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Richard Senate
Richard Senate
3 years ago

The way things are going the only way to save California if for it to become a two party state. Now it is controlled top to bottom by the Democratic Party and their coalition of special interest groups. The Republican Party must be re-invigorated and expanded. That means we need more elected officials from the GOP–It will not be easy! They Democrats are entrenched and have powerful media/Hollywood behind them. But we must try! We must do all we can to “Make California Great Again”. How?
Write letters to the editor, Support Republican Party members, If there is no one you like–run Yourself! Turn out as many as you can to Vote GOP. For too long the Republicans have become a token opposition only.

Everett Batey
Everett Batey
3 years ago

Maybe you can help us find a way to wake up Oxnard Waste Management. Again blown off by the supervisor over failure to collect trash. Not sure if anyone reachable in city leadership can be impressed to repair their failures. Last night we called, manager promised to come back today and collect. Didn’t happen. They get my money, don’t perform. Any thoughts beside lawyers?

This not the first time. Costs a lot to get a truck and take to the dump.

Thank you if you can offer an idea.


Ev Batey

Everett
Everett
3 years ago
Reply to  Everett Batey

​Attaboy: Bryan MacDonald, OxnardCC , email was replied same day, provided cell​, told a supervisor to get it done​. Oxnard City phones ​were ​killed by their Telco vendor. ​Repairs slow. ​

Steven Nash
Steven Nash
3 years ago

Well, now . . . journalistic integrity ain’t what it used to be. Several of my opinions submitted to CJ have not been digitally printed. They were not overly slanderous or inflammatory. They merely expressed views that were not consistent with the narrative put out by editors of CJ.

And it seems that I have been blocked from commenting on Moving Oxnard Forward’s Facebook page. I simply wanted to know who is financing Mr. Starr’s litigation efforts against the City of Oxnard. Shouldn’t a multi-time candidate for elected office be open and transparent about his financial supporters? Is this how we engage in robust civic dialogue? By deleting and blocking people we don’t agree with?

The great investigative reporters of CJ should be asking these questions and getting the answers out to the public. For my part, I will continue to bring Mr. Starr’s questionable commitment to transparency out into the light of public comment every chance I get.

So publish this or don’t, this comment has been posted to Facebook and, personally, if my professional integrity was at stake, I would be cautious when picking and choosing between divergent viewpoints.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Steven Nash

Steve- We have never blocked anything from you.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
3 years ago

The City o Oxnard is seeking Injunctive Relief from Measure M in Court Room 20, Tuesday at 1:30, but still is not letting this member of the public to inspect all checking and money market account statements for the Month of October 2016. Where is the open and transparent that the city council says we have? I am seeking documentation supporting wire transfers of over $8,000,000 in a 3 week period and city still refuses to make the documentation available. It appears that the city has at least 3 payroll accounts when earlier it was stated they have only 1. At a fiscal policy task for meeting it was stated that the city has less than 10 checking accounts. I have statements from over 12 accounts and statements from other checking accounts are to be made available to me later this week. Does the Finance Department or City Manager really know how many checking and money market accounts the city controls? If so, why are they delaying me from seeing all the statements? If not, why not?

I have serious concerns regarding the audit of the balance sheet if the city does not know how many checking accounts they have. There are serious internal control issues if the Finance Department and the City Manager’s Office does not know how many checking, payroll and money market accounts it actually has.

Respectfully submitted,

Lawrence Paul Stein

Citizen Reporter
Admin
3 years ago

Oxnard Mundane Issues

People asked what I do when I can’t sleep due to the troubling times the city is going through. I do research, I look at mundane issues, results from public record requests.

Here are some of things I have found as a result of my recent public record request. The research is based on the attached file, a list of financial disbursements in a 3 week period. The spread sheet has a filter on the last tab to limit the results to 3 weeks. Feel free to change the filter for more information.

I want to thank Christine Macias in city Finance for pulling the requested documents Wednesday

1) The report shows over $16,000,000 was disbursed in a 3 week period (see the Checks by Date Tab)
2) Over $8,000,000 was disbursed in EFT transactions from which no documentation was provided (See the 1st tab). For example eft # 3008502 (over $190,000) went to NAPA Auto Parts, a vendor I specifically referred to several times in my emails
3) Over $8,000 went to Utility Billing refunds coming from a ‘trust account’
4) $15,000 was spent suing Mr. Starr (check # 333308)
5) $72,000 was transferred to the Oxnard Housing Authority (check # 333299) for its Multi Service Center
6) $53,000 (Check #333163) was given to WKE no backup available
7) $138,000 (check 333349) was given to Plaza Cinema for carpet replacement. I do not recall that item going before city council
8) Over $43,000 (check #333019) went to Kaneko landscaping for landscape assessment districts with no documentation of what work was actually performed, just a percentage of completion of contract
9) $49,000 (check 333034) was given to Safety Striping Service which had very detailed description of the work that was performed
10) Over $500,000 (checks 333362 & 333746) went to AECOM for design worked for the waste water facility
11) Acclamation Insurance was paid over $350,000 mostly through EFT transfers from which no documentation was provided
12) $25,159 (Check 333531) went to Redflex, an Arizona company. I do not recall this item going to city council. The city council directed staff several years ago no to do business with Arizona companies due to Arizona position on immigration.

Please bear in mind that this was only 3 weeks of transactions

Larry Stein

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Holiday Season

I hope all had a great Thanksgiving day with family and friends and the upcoming holiday season will be wonderful for all. It is great that we have chosen Port Hueneme as the best place to live. We have great weather, great beaches, great neighbors and a great opportunity to make things better. It will take energy, new ideas and hard work to accomplish all that needs to be done. “Hello Port Hueneme” hopes to acknowledge all the good things going on here and provide a platform so everyone knows what is going on and how they can help the “friendly city by the sea” flourish.

We will have a new member on the city council, a new city manager, welcome Rod Butler, and new department heads and a new year to look forward to. To succeed these people will need all of us to provide input and be active in helping guide them in the upward and positive direction necessary to maintain our wonderful life in Port Hueneme. Happy Holiday Season to All.

Tom Dunn

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Subject: Ventura County Star Guilty of Election Fraud

The VC Star publisher and editor have attempted to influence the Port Hueneme city council election by publishing two articles from current council member Jon Sharkey endorsing Ellis Green and Sylvia Schnoop, after an investigative Star’s article found Sharkey and council member Sylvia Schnoop had published false claims about candidates qualifications for city council, Will Berg and Steven Gama. Not just once, but two times the Star let a guilty Sharkey recommend his accomplices, Schnoop and twice defeated Green, for city council. How can a newspaper that is suppose to present a fair view of candidates running for election let a sitting PH council member found guilty of trying to influence an election repeatedly endorse other candidates. Not only should Sharkey and Schnoop immediately resign, but the Star should print an apology to the readers and citizens of Port Hueneme for being totally irresponsible and guilty of trying to alter the voting of the citizens of Port Hueneme.

Tom Dunn, Port Hueneme

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Subject: 3rd District Ventura County Supervisor Candidates

It seems our 3rd District Ventura County Supervisor candidate race is becoming ‘the battle of the mailings.’ And yard signs are popping up all over. Even the Ventura County Star has weighed in. But you the voter must decide. Does a candidate’s resume reflect leadership in a broad spectrum in both business and government sectors? How about dedicated community involvement over time? And leadership verses bureaucratic followership? In my view the decision is easy: Kelly Long. The future of Ventura County depends on your vote!

Bob Scudder

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

To the Editor:

Kelly Long Has Wide Appeal to All Voters
I am voting for Kelly Long to serve as Supervisor for Ventura County’s Third
District. The position of Supervisor is non-partisan. Kelly’s campaign has been
about serving all people, not party politics. She has self-managed a grassroots
campaign while up against a large and entrenched political machine. Only just
recently, an outside PAC contributed to her campaign which enabled her to
compete. Party politics and campaign funding has unfortunately, taken over this
race, but Kelly is no puppet. She is smart, strong, honest and will make decisions
that are in the best interest of Ventura County residents.
As a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur with six U.S. patents, Kelly Long is the
only candidate with hands-on experience in technical problem solving and
complex decision making. Having served as a Trustee for the Pleasant Valley
School District, Kelly is the only candidate who has served on a local governing
board and presided over public meetings. She has received the endorsement of
local business leaders and the farming community who have confidence in her
ability to find solutions to County issues related to water, transportation, public
safety, health care, human services, and county administration. This experience
makes Kelly Long the best choice to serve as our Supervisor for the Third District.
Kelly Long has managed her campaign with openness, impartiality and fiscal
accountability. Kelly has exceptional personal and professional qualities and has
been transparent with her accomplishments and even minor mistakes. Her
success in business, education, community volunteerism and family is exemplary.
Kelly will bring the necessary leadership and experience to resolve issues
important to the quality of life for all Ventura County communities. Kelly Long is
the best choice for Ventura County Supervisor.
Laura D. Hernandez

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

As a Veteran I Strongly Support Brian Caforio for Congress

As a veteran, I am familiar with some of the issues that affect me and my fellow men and women returning from service. I also know the kind of candidate it takes to tackle these issues and make sure that the voices of veterans are heard and effectively acted on in Washington.

Bryan Caforio is the right person for the 25th district because he will fight for veterans and make sure our interests are addressed in Congress. Bryan understands the importance of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. He wants to provide immediate access to the physical, mental, and emotional care that returning veterans need; and he wants to provide the necessary assistance to help transfer the skills that men and women gain in service into a successful career after discharge. He is adamant about ending veteran homelessness. Most importantly these are not just talking points for him; they are actions which he is committed to aggressively pursue by legislation.

Too often veterans are discharged and forgotten about, they are swept under the rug and pushed into the shadows; Bryan would ensure that veterans are protected after they are discharged the same way we protected the nation during our service.

I know the impact that it has on a veteran when he or she has to wait seven, eight, or even nine months for an appointment at the VA or when he or she is unable to make it to an appointment because of lack of transportation. Some of these veterans are dealing with serious physical, mental, or emotional health problems and are not able to receive immediate access to the crucial care that they need. This is simply unacceptable, and Bryan will work to implement increased shuttle services to provide transportation to the VA, as well as push for legislation that gives each veteran a point of contact to assist (i.e., a mentor) in navigating the VA system.

In the service, I gained valuable and transferable skills that I have been able to apply to my career as an engineer. Our men and women in service are returning from combat with vital skills that they can use to have successful careers after discharge. Bryan will work to help train veterans on how to transfer their skills into careers in high-demand occupations.

Not only is job training an important aspect of ensuring that veterans are receiving the protection they deserve, it is important that veterans have access to education, that is why the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is crucial in providing educational benefits to the men and women who are returning from service. Bryan is committed to protect the G.I. Bill because he understands the need to provide proper access to education to all veterans.

It is important to provide adequate funding for the Veterans Administration so that veterans can get the quality support that they deserve and need. Bryan Caforio believes in the critical importance of this funding, and does not believe that the VA should be cut back in order to reduce Federal spending. There is an abundance of congressional voting records which show that his opponent wants to cut VA spending in order to reduce Federal spending. His opponent says he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with veterans, and at the same time the Congressman votes to cut the VA budget and to cut other veteran benefits.

Bryan Caforio is a clear example that you do not need to be a veteran to fight for veteran’s issues and I support Bryan Caforio for the 25th District because I know he will fight for me and my fellow service men and women.

Thank you,
Arnold Sisk
-A graduate of the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland),
-A Vietnam Veteran who served as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Navy submarine service,
-A 28 year resident of Santa Clarita

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Tom Dunn
October 29, 2016
Copy of a letter I sent to The Star:

From: Tom Dunn
To: John Moore
Sent: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 10:10 am
Subject: Endorsement

How naïve do you think the citizens of Port Hueneme are? You do a very good investigative report on Sharkey and Schnoop lying about city council candidates and attempting to influence a very important election that could gravely effect the lives of the citizens of Port Hueneme. This is the most egregious ethical election violation there is. If Sharkey and Schnoop are able to do this, then you should imagine what lies they have presented at city council meetings and to the Star via their cover up pal Ann Kallas.

In the past two weeks since the article there has not been one mention in print, pro or con, as to what the citizens of Port Hueneme reaction has been. Most of the feedback I have seen is total disgust that these two sitting council members would do such gutter level action. So in wake of an investigative article finding the two lying to influence an election and not allowing your readers any response you then put Sharkey’s recommendations for Schnoop and Green for city council on your e-edition. Two members of city council responsible for the major problems Port Hueneme faces. I would not be surprised to see it in print soon

Again, this is another example of inconceivable decisions you have personally been responsible for that have deprived your Port Hueneme readers of the truth and fairness. I know many people in the past year say that they know they are not getting truthful coverage on Port Hueneme. Your journalistic and morale compass has gone haywire.

Tom Dunn

cc: USA TODAY NETWORK

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

A CLEAR CHOICE……
IN FACE OF A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

OUR STREETS RUN BLOOD; MURDER AND LAWLESSNESS ABOUND; SAFETY IS GONE, AND WE CAN’T EVEN “GO TO THE MALL” WITHOUT GREAT RISK. THIS IS THE LEGACY OF THE VIPER OCCUPIER OF THE WH. HIS PARTNER IN CRIME, BLOODLETTING, AND MURDER IS THE INFAMOUS KILLARY.

KILLARY CANNOT WIN AN ELECTION BUT, LIKE HER COHORT, BHO,PREDECESSOR, BY FRAUD, BRIBERY, BLACKMAIL, ATTACK, MURDER.

A GOOD, WISE, CLEAR CHOICE CAN ONLY BE MADE BY PEOPLE WHO COVET TRUTH, WHO UNDERSTAND DECEPTION, HATE LIES -THOSE WHO CAN THINK FOR THEMSELVES – THOSE WHO CAN THINK AT ALL.
FOR DECADES, OUR “PUBLIC INDOCTRINATION SCHOOL SYSTEM” HAS DESTROYED OUR CHILDREN’S ABILITY TO THINK INDEPENDENTLY, DUMBED THEM DOWN ACADEMICALLY, AND DEMORALIZED THEM IMMORALLY.
THEY’VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO HATE GOD, AUTHORITY, AMERICA, ‘OLD WHITE MEN’.

BUT, WHAT ABOUT ‘OLD WHITE WOMEN’ WHO PLUNDER THEIR WAY TO POWER WITH INTENT TO STEAL, KILL, AND DESTROY. SHE WHO USES EMOTIONALISM, MASQUERADES AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT WITH FALSE ADS USING YOUNG GIRLS, YET STILL LAUGHING ABOUT THE PEDOPHILE SHE DEFENDED, WHILE DESTROYING, DEFAMING A 12 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCDzRtZLUkc

Published on Jun 10, 2016
In these audio tapes from the 1980’s, we hear Hillary Clinton bragging and laughing about getting a pedophile off a child rape charge. Keep this in mind when going to the polls in November 2016 to vote for the new president. Go to 2:09 to hear her biggest cackle.
https://www.intellihub.com/video-hillary-clinton-brags-getting-pedophile-off-hook/

SHE WHO HAS AMASSED A FORTUNE THROUGH ILL-GOTTEN GAINS CITED ABOVE, GARNERING MAYBE EVEN MORE THAN TRUMP EARNED THROUGH HARD, CONSISTENT WORK.
YET, IN TRUE ALINSKY FASHION, SHE APPLIES DIVIDE AND CONQUER, FOMENTING SEXISM, RACISM, CLASSISM, CAUSING CRISES, WHILE REPRSENTING HERSELF TO BE “POOR” AND FINANCIALLY ‘BROKE’………

THE CHOICE IS CLEAR = BETWEEN TWO DECENT MEN WHO LOVE GOD AND COUNTRY, AND TWO GOD/ AMERICA HATERS, DECEIVERS, WHO BOTH REPRESENT AND PROMOTE ISLAM (HRC, THE CONSUMMATE LIAR, EMBODIMENT OF TAQIYYA- PERMISSABLE LYING TO VANQUISH A PERCEIVED ENEMY). BOTH SHE AND PIT BULL, KAINE, CALL GOOD EVIL AND EVIL GOOD, IN PRECISE ANTI-GOD PRO-MARXIST TERMS.

IS IT NOT LEWD TO MURDER BY DENYING PROTECTION FROM ATTACK TO THOSE WHO BEGGED FOR HELP WHILE DEFENDING OUR EMBASSY IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA, DENYING PROTECTION FOR BABIES OTHERWISE SAFE IN THEIR MOTHER’S WOMB, DENYING PROTECTION FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM THE PERVERSION SHE AND BHO ESPOUSE, EVEN IN THEIR DRESSING ROOMS/ BATHROOMS?

THIS IS NOT SEMANTICS, FOLKS. IT’S ‘MURDER MOST FOUL”.

IT’S DEPLORABLE.

USE YOUR GOD-GIVEN, SOVEREIGN FREE WILL TO MAKE A PRO-GOD AND COUNTRY, ANTI-LUCIFER GLOBALIST, CLEAR CHOICE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND OUR GOD-CHARTERED SOVERIGN NATION, ITS BORDERS, AND YOUR OWN FREEDOM
AND SAFETY.

KILLARY PROUDLY ANNOUNCED HER LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR THE FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ENEMY OCCUPYING THE WH, ECHOED HIS UNGODLY SENTIMENTS RE ABORTION AND ‘SAME SEX MARRIAGE’, SHOWING ALSO THAT SHE CARES NOTHING FOR THE CONSTITUTION.

THIS IS A STENCH IN GOD’S NOSTRILS AND SURELY DESERVING OF HIS WRATH.

BE SURE TO CHECK GOD’S WORD ON THESE SUBJECTS BEFORE VOTING:
ROMANS 1: 18, 22-32
PSALM 9:17
PROVERBS 29:2
IS 5:20
EZ 33:6
HOS 4:6
II TIM 3:1-7 AND MOST ESPECIALLY VERSE 6, SINCE IT IS THE GENDER CARD THAT IS NOW BEING PLAYED

HIS WORD IS BOTH THE FIRST AND THE LAST ON ANY SUBJECT. THAT’S BECAUSE HE’S SO SMART AND GOOD AT BEING GOD.
HE IS ALSO OUR PROTECTOR AND IF WE CONTINUE TO EMBRACE DECEPTION AND REJECT TRUTH, THAT PROTECTION WILL ALSO BE REMOVED BY OUR OWN HAND AS WE VOTE AGAINST AMERICA AND OUR CONSTITUTION.

KILLARY’S POSITIONS AND ACTIONS ARE OBSCENE, DEPRAVED, ABOMINABLE – FROM CRUSHING/SEVERING LITTLE BABIES’ HEADS, DISMEMBERING THEM, AND EXTRACTING SPINES, TO OUTRIGHT MURDER, GROSS EXTORTION, DEFAMATION OF ALL LEVELS OF HUMANITY.

THEREFORE, I AM ENABLED TO CALL HER “SPAWN” AND BENEFICIARY OF ALL ILL-GOTTEN GAINS, COMPLICIT IN SAME, AS CHELSEA EXTOLLED PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR THEIR MURDEROUS WAYS, SAYING SHE WISHED PP WERE THERE FOR HER GRANDMOTHER.
SADLY, WE ALL MUST AGREE WITH HER 100% IN THE CASE OF HER ‘FAMILY’AND HER OWN STUPIDITY,SINCE THIS EVIL DUO HAS NO REGARD FOR THE LIFE OF OTHERS’ PRECIOUS LITTLE ONES. THEY ARE CRUEL, HEARTLESS HATERS OF ALL THAT IS GOOD. REMEMBER, TOO, THAT RACISM IS AT THE HEART OF ABORTION, COURTESY MARGARET SANGER ORIGINALLY, WHO HATED BLACKS. OOPS, THAT TELLS US EVEN MORE ABOUT KILLARY’S TRUE HATRED AND INTENT.

BOTTOM LINE: TRUMP HAS DONE HIS DUTY AND WARNED US OF THE TRUE HATRED IN KILLARY’S HEART.
HE HAS DONE THIS AT GREATER SUFFERANCE THAN WE CAN EVEN IMAGINE.

LIKE BHO, HRC IS A PERVERSE NARCISSIST WITH NO REGARD AND GREAT HATRED FOR LIFE OTHER THAN THEIR OWN. IT IS THEIR ‘HEART’S DESIRE’ TO CONTROL AND ENSLAVE OTHERS.
KILLARY FOR PRISON. BOTH SHE AND BARRY DESERVE ‘THE GALLOWS’, THE OLD PENALTY FOR TREASON.

NO TRUMP, = NO FREE AND SOVEREIGN AMERICA. BOTTOM LINE – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ‘WISH’/ VOTE FOR. (I SAMUEL 8:6-18)

AND, AGAIN, GOD SAID IT FIRST AND BEST.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Ventura County Ordinance 4355, approved 23 December 2006 violates the State Constitution and previous Court decisions.

How many residence in Oak View and Newbury Park (Unincorporated Area of Ventura) received a letter from General Law County of Ventura, that you, as an adjacent property owner are responsible to pay for repair of Ventura County public right of ways property, owned and controlled by the County?
The Board of Supervisors approved an Illegal Ordinance 4355, 23 December 2006, Illegally transferring their own duties, responsibilities and liabilities of repairing signed dedicated properties (public right ways) to the adjacent property owner. Based on dedication of property in 1961, that they signed, they are responsible to maintain the public right of ways. Current Streets and Highways Codes 941a and 1806 (1955 and 1957) require them to maintain the public right of ways in housing tracts, also by Ordinance 2041 (ownership of parkway), SHC 22060-2 requires the Board to maintain the Parkway Trees, also by Miller and Star on California Property laws. 5 Laws case prohibit them from transferring liability. They own this property based on County property map dimensions, we own 6″ before their controlled public sidewalk. 1911 Improvement Act, SHC 5600-5630 was written for a business in a town, not housing tracts, not creating till 1945, in California. They have no legal authority, let, they are billing us illegally and placing a lien on property taxes illegally, they are not judges. Your area is next. This is an abuse of power. Please join me in court.

Barry Gabrielson

Newbury Park

Steven Nash
Steven Nash
4 years ago

Could CJ investigate #latinosdeoxnard ? They are endorsing a platform comprised of Armando Sepulveda for mayor, David Albanese for city council, Bryan Patino for city clerk and Jonathon Royas for city treasurer.

Maybe I’m being too sensitive but if there were a group calling themselves #anglosofoxnard and endorsing an all-white slate eyebrows might be raised.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago
Reply to  Steven Nash

Yes, “Anglos for Oxnard” would be considered “racist” by the politically correct :-).

We have met nearly all of their candidates and see no “Reconquista” plots or anything like that. They are all “Latinos” yes, but so are 3/4 of Oxnard residents. I have spoken to Armando Sepulveda and Jonathan Royas extensively and even interviewed Armando, which you can see on CitizensJournal.us or Youtube. I see two fine All-American candidates who want the best for our community. This does not constitute an endorsement.

The idea of running as a team is very interesting.

Bernard Luskin, Ed.D.
Admin
4 years ago

October 6, 2016

As Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District and on behalf of the VCCCD Board of Trustees, we recommend and urge passage of “Proposition 55,” the California Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare Initiative.

During the recent recession, the state cut more than $56 billion from education, healthcare, and other critical services. Public schools statewide experienced unprecedented funding reductions and apportionment deferrals. California public schools rank 42 out of the 50 states in per-pupil spending and they are among the most crowded in the nation. Many California school children come from low-income families that lack access to the health care services needed to keep these children in school and learning.

While the passage of Proposition 30 in 2012 provided an increased investment in California’s K-14 school spending by allocating funds directly to K-12 and community college districts through the Education Protection Account, the revenue from Proposition 30 will decline after 2016 and will disappear completely after 2018. Proposition 55 would extend Proposition 30’s temporary income tax rates for the top 2% of earners through 2028.

Unless Californians extend Proposition 30’s temporary tax increases, our public schools and community colleges will suffer significant budget cuts in the years ahead. The elimination of funds from the Education Protection Account would represent an estimated cut to California’s community colleges of about $210 million annually.

The Ventura County Community College District joins K-14 school districts and community college districts around the state, and the Community College League of California in support of Proposition 55. We urge the legislature to work with the public education community to identify stable, long-term, adequate funding solutions for public schools and community colleges.

The District strongly recommends the passage of Proposition 55.
Sincerely,
Bernie Luskin

Bernard Luskin, Ed.D.
Chancellor
Ventura County Community College District
[email protected]

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4 years ago

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Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

MURDER, SHE WRITES
Re: “A Vote for Hillary” letter (http://www.theacorn.com/pageview/pages/2016-09-22 on page 9)

After a thirty-some year CAREER of criminal activity, from racketeering to murder, it is perplexing to find the name of Hillary Clinton on the ballot.

For those of you foolish enough to choose to believe “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?” because Benghazi is SO far away and has no impact on YOUR charmed life, THINK again – OR JUST PLAIN THINK. For the sake of your own freedom and safety, put away your willful ignorance, blinders and ear plugs, complacency, ignorance, and apathy.

You see, some mothers’ sons were there murdered, as well as other mothers’ sons whose lives were taken here and in service, including my precious student, Brian Wolverton, killed in Afghanistan, fighting for the freedom BHO and cohort, HRC have taken from them and YOU.

Hillary’s criminal career began decades ago, especially during her years in AR. She and Bill engaged in many forms of criminal enterprise, here in the former America. In AR, they allowed prisoners to draw each others’ blood tainted with Aids, Hepatitis, exporting it through the Red Cross to National Heathcare countries. My friend’s dad in Canada died after receiving that blood; the country of Scotland sued them when their hemophiliacs died upon receipt of same.

Yet they refused to stop, since, “what difference does it make” who dies at their hand? Kelly Duda made a movie called Factor 8 about their crimes, and was stalked and threatened. Many have written about her crimes, including Suzi Parker: ( Blood Money – more, citations/references provided upon request.(http://www.salon.com/1998/12/24/cov_23news/)

There were also reports that this tainted blood leaked into our blood supply. While I can’t substantiate it, my mom in PA received a blood transfusion at that time, and subsequently died of Hep C. No “co-ink-i-dink” methinks. Check out recent outbreaks of Hep C.:
( Arkansas was the origin of the Bayer/Baxter HIV/Hep C infected blood …)

As to an “enthusiastic vote for HRC”, re “national healthcare”, I had a baby in London; she was left in the hallway crying, with little proper care. My friend, a Brit, returned from a trip home several years ago and reported they were having babies in the bathrooms there.

And, remember, the “papers” Hitler used to identify just whom to exterminate were their healthcare papers.
Hillary also ORDERED the murders, by gassing, of pregnant women, children, in Waco, TX, when Janet Reno tried to beg off. Remember, HRC owns that she’s the POWER behind Billy from the getgo.

As to her love/hate arch-enemy relationship with the occupier of the WH, they are conjoined by Arab, Soros money, worshipful master Alinsky’s dedication to Lucifer and “No honor among thieves”.

Enthusiastic vote? Really?? Seriously?? Rather, instead, waste of a vital privilege – a dreadful and DEADLY choice.

Fran Austin
Westlake Village

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Hueneme is at a significant turning point. The setting mayor resigned because of health issues, so it’s four councilpersons instead of five. Much depends on Monday September 19, 2016 council meeting, starting at 6:30 pm. The meeting is video recorded

Public forum is at the beginning of the meeting. You have three minutes for your presentation for items NOT ON THE AGENDA.

Agendized items allows public input during the specific agenda item. http://porthuenemeca.suiteonemedia.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=141&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0

IT HELPS TO PREPARE:
· Jot down 2, 3 or 4 major talking points, practice at home; have friends or family listen, if you have a camera with video, record a couple of practice runs.

o You may submit written notes and documentation. If you do; please have 8 copies to turn in. You may make extra copies for attendees and press

· Attend Monday night’s 6:30 council meeting. PORT HUENEME CITY HALL: 250 NORTH VENTURA ROAD

· Pick up public comment forms at table at the entry door

· Fill out the form: If you want to speak during the public forum check Agenda Item #5.

· Agendized items have a public comment time during the discussion.

· Submit your speakers request to the City Clerk.

· When called on, step up to the podium, make sure you are close enough to the mike to be heard and recorded. You will be video recorded and archived for public record on the Port Hueneme Website.

· Please introduce yourself to the Council in a polite manner e.g. Mayor and councilpersons:

· State your name and city you live in [address optional]

· It helps to state your topic at the beginning.

· Relax and give your presentation, let us know your recommendations; as you close, use a short and pleasant call for action or help.

Any questions contact councilman [email protected] c. 805-366-5116

Hope to see you at Monday night’s City Council meeting

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Jim Hensley
Councilman City of Port Hueneme
PO Box 333 Port Hueneme CA 93033-0333
[email protected]
805-366-5116

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

(Editor’s note: this refers to Oxnard)

Good people,

Other California cities attorneys have said that GC 36814 requires the elected city clerk to be present in closed council meetings to take notes and record any votes he/she deems were taken because the language is clear and does NOT provide for any exception. While these city clerk notes are not available to the public, they can be used in legal proceedings. We can understand that position. The Elected City Clerk took notes of the main subject, the general comments and the vote is one was taken, whether by consent or actual vote and did not take a word for word account of the discussions.

Q. Why doesn’t Oxnard’s elected city clerk attend and take minutes of the closed sessions in Oxanrd?

Phillip Molina

36812.5. A city may defend any person elected to the city council or to the office of city clerk or city treasurer in any election contest instituted for any of the causes set forth in subdivisions (a), (d), or (e) of Section 16100 of the Elections Code.
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 923, Sec. 75. Effective January 1, 1995.)

36813. The council may establish rules for the conduct of its proceedings. It may punish a member or other person for disorderly behavior at a meeting.
(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)

36814. The council shall cause the clerk to keep a correct record of its proceedings. At the request of a member, the city clerk shall enter the ayes and noes in the journal.
(Added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 79.)

36815. Any reference to “councilman” or “councilmen” shall also mean and include “councilwoman” or “councilwomen.” A female member of a city council may designate herself “councilwoman.” Any member of a city council may designate himself or herself “councilmember.”
(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 982, Sec. 13.)

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

This shows the decline of the City of Port Hueneme Reserves

2011-12 $19.3mil
2012-13 $18.3mil
2013-14 $15.3mil
2014-15 $9.3mil
2015-16 $7.7mil
2016-17 $5.6mil

It becomes apparent the Old Guard City Councilpersons: from 2011 to and including 2014 were Jon Sharkey, Doug Breeze, Sylvia Munoz-Schnopp, Ellis Green and Norm Griffaw were negligent in leading the city and controlling the City Manager Cynthia Haas spending sprees.

Councilpersons Tom Figg and Jim Hensley were sworn in the last city council meeting of December 2014. Leading up to this the Councilpersons in conjunction with their City Manager Haas passed significant raises for the top managers and as well as the setting city councilpersons.

They were banking on the come of the passing of a Measure “M” and believed the measure would pass and they’d have the funding to cover these increases.

To stop this financial hemorrhaging of tax and spend city council, the council must change. Doug Breeze has declined to run, leaving Sylvia Munoz-Schnopp attempting to regain her seat. I urge everyone to save the financial decline and rebuild the City of Port Hueneme

Jim Hensley
Councilman City of Port Hueneme
PO Box 333 Port Hueneme CA 93033-0333
[email protected]

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Molina for Oxnard Treasurer receives endorsement from Dr.. ex-Mayor Manny Lopez and Irma Lopez

This morning I received a phone call from Irma Lopez, wife of Dr. and ex Mayor Manny Lopez. Irma told me that she and ex-Mayor Manny Lopez want to endorse me for the next Oxnard City Treasurer. Dr. Lopez, who is recovering from surgery, said he wanted to let me know of his decision as soon as he heard I was running for election.

Dr., ex-Mayor Lopez thorugh Irma told me they wanted to let people know that I am competent, capable and qualified to do the job of Oxnard City Treasurer.

I wish to say thank both Dr. and Mrs. Lopez for their trust and endorsement.

Phillip Molina

Richard Nick
Richard Nick
4 years ago

In Response to the Star’s guest columnist to vote no on SOAR Jared Barton tries to make a valid argument based on home prices and lack of housing. His argument makes a certain amount of sense on first view but it soon comes up lacking when you dive into the heart of the matter. His discussion of facts from the Quarterly Journal of Economics is a weak attempt to support the desire of developers to receive approval to convert agriculture land into homes. He says to alleviate the worry of water conservation and increased traffic (pollution as well as inconvenience) just charge people more. Scarcity based pricing does not conserve water if you add more people to use more water as the new developments will naturally lead to that is just inane reasoning. He talks about how the artificial rise of prices of homes, hurts the poorest members of our community. Does not Mr. Barton recognize that the majority of the poorest of our community depends on the agriculture for their income, hence if you build on the agriculture with homes what avenue do all of these workers turn to for work. His reasoning is cute on first glimpse but so ridiculous once you dissect it that I had to think is this the smartest guest columnist that the Star could get to add to the discourse. I encourage everyone to vote yes on SOAR

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Lengthy Council Term Debate
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:11:57 -0700

While reading the article by Amanda Covarrubias in today’s Star newspaper, I found myself completely appalled with Port Hueneme’s Council member Sharkey’s comment that not much more progress can be made and he is ready to exit. I say do not wait two years, step down immediately and allow someone who cares about this city and it’s resident to work to move us forward. I have watched Sharkey air council disagreement and dirty laundry in the paper time and time again. Oftentimes it has appeared that he is the only voice that has had the ear of the individual whose job is to cover Port Hueneme for the Star. There are individuals who care deeply on how our city is run and want to make our community safe and prosperous. I want to again stress if he can see no avenue for progress then please resign your seat immediately to allow those who are ready to bring a fresh perspective to our fair city and move us in the right direction. I care about Port Hueneme and I clearly see plenty of opportunities where we as a city can make progress

Respectfully,
Richard Nick
Port Hueneme

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

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Hello All,
I was on-duty yesterday so I was unable to attend the (Oxnard) Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting. I am really looking forward to watching the video though, sounds like a lot of great questions/concerns/findings came from that meeting.
One of the items that I caught was this $60M “due from other funds” (slide 4 of CAFR presentation) and why weren’t those in the past financial statements.
I’m hoping that I’ll be able to shed a little light on about $53M of that $60M.
$53M of those funds are from Affordable Housing loans gifted from the City. Now, we’ve always known these were out there, but there is no legal recourse for the City to force someone to repay these loans back….in other words, the person with the loan could default on payment, and there is nothing we could do about it.
So, before we got the new “tax preparer” (CFO), we never recorded those funds as being “due” because we would have never relied on that revenue to actually turn into something due to there being no legal recourse for us to ensure the revenue. Hope that makes sense.
Now, the new “tax preparer” (CFO) and auditors want it recorded as revenue “due,” but in the detailed financial statements, it’s labeled as a “non-current” item, which means that it’s not coming this current year, or ever for that matter. Remember, when it comes to governmental financial statements, all any of the “watchdogs” care about is if we’re going to be able to pay our current bills based on current revenue….they don’t necessarily care about payments or revenue from the next year or beyond.
I’m not claiming any opinion on whether or not the City should’ve loaned these dollars out, or to who they went too, just pointing out the differences in accounting from the past tax preparer to the new one regarding this item.
Either way, we are not guaranteed to receive a single penny from any of these loans because there is nothing in the contracts that allows the City to go after people not paying their debt owed. Typically, if it’s not a guaranteed revenue, then it isn’t recorded as such. It is similar to the ROPS from redevelopment. We hope to get something from it, but until the “check” is cut, we don’t know what it will be. So it best to not record it as revenue until after you receive it.
Anyhow, hope this may clear the air a little bit on this particular item and will help you all see that the new CFO and consultants didn’t “find” anything new, they are just redefining and changing how we used to do things, which will change the financial reports. If they actually restated the previous year to the same standards they did for 2015, you’d see all of these items being there from 2014.
 
Thanks all, stay safe.
 
Jeff Donabedian

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Julie Miller wrote:
Hello Oxnard Councilmen

I have not been able to attend the presentations due to my work hours. I work in LA and rely on the train to get me to and from Oxnard. I also am planning a wedding so am saving my leave for the wedding and the honeymoon.

I was hoping for budget roadmap and I feel what I read was a billboard. While the budget is a living document, the approval of the current numbers while the council is up against a deadline is not the message to send to residents.

I cannot support a budget that increases the budget for the PACC. i cannot find minutes from recent meetings on the City Meeting Archive. I do see agendas where cuts to fees are asked by many renters. I see agendas where finances are mentioned but no notes on the actual finances. Again, no road map. What are they hiding?

I am also shocked on page 70 that the PACC is asking for an ABC license. That is crazy when the City Council just denied a small businessman the ability to sell wine and beer under strict rules. The PACC would hold meetings or events, serve people drinks and unlike hotels, not be able to offer a room to sleep off the buzz. They will turn all the drinkers out into the residential neighborhood that surrounds the PACC. The City cannot deny small businesses and then get their own license! Would be beyond hypocritical. I have not seen much success made by the PACC to warrant more money given the financial stress the city is facing. Council last year mentioned the drain that the PACC is to the budget and yet again the City is giving it more money.

You made a comment about water being as important as public safety. I agree, I work in the drinking water industry. My fiancé is a police officer. We have that discussion for fun.The difference is that the utilities can charge more for their product, public safety cannot. If I want a lower water bill, I use less water. If I have low water bill, i can conserve and still get the product. I have no way of ensuring I get a quick response to my 911 call. I know the price of imported water has gone up the last few years. Oxnard hasn’t passed the price increase along to the residents for years. I can’t find the cost of the water coming from the Purification Facility. Do the customers that receive the water pay full price for the water? Do they trade the water as the mayor alluded to in a comment? Is the cost of farm water the same as the water treated at the facility? If there is a difference, who pays the extra amount? Is the cost of any debt on the facility passed along to the customers or is that cost passed onto the residents? The golf course is said to get water from the facility, and the budget says the golf course is being paid $600,000 from the budget partly for utilities…so the golf course gets free water, residents don’t. Then the City wants to raise the rates more. Are any of the deficits in the Water Dept are from the Purification facility? If the residents are paying an unfair amount for purified water we don’t get, it is a problem. I didn’t see a road map in water presentation either.

The Animal Shelter was a hot topic at the Police presentation. Sadly the solution was to spend $25,000 for a study to see if Oxnard can have it’s own shelter. Not sure why a study will help. The budget has no room for building or staffing a shelter. How is the City going to pay for kennel staff, kennels for all types of animals, customer service staff and medical staff? The fees are high because too many animals end up in the shelter from Oxnard. i volunteer at the Shelter and have a basic knowledge of how things work. The City is charged for the amount of animals that are turned in or picked up and enter the shelter. Want to pay less, have fewer animals in the system. Much like water rates going up and the City didn’t pass the increases on as they occurred, the cost of housing animals went up and the County didn’t collect the true cost of housing animals. They had to adjust that.

The same day the Council was discussing Shelter fees, a non-profit rescue was in Oxnard with a free spay and neuter program. 14 appointments were no shows. Did the City use Next Door or social media to help promote the program? Nope. Lost opportunity and a costly one. Unaltered animals have litters and some tend to run away more. When someone finds an animal in Oxnard, or one is turned in to the shelter, a volunteer group called Oxnard Missing Pets posts the animals on Facebook. That group has had success in getting animals back home. No cost to the City. Has the City worked with this group to cross post any of their posts to keep animals out of the shelter or to get them back home quickly once in the shelter? Cats from the shelter are available for adoption at PetSmart Oxnard, city doesn’t promote that on social media. Rescue partners pull animals from VCAS, to keep it no kill. Oxnard doesn’t work with any groups to help educate residents. VCAS had a free microchip and low cost shot event recently, Oxnard didn’t promote it. Microchips would keep animals out of the shelter, costing the city less. There are so many missed opportunities by the City regarding the Shelter. Has the City told residents that they Shelter has a Pet Pantry every Sunday and low income residents can get free food and/or cat litter? This type of work can keep an animal in a home. The shelter is also starting a retention program. The goal would be to help residents keep animals and not turn them in. The Shelter was also working on creating a list of rentals that accept animals to help renters not have to turn in animals due to moving. The $25,000 would be better used in finding ways to keep animals out of the shelter system in the first place. Perhaps instead of raising the budget for PACC, money can be found for the Police Dept to cover the increase in fees. Give the Police an opportunity to get results in this area. Make the PACC get results before they get more money. Perhaps a committee can be formed to help the City with this. i would be more than happy to help. i got my dog from the shelter. He was there for almost 9 months. He was an Oxnard dog turned in because he wasn’t house broken. HIs notes said he lived in the backyard and was afraid of the hose. He hasn’t had an accident in my house in the year I have had him. He doesn’t like the hose, so I don’t squirt him. He does love a bath though. One of my cats is also a former Oxnard kitten. The kitten was turned in at one week old by a resident that found the litter. The shelter has foster parents volunteer that hand feed the kittens and raise them until they can be adopted. $25,000 consultant contract isn’t a road map here either.

Lastly, I know public safety take a large percent of the budget. The job they do needs more employees and more equipment which all cost money. An unsafe city will cause revenue to go down. Cuts made last year and not put back this year will cause response times to go higher. The questioning you had regarding the true number of officers out due to injury or sickness shows how dangerously low the staffing really is. My fiancé was injured arresting a drunk driver. He missed a week of work. That meant his department had to cover his beat for the time he was out. Luckily his department has staffing levels that can cover illnesses or injuries. Oxnard staffing levels cannot cover for injuries or departing officers and still provide the service level residents need. The cuts the Unions are having to take will also cause officers to leave the City. Hard to risk your life for a city that pays so low. How will your family have a safety net if the worst happens if pay is low? How can the City recruit the best officers when neighboring cities offer a better package? If the City cannot offer more pay, offer more staff so backup isn’t too far away. That is important to police officers. The City Council is putting the City at risk by not cutting the budget pie in a way that can start to return cut jobs to public safety.

Want to see how the cuts in public safety play out? look at Modesto. They have crime issues that they are struggling to get a hold of, made worse by cuts made under the leadership of Greg Nyhoff.

Want to see a real road map that helps make budget decisions easier? Look at the Police PowerPoint used in Modesto with their new city manager and police chief. it has huge amounts of information on each slide.

I will try to hit some of this information in my 2 or 3 minutes of public comments on the budget.

Thanks for reading.

Julie Miller

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

To: City Council Members
From: Oxnard Firefighters, IAFF Local 1684
Subject: Questions regarding 2015 CAFR

A. Have Council members & City management explicitly been indemnified against any personal financial, civil or criminal liability, if the impending State Controller’s Office audit of City Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports since 2004-2005 – including 2014-2015’s CAFR – are rejected for (a) noncompliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for government financial reporting, (b) concealing significant material errors in City finances and/or (c) discovering potentially criminal activities by City elected officials or management?

B. Have Renne Sloan, Management Partners, other City consultants and it’s outside auditors Eadie Payne explicitly been indemnified against personal financial, civil or criminal liability, if the impending SCO audit of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, 2004-2005 through 2014-2015, are rejected for (a) not complying with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for government financial reporting, (b) concealing significant material errors in City finances and/or (c) exposing potentially criminal activities by City elected officials or management?

C. How can Council members accept the City’s proposed 2014-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that City outside auditors Eadie Payne will not endorse with an unqualified/unmodified opinion as being in compliance with GAAP or without material errors for lacking sufficient information about the City’s resources and responsibilities for its principal Governmental Activities and major Business-Type Activities funds?

D. How can outside auditors Eadie Payne offer unmodified opinions as to the General Fund, Housing Authority Fund and Aggregate Remaining Trust ‘information’ when they offer no better than qualified or unmodified opinions on ALL other funds?
(For an explanation of the different types of auditor opinions, please see)
http://www.aicpa.org/InterestAreas/FRC/AuditAttest/DownloadableDocuments/Clarity/Clarity_Summary_of_Reporting_Standards.pdf

E. With an army of attorneys, consultants and auditors, the City the has only offered 2014-2015’s CAFR ONE YEAR AFTER THAT FISCAL YEAR’S END and has no answers to these questions below asked ONE YEAR AGO how much confidence should Council members have in the impending 2016-2017 proposed budget and how long should Council expect to wait for 2015-2016’s CAFR?

1. If Management Partners are correct that Oxnard’s audited financial reports are wrong, when will the City restate its financial results for years affected?

2. Has the City yet informed its bondholders, underwriters, Standard & Poor’s and U.S. & State governments, under its duty of due diligence, that the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and federal single audits are wrong?

3. Has the City begun suing its former outside auditors for negligence or fraud for mistakenly certifying Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and federal single audits (a) the best representation of its overall financial condition and resources, (b) as meeting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and (c) as containing all information required to understand Oxnard’s overall financial condition and resources that the City Manager says are wrongfully reported?

4. Has the City begun legal action against former City Managers and Finance Directors for failing to meet their fiduciary obligations for those years?

5. How does the City reconcile its claims of impending ‘insolvency’ with the public statements by its Bond Counsel, in response to Council questions, in October 2014, that the City’s overall financial condition was strong?

6. When will the City document its Management Partners-provided assertion that Oxnard’s financial practices were ‘inconsistent with state law’ and had neglected to follow proper financial & operational management practices?

7. When will Council members who approved some or all of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and federal single audits alleged to be wrong take responsibility for failing to meet their fiduciary obligation to City residents?

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Mayor, Council members, friends:
I support the actions of the City Of Oxnard Mayor, Council and staff who decided to go to court against the prior city attorney, city treasuer, and others for their personal actions to benefit themselves, instead of the public who they worked for, by taking the illegal supplemental post retirement income.​

Mrs. ​Dale V. Belcher​ failed to say:
1. Dale ​ told me she​ ​had been an officer in the California Municipal Treasurers Association
2. Dale was the elected Oxnard City Treasurer;
3. Dale was the appointed Oxnard City Treasurer;
4. Dale had fiduciary responsibilities as both the elected and appointed Treasurer;
5. ​Dale forgot about Title 12 of the Penal Code of California and should thank her friend the DA for keeping her out of jail for 2-4 years:
TITLE 12. OF CRIMES AGAINST THE REVENUE AND PROPERTY OF THIS STATE [424 – 440]
( in part)
424.
(a) Each officer of this state, or of any county, city, town, or district of this state, and every other person charged with the receipt, safekeeping, transfer, or disbursement of public moneys, who either:
1. Without authority of law, appropriates the same, or any portion thereof, to his or her own use, or to the use of another; or,
2. Loans the same or any portion thereof; makes any profit out of, or uses the same for any purpose not authorized by law; or,
Is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, and is disqualified from holding any office in this state.
(b) As used in this section, “public moneys” includes the proceeds derived from the sale of bonds or other evidence or indebtedness authorized by the legislative body of any city, county, district, or public agency.

Phillip Molina

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Oxnard Council seeks to extend City Manager Nyhoff’s contract and increase vacation by a month a year

Friends, Council members and Mayor:

I hope you guys are giving the hard working staff of Oxnard the same increases you are providing to Greg Nyhoff on Tuesday’s agenda,

http://oxnard.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=44&event_id=41751&meta_id=162585

… after all it is the workers who do the work and cover for Nyhoff.

What exactly has Nyhoff produced since he has been here? Oh yeah:
1. NO audit
2. No CAFR
3. No budget
4. failed attempt to increase 3 enterprise rates unreasonably high
5. spend settlement money in excess of his authorized amount
6. promised our mail boxes would be fixed immediately by orders to Police Chief…waiting,
7. promised water retention basin fences would be fixed…..we are still waiting for this
8. promised our trees would be cut downs and replaced within 6 month of Feb 2015..waiting
9. promised a “whistleblower” program would be completed by end of last fiscal year…
10. promised a “whistleblower hotline” would be in place “soon”, still waiting…
11 .etc.

It’s disgusting how gullible our elected officials are given that they now want to give this city manager a raise. In any other city he would be shown the door by now. What is it…his religion, his looks, his size, his speech…. no one in the audience seems to know.

Oh well it’s just your tax dollars.

Laura Hernandes
Laura Hernandes
4 years ago

Letter to the Editor

I support Martin Hernandez for Third District Supervisor. In my opinion, Martin is the only candidate with proven experience, an honest reputation, and a genuine passion for public service. Remarkably, it is his capacity for cultivating relationships that sets Martin Hernandez apart from the other candidates. Martin has spent over 20 years serving the communities of Ventura County, building valuable relationships and earning the public’s trust.

Healthy working relationships do not get built overnight. They are developed over time and grow best from the ground up. These relationships are the result of having survived the true test of time; together celebrating the highs and recovering from the lows. Connecting with people and making them feel that they count is a gift that has served Martin well. He does not use people as a means to an end. Martin gets relationships right.

Equipped with the legacy of fostering relationships and 25 plus years of institutional knowledge, Martin is ready to launch forward on Day One. He will not come with a training curve or waste taxpayers’ money trying to figure out “who’s who”. He will not have to learn how to navigate county government. He knows already our community stakeholders from the executive leadership to the line staff. Having worked as Mayor of Santa Paula and Chief of Staff for Supervisor Kathy Long, he knows well the functions of government administration at both the city and county levels.

Martin’s ability to lead the Third District into the next four years is unmatched. As a resident of Port Hueneme and a member of the Santa Paula community, I Invite you to join me in voting for Martin Hernandez.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

May 18, 2016
Editor:
It is my pleasure and honor to endorse Martin Hernandez for County Supervisor, 3rd District. He
is well qualified to serve having worked for incumbent Supervisor Kathy Long for fifteen years,
the last 5 as her chief of staff. He has extensive knowledge of the issues and concerns of the
district’s constituents, a deep understanding of the workings of county government, and
congenial relationships with his colleagues and numerous stakeholders.
As senior executive administrative aide to Mrs. Long, I had worked with Martin for 10 years and
have seen Martin’s ability to adeptly solve constituents’ problems by actively listening to their
concerns, showing sensitivity and compassion, and bringing together all parties to reach a
consensus outcome.
Martin has what it takes to be a successful leader. Please vote for Martin Hernandez in the June
7th primary.

Gail Robinson

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Dear Editor,

I read the tea party recommendations for the June primary election ballot and it prompted me to get out my ballot and read it. Amazingly I have no clue of the Republicans running for office, except for Donald Trump.

I came to the conclusion that our local paper (Ventura Star) covers democrats mostly and television does the same thing.

Some could conclude Loretta Sanchez and Kamala Harris are the only people running for California Senator, but the ballot has 12 republicans who I never heard of or seen on TV, in person or in a commercial.
Maybe between now and Election Day there will be some republican education, but until then it looks like the republican candidates are just relying on registered republican votes, and I personally will just guess the multiple choice.

The state Republican Party is ultimately responsible for this dilemma and the only group that can do anything about making republican candidate more viable in the primary election.

Ray Holm

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Mr. Holm:

CitizensJournal.us has published candidate lists multiple times:

https://citizensjournal.us/primary-season-is-on-list-of-candidates-for-vc-elections-here/

There are 39 Presidential candidates alone, but only those in your party registration will appear on your ballot.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

MARTIN HERNANDEZ A MAN OF HONOR

My wife and I met Martin Hernandez 17 years ago when we were going through some personal life struggles. We had been looking for solutions and support while facing what was ahead of us. When we met Martin we were impressed by his calm and collective manner, we knew right off he was genuine and what we had been looking for in support and wisdom.

Martin was wonderful to my wife and I. He was there for us in a professional manner, but also opened his heart and home to us on a personal level. Over time, our relationship evolved into a strong bond and friendship. Martin continues to demonstrate to me what a man living in his truth and integrity looks like. Whenever I am around him, I am impressed and reminded on how important it is to respect everyone around us whether they are the janitor or CEO.

My wife and I are asking you to support Martin Hernandez for Supervisor, Third District because he embodies the qualities of a leader. Martin is here to serve his constituents and is grounded in the principals of Humility, Respect, Honesty and Integrity. In addition, Martin is committed to the Third District and is the only candidate that has the experience necessary to provide our neighborhoods and communities with best representation possible.

Martin will influence real change. My wife and I know this first hand because of the influence he has had in our lives. As a leader in our lives, he guided us from our past struggles and into more positive, productive, loving, and successful life that has allowed us to contribute more of our time to our family and community.

Martin Hernandez is the RIGHT AND ONLY Leader for Ventura County Supervisor – Third District. Vote for Martin Hernandez on June 7.

Sincerely,

Jose and Brigette Rodriguez

Bill Bartels
Bill Bartels
4 years ago

The Right Brand of Leadership

I am supporting Martin Hernandez for Supervisor. I would ask that you do too. There are many committed voices in this race. The role of supervisor demands a special portfolio of leadership; I believe that Martin is the best choice from the field.

In conflict, he invites people to dialogue. In difficult and competing priorities, he looks to the long term. In community, he always looks to a voice of middle ground, common good and commonplace; for the whole community.

This is the kind of work that I appreciate in political leadership; a calm head, a quiet voice of collaboration, a willingness to get to yes.

To that end, I would like to ask your support for Martin and to get us to yes, Martin Hernandez for Supervisor in the 3rd district.

Sincerely,
Bill Bartels
GreenSource Inc.

Sean Baker
Sean Baker
4 years ago

WHY MARTIN HERNANDEZ SHOULD BE SUPERVISOR

Dear Editor:

As a long time Camarillo resident and business owner, I am proud to support Martin Hernandez for County Supervisor, District 3. I have known and worked with Martin for over 10 years. We met working together at Interface Children Family Services and soon became supportive mentors for each other. Martin’s dedication and sense of community in bringing much-needed social services to his neighborhood was inspirational. I could feel his compassion for every person that walked into that neighborhood center. He communicated warmth that said, “You are important to me. What you care about matters to me too.” It was no surprise to me how popular Martin was at the Salsa Dance competition, not only for his great moves, but also in how he moves people with his kindness and caring.

Our personal friendship has continued over the years and most recently we have had the opportunity to connect again in our work in the local community. I was honored to be able to offer a “moment of inspiration” to the Board of Supervisors last fall, and got to see Martin in action again. Every person he encountered in the halls of the government center had a smile and warm greeting for and from Martin. He has managed the post of Kathy Long’s Chief of Staff with grace and humility. Martin and I have had some great talks about what the concerns are of our community and I feel confident that he will continue to carry out the work of bettering our neighborhoods with that same kindness and caring I have observed him demonstrate over and over again.

I encourage you to get acquainted with Martin and support his candidacy for County Supervisor, District Three.

-Sean S. Baker

Owner, The New Beginnings Center

Martha Brown
Martha Brown
4 years ago

To every constituent in the 3rd District,

Politics overall has changed from years past. It seems that when it comes to the Presidential or State Campaigns, we are making decisions more and more based on character, charisma and the actions of the candidates while giving very little thought to their true qualifications. Let’s be honest, those of us who engage in the political process have often followed the lead of our political party’ or simply settle for the “lesser of the two evils.” This is partly because most of us do not have the time to listen or get to know the candidates.

Up until recently, elections at the local level have been driven on those things most obvious like party, key endorsements, or something heresay, or the research we did the night before Election Day. It seems like we have lost our way at the local level during this election cycle. Maybe it is because of all the sensationalism happening with the presidential candidates. Or, perhaps it’s simply because we have surrendered to consumer politics and candidates with their promises and no real experience or track record to support why they are the most qualified. It is out of this concern that I am writing to voice my opinion for the ONLY qualified choice for 3rd district supervisor.

I have listened to the platforms of all the candidates over the last four months. I have researched their qualifications and looked into their track record of experience and work in the 3rd District. Some of the candidates have made contributions to the communities they have served and others have fancy titles and pedigree’s but none of them have the level of experience that Martin Hernandez has. He is the only candidate that has local, County and community experience. Martin is the REAL DEAL. When he talks about an issue or engages with the community, he is transparent and continues to demonstrate integrity and a deep commitment to the community. This is why I am spending every spare moment I have working on his campaign for the next Supervisor of the Third District and want to ask you to support him too!

Martin Hernandez is a husband, parent, veteran, public servant, and like most of us, cares deeply for his surrounding communities. He is highly educated about the history of our county and what is important to local farmers, businesses and our communities throughout this county.

I have spent time with Martin and have become very close to his family and those supporting his campaign. Martin has surrounded himself with people who are genuine and are dedicated to bettering our communities. We are all dedicated to be of service to our community and dedicated to ensuring that Martin Hernandez is elected to the Third District. Our County needs a leader with integrity and character, someone who speaks from a place of honesty, and who people can trust. Martin is that Leader! The community can count on him to listen to their concerns and take action to address them. I know this because I have watched and experienced him do this over and over again.

Martin brings over 15 years of experience and insight to the position of Supervisor. I have watched him make decisions based on facts and the voice of the community. He has always spoken openly and honestly without any “promises” or political rhetoric.

Martin is the same man in private as he is in the public. I want to encourage YOU to just take the time to get to know him, you will see what I mean. Martin knows the challenges of the job because he has been doing it and will “Hit the Ground Running,” on day one.

On a very personal note, I lead the Neighborhood Watch Programs in Santa Paula. Martin has worked and supported me with the challenges our neighborhoods face around our homelessness population. As Mayor, Martin has demonstrated and taken action to address the needs of our City’s public safety and youth programs. I appreciate and admire his dedication and concern for all in our county. Please take time to get to know the candidates, DON’T BUY THE HYPE. I think you will see there is ONLY one candidate far above the rest: MARTIN HERNANDEZ!
Thank you,

Martha Brown
Santa Paula Resident

Robert Roy
Robert Roy
4 years ago

Martin Hernandez is the right leader for the Third District
As someone who has personally worked alongside Martin Hernandez, the Chief of Staff for retiring Third District Supervisor Kathy Long, for almost 15 years, I have decided to give my full support for Mr. Hernandez to succeed Supervisor Long.
In a crowded field of approximately seven candidates, I firmly believe that Martin Hernandez is the most qualified person to continue the work of Kathy Long as the outgoing Third District Supervisor. As a representative of the Ventura County agricultural industry for almost 39 years, I have had numerous opportunities to work with Mr. Hernandez on a variety of county issues, including reducing the chloride content of discharged water in the Santa Clara River, adoption of zoning regulations for farm labor housing, and numerous zoning and regulatory issues affecting farmers in their business operations. Throughout this entire time, I have found Mr. Hernandez to be very professional and an extremely qualified individual representing the interests of the constituents of the Third District.
I was recently encouraged by the personal endorsement of Supervisor Long of Martin Hernandez because I believe the citizens of the Third Supervisorial District in which I reside, need someone who will “hit the ground running”, not individuals looking for a placeholder for future state offices.
While many of the residents of the greater Camarillo area do not know Mr. Hernandez, he is very well known throughout the Santa Clara Valley and currently serves as the Mayor of Santa Paula. He is also a veteran, husband, father and grandfather. His experience and knowledge of the processes of the VC Board of Supervisors for over 15 years, working relationships with other incumbent supervisors, overseeing the operation of a city as its mayor, and his ability to listen to constituents and try to find commonsense bipartisan resolutions, deserves the vote of the residents of the Third Supervisorial District.

Robert P. Roy, President and General
Ventura County Agricultural Association Camarillo, California

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

May 11, 2016

To the Editor:

I am supporting Martin Hernandez for Third District Supervisor. With a lot of people in politics or public service, the better you know them the less you like or respect them. My experience with Martin is just the opposite: the more I know him, the more I like and respect him.

Martin has the most extensive, relevant experience of any candidate. Martin’s spent years as a medical first responder, a drug and alcohol counselor, and as manager of a facility that provided services to families in distress. He has served Supervisor Kathy Long for 15 years, more than 5 years as chief of staff. His responsibilities have included the issues that are important to all of us: public safety, healthcare, preservation of agriculture, clean water, etc. He has worked with every department at the County, and has strong working relationships with staff and agency heads. Martin knows what works, and what needs work.

The public who call a County Supervisor’s office are often distressed. The Supervisor is their last hope to resolve a problem, or they just don’t know who to call. Handling these calls requires enormous patience and compassion, and Martin has demonstrated both. As Supervisor, he will ensure that his office reflects those values, and treats the public with fairness and respect.

Transitioning from staff person to elected official can be difficult. Martin has been a City Councilmember and Mayor in Santa Paula for the last 3 1Ž2 years, and has already made that transition. Martin is ready, now, to be your County Supervisor.

Remember to vote for Martin Hernandez in the June primary to make sure he is on the November ballot!

Mary Ann Krause

Former Deputy to Supervisor Kathy Long, and Former Mayor of Santa Paula

Delton Johnson
Delton Johnson
4 years ago

Three issues—One Clear Choice

Carla Castilla is far the best choice for 3rd District Supervisor. She is the daughter of hardworking immigrant parents and a graduate of UCLA. Carla is well liked by everyone; I first met her 12 years ago when she helped my wife who has Alzheimer’s.
Carla has 15 years of public service with contacts which will help her serve our community exceptionally well. She has worked for State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Congresswoman Lois Capps, served as an aide in the White House, and as an appointee to the Ventura County Workforce Investment Board.
Carla is the only candidate supporting the real original SOAR; the other “SOAR” is funded by developers. She is the only candidate who has taken a stand against the proposed Mission Rock Electric Generating Plant. Oxnard residents have fought this air polluting plant and Carla doesn’t want it dumped into our valley. She urges moving away from fossil fuels—embracing clean technologies of the future.
Carla also supports revoking the permit of the Santa Clara Waste Water plant to trigger a full environmental review. First responders were endangered and there is need to assure that our environment and public safety are not again put at risk.
None of the other five candidates for this seat support these three issues. Please vote for Carla Castilla. Thank you for considering my recommendation.

Delton Lee Johnson, 14 McKevett Heights, Santa Paula, CA 93060 805-657-0790

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

After last weeks Fiscal Task Force Meeting you might find this knowledge useful. Can you find
any of the identifiers of fraud in the methods that were described to you last week? I hope not.
phillip molina

USAID Office of Inspector General/Investigations – Fraud Indicators
____________________________________________________________________

FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS
The contract award process has been designed to efficiently ensure the delivery of goods
and services. This section will discuss factors which may indicate the presence of or
enhanced potential for fraud at various stages in the contract award process. The
indicators included are not intended, each taken alone, to establish the existence of fraud.
Rather, the presence of any of these indicators should cause employees to be alert to the
possibility of impropriety and to take appropriate actions to ensure the integrity of the
process.
The motives and methods for fraud in the contract award process are varied. Fraud may be
perpetrated to obtain a contract in order to create the opportunity to later engage in such
activities as theft or embezzlement, product substitution, cost mischarging, fast pay or
progress payment fraud. In some instances, fraud may be perpetrated to obtain a contract
at a higher price or with better terms than would have occurred in an award untainted by
fraud. A company may attempt to obtain a contract through fraud because the business is
needed to continue operations when private sector activity is low.

Fraud in the Identification of the Need for Goods or Services
The potential for fraud is created when the need assessment is not adequately or
accurately developed. A Government agency which, with or without collusion, continually
changes its mind about what it wants, will make it possible for a contractor to substantially
increase the contract price. With respect to fraud in defining requirements and stock levels,
fraud indicators include:
1. Requiring excessively high stock levels and inventories in order to justify continuing
purchasing activity from certain contractors.
2. Declaring items which are serviceable as excess or selling them as surplus while
continuing to purchase similar items.
3. Purchasing items, services, or research projects in response to aggressive marketing
efforts (and possible favors, bribes or gratuities) by contractors rather than in response to
valid requirements.
4. Improperly defining needs in ways that can be met only by specific contractors.
5. Estimates are not prepared or are prepared after solicitations are requested.
6. Failing to develop “second-sources” for items, spare parts, and services being
continually purchased from a single source.

Fraud in the Development of Statements of Work and Specifications
Bid specifications and statements of work are intended to provide both potential bidders
and the selecting officials with a firm basis for making and accepting bids. A well written
contract will have specifications, standards and statements of work which make it clear
what the Government is entitled to. Sloppy or carelessly written specifications make it easy
for a contractor to overcharge or for it to deliver less than expected.
Fraud indicators include:
l. Defining statements of work and specifications to fit the products or capabilities of a
single contractor. Specifications are made so restrictive that they effectively exclude
competing firms.
2. Advance or selective release by Government employees of information concerning
requirements and pending purchases only to preferred contractors.
3. Using statements of work, specifications, or sole source justifications developed by or in
consultation with a preferred contractor (institutional conflict of interest).
4. Allowing firms participating in project design to obtain those same contracts or to be
subcontractors to the winning contractors. (Wastewater Consulting Engineers?)
5. Release of information by firms participating in project design to contractors competing
for the prime contract.
6. Designing “pre-qualification” standards or specifications to exclude otherwise qualified
contractors or their products.
7. Splitting up requirements so contractors each get a “fair share” and can rotate bids.
8. Splitting up requirements to get under small purchase requirements or to avoid
prescribed levels of review or approval, e.g., to keep each within the contracting authority
of a particular person or activity.
9. Bid specifications or the statement of work are not consistent with the items included in
the general requirements.
10. Specifications that are so vague that reasonable comparisons of estimates would be
difficult.
11. Specifications that are not consistent with past similar type procurements.
12. Specifications that do not include (specific) work site locations.

Phil Molina
Phil Molina
4 years ago

Friends,

Larry Stein just called me to let me know he was in an auto accident. He broke his hip bone and was going to go into surgery. He wanted me to let everyone know he is in good spirits and hopes to be home early next week if not tomorrow. He asked that we not try to contact him today as he will possibly be unavoidably “detained” in surgery and unable to talk. I have no other information about the accident at this time.

This is an opportunity for all of us to say a pray for Larry’s quick and complete recovery.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Re: City of Oxnard software systems

Information from SunGard about our NaviLine product

Tony thanks a lot
Bert

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Tony Jakusovas (SunGard-Lake Mary) wrote:
Hi Councilman Perello,

The City of Oxnard has our NaviLine product with the latest release from Q4 2015.
Attached I have included two brochures, one about NaviLine and the other about Cognos.

The NaviLine brochure talks about NaviLine and what it can do, as well as some options associated with NaviLine.

The second document talks about the new Cognos. It allows you to create reports and analyze data to make business decisions in a timely manner. There are also other offerings within Cognos to do your CAFR, and budgeting, analysis and forecasts.

If you have an interest in viewing a recorded webinar, I included a link where you can register for our webinars. The one related to Cognos is called Cognos for NaviLine Finance (http://www.sungardps.com/about/webinars/ ). As you can see there are other webinars for our other product offerings like ONESolution and TRAKiT. These products run in a SQL environment if you wish to change your computer platform.

Please let me know if we can be of further assistance.

Thank you,

Tony Jakusovas
Strategic Account Manager
Public Administration

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Re: City of Oxnard software systems

Friends and Council Members:

​First, I am not selling the H.T.E software nor getting a commission from them. But before you allow your consultants to spend $8 million on new untried software, consider viewing this from Sungard H.T.E. ​This company provides software to 115,000,000 people in the United States.​

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRFS3JcCGFs&ebc=ANyPxKp6nAZuiPP8a0W-64IgNmdsvI4j5o-JyZdnW-QSSrGme92fdNI0ZJBDd-oiDSNo3zJ7nQvpO2A4Zan0MwLgknqea-O5Ig

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ_cZzRhSBg&ebc=ANyPxKoE-FAWkzWPuUR0zMCspM7aG3eJ1qaTeWellb0Kib4vmnPMIYk9j4dYeFjR-zsSRweJ7I6QvegxWJsorWHECuXYJYUC9Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RZYpe0uVvo

I ​only ​suggest Oxnard ask their current software provider to demonstrate what Oxnard currently has but isn’t using and what Oxnard can obtain AND the​ ​costs associated with each​ product and the cost to train staff​. BEFORE you allow your consulting staff to spend $8 million taxpayers’ dollars on a “new ERP” system

Phillip Molina

​Thanks to Councilman Perello for connecting me with this information. I have volunteered to help the city as many other professionals have during the Fiscal Task Force meetings. Councilman Perello is the only City Officials who took me up on my offer and asked me to assist him in getting information on the current H.T.E. software. He was able to get them to provide these videos for us.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

​OPEN LETTER TO THE VENTURA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Mr. Schwatrz, esq., Re: $60,000 paid to departed Fire Chief Williams:

Why did you forget about the court case in 2003, which ​specifically ordered in a general law city there is no amount of money that the council and “authorize” staff to disburse without their appropriation? Unless you can explain your legal position, the public begins to question your objectivity.

“Only the legislative body has the power to appropriate money.1 When the legislative body fails to make an appropriation, or when an appropriation is challenged, the judiciary can declare the action unlawful or unconstitutional, but cannot remedy the failing by appropriating money on behalf of the local or state legislative body.2”
1White v. Davis (2003) 30 Cal.4th 528.
2 White v. Davis, supra, at 535.

​Respectfully,

Phillip Molina​

OPEN LETTER TO VENTURA COUNTY DA, Greg Totten:

The November 9, 2015 Ventura County Star article on the Fire Chief made this statement:
“OXNARD, Calif. – Oxnard’s former fire chief, who resigned suddenly last spring, was paid $60,000 in exchange for not suing the city, a document shows.”

This morning at the Oxnard Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting where Councilman MacDonald presided, Councilman Perello asked the question about how did the city authorize the disbursement of the money when the item was never reported out of closed session and the item was never appropriated by the council?

Appropriating Public Money is a Legislative Act.
Only the legislative body has the power to appropriate money.1 When the legislative body fails to make an appropriation, or when an appropriation is challenged, the judiciary can declare the action unlawful or unconstitutional, but cannot remedy the failing by appropriating money on behalf of the local or state legislative body.2
1White v. Davis (2003) 30 Cal.4th 528.
2 White v. Davis, supra, at 535.

In Oxnard, the City Treasurer and City Finance Director both signed the warrant (checks) to disburse city funds and only they have the signatory authority to sign the warrant. However, that authority is EXPRESSLY LIMITED for obvious reasons by State law, which requires as we saw above, that money can be disbursed from city accounts ONLY AFTER AN APPROPRIATION by the City Council.

Article XVI, section 7 of the California Constitution provides that “money may be drawn from the Treasury only through an appropriation made by law and upon a duly drawn warrant” And, authority delegated by the city council to administrative staff to sign a contract or approve a warrant is an empty delegation without an appropriation.

Furthermore, authority for expenditures is found in the Gov Codes and requires the legislative body approve or reject demands for payments (Gov Code 37202). The State Constitution forbids the legislative body from delegating that duty (Ca. Const. ART. XI Sec 11)

So, the city Treasurer and city Finance Director and city Attorney issued a check in the amount of $60,000 to the previous Fire Chief without Council appropriating the expenditure. Was that disbursement of taxpayer’s money legal, or were they authorized to disburse the warrant (check)? According to the sources above, the answer NO!

State law also directs that anyone disbursing money without the “legislative authority” (a fancy term for city council’s appropriation of funds) has violated the law.

When will Ventura County District Attorney protect the county taxpayers by enforcing the laws? Or did he intentionally give a GREEN LIGHT to every type of wheeling and dealing that city officials make regardless of whether those dealing violate State laws?

Phillip Molina

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

CONFESSIONS OF A FEMALE OXNARD FINANCE DIRECTOR

I’m glad one made it out the coo coo’s nest undamaged.

If you want to hear the confessions of a female finance director of Oxnard, listen to what Mayor Flynn said at last night’s council meeting. Click the link and forward the meeting to 4 hours 19 minutes. Remember according to Mayor Flynn, she is talking about a time when Tom Holden, Dean Maulhardt, Ed Sotelo and Karen Burnham were in charge of Oxnard.

http://oxnard.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=72&clip_id=3307

Now this is just my opinions about what council members said last night, what is also surprisingly interesting is what Councilwoman Padilla said at 4 hours 31 minutes 11seconds into the meeting:

1. I suggest a different history about what caused the “inappropriate” loans and transfers, they were not because the City Council or City Manager didn’t know about them. It was that they wanted it done that way so they didn’t have to address negative fund balances: i.e. golf course, PAC, CIPs, etc.
2. When I tried to make these issues public via the Council in closed sessions, I was not protected or supported by the Mayor or any Council member.
3. When the H.T.E. computer system was acquired, the financial system worked well;
staff closed the annual financial accounting with the standard processes used to close out and save the details and summary transactions;
H.T.E. integrated the actual financial details with budgetary information. The issue is not unlike using Excel. If you have been trained in Excel it works, but if you’re not trained you make a mess of the spreadsheets. The real problem is that recent CFOs didn’t see it important to train staff in how to operate the H.T.E. system.
4. How do you provide staff with the protection they need to tell the Council and the Public what the facts are??? At least get a “Whistleblower Act” in place now.
5. It is the taxonomy of the chart as it now exists after changes and bad additions that is also causing the problems. Initially the chart of accounts taxonomy was consistent with the GFOA recommendations.
6. It wasn’t only blind obedience by staff to the City Manager to protect their jobs to an “unknowing Mayor and Council”, but I was told many times by the City Manager and his staff that “the Mayor and Council don’t want this information placed on the agenda” and my monthly financial reports to the Council were “blue lined out” and erased by the City Manager and his staff to eliminate the fiscal information about the golf course, the PAC, CIPs and other financial issues.

Council and the Mayor asked what can they do to stop this. Though it isn’t perfect, had there been a “WHISTLEBLOWER” system in place that I could have expressed my concern about unethical, illegal loans, etc. I might have been able to change the city back in 1999 and might still be working for Oxnard today.

phillip molina.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Cathay Wagantall and private member’s bill “Cassie and Molly’s Law Bill C-225

Dear Editor

Recently Yorkton-Melville MP Cathay Wagantall has introduced her private member’s bill “Cassie and Molly’s Law Bill C-225 the Protection of Pregnant Women and their Preborn Children Act seeks to amend the Criminal Code and create two new offences for causing injury or death to an unborn child while committing or attempting to commit an offence against a pregnant woman. The informal name of the law is a tribute to Cassandra Kaake who in December 2014, while seven months pregnant with a daughter she had named Molly was brutally murdered to death in her Windsor home. Matthew Brush, 26, was charged with Cassie’s murder, but under the Canadian law an unborn child is not legally considered a human being, so no charges could be laid for Molly’s death.

A Petition has been developed to protect unborn victims. Petitions are available on the website: http://www.saskprolife.com

Sincerely

Ted Deneschuk, President
Parkland Right to Life, Yorkton
306-783-6240

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Have the Oxnard city auditors lost their independence? You/we need to see the peer review of the auditing firm.

Councilman MacDonald, other elected officials and Friends,

At the request of Councilman MacDonald I previously sent, via email attachments, a copy of the 2011 GAGAS “Yellow Book”. Councilman MacDonald said he would read the book in one day, so I assume he has already realized that the work city staff has asked the auditors to perform (assisting in reconciling the bank accounts, preparing correcting journal entries, etc.) may have forced them to recuse themselves from the financial audit. For example, see the Yellow Books list of work that would force the auditors to resign due to a lack of independence:

Page 46: 3.50 Some services involving preparation of accounting records always impair an auditor’s independence with respect to an audited entity. These services include:

a. determining or changing journal entries, account codes or classifications for transactions, or other accounting records for the entity without obtaining management’s approval; b. authorizing or approving the entity’s transactions; and c. preparing or making changes to source documents without management approval. Source documents include those providing evidence that transactions have occurred (for example, purchase orders, payroll time records, customer orders, and contracts). Such records also include and audited entity’s general ledger and subsidiary records or equivalent.

AND:

Page 41: Examples of activities that are considered management responsibilities and would therefore impair independence if performed for an audited entity include: a. setting policies and strategic direction for the audited entity; b. directing and accepting responsibility for the actions of the audited entity’s employees in the performance of their routine, recurring activities; c. having custody of an audited entity’s assets; d. reporting to those charged with governance on behalf of management; e. deciding which of the auditor’s or outside third party’s recommendations to implement; f. accepting responsibility for the management of an audited entity’s project; g. accepting responsibility for designing, implementing, or maintaining internal control; h. providing services that are intended to be used as management’s primary basis for making decisions that are significant to the subject matter of the audit; i. developing an audited entity’s performance measurement system when that system is material or significant to the subject matter of the audit; and j. serving as a voting member of an audited entity’s management committee or board of directors.

These issues can be corrected before the work continues too far to avoid loss of independence on the part of the auditors, but the auditors need to share with the public the previous “peer review” conducted on their audit firm to assure the public the capabilities of the firm are consistent with our needs​:  
3.105 An external audit organization50 should make its most recent peer review report publicly available.(51 )

Thanks,

Phillip Molina

Ed McGarvey
Ed McGarvey
4 years ago

Type Your Letter : Banning of any Gun is a violation of the Constitution. That being said I have a proposal to all anti Gun Democrats. I will agree to giving up my right to own the specific weapon, the AK-47. Now I want something in return. The AK-47 todate has killed less than 100 people sense 1975. For my giving up the right to own that gun, I want the Right for a woman to choose. Yes I want Abortions made illegal and Planned parenthood closed down. Oh you say thats not a fair trade, I agree less than 100 deaths from AK-47 and more than 58,000,000. That is 58 million deaths from Abortion in the same period of time. The Second Amendment reads. A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, ( the right of the people to keep and bear arms) SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. You can’t have your cake and eat it to. Give up that right before you come for mine. Also May God Bless America through these trying times. If you give up the phony battle for Global warming I just may toss in another Gun. Take our guns, its going to cost ya.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Mr. Nyhoff do you support this type of concealed government process? ARE THE GOOD OLE BOYS BACK?

OXNARD

Friends, friends please let me finish..(?)

I heard from many of you asking how dare I expect our good elected officials to negotiate MY utility rates below the published rate based on the contributions they received. Well others ask exactly how much did I contribute that would make me entitled to special consideration?

Well I gave Carmen, Bryan and Tim $10.00 to $25.00 each. I thought I was contributing to open elected local government. But after I looked at the campaign disclosure forms the approximate average amount of contribution range between $200 and some gave over $2,500. So, ok I’m beginning to understand what you-all were saying. dah I didn’t PAY enough to PLAY, so don’t expect any negotiated rates. But adding insult to injury I received my contributions back from some of the candidates. I guess I didn’t give enough to make it worth the cost of depositing my campaign contribution?

In seriousness, what I don’t understand is the statement made by Mr. Gramkow 3 hours 27 minutes into the council meeting that staff informed him that the published rate is the high end and that the actual rate charged will be less. I am confused. Did staff say that they are just sending up a test balloon to test the willingness or stupidity of the Elected Officials to accept their inflated proposed rates? Or did staff tell Mr. Gramkow not to worry because his actual rates will be a negotiated decreased rate below the published rates?

Neither options sound ethical., right or even legal.

Here we go again with less than transparent government. Mr. Nyhoff do you support this type of concealed government process?

Phillip Molina

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

UPDATE:

The Oxnard “Whistleblower Hotline manager” must not be established in a position that reports to anyone else in the organization. When you look at the examples provided to us by Interim City Attorney, Stephen Fischer, you will notice that all of the entities understood that dictum. In the one agency that set the Whistleblower Hotline to be budgeted under the appointed position of “auditor” the actual function of the Whistleblower Hotline was required to be contracted with a third party that is out-of-state.
Government Code as interpreted by the State Attorney General establishes that the annual salary of an elected Treasurer and City Clerk should be $9,600 each.
The Oxnard City Treasurer while elected, also works for the City Manager and is paid an annual salary of $142,101 for the work she does for the City Manager. (RESO 14,721)
The Oxnard City Clerk, while also elected is paid up to $142,101 in salary for the work he does for the City Manager.
Obviously these two positions are not independent and must decide daily whether they work for the people who elected them or for the City Manager who pays them more. The city employees all know this and as such would not be prone to believe either position is independent of the City Manager.
Just imagine an “Ed Sotelo” type city manager in charge of the ‘Whistleblower Hotline” program. If you were an employee, would you believe your confidential comments would remain secure? Would you trust your livelihood to such an arrangement?
Please consider either setting the position up directly under the Mayor, or better yet consider what your posterity will say and establish it instead as a separately elected professional position of “Internal Independent Auditor” whose duties include managing the “Whistleblower Hotline”.

Citizen Reporter
Admin
4 years ago

Friends,

The five cities that are identified by the Oxnard City Attorney’s “Whistleblower Hotline” agenda are all charter cities. All but one have placed the hotline under an elected position. The one city that placed the whistleblower hotline under an appointed position has contracted with a “law enforcement” company in Atlanta, Georgia to report on whistleblower hotline contacts received.

The County of Santa Clara assigned the “Whistleblower hotline” task to the County Counsel unless the complaint is against the County Counsel at which time the County Executive Officer is responsible to obtain and manage that complaint.

Given the example of the five cities I still recommend Oxnard do what the majority of them have in place, namely place the “Whistleblower Hotline” under an elected position so that the elected person is responsible only to those who elected her/him.

Respectfully,
Phil Molina