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    By George Miller

    Oxnard District 2 Council Member/Mayor ProTem Carmen Ramirez bailed out midway in her term to take the District 5 County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by John Zaragoza. who won the Mayor’s post.

    The Council intends to decide at the January 5 council meeting whether to fill the seat with an interim appointment or hold a special election.

    Above: Council district map. Online version HERE

    Our admittedly second-hand sources tell us that some members intend to make an interim appointment of a compliant government employee who seems to virtually always agree with the Council direction. The vast majority of council votes are unanimous, almost always for whatever is presented to them on the Council agenda.

    Their rationale is that special elections are expensive or delayed until next November and the remaining term is not that long. On the other hand, it confers an incumbent’s advantage to the appointee when he or she runs for election and may also help guarantee more of the same.

    If you are happy with the status quo/more of the same, relax and watch a movie, read a book, etc., since you’re not supposed to go out except for “essential” stuff.

    OTHERWISE, you may want to sign up to speak at Tuesday’s meeting (January 5). The  AGENDA item is L-5. Because of the government-imposed COVID regimen, you can only speak by telephone. Sign up before 3 pm Tuesday, as follows:

    Relevant info (more legible and clickable on City website, meetings section):

    There are some other interesting items on the agenda, such as committee appointments, 5 year priorities, city debt, fire dept academy, risk assessment policies and more. There will likely be some interesting public comments on the city’s $34 million lawsuit loss of the illegal levying of infrastructure fees charged to the utility enterprise funds. That would be on agenda item F- public comments on item snot on the agenda, if you’d also like to chime in.

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

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