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April 16, 2000
Re "Federal Suit Provokes Councilwomen's Clash," April 11. I attended the Santa Paula City Council meeting April 10. One word can describe it: appalling! Everyone who attended knew it would be a heated session. Tension in the audience was high, as it should be with the poorest city in the county set to spend $1 million to fight a federal lawsuit alleging voting rights violations. After the decision to fight the lawsuit was rendered 4-1, with total disregard to the objections of the citizens, the council agreed to spend yet another $100,000 for attorney fees that would last only until the end of June.
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May 11, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula's slow-growth advocates won a legal victory this week when a state appellate court affirmed their effort to put an initiative on the ballot forcing all large development projects to first receive voter approval. Three judges of the 2nd District Court of Appeal issued a ruling Tuesday that Citizens Advocating Responsible Expansion, or We CARE-Santa Paula, properly gathered signatures to get its measure on a ballot.
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January 22, 1992 | MAIA DAVIS
The Santa Paula City Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a housing plan that incorporates the results of the city's first community survey on housing needs. The plan, which the city last updated in 1985, will be submitted to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for review. The housing plan estimates that the city will need 620 additional housing units over the next five years.
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December 9, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Paula City Council has approved the largest housing development in city history, clearing the way for construction of 2,155 homes in a citrus-studded canyon on the city's north end. The council's 4-0 vote on Wednesday allows Dallas-based Centex Homes to begin construction on about 800 acres in Fagan Canyon, one of the last large developable areas in the Santa Clara River Valley community. City Councilman John Procter abstained from voting.
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February 1, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
Citing the need to meet state goals for reducing solid waste, the Santa Paula City Council will hold a hearing tonight on a plan that would force residents to pay for trash removal. The proposed refuse ordinance would also require households to participate in a curbside recycling program.
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October 31, 1990 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Paula's City Council election Tuesday will feature seven candidates with similar platforms vying for three seats, including two vacated by incumbents. All candidates share the vision of making Santa Paula a tourist center by giving its downtown a face lift and strengthening its retail and light industrial sectors to create more jobs and increase the city's tax base.
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April 16, 2000 | DAVID M. RODRIGUEZ, David M. Rodriguez is Ventura County representative and a former member of the national board of directors of the League of United Latin American Citizens
On behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest and largest Hispanic organization in the country, I am responding to The Times' position on the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department against the city of Santa Paula. In the editorial "Best Option: Vote" (April 9), The Times presented a rather simplistic solution for the voting rights issue facing Santa Paula by stating that the best option for resolving it is for citizens to exercise their right to vote.
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November 3, 1996
Four candidates are running for two council seats, while two candidates are contesting the vacant city clerk position. The shaky local economy and racial divisions within the community top the list of concerns. Incumbents Robin Sullivan and Al Urias are both seeking reelection.
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December 3, 1991 | PAUL PAYNE
The Santa Paula City Council selected Alfonso Urias as its new mayor Monday, replacing John Melton, who has served for the past year. Urias takes the mayor's post for the third time since he was elected to City Council in 1974.
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March 20, 1990 | JANET BERGAMO
Walt Disney Studios has withdrawn a request to use Santa Paula's Main Street as the set for filming of a bank robbery for a television pilot, according to city officials. The company could not be reached for comment. Earlier this year, the Santa Paula City Council debated a proposal regulating film production in the city, with some citizens asking for an outright ban.
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May 5, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Paula City Council has created a public healthcare agency that could work to reopen the only hospital and emergency room in the agricultural Santa Clara Valley. Saying they must be prepared to step in should efforts to reopen Santa Paula Memorial Hospital fail, City Council members unanimously agreed Monday to form the Santa Paula Community Healthcare Authority, which would develop a reorganization plan for the hospital that shut its doors in December after years of financial struggle.
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April 29, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Santa Paula would be better equipped and have access to more resources to fight gangs and drugs if it contracted with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department for police services, according to a department study released Wednesday. But the cost of law enforcement services in the cash-strapped city could jump from an extra $306,000 a year to more than $800,000, according to the study commissioned by the Santa Paula City Council.
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March 31, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
On the heels of an audit calling for a 50% jump in the police budget, the Santa Paula City Council has decided to explore a number of taxing options to help pay for increased police services. The council voted 4 to 1 Monday to direct City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz to examine several possibilities, including a parcel tax, a utility tax, an assessment district and a local sales tax. When a funding mechanism is selected, the council will place it on the Nov. 2 ballot. An additional $2.
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November 26, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Paula City Council has agreed to spend up to $15,000 for a mediator to work on a partnership between Santa Paula Memorial Hospital and the Ventura County health care system. The council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the expenditure in an effort to keep open the Santa Clara Valley's only hospital.
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November 1, 2003 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The cities of Ventura and Fillmore have turned down proposals to discuss merging police and fire services with Santa Paula. Therefore, Santa Paula next week will decide whether to pursue talks with the Ventura County sheriff's and fire departments. Such a move is aimed at stabilizing the city's $9-million general fund budget, of which the largest expenditure is for police and fire protection.
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October 22, 2003 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Fearing that the area's only hospital may close, the Santa Paula City Council is seeking the state attorney general's help to force trustees of Santa Paula Memorial Hospital to conclude a long-delayed merger to save the facility. The council voted unanimously Monday night to file a complaint with the attorney general's office over possible violations of the California Corporations Code, a series of laws governing nonprofit corporations.
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March 25, 1990 | JANET BERGAMO
Bowing to the request of a top building official, the Santa Paula City Council has deferred action on a proposal that would require water-saving plumbing in new construction. The council was set to require ultra-low-consumption plumbing last week, but Building and Safety Director Stephen Stuart said more studies were needed to see if the technology is compatible with the city's aging sewer system.
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December 6, 1990 | AMELIA CHAFFEE
Santa Paula City Council elected John A. F. Melton to his fourth one-year term as mayor in 16 years. Melton, a retired area manager for Southern California Edison Co., was reelected in November to his fifth four-year term on the City Council and was selected to lead the city Monday. Melton, who says the job takes 40 to 60 hours a week, will receive the same $300 monthly as other council members. Councilman Les Maland was elected mayor pro tem.
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October 2, 2003 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
When the city of Santa Paula began efforts to renew the discharge permit for its aging wastewater treatment plant, officials discovered they were in big trouble. The city's 64-year-old plant had accumulated more than 1,000 violations of water discharge standards since 1997, and the municipality owed the state as much as $5 million in fines.
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February 7, 2003 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
Ventura College has begun its search for a location to build a $25-million East Campus in the Santa Clara Valley to serve as a technology center for local businesses and provide classes for nearly 2,000 valley students now enrolled at the community college. The search is likely to prompt a spirited competition between the only two cities in the bucolic valley, Santa Paula and Fillmore, because a new college would boost the profile and economy of either farm community.
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