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Santa Paula: Five-Year Fiscal Forecast

Santa Paula: Five-Year Fiscal Forecast

By Sheryl Hamlin Dr. Thomas Gardner, DPA, presented a Five-Year Fiscal Forecast at the Santa Paula Council on June 20, 2016. Read this article about a previous appearance and his recommendations in December of 2014. Dr. Gardner explained his financial management tool, an elaborate spread sheet with “10,000 moving parts” in the model. He stated […]

Santa Paula’s East Area 1 (EA1) Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Santa Paula’s East Area 1 (EA1) Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

By Sheryl Hamlin Chronology of Project A history of the proposed East Area 1 project dates from 1998 to the present. Some key dates are as follows: 2008: Santa Paula approves the EA1 project in a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission 2008: EA1 Specific Plan Amendment was created and approved […]

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces its greatest challenge–Part 3

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces its greatest challenge–Part 3

By Sheryl Hamlin Water Like demographics, the study of water and availability varies by the forecaster or the consultant. On September 3, 2013, water was the main topic of the Santa Paula City Council Meeting. A water consultant invited by the city, reported on water conditions. He noted that Limoneira had provided the questions for […]

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces headwinds–Part 2

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces headwinds–Part 2

By Sheryl Hamlin Multiple headwinds face the Limoneira East Area I and II projects: demographics, fallout from the housing bubble, fallout from the financial crisis, stagnant wages and an overbuilt retail sector. Demographers map generations by major life events. In 1998, the Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, were between 34 and 52 […]

Limoneira: Agribusiness and Real Estate Development–East Area–Part 1

Limoneira: Agribusiness and Real Estate Development–East Area–Part 1

By Sheryl Hamlin History 1998 – 2014 An early report about the East Area Project in Santa Paula was published on April 14, 1998 in the Los Angeles Times. The Santa Paula city council considered a 20-year plan which would add 9,570 acres to the community’s current 2,908 acres. There was much dissention that evening. […]

Santa Paula Council approves online bill pay system and hears analysis of city’s cost for Limoneira’s East Area project

Santa Paula Council approves online bill pay system and hears analysis of city’s cost for Limoneira’s East Area project

In the opening prayer at tonight’s Santa Paula city council meeting they remembered Ashley Moran, unhealthy the 21 year old woman found dead early this Saturday in Obregon Park. The council approved going forward with an online utility payment system for residents.  The city must pay its software provider a one time $2500 setup fee.  […]