Oxnard District 1-2 Council and Mayoral Candidates Face off

By Michael Hernandez & George Miller

OXNARD- A candidates forum was held for nine Oxnard District 1-2 and mayoral candidates on Thursday, September 24. It took place in City Council chambers and was moderated by David Maron, for the League of Women Voters.

Participants quickly differentiated themselves via their relative mastery of the issues, positions on them and communications skills. Invest some time in reading this article and watching one of the three event videos (Oxnard/Granius, Pinedos, KADYTV) which will be available to see it for yourself. Residents: your city and your investment in it deserve it,

Oxnard District 1-2 Council candidates face off at 9-24-18 candidates forum. Photo: Peter Godinez/CitizensJournal.us

The rapid fire questions, some compound and complex, with only 60 seconds to respond, certainly challenged the candidates’ communications skills, but also helped result in less-than-adequate responses.


Here are video links for the event:


Mayor   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptk1jINsn4A
City Council   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcZtH9bWpIE

City of Oxnard event VIDEO



Participants were:

Mayoral Candidates

  • Incumbent and high school teacher Tim Flynn
  • Financial executive Aaron Starr
  • Mario Quintana

Oxnard Mayoral candidates- 9-24-18. Photo: Peter Godinez/CitizensJournal.us

District 1 Council

  • Incumbent and retired Postman Bert Perello
  • Businesswoman Kari Cryder
  • Nonprofit executive Ken Oplinger
  • (Ambrosio Casanova was absent)


District 2 Council

  • Incumbent and retired attorney Carmen Ramirez
  • Senior Pastor Lance Ralston
  • Administrator Tai M. Hartley (left early, reportedly with an “anxiety attack,” possibly due to medication)

Sr. Pastor Lance Ralston


Overall, candidates, except for Mario Quintana, were in agreement that gang injunctions are needed, but make sure they are constitutional.

Of those who were asked (it made it harder to compare candidates, since they didn’t all have the same questions), no one favored rent control. Candidates are split on the state-favored housing “densification” issue, with Ramirez being its staunchest opponent, with all incumbents nearly always voting for it, although some are beginning to realize that they are helping to create a parking nightmare. Oplinger appears to favor it, too. Lance Ralston did not favor it.

It was disappointing that the questions did not elicit responses on positions on the Fisherman’s Wharf proposal, but only that County and City should work it out. Also, questions on finance did not get any responses on the deficit and accounting problems, or debt, all of which are huge issues.

Council incumbents Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez (District 2) and Bert Perello (District 1), were up on the issues and articulate, attempting to defend their record, even with the many problems the city has gone through on their watches. Perello’s focus has been on transparency and anti-corruption. 

Mayor Flynn was his usual well-informed self, but was forced into a defensive position at times by challenger Aaron Starr, the local financial executive who previously successfully challenged the wastewater rate increase via a lawsuit, but failed to win a Council seat. But Flynn fought back, accusing Starr of “frivolous lawsuits” and a recall attempt over the utility rates., while Starr accused him of wasting a million dollars on the power plant fight.

District 2 challenger Lance Ralston was articulate, incisive on the issues and had a more Conservative and businesslike approach. He is pro development, is unhappy with dev. dept’s permitting procedures, which he regards as a roadblock, as does Cryder and Oplinger. He is opposed to “housing densification, which he regards as a quality of life issue. 

District 1 challenger Ken Oplinger was articulate, up on most issues, presenting a standard big government establishment approach. 

Tai Hartley did not appear well-informed and ready for debate. She left early with a possible illness, reportedly with an “anxiety attack,” possibly due to medication.


City Moves to District Voting

This will be Oxnard’s first election under a district system. The City of Oxnard was divided into six districts as a response to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) which was adopted in 2002 and is based on the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (FVRA).  The City divided into districts in the aftermath of a demand letter that the City received to transition from an at-large election method to a by-district election method.  District 1 is the western part of Oxnard basically west of S. Ventura Road while District 2 is northwest Oxnard and runs north of 2nd Street, west of Saviers Road and east of Ventura Road and includes River Park and the Auto Center zones.

District map: FINAL-MAP-FROM-GIS-CouncilDistricts38x50_NeighborhoodAnno

Also see:  https://www.oxnard.org/city-department/city-clerk/2018-general-election/


Event Sponsor

The League of Women Voters is an American civic organization formed by Carrie Chapman Catt on Feb. 14, 1920 to help women take a larger role in public affairs –including the right to vote—the 19th Amendment.   The organization was formed to assist 27 million women voters to understand issues.  While being nonpartisan, the League supports progressive public policy positions, including campaign finance reform, universal health care, abortion rights, climate change action and environmental regulation, and gun violence prevention.  In 1974, the League of Women Voters was opened up to men.  The motto of the League is:  “empowering voters and defending democracy.”

Moderator for the Oxnard City Election Forum was David Maron, a member of Ventura County League of Women, with President Betsy Patterson serving as timer.

(Publisher’s note: We saw nothing to indicate bias by the sponsor- very well done!)



Tim Flynn:

Q: Opening Statement:  My focus has been on quality of life issues, especially in neighborhoods.  Today, Oxnard has a model program in fighting graffiti.  I led the fight against gang violence, which is unacceptable.  I am the number one proponent of the gang injunction.  I advocated an intervention program for every gang member.  I led the drive to repave  streets–100 miles were repaved last year.  I’ve been involved in revitalizing the harbor.  I oppose division by costly lawsuits.

Q: Development:  It has to be responsible growth.  We have stopped urban sprawl yet preserved farmland.  I am an advocate of mixed use development–a theme of most significant cities in nation.  San Diego and Oakland are engaged in smart growth.  You can’t afford to live where prices are higher than you can afford.  We have an obligation to house our workers.

Q: Gang injunction:  Gang problems have cost our city its reputation.  Do 2,500 men define Ventura County’s finest city?  Interested in becoming more effective.  Gang injunction is like house arrest.  Gang members are subject to gang injunction, which is better than going out and killing somebody.  We need to find a way to get out of gangs.  This is an endless cycle.

Q: Homelessness:  Both the cities of Ventura and Oxnard are going to open a year round shelter—a  complement of job training services.   I have been trying to find a location.  It needs to be compatible with neighborhoods.  I’m committed to resolving the problem.  But that shelter will not be a free lunch.  Those in parks and river bottom will be given options.

Q: Landscape issue and River Ridge using measure O: No neighborhoods in city are dependent on Measure O funding (a city sales tax of 1/2%).   Landscaping poor condition is a quality of life issue.   How much good landscaping does for a good city. How should we look?  Maintenance districts not managed properly for decades.  Not reconstituted.  Will have a choice for a level of service:  A, B, or C.  Another issue is tree trimming.  We have 57,000 trees in Oxnard and a backlog of 2,700 trees to be trimmed.

Q: Jobs: Oxnard needs more than minimum wage jobs.  We are finished with minimum wage jobs.  We don’t need more minimum wage jobs.  We need higher paying jobs here.  This city has the potential to attract employers that pay highest paying jobs.  I have been making Oxnard a fiber optic city.  We already have the infrastructure to attract higher wage employer jobs.  We have the infrastructure for the highest speed Internet.  The infrastructure is already there.

Q: If elected, what are top two priorities and how do you fix them?: I am an advocate of creating new economy jobs:  High tech, bio tech and internet jobs.  We need to work on schools.  As Mayor, as a teacher, I have promoted Magnet Schools to attract more people to the city.  Soon River Park will have a magnet school.  We will have fiber optic cable—the highest speed internet.

Q: Closing Statement:  I have committed my life to public service.  I was in the private sector (sold used cars).  I had a bottom line each day.  Results are not about election time gimmicks.  I would not have been re-elected, if  all promises had notbeen met.  I am a uniter.  I do not sue people and do not put special elections to cost a half million dollars to taxpayers.  I have a proven record of bringing people together.


Mario Quintana: 

Q: Opening Statement: I am a lifelong resident of this city.  I grew up in La Colonia which gives me a unique perspective of the city.  We talk about getting people engaged – this is how we govern.  Many here live in a marginalized society.  The idea is how we engage the public.  One of the biggest issues is Spanish translation.  In 2011, Mayor Tim Flynn voted against it, before he became Mayor.  How can you communicate if you can’t understand?  The 75 percent Hispanics in the city have been ignored. He feels that wealthy areas get preference for services.

Q; Development:  I’m for growth.  The housing crisis is tragic.  My opponent is the Mayor who is against housing and seeks an anti-growth environment. We are like New York City before built.  Go to South Oxnard.  What is the population?  Development needs to be competitive.    We’re competing with corporations and companies.

Q: Gang injunction:  Against.  It is a catch 22.  (Oxnard is) one of the safest cities in America for a city this size.  Police use gang injunctions against us.

Q: Homeless:   Not bad people.  Many looking for a place to sleep.  Not intentionally living on street.  It ties back into cost of living.  People want to live on the coast.  More homeless on streets can’t afford the city.  We don’t have power over people to move on.  We need to commit to a permanent homeless shelter.  Housing is a crisis,  it is everywhere.  Part of the solution is to be engaged with the County of Ventura.  Help when we can help.  Some will choose that lifestyle.

Q: Landscape issue and River Ridge using measure O: Take ownership what is not done in your community For River Ridge or golf course. Measure O when I heard about it in 2008 was described as for recreation and police.

Q: Jobs: Where national economy goes, so does the local economy. What kind of resources comes back?  We can’t be a luxury city that has a gang injunction. Gangs exist. Are we competing for these kids?  I’m President of local Little League (in La Colonia).  We have no commitment for our parks or for our youth.  It starts with families.

Q: If elected, what are top two priorities and how do you fix them? My priority is community reform.  Sometimes I’m dealing with negative stuff and those who live in the shadows.  Neighborhood Councils is how to engage more people.  I serve on the Commission on Community Relations.  If no one responds, people will eventually walk way. I’ve been on the commission five years and I have never gotten anywhere.  We pass resolutions that never go anywhere.  It does not go to the city council even when we pass a report. I would build a sports park with lights at Gonzales and Oxnard.

Q: Closing Statement:  Honesty and integrity. I feel a good leader is willing to stand and deal with difficult issues and commit to individuals living in the shadows.  We engage.  I’m the Little League President in La Colonia.  Be part of the solution.  Talk the talk and walk the walk.  I am an underdog or spoiler.  I will do right to my community. I will fight for you.


Aaron Starr:

Q: Opening Statement: Imagine a well-run city with transparent, crime free neighborhoods, working with schools that teach skills to succeed.  Imagine creating businesses so children can afford to live here.  Oxnard has great potential.  Every two years, we hear promises and those promises are forgotten and unfilled.

I am a controller of a billion dollar manufacturing company that is an agent of change.  We need to see if current City leadership has met their promises and  follows the laws,  so they don’t lose lawsuits.

Q: Development:  Neither for nor against growth.  The question is how well is the city managed?   I can’t say ‘no growth.’  Folks are going to move here one way or the other.  Folks are moving several families into one house.  I see a big parking problem.   They are coming here regardless.  Developers need to pay their own costs.  It needs to be well managed.   We need to build businesses that will bring higher paid jobs and allow us to afford homes.  It is unacceptable to have two or three families in a home.

I don’t believe in group hugs to take care of the gang problem.  – Aaron Starr

Q: Gang Injunctions:  I don’t believe in group hugs to take care of the gang problem.  Unfortunately they are criminals.  What we have is not good.  It didn’t give an opportunity to get off gang injunctions.  It needs a mechanism to say, ‘I am not in a gang’.    Authorities have to prove it.   There needs to be a way to get out of gang injunctions.  Some are in these injunctions for 10 years or more; but need a way to get off.

Q: Homelesness: Homeless programs should be here to help temporarily homeless—those that don’t make choices to become homeless.  A lot of folks choose this as a way of life.  Why did they choose to live here in streets rather than elsewhere?  We have a problem with needles, feces.  It is a real problem.  Let’s have a police officer assigned.  Lets get reconnected outside of the city.

Q: Landscape Maintenance District issue and River Ridge using measure O: We have a lack of transparency.  The mayor will not look at a report.  He was the deciding vote to not disclose the landscape audit.  If I become Mayor, that report will be released.  I’m not hiding news from you.   I’m not in favor of using Measure O for the River Ridge community.  It was meant for all of Oxnard.

Q: Jobs: Oxnard future: We have so much potential here.  I saw a report comparing businesses around the County.  The City  of Oxnard had the fewest number of business per capita.  Thousand Oaks and Ventura had more business than Oxnard.  We are twice the size of these two cities.  Frankly, the poor leadership makes it very difficult to come here.  Businesses take years to get business  permits.  It can take years and fees are outrageous.  This city has failed.  We need to create an  environment for business.  I am a controller of a manufacturing company. I understand business.  I will bring higher paying jobs to the city.

Q: What are top two priorities and how do you fix them?: We need to fix our darn roads–100 miles of roads–less than 10 percent of the roads in the city. The crime rate needs to be addressed. The Mayor voted to lay off 16 police officers.  We want better roads and less crime.  We need to bring in businesses so we can afford to pay for these services.  We’re paying extra half cent sales tax for 10 years.  We deserve more for our money.

Closing Statement:  Who can build a future you deserve? I’m someone who listens, someone who understands and that brings people together.  Someone whose words; matches deeds.  I have experience managing teams.  Look long term. Give you good news and not hide bad news.  I am  someone who sees the big picture.  I will be your biggest champion.  Oxnard: lets build a future together.


Other questions from the audience not asked of the Mayoral candidates concerned topics such as:

  • How to mitigate traffic;
  • Possible funding ideas; and
  • Public Works and Fire Department issues;


District 1 City Council:  West Oxnard


Kari Cryder:

Q: Opening Statement:  I am a wife of a Gulf War veteran.  I’ve raised our family in Oxnard over 20 years ago because of the diversity of culture and perfect weather.  The current council is mismanaged.  The  harbor has dead fish.  Our infrastructure is still crumbling.  Your voices are not heard.  I am a problem solver.  With creativity we can get the city running again.

Q: Housing:  There is always a need for housing.  Who doesn’t want to live in housing?  We need to make roads bigger–Victoria and Harbor Blvd. How are we going to get hundreds and thousands of cars?

Q: Finance:  See where we can increase efficiency?  The trash department couldn’t get an increase in revenue; yet managed to save money.  The City spent 250 million on a water recycle plant that loses money for us every month.   We need to bring money to our infrastructure; be more productive and more prosperous.

Q: Homelessness:  Multiple level issues.  Government stay out of it.  Nonprofits come to the city and work with people to give help.

Q: Priorities: Involving residents in decision making is a priority.  We need to work with citizens of the city.  It is my duty to listen to the residents of city.  Another priority is to get our finances under control.  We need to do more tightening of the belt and earn more revenue though our businesses and bring revenue to our city through our tax base.

Q: Outsourcing:  What is being proposed?  Oxnard Fire Department is best in country.  They have some of the best response times in the country.  This should be a priority as well as safety of the city.  We need to increase the fire and police departments to make us safe and keep us well.

Q: Housing and Rent Control:  Plan for growth and infrastructure; not for rent control.  Let the market determine what rent will be.

Q: District 1:  I live in the Winfield subdivision by the Oxnard Airport.   The biggest issue is the water issue–the brown water in the harbor.  We have dead fish.  Sea lions are leaving.  We all need to enjoy beaches and get the wastewater system fixed.  South Oxnard needs to be revitalized.

Q: Oil:  I can’t say this industry is destroying the environment without looking to the future.  The two power plants are rusting away when the city council  removed those power plants.

Q: Crime:  Give police the tools.  Gang injunctions are temporarily stopped.  I am also for a program put in place to help families and parents keep kids from being involved in gangs in the first place.   We need to work with families.

Q: Downtown:  Great area. Encourage developers to work in this area.  Increase foot traffic; then business will thrive and bring revenue.

Q: Closing Statement:  I want to be somebody to listen to you.  You need someone to represent you, the people, and manage and rally the troops–someone not kept in the dark.  We are the oversight that you expect us to be.”


Bert E. Perello:

Q: Opening Statement: It takes a lot to be a candidate.  I am fighting for people interest and not special interests.

Q: Power Plant and Wharf:  We have an issue with the power company.   The state regional quality board allowed  the pumping facility to go away.  We have reached out to get help from the State. We need a long term solution.  The fix for Fisherman Wharf is with the City and County.

Q: Housing:  Housing does not pay its own way.  It takes money to service housing for infrastructure.  We’ve made poor deals.  Affordable housing is what everyone wants.  We have housing with limited parking.

Q: Financials:  Only two people are involved in hiring by Council:  the  City Attorney and City Manager. The previous city manager did not do a good job.

We have projects in development–multiple story projects—a third tower by Esplanade.  They already have permits and just pay fees.

Q: Homelessness:  Neighborhoods won’t accept a tent city.  Yet people have lost their homes, we have people who have mental health issues; people who have addiction issues.

Q: Priorities:  We never reached out to experts.  Our highest priority is our finances.  Where do we stand financially?  We can’t make promises, we can’t deliver.  We have serious problems.  We have problems when we spend 16 million dollars and can’t find it.

Q: Staffing:  Spending money for consultants is a mistake.  We need the best you can have; train, keep and afford.  We need to live within budget and know what is in the budget?  We want to have someone responsible.

Q: Rent Control:  “Attractive but no incentive to build more housing.  People rent out spaces.  What do we want?  Water is a limiting factor.

Q: District 1:  My district is the Southern Pacific Railroad on the west side.  I am a supporter of districts.  The biggest issue is completing the levee to protect 6,000 homes.  I live in the South  Bank neighborhood.

Q: Oil and Gas:  We’ve got to take care of the coast but we need oil and gas. I believe in jobs for the oil industry but we don’t want to take chances with the environment.

Q: Crime:  Every parent has a dream.  Our police chief says we have more problems  with opiods than homicides; more people die from car wrecks than gangs.  Resources need to be allocated for opiod deaths, homicides, gangs.  We have a limited number of funds.

Q: Downtown:  Potential is enormous.  Smart development is needed.  We can’t keep redeveloping.

Q: Closing Statement:  I have worked hard to represent residents of the city to marshal resources needed for water issues in the harbor; to  construct levees for flooding. District 1 residents know they have a strong champion.”


Ken Oplinger: 

Q: Opening Statement:  A resident of the Shores.  What does it take to truly approve our core structure?  Where can we find leadership?  I’m running because of my 26 years of municipal government.  We need council members to be able to ask tough questions and who can work with other elected officials.

Q: Housing: Pushing density and not sprawl.

Q: Downtown: We got to concentrate more in the downtown area.  We need to find ways for affordable housing.

Q: Financial Issues in city:  We need to ensure that we are maximizing revenues.  We’ve done a poor job in planning and development.  We have put road blocks that keep builders from permits.  Builders don’t want to deal with this community.  We need to get development permits in a timely fashion.

Q: Homeless and Housing:  Government get involved.  We can’t say we are not doing anything.

Q: Traffic:  I don’t see a traffic problem.

Q: Top Priorities:  My top two priorities–core infrastructure—the primary responsibility of city government.  We need to make sure we have a council that can work together—a council that works well together.

Q: Staffing in city:  Oxnard Fire department is under staffed.

Q: Outsourcing?:  Public safety is important; so staffing needs to be paid so we don’t lose them.  In general, I’m not in favor of outsourcing.

Q: Housing and Rent Control: No rent control.  We deal with excessive rents by having adequate housing.   I’m not supportive of rent control.

Q: Climate Change:  Is real.  A scientific fact.  We need to make sure that people can enjoy this community.

Q: Crime in Oxnard and gang injunction:  If police department says we need gang injunction; then I support it.  I am not one who has all the answers.  We have professionals to do this.  We need to look for programs that we can bring to the community.

Q: District 1:  I was not for the districts.  I did submit some ideas on maps.  I understand why it was done.  My perspective is to help all the people of the city.

Q: Closing Statement:  We have serious problems; whether a plan for infrastructure or keeping professional staff and a vision for Oxnard.


Ambrosio Casnova Jr.:  No Show


District 2 City Council:  Northwest Oxnard

Carmen Ramirez:

Q: Opening statement:  During my eight year tenure, I’ve never missed a council meeting.  I’ve been diligent representing you.  I have a proven record and have made difficult decisions that saved Oxnard future:  strengthening our infrastructure and credit worthiness.

Q: Fisherman wharf: Is about relationships between residents and the County.

Q: Housing:   I spent more than 30 years representing tenants in the city and beyond.  I have voted for every housing project that was not sprawl.  Sprawl kills a city and creates bankruptcy. We had a problem in the city when foreclosure crisis came.  We now have rental homes.

Q: Finances:   The City has been abused but now we have opportunities for future  industries have left in the past.  We are going to see downtown developed.

Q: Homeless and Traffic:  We need to have more people commuting.  ?????????????

Q: Homelessness:  We need to adopt a five year plan.  We need more access to affordable levels of housing.

Q: Youth Intervention:  We need to do Youth intervention.  We need Law enforcement, police and government and a focus on parks.  We have parks but no money to maintain those parks.

Q: Outsourcing:  I don’t agree with outsourcing.  It leads to bad results.  Our fire department and police department are excellent.  But we need to ask:  “How much can we afford?  We voted for new fire stations in south Oxnard and funded  a station with Measure O money.

Q: Housing, Rents:  We need to plan for housing in right areas.  Rent control might look attractive,  but I believe in cities to make their own decisions. Other cities have rent control, but it does not always work.  If you have more housing, you have no need for rent control which is a  problem with foreclosure prices  and housing owned by investors.

Q: District 2:  I live in the Woods.  I represent from 2nd Steet to River Park.  The big issue is the levee.  When water comes, it comes fast.  District 2 has seniors.  Apartment that are neglected.  It also has issues with youth violence   We got to have the interest of the whole city.

Q: Production of oil and gas:  I’m one of 250 elected officials in California to slow down extraction of oil in California and off-shore.  We need to do something above climate change.  It is destroying health.  I’m a leader of city fighting toxic industries that came here.

Q: Gangs:  One of the safer cities.  Our crime is from the population of young men that hurt each other and not random.  Every child has a dream and not to be in a gang, get hurt, murder someone or go to jail.  We can be a safer city.  Look at City Corp.

Q: Downtown:  Very excited about potential of downtown to be a thriving economic base where people can work and be entertained.  We have  great weather and the  train station.  We can repurpose.  Some of our important building in Oxnard are downtown.

Q: Closing Statement:   I have represented people of this city for eight years and I want to continue,  We have made right choices and are on the road to recovery. We have made difficult decisions.  We have voted to enhance police services to improve our streets and roads; to improve our infrastructure and credit worthiness.


Lance Ralston:

Q: Opening Statement:   My wife and I have lived in city for 38 years.  I raised three children here.  I am the founding pastor of the city’s second largest church and before that I worked with a food services chain.”

Q: Power Plant:  We need a more efficient power plant in place.   The City decided to file a lawsuit and drive them out of town.  Now there is brown water in the harbor. We now have an adversarial  relationship with our neighbors; when we should have a healthy relationship with all our neighbors.  We need to restore our relationship with our neighbors.

Q: Housing:  Why does government get involved in telling people what to do with their property?   I am not an advocate for dense housing because of problems caused by higher  density—a diminished quality of life.  I seek less government and more freedom.

Building:  A city flourishes when builders can build.  We purchased  a building next door for a new sanctuary. It has taken two years to retrofit this project through the city and we have been in the city for 36 years.  What is like for a business that cant get through the process because it costs too much money and is too complex.   It is business that prospers the city.

Q: Homelessness:  Two kinds: by circumstances or those that choose to be homeless.  Voluntary organizations and government needs to be involved.  Churches would love to help.  Let’s give them the opportunity.

Q: Main Issues:  We need to restore trust and openness.   We are the elected official of the people.  We need to be accountable.  We need to have a simplicity in obtaining permits to do business quicker.  We need to manage our resources.  We need to find experts and gather them together and receive counsel so we can make better decisions in the city council.

Q: Fire and Police:  Public safety is important and as a city council member, I will make public safety a priority.

Q: Rent Control:  I believe that the marketplace should determine rents.  We need to have a master plan.  We need to have the infrastructure.  But landlords should be able to use their land in the way they choose.

Q: District 2:  I live in Orchard Park.  We have the older and more historic part of the city–F Street.  We have the newest area and most developed in River Park.  I believe that Historic Oxnard and the new Oxnard need to know each other better.

Q: Climate Change: Science does not indicate that fossil fuels has caused climate change.  We need oil and gas energy. I am for alternative energy resources but I don’t believe we are going to see dramatic change for the needs of combustion engine in cars.

Q: Gang Injunctions:  You need to be able to get off the gang injunction list.  If law enforcement says gang injunctions  is a valuable tool, we need to give support.  What we need to do is to strengthen the family—the values of family.

Q: Downtown:  We can look at other cities and see what they have done and replicate that.

Q: Closing Statement:  I encourage you to register and get to the polls this November. Lets restore trust through openness and honesty.  We need a friendlier business community.   We need to manage our resources.”


Tai M. Hartley:  Left the Candidate Forum early

Q: Opening Statement:  Lifelong resident of the city.  As a single parent, I had a lot of struggles to gain services.  I have a responsible decision making skills that I hope to bring to the city.

Q: Housing:  We need right businesses in the city.

Q: Finance:  Pay people to help them survive.

Q: Homeless:  We need a special task force to identify those who need mental health and job services.


Oxnard Council Election Campaign Underway

Oxnard Council Election Campaign Underway

By Peter K. Godinez and George Miller- It’s election time in Oxnard again- there were/are three this year- May Special recall election, June primary election and finally, the November general election. In reality, the bulk of the campaigns will only be about 6 weeks, since filings were only done by mid August, campaigns are just […]


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in West Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.  Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres –as a “City Upon A Hill”; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.

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

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Dotty Pringle

Per Tim Flynn:
Gang problems have cost our city its reputation.

No Tim, you and the Council’s unethical business practices Have cost OUR city it’s reputation.

It can’t always be someone else’s fault!
Step up!!