First Oxnard Finance & Governance Committee Meeting

By Dan Pinedo & George Miller

The Oxnard City Council – Finance and Governance Committee, (Mayor Tim Flynn, Councilman Bert Perello and Councilwoman Gabriela Basua), held its first meeting in the new streamlined format on 1-22-19.

Late last year, the Oxnard City Council voted to reform the city meeting procedure, creating five committees to help oversee/direct most of the city’s business and better vet it before going to City Council. This was supposed to improve the quality of work/results and also cut down on excessively long and frequent Council meetings, which will be reduced from about four to only two per month. It remains to be seen how well this works. We will report on it. Mayor Flynn told Citizens Journal Publisher George Miller this week that the meetings look OK, but that the time allotment may be inadequate to cover the agenda satisfactorily.

Meeting AGENDA

Meeting video by Dan Pinedo ….

Official Video

The new meeting format was proposed by City Manager Alex Nguyen and adopted by the City Council. Previously, Mayor Flynn had twice attempted a similar approach but was rebuffed by the Council. Members who changed their votes cited support of the new City Manager for their change of heart. The purpose for the new format is to reduce the number and length of regular city council meetings by fully vetting the agenda items in committee meetings before they come to the full City Council for consideration.

In its first meeting, the Finance and Governance Committee only had two items on the agenda and only one of those got done:

  1. Received Transmittal of the Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Summary Presentation conducted and presented by the City’s external auditors Eadie and Payne.
  2. Streamlining of Citizen Advisory Groups and Related Ordinance and Resolution Updates was postponed because the allotted time, (1 hour and fifteen minutes for the entire committee meeting), expired . You can get an idea of what they intended to discuss via the agenda link above (starts on page 247).


Public Comments for items not on the agenda

Peggy Rivera- Homeless Commissioner- Promoted dealing with Homeless and emergency shelter.

Phil Molina- Oxnard Treasurer- Presenting request to extend utility payments for federal employees affected by shutdown. Dec. 2018 Treasurers report now out, will be presented on Feb. 5 Council Meeting.

Jim Lavery- The city is in a deep mess. City needs an official 5-10 year plan/fiscal forecast.

Judy Pena-  Upset about homeless, wants every effort made to help them


Meeting proceedings

Presentation of CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report)

Eden Casareno of external auditor Eadie + Payne made the presentation. Right up front, she stated (exact verbiage on slide shown here) the financial statements “present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business type activities, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of the City of Oxnard, California as of June 30, 2018.”

Watch Official Video


Upcoming Feb 5 Council meeting AGENDA

Previous articles:

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

By George Miller At the October 23, 2018 Oxnard City Council meeting, an alliance of City Council and staff members pushed through a new committee management structure/system, which they said would result in shorter meetings (disputed) , more public participation (disputed) and streamlined approval of votes- but also much less content/detail in regular council meetings.  […]


Check out the other inaugural committee and recent Council meetings here:

Available Archives- see what’s going on in your government:

City Council Public Works and Transportation Committee Jan 22, 2019 – 11:08 AM 00h 53m Agenda Video
City Council Public Safety Committee Jan 22, 2019 – 02:00 PM 01h 21m Agenda Video
City Council Housing & Economic Development Committee Jan 22, 2019 – 04:30 PM 00h 59m Agenda Video
City Council Finance and Governance Committee Jan 22, 2019 – 09:30 AM 01h 32m Agenda Video
City Council Community Services Committee Jan 22, 2019 – 06:00 PM 00h 51m Agenda Video
City Council Meeting Jan 15, 2019 – 05:30 PM 04h 39m Agenda Video
City Council Meeting Jan  8, 2019 – 04:30 PM 03h 16m Agenda Video


Dan Pinedo is a Citizen Journalist/photographer residing in Oxnard

George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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Mayor Flynn is always warning about the increasing pension costs. And now this from the 2018 CAFR.

Retirement System Contributions in Arrears

In August, 2018 the City received bills totaling approximately $250,000 from the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) for retirement system contributions not paid to four employees in prior years. On further investigation the City has determined that some part time or temporary employees worked enough hours to qualify for membership in the PERS system but were not enrolled in the system as required by law. As a result, the City became liable for payment of the employer and employee contributions for employees qualified for membership but not enrolled at the rates in effect in the year they qualified as PERS members and in each subsequent year that they worked. The City is analyzing the issue to determine the number of employees that might be affected, the size of the potential liability for each employee and the funds that were charged for the costs of those employees.

Incomplete records for prior years have complicated the analysis so that the City does not have a reliable estimate of the liability at this time. When the amount of the liability is known management will update disclosure in future years’ financial statements and will
develop a funding plan for the liability. At this time management anticipates that future annual funding payments will not be material.