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Standard and Poor’s Gives Oxnard Wastewater A Positive Outlook

Standard and Poor’s Gives Oxnard Wastewater A Positive Outlook

Oxnard, California – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings affirmed the City of Oxnard Financing Authority’s Wastewater Revenue Bonds rating of BBB and revised the financial outlook from negative to positive. The rating reflects the combination of a very strong enterprise risk profile and an adequate financial risk profile, according to S&P’s Global Ratings. S&P […]

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 […]

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 Public Hearing 05-16-2017 on Utility Rate Increase (Wastewater)

Oxnard Public Hearing 05-16-2017 on Utility Rate Increase (Wastewater)

. By Larry Stein, 5-16-17 The staff’s presentation for tonight’s public hearing (Agenda Item K-1) on utility rate increases  ignore’s the work of the 1st URAP (2015). Why bother getting involved as a citizen if your efforts get ignored by the 4th floor and the elected officials. Questions get asked by the public, but get […]

Oxnard Council to consider wastewater rate increase at 3-7-17 meeting

Oxnard Council to consider wastewater rate increase at 3-7-17 meeting

By George Miller At the 3-7-17 meeting, the Oxnard City Council will consider 5 1/4% annual rate increases for the next five years. This totals 74% compounded, when last year’s increase is considered.   The increases are controversial, since they involve substantial capital investment, which some claim could be deferred and taking on large new […]

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 […]

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

By Steve Nash (Editor’s note: Utilities Panel alternate, 2016 member, retired Wastewater employee and community activist Steve Nash comments on the just-concluded activities of the Panel). As we head into the fifth meeting of the URAP (Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel) I have a few thoughts on the process. I was selected as a residential alternate […]

Santa Paula Council: Food Vendors, Roundabouts, Wastewater, General Plan, Water-Sewer Rates

Santa Paula Council: Food Vendors, Roundabouts, Wastewater, General Plan, Water-Sewer Rates

By Sheryl Hamlin Five items were discussed during the Order of Business on February 6, 2017 which had come to council previously. Food Vendors SR 126 “Safety Enhancement Project” Operations and Maintenance Agreement with American Water for the Wastewater Plant General Plan Update Standing Committee on Water and Sewer Rates State Route (SR) 126 Safety […]

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

By George Miller & Dan Pinedo Introduction The Wednesday 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers advisory panel meeting (agenda) was again contentious. City staff members and consultants are getting their presentations done and releasing more data needed for the Panel to evaluate the rate setting process and subsequent recommendations. However, three Panel members are opposing staff control of […]

First panel meeting on proposed wastewater rate increases set for Jan. 25, 2017 at Oxnard PACC

First panel meeting on proposed wastewater rate increases set for Jan. 25, 2017 at Oxnard PACC

WHAT Join us for the first Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) meeting to learn about proposed wastewater rates. The panel is composed of residents, businesses and agricultural utility customers who will meet with City representatives to give input on proposed wastewater rate increases. Community members are invited to attend the meeting to hear the discussion […]

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