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Oak Park, CA | Free Workshop On Drip Irrigation – Saturday, October 2

Oak Park, CA | Free Workshop On Drip Irrigation – Saturday, October 2

Triunfo Water & Sanitation District Offers Free Workshop On Drip Irrigation – Saturday, October 2 at Mae Boyar Park Oak Park, Calif., (September 8, 2021) – Triunfo Water & Sanitation District is sponsoring a free, hands-on workshop on drip irrigation Saturday, October 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Mae Boyar Park (130 Kanan […]

Oxnard, CA | Sweet Words Don’t Tell The Truth

Oxnard, CA | Sweet Words Don’t Tell The Truth

Commentary by Phillip Molina Tonight the city manager is presenting the crumbs to the council and Mayor.  Again if you want payment now instead of in the future you should either make that comment at the Council meeting tonight or send an email to the Mayor and each council member expressing your desire to get […]

City of Oxnard Issues Credit To Utility Customers; Also Cuts Current Utility Rates To Exclude Infrastructure Use Fee

City of Oxnard Issues Credit To Utility Customers; Also Cuts Current Utility Rates To Exclude Infrastructure Use Fee

OXNARD, Calif. – In a series of decisions that culminated in its final ruling in July of 2021 regarding the City of Oxnard’s Infrastructure Use Fee (IUF), the Ventura County Superior Court ordered the City to reimburse its utility funds a total of $36.5 million over a three-year period and to remove the IUF from […]

Oxnard City Hall Defies Court Order

Oxnard City Hall Defies Court Order

by Aaron Starr Oxnard City Hall was ordered by a judge to lower your utility rates by June 16 … but they have refused to do it. Last December we prevailed in a lawsuit against the City of Oxnard for unlawfully charging its City-owned utilities (i.e. water, wastewater and solid waste) an Infrastructure Use Fee (or “IUF”) –– […]

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Wastewater Based Epidemiology

Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Wastewater Based Epidemiology

by Sheryl Hamlin Chesapeake Water Environmental Association (CWEA) featured two research projects in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Howard University during its June 17, 2021 webinar. The first half of the program was a discussion of urban agriculture and methods of water reuse for urban gardens, a rapidly growing segment of the […]

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 […]

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