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Oxnard to consider 2017/18 budget, many contracts

Oxnard to consider 2017/18 budget, many contracts

By George Miller On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 5 PM, the Oxnard City Council will consider approval of many contracts for landscape maintenance and other neighborhood level services, as well as Landscaping Maintenance Districts assessments and special tax levies for Community Facilities Districts and more.  They will also consider: nuisance abatement fees, Recovery of Civil Citation […]

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

Commentary: City of Ventura Golf Courses Bleeding Taxpayers

    We begin with the punchline: $13.8 million tax dollars wasted on unsuccessful city golf courses.  That is what Ventura residents will pay over the next 15 years to cover accumulated and future losses at the Olivas and Buenaventura municipal golf courses – drowning in debt and unnecessary city overhead.  Golf course losses are projected to continue accumulating at $600,000 […]

New Guest House Regs and the New City Budget Dominated Tuesday’s TO Council Meeting

New Guest House Regs and the New City Budget Dominated Tuesday’s TO Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Thousand Oaks City Council tried to balance complying with new state laws for Accessory Dwelling Units, and local homeowners not fond of change, Tuesday night,  5-30-17 in the midst of an important statewide housing issue. Later in the meeting, they received detailed information on the new, two-year operating budget for the city, […]

Oxnard Council approves wastewater rate increase; Starr initiates recall of 4 council members

Oxnard Council approves wastewater rate increase; Starr initiates recall of 4 council members

By George Miller   After many months of fighting over wastewater  rates, capital budgets, infrastructure fees, debt, the rate-setting process itself and more, the Oxnard City Council approved  a sharply downscaled rate proposal, over strong objections of some residents/business owners and approval of others.   Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna, who shepherded the the Prop 218 rate-setting […]

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 […]

Oxnard Council: $2MM+ after-school program grant; new Senior Center; $1.5MM emergency sewer repairs; 311 system; 5-9-17

Oxnard Council:  $2MM+ after-school program grant; new Senior Center; $1.5MM emergency sewer repairs; 311 system; 5-9-17

By George Miller On 5-9-17, the council accepted a $2MM+ after-school program grant; new Senior Center proposal; 311 system presentation/promotion; $1.5MM change order for emergency wastewater sewer line/manhole repairs; half million dollar replacement of most of the Performing Arts HVAC system   Item B- Oxnard 311 System This is an automated computer system for reporting and tracking […]

Ventura City Council Votes to Create Climate Action Plan

Ventura City Council Votes to Create Climate Action Plan

By Kevin Harris VENTURA CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO CREATE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN DURING MONDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING The Ventura City Council unanimously approved of developing a Community Climate Action Plan on Monday night, following the lead of several other local cities and spurred on by enthusiastic attending speaker support. Also discussed were serious questions by Council […]

Camarillo City Council- March 22, April 12, Desalter and St. John’s Seminary Sr. project update

Camarillo City Council- March 22, April 12, Desalter and St. John’s Seminary Sr. project update

By Manuela Walter March 22nd City Council Meeting Marijuana Update: According to the March 22nd meeting minutes, during New Business—Oral Communications, Mayor McDonald noted the County was considering an ordinance to allow and regulate marijuana cultivation and facilities in the unincorporated areas. McDonald wanted the City to send a letter stating the City’s opposition to […]

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

By Sheryl Hamlin Taxing History In 2014, the City Council of Santa Paula approved a ballot measure, Measure F, a one cent sales tax which required monies to be divided into specific percentages for specific beneficiaries. A Specific Tax requires a 2/3 vote to pass. Measure F failed. In 2016, with the financial picture more […]

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