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Santa Paula: Preparing for 5G Wireless

Santa Paula: Preparing for 5G Wireless

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 11 on the April 17, 2019 Santa Paula City Council was a new ordinance to allow 5G wireless towers on the public right-of-way. Typically, the wireless equipment has been on private property, such as the new tower disguised as a cross on the church located at Steckel Road and Harvard Boulevard, […]

Santa Paula: Making a Legacy Decision for City Hall

Santa Paula:  Making a Legacy Decision for City Hall

By Sheryl Hamlin The April 15th 2019 Special Santa Paula City Council was dedicated to street maintenance and the relocation of Civic Center and the Police Department. This meeting was a follow-on to the March 18, 2019 meeting where the relocation was first introduced. City Manager Rock opened his report with the introduction of the […]

Santa Paula: Governing by Consent Leaves Voids

Santa Paula: Governing by Consent Leaves Voids

By Sheryl Hamlin The April 3, 3019 Santa Paula Council meeting agenda contained 12 items in the Consent Calendar. Recall that the Consent Calendar is used to approve perfunctory items for which no discussion or explanation should be necessary. Other than Consent Item 7, which was pulled by Council Member Sobel, there were no questions […]

Santa Paula: SPARC Study on Social and Economic Impact of Animal Shelter

Santa Paula: SPARC Study on Social and Economic Impact of Animal Shelter

By Sheryl Hamlin During the presentations section of the April 3, 2019 Santa Paula Council meeting, William LeFeuvre, SPARC Board President, informed the council and the audience of the upcoming SPARC Community Survey. The survey is being conducted under the guidance of the Institute of Human/Animal Studies at the University of Davis. Mr. LeFeuvre stated […]

Santa Paula | City Chooses Ventura Regional Sanitation District for Wastewater Collection

Santa Paula | City Chooses Ventura Regional Sanitation District for Wastewater Collection

By Sheryl Hamlin While the Santa Paula wastewater plant (now called Water Recycling Facility) has been in the news for the last six years, the city’s wastewater collection system has grown and served the city since 1930. From the staff report of March 20, 2019, background for the collection of wastewater in Santa Paula describes […]

Santa Paula City Council: Finance and Sewage

Santa Paula City Council: Finance and Sewage

By Sheryl Hamlin Two important items on the March 20, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting were 1) the mid-year financial report and 2) the new contract for the sewage collection. The sewage will be covered in a second report. Mid-Year Financial Report The Assistant Finance Director Anthony Rainey presented the mid-year financial report saying […]

Santa Paula: Chair Michael Schouten Presents Youth Advisory Council Journey

Santa Paula: Chair Michael Schouten Presents Youth Advisory Council Journey

By Sheryl Hamlin During Public Presentations of the March 20, 2019 Santa Paula City Council Meeting, Michael Schouten, Chair of the Santa Paula Youth Advisory Council presented the productive journey of the Santa Paula Youth Advisory Council (YAC) as well as goals for future. Michael Schouten acknowledged the other committee members:  • Vice Chair Nathan […]

Santa Paula: Will the City Downsize and Bifurcate the Municipal Services?

Santa Paula: Will the City Downsize and Bifurcate the Municipal Services?

By Sheryl Hamlin This article elaborates on the March 18, 2019 Community meeting where the possibility of a relocation of city services to two different locations was discussed. Read that report here. No materials were provided comparing the size and footprint of the current City Hall and municipal services which stretches from Mill to 10th […]

Santa Paula: Street Repairs, Relocation of City Departments and DEBT

Santa Paula: Street Repairs, Relocation of City Departments and DEBT

By Sheryl Hamlin The Community Workshop on March 18, 2019 at the Community Center brought out about seventy five people. The program was broken into three segments: Street Repairs, Relocation of City Departments and Audience Questions. Pavement Management and Street Repair The subtle difference between this 2019 street repair proposal and the previous street repair […]

Santa Paula: Homeless and Laws

Santa Paula: Homeless and Laws

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula Police Chief Steve McClean presented an overview of how the SPPD is responding to the homeless situation. He said that five years ago it was gangs; now the department is inundated with calls relating to the homeless. Read a previous report where a group of merchants spoke at council about […]

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