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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 […]

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. […]