Starr awarded court costs in suit against Oxnard Mayor’s false ballot statement

By George Miller

Aaron Starr faces down Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn at a City Council meeting. Photo: George Miller/CitizensJournal.us

During the Oxnard special recall election, Aaron Starr alleged that incumbent Mayor Tim Flynn’s submitted ballot statement made false claims about having a “clean audit” and “balanced budget.” A lawsuit and a court ruling erased the “alleged” part and forced Flynn to bring the statement into alignment with reality.

Flynn has continued to make such claims at City Council meetings, using that public forum and color of authority to, arguably, “electioneer.” He continued that even into this week’s City Council meeting, being called on it by Starr’s wife Alicia Percell and this publication.

Today, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Vincent O’Neil, Jr. ruled that Flynn must pay Star’s legal costs in the amount of $9,055. Starr said his actual costs were higher bu that is all the judge would award.

Per Alicia Percell, Flynn’s counsel Richard Francis made arguments that Starr is filing lawsuits mainly as publicity stunts, while dramatically and ironically waving a copy of the Ventura County Star, supposedly containing an article to that effect. Starr’s team prevailed with arguments that they won and were entitled to reimbursement on the grounds that the case benefited the public interest via helping to instill truth in an important public document- Flynn’s ballot statement. Percell added “he still claimed that the finances were the best in years, which is not true, either.”

Mayor Flynn had not responded to requests for comments/interview by publication time.

 


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


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