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Santa Paula: Public Works Capital Improvement Projects and Departing Director

Santa Paula: Public Works Capital Improvement Projects and Departing Director

By Sheryl Hamlin Three major Public Works projects were launched at the October 17, 2016 Santa Paula Council Meeting: Harvard Boulevard Sewer, Virginia Terrace Sewer and the 10th Street Bicycle and Pedestrian path. The agenda identified the presenters as Brian J. Yanez, Public Works Director, and John Ilasin, Capital Projects Engineer, but Mr. Yanez has […]

Santa Paula: Volunteers and Departing City Manager

Santa Paula: Volunteers and Departing City Manager

By Sheryl Hamlin The October 17, 2016 Santa Paula City Council highlighted volunteers and service, both of which are special values of Small Town, USA. Tattoo Removal Clinic Volunteers total 36 years of service Mayor Hernandez presented a Certification of Appreciation to Dr. Neil Jorgensen, Dr. Kristi Schoeld and FNP Maria Delgadillo for eighteen (18) […]

Santa Paula: Fees to the Rescue?

Santa Paula: Fees to the Rescue?

By Sheryl Hamlin As cities try to meet escalating costs to provide services, more municipalities are turning to fees. It is not uncommon to encounter school impact fees, homeless housing fees, public safety fees, park and open space fees in addition to the “normal” development impact fees and fees for services, such as dog licenses. […]

Santa Paula Council Revisits Wastewater Treatment Maintenance Contract

Santa Paula Council Revisits Wastewater Treatment Maintenance Contract

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula City Council October 3, 2016 Item 11.D Public Works Director Brian Yanez returned with an enhanced report comparing the three bids for the new Operations & Maintenance (O&M) contract for the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Note that this item was discussed previously here. Since late Wednesday evening, some excellent questions and […]

Santa Paula Housing Authority: Were Powers Granted Transparently?

Santa Paula Housing Authority: Were Powers Granted Transparently?

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 11 A of the October 3, 2016 Santa Paula Council meeting brought a coalition of speakers claiming a June 16, 2014 resolution directing the Santa Paula Housing Authority (SPHA) to administer the in lieu fees from East Area 1 was irregular and without transparency in that there were no other organizations […]

Santa Paula: Center Stage Public Works

Santa Paula: Center Stage Public Works

By Sheryl Hamlin Update on Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Projects Public Works Director Brian Yanez described $10 million of active projects, either under construction, bid or design. Brian Yanez provided this list of projects: Projects Under Construction: Citywide Street Improvements (Pavement, Water, & Sewer)  $8 million 600 Zone Booster Pump Station  $3.3 million […]

Site Visit of Proposed for Mission Rock Energy Center — June 28th

Site Visit of Proposed for Mission Rock Energy Center — June 28th

By Sheryl Hamlin On June 28, 2016, the Energy Commission will conduct a site visit of the proposed Mission Rock Energy Center site, immediately followed by an informational scoping hearing at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Paula, located at 1400 E. Harvard Blvd.  The buses providing transportation for members of the public to […]

Santa Paula FY 2016/2017 Budget

Santa Paula FY 2016/2017 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council hosted a thinly publicized budget planning session at 5:00 pm on Monday, May 16, 2016 prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at 6:30 pm. Special Session: Budget Planning Session The agenda and documents for this special meeting may be downloaded here. The last twelve pages include a list […]

Santa Paula Council and Citizens: Dialogue with Calpine about Mission Rock Peaker Plant

Santa Paula Council and Citizens: Dialogue with Calpine about Mission Rock Peaker Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 10E on the April 4, 2016 Santa Paula City Council resulted from a large citizen turnout at the March 21, 2016 council meeting opposing the proposed Mission Rock Energy Center (MREC). That meeting was described here and the MREC project application is located here at the California Energy Commission (CEC). The […]

Santa Paula: Council Hears Citizen Objections to Proposed Power Plant

Santa Paula: Council Hears Citizen Objections to Proposed Power Plant

An item about a proposed peaker plant in the Mission Rock area brought citizens to the Santa Paula City Council Meeting of March 21, 2016. Near Term History In July 2015, the CPUC(California Public Utilities Commission) came to Oxnard to hear citizens’ concerns about the proposed Mandalay power plant replacement in Oxnard. As this article […]