Camarillo Springs still Vulnerable

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cialis arial,sans-serif;”>At the Camarillo City Council meeting on May 27, 2015, several Camarillo Springs homeowners expressed their concerns. Barbara Williams, HOA President, made a strong statement regarding the vulnerability of homes in the path of debris flows. It has been 5 ½ months since the last debris flow caused by heavy rains. Ms. Williams expressed the urgency of completing the diversion project before the forecasted El Nino rainy season. The forecast is for rains more severe than the 1997-1998 season.

Seven residents have applied for building permits to repair their homes. The City is prepared to issue the permits if the homeowners sign a release. During the last Council meeting, the terms of the release were criticized by several homeowners. HERE At that time the City Attorney, Brian Pierik, was instructed by Mayor Bill Little to address the concerns and propose a modified Release.

More importantly, Ms. Williams stated that the hillside stabilization project needs further work. The City has requested additional funding from NICS, a federal agency. NICS has sent an inspector to the site that came up with some positive ideas. The City Manager, Bruce Feng, stated that NICS has not made a decision. Ms. Williams stated that the HOA would seek the support of Congresswoman Julia Brownley. Ms. Williams also stated that the HOA is not being informed of the City’s actions on a timely basis and stressed that the HOA would assist the City in expediting the grant request.

The Camarillo Springs community is primarily populated by senior citizens on fixed incomes. The financial burden of bringing the community to a sustainable level is crushing. An adjacent property owner will need to re-direct water run-off to protect the community from future debris flow. If the cost falls upon the residents, the “community will not survive” in the opinion of one homeowner.

Two homeowners thanked the City for all of its support. Mayor Bill Little said that the City staff discusses the status and action plan almost every day. He went on to say that Camarillo Springs and its residents are “very important to the staff and Council”. The Mayor thanked the homeowners for their patience and stated that he hopes all parties can put this “behind us very quickly”.


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.

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