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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 […]

Santa Paula: Ordinance Prohibiting and Regulating Fireworks with Fines for Violations

Santa Paula: Ordinance Prohibiting and Regulating Fireworks with Fines for Violations

by Sheryl Hamlin From sea to shining sea, fireworks 2020 has disrupted cities and citizens. This CNN report indicates the fireworks in 2020 are out of character with previous years on many levels. Santa Paula citizens have reported bombs since June and as of this writing (July 17) there was yet another loud bomb in […]

Santa Paula: Second Quarter 2020 Fire District Report

Santa Paula: Second Quarter 2020 Fire District Report

by Sheryl Hamlin Chief Monday presented the Q2 VCFPD operational report at the July 15, 2020 Santa Paula City Council meeting. The second quarter represents April 1 through June 30, 2020. Incidents Down But Fires Up The first chart below shows the calls for Q2 at 552 versus 575 for Q1 representing a slight decrease. […]

CDC: National Wastewater Sewage Surveillance (NWSS)

CDC: National Wastewater Sewage Surveillance (NWSS)

by Sheryl Hamlin The Water Environment Foundation (WEF.org) hosted Dr. Amy Kirby of the CDC on July 15th 2020 to discuss National Wastewater Sewage Surveillance (NWSS), a program under development by the CDC and its partners. Read about the webinar here. Dr. Kirby explained how the use of sewage data complements existing public health efforts […]