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Santa Paula: Council Approves Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget

Santa Paula: Council Approves Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s new fiscal year began on July 1, 2016 with a new budget in place approved at the June 20, 2016 council meeting. Highlights of the budget were given in staff reports, which can be downloaded here, are given in this analysis. Unsustainable Employee Costs The City Manager made this important […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Expansion at Flight 126 Cafe

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Expansion at Flight 126 Cafe

By Sheryl Hamlin In March of 2014, Flight 126 Cafe opened at the Santa Paula Airport with positive reviews and immediately developed a set of regulars for breakfast and lunch. Fast forward to June 28, 2016, the successful venue filed an application to reconfigure and expand the facility, add a beer and wine license and […]

Ventura Fire Crews free driver trapped in car

Ventura Fire Crews free driver trapped in car

In the early morning hours, 3:30AM of July 3rd Ventura City Fire and Police Department responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at Ralston and Victoria with a trapped victim. When fire crews arrive they discovered a passenger vehicle that had hit a traffic camera pole as well as a tree in the […]

Santa Paula: Justice Working — Blanchard Library

Santa Paula: Justice Working — Blanchard Library

As time stands still this 4th of July weekend and we enjoy family, friends and fireworks, let us take time to thank the volunteers in our community who support our institutions. The recent settlement of the multi-year trial and investigation in the Blanchard Library embezzlement case just ended with a sentence and an award to […]

Santa Paula Council Revisits County Fire Discussion

Santa Paula Council Revisits County Fire Discussion

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 12 F on the June 20, 2016 Santa Paula City Council was a continuation of the discussion about the viability of Santa Paula’s joining the Ventura County Fire Department. Background Santa Paula spends about 16.8% of its budget on the Fire Department, but in actuality the fire department has been underwritten […]

Santa Paula Blanchard Library Employee sentenced to 4 years for embezzling public funds

Santa Paula Blanchard Library Employee sentenced to 4 years for embezzling public funds

Santa Paula: Energy Commission Meeting Disintegrates Into Chaos

Santa Paula: Energy Commission Meeting Disintegrates Into Chaos

By Sheryl Hamlin On 6/17/2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced an on-site meeting to be held in Santa Paula on June 28, 2016. Citizens who had previously signed up on the CEC mailing list, received notice of this event as follows with the full explanation here. Attendees were advised to RSVP to the Public […]

Ventura Water Launches new tool to help homeowners keep their landscape

Ventura Water Launches new tool to help homeowners keep their landscape

Ventura Water customers have a valuable new water-saving tool to help minimize their potable (drinkable) water use; the Residential Recycled Water Mobile Reuse Program provides customers with high quality recycled (non-potable) water to use for landscape irrigation.  The recycled water is strictly monitored to ensure it meets quality standards for all non-potable uses, which makes […]

Simi Valley’s Studio Back Lot gets final thumbs up from Council

Simi Valley’s Studio Back Lot gets final thumbs up from Council

By Debra Tash This was the second time Allied Realty Partners LLC had to come before the City Council to win approval for the vacant land next to LLP Productions on the east end of Simi Valley to become a permanent back lot for filming. Across the street is Corriganville Regional Park, formerly Corriganville Movie […]

Santa Paula Approves Deficit Budget for FY 2016/2017

Santa Paula Approves Deficit Budget for FY 2016/2017

By Sheryl Hamlin The good news about the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016 is that the deficit spending was only $28,372. Why? Because of several unfilled budgeted positions which the city managed with contractual services, the projected deficit of $43,149 was reduced to $28,371. As deficits go, this amount is manageable. A summary […]