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Oxnard Measure M trial nears conclusion

Oxnard Measure M trial nears conclusion

  By William Westmiller & Deborah Baber-Savalla Aaron Starr and Oxnard City may complete their arguments tomorrow. After nearly two years of legal proceedings, the “Trial of Measure M” (City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr) could be concluded tomorrow, according to defense attorney Chad Morgan. The dispute over wastewater treatment rates will be in the […]

Busy day in court for City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr Measure M wastewater case

Busy day in court for City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr Measure M wastewater case

By George Miller   Starr and City fight it out on the numbers, alleged harm to the city and Measure M financial justification On Friday, December 29, 2017, the City of Oxnard did battle vs local manufacturing financial officer, activist and Council recall initiator Aaron Starr. in Ventura County Superior Court, with Judge Rocky Baio presiding. […]

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

“Reason is, And Ought Only To Be The Slave Of Our Passions” —David Hume The city’s Measure O Oversight Committee has shown signs of being inadequately trained and poorly prepared for the job they were appointed to do. This is not the fault of the committee members themselves but a reflection of the City Council […]

Push begins to overturn new California gas tax

Push begins to overturn new California gas tax

By James Poulos A fresh effort has been launched to reverse Gov. Jerry Brown’s fuel and vehicle tax deal, passed narrowly in Sacramento on the strength of a series of sharply criticized side deals. “Only one Republican – state Sen. Anthony Cannella – voted in favor of SB1, and that was after his Central Valley district received $500 […]

Brown gets new gas tax through

By James Poulos At the end of a tumultuous road, a wheeling and dealing Gov. Jerry Brown secured passage of a high-stakes new gas tax raising over $50 billion in ten years. “The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1 on Thursday night, raising gas taxes and vehicle fees in hopes of generating tens of billions of […]

Oxnard Councilman questions City Manager on 4 labor contracts cost/savings

Oxnard Councilman questions City Manager on 4 labor contracts cost/savings

By George Miller Councilman Bert Perello was dissatisfied with the handling of the labor contracts approval at the 9-13-16 City Council meeting. He has taken the position that the “cost savings” claimed are questionable, that the versions developed by former CFO Dave Millican and current staff differ considerably, and that no financial analysis at all was […]