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    Oxnard City Council Approves $82 Million Aquatic Center

    By Doug Partello

    At last night’s Oxnard City Council Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 6, in a 6-1 vote, Bert Perello the dissenting vote, they approved a pool in South Oxnard for $53.8 million. $40 million will be bonded out in a 30 year loan, with a total interest of $28 million, at 4%. $8.8 million unfunded at this time.

    This pool started out as a $14 million project, then grew to $30M, then $40M, and now a total of $82M. They received $5M in state grant money, which is now being used in the initial plans for the pool. There is a $8.8M gap in funding, that Alex Nguyen, City Manager, says they will seek from the Federal government. $40 million will be a bond measure.

    There were about 12 folks that spoke up in favor of the pool, and two against; Larry Stein, and Doug Partello. When asked about the operating costs, which will be significant, the Public Works Director, Michael Wolfe, and the contractor had no answer. Very, very expensive.

    River Park residents were asking the assessment district manager, who works for the City, about putting in a pool in their neighborhood at a RP Neighborhood Council meeting. He told them to not do it, too expensive to maintain.

    A huge aquatic center to be built in the midst of a twenty-year drought, does that make sense to anyone? The evaporative loss of water will be significant during extreme restrictions. We have $323 million in unfunded pension debt to the state, crumbling infrastructure, including sea walls, sewer system, and poor roads and alleys, unkept medians, and public space landscaping and parks that are not safe.

    The bond for the pool will likely take away possible bond funding for those seawalls, the flood levy at RiverPark, fire station, and other needed infrastructure items, that provide for the health and safety of the community. This was Bert Perello’s main concern in voting no.

    Then there is the Monarch butterfly nesting trees being only 50 yards from the pool location. The Monarch just made the endangered species list. It is unknown the effect of the chlorine, and other chemical vapors coming off the pool how that will affect the butterflies. Will they even keep the trees, or cut them down?

    A pool we cannot afford, and maintain, with so much debt already, and basic needs for infrastructure not met, how does this make sense? If the roof of your house is leaking, the plumbing is bad, the yard is a mess, credit card maxed out, would you put a very expensive pool in the backyard?


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    Dotty Pringle
    Dotty Pringle
    22 days ago

    We have a pool at every high school and a barely used Boating Center. Someone’s niece/nephew just graduated architect school and they’re getting job.‍♀️

    joe
    joe
    26 days ago

    It will just end up full of graffiti and the site of the latest shooting. The city can’t even maintain the parks, the vagrants have taken over. How does the city plan on keeping this clean and gang, graffiti free?

    Dr. Ozz
    Dr. Ozz
    22 days ago
    Reply to  joe

    Maybe you can be a good person and volunteer to keep it clean for the good law-abiding citizens of Oxnard. Oh that’s right, you’d rather just complain.

    Goldberg
    22 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Hilarious ! Dr. Ozz, you are the complainer !

    Dotty Pringle
    Dotty Pringle
    19 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Ozz….That’s a rude statement. You can volunteer as well. We pay taxes for these services and they are not being kept up. The fence lines are filthy again and you cannot expect Marvin Boos to clean this whole town. Let’s review the NEW POOL info when Oxnard High was being built. “https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrOqk.mgyRjCUQIaSFx.9w4;_ylu=Y29sbwNncTEEcG9zAzMEdnRpZANDT0NPNFRFU1QzXzEEc2VjA3Ny/RV=2/RE=1663366183/RO=10/RU=https%3a%2f%2fwww.latimes.com%2farchives%2fla-xpm-1995-01-26-me-24521-story.html/RK=2/RS=uDh8pMshrZ7BIDkyMZEQ4NbR8Kk-“

    Dr. Ozz
    Dr. Ozz
    19 days ago
    Reply to  Dotty Pringle

    Pringle…you are a rude excuse for a human being. Were you born a piece of shit or did you learn to be racist from your fat trailer trash family?

    ChlamediaJackson
    ChlamediaJackson
    17 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Dr. Ozz, stop being such a nasty j3w! No WONDER the local citizens have historically chased you out of every nation that you ever tried to infest!

    C E Voigtsberger
    C E Voigtsberger
    27 days ago

    ” If the roof of your house is leaking, the plumbing is bad, the yard is a mess, credit card maxed out, would you put a very expensive pool in the backyard?”

    It is the old “let them eat cake” syndrome of politicians and bureaucrats everywhere. Some city councilman will get his or her name on the pool and it will fall into further and further disrepair until it is no longer functional. How many other recreational facilities around the city are already sadly neglected due to “lack of funds for maintenance”?

    Douglas D Partello
    Douglas D Partello
    7 days ago

    The Colonia pool they only keep open 2-3 months/year. I would really love to know the operating and maintenance costs of this boondoggle. They won’t say. Wonder why? Sure glad our 53 existing parks are in such great condition, so that is not a worry. The $145 million estimate, given back in 2016 by engineers, for upgrading the sewer system to stop the surcharge, and handle the increase use, is probably just “Chicken Little” concerns. The current PCI (Pavement Condition Index) of 65, versus 61 back in 2008, when they passed Measure O, is so great, no worries there. Glad our leadership team is on top of things, and setting the right priorities. Just makes me so proud!

    Guv. Hairdo
    Guv. Hairdo
    27 days ago

    Wow, crazy expensive. I know this sounds funny but I remember from high school, Hispanic kids really were not into swimming. This being in South Oxnard, the population is nearly 100% Hispanic. Seems misplaced. A much cheaper and practical idea is to build soccer fields. Geez.

    Dr. Ozz
    Dr. Ozz
    24 days ago
    Reply to  Guv. Hairdo

    And let’s take all the basketball courts out of the white neighborhoods. Everyone knows black basketball players are superior and white people suck at it. REMOVE THE BASKETBALL COURTS FROM WHITE NEIGHBORHOODS NOW!!!!

    Yes that’s sarcasm to point out YOUR ugly and racist bullshit.

    Geez.

    Guv. Hairdo
    Guv. Hairdo
    23 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    It was not ugly and racist until you made it so. It was a keen observation. 80 million dollars to build a pool is an obscenity..

    Dr. Ozz
    Dr. Ozz
    23 days ago
    Reply to  Guv. Hairdo

    Wrong. You and your racism are the obscenity. What else do you want government to provide to white communities but withhold from the rest of our citizens?

    Goldberg
    22 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Dr. Ozz, It’s really apparent to anyone with reading comprehension skills that ‘Guv. Hairdo’ never suggested that the city of Oxnard provide anything from ‘the white communities.’ In fact, legit question here, we’re talking about Oxnard….. are there any white communities in Oxnard?

    Dotty Pringle
    Dotty Pringle
    19 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    What do you practice?

    ChlamediaJackson
    ChlamediaJackson
    17 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Why come you call EVERYONE a racist?!?

    Goldberg
    22 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Dr. Ozz, you must be a lot of fun at a party. Guv. Hairdo makes a suggestion based on REALITY and you call it racist. Maybe in your world view you’d like to ignore reality? That’s called ignorance. Where did you earn your doctorate ?

    Dr. Ozz
    Dr. Ozz
    21 days ago
    Reply to  Goldberg

    Trump University. Why, does it show?

    ChlamediaJackson
    ChlamediaJackson
    17 days ago
    Reply to  Dr. Ozz

    Go back to lsraeI, Schlomo…

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