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Santa Paula City Council Part Two: 2015/2016 Budget

Santa Paula City Council Part Two: 2015/2016 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin In Part One covering the June 1, 2015 Santa Paula City Council meeting, three items were considered:  Street Repair, Delinquent Bills and Low-Cost Housing. In Part Two, the council discussion of the proposed 2015/2016 budget will be reviewed. Recall that the special March 21, 2015 council session was devoted to citizen input […]

Santa Paula City Council: Street Repair. Delinquent Bills, Low-Cost Housing and 2015/2016 Budget

Santa Paula City Council: Street Repair. Delinquent Bills, Low-Cost Housing and 2015/2016 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin The June 1, 2015 Santa Paula City council meeting covered several disparate topics. This article is the first in a multi-part series about this meeting. Water and Sewer Renovation Combined with Street Repair Item F on the Consent Calendar was described as follows: Because of the large amount of the item, $341,509, […]

Santa Paula City Council: LGBT Health, Playground Recovery, Youth Leadership and Money

Santa Paula City Council: LGBT Health, Playground Recovery, Youth Leadership and Money

By Sheryl Hamlin Dr. Robert Levin, guest speaker The first item was a guest speaker, Dr. Robert Levin, whose item was described on the agenda as: Presentation by Dr. Robert Levin from the Ventura County Public Health Agency. Dr. Levin has been Ventura County’s top doctor since 1998. His specialty is pediatrics and he is/was […]

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Government train wreck

Cartoonist Chip Bok: Government train wreck

Questionable expenses and practices continue while Oxnard heads towards financial ruin

Questionable expenses and practices continue while Oxnard heads towards financial ruin

By Phil Molina Friends, and elected officials: (Sometimes to get what you pay for and sometimes you just pay a lot for …) OK, so in February 2015 the Oxnard taxpayers were informed of some of the details behind the bad bad fiscal news about our fair city. Namely we are in a big hole […]

Santa Paula’s Marathon Council Meeting—6 plus hours

Santa Paula’s Marathon Council Meeting—6 plus hours

By Sheryl Hamlin May 4th, 2015: Not only did the Santa Paula city council start at 5:30pm with a Closed Session meeting, but they continued until past midnight focusing on the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year budget. The meeting started with congratulatory remarks about the successful purchase of the Waste Water Treatment Facility, which is now officially […]

Suggestions to fix Oxnard’s sinking budget

Suggestions to fix Oxnard’s sinking budget

By Steve Nash On the City of Oxnard’s budget problems just looking at the areas of shortfall as listed on page 4 of 15 of last night’s staff report Financial_Forecast_pdf_7.78_MB I would offer these following suggestions: Assessment Districts (AD): I live in an AD and I am not getting the level of service I should expect […]

A durable and sustainable plan: Reducing corrections spending in California

A durable and sustainable plan: Reducing corrections spending in California

by Diana Zuñiga The month of March marked the beginning of state budget hearings that will set next year’s fiscal priorities for the welfare of Californians. The first version of the state budget shows no clear plan to provide adequate relief for people living in poverty, vialis 40mg fails to make restorative investments to the […]

Brown’s drought battle heats up Sacramento

Brown’s drought battle heats up Sacramento

by James Poulos  

Santa Paula City Council: Update on SAFER Personnel for Fire Department–Part 2

By Sheryl Hamlin, This article is a continuation of the council meeting of March 2, 2015 which was reported here. The SAFER (Staff for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant was an $825,000 grant awarded in 2012 and reported previously in the Santa Paula Times. In 2014 the SAFER grant funds were coming to an […]