Camarillo Springs Local Emergency Proclamation Extended

order times;”>by Logan McFadden

generic times;”>The Council voted unanimously to extend the Proclamation of Local Emergency for the Camarillo Springs residential community. The community recently suffered major debris flow damage due to heavy rains. Another severe rain storm occurred before the construction project to shore up the hillside could commence on December 10, cheap 2014. HERE What was initially estimated to clean up the mud and shore up the hillside increased from $360,000 to $960,000. It will take several years for new vegetation growth to stabilize the hillside. Until then, the completed repairs are deemed adequate to prevent a future mud slide.

A federal grant paid 75% of the $960,000 cost. The Governor has issued a proclamation for public funding. The HOA will partially reimburse the City for some of the project costs. The cause of the debris flow was determined as a continuation of the fire which burned the hillside several months ago. Because the damage is not deemed to be an act of nature, the homeowners will utilize private homeowners insurance and FEMA funding to repair their properties. It has not yet been determined if the City will cover any of the costs associated with the project.

The City Manager’s employment agreement was revised. Bruce Feng was given a 2.5% salary increase. The increase was granted despite the harassment lawsuit filed against Mr. Feng and the City in October 2014. HERE

The moratorium on sale of electronic smoking devices is set to be lifted on March 11th. The Council unanimously approved an amendment of the Municipal Code to regulate the sale of electronic smoking devices and products in the same way as traditional leaf tobacco products.

Considerable time was allocated for discussion of a zoning ordinance to increase guest onsite parking space for new residential, multifamily ownership projects (condominiums, townhouses, or other common interest developments). The amended ordinance will alleviate “spillover” parking on City streets. The amended ordinance covers homes with three or less bedrooms. The Council asked staff to come back with a recommendation for four bedroom units. Pending that recommendation, developers have agreed to re-design projects in the pipeline to three or less bedrooms.

A Resolution approving the tentative tract map for the Affordable Housing project on Springville Road was approved 4 to 1. Councilmember Jan McDonald voted against the Resolution because she was not in favor of the overall Springville development at the outset. The project will provide 103 affordable rental units for seniors. Fifty-one units will be allocated to residents with very low income. Fifty-two units are designated for residents with low income. Income is certified annually. The apartments are available to residents with permanent disabilities with no restriction on age.

Logan McFadden is a city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo. He volunteers for the Heritage Action Sentinel team and serves as the AMAC Delegate to the 26th Congressional District and a Convention of States District Captain.

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