO Redux The March 5, 2018 Santa Paula Council Meeting reprised several items, the first of which was the LAFCO decision to remove Adams and Fagan Canyons from Santa Paula’s Sphere of Influence (SOI). Bruce Dickenson spoke in Public Comments saying he felt the decision negatively affected Santa Paula’s future. He also […]

Santa Paula: Comprehensive Audited Financial Report (CAFR) FY 16-17

Santa Paula: Comprehensive Audited Financial Report (CAFR) FY 16-17

By Sheryl Hamlin Brett Van Lant of Van Lant & Fankhanel, LLP (CPA firm) presented an eight page Powerpoint consisting primarily of text describing the auditing requirements and methodology. Shown below is the one page from the presentation with financial information from the CAFR, which presumably the auditors considered as the most important from the […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Vacancies and Application

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Vacancies and Application

News Release Contact: Lucy Blanco City Clerk (805) 933-4208 March 5, 2018 VACANCY NOTICE – PLANNING COMMISSION The City of Santa Paula is asking all interested individuals to apply to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission for the remainder of the position’s four-year term. Applicants must be residents of the City of Santa Paula. […]