Santa Paula: SPUSD Announcements and Enterprise Funds Concerns

By Sheryl Hamlin

Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD)

In Public Comments, Supervisor Alfonso Gamino, Superintendent of the Santa Paula Unified School District, spoke congratulating the new council and wishing to continue the successful relationship the School District has experienced with the council.

Supervisor Gamino introduced the two members of the SPUSD Board who will be on the Ad-Hoc Committee with the Santa Paula City Council: Michele Kohlbeck and Derek Luna.

Ms. Kohlbeck said she was delighted to continue the task at hand and was particularly happy because they had plenty of bond money, thanks to the citizens who had voted for the various measures.

SPUSD benefitted from both the California Prop 51, which passed in November 2016, and also the local Measure P which passed in June 2016.

Derek Luna, newly elected to SPUSD Board, comes from a family with a history of public service. His father, Ray Luna, served on the Santa Paula City council. Derek was excited to get to work. Vice Mayor Gherardi joked with him saying she had met him on the 126 bus years ago, while Council Member recalled working with Ray Luna on the council.


Alfonso Gamino (left) and Derek Luna (right)

Enterprise Funds Concerns

Sheryl Hamlin spoke in Public Comments asking for clarification from the council about the Cross Town Water project, which was recently approved, questioning why the 8,930 ratepayers should pay for this project entirely when it primarily benefits East Area 1. She questioned the plans for the future $3,000,000 construction of the pipeline and how the council intended to fund this project. Will the 8,930 ratepayers pay for this too? She also questioned the use of consultants: a) a consultant for the water project whose fee was not disclosed and b) a consultant for the Waste Water Operations and Maintenance contract, whose fee was not disclosed. Finally she suggested a Citizen Oversight Committee for the Enterprise Funds to create transparency into the now opaque enterprise funds.

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