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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) […]

Days of Wine and Spirits at Rancho Camulos Museum

Days of Wine and Spirits at Rancho Camulos Museum

A presentation on the history of winemaking in Ventura County, and wine tasting from a local vintner will highlight “The Days of Wine and Spirits at Rancho Camulos” on Saturday, June 15 at 4:00 PM. Historian Judy Triem will share her extensive viniculture research. Most people do not realize that between 1850 and 1900 some […]

Santa Paula: Fabulous Finds on Main

Santa Paula: Fabulous Finds on Main

  By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s eclectic Main Street can now boast of Hollywood style with the opening of “Fabulous Finds on Main”, a consignment, home décor and antique shop located at 940 East Main. Owner Cheryl Collins, an interior designer, has styled the space into rooms of treasures…vintage furniture, pitchforks, hand held radios, door […]

Santa Paula: First Look FY 19-20 Budget

Santa Paula: First Look FY 19-20 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin City Manager Rock introduced the June 5, 2019 meeting saying that this was the first of several budget meetings for the FY 19/20 year. The law requires balanced budgets for all funds, he said. Finance Director Report Christy Ramirez, Finance Director, presented city wide budget items succinctly demonstrating knowledge of finance, pension […]

Santa Paula: To BID or Not To BID

Santa Paula: To BID or Not To BID

By Sheryl Hamlin On May 29, 2019 the Santa Paula City Council held a special meeting to discuss the formation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in Santa Paula. Mayor Garman and Council Member Juarez recused themselves due to property conflicts. A BID is simply an area, called a district, where an assessment is levied […]

Santa Paula: SPARC Sparks at Planning Commission

Santa Paula: SPARC Sparks at Planning Commission

By Sheryl Hamlin The May 28, 2019 Santa Paula Planning Commission started off with the following agenda item: Item 3: Discussion – Design of New Park at the Harvest Development The staff report had only the following image, so it was not possible for citizens to know details in advance. Chair, Elyssa Vasquez allowed comments […]

Editorial: Are Water Agencies Willing and Prepared to Test

Editorial: Are Water Agencies Willing and Prepared to Test

Response to: A Winning Solution for the City of Oxnard is a Win for Us All Depending on the level of treatment and thus the cost of delivered water, various contaminants and pathogens can be left in and ignored, or removed and acknowledged. Under some circumstances, the water can be considered as “legal” but that […]