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City of Santa Paula | Vacancy Notice – Planning Commission

City of Santa Paula | Vacancy Notice – Planning Commission

The City of Santa Paula is asking all interested individuals to apply for the vacancies to fulfill two positions on the Planning Commission for a four-year term each. Applicants must be residents of the City of Santa Paula. Applications are at the City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall at 970 Ventura Street. Please phone […]

Santa Paula | Now is the Time to be a City Council Member

Santa Paula | Now is the Time to be a City Council Member

By Sheryl Hamlin With the resignation of Martin Hernandez, effective August 1st, 2018, the council has options for filling this vacancy according to City Attorney Cotti: 1) appoint or 2) special election. The key time period is a 60 day window starting with August 1st, Cotti explained. There are variations on the appointment process. Three […]

Santa Paula Waste Water Facility | Did the City Buy a Lemon?

Santa Paula Waste Water Facility | Did the City Buy a Lemon?

By Sheryl Hamlin Flash Back to 2013 City Manager Fontes initiates legal action against PERC and Alinda Capital, builder and financier respectively, of the waste water plant, claiming the Santa Paula Waste Water Facility does not remove chlorides as anticipated by city. Flash Back to 2015 The City agrees to buy the plant for $5 […]

Santa Paula Budget Recommendations Fiscal Year 18/19

Santa Paula Budget Recommendations Fiscal Year 18/19

By Sheryl Hamlin Highlights City Manager Rock produced his first full-year budget since joining the city in May 2017. The budget report was informative, including a detailed, cross-referenced plan for the expenditures of the Measure T monies. Police receive a 15% raise and thereafter 5%. Other employees get 5% raises for several years. All employees […]

Santa Paula Council: New Fire Chief and East Area 1 Status

Santa Paula Council: New Fire Chief and East Area 1 Status

By Sheryl Hamlin New Fire Chief Mayor Gherardi started the evening off introducing John McNeil of Ventura County Fire District who is the new Fire Chief in Santa Paula. He said he would be focusing on the transition period between now and July 8, 2018 when Santa Paula no longer has a fire department under […]

Santa Paula | Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

Santa Paula | Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness

By Sheryl Hamlin City Manager Rock explained that there have been escalating calls for services related to homeless to the Santa Paula Police Department. Recall that a group of citizens begged council for help at a recent council meeting. Read about that presentation here. SPPD spent hours on site giving tresspassing citations and packets of […]

Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

Santa Paula: A Perfect Storm and a Perfect Team

By Sheryl Hamlin On December 18, 2017 Fire Chief Rick Araiza presented a flashback of the past fourteen days when the Thomas Fire broke out during another council meeting on December 4, 2017. Chiefs Plott and Araiza The Team and Fortuitous Events The fire was fought with a “perfect team”, said Araiza, along with help […]

City of Santa Paula Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order

City of Santa Paula Lifts Mandatory Evacuation Order

Santa Paula, CA – December 8, 2017, 7:00 PM – As of 7:00 PM, the City of Santa Paula is lifting evacuation orders within the City limits. If you live in these areas, you may return home. The Santa Paula Fire Department will continue being vigilant, monitoring for potential threats, and eliminating spot fires. The […]

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

Santa Paula Council: From Toilets to Trash

By Sheryl Hamlin Veterans Park Restroom Renovation Completed Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting on July 17, 2017, the city hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the remodeled Public Restroom Facilities at Veterans Park. Note that a review of the financial situation for this renovation was reported here. While the new restrooms met with praise, […]

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

Santa Paula Council: Brandon Cabacungan Wins Inaugural Labor Day Poster Contest

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula is the only city in southern California hosting a Labor Day Parade. This was the brainchild of Joanne Wright who spearheaded the idea in 2005. Over a decade later, the parade has gained popularity gathering officials from the entire county and hundreds of participants in the parade itself. Note: Please […]

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