Santa Paula, CA - On June 14, 2022, during a special meeting City Council interviewed 19 Santa Paula residents for consideration of appointments to 13 vacancies on various city commissions, committees, and boards. These positions are all unpaid volunteer appointments essential to the operation of city government and those appointed provide valuable insight and direction on various city issues and events. A day later, on June 15, 2022 at a regular meeting, City Council approved the appointments for the 13 vacancies.
Last Thursday evening, the culmination of this process took place in a room filled ceremony at Council Chambers in City Hall where City Clerk Julie Latshaw swore in those residents who were appointed by City Council on June 15. The ceremony was attended by family and friends of those being sworn in, as well as Vice Mayor Andy Sobel, Councilmember Carlos Juarez, City Manager Dan Singer, and Parks & Recreation Director Greg Barnes.
“Service on a committee, commission or board is a privilege and responsibility which in many cases, involves a significant time commitment,” said Vice Mayor Andy Sobel. “I applaud and thank all of our appointees this evening who are committed to making Santa Paula a better place for all.”
Below are the committee, commission and board positions which were filled along with a description of their responsibilities.
Measure T Oversight Committee
Two vacancies on the Measure T Oversight Committee were filled by Alice Straetz and Vanessa Olmos. On November 8, 2016, Santa Paula voters enacted the Santa Paula Local One-Cent Sales Tax (“Measure T”). Measure T required the City to establish an oversight committee to make recommendations to the City Council on the expenditures of revenues generated by the sales tax measure and inform the public and the City Council to ensure that such revenue is expended in accordance with the intention of the voters and State Law. Committee members must be a U.S. Citizen, 18 years of age, a resident of the City, and not a public employee. Most recently, the Measure T committee recommended, and Council supported, spending funds on the Citywide Street Maintenance Program which is helping in part to fund pavement rehabilitation on Virginia Terrace, Santa Paula St. and Santa Barbara St.
Design Assistance/Historic Preservation Committee
Three vacancies on this committee were filled by Austin Alexander Auger, Marilyn Appleby, and Karen Harrison, with Marilyn and Karen joining again as reappointments. One vacancy remains open, so interested residents should contact the City Clerk to inquire. City Resident Committee members meet on-call and act as an advisory body to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Santa Paula Housing Authority
Molly Corbett, Joseph Cervantez, and Bob Russell filled three vacancies as board members with Bob Russell being reappointed after the conclusion of his initial term. The purpose of the Santa Paula Housing Authority is to carry out all necessary business pursuant to the Housing Authority Law.
Parks & Recreation Commission
Two vacancies on the Parks & Recreation Commission were filled by Brad Williams and Vanessa Olmos with one vacancy still available. Interested residents should contact the City Clerk to inquire. The Parks & Recreation Commission meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Paula City Hall Council Chambers.
Pedro Chavez and Noel Thomas Kiesewetter filled two vacancies on the Planning Commission. The Commission receives applications for discretionary projects, such as Planned Development permits, Conditional Use Permits and variances, and conducts public hearings on land use related matters.
Mobile Home Rent Review Commission
Karen Harrison was reappointed to fill one vacancy on the Mobile Home Rent Review Commission. The Mobile Home Rent Review Commission meets on an on-call basis to consider mobile home rent increase applications.
Senior Advisory Committee
Bruce Archer was appointed in May 2022 to fill one vacancy on this committee.
For more information about commissions, committees, or boards please contact the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us at 805.933.4226 ext. 208 or follow our social media channels.