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First Fire, Now Water — Ojai City Council Meeting January 9, 2018

First Fire, Now Water — Ojai City Council Meeting  January 9, 2018

By Jay Murphy Before this year’s first City Council meeting a joint session was held with the Planning Commission and as usual, it proved to be lively. This reporter has noted in the past of some tension between the two bodies and this session was no different. The back and forth seemed to be about […]

Oxnard Street Resurfacing Projects to Continue in Oxnard Throughout the Year

Oxnard Street Resurfacing Projects to Continue in Oxnard Throughout the Year

Oxnard, California – Residents in the Redwood neighborhood are about to get their streets redone as part of an ongoing suite of street resurfacing projects approved by the Oxnard City Council. Fourteen residential neighborhoods were approved under the project based on a 2012 pavement assessment report. Street resurfacing work in the other remaining 13 neighborhoods has […]

Ventura County Public Works Agency disaster simulation training ensures county-wide state of storm readiness

Ventura County Public Works Agency disaster simulation training ensures county-wide state of storm readiness

  Even in drought years, severe floods happen: preparation helps save lives and property. The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) conducted Storm Day, an annual disaster simulation drill, on Nov. 1, which focused on preparation for flooding stemming from a natural disaster and infrastructure damage. Storm Day 2017 simulated a severe storm of several […]

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

By George Miller There was a another budget hearing on Wednesday, 6-7-17., following the previous Monday session. Covered were: Public Works, City Clerk, City Manager, Public Works- Water, Wastewater/Stormwater, maintenance, Environmental Services, Finance, Cultural Services, Measure O There was a budget hearing on 6-13-17 and  a vote on the budget is planned for the 6-20-17 meeting. […]

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Three

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Three

By Tim Pompey Ventura County Water Agencies Discuss Stormwater Capture County Supervisor Steve Bennett County Supervisor Steve Bennett has been active in environmental concerns in the county, particularly with the SOAR (Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources) initiative According to Bennett, the county has been very active in supporting rain barrels and hosting discounted barrel […]

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Two

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part Two

By Tim Pompey Ventura County Water Agencies Discuss Stormwater Capture West County Most of the western county’s water supply comes from the watershed of the Ventura river and is stored in Lake Casitas. Casitas, like other local reservoirs, has suffered greatly from the drought. In the City of Ventura, Tully Clifford, the Public Works Director […]

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part One

Harvesting the Rain in Ventura County – Part One

By Tim Pompey Ventura County Water Agencies Discuss Stormwater Capture The Question Tell me if you’ve ever wondered about this question: Now that the rains have returned, why don’t we work harder to capture some of this water that we see rushing down rivers and creeks and out to the ocean? It’s a good question […]

Ventura County, city public works agencies unite to boost National Public Works Week Awareness efforts

Ventura County, city public works agencies unite to boost National Public Works Week Awareness efforts

Ventura County Public Works Agency demonstrates how “Public Works Connects Us” at annual educational event hosting over 500 county students, May 23 Too few know that the work of public works professionals is all around us, and the many careers involved in ensuring our daily lives are safe and convenient. Since 1960, the American Public […]

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 staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

Oxnard staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

By George Miller Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna released 6 proposed wastewater increase scenarios to the Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) on Monday 2-13-17.  The City (City management, Public Works and Finance) has been working on these since last fall, but the rate-setting process went into high gear this year. The Council selected the current Panel […]

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