By George Miller
The Oxnard City Council at its five hour 6-4-19 open meeting approved: direction to regulate cannabis manufacturing, testing and distribution; indicated they wanted to accelerate movement into cultivation and retailing of it (a change of direction); nearly no change budgets/strategies for the Housing Dept (city-owned housing) and Housing Commission (HUD-funded housing); objected to lack of action to get people off assisted housing (an annual ritual accomplishing nothing); Ramrodded 21 consent agenda items through with no debate at all,* including some taxes; streamlined/changed procedures for handling nuisance abatement and civil fines;
On a lighter note, the Council/City also celebrated: (LGBT) Pride month; Juneteenth (go to Plaza Park on 6-15!); Cheered Santa Clara High School Boys Basketball Team for Winning the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA and Advancing to the State’s Semi-Finals.
Off agenda: public pushback on draconian budget cuts- especially fire station, PAC, Colonia Library, with a few alternative ideas; Strong allegations that Police/Fire benefit increases will cost 2-3X what the city claims.
Wednesday 6 PM budget meeting
* These are discussed at daylong committee meetings that many say are long and at inconvenient hours for most working people.
Event AGENDA, VIDEO
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George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard