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Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

Is Leaving Customers in the Dark Really the Solution to preventing Wildfires?

By Debra Tash Residents of Ventura County recently experienced the effects of a Southern California Edison’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  It was the utility’s attempt to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment/grid failures in a high wind event.  Customers were left in the dark for days resulting in food spoilage, revenue loss with businesses […]

Sacred Land Violations of Ventura Wildlife Corridor Ordinance Native American opposition and viewpoints

Sacred Land Violations of Ventura Wildlife Corridor Ordinance Native American opposition and viewpoints

By Lori Denman-Underhill There is a new Wildlife Corridor Ordinance passed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on March 12th 2019. This ordinance was at the Board’s direction to regulate development on natural passageways of wildlife and it effects private property. It was passed on March 12 at a hearing held by the Ventura […]

Commentary | Local Elected Control is Preferable to Unelected Regional Bureaucracies

Commentary | Local Elected Control is Preferable to Unelected Regional Bureaucracies

    By Susan Kirsch Local control in the hands of elected city councils, with authority to make decisions regarding land use, zoning, and housing, is under attack. Bills originating in both the Senate and Assembly are chipping away at long-standing provisions that allowed citizens, through Housing Elements and General Plans, to decide density, set-backs, and parking, […]

CEQA/NEPA environmental review for the VenturaWaterPure Project

CEQA/NEPA environmental review for the VenturaWaterPure Project

By Daniel Cormode  Agenda Item 13 to the City Council Meeting of March 20,2017 is a recommendation that City Council approve and authorize the Mayor to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Environmental Science Associates for services associated with performing a California Enviromental Quality Act (CEQA)/ National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental review for the […]

Lawsuit Filed Against City of Santa Paula and Developer -Williams Homes Over Approval of Development of Historic Property

Lawsuit Filed Against City of Santa Paula and Developer -Williams Homes Over Approval of Development of Historic Property

Case Number: 56-2016-00487940-CU-WM-VTA The San Buenaventura Conservancy and the Santa Paula Conservancy have filed suit against the City of Santa Paula and Williams Homes, Inc., because the city’s approval of demolition of part of a historical landmark and development of tract homes on the property is in violation of the law.  The Project No. 14-CDP-02/VTTM No. 5928 violates the California Environmental […]

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

CA high court rejects bid to expand CEQA’s scope

By Chris Reed . The California Supreme Court has rejected a bold bid by San Francisco regulators to sharply increase the scope of the California Environmental Quality Act, the landmark 1970 law that has helped shape the Golden State’s housing patterns and economy for decades. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District argued that it’s not […]

Santa Paula Approves 501 Acre East Area 1 Project: Part One

Santa Paula Approves 501 Acre East Area 1 Project: Part One

By Sheryl Hamlin Note: This is part one of a three part report. Smiles, buy food and buttons provided a celebratory setting for the joint session of the Santa Paula Planning Commission and the Santa Paula City Council on February 17, cost 2015. Limoneira provided food and lapel buttons to those supporting the East Area […]

Turning the spigot off for new building connections in Ventura?

Turning the spigot off for new building connections in Ventura?

By Debra Tash Because of the continued drought the City of Ventura’s Council considered a moratorium on either the issuance of new building permits or stopping any new water connections. Staff did a presentation, reporting that as of October the City’s residents had cut back on water usage by 16%.  They stated that in the […]