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California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

By Sheryl Hamlin An Executive Order (EO) signed in April 2019 by Governor Newsom directed State agencies to recommend a suite of priorities and actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways. The official website is: http://waterresilience.ca.gov On September 12, 2019, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) spent three […]

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase 101

By Sheryl Hamlin At the September 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the council voted to present two rate increase alternatives to the citizens for a vote, one for water and one for sewer. The alternatives chosen were: 1) Raise water in a declining pattern for five years: 15%, 13%, 11%, 9%, 9% and […]

Friendship Bridge Evening: Empowering Guatemalan Women

Friendship Bridge Evening: Empowering Guatemalan Women

Empowering Guatemalan woman so that they can create their own solutions to poverty. You are invited to a special evening at the historical Unitarian Universalist Church on 740 East Main in Santa Paula on Monday, September 16th at 7 p.m. to learn about the successful “Microcredit Plus” program of Friendship Bridge (www.friendshipbridge.org) in Guatemala. Our […]

Santa Paula: Peck and Harvard Roads Intersection Repair and Closure

Santa Paula: Peck and Harvard Roads Intersection Repair and Closure

Public Notice Street Rehabilitation Peck Road and Harvard Boulevard Intersection Closure On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the intersection of Peck Road and Harvard Blvd. will be closed for pavement rehabilitation. This closure will take place starting at 8:30 am and continue until 3 pm. During that closure you will need to avoid that intersection. Freeway […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves Permissible Areas for Shelters

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves Permissible Areas for Shelters

By Sheryl Hamlin The only item of business on the August 27, 2019 Planning Commission Agenda was a modification to the Santa Paula Municipal Code. From the Staff Report: The proposed amendment would amend the following chapter of the SPMC: 1. Chapter 16.21 – Industrial Zones to make the provisions consistent with the purpose and […]

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report

By Sheryl Hamlin Item Number 10 in the Consent Calendar was the Ventura County Fire Protection District Quarterly Report. Council Member Crosswhite asked for the item to be pulled because she had questions. Chief Monday approached the dais to answer the questions. Chief Monday, VCFPD Council Member Crosswhite indicated that the report included incident stats […]

Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

By Sheryl Hamlin This column has been following the Hardison property since 2014 when Williams Homes acquired the 20 acre site from the Procter estate. The originally proposed site plan consisted of 58 homes, relocated barn and all other structures and landscape removed. Read those reports here. Other responses to City Planning documents are here […]

Santa Paula Council Narrows Rate Increase Options to Two Alternatives

Santa Paula Council Narrows Rate Increase Options to Two Alternatives

By Sheryl Hamlin The August 21, 2019 Santa Paula City Council lasted until about 11:00 pm with the most complicated material, the rate increase, scheduled to the later part of the meeting. Bond Presentation During the Presentations section of the meeting, Philip Curls from Hilltop Securities presented Santa Paula’s Debt Overview. Here are a few […]

Santa Paula Hires Highly Experienced Assistant Police Chief

Santa Paula Hires Highly Experienced Assistant Police Chief

By Sheryl Hamlin With family and friends in the audience, it was a packed hall due to the introduction and pinning of new police officers Sergio Gutierrez, Richard Prebble, Donovan Varela and Sean Zosini at the August 21, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting. Donovan Varela was first academically in the Police Academy, said Chief […]

Santa Paula: Rate Study Missing Pieces

Santa Paula: Rate Study Missing Pieces

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula hosted a community meeting on August 5, 2019 at the Community Center. With chairs set for 80-100 people only about 20 were present. Council previously discussed the rates on the 17th of July, which was reported here. On the dais were Public Works Director Clete Saunier, NBS Principal Greg Clumpner, […]