Staff focuses on drinking straws crisis, while Oxnard melts down

By George Miller

 

No, we are NOT making this up. We received and published this press release from the beleagured city of Oxnard just recently ….

 

Oxnard takes on straws and single-use plastics in upcoming event

Oxnard takes on straws and single-use plastics in upcoming event

Oxnard, CA –  On Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., The Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center (The PACC) and the City of Oxnard will host an inspiring evening of positive change centered around a screening of STRAWS. The event is free and open to the public and includes: refreshments, a special Question and Answer session, […]

 

Evidently, the city believes that the pollution/disposal problem is so serious that it must mount its own separate publicity/education campaign to tame the menace. I guess it’s not sufficient to already have hundreds of publications, government agencies and NGO’s constrantly berating and “nudging” us to do the right thing here. The state even passed a law banning plastic straws under certain conditions. I’m not making this up either. No need to in a state like California.

 

I responded with this to Council, City Manager, some key staff and the orginator:

REALLY? With all the enormous problems Oxnard has- murders/assaults, deficits, pension liabilities, housing, congestion, roads, public works/infrastructure, harbor stagnation-  it’s now focused on the politically correct “straws” movement? Police resources could be focused on MUCH better priorities.
 
It’s really time for some big changes here.
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Not surprisingly, I only received two official responses. One from Mayor Flynn, just returned from a month in Norway in high spirits. He didn’t seem to disagree with me on this. We also heard back from Melissa Valdez of the Police Dept., who said that this was not an OPD initiative, even though it looked like one, but she was just filling in for still another recently departed Public Affairs Director. Let no good deed go unpunished. Thanks for taking the initiative, Ms. Valdez, but you are being given silly tasks to perform. We hope that our still fairly new City Manager sets better priorities than that, given the poor state of Oxnard public safety, infrastructure, finances, records, management, etc.
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I received more responses from some private residents who also thought the initiative is pretty silly, given so many other pressing priorities.  Hopefully they will share that with City officials.Looks like some did. I’m out on the water a lot, mostly from Ventura down to Point Mugu and do not see signs of a great crisis.
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We’re taking bets on whether the politically correct Oxnard Council will “virtue signal” by passing even tougher straw restrictions than the state bill
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George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard. 


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