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Santa Paula: Volunteers and Departing City Manager

Santa Paula: Volunteers and Departing City Manager

By Sheryl Hamlin The October 17, 2016 Santa Paula City Council highlighted volunteers and service, both of which are special values of Small Town, USA. Tattoo Removal Clinic Volunteers total 36 years of service Mayor Hernandez presented a Certification of Appreciation to Dr. Neil Jorgensen, Dr. Kristi Schoeld and FNP Maria Delgadillo for eighteen (18) […]

Citizen asks about Ventura Fire Dept. workload vs resources

Citizen asks about Ventura Fire Dept. workload vs resources

By Daniel Cormode Letter to Ventura Fire Chief Chief Endaya, I have reviewed your presentation scheduled for the City Council Meeting on 17 Oct 2016 and have a question. Plotting the Rate of Incidents Per 1,000 Population reveals that the Incident Rate increased 400% between 1974 and 2015.  The number of firefighters on duty increased only […]

Ventura City Council candidates forum videos

Ventura City Council candidates forum videos

By George Miller See the Ventura City Council candidates for yourself, answering (mostly) relevant questions for the public, recorded by CAPSMedia, Ventura, CA.   September 8, 2016- Hosted by the Midtown Ventura Community Council       September 20, Ventura Council for Seniors       September 29, 2016- League of Women Voters     More […]

Santa Paula: Unavoidable Destruction of History

Santa Paula: Unavoidable Destruction of History

By Sheryl Hamlin Note: Continuation article to previous Planning Commission report. While Santa Paula residents were regaling in artist renderings and elegant brochures of the long proposed East Area 1 project in 2007, under the covers planners were subtly erasing local history. Artist Rendering of East Area 1 taken from 2007 Brochure The first part […]

Flames seen coming from House on Foothill Rd. Ventura Fire Crews knock out blaze

Flames seen coming from House on Foothill Rd.  Ventura Fire Crews knock out blaze

Santa Paula: Fees to the Rescue?

Santa Paula: Fees to the Rescue?

By Sheryl Hamlin As cities try to meet escalating costs to provide services, more municipalities are turning to fees. It is not uncommon to encounter school impact fees, homeless housing fees, public safety fees, park and open space fees in addition to the “normal” development impact fees and fees for services, such as dog licenses. […]

Santa Paula Candidate Forum: Revelations and Politico Speak

Santa Paula Candidate Forum: Revelations and Politico Speak

By Sheryl Hamlin Hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, the 2016 Santa Paula Election Forum brought citizens closer to understanding the views, motivations and experience of the candidates. Segment A: Supervisor District 3 Candidates   Opening statements made by Carla Castilla and Kelly Long contrasted their life stories. […]

Santa Paula Council Revisits Wastewater Treatment Maintenance Contract

Santa Paula Council Revisits Wastewater Treatment Maintenance Contract

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula City Council October 3, 2016 Item 11.D Public Works Director Brian Yanez returned with an enhanced report comparing the three bids for the new Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract for the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Note that this item was discussed previously here. Since late Wednesday evening, some excellent questions and […]

Santa Paula Housing Authority: Were Powers Granted Transparently?

Santa Paula Housing Authority: Were Powers Granted Transparently?

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 11 A of the October 3, 2016 Santa Paula Council meeting brought a coalition of speakers claiming a June 16, 2014 resolution directing the Santa Paula Housing Authority (SPHA) to administer the in lieu fees from East Area 1 was irregular and without transparency in that there were no other organizations […]

Santa Paula: Parking, Housing, History at Planning Commission

Santa Paula: Parking, Housing, History at Planning Commission

By Sheryl Hamlin The Agenda of the September 27, 2016 meeting of the Santa Paula Planning Commission was short but instructive of the planning process. The commission is still minus one commissioner due to the death of Commissioner Wacker, although Planning Director Minsk said that the application period has ended with four applicants which the […]