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Santa Paula Planning Commission: No Demographics or History in Purview

Santa Paula Planning Commission: No Demographics or History in Purview

By Sheryl Hamlin Both items on the June 27, 2017 Santa Paula Planning Commission involved the Santa Paula Unified School District. To download the materials and listen to the audio click here. Item 7A “Finding of Consistency for SPUSD Acquisition of Palm Court Site” A concern for the historic nature of Palm Court had been […]

Santa Paula: Council Balances 2017/2018 Budget using 30% of Measure T Funds

Santa Paula: Council Balances 2017/2018 Budget using 30% of Measure T Funds

By Sheryl Hamlin Balanced General Fund At $16.1 million, the expenditures in the interim FY 17/18 Santa Paula General Fund Budget are projected to exceed the budgeted FY 16/17 expenditures by $1.5 million, but the projected revenues for FY 17/18 are almost identical to the FY 16/17 budgeted revenues of $14.5 million, as shown in […]

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

 By Sheryl Hamlin The five member citizen oversight commission for Santa Paula’s Measure T Sales Tax (2016) convened on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with a goal of establishing allocation recommendations for the new sales tax revenue, now estimated at about $2 million. Public Comments Five students spoke in public comments: Mireille Vargas, Mason Ramos Rodriquez, […]

Santa Paula: Taxes, Limoneira and Infrastructure

Santa Paula: Taxes, Limoneira and Infrastructure

By Sheryl Hamlin Property Taxes and Ventura County Fire Department The issue of annexation to the Ventura County Fire Protection District (VCFPD) moved forward with more numbers relating to property tax and the sharing of Santa Paula’s revenue with the VCFPD. A concept called ‘realized property tax revenues’, which consultant Mike Sedell had alluded to […]

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula should not have been surprised when former Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell stated at the June 17, 2017 special Saturday meeting that there was a structural deficit. The previous consultant Dr. Gardner had told the council on two occasions there was a structural deficit: December […]

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

By Sheryl Hamlin What is a GHAD? A GHAD is a mechanism to collect funding in perpetuity for areas with long-term, unsolvable geologic issues where properties have been located. By forming the GHAD, the city or county in which the GHAD is formed is relieved of the obligation to pay in the event of a […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

 By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula voters approved a 1% sales tax increase in November 2016 which included the provision for an oversight commission. To read the full text of the ordinance defining the commission, click here. The members were chosen in April 2017 from a field of many applicants. The members of the Commission are: […]

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

By Sheryl Hamlin Development on Historic Hardison House Approved After several reductions in size and one lawsuit, Williams Homes has prevailed at the City Council level with a new site plan consisting of fewer homes, larger lots and the use of a planning tool called a “Remainder Parcel” to segregate the Hardison house, barn and […]

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

Santa Paula Tourism Plan 2025

By Sheryl Hamlin A graduate class (CSUN RTM 580 Tourism Policy & Planning Spring 2017) at California State University Northridge (CSUN) chose Santa Paula as the case study for their class project. Starting in January 2017, the team analyzed the area’s strengths and weaknesses, created and analyzed a survey, and recommended a course of action […]

Santa Paula: Measure T to the Rescue

Santa Paula: Measure T to the Rescue

By Sheryl Hamlin Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Year Ending in Deficit “…it was anticipated there would be a shortfall in total year end expenditures over revenues for the General Fund of approximately $232,155”, according to the staff report given to the public. Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget Deficit The Santa Paula City Council got a first look […]

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