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Santa Paula: Mello-Roos for East Area One Moves Forward

Santa Paula: Mello-Roos for East Area One Moves Forward

by Sheryl Hamlin History The CFD (Community Facilities District) aka “Mello-Roos” for the East Area One project was first approved by council in 2016 for $63 million in financing. Read about that council action here. Subsequently, Limoneira requested an increase to $77 million in CFD financing at this 2018 meeting. The Development Agreement updated in […]

League of California Cities Forecasts $7 Billion Covid-19 Shortfall

League of California Cities Forecasts $7 Billion Covid-19 Shortfall

by Sheryl Hamlin In a webinar held April 23, 2020 and open only to credentialed press, the League of California Cities predicted dire financial conditions for California cities. The panel represented cities of varying sizes. Each spoke of his/her city and its unique circumstances. -Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar, League of California Cities […]

Santa Paula: Updated Five Year Pavement Management Plan

Santa Paula: Updated Five Year Pavement Management Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin Presented by Thai Chau, city engineer, at the April 15, 2020 Santa Paula council meeting, the Five Year Pavement Management Plan (PMP) as presented has multiple variations: 1) stay within the $1.7 million budget using “known” sources of revenue, 2) borrow $3 million and enlarge scope, or 3) borrow $6 million and […]

Santa Paula: Trash Collection Emergency and Chloride Deterioration

Santa Paula: Trash Collection Emergency and Chloride Deterioration

By Sheryl Hamlin On April 15, 2020, Santa Paula Public Works Director, Clete Saunier, presented the first calendar quarter of 2020 departmental report covering the entire department. The City is keeping the entire Public Works Department functioning even though they are forced to maintain social distancing. For example, only one person is allowed in a […]

Santa Paula Council Approves Mass Care and Shelter County MOU

Santa Paula Council Approves Mass Care and Shelter County MOU

By Sheryl Hamlin During the last item on the April 1, 2020 agenda, the Santa Paula City Council discussed the adoption of the Mass Care and Shelter Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This item was presented by Park and Rec Director Scott Barnes via Zoom (very difficult audio). Director Barnes stated that the process for this […]

Santa Paula: SB1 Fund Proposed Street Repairs

Santa Paula: SB1 Fund Proposed Street Repairs

By Sheryl Hamlin Item Number 2 on the Consent Calendar of April 1, 2020 described the streets to be repaired using the SB1 RMRA (Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Act) funds for FY 20-21. City Manager Singer pulled this item from the Consent Calendar saying it would be heard in two weeks on April 15th, 2020. […]

Santa Paula Council: Flawed Traffic Study Approved

Santa Paula Council: Flawed Traffic Study Approved

By Sheryl Hamlin According to the staff report of Tai Chau, City Engineer, the following State mandate must be followed: The California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 22357 requires posted speed limits on collector and arterial roadways be established and justified by an Engineering and Traffic Survey (E&TS). Per the CVC Section 40802, the Engineering and […]

Santa Paula: Caitlin Barringer Appointed to Measure T Commission

Santa Paula: Caitlin Barringer Appointed to Measure T Commission

By Sheryl Hamlin Waiting patiently until the end of a three hour Santa Paula City Council Meeting, Caitlin Barringer was appointed to the Measure T Commission on March 18, 2020. City Manager Singer reported that the Measure T Commission had been vacant for months. With one member leaving the city, there was an opening, but […]

Santa Paula: Two Major Upgrades to Wastewater Plant Approved

Santa Paula: Two Major Upgrades to Wastewater Plant Approved

By Sheryl Hamlin History of Plant Spills The Santa Paula wastewater plant has incurred two spills, one in 2015 shortly after the City purchased the plant and one in 2018. In 2017, Santa Paula upgraded the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system in a project approved at $204,057. Read about that overview and detail […]

Santa Paula Council Approves 2040 General Plan

Santa Paula Council Approves 2040 General Plan

By Sheryl Hamlin After a period of four plus years, 20+ public events, 1200 direct notices and hundreds of pages of planning language, the 2040 General Plan of Santa Paula was approved by the City Council on March 4, 2020. What is a General Plan? Quite simply, the General Plan is a written document providing […]