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LAFCO: Levels of Service and Funding the Santa Paula Annexation to County Fire

LAFCO:  Levels of Service and Funding the Santa Paula Annexation to County Fire

By Sheryl Hamlin At approximately one hour and ten minutes into the meeting, Commissioner Zaragosa asked Kai Luoma, the LAFCO Executive Director, the following: What is LAFCO being asked to do today? Is it financing? MOU? (1:17:16 on video.) Mr. Luoma answered that Levels of Service (LOS) must be maintained and that the “enhanced level […]

Ventura’s Water Aplenty Can’t be Found

Ventura’s Water Aplenty Can’t be Found

Dear Concerned Ventura Residents, For the fourth time in eight months, details attached, the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) REJECTED an application by the City of Ventura to expand its boundary. The application was for a new development known as Northbank, which is a project to allow for the construction of 193 residential […]

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Enigma

Santa Paula: Ventura County Fire Protection District Enigma

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula City Council heard presentations from three officers of the county and city fire fighters. Presenters included: Luis Espinosa (Assistant Fire Chief SPFD), Michael Laplant (Deputy Fire Chief Ventura County Fire Protection District), Mark Lorenzen (Chief, Ventura County Fire Protection District). The complete council packet for the April 17, 2017 meeting […]

Santa Paula Council Continues Major Development Project

Santa Paula Council Continues Major Development Project

By Sheryl Hamlin On November 16, 2015, the Santa Paula City Council held an in-depth discussion lasting two hours and 15 minutes about the Peck/Foothill project, an extremely complicated project which had previously been reviewed twice by the Planning Commission. To view the entire discussion, click here and start at 1:41:00. To download the staff […]

Santa Paula City Council: Loss of Ag Land in 2016 SOAR Text and LAFCo Legislation

Santa Paula City Council: Loss of Ag Land in 2016 SOAR Text and LAFCo Legislation

By Sheryl Hamlin SOAR Revisited: Loss of Ag Land in 2016 Text The SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) item on the November 2, 2015 Santa Paula City council was a continuation of a previous meeting where a proposed modification to the CURB (City Urban Boundary) was discussed. At that meeting, the council asked […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Cuts Red Tape in Permitting Solar Systems

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Cuts Red Tape in Permitting Solar Systems

By Sheryl Hamlin  Solar Permitting Process At the September 22, 2015 Santa Paula Planning Commission, the agenda included an ordinance to bring the citys permitting process in compliance with AB2188 (Murastachi 2014): A summary and background of the measure can be read here. During the discussion, the commissioners asked several important questions: Commission Sommer asked […]

Annexation Marks Progress Toward Major Commercial Development Project in Ventura

Annexation Marks Progress Toward Major Commercial Development Project in Ventura

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) voted unanimously to annex property into the City of Ventura, marking an integral step toward development of a 100-acre project known as Focus Area One. Focus Area One includes the current Ventura Auto Center and Olivas Park, which will become a state-of-the art […]

Santa Paula City Council: Public Works and Planning

Santa Paula City Council: Public Works and Planning

By Sheryl Hamlin Third in a three part series, this article will summarize major Public Works and Planning projects underway in Santa Paula. The first article in the series featured notable volunteerism in Santa Paula as well as regional statistics from the Ventura County Civic Alliance. The second article highlighted issues citizens brought to the […]

LAFCO Adjudicates Transit Turf

LAFCO Adjudicates Transit Turf

On July 15, 2015, the Ventura County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) discussed the Sphere of Influence for the Gold Coast Transit District. The staff report may be read here. The effective commencement date of the Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) was July 1, 2014, having been previously approved by Governor Brown on October 13, […]