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Santa Paula City Council: Water, Dogs, Money and Deteriorating Streets

Santa Paula City Council: Water, Dogs, Money and Deteriorating Streets

By Sheryl Hamlin Ms. Maddie Sifantus, dosage minister of the Universalist Unitarian Church, one of the historic structures in Santa Paula, gave the invocation. Minister Sifantus invoked participative democracy and harkened to Earth Day using the phrase “sustainable future”.  Her invocation aptly mirrored the evening’s agenda as the council plans for citizen involvement in the […]

Local Water Agencies lose tiered rates while mandated to conserve

Local Water Agencies lose tiered rates while mandated to conserve

On Monday April 21st, 2015 an appeals court ruled against San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rates.  Local agencies in Ventura County use tiered rates.  These are based on usage from the same period the prior year. If consumers exceed last year’s usage, they are bumped up a tier and are charged at a higher rate. […]

Metropolitan Water District poised to put the squeeze on County agencies

Metropolitan Water District poised to put the squeeze on County agencies

By Debra Tash The County’s primary water purveyor is set to implement Governor Brown’s recent executive order B-29-15 for a 25% reduction in water usage.  Staff for the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies such local wholesalers as Calleguas MWD, is recommending to their Board they declare a Level 3 Regional Shortage. It would be in effect […]

Landscaping Permit Fees Waived by Camarillo Council

Landscaping Permit Fees Waived by Camarillo Council

The Camarillo City Council met on August 27, hospital 2014.  Water conservation was discussed with respect to landscaping.  In order to encourage compliance with a city ordinance requiring a landscaping permit, homeowners and businesses are exempt from fees normally assessed by the city.   A Resolution was passed unanimously waiving certain permit fees for conversion of […]

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