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Oxnard City Council approves new police cars & BMW motorcycles

Oxnard City Council approves new police cars & BMW motorcycles

By George Miller The council listened to city staff explain why they needed Ford Interceptor SUV’s and BMW motorcycles to start renewing the aged Police Department fleet. Some members of the public were outraged that the city wanted to spend nearly $30 thousand per motorcycle on the luxury BMW’s. But staff, including Police Chief Jeri Williams, explained […]

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Draft Emergency Regulations

On September 21, 2015, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) hosted the third of three webinars to conclude the presentation of the draft SGMA Emergency Regulations. The implementation schedule of SGMA calls for these regulations to be approved by 2015 and in use by 2016.  Previous webinars were reported here and here. To see all […]

CA Energy Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

CA Energy  Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

By George Miller The Energy Commission, which has the final say on any replacement for the NRG Mandalay power plant in Oxnard, released a “Commission Schedule Order” of activity and date deadlines for NRG’s Application for Certification (CEC Docket No. 15-AFC-01). It calls for a number of activities, culminating in the final staff assessment by […]

Oxnard public safety unions dispute city claims, release 2014-15 city financial data

Oxnard public safety unions dispute city claims, release 2014-15 city financial data

By George Miller The Oxnard public safety unions (Firefighters and Peace Officers Associations) and the Oxnard Mid Managers Association (OMMA) have been engaged in a dispute with the city over the true state of its finances. The city maintains that it is in a state of near insolvency, while the associations believe that there are ample […]

Camarillo – State of the City 2015

Camarillo – State of the City 2015

By Logan McFadden Mayor Bill Little spoke on a wide range of topics at the Camarillo City Hall on Tuesday, September 22nd. Bottom line, the city is meeting its water conservation goal set by Governor Brown’s Executive Order, growing through new residential and commercial projects, and maintaining a strong financial position. The Mayor led off […]

Oxnard Council- coastal plan update funding, gang prevention program, budget

Oxnard Council- coastal plan update funding, gang prevention program, budget

By George Miller Name Date Duration Agenda Minutes Video City Council Meeting September 15, 2015 06h 06m Agenda Minutes Video Coastal Plan The Council approved up to $383,358 for Rincon Consultants for preparation of the Comprehensive Local Coastal Program update. It was mentioned that Planner Chris Williamson, who has been critical to the city’s efforts here, […]

A Former Oxnard Finance Director disputes retiree honors

A Former Oxnard Finance Director disputes retiree honors

 Editor’s note: This email to about 30 people is published with permission of Phil Molina, former Oxnard Finance Director (left 1999), whistleblower, who was fired, harassed, sued the city, won a substantial settlement on multiple appeals in federal court. He added to us that he is not singling out Grace Hoffman, but that she is the last […]

Notice: Treatment Plans for Asian Citrus Psyllid in Somis Area—Meeting Sept. 17th

Notice: Treatment Plans for Asian Citrus Psyllid in Somis Area—Meeting Sept. 17th

 

Consultant advises Oxnard to restate financials

Consultant advises Oxnard to restate financials

By George Miller Tuesday’s Oxnard City Council meeting may be saved from being an otherwise long, boring, seemingly interminable session. In fact, it should be “interesting.” The ink on new Chief Financial Officer Joseph Lillio’s new business cards is barely dry and already he’s involved in a project to rectify various major financial records errors, although the […]

Camarillo City Council: Camarillo Springs hillside safety project moves forward

Camarillo City Council: Camarillo Springs hillside safety project moves forward

In a special meeting on September 9, 2015, the Camarillo City Council voted 4-0 to move forward with Kane Geo Tech’s (Kane) design recommendations for improvements to the hillside above the Camarillo Springs community. Councilmember Charlotte Craven was not present. The Camarillo Springs Community is at high risk for future debris flows in the event […]