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Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

By Sheryl Hamlin Development on Historic Hardison House Approved After several reductions in size and one lawsuit, Williams Homes has prevailed at the City Council level with a new site plan consisting of fewer homes, larger lots and the use of a planning tool called a “Remainder Parcel” to segregate the Hardison house, barn and […]

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

By Sheryl Hamlin A graduate class (CSUN RTM 580 Tourism Policy & Planning Spring 2017) at California State University Northridge (CSUN) chose Santa Paula as the case study for their class project. Starting in January 2017, the team analyzed the area’s strengths and weaknesses, created and analyzed a survey, and recommended a course of action […]

Santa Paula: Measure T to the Rescue

Santa Paula: Measure T to the Rescue

By Sheryl Hamlin Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Year Ending in Deficit “…it was anticipated there would be a shortfall in total year end expenditures over revenues for the General Fund of approximately $232,155”, according to the staff report given to the public. Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget Deficit The Santa Paula City Council got a first look […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Transfer of 79 Acre East Area 1 Open Space to Limoneira

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Transfer of 79 Acre East Area 1 Open Space to Limoneira

 By Sheryl Hamlin Although short (only 15 minutes) and without a full five-member body (one death and one member relocation), the Santa Paula Planning Commission heard two significant issues. General Plan Conformance Review of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Capital Improivement Program (CIP) John Ilasin, Interim Public Works Director and City Engineer, presented a list of […]

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 […]