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More on Ventura Pier closure, damage- Restaurants OPEN; Road closures, sandbags

More on Ventura Pier closure, damage- Restaurants OPEN; Road closures, sandbags

City of Ventura Ventura Pier is closed due to damage from high surf; residents are advised to avoid the ocean during dangerous high surf conditions Due to high surf conditions early this morning, the Ventura Police Department evacuated the few citizens who were on the Ventura Pier and closed it to the public at approximately […]

Priority-based budgeting comes to Oxnard- and not a moment too soon

Priority-based budgeting comes to Oxnard- and not a moment too soon

By George Miller Advocates say it is an advanced methodology/concepts for better budgeting Mayor Tim Flynn, City Manager Greg Nyhoff and Assistant City Manager Maria Hurtado have all seen information about Priority-Based Budgeting (PBB) at various symposia and in print material, liked the concept and have been working to introduce its concepts to the city. At the 12-9-15 […]

Tonight’s Oxnard Council meeting (12-10-15): Utility rate increases, protest ballot

Tonight’s Oxnard Council meeting (12-10-15): Utility rate increases, protest ballot

By George Miller  Utility rate increase is the topic of tonight’s (12-10-15) Oxnard City Council meeting at 5PM in City Hall Council Chambers.  After much planning and analysis, the city formulated proposed rate increases for its utilities: water, wastewater and solid waste disposal. They are quite hefty and reflect deferred maintenance, higher costs, poor management […]

Good news/bad news at Oxnard Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting- $89 million in discovered liabilities, no bank reconciliation yet and ….

Good news/bad news at Oxnard Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting- $89 million in discovered liabilities, no bank reconciliation yet and ….

By George Miller First the bad news: $89 million dollars in previously undiscovered liabilities; failure to reconcile bank statements for a year; no CAFR until February 2016 (best estimate); $10 million in golf course losses, $40 million in deferred compensation liabilities not shown; weak internal controls; antiquated systems The City Council formed the Fiscal Policy […]

Figg denied Mayor Pro-Tem post, Breeze became Mayor at Hueneme 12-7-15 City Council meeting

Figg denied Mayor Pro-Tem post, Breeze became Mayor at Hueneme 12-7-15 City Council meeting

By George Miller Here is the meeting AGENDA The most newsworthy item:  Two factions of the council have been at odds since the election of Tom Figg and Jim Hensley to the City Council. In a continuation of the “range war” between the “Old Guard” (AKA:”Gang of 3″) council members- Silvia Munoz Schnopp, Doug Breeze and Jon Sharkey, […]

New Mayor for Thousand Oaks

New Mayor for Thousand Oaks

“COUNCIL RECAP” December 1, salve 2015 – Highlight of City Council Action Mayor Adam announced Forum Theatre Council Seat Dedications to Eloise Cohen and Wyatt McCrea Special Presentations made to Outgoing Mayor Al Adam for his service as 2014-2015 Mayor Conducted City Council Reorganization: Joel Price selected Mayor and Claudia Bill-de la Peña selected Mayor […]

3 Oxnard Council meetings this week- Utility rate increases, budget, maintenance asssessment and community facilities districts

3 Oxnard Council meetings this week- Utility rate increases, budget, maintenance asssessment and community facilities districts

Due to the year end crunch of business, major financial crisis and utility rate increase proposal, there will be three council meetings this week- tuesday, wednesday and Thursday.   Name Date Agenda City Council Meeting December 8, 2015 – 05:00 PM View Agenda City Council – SPECIAL MEETING December 9, 2015 – 05:00 PM View […]

Oxnard Council nixes Walmart alcoholic bev. sales; approves Colonia road work; hears IT master plan

Oxnard Council nixes Walmart alcoholic bev. sales; approves Colonia road work; hears IT master plan

By George Miller We thought it would be a boring Oxnard City Council meeting on December 1, but saw a “spirited” debate about selling spirits at Walmart on Saviers Rd. There was also tearful gratitude that the city has finally approved and scheduled road resurfacing in Colonia. Another highlight was a presentation of Oxnard’s Master […]

Oxnard to hold special meetings on utility rate increases, YMCA, on short notice: utility rate ballots mailed

Oxnard to hold special meetings on utility rate increases, YMCA, on short notice: utility rate ballots mailed

By George Miller At last week’s city council meeting, no mention at all was made that there would be two additional emergency special meetings next week. But in flurry of pre-holiday activity, these were reportedly scheduled, plus ballots to poll residents on utility rate increases were mailed out (we haven’t seen them yet). We call […]

ISIS claims responsibility: says California killers were their followers

ISIS claims responsibility: says California killers were their followers

The Islamic State group on Saturday said that a married couple who murdered 14 people in California in an attack the FBI is investigating as an “act of terrorism” were followers of the terrorist organization. The extremist group made its claim in an online radio broadcast, pharmacy Reuters reported. The declaration comes three days after […]