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Santa Paula: Omnipresent Public Works

Santa Paula: Omnipresent Public Works

By Sheryl Hamlin Responding to public works needs is the number one job of government today: streets, water, sewer, vehicles, trash, and homeless. At the July 17, 2019, Public Works Director, Clete Saunier, presented the quarterly accomplishments of the five major subdivisions within Santa Paula Public Works. Here are a few highlights: The Neighborhood Safety […]

Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

Santa Paula: The Water and Sewer Rate Increase Conundrum

By Sheryl Hamlin History Sewer and Water rates have not increased in years, according to commentary at various meetings. The number 8 has been used as well as the number 7. What we know for sure is that NBS was hired both in 2014 and 2016 for a rate study and no action was taken […]

Santa Paula: Citizens Decry Illegal Fireworks

Santa Paula: Citizens Decry Illegal Fireworks

By Sheryl Hamlin Two citizens at the July 17, 2019 Santa Council meeting spoke on illegal fireworks. Greg Calkins, who attended last year on the same topic, said the issue was not only pets, but people with PTSD for whom the fireworks bring back troubling memories. He had three ideas: 1) social host laws for […]

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s ad hoc Water and Sewer Rate committee consisting of Mayor Garman and Council Member Crosswhite met on Thursday 10:00 am to discuss the rate study. Others in attendance were: Thai Chai, City Engineer, Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, Ikani Taumoepeau, Assistant CM, Michael Rock, City Manager,and Jackie Nunez, Assistant to City […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: General Plan and Custom Hillside Home

Santa Paula Planning Commission: General Plan and Custom Hillside Home

By Sheryl Hamlin General Plan Study Session The June 25, 2019 Santa Paula Planning Commission meeting included an extra hour starting at 5:00 pm for a discussion of the General Plan Update. Director Mason explained that compared to last week’s public meeting where the public could mingle with planners and ask questions, this meeting was […]

Santa Paula: Hospital Reprieve and Challenging FY 19/20 Budget

Santa Paula: Hospital Reprieve and Challenging FY 19/20 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula Hospital Reprieve Thanks to 10 Babies a Month from Clinicas Director of VCHCA Bill Foley and County CEO Mike Powers were keynote presenters in the June 24th, 2019 Santa Paula Special Council Meeting. As Director Foley reminded, the Obstetrics department of the Santa Paula Hospital had been scheduled tio close […]

Alfonso Guilin: Not all Barriers are WALLS

Alfonso Guilin: Not all Barriers are WALLS

By Sheryl Hamlin Al Guilin of Santa Paula has released his seventh novel: Not All Barriers are WALLS. Deacon Guilin’s oeuvre is a product of his agriculture industry expertise, church commitment and his own multi-generational family. Set primarily in Santa Paula, California, the characters have ties to past generations in other countries. Having mastered the […]

Santa Paula: Red Flags from Budget and Council Meetings

Santa Paula: Red Flags from Budget and Council Meetings

By Sheryl Hamlin June is a frantic month for governments with the end of the fiscal year approaching on June 30, 2019. Santa Paula held the second of its budget meetings on June 19, 2019 prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at 6:30 pm. Budget Takeaways Park and Rec Department Director Greg Barnes indicated […]

Santa Paula: General Plan 2020 Update

Santa Paula: General Plan 2020 Update

By Sheryl Hamlin The second of the required public updates to the General Plan process was held on June 17, 2019 at the City Hall in Council chambers. The City has been hosting public meetings since 2015. See previous meetings here With a large group attending, it was standing room only, literally, because all chairs […]

Santa Paula: East Area 1 Regional Sports Park

Santa Paula: East Area 1 Regional Sports Park

By Sheryl Hamlin The last item on the June 5, 2019 council meeting, a six hour series of meetings starting at 4:00 pm, was the presentation of the East Area 1 Regional Sports Park. City Manager Rock said he was involved with the park initially, but turned it over to the Assistant City Manager (ACM) […]