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California: Water Conservation Legacy of Governor Jerry Brown

California: Water Conservation Legacy of Governor Jerry Brown

By Sheryl Hamlin Not only did Governor Brown sign the landmark Strategic Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014 for the management and sustainability of local groundwater, but in 2018 he signed a pair of laws for the preservation of locally delivered water supplies. From the State website: AB 1668 and SB 606 build on Governor […]

Santa Paula: Harvard Professional Building Approved and Reorganization

Santa Paula: Harvard Professional Building Approved and Reorganization

By Sheryl Hamlin The Planning Commission had approved this project in July 2019 granting a small relief to the applicant, but could not adjust the fees. The applicant subsequently appealed to the City Council. At that time, council determined that the item was too complicated for a single hearing and asked the staff to return […]

Santa Paula: Interim Police Chief Rodriguez Delivers Quarterly Report

Santa Paula: Interim Police Chief Rodriguez Delivers Quarterly Report

By Sheryl Hamlin . At the January 15, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Interim Police Chief Matthew Rodriguez reported on the Police department activities for the last 90 days.Opening with the statement “there is a lot to be proud of”, the Chief then summarized months and months of critical police data in a few […]

Santa Paula: Public Works 2020 Q1 Report

Santa Paula: Public Works 2020 Q1 Report

By Sheryl Hamlin FY 2019-2020 Pavement and Slurry Seal In what can only be described as counter-intuitive, the City is planning to spend $1.4 million to upgrade streets in areas where the streets are still workable. The theory is that if this work is done, then they will last longer and be less expensive to […]

California: Water Resilience Portfolio Released for Public Review

California: Water Resilience Portfolio Released for Public Review

by Sheryl Hamlin Responding to an Executive Order issued in April 2019 by Governor Newsom, a team of State agencies has released a comprehensive inventory of California’s water resources which includes “more than 100 integrated actionable recommendations in four broad areas to help regions build water resilience as resources become available, while at the same […]

Santa Paula: First Look at Major New Planning Policy Changes

Santa Paula: First Look at Major New Planning Policy Changes

By Sheryl Hamlin On December 18, 2019, a joint study session brought together developers, planners, elected and appointed officials and housing advocates for a “housing” study session. A broad topic, “housing” touches laws, policies, market forces, social issues and economic conditions. Was Housing Crisis Exacerbated by Redevelopment Shutdown? City Manager Dan Singer opened with meeting […]

Santa Paula: Santa Storm, Chamber Awards Police Explorers and Fire Memorial

Santa Paula: Santa Storm, Chamber Awards Police Explorers and Fire Memorial

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Storm A surprise visit from Santa and his elves, swarming the council chambers with elfin merriment, wished good tidings and alerted the citizens of three upcoming Santa tours throughout town. Santa Paula Chamber Awards CEO Marquez reviewed the successful 2019 Chamber events: June Street Festival and Christmas Parade, first time at […]

Santa Paula: Oaks Mobilestates Residents Meet Over Proposed Rent Increase

Santa Paula: Oaks Mobilestates Residents Meet Over Proposed Rent Increase

By Sheryl Hamlin About 60 or more residents of the Oaks Mobilestates met on Wednesday night at 5:30 pm to review the status of the proposed rent increase. Read the previous article on the increase here. There were ten tables of 6 with people adding chairs at the sides and standing in the rear. Jill […]

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 […]

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