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    Oxnard City Council: Special Meeting – Fisherman’s Wharf

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    I have had the pleasure of speaking to many of you, and discussing a myriad of ideas regarding the betterment of the Harbor.  I know we can all agree that we share the objective to improve the Harbor, for the benefit of Harbor businesses, residents and visitors.  I also recognize that we do not always agree on how to improve the Harbor.

    I have assured many of you that I will notify you when there is an upcoming meeting or opportunity to weigh-in on a particular development or issue.  As most of you know, the proposed development for Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most significant and largest proposed developments in the Harbor.  The next step in the approval process is a hearing with the Oxnard City Council.  That hearing has been scheduled for Monday, October 7, at 6 p.m. in the Oxnard City Council Chambers. 

    If you want to let the City Council know your position, you can attend the meeting and speak.  As an alternative, you can write or e-mail the Mayor and City Council Members.  I have provided a list of Oxnard City Council Members below, including their e-mail addresses. 

    Mayor Tim Flynn                                         [email protected]
    Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez              [email protected]
    Council Member Bert Perello                    [email protected]
    Council Member Oscar Madrigal              [email protected]
    Council Member Bryan MacDonald          [email protected]
    Council Member Gabriela Basua              [email protected]
    Council Member Vianey Lopez                 [email protected]

    The Oxnard Planning Commission has recommended denial of the amendment which is needed for the development to proceed, but the City Council can approve the amendment on October 7 to allow this much-needed development to proceed to a State Coastal Commission hearing.  I urge you to e-mail these Oxnard elected officials, as input from residents is very important.  If you want your written input to be part of the official record, I believe you must e-mail by end of day tomorrow, September 24.

    I believe this project is in the best interest of the Harbor, and believe that if this development fails, this vital entryway to our Harbor will continue to be an embarrassment for many years to come.  There is a belief that we can simply “fix” the existing buildings, but those who have taken the time to look at, and in, those buildings know that is an impossible endeavor. 

    Please click on this link which explains the project, and our reasons why the project should be supported.  

    Mark Sandoval, Director
    Ventura County Harbor Department

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