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CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

CEO Powers: State of the County 2020

By Sheryl Hamlin , Hosted by the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA), the current Board Chair Ron Golden introduced the September 17, 2020 virtual event and the sponsors, a list that has been growing over the years. 1000 virtual attendees were on-line. The video prelude to CEO Powers’ presentation oozed with lush, inviting, healthy scenes […]

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Harvest Time in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin East Area 1 was the subject of two items on the September 16, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting. The first was an update on the entire project while the second was a discussion of changes to the Sports Park. East Area 1 (Harvest) Status Tim Jones of Limoneira/Lewis and Trayci Nelson, […]

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

By Sheryl Hamlin Public Comments The topic of the meeting on Wednesday September 16, 2020, was the takeover of the plant by the city. However, in Public Comments, Sandy Smith of Sespe Consulting essentially refuted a major portion of the MKN Study which was previously provided to the Water Board. Read that MKN report here. […]

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

Exploring Renewable Hydrogen Production Pathways

By Sheryl Hamlin RenewableGas360 hosted a webinar on September 9, 2020 on the subject of renewable hydrogen as a way to decarbonize the world’s energy consumption. Each speaker focused on a different aspect of this complex topic. What is Green Hydrogen Most people know that water is the most abundant molecule on earth consisting of […]

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

Santa Paula Council: The Albatross Decision

By Sheryl Hamlin Referring to the wastewater plant, Council Member Crosswhite used the expression “albatross”, a metaphor for a burden one must bear because of a previous decision. She had used this description during a previous meeting and it is beginning to feel more accurate. The September 9 Special City Council Meeting focused on refinancing […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Housing in Commercial Zoning

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Housing in Commercial Zoning

By Sheryl Hamlin In 2017, Governor Brown signed housing legislation that intended to increase housing supplies through reduced zoning restrictions and less regulatory interference in the pursuit of new housing. To read the state’s summary of the 2017 legislation, click here. In December 2019, Santa Paula hosted a council Study Session on Housing inviting many […]

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

By Sheryl Hamlin The dense agenda of the August 19, 2020 Santa Paula City Council (via Zoom) included major presentations by the Santa Paula Police, the Finance Department and Public Works. Santa Paula Police Department Presentation Commander Varner gave the quarterly report (April 1 through July 30, 2020) for the SPPD. Commander Varner is one […]

Ten County Wastewater Plants Told to Measure PFA Levels

Ten County Wastewater Plants Told to Measure PFA Levels

by Sheryl Hamlin What are PFAs? From the notice issued by the Water Board, PFAs are described as follows: PFAS are a family of more than 5,000 man-made and mostly unregulated chemicals that have been produced since the mid-1900s. They are mobile, persistent, and bioaccumulative. They are resistant to degradation in the environment and when […]

Santa Paula Homeless Encampment

Santa Paula Homeless Encampment

by Sheryl Hamlin At the July 15, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Chief Monday spoke about the increase in fires in the creek with a council discussion about the homeless population in the area and the involvement of The Nature Company. Please read that article here. A CJ reader forwarded dozens of pictures taken […]

Santa Paula: Voluntary Salary Reductions FY 20-21

Santa Paula: Voluntary Salary Reductions FY 20-21

by Sheryl Hamlin Voluntary Salary Givebacks As described in a previous article, the FY 20-21 was challenging and required extensive negotiations with the labor unions. Read about that budget here. The cumulative effect of the staff reductions was 2.6%. In solidarity with this, the City Manager voluntarily reduced his salary by 2.6%. According to the […]

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