Oxnard passes watered down sanctuary “safe” city resolution

By George Miller

On Tuesday, July 25, the Oxnard City Council passed a watered down “sanctuary city” resolution, which they re-labeled “safe” city. Essentially, it is a slightly modified version of a policy put in effect by Police Chief Scott Whitney months ago, with the agreement of the Council. It basically says that the City/police will respect 4th and 5th Amendment rights of all residents,regardless of ethnicity and appearance and won’t work with ICE except in extreme cases adversely impacting public safety, which were ill-defined.  The wild card in the deck is that when OPD turns over arrestees to the county jail, the Sheriff does work with ICE.

Oxnard Community Relations Chair Tiffany Lopez (front) and Commissioners at 7-25-17 Council meeting, submitted proposed Sanctuary City Resolution. Photo: Meeting video frame grab.

Immigration advocates have been pushing for a sanctuary city resolution for months an months.  The term is not well defined, but it usually involves non-enforcement of federal immigration laws. Aliens/foreigners may only be here legally on a visa- tourist, student, work, etc. ,a “green card”, residency permit” or diplomatic credentials.

Community relations Commission Chair Tiffany Lopez said that Flynn had asked them to come up with a position on sanctuary cities. Flynn appointed all the sitting committee members, with Council approval. She said tat they opted to call it “sanctuary city”  rather than “safe city.” She said that the seven member commission was unanimous.


Read meeting record:

City Council Meeting- AMENDED 07-21-17 Jul 25, 2017 – 06:05 PM 04h 23m Agenda Approved Minutes Video


Illegible marked-up sanctuary city resolution shown at 7-25-17 Oxnard Council meeting

Mayor Tim Flynn, who said he was opposed to the resolution, somehow managed to be out of town- out of the country, actually- for this meeting and very controversial vote, which would put the city at odds with federal immigration law.  Councilman MacDonald showed up with a modified version of the Community Relations Commission’s proposed Sanctuary City Resolution. He said that he worked with CAUSE on this. He did not share this with the public but read what he said were changes to it. A marked up copy shown on a projection screen was illegible.He claimed that the results were no longer a Sanctuary City, but a “Safe City,” and this was a “compromise” measure. The changes seemed rather minor and cosmetic. He had expressed discomfort with the resolution before that. Watch his speech at about 32 minutes into the meeting video.

Mayor Pro-Tem Ramirez and Councilman Oscar Madrigal were all in for either version. The only Council Member there opposed to it was Councilman Bert Perello and that was more for fear of what the federal government could do than on whether it was right.

So the final vote passed it with only Perello dissenting and Flynn absent.  This may all become moot if the SB 54 sanctuary city bill passes. It would also force the counties to follow sanctuary policies (Ventura County does not) , which would eliminate much cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Public comments were received from. Steve Nash, Arthur Schaper, Shirley Lang, Deborah Baber Savalla, Mario Quintana, Lily Bello, Nathan Ramos, Paulina Lopez, Jorge Toledano, Irma Lopez, Ruth Maria Capelle, Sofia Vega, George Miller, Patti Suttle, Michael Hernandez, Hector Moreno, Edelmira Shuman, Valerie White, Shannon Lopez, Dr. Richard Neve, Lupe Anguiano, Roberto Camacho, Genevieve Flores-Haro, Yissel Barajas, Musa Bassey, Martin Jones, Joan Lopez, Peggy Rivera, and Manuel Herrera. (added from meeting minutes)


SEIU quickly took credit for the vote:

WE DID IT! Oxnard designated a Sanctuary City! #SiSePuedepic.twitter.com/Fv4Vn0vrvZ

— SEIU 721 (@SEIU721) July 26, 2017


“Lady Liberty” Deborah Babber-Savalla faces down Oxnard Council And Mayor Pro Tem Ramirez on Sanctuary City resolution. Photo: George Miller

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Deborah Baber
Date: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 9:17 AM
Subject: Last night’s council meeting & Lady Liberty
To: Carmen Ramirez <carmen4oxnard@gmail.com>
Cc: TImothy Flynn <timbflynn@gmail.com>, bryan.macdonald@oxnard.orgbert.perello@oxnard.org, Oscar.madrigal@oxnard.org

Dear Council Member Ramirez,

Your attempt to publicly ridicule me, a private citizen wearing a Lady Liberty costume is further evidence of your character and your disdain for people you do not agree with. It also evidences your ignorance of the statue and the history of it and immigration. Most importantly, it put on display your disregard for your oath of office, and to the promise you made to serve all of Oxnard’s population.
You were correct last night when you said to me, “You don’t live here.” That remark further demonstrates a lack of character in your callous contempt for Oxnard’s border community of Port Hueneme. Your extreme political bias and possible collusion in voter fraud is evidenced in your history as a former Director of Community Planning for CAUSE and your admission last night that illegal aliens exist in large numbers in Oxnard. I am referring to CAUSE’s “Building Progressive Voter Power” initiatives. Illegal aliens are not allowed to vote in our country.
For my money and time, 2018 and your ouster, if not before, will not be soon enough to relieve Oxnard’s residents and neighbors of your destructive leadership and compromised character.
Deborah Baber (Savalla)
SoCal Conservative activist and sanctuary city opponent Arthur Schaper livestreamed his trip to Oxnard City Council meeting on Sanctuary City resolution.
He had these comments for us:

“Oxnard’s Brown Supremacy/La Raza movement attempted to rush through a sanctuary city resolution. The process was so flawed and hurried it was clear to the public that a sense of desperation has grown among these illegal alien promoters and amnesty advoctes.

“I am so grateful and so proud of the Ventura County citizens who spoke out in opposition to any attempt for the Oxnard City Council to undermine federal immigration laws, risking federal funding to the city as well as the public safety of Oxnard’s citizens. The Oxnard City Council needs to focus on the needs of homeless, veterans, foster children, and the mental ill Americans in our communities, not illegal aliens.

“Furthermore, despite the shouting and crowing of “Victory,”, the truth is that the city of Oxnard rejected sanctuary city status. The “Safe City” ordinance outlined by Councilman MacDonald was do convoluted and heavily edited, that it’s practically meaningless.

“Ventura County citizens and Trump supporters in general should recognize that the Brown Supremacist/La Raza Movement failed at the July 25th, 2017 Oxnard City Council meeting. Not only that, but to adopt a “Safe City” ordinance is a slap in the face to the hard-working peace officers who serve and protect Oxnard citizens and small businesses.

“For the record, Mayor Pro Tem Ramirez has exposed herself as the narrow-minded, race-baiting bigot which concerned citizens had already known. Also, Ramirez in collusion with the Assistant police chief tried to have me removed from the chambers for no reason, but their effort was also thwarted.

All in all, July 25th was a huge success for the rule of law and citizens everywhere.”

Here is the video from the Oxnard City Council meeting last night:



C.A.U.S.E., which has been very active on this issue, put out this statement on the meeting results:

  Dear CAUSE friends,

Last night the Oxnard City Council voted to declare itself a “Safe City” for undocumented residents, who make up 1 in 6 people in Oxnard.  The Oxnard Police Department does not and will not enforce federal immigration law or work with federal agents to deport our community.

This officially makes Oxnard the first Safe City in Ventura County.  Thank you to the leadership of Councilmembers Carmen Ramirez, Oscar Madrigal, and Bryan MacDonald who supported the resolution along with Police Chief Scott Whitney and the Oxnard Community Relations Commission.  Most of all, thanks to the hundreds of community members who have showed up to meetings in support of this issue.

But it won’t be a complete victory until California passes SB54 and limits collaboration between the Ventura County Sheriff’s office and federal deportation agents.

Will you contact Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and tell her to follow Oxnard’s lead by voting for SB54?

This isn’t the only way Oxnard is leading:  Oxnard is also on the forefront of California’s environmental justice movement, with victory just around the corner in the long battle to stop the Puente power plant.

Can you join us at the California Energy Commission hearing in Oxnard tonight?

We’ll be at 800 Hobson Way, gathering at 5pm for the public comment beginning at 6pm.



Meanwhile, assistance is available to help legal residents prepare for Citizenship:

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Jul 25, 2017 – Meanwhile, the somewhat radical Community Relations Commission, a Citizens Advisory Group chartered and appointed by the Council, has moved to more and more extreme rhetoric, finally passing a proposed sanctuary city resolution, not a “safe city” one, for the Council to consider. This puts the …


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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