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Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

By George Miller In May, after a year of litigation by both parties, after the recall election was safely over and right about at the 90 day deadline after the trial was completed, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rocky Baio tentatively ruled against Oxnard’s lawsuit against local financial executive and activist Aaron Starr’s wildly successful […]

Public tears into, defends, Oxnard Council on Measure M wastewater rate rollback court victory

Public tears into, defends, Oxnard Council on Measure M wastewater rate rollback court victory

By George Miller At the 5-29-18 special emergency  Oxnard City Council meeting, a two to one majority of two dozen speakers tore into the Oxnard Council for their actions leading to the Measure M wastewater rate rollback voter initiative and defeat of Council-ordered litigation against it and its author, local financial executive Aaron Starr. A […]

Starr’s Measure M Rate Rollback Upheld! City Overcollected $5.2MM

Starr’s Measure M Rate Rollback Upheld! City Overcollected $5.2MM

By George Miller Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rocky Baio has finally come back with a ruling  on the 1+ year old challenge by the City of Oxnard to Aaron’ Starr’s Measure M wastewater rate increase rescission, which passed with 72% of the vote. It would reinstate the Measure, which was stayed by an injunction […]

Anatomy of a Recall

Anatomy of a Recall

By Doug Hubbard It had been brewing for years–the mismanagement of  city finances and policies by elected and appointed Oxnard city officials. . It came to head when the city council voted to increase sewer rates by a staggering 87 percent.  Furious citizens, led by Aaron Starr of Moving Oxnard Forward (MOF),  launched an initiative […]

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

By George Miller Friday, January 5, 2018 was supposed to be the last day of the City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr civil lawsuit challenging the legality of the Measure M voter initiative rescinding the 2016 88% wastewater rate increase. This has dragged on for a year. Judge Rocky Baio slapped an injunction on Measure […]

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. […]

Standard & Poors downgrades Oxnard (again)

Standard & Poors downgrades Oxnard (again)

By George Miller Rating agency Standard & Poors downgraded Oxnard’s General Fund from A to A-. They cited a number of factors which impelled them to do this, but also pointed out some positive developments. Part of S&P summary: S&P Global Ratings lowered its long-term rating to ‘A-‘ from ‘A’ on the Oxnard Financing Authority, […]

Oxnard Recall: Partisanship, and Accountability

Oxnard Recall: Partisanship, and Accountability

By Chuck Hamm . . . Since our family has a business in Oxnard, I’ve taken an interest and supporting role in the Oxnard Recall campaign to oust 4 members of the Oxnard City Council. My main reasoning is that a recall and special election is a great tool for accountability, which our government in Oxnard […]

Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% rate increase) and IUF

Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% rate increase) and IUF

By Steve Nash Re: the Aaron Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% wastewater rate increase rescission) and utility Infrastructure Use Fees   If Starr wins ~   1)  The rating agencies will downgrade our credit, resulting in greatly increased borrowing costs.   2) The top management will move on to greener pastures. They […]

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