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Santa Paula: Waste Water Treatment Plant (WRF) Spill Enigma

Santa Paula: Waste Water Treatment Plant (WRF) Spill Enigma

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 13 on the February 6, 2019 Santa Paula Council agenda was a request for $111,900 with TESCO Controls for the instrumentation and control system audit of the Waste Water Treatment Facility, now called WRF (Water Recycling Facility). Analysis of the two spills (“uncontrolled discharge”) led to these systems. Below is the […]

Santa Paula: Youth Needs Assessment Survey Highlights School District Voids

Santa Paula: Youth Needs Assessment Survey Highlights School District Voids

By Sheryl Hamlin History Measure T was approved by the voters in November 2016 adding 1% to the sales tax. As a General Tax, all revenues go to the General Fund with no specific use; however, there was language in the ballot suggesting priorities for the monies to be public safety, streets and youth services. […]

Santa Paula: Ad Hoc Relocation of Civic Center and All Municipal Functions

Santa Paula: Ad Hoc Relocation of Civic Center and All Municipal Functions

By Sheryl Hamlin Recent History The Santa Paula City Manager has been setting the stage for the vacation of the Civic Center property since the May 2018 FY 2018/2019 Special Budget Meeting. At that time, City Manager Rock indicated he would use $1 million from the Measure T monies to renovate the Police station. Read […]

Santa Paula: Another Chapter and More Investment in the Waste Water Plant

Santa Paula: Another Chapter and More Investment in the Waste Water Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula built a state of the art waste water plant with PERC using funding from Alinda Capital. The plant went on-line in 2010. From engineering problems, chlorides and a lawsuit, the plant has been plagued with problems. Read recent history here. Item #4 on the Regular Council Agenda of January 16, […]

2019 Santa Clara Valley Hospice Share and Care Luncheon

2019 Santa Clara Valley Hospice Share and Care Luncheon

    By Sheryl Hamlin This historic Santa Paula Train Depot, which currently houses the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, was the venue for the Annual Share And Care Luncheon of the Santa Clara Valley Hospice. This Home Support Group is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization servicing Somis, Saticoy, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru. Founded […]

Santa Paula: Homeless Shelter Approved Via Temporary Use Permit (TUP)

Santa Paula:  Homeless Shelter Approved Via Temporary Use Permit (TUP)

By Sheryl Hamlin The city of Santa Paula granted a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) to the Spirit of Santa Paula to operate a homeless shelter. There was no public hearing for the Temporary Use Permit because it was declared an “emergency”. To download and read the entire TUP, click here: 19-TUP-01 FINAL W SIGNATURES Highlights […]

Santa Paula Council: Last Meeting of 2018 Spends Over $552,691

Santa Paula Council: Last Meeting of 2018 Spends Over $552,691

By Sheryl Hamlin The December 19, 2018 meeting of the Santa Paula council brought the retirements of three important city employees whose service to the city totaled 80 years. Lorenzo Chavez, Building Inspector, Ed Mount, Park and Recreation Director (new name of department) and Sandra Easley, finance director and city treasurer, spent 13, 31 and […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Pollution, Traffic, Aesthetic Depletion on Prime Ag Land

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Pollution, Traffic, Aesthetic Depletion on Prime Ag Land

By Sheryl Hamlin With a full complement of Commissioners, the item “Santa Paula West Business Park (SPWBP) Specific Plan” was reviewed as presented by Tony Locasio of Meridian Consulting. Below is a summary from the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report). From the staff report: The Specific Plan Area consists of […]

Santa Paula Council: Selection of Vacant Seat Revisits 2000 Lawsuit and Sociopolitical Strife

Santa Paula Council: Selection of Vacant Seat Revisits 2000 Lawsuit and Sociopolitical Strife

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula in a special meeting on December 10, 2018 elected Andy Sobel to fill the vacant seat of Martin Hernandez. This item took approximately three hours with 24 speakers: Nathan Ramos Rodriguez, Lorenzo Moraza, Audrey Vincent, Dave Rodriguez, Bob Orlando, Leslie Cornejo, Ike Ikerd, Ray Luna, Martha […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

Santa Paula: Council Approves Increased Rates for Mello-Roos Tax in East Area 1

By Sheryl Hamlin CFD 1 for Infrastructure and CFD 2 for On-Going Watershed Maintenance With homes planned to be built in 2019, Limoneira/Lewis has fine tuned its list of expenses previously submitted and approved in 2016 for which they expect to be reimbursed via the Mello-Roos Tax on each property. Each tax district is called […]

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