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Oxnard Utility Rate Panel member finds major policy violations in City rate scenarios

Oxnard Utility Rate Panel member finds major policy violations in City rate scenarios

By George Miller Oxnard Utility Ratepayer Panel member, Moving Oxnard Forward leader and Haas Automation Controller Aaron Starr kept insisting upon the Panel’s legal right to obtain and work with the wastewater rate model developed by Oxnard Finance, Public Works and Carolla Engineers consultant Alexandre Bugsbee. The model is a complex Microsoft Excel “workbook” consisting of a […]

Oxnard: Flooding in the Victoria Estates Community

Oxnard: Flooding in the Victoria Estates Community

The City of Oxnard Police Department, Fire Department, and Public Works are on-scene at the Victoria Estates Community in northern Oxnard due to significant street flooding.  Pumps are currently being used to relieve the flooding.  Residents of the community are advised to use caution when driving in the neighborhood. There is no evacuation advisement or […]

Final scheduled Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel meeting Wed. 2-22-17

Final scheduled Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel meeting Wed. 2-22-17

By George Miller After several sometimes contentious, but very informative, meetings, the City wants to wrap up the Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel activities and get a vote on their final recommendations to City Council. Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna tried to do a trial close on that at the last meeting on 2-15-17, but the […]

Oxnard power struggle over financial controls and authority

Oxnard power struggle over financial controls and authority

By George Miller New Treasurer Phil Molina fighting to keep campaign promises, improve internal controls, running up against rival departments, tradition, arguments of timeliness, confidentiality, City priorities. Eadie + Paine LLC, Oxnard’s auditors, came with 111 negative audit “findings” last year, allegedly an unprecedented number, exceeding that of even the most notorious state bankrupted cities. […]

Oxnard Treasurer wants prior council review of accounts payable disbursements

Oxnard Treasurer wants prior council review of accounts payable disbursements

George Miller So, here is a list   GM348U GMCHECKS 2017-02-16 FNMACR (1)        GM348U GMCHECKS 2017-02-16 FNMACR (1) of Oxnard’s near-term accounts payable “warrants” (as opposed to checks. Do you know the difference*?).  So, why is this even “news” today? Well, for one thing, the City’s tight financial situation means that these are […]

Oxnard Police Department Release Crime Stats for City

Oxnard Police Department Release Crime Stats for City

The FBI gathers crime statistics from law enforcement agencies each year as part of their Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program.  The UCR Program collects data on four violent crime and four property crime categories.  The purpose of the program is to generate a reliable set of crime statistics for use by law enforcement.  The Oxnard […]

Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel digs in at 2-8-17 meeting

Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel digs in at 2-8-17 meeting

By George Miller Panel hears Capital Improvement Proposals (CIP) Wastewater bonds BBB credit rating affirmed, with conditions Infrastructure fee status unresolved APWF charges unresolved Many panel questions answered, some still outstanding Staff still intends to present rate increase recommendations next week The Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel held its third meeting  (Agenda) on 2-8-17. The […]

Oxnard staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

Oxnard staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

By George Miller Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna released 6 proposed wastewater increase scenarios to the Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) on Monday 2-13-17.  The City (City management, Public Works and Finance) has been working on these since last fall, but the rate-setting process went into high gear this year. The Council selected the current Panel […]

Port of Hueneme Celebrates Silver Anniversary as U.S. Port of Entry

Port of Hueneme Celebrates Silver Anniversary as U.S. Port of Entry

Community and Maritime dignitaries joined the Port of Hueneme’s Board of Harbor Commissioners Monday night to celebrate 25 years as a U.S. Port of Entry. The event took place prior to the scheduled Commissioner’s Board meeting at the Port’s headquarters in Port Hueneme. This milestone recognizes the historic impact the Port has brought to the […]

Oxnard CAFR & Audit now ready- looks mostly better than last year

Oxnard CAFR & Audit now ready- looks mostly better than last year

By George Miller Oxnard’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 is now available. This is far sooner than last year’s and with far fewer problems, according to Oxnard’s auditors and CFO.  It was presented at the 2-8-17 Fiscal Poilicy Task Force meeting.The CAFR presentation is on the 2-14-17 City Council agenda The […]

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