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Santa Paula: Filling Vacancies and Council Elections

Santa Paula: Filling Vacancies and Council Elections

By Sheryl Hamlin The December 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council included two important vacancies and the annual council elections for Mayor and Vice Mayor. Vacancy of City Clerk After receiving no application which met all the criteria, including residency, the city received an application from a qualified resident, who is currently the Principal of […]

Santa Paula: Seniors Receive Huge Rent Increase

Santa Paula:  Seniors Receive Huge Rent Increase

By Sheryl Hamlin During the Public Comments section of the December 4, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the Reverend Jill Martinez, a retired Presbyterian Minister, who now works with GSMOL (Golden State Manufactured Home Owners League), reported on a huge increase that has been levied on the residents of The Oaks Mobilestates, a senior […]

Santa Paula City Council Appoints Daniel Singer as City Manager

Santa Paula City Council Appoints Daniel Singer as City Manager

Santa Paula, California (November 12, 2019) — At its November 6th meeting, the Santa Paula City Council announced this afternoon the selection of Daniel Singer to serve as City Manager for the City, subject to the approval of a formal agreement. Singer has served as the Interim City Manager since August 15th, when he was […]

Reverend Vincent: Faith and Governance

Reverend Vincent: Faith and Governance

By Sheryl Hamlin Reverend Audrey Vincent’s invocation for the March 6, 2017 Santa Paula Council meeting set an inspiring tone for what turned out to be a very somber meeting with a council and city facing numerous financial headwinds. Click here for a report of that meeting. In times when messages of faith are diminishing […]

Limoneira Plans Six-Lane Railroad Grade Crossing at Hallock Road

Limoneira Plans Six-Lane Railroad Grade Crossing at Hallock Road

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 9 F on the January 17, 2017 Santa Paula City Council was notable not for what was described in the staff report or said at the meeting, but for what was not said in any city staff document or by any elected official of the city. Ostensibly this item was for […]

Santa Paula Takes First Step To Join Ventura County Fire

Santa Paula Takes First Step To Join Ventura County Fire

By Sheryl Hamlin The most sweeping financial decision in the city’s history was considered on January 17, 2017 at the regular City Council Meeting. After Public Comments from Chris Mahon (VCFD) Jerry Byrum (SPFD), Dustin Lazenby (SPFD), Nick Bacigalupo (SPFD), Gary Nasalroad (citizen, Santa Paula Police and Fire Fighters Association), Lynn McReynolds (citizen and co-chair […]

Santa Paula: Raises User Fees, Spends More

Santa Paula: Raises User Fees, Spends More

By Sheryl Hamlin In the actionable portion of the January 3, 2017 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the council raised the User Fees and Rates, while approving spending increases above and beyond what the fee increases will generate. Item 10 B. Citywide User Fee and Rate Public Hearing. Note that the potential for the current […]

Santa Paula: Jenny Crosswhite and Ginger Gherardi at the Helm for FY 2016/2017

Santa Paula: Jenny Crosswhite and Ginger Gherardi at the Helm for FY 2016/2017

By Sheryl Hamlin Traditionally the first meeting in December after an election is a celebratory meeting where the new council is sworn in and the old council is fêted. The December 5, 2016 council meeting continued that tradition. For many, the question of the evening was Clint Garman. Would his sartorial expression for his first […]

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 […]

Santa Paula: Council Opposes Mission Rock Peaker Plant

Santa Paula: Council Opposes Mission Rock Peaker Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin After numerous meetings and citizen dialogues, the city of Santa Paula has taken formal objection to the Mission Rock peaker plant. To read previous articles about the proposed peaker plant, click here. In a letter to be sent to the California Energy Commission (CEC) drafted by City Manager Fontes and Attorney Cotti, […]

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