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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, […]

VCTA: State of the County by Mike Powers CEO

VCTA: State of the County by Mike Powers CEO

By Sheryl Hamlin Hosted by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA), the 2019 State of the County (SOTC) delivered by CEO Mike Powers brought the largest audience yet: 280 attendees in an expanded banquet space at the Oxnard Marriot.   Introductions Ron Golden, VCTA Board Chair, introduced the meeting explaining the collaboration with Chambers of […]

Santa Paula: Business Owners and Council Approve Downtown BID

Santa Paula: Business Owners and Council Approve Downtown BID

By Sheryl Hamlin On July 29, 2019 at a Special Council meeting, the city council was informed of the voting results for the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). Read here about the initial meeting for the BID where one person spoke against the BID. The map of the district is shown in the previous article. […]

Santa Paula Wastewater: 15 Years of Compliance Inaction

Santa Paula Wastewater: 15 Years of Compliance Inaction

By Sheryl Hamlin 2004 Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) The compliance chronology of the Santa Paula Wastewater plant started with the 2004 DEIR (Draft Environmental Impact Review). In November 2004, the DEIR was distributed on CD to all local agencies and property owners in the vicinity of the proposed plant. The City of Santa Paula […]

Santa Paula Planning: Applicant Questions City Development Fees

Santa Paula Planning:  Applicant Questions City Development Fees

By Sheryl Hamlin 18-CDP-04 Harvard Professional Center This project was presented by Planner Doberneck. The presentation covered all phases of the design, landscaping, improvements, neighborhood and communication with the applicant. Development Impact Fees attributable to new development 1) Law enforcement facilities, vehicles, and equipment 2) Fire suppression facilities, vehicles, and equipment 3) General facilities, vehicles, […]

Spotlight | Santa Paula Optimists Salute Samantha Frady and Hands Across Santa Paula

Spotlight | Santa Paula Optimists Salute Samantha Frady and Hands Across Santa Paula

    By Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula Optimists hosted a version of “This is Your Life” on July 22, 2019 with a surprise celebration of the work of Samantha Frady and “Hands Across Santa Paula”, a movement she founded in 2010. Here is a Nextdoor post about the 6th annual event in 2016. Click […]

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 […]