Channel Island Harbor agreement loses 4-0 in Oxnard Council, VC Supervisors react

By George Miller

At the 3-17-15 Oxnard City Council meeting, here Mayor Tim Flynn called the fight to defeat the proposed harbor management agreement a good example of resident engagement. Councilman Bert Perello said the public should hold elected officials accountable and officials in turn hold staff accountable. Councilmember Dorina Padilla and Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez supported them (Bryan MacDonald was absent, no rx working on behalf of Naval Base Ventura County retention in DC). The agreement was also strongly opposed by residents and business. In fact the only ones who seemed to be for it were Oxnard City staff and Ventura County officials, including Harbor Commissioner Lyn Krieger (no County officials spoke). So the Council rejected it, 4-0.

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Channel Islands Parade of Lights- December, 2014 (Photo: CitizensJournal.us)

Reasons varied, but among residents and City Council, there was common agreement that Oxnard was not given enough control over the development process. Some feel that the harbor has deteriorated considerably under County management, especially in the last two decades. But, there have also been some real successes, as well (much of both are outlined HERE).

Channel Islands Beach Community Services District CEO Jared Bouchard was caught flat footed when he learned that his company was being eliminated as a harbor services provider and no settlement was made. In any case there would be the small matters of compensation, not to mention new hook-ups to city water and wastewater services, which are now provided by his organization. Nyhoff and Winegar indicated those clauses would be changed.

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All resident speakers opposed and two staff people supported Harbor management proposed agreement. (Photos: Citizensjournal.us)

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Resident members of the Harbor Task force said they were told that harbor development arrangements would not be addressed by the agreement, but these were inserted anyway, without either their knowledge or consent.  To say that they were angry, upset and dismayed would be an understatement. A couple said that the proposed agreement now codifies the very practices that they object so strongly to.

Planning Director Matt Winegar was the lead on the project for the City and did the presentation (visuals: Staff Report (pdf 10,075KB).  HeHarbor3-17-3 and City Manager Greg Nyhoff  felt that the proposal submitted was the best that they could get the County of Ventura to agree to in the time remaining (Agreement extension expires 3-18-15). They did not appear to anticipate that there would be so much resistance.

After all had their say- residents, plus City Manager Nyhoff, Planning Director Winegar, Acting City Counsel Fischer. Harbor Director Lyn Krieger did not speak, nor did we see her there. Ditto for other County officials, Including our district County Supervisor Zaragoza. Supervisors Bennett and Long also have districts which include portions of Oxnard. 

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From meeting record:

SUBJECT: New Channel Islands Harbor Memorandum of Agreement and License.  (145)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Approve a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the County of Ventura (County) as it relates to operations and maintenance responsibilities in Channel Islands Harbor; 2) Approve a License Agreement to permit the County to enter and maintain the traffic median at the intersection of Channel Islands Boulevard and Harbor Boulevard; and 3) Endorse the concept of forming a Channel Islands Harbor joint powers authority to provide oversight for developments in Channel Islands Harbor and the Mandalay Bay Communities.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Matthew Winegar Phone: 385-7896

Document: Staff Report (pdf 10,075KB)

ACTION: Deny approving agreement. 4-0-1

 

ventura.county.logoVC Supervisors approve modified agreement 4-0 on March 24, at VC Supervisors meeting.

Date Duration Agenda Documents      
Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting – 3/24/2015 March 24, 2015 07h 55m Agenda Summary Minutes Video

HARBOR DEPARTMENT

40. Approval of a Memorandum of Agreement for Development and Operation of the County’s Channel Islands Harbor with the City of Oxnard, for a Period of Ten Years. CEO RECOMMENDS APPROVAL AS PROPOSED  

The Supervisors (Peter Foy was absent) developed  a modified agreement, we were told by Mayor Flynn, with two major differences: term duration was changed from 10 to 5 years and the development methodology was deleted, to be negotiated over time between the County and the City of Oxnard.

Lots of input from the public to the County Supervisors:

Board of Supervisors Agenda for March 24, 2015 o Regular – Item 40 – Comment Letters from; Amy Land, Arthur Marcott, Barbara Paz, Bill Clark, Bob and Sandee Hastings, Bonnie Carter, Bonnie Mercadante, Bonnie Quinton, Debbie Mitchell, Dennis Drissi, Don Lewis, Frank Cannata, Frank Sullivan, Gary and Debbie Gallinot, George Miller, Howard Ashe, Howard Grey, Jana Danza, Jay and Leslie Braun, Jeff Katz, Jerry Kaufman, John Battle, John Pate, Karen and Mike Mahr, Karen Brooks, Kathryn Wallace, Kenneth Grim, Kirk Kushan, Larry and Judy Martin, Linda Beverson, Linda/Virgil Lockhart, Marcia Rubin, Marjorie Miller, Mark Garcia, Mark Savalla, Martin Glatt, Martin Walsh, Mary Harwood, Meredith Miller and Pamela Miller, Michelle Lapointe, Mike Mercadante, Nabil Albert, Nancy Pate, Nina Danza, Phil and Sandy Bardos, Rene Aiu, Reta Singer, Rob Garbus, Robert Chatenever, Robert Rubin, Ron Peterson, Sandy Morello, Sarah Brownlow, Sharon Sullivan, Shawn Pixley, Sheldon Katz, Susan Howland, Thomas Volk, Thomas Petersen, Tom Danza, Tom McInally, Warner Younis, William and Angela Switsky, J. Robert and Elaine Bradish. Provided to all Board of Supervisors on March 23, 2015

 We have not seen the text of the modified proposed agreement yet containing the new terms. The new version would next return to the Oxnard City staff and Council for review, public discussion and vote by Council- schedule To be determined.

 

Recent relevant articles:

Protest Letter on Ventura County/Oxnard proposed Channel …

Oxnard, Ventura County, release proposed new 10 year Channel Islands Harbor agreement

Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn talks about Channel Islands Harbor management agreement renewal

Oxnard projects In Channel Islands Harbor finally move forward- County projects remain secretive

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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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Martin Glatt

Yes, interested to report more
issues for CFD4

M Glatt CPA

Martin Glatt CPA

Yes

Martin Glatt CPA

Yes, interest to comment on
Seabridge community’s CFD -4 costs
for CIHP.

MARTIN GLATT CPA

I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON CURRENT ISSUES AND OLD
ISSUES STILL NOT RESOLVED AFTER NEARLY TEN YEARS
TRYING TO REDUCE THE CIHP BUDGETED COSTS THAT
FUNDS OUR CFD FOUR TAX ASSESSMENT. IN ADDITION
UP-DATE THE ACCOUNTING FUNCTIONS OF THE CITY OF
OXNARD DEALING WITH THE TWO SEABRIDGE’S CFD’s’
ACCOUNTING FOR “RESERVES’ (lack of) AND OPERATING
COSTS ALLOCATED TO FUND THE CITY’s GENERAL FUND.