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Aaron Starr initiates recall of 4 Oxnard Council members

Aaron Starr initiates recall of 4 Oxnard Council members

By George Miller Aaron Starr of activist group Moving Oxnard Forward vowed to start a recall process of any Oxnard City Council member who voted for the proposed wastewater rate increase of 5.25% per year for 5 years, in addition to the 35% increase already levied and upheld by a stay on the Measure M […]

Oxnard City Council recall threatened

Oxnard City Council recall threatened

Moving Oxnard Forward Aaron —  It Appears Likely We Will Be Moving Forward with a Recall of the Oxnard City Council. This Tuesday, May 16, the Oxnard City Council is scheduled to INCREASE your sewer rates by $279.24 per year – even though we voted down their latest rate increase this last November, when we adopted Measure […]

Aaron Starr Serves Oxnard with a Prop. 218 lawsuit + cupcakes

Aaron Starr Serves Oxnard with a Prop. 218 lawsuit + cupcakes

Moving Oxnard Forward   Editor’s note: At your service! Aaron Starr has Oxnard served with lawsuit and residents served with cupcakes simultaneously. He says that the City has violated statutes and multiple legal precedents making it settled law that a city may not charge utility “infrastructure fees.”       Starr’s 4-5-17 statement at Oxnard […]

Should we sue the City of Oxnard?

Should we sue the City of Oxnard?

Moving Oxnard Forward   Aaron —  Perhaps you can help me with an urgent question: Should we sue the City of Oxnard? Oxnard’s utilities are charging us a lot for our water, sewer and trash services. But instead of using all of that money for their intended purposes, including needed infrastructure maintenance, the City of […]

Oxnard to Raise Sewer Rates Again

Oxnard to Raise Sewer Rates Again

Moving Oxnard Forward   Aaron —  74%!! Really?!  Last week, a bare majority of the Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) embraced a recommendation by city staff that the Oxnard City Council raise your sewer bill by a whopping 74%. The plan calls for 5.25% increases for each of the next five years on top of […]

Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Panel Concluded- sends rate increase recommendation to City Council for action

Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Panel Concluded- sends rate increase recommendation to City Council for action

By George Miller The Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory panel selected  a staff-modified version of a previous staff recommended rate “scenario” – Scenario 2.2b in here: URAP Scenarios Handout 2-22. Comparison: Scenarios.with Panel choices.ro (1). While it is smaller than what was approved last year, This amounts to to approximately 74+% over what rates were in January 2016, Through […]

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 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 […]

A Process Fit for a Sewer System?

A Process Fit for a Sewer System?

Moving Oxnard Forward   We need your help again. As we all know, the city had enacted an outrageous 87% wastewater rate increase in January of 2016. You helped us fight back, and together we qualified Measure M for the ballot to repeal the rate increase and make the city try again to be more […]

Judge granted Oxnard stay on wastewater rate increase while city working on rates, opposition to Measure M. Trial will be on June 20.

Judge granted Oxnard stay on wastewater rate increase while city working on rates, opposition to Measure M. Trial will be on June 20.

By George Miller Measure M stay granted on December 16 Most recently, trial was set for June 20 Oxnard to work on rate-setting process meanwhile Opponents of an Oxnard utility rate increase have been battling over it for nearly a year. Months before that, the  city had commissioned  a rate study which recommended 87% in […]

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