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Santa Paula Parks and Rec Opening Up

Santa Paula Parks and Rec Opening Up

by Sheryl Hamlin Greg Barnes, Director of Parks and Rec, presented the quarterly report plus status. The time period included the months June, July, August, and September of 2020 or Q3+1. The three week transformation of the Cultural Arts Center created an enjoyable outdoor space complete with red sail shades, picnic tables and benches, sod/gravel […]

The Sespe Cienega: Ecosystem Restoration and Public Access

The Sespe Cienega: Ecosystem Restoration and Public Access

By Sheryl Hamlin Sean Kelly of the Santa Clara River Conservancy presented plans for restoration of the Sespe Cienega to the Santa Paula City Council on October 7, 2020. The project includes 265 acres owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) along the river and near the Fillmore fish hatchery and a […]

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

By Sheryl Hamlin During the October 7, 2020 Santa Paula Council meeting, the council considered a $100,000 addition to the MKN (Michael K Nunley Associates) contract. These monies will be used for services from Gradiant who will provide technical specifications on their high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) technology which MKN will incorporate into the MKN […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves New Battery Storage Project

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves New Battery Storage Project

By Sheryl Hamlin . A new project for the property at 132 N. 13th Street adjacent to the Edison (SCE) Wakefield substation has been approved by the Santa Paula Planning Commission during the September 29, 2020 meeting. History A previous BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) had been planned and approved for this location starting in […]

Election 2020: Death and Taxes

Election 2020: Death and Taxes

By Sheryl Hamlin . Ventura County Tax Association (VCTA) 2020 Board Chair Ron Golden introduced Dan Walters, famed journalist of many years in California, and Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), speakers for the Zoom event of September 24, 2020. The event was co-hosted by ColabVC. California in Crisis? Six to seven […]

CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

By Sheryl Hamlin , Hosted by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA), the current Board Chair Ron Golden introduced the September 17, 2020 virtual event and the sponsors, a list that has been growing over the years. 1000 virtual attendees were on-line. The video prelude to CEO Powers’ presentation oozed with lush, inviting, healthy scenes […]

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin East Area 1 was the subject of two items on the September 16, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting. The first was an update on the entire project while the second was a discussion of changes to the Sports Park. East Area 1 (Harvest) Status Tim Jones of Limoneira/Lewis and Trayci Nelson, […]

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

By Sheryl Hamlin Public Comments The topic of the meeting on Wednesday September 16, 2020, was the takeover of the plant by the city. However, in Public Comments, Sandy Smith of Sespe Consulting essentially refuted a major portion of the MKN Study which was previously provided to the Water Board. Read that MKN report here. […]

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

By Sheryl Hamlin RenewableGas360 hosted a webinar on September 9, 2020 on the subject of renewable hydrogen as a way to decarbonize the world’s energy consumption. Each speaker focused on a different aspect of this complex topic. What is Green Hydrogen Most people know that water is the most abundant molecule on earth consisting of […]

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

By Sheryl Hamlin Referring to the wastewater plant, Council Member Crosswhite used the expression “albatross”, a metaphor for a burden one must bear because of a previous decision. She had used this description during a previous meeting and it is beginning to feel more accurate. The September 9 Special City Council Meeting focused on refinancing […]