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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 […]

Candidates Corner–Why Ginger Gherardi makes sense for Santa Paula’s City Council

Candidates Corner–Why Ginger Gherardi makes sense for Santa Paula’s City Council

A simple Google search on the words ‘Ginger Gherardi Ventura’ yields about 1, healing 470,000 results. Click on any of the results and you will find a person immersed into large, complex projects with multi-million dollar budgets comprised of public funds involving multiple constituencies and stakeholders. She has crafted budgets, written grant proposals, negotiated contracts, […]

Current Santa Paula Council: Excuses, Excuses Excuses

Current Santa Paula Council: Excuses, Excuses Excuses

The theme of the recent League of Women Voter Candidate Forum should be “excuses, pills excuses”. We heard the following statements from the two incumbent candidates Ralph Fernandez and Bob Gonzales: “Previous councils spent millions but left us nothing” “No one would buy our bonds” “We went to Washington but were turned down twice” “The […]

Santa Paula: Candidates Forum—The Race for City Council

Santa Paula: Candidates Forum—The Race for City Council

By Sheryl Hamlin The Candidate Forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Chamber. Barbara Doyle gave a history of the organization which dates from the 1920’s after the XIX Amendment was passed giving women the right to vote. David Maron was the moderator. The six candidates were: Jenny Crosswhite (Ordained Minister), […]