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Will utility rates go up? What California’s $26 billion wildfire plan means for you

Will utility rates go up? What California’s $26 billion wildfire plan means for you

BY BRYAN ANDERSON California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on a $26 billion plan on Friday to address the state’s ongoing wildfire threats. The comprehensive plan, which sped through the Capitol in less than a week, aims to offer a timetable for reimbursing past wildfire victims following PG&E’s decision to declare bankruptcy earlier this year. It also establishes […]

Residential utility rates explained

Residential utility rates explained

The city of Oxnard operates 3 utility facilities; Solid Waste (Environmental Services aka Trash), Water, and Waste Water (aka Sewer). Each utility is operated as if they were separate businesses. The financial reporting process is tracked through a method known as Enterprise Funds. Revenue is collected together in a combined bill listing the fees for […]

Oxnard Holds Utility Rates Workshops

Oxnard Holds Utility Rates Workshops

By Dan Pinedo In anticipation of utilities rates increases the city of Oxnard has created a Utilities Rates Advisory Panel, (URAP). The panel is made up of 8 members representing the community from three categories: Business/Industrial, Single Family Residential and Multi-Family Residential. There are 5 alternates. Under the direction of Interim Utilities Director Daniel Rydberg […]

Former Oxnard Finance Director points out inequitable utility rates

Former Oxnard Finance Director points out inequitable utility rates

By Phil Molina Editor’s note: We published this letter from Mr. Molina to Oxnard officials and “friends”  just  as we received it. Friends, Mayor, Councilpersons and staff:   How much do you like Oxnard?  How fairly, equitably and justly do you feel Oxnard treats you? Do you like subsidizing the poor? Do you like paying […]

Oxnard utility rates to go sky-high?

Oxnard utility rates to go sky-high?

By George Miller For years, the Oxnard utilities staff has been warning us about shrinking water supplies, higher costs, extensive deferred maintenance, obsolescence and expanding demand for water, wastewater and stormwater services. These services are probably as important to the health and safety of residents as are the police and fire departments. After one year of […]

New Port Hueneme Water Rates 2020

New Port Hueneme Water Rates 2020

HUENEME VOICE – Tom Dunn – Publisher The method of calculating the water service rate portion of your utility bill has recently changed.  In 2019, the City completed a water cost of service and rate study.  The approved rate structure lowered the fixed service charge and created 3-tiered volumetric rate structure.  As a result of […]

Oxnard Council Sets Cannabis Business Rates, Contemplates Major Social Engineering, Postpones $5MM Golf Course Budget. Water Supply Cuts?

Oxnard Council Sets Cannabis Business Rates, Contemplates Major Social Engineering, Postpones $5MM Golf Course Budget. Water Supply Cuts?

By George Miller This was the last Oxnard City Council meeting before the August break. (Puff, puff): the Council explored “Social Equity” (significant social engineering/micromanagement) in cannabis permitting and approved the establishment of fees for cannabis related land use permits.A nearly $5 million dollar city golf course budget was approved by default, with no further […]

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s ad hoc Water and Sewer Rate committee consisting of Mayor Garman and Council Member Crosswhite met on Thursday 10:00 am to discuss the rate study. Others in attendance were: Thai Chai, City Engineer, Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, Ikani Taumoepeau, Assistant CM, Michael Rock, City Manager,and Jackie Nunez, Assistant to City […]

Oxnard Approves Wastewater Projects, Debates Seawall Liabilities, Celebrates Black History Month & a Local Paper

Oxnard Approves Wastewater Projects, Debates Seawall Liabilities, Celebrates Black History Month & a Local Paper

By George Miller At the first meeting under Oxnard’s new committee system, the City Council mostly considered a plethora of run of the mill “consent agenda” items,” which rarely have much in the way of presentation, explanation and debate, along with some significant wastewater projects. The city’s wastewater facility had suffered from a long period […]

A California Utility Cut Power to Thousands Over the Risk of Another Fire

A California Utility Cut Power to Thousands Over the Risk of Another Fire

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter California’s largest utility cut power to tens of thousands of customers Sunday in a new attempt to mitigate the risk of sparking a fire during dry, windy weather. California utility PG&E cut power to about 42,000 customers on the heels of extreme fire warnings in three counties. Experts expected wind gusts as […]

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