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Railroad Motor Car Operators Explore the Heritage Valley

Railroad Motor Car Operators Explore the Heritage Valley

By Sheryl Hamlin While train aficionados know about the small vehicles used to maintain railroad infrastructure and others may have seen these curious vehicles in several popular movies, Santa Paula was fêted with the real thing during the first weekend of the year 2015 when the Motorcar Operators West or MOW came to town with […]

Friends of Blanchard Community Library Start New Year with Book Sale

Friends of Blanchard Community Library Start New Year with Book Sale

By Sheryl Hamlin Called one of the gems of Santa Paula, the monthly book sales held by the Friends of the Blanchard Community Library attract book lovers from around Ventura County to the “Back Stacks” of the Santa Paula Blanchard Community Library at 119 North 8th Street. The first Saturday of the month from 10:00 […]

Santa Paula City Council meets to get fiscal house in order

Santa Paula City Council meets to get fiscal house in order

By Sheryl Hamlin  Diverse agenda items including mattresses, translators, development, explosions and budgeting filled the City Council chambers of Santa Paula for more than three hours on December 15, 2014. Al Guilin, Deacon of San Sebastian Church in Santa Paula, gave a particularly contemporary invocation saying “we pray for more prosperous times” while giving hope […]

Cars and Christmas at the Murphy Auto Museum–Sunday December 14th

Cars and Christmas at the Murphy Auto Museum–Sunday December 14th

By Sheryl Hamlin and Debra Tash A Holiday celebration! Entry into the museum is only $5 this day when you bring at least two cans or boxed non-perishable food items. All the food will be donated to FOOD Share, Inc. 50/50 Raffle, Annual Membership raffle prizes, decorated cars and refreshments. This is a very worthy […]

Santa Paula’s new City Council gets to work

Santa Paula’s new City Council gets to work

By Sheryl Hamlin On Monday, December 1, 2014, the outgoing members of the Santa Paula City council (Cook, Gonzales and Fernandez) turned over their responsibilities to three newly elected council members: John Procter, Ginger Gherardi and Ginny Crosswhite. Reverend Michael Fincher of St. Paul’s Episcopal & Emmanuel Lutheran Church delivered the invocation which stressed continuity, […]

Obama’s Executive Action: The nuts and bolts of carrying it out

Obama’s Executive Action: The nuts and bolts of carrying it out

By Sheryl Hamlin On November 20, 2014, President Obama gave an anticipated speech on immigration. He gave the speech and signed the immigration executive action in Nevada. The speech itself outlined conceptually what the President was proposing. The Department of Homeland Security provides an in depth view of the ten (10) areas of change to […]

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces its greatest challenge–Part 3

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces its greatest challenge–Part 3

By Sheryl Hamlin Water Like demographics, the study of water and availability varies by the forecaster or the consultant. On September 3, 2013, water was the main topic of the Santa Paula City Council Meeting. A water consultant invited by the city, reported on water conditions. He noted that Limoneira had provided the questions for […]

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces headwinds–Part 2

Santa Paula: Limoneira – East Area development faces headwinds–Part 2

By Sheryl Hamlin Multiple headwinds face the Limoneira East Area I and II projects: demographics, fallout from the housing bubble, fallout from the financial crisis, stagnant wages and an overbuilt retail sector. Demographers map generations by major life events. In 1998, the Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, were between 34 and 52 […]

Limoneira: Agribusiness and Real Estate Development–East Area–Part 1

Limoneira: Agribusiness and Real Estate Development–East Area–Part 1

By Sheryl Hamlin History 1998 – 2014 An early report about the East Area Project in Santa Paula was published on April 14, 1998 in the Los Angeles Times. The Santa Paula city council considered a 20-year plan which would add 9,570 acres to the community’s current 2,908 acres. There was much dissention that evening. […]

Santa Paula: Who will pay the bill?

Santa Paula: Who will pay the bill?

By Sheryl Hamlin What was the rationale for the $28.6 million bond defeasance which was described in the audited financial statements? Who proposed the defeasance? How, where and when was it approved? Who voted yes and who opposed? What is the city’s plan for providing treated waste water to the purple pipes in East Area […]