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Santa Paula Council Approves 2040 General Plan

Santa Paula Council Approves 2040 General Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin After a period of four plus years, 20+ public events, 1200 direct notices and hundreds of pages of planning language, the 2040 General Plan of Santa Paula was approved by the City Council on March 4, 2020. What is a General Plan? Quite simply, the General Plan is a written document providing […]

Santa Paula: 2020 Pavement and Slurry Seal Work

Santa Paula: 2020 Pavement and Slurry Seal Work

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council approved $1,339,705 from various funds (see chart below) to improve streets in areas B and C. Source: staff report The streets where the work will be done are listed in this table from the staff report. Source: staff report The above streets were designated in a previous report as […]

SoCalGas Proposes Renewable Gas in Pipelines

SoCalGas Proposes Renewable Gas in Pipelines

By Sheryl Hamlin At the March 4, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Maria Ventura, Public Affairs Manager Southern California Gas, presented a path to sustainability, using the SoCalGas pipelines delivering renewable gas either by biomethane or power-to-gas. In using either of these methods, she said, cities would make strides toward the regulatory environment for […]

Santa Paula: Resignation Interim Police Chief Rodriguez

Santa Paula: Resignation Interim  Police Chief Rodriguez

This week, the City of Santa Paula announced the resignation of Interim Chief of Police Matt Rodriguez, effective later this month. Chief Rodriguez began his tenure as Interim Chief on November 19, 2019, after long-term Chief of Police Steve McLean went to Baldwin Park Police Department. Rodriguez’s departure allows him to pursue both personal and […]

Santa Paula: 2040 General Plan Innovation and Questions

Santa Paula: 2040 General Plan Innovation and Questions

By Sheryl Hamlin The last item on the February 25, 2020 Santa Paula Planning Commission was the update on the 2040 General Plan. A massive document, it is actually more concise than the previous General Plan. The Plan was written by contract planner John Douglas under the guidance of the city staff with input from […]

Santa Paula: Two Year Extension to Harvest Sports Park

Santa Paula: Two Year Extension to Harvest Sports Park

By Sheryl Hamlin The first item on the February 25, 2020 Santa Paula Planning Commission was a request from Limoneira Lewis, developers of Harvest in East Area 1, for a two year extension on the completion of the Sports Park. According to the first amended Development Agreement dated 2015, the park completion date was on […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission First Industrial Hemp Processing in County

Santa Paula Planning Commission First Industrial Hemp Processing in County

By Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula Planning Commission approved the first industrial hemp processing facility in the county at the February 25, 2020 meeting. Site and Facility The applicant plans a state-of-the art industrial hemp processing facility at 1574 Lemonwood Drive and business support services at 1580 Lemonwood, both locations contain existing buildings permitted in […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

Santa Paula: Council Approves Deficit Mid-Year Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Deficit Budget The first good news about the FY 19/20 mid-year budget was its timeliness. February 19, 2020 is a record in reporting the mid-year which ended December 31, 2019. Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, created a new format for the presentation. It was concise in that the tables grouped the data logically, […]

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin History Initially, the city was faced with fines for distributing waste into the river, hence the “new” plant was designed. But after the plant was launched in 2010, the chlorides in the surrounding well water increased with deleterious effect on local agriculture. Having tried a home water softener buyback program, the city’s […]

Santa Paula| New Interactive Website

Santa Paula| New Interactive Website

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula launched its new interactive website whose url is spcity.org Presented by Jacquelyn Nunez, the assistant to City Manager Dan Singer, the website is intuitive, multi-lingual and features user event notification. A citizen can create an account and then ask to be notified when certain events occur. Note that the entire […]