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Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

By Sheryl Hamlin On December 18, 2017 Fire Chief Rick Araiza presented a flashback of the past fourteen days when the Thomas Fire broke out during another council meeting on December 4, 2017. Chiefs Plott and Araiza The Team and Fortuitous Events The fire was fought with a “perfect team”, said Araiza, along with help […]

City of Santa Paula Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order

City of Santa Paula Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order

Santa Paula, CA – December 8, 2017, 7:00 PM – As of 7:00 PM, the City of Santa Paula is lifting evacuation orders within the City limits. If you live in these areas, you may return home. The Santa Paula Fire Department will continue being vigilant, monitoring for potential threats, and eliminating spot fires. The […]

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

By Sheryl Hamlin Veterans Park Restroom Renovation Completed Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting on July 17, 2017, the city hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the remodeled Public Restroom Facilities at Veterans Park. Note that a review of the financial situation for this renovation was reported here. While the new restrooms met with praise, […]

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula is the only city in southern California hosting a Labor Day Parade. This was the brainchild of Joanne Wright who spearheaded the idea in 2005. Over a decade later, the parade has gained popularity gathering officials from the entire county and hundreds of participants in the parade itself. Note: Please […]

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 […]

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