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Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

By Sheryl Hamlin Suppose you own a home financed by a 30-year mortgage. Subsequent to the origination of the mortgage, interest rates drop significantly. Assuming you are still a creditworthy buyer, there are several options to take advantage of this drop in interest rates: 1) refinance the balance of the principal, reducing payments and saving […]

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the Closed Session Report of the November 20, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, City Attorney Cotti reported that the council had discussed a Qui Tam lawsuit and has authorized counsel to intervene in the Qui Tam lawsuit.Previously Citizens Journal had received a notification of this lawsuit via email. Here […]

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

    By Dr. Edo McGowan, Guest Editorial As to toxins, carcinogens, endocrine disrupters as well as pathogens, the standards are badly in need of review. The regulatory community in the U.S. is well aware of this deficit but is moribund. Industry pressures on legislatures and regulators should be reviewed. There are a number of […]

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

Santa Paula: FY 19-20 Tax Rate Allocations Secured Property Tax in Line with Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the past two years, discussion of annexation to the Ventura County Fire Protection District brought confusion about the amount that was to be paid to VCFPD.The allocation of property tax by cities within a county is driven by the rules of AB 8, which is why the report is called […]

Santa Paula: Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee First Report

Santa Paula: Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee First Report

By Sheryl Hamlin The impetus for the creation of the Facilities and Infrastructure Standing Committee arose from the $22 million relocation plan proposed by former City Manager Rock where the city services would be bifurcated between the United Water Conservation District and Lemonwood. Read those past articles here: Five Options for Relocation Relocation of All […]

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase Brings New Speakers and Issues

Santa Paula: Water and Sewer Rate Increase Brings New Speakers and Issues

By Sheryl Hamlin The November 6, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting brought new speakers to discuss the effects of rate increases. In a prepared statement, Mayor Garman said that Public Comments were not to be considered official “protests” until the proper form was filled and signed. A table was provided for this purpose in […]

Santa Paula: Assistant City Manager Ikani Taumoepeau to Leave for Clayton

Santa Paula: Assistant City Manager Ikani Taumoepeau to Leave for Clayton

By Sheryl Hamlin The November 6, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting was full of surprises. First, the council announced that Dan Singer would be made the permanent City Manager. Recall that Mr. Singer had been the temporary Park and Rec Manager after Ed Mount’s retirement, then was the interim City Manage after Michael Rock’s […]

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 […]