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Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

Santa Paula: Structural Imbalance Difficult Budget Approved

by Sheryl Hamlin The June 24, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting concluded the FY20/21 budget process. Read about the June 17, 2020 “austerity budget” here. Note graph of five year forecast. Since that meeting there has been resolution on the labor negotiations which made a small change in the labor expenses. The changes include: […]

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

Santa Paula: FY 20/21 Austerity Budget Under Consideration

by Sheryl Hamlin With less than two weeks before the end of fiscal year 19/20, the City Council of Santa Paula held another budget session on June 17, 2020. City Manager Singer opened the session with the reminder that we still must re-examine/resolve the deficit in the current fiscal year as well as the projected […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Luxury Custom Hillside Home

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Luxury Custom Hillside Home

by Sheryl Hamlin The tract map for this hillside area was approved in 1988, according to Planner Doberneck, who presented the project to the Commission. Thirty two years later someone has decided to undertake the challenge of building on this .4 acre, untouched hillside lot where the rewards will be panoramic views. The following image […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: People’s Self Help Housing Approved

Santa Paula Planning Commission: People’s Self Help Housing Approved

by Sheryl Hamlin During the May 26, 2020 Santa Paula Planning Commission, the second item of business was the People’s Self Help Housing (PSHH) apartment building on Harvard. With eighteen (18) attendees via Zoom, the project was presented by Planning Director Jeff MIchem with commentary from Lauren Nichols from PSHH. Where and What? The existing […]

Santa Paula: Special Council Session on Economic Development

Santa Paula: Special Council Session on Economic Development

by Sheryl Hamlin The City Council held a Special Session on the topic of Economic Development prior to the regular meeting of May 20, 2020. The meeting was not televised, but it was managed through Zoom, so citizens could request a code for the meeting. There were 15 Zoom attendees including staff and council. An […]

Santa Paula: Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

Santa Paula:  Q3 Budget Shows Negative Covid Impact of Six Percent

by Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s Finance Director Cristy Ramirez presented the state of the city’s General Fund at the May 6, 2020 city council meeting. From the staff report, we learn the following: The Covid shutdown has taken its toll on Santa Paula’s economy as follows: -Property Tax has remained consistent. -Sales Tax is down […]

Santa Paula: Mello-Roos for East Area One Moves Forward

Santa Paula: Mello-Roos for East Area One Moves Forward

by Sheryl Hamlin History The CFD (Community Facilities District) aka “Mello-Roos” for the East Area One project was first approved by council in 2016 for $63 million in financing. Read about that council action here. Subsequently, Limoneira requested an increase to $77 million in CFD financing at this 2018 meeting. The Development Agreement updated in […]

League of California Cities Forecasts $7 Billion Covid-19 Shortfall

League of California Cities Forecasts $7 Billion Covid-19 Shortfall

by Sheryl Hamlin In a webinar held April 23, 2020 and open only to credentialed press, the League of California Cities predicted dire financial conditions for California cities. The panel represented cities of varying sizes. Each spoke of his/her city and its unique circumstances. -Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar, League of California Cities […]

Santa Paula: Updated Five Year Pavement Management Plan

Santa Paula: Updated Five Year Pavement Management Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin Presented by Thai Chau, city engineer, at the April 15, 2020 Santa Paula council meeting, the Five Year Pavement Management Plan (PMP) as presented has multiple variations: 1) stay within the $1.7 million budget using “known” sources of revenue, 2) borrow $3 million and enlarge scope, or 3) borrow $6 million and […]

Santa Paula: Trash Collection Emergency and Chloride Deterioration

Santa Paula: Trash Collection Emergency and Chloride Deterioration

By Sheryl Hamlin On April 15, 2020, Santa Paula Public Works Director, Clete Saunier, presented the first calendar quarter of 2020 departmental report covering the entire department. The City is keeping the entire Public Works Department functioning even though they are forced to maintain social distancing. For example, only one person is allowed in a […]

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