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Boat mishap in high winds outside Channel Islands Harbor

Sand was blowing in horizontal sheets, stinging hands and faces, when we arrived at the mouth of Channel Islands Harbor late this afternoon (4-27-16). We had heard, via the Fire Dept., that a boat capsized off Silverstrand Beach. On-scene personnel told us that very high winds had driven a boat into the harbor mouth jetty (see above […]

City manager appoints Ingrid A. Hardy as new cultural and community services director

City manager appoints Ingrid A. Hardy as new cultural and community services director

Oxnard caves on Starr utility rate initiative ballot statement

Oxnard caves on Starr utility rate initiative ballot statement

By George Miller An Oxnard City Council majority has been sparring with “Moving Oxnard Forward” (MOF), an activist organization led by local businessman and City Council candidate Aaron Starr, over MOF’s initiative to roll back the wastewater rate increase. On Tuesday night, after a long closed session, the City Council and staff filed into council chambers, late for […]

Hueneme HS student performs water rescue at Kiddie Beach- Oxnard

Hueneme HS student performs water rescue at Kiddie Beach- Oxnard

By Bob Allen & George Miller A seven year old girl nearly drowned at Kiddie Beach yesterday. Bob Allen, CEO of KADYTV was driving by in the aftermath of the rescue and stopped by to inquire, with video camera always ready.  He discovered that Bryanna Leon, a 9th grade girl from Hueneme High, had actually found the […]

Aaron Starr wins another round against Oxnard utility rate increase

Aaron Starr wins another round against Oxnard utility rate increase

By George Miller High legal drama in Oxnard today …. local business executive, activist and City Council candidate Aaron Starr’s legal team defeated the City in court today, winning a ruling that the City must produce a ballot “title & summary” of his initiative to roll back the recent wastewater rate increase. He cannot circulate ballot […]

Boom! PH Council insurgents propose term limits and other major reforms via ballot initiative

Boom!  PH Council insurgents propose term limits and other major reforms via ballot initiative

By George Miller The two newest Port Hueneme Council members, Tom Figg and Jim Hensley, have proposed significant changes to the city’s charter, to address longstanding problems, via a press release this week. These include term limits, restrictions on mayoral and commission appointments, better and more frequent financial reports, quantifiable performance metrics, oversight committees to […]

Oxnard wastewater rate battle: what are the REAL costs? What SHOULD the rates be?

Oxnard wastewater rate battle: what are the REAL costs? What SHOULD the rates be?

By George Miller Background Oxnard recently approved a 88% increase in wastewater rates over a four year period. There has been much controversy over this. Some believe that the increase is unjustified and that the City’s accounting system is so bad that they don’t even know what it really costs. But, it is fairly certain that […]

U.S. Customs, Coast Guard, testing & training in county

U.S. Customs, Coast Guard, testing & training in county

By George Miller Today we saw US Customs and Coast Guard testing and training activities offshore near Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. The U.S. Customs and Border protection was testing a chase boat which crew members confirmed is intended to be used for drug interdiction. They said it was brought here from Florida for testing in West […]

Phoenix PD Chief semi-finalists include Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams

Phoenix PD Chief semi-finalists include Oxnard Chief Jeri Williams

Ten semi-finalists for the position of Phoenix Police Chief were announced by the City Manager’s office. Included is our very own Oxnard PD Chef Jeri Williams. While we’re happy for her, it would be Oxnard’s loss if she wins it. Fortunately she would be leaving the department with multiple qualified potential successors, See also: http://citizensjournal.us/oxnard-police-chief-jeri-williams-to-leave-for-phoenix/   […]

Aaron Starr 2, Oxnard 1, in utility rate battle

Aaron Starr 2, Oxnard 1, in utility rate battle

By George Miller Starr obtains expedited hearing date for Starr v City of Oxnard case to get rate rollback on the ballot Local Oxnard business executive, civic activist and City Council candidate Aaron Starr and his Moving Oxnard Forward (MOF) grassroot activist organization have pressured the city to lower business and permit fees, as well as make it easier […]