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Santa Paula: First Quarter Fiscal Review

Santa Paula: First Quarter Fiscal Review

By Sheryl Hamlin At the October 16, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Finance Director Ramirez presented the first quarter of fiscal year 2019-2020 update. Director Ramirez prefaced her statement to council with the caveat that more data would be available at mid-year. This report will be issued in February 2020. First Quarter Revenue Exceeds […]

Santa Paula: Citizens Challenge Crimson

Santa Paula: Citizens Challenge Crimson

By Sheryl Hamlin At the October 16, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, item 10 (Adoption of Ordinance No. 1283 Granting Crimson California Pipeline L.P. a Fifteen Year Franchise Extension) brought out four members of the public to speak. Two representatives from Crimson (David Blakeslee from Compliance and Brian Klein from Engineering) addressed safety concerns […]

Santa Paula Sports Park Foundation

Santa Paula Sports Park Foundation

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 9 on the October 16, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting detailed the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the City of Santa Paula and the Santa Paula Sports Park Foundation, a newly formed 501(c)(3) foundation that was the brainchild of former City Council Member and Mayor Ginger Gherardi. Previous articles on […]

Santa Paula: Public Works Fills, Fixes and Voids

Santa Paula: Public Works Fills, Fixes and Voids

By Sheryl Hamlin At the October 16, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Public Works Director Clete Saunier presented the quarterly report for July-September of 2019, which is the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2019-2020. There were nine slides, four of which are shown here. The details of the staff presentation were included in the […]

Santa Paula | City Clerk Blanco Accepts Simi Valley Position

Santa Paula | City Clerk Blanco Accepts Simi Valley Position

By Sheryl Hamlin After 20 exemplary years in Santa Paula, Lucy Blanco will be the new City Clerk for the City of Simi Valley. Read Press Release. During her two decade tenure in Santa Paula, she was repeatedly moved to positions of higher responsibility. In 2016 she was elected to the position of City Clerk. […]

Santa Paula: Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)

Santa Paula: Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)

By Sheryl Hamlin Within the last few weeks, the subject of housing and in particular the RHNA has appeared in multiple Santa Paula city discussions. 1. Read Director Mason’s statement on the RHNA status here which was given at the September 2019 Planning Commission meeting. 2. The Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH) presented housing theories […]

Split Roll: Taxes, Bureaucracy, Inflation

Split Roll: Taxes, Bureaucracy, Inflation

By Sheryl Hamlin The Ventura County Taxpayers Association hosted Rob Gutierrez from CalTax on Thursday October 3, 2019 to review the proposed Split Roll Proposal which has qualified for the 2020 ballot. Note that there have been two versions of this proposition. Here is a link to the proposition and a comparison of the two […]

Santa Paula Planning: Proposed Family Motel and Housing Plan

Santa Paula Planning: Proposed Family Motel and Housing Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin The September 24, 2019 meeting of the Santa Paula Planning Commission included a review of a proposed “family motel” to be located on the corner of 12th Street and Harvard. Planner Arroyo explained that she was related to the owners of the restaurant on this property which closed earlier this year and […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Conditional Approval of Self-Storage

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Conditional Approval of Self-Storage

By Sheryl Hamlin On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Santa Paula Planning Commission approved the first project in the Santa Maria Industrial Park (SMIP), a park that had been approved in 2013 according to the staff report. History of SMIP The original owner/developer of the Santa Maria Industrial Park was “Aspen”. At some point the […]

California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

California Water Resilience Portfolio and Channel Islands

By Sheryl Hamlin An Executive Order (EO) signed in April 2019 by Governor Newsom directed State agencies to recommend a suite of priorities and actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways. The official website is: http://waterresilience.ca.gov On September 12, 2019, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) spent three […]