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Board of Supervisors Off-Site Meeting: Health Care Agency

Board of Supervisors Off-Site Meeting: Health Care Agency

By Sheryl Hamlin Babies are our Business… This is the second report from the October 13, 2015 Ventura County Off-Site Special Meeting in Santa Paula. To read the first report, click here. Barry Fisher of Ventura’s Health Care Agency presented the agency he directs. He reported that Mrs. Hicks’ problem with Blue Cross as reported […]

County Supervisors: Santa Paula Off-site Special Meeting

County Supervisors: Santa Paula Off-site Special Meeting

By Sheryl Hamlin The October 13, 2015 off-site special meeting of the County Board of Supervisors was held in the Council Chambers of Santa Paula to a standing room only crowd. Rich in content, the staff reports included pertinent information for the entire county. The summary minutes are here and the video is here. This […]

Oxnard Planning Division: Potential Sites for New Energy Plants

Oxnard Planning Division:  Potential Sites for New Energy Plants

By Sheryl Hamlin  The Oxnard Planning Division (Editor’s note: the initial version of this article incorrectly identified the Planning Commission as perpetrating that action) has produced a report showing proposed alternatives for the new power plant which could supplement or replace the aging Mandalay Beach power plant in Oxnard. The sites are as follows: The Santa Paula […]

Santa Paula Council Approves Removal of Apartments from East Area One

Santa Paula Council Approves Removal of Apartments from East Area One

By Sheryl Hamlin  Item D of the Consent Calendar on the October 5, 2015 Santa Paula Council meeting was the second required reading of an amendment to the East Area One Specific Plan. The history of this amendment started at the August 25, 2015 Santa Paula Planning Commission, where Mike Penrod, Project Manager from the […]

Ventura Aloha Beach Festival scene

Ventura Aloha Beach Festival scene

By George Miller We go to various festivals all the time. Most are cookie cutter affairs, with the same booths, same food, etc. This year’s Ventura Aloha Beach Festival was unique: salty sea, laid-back beach atmosphere, full of surfers, beach people, Hawaiian dancers, unique craft and photo exhibits. There were plenty of events– the “Aloha Stage,” K9 […]

Santa Paula Police Body Cameras

Santa Paula Police Body Cameras

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 12 A on the approved agenda for the September 21, 2015 Santa Paula Council was as follows: This item considered the use of Policy Body Worn Cameras as dictated by the new City Policy 424, which can be read in full in the staff report here. Chief McLean thanked the Santa […]

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

On September 21, 2015, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted the third of three webinars to conclude the presentation of the draft SGMA Emergency Regulations. The implementation schedule of SGMA calls for these regulations to be approved by 2015 and in use by 2016.  Previous webinars were reported here and here. To see all […]

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Cuts Red Tape in Permitting Solar Systems

Santa Paula Planning Commission: Cuts Red Tape in Permitting Solar Systems

By Sheryl Hamlin  Solar Permitting Process At the September 22, 2015 Santa Paula Planning Commission, the agenda included an ordinance to bring the citys permitting process in compliance with AB2188 (Murastachi 2014): A summary and background of the measure can be read here. During the discussion, the commissioners asked several important questions: Commission Sommer asked […]

Santa Paula East Area One Becomes Master Planned Community

Santa Paula East Area One Becomes Master Planned Community

By Sheryl Hamlin  On the city council agenda for Monday, September 21st, item number 11 described modifications to the East Area One Specific Plan. The Specific Plan was approved earlier this year. Notices were mailed per legal requirements. Such a notice means that the council will take an action to modify a previously approved action […]

Two adults rescued from rock jetty when stranded by the incoming tide

Two adults rescued from rock jetty when stranded by the incoming tide

On September 19th, 2015, 12:40,  Ventura City Fire personnel responded to investigate a report of two juveniles possibly in danger and in need of assistance getting off of the Ventura Harbor South Jetty in the 1800 block of Spinnaker Drive. The first arriving units found two adult victims, one male and one female, who had […]