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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: Wastewater Takeover

Santa Paula: Wastewater Takeover

By Sheryl Hamlin Public Comments The topic of the meeting on Wednesday September 16, 2020, was the takeover of the plant by the city. However, in Public Comments, Sandy Smith of Sespe Consulting essentially refuted a major portion of the MKN Study which was previously provided to the Water Board. Read that MKN report here. […]

Santa Paula Council: Housing, Recycling, Public Works, Audit, Measure D

Santa Paula Council: Housing, Recycling, Public Works, Audit, Measure D

By Sheryl Hamlin With a full moon underway, the Santa Paula Council met via Zoom on September 2, 2020 for over three hours. Although lengthy, the agenda was balanced with relevant presentations from guests and staff. To watch the meeting click here: http://santapaulaca.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1513&Format=Agenda Santa Paula Housing Authority (SPHA) Mr. Ramsey Jay, Executive Director, presented the […]

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 […]

Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

by Sheryl Hamlin Detecting virus breakouts currently depends on individual testing, preferencing those with symptoms or those who have been exposed to people with symptoms. Because of resource constraints, the asymptomatic population has been less targeted for testing. According to this article in the VCSTAR. “County health officials have said they wanted to increase testing […]

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin History Initially, the city was faced with fines for distributing waste into the river, hence the “new” plant was designed. But after the plant was launched in 2010, the chlorides in the surrounding well water increased with deleterious effect on local agriculture. Having tried a home water softener buyback program, the city’s […]

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

    By Dr. Edo McGowan, Guest Editorial As to toxins, carcinogens, endocrine disrupters as well as pathogens, the standards are badly in need of review. The regulatory community in the U.S. is well aware of this deficit but is moribund. Industry pressures on legislatures and regulators should be reviewed. There are a number of […]

Port Hueneme City Council addressing Poor Air Quality

Port Hueneme City Council addressing Poor Air Quality

The City Council meeting Tuesday night was a success for the 12 residents attending the city council meeting and those affected by the poor air quality and noise pollution in the neighborhood. Thanks to Kathy and Steve Biddle for speaking in Open Forum and describing the effects of the air and noise pollution on Port […]

Oxnard Wastewater System Receives S&P Bond Rating Increases

Oxnard Wastewater System Receives S&P Bond Rating Increases

OXNARD, Calif-. Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings raised the credit rating of the City of Oxnard’s Wastewater Revenue Bonds from “BBB to A-,” a two-notch, positive increase in the City’s creditworthiness. The City’s Wastewater Fund outlook was affirmed as “stable.” Mayor Tim Flynn said, “This is a proud moment for the City and excellent news […]

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

By George Miller At the October 23, 2018 Oxnard City Council meeting, an alliance of City Council and staff members pushed through a new committee management structure/system, which they said would result in shorter meetings (disputed) , more public participation (disputed) and streamlined approval of votes- but also much less content/detail in regular council meetings.  […]

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