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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 Jo 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 Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering Pregnant Girlfriend

Santa Paula Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murdering Pregnant Girlfriend

Antonio Magana (DOB 01/29/96), of Santa Paula, was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison by Judge David Worley. On October 11, 2019, Magana pled guilty to one count of first-degree willful, deliberate and premeditated murder for the 2014 slaying of his pregnant girlfriend Ashley Moran of Santa Paula. Magana also admitted he personally […]

Woman Charged with Arson and Child Abuse

Woman Charged with Arson and Child Abuse

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Marcela Magana Ruiz (DOB 10/03/72), of Santa Paula, has been charged with the felony crimes of arson of an inhabited structure or property and child abuse in connection with a fire that occurred on December 1, 2019, at a residence in Santa Paula. If […]

Update on Santa Paula Blaze |Suspect arrested after 3 year old boy found tied to bed in Home Set on Fire

Update on Santa Paula Blaze |Suspect arrested after 3 year old boy found tied to bed in Home Set on Fire

Santa Paula Police Department – Incident Press Release On Sunday, December 1st, 2019 at 6:10 PM, Santa Paula Police Department received a 911 call of a structure fire on Bahia Circle where a woman was tied to a bed and a young boy was in another part of the home. Firefighters from the Ventura County […]

House Fire in Santa Paula

House Fire in Santa Paula

Santa Paula Police Department – Incident Press Release On Sunday, December 1st, 2019 at approximately  6:11 PM, Officers from Santa Paula PD and members of the Ventura County Fire Department responded to the area of Bahia Circle on a report of a possible structure fire.  Once on scene, smoke was observed from the structure and […]

Santa Paula: Farmworker Monument from Dream to Reality

Santa Paula: Farmworker Monument from Dream to Reality

By Sheryl Hamlin With a backdrop of dozens of teenaged soccer players, 95-year old Albino Pineda of Santa Paula presented the dream of his farmworker monument, an idea which had been presented to the city council fifteen years earlier. “Driving around and watching the people around the county stripping down, I kept thinking, who appreciates […]

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

By Sheryl Hamlin While this may be the intent of the Consent Calendar, it is noteworthy that neither council nor citizens chose to speak on any of the following matters on the Consent Calendar: 4. Adoption of Ordinances 1286 and 1287 for the Water and Sewer Rate Increases 5. Consider the Approval of a Landscape […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

By Sheryl Hamlin Suppose you own a home financed by a 30-year mortgage. Subsequent to the origination of the mortgage, interest rates drop significantly. Assuming you are still a creditworthy buyer, there are several options to take advantage of this drop in interest rates: 1) refinance the balance of the principal, reducing payments and saving […]

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

Santa Paula: Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit

By Sheryl Hamlin . During the Closed Session Report of the November 20, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, City Attorney Cotti reported that the council had discussed a Qui Tam lawsuit and has authorized counsel to intervene in the Qui Tam lawsuit.Previously Citizens Journal had received a notification of this lawsuit via email. Here […]

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