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Santa Paula Begins Fire Station Land Swap

Santa Paula Begins Fire Station Land Swap

by Sheryl Hamlin On October 21, 2020, Santa Paula began the process of finalizing the two VCFPD (Ventura County Fire Protection District) stations which were envisioned in the annexation MOA between Santa Paula and County Fire. The annexation MOA called for the City to transfer the 10th street station to VCFPD and VCFPD would lease […]

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin East Area 1 was the subject of two items on the September 16, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting. The first was an update on the entire project while the second was a discussion of changes to the Sports Park. East Area 1 (Harvest) Status Tim Jones of Limoneira/Lewis and Trayci Nelson, […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin CFD 1 for Infrastructure and CFD 2 for On-Going Watershed Maintenance With homes planned to be built in 2019, Limoneira/Lewis has fine tuned its list of expenses previously submitted and approved in 2016 for which they expect to be reimbursed via the Mello-Roos Tax on each property. Each tax district is called […]

Santa Paula East Area 1 Regional Sports Park Fundraising

Santa Paula East Area 1 Regional Sports Park Fundraising

By Sheryl Hamlin Called “The Santa Paula Creek Sports Park” in the East Area 1 Development Agreement, this 35 acre park has become the “Regional Sports Park”. A council Study Session in January 2018 describes this transformation. At issue is the annual maintenance of the park which Santa Paula cannot afford now or in the […]

Santa Paula: Regional Sports Center Subject of Special Council Study Session

Santa Paula: Regional Sports Center Subject of Special Council Study Session

By Sheryl Hamlin Special Study Session East Area 1 was the first docketed item of 2018 in the form of a Council Study Session on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The title of the agenda item was as follows: Study Session and Consideration of the Final Conceptual Plan for the East Area 1 Regional Park and […]

Santa Paula: East Area 1 Progress, Status and Questions

Santa Paula: East Area 1 Progress, Status and Questions

By Sheryl Hamlin The East Area 1 Project (now called “Harvest”) was back on the agenda of the Santa Paula City Council for the November 21, 2016 meeting. Note that there have been two reports on this project in the last month. Both of these reports are related to the recent November 21, 2016 council […]

Limoneira/Lewis Denied 401 Certification for the East Area 1 Project

Limoneira/Lewis Denied 401 Certification for the East Area 1 Project

By Sheryl Hamlin The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board notified the Limoneira/Lewis company that their application for a Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the East Area 1 Specific Plan has been denied without prejudice “because it is inadequate” in a letter dated November 1, 2016. The 401 Permit affects […]

Santa Paula: Unavoidable Destruction of History

Santa Paula: Unavoidable Destruction of History

By Sheryl Hamlin Note: Continuation article to previous Planning Commission report. While Santa Paula residents were regaling in artist renderings and elegant brochures of the long proposed East Area 1 project in 2007, under the covers planners were subtly erasing local history. Artist Rendering of East Area 1 taken from 2007 Brochure The first part […]

Limoneira/Lewis Present Park Options for East Area 1

Limoneira/Lewis Present Park Options for East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin History Now called “The Harvest”, the project formerly known as “East Area 1”, contains five parks in the Development Agreement (DA) between Limoneira and Santa Paula. The agreement was signed on March 17, 2008 by then Mayor Robert Gonzales and is known as “City Council Ordinance 1191”. Download agreement in its entirety […]

Santa Paula Council: First East Area 1 Schedule and Mello-Roos Funding

Santa Paula Council: First East Area 1 Schedule and Mello-Roos Funding

By Sheryl Hamlin Limoneira was the major force in three items on the April 4, 2016 Santa Paula City Council meeting: The Mission Rock Energy Center, where they have agreed to provide recycled water, as previously reported here. The East Area 1 (EA1) Schedule (Item 10A starting at 00:22:58 on the video) The Mello-Roos Implementation […]

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