Santa Paula is in a Good Place       

On the Other hand

By Kay Wilson-Bolton

December 20, 2003

In what now seems like an unusual occurrence, five Santa Paula women, known to each other, were shopping today at the same time in a Santa Paula Main Street store.

One commented that it seems as though Santa Paula has hung on long enough to turn the economic corner.

There was unanimous consent, and the women began to share about the abundance of good news that exists in the community. There was the sound of children in the snow outside, shoppers were moving from restaurant to store, parking slots were full and people were carrying packages.

While there is a general helpless dismay and sadness about the hospital, there is a clear excitement about many things that include the gentle and considerate influence of our City Manager, Wally Bobkiewicz, the bold leadership of our city council, and the proposed investment from a variety of investors from Malibu, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and various parts of California, Idaho, and Oregon.

There was talk about the new retail center on Tenth Street, which includes a grocery store, to the potential for a new city hall, the new owners of Main Street storefronts, the signs of economic investment by Mr. Bender near Peck Road, and the development of the railroad corridor. The Glen Tavern is “in escrow” and the Mobil Station east of town is about to be.

The thought of new residents in Fagan Canyon, representing new spending power to Santa Paula merchants, is still an intriguing one. While traffic looms as an evil and difficult necessity, there is talk of a bridge over Hwy. 150 to Santa Paula Creek, connecting at Hallock Drive.  We are not used to an abundance of strangers, but we do embrace them if they are neighbors.

The women continued to share a general excitement about the local New Year’s Eve celebration that sponsors hope will bring enthusiasm back to Main Street merchants and attract tourists with those $20 bills.

All in all, there is confidence in our town again, which can translate into love pride. Those of us who remember the “good old days” can see them again in the fringes of this year 2003.

If you’re not sure about this, I encourage you to spend some time on Main Street and talk to the merchants who feel that you can make a living owning your own business. Talk to the “Big Eight” who have created an advertising co-op to promote and support each other’s business.

It is well known that all ships rise with the tide. We are learning again that “together, we are better.”

God is blessing Santa Paula and its neighborhoods. If you have ever wondered how God views cities, take a moment to read Zechariah 8 in the Bible, and substitute the words Judea and Jerusalem with “Santa Paula”.

This chapter deals with prosperity and safety, the poster qualities of healthy communities.

God’s vision for our seniors and our children is much bigger and far better than our own.

Kay Wilson-Bolton is a member of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. She also serves with five other members of the SPIRIT of Santa Paula®.

About Kay Wilson-Boltonhttp://www.kaywilsonbolton.netWith a full-time career in real estate, I can add to your bank of knowledge, not only in real estate but in many areas of life that deal with people and relationships and choices. My real estate career has taught me many lessons about planning ahead and looking forward. I believe in helping along the way so that they can be the best they can be in any situation. I serve as a Fire Department Chaplain and Coordinator for the Many Meals Project which serves homeless and hungry families in my community. The event is far more than many meals. As a result of my work with the homeless population in my community, I received the Good Neighbor Award 2017 from the National Association of Realtors and named as a Champion of Homes in 2015 by the California Association of Realtors. I make pastoral visits to the inmates in the County Jail System and offer them what God says about "all things being new" and His remarkable plan for our lives. I have served my community as Mayor and in many volunteer capacities. I serve others by serving God first. My husband is involved in prison ministry and is a graphic artist. We live a simple life in Santa Paula with an office cat named Scout, three rescued poodles and a cat named Tony Diane at home.

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