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Santa Paula: New Employees, Wastewater Blues, Homeless Shelter Payment

Santa Paula: New Employees, Wastewater Blues, Homeless Shelter Payment

by Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula City Council Meeting of November 18, 2020 included a dense calendar of reports and action items. This article will summarize highlights. New Employees and Promotions Jonathan Royas is a new management analyst; Julie Latshaw is the new Deputy City Clerk; and Cindy Madrigal from the Public Works Department will […]

Santa Paula: New Motel and New Rehab Home

Santa Paula: New Motel and New Rehab Home

by Sheryl Hamlin The Santa Paula Planning Commission approved two projects during the October 27, 2020 meeting. Harvard Motel This project was previously reviewed at the September 2019 meeting. Read that report here. Nothing has changed since the original concept review. With only 100 hotel rooms in Santa Paula … Santa Paula Inn (14), Ocean […]

Santa Paula Begins Fire Station Land Swap

Santa Paula Begins Fire Station Land Swap

by Sheryl Hamlin On October 21, 2020, Santa Paula began the process of finalizing the two VCFPD (Ventura County Fire Protection District) stations which were envisioned in the annexation MOA between Santa Paula and County Fire. The annexation MOA called for the City to transfer the 10th street station to VCFPD and VCFPD would lease […]

Santa Paula Approves Stringent Landscape Standards

Santa Paula Approves Stringent Landscape Standards

by Sheryl Hamlin The staff report of October 21, 2020 for Agenda item # 13 illustrates the seriousness of the California drought as represented by water use legislation. US Drought Map Western States The drought map shows how the drought has increased from October 2019 to October 2020. Click on each time frame to see […]

Santa Paula: City Wide Energy Efficiency Study

Santa Paula: City Wide Energy Efficiency Study

By Sheryl Hamlin History According to the staff report for the October 21, 2020 Special Meeting, Santa Paula joined SoCalREN in 2015. However, it is not clear if SoCalREN had previously analyzed the city’s energy use portfolio based on the wording in the staff report: In an effort to reduce the City’s overall energy usage […]

Santa Paula Parks and Rec Opening Up

Santa Paula Parks and Rec Opening Up

by Sheryl Hamlin Greg Barnes, Director of Parks and Rec, presented the quarterly report plus status. The time period included the months June, July, August, and September of 2020 or Q3+1. The three week transformation of the Cultural Arts Center created an enjoyable outdoor space complete with red sail shades, picnic tables and benches, sod/gravel […]

The Sespe Cienega: Ecosystem Restoration and Public Access

The Sespe Cienega: Ecosystem Restoration and Public Access

By Sheryl Hamlin Sean Kelly of the Santa Clara River Conservancy presented plans for restoration of the Sespe Cienega to the Santa Paula City Council on October 7, 2020. The project includes 265 acres owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) along the river and near the Fillmore fish hatchery and a […]

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

Santa Paula: Somewhat Unusual Wastewater Bid

By Sheryl Hamlin During the October 7, 2020 Santa Paula Council meeting, the council considered a $100,000 addition to the MKN (Michael K Nunley Associates) contract. These monies will be used for services from Gradiant who will provide technical specifications on their high recovery reverse osmosis (RO) technology which MKN will incorporate into the MKN […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves New Battery Storage Project

Santa Paula Planning Commission Approves New Battery Storage Project

By Sheryl Hamlin . A new project for the property at 132 N. 13th Street adjacent to the Edison (SCE) Wakefield substation has been approved by the Santa Paula Planning Commission during the September 29, 2020 meeting. History A previous BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) had been planned and approved for this location starting in […]

Election 2020: Death and Taxes

Election 2020: Death and Taxes

By Sheryl Hamlin . Ventura County Tax Association (VCTA) 2020 Board Chair Ron Golden introduced Dan Walters, famed journalist of many years in California, and Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), speakers for the Zoom event of September 24, 2020. The event was co-hosted by ColabVC. California in Crisis? Six to seven […]

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