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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 […]

Santa Paula: Historic Commision Approves Hardison Designation

Santa Paula: Historic Commision Approves Hardison Designation

By Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula Historic Preservation Ordinance specifies the Planning Commission become the Historic Preservation Commission on matters regarding historic preservation. The Planning Commission/Historic Preservation Commission shall transmit the application and its recommendations to the City Council. Two items from the May 28, 2019 Planning Commission/Historic Preservation Commission agenda related to planning. Item […]

Santa Paula: Goals, Objectives and New Infrastructure Committee With NO Citizens

Santa Paula: Goals, Objectives and New Infrastructure Committee With NO Citizens

By Sheryl Hamlin At the Monday, May 15, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the council discussed the FY19/20 goals and objectives. These were derived from a study session held on March 22, 2018. At this meeting, a list of tasks was presented. Three speakers spoke in public comments: Connie Tushla spoke of deteriorated streets, […]

Santa Paula | Decisions and Whispers about Santa Paula Hospital

Santa Paula |  Decisions and Whispers about Santa Paula Hospital

By Sheryl Hamlin In the Public Comments section of the May 15, 2019 Santa Paula Council meeting, citizen Derek Fourage informed the council and the public of unverified decisions about the Santa Paula hospital made by the VCHCA Ventura County Health Care Agency. Mr. Fourage said that because of “low census and budgetary concerns”, a […]

Santa Paula Hires New Park and Recreation Director from Oxnard

Santa Paula Hires New Park and Recreation Director from Oxnard

By Sheryl Hamlin City Manager Rock introduced Gregory Barnes at the May 15, 2019 city council meeting. Barnes was hired to replace Ed Mount who retired in December. Mr. Barnes came from Oxnard, where he was a recreation supervisor at various levels and an athletic director. Rock stated that Gregory Barnes has a BA in […]

Santa Paula: Investment Report for Three Quarters

Santa Paula: Investment Report for Three Quarters

By Sheryl Hamlin Although Sandra Easley retired in December of 2018, she still retains her elected position of City Treasurer, a position she held while Finance Director of the city. At the May 15, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Treasurer Easley presented the Three Quarter Investment Report comparing Q1, Q2, and Q3 investment earnings […]

Santa Paula: 2019 Wastewater Lawsuit

Santa Paula: 2019 Wastewater Lawsuit

By Sheryl Hamlin Closed Session Agenda and Action Item On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the Santa Paula Closed Session Agenda listed one item: During the Closed Session Report of the Public Agenda, City Attorney Cotti reported that the council had authorized engagement in pre-filing mediation on this matter. Public Agenda Testimony During the Public Meeting […]

2020: The Coming Decade of Disruption and Reform

2020: The Coming Decade of Disruption and Reform

By Sheryl Hamlin The firm of Mehlman Castagnetti is a lobbying firm specializing in outcomes based strategy. This means that knowing history and given a certain mix of inputs, they devise strategies based on predictive outputs or forecasts. Their new presentation reminds us that it was a century ago that the United States proceeded through […]