Commission on Aging, Design Assistance applicants interviewed

January 14, 2004
Santa Paula City Council

The City Council considered appointments to the Santa Paula Commission on Aging and Design Assistance Committee at a special Jan. 5th meeting.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe City Council considered appointments to the Santa Paula Commission on Aging and Design Assistance Committee at a special Jan. 5th meeting.Elaine Price was the sole applicant for the Commission on Aging and the longtime area resident said her background includes working in the agricultural industry as well as being active in AARP.Price has served on the Commission on Aging for eight years, five of those years as the delegate to the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging.A widow, Price laughed that her children repeated a story by a friend who noted, “You have to do something about your mother. . .she has no time for visiting!”Price, the only applicant for her termed-out seat, urged the council to find the city’s large population of senior citizens their own facility.“I would like you to put on your agenda finding a place,” for a stand-alone Senior Center, noted Price.A small portion of the Community Center is the center of senior programs and activities.A facility that is centrally located would be ideal as long as it provides suitable space for various senior groups to meet and “work together” on issues and programs, she noted.Dr. Dora Crouch told the council she would like to serve on the Design Assistance Committee, which has two vacancies.
The second applicant, JoAnn M. Seeley, was unable to attend the interview.The openings on the Design Assistance Committee are for a member with knowledge of construction and structural rehabilitation – such as a licensed architect, contractor or urban planner – and a Citizen Representative.Dr. Crouch, a retired architecture professor and self-employed historian, is the author of “History of Architecture: Stonehedge to Skyscrapers” and “Traditions in Architecture: Africa, America, Asia and Oceania.” Her other books have focused on city planning and water management, among other subjects.She told the council that her training in the history of art and architecture would benefit the committee, including “insights into architecture in Santa Paula. . .” Her background also provides insights into “what builders want to do and can do.”Councilman Rick Cook noted that the committee is a joint effort and “just because the city is old doesn’t mean that everything has to look old.”Vice Mayor Mary Ann Krause said that detail and quality are important.“To me, the committee tries to evaluate what we have already and then update it with quality and functionality with an eye to the future as well,” said Mayor Gabino Aguirre.Adhering to the unique character of Santa Paula and its diversity is a priority, said Councilman John Procter.The council will announce their appointment decisions at a future meeting.

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