Protest Letter on Ventura County/Oxnard proposed Channel Islands Harbor management agreement

EditorialBy George Miller

 

From: george miller
To: clerkoftheboard <[email protected]>

Sent: Sat, Mar 21, 2015 11:45 pm

Please pass this on to the County Supervisors. I do NOT support the proposed new Harbor agreement between the City of Oxnard and Ventura County and here’s why ……..
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View from the abandoned, derelict Lobster Trap Restaurant, looking at the ramshackle Channel Islands Sportfishing complex in Channel Islands Harbor. (Photo: CitizensJournal.us)

 
As a 35 year resident of Ventura County and user of Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard and publisher of CitizensJournal.us, which also covers Oxnard, I wish to point out that the proposed Channel Islands Harbor Management agreement was judged unacceptable to the City Council (unanimously) and all public speakers at the 3-17-15 Council meeting.  Both Council reps (Mayor Flynn and Councilman Bert Perello) on the harbor task force are dead set against it.
 
I contacted VC CEO Mike Powers to ask questions about the agreement prior to the meeting. Calls were not returned. I also spoke to Harbor Director Lynn Krieger, who told me that the agreement emphasis was on maintenance and operations. Well, after reading it, I have to strongly disagree. She seems to think that everything about the harbor is going just great and that the agreement represented County/City of Oxnard consensus. The City staff (City Mgr. Nyhoff/Planning DirectorWinegar) seemed to think it was the best deal that could be obtained. How could they have so badly miscalculated and failed to address resident and City Council views?
 
I was also puzzled as to why no County officials showed up at the Council meeting to explain/discuss the harbor agreement. I asked Lynn Krieger to come and speak, but don’t recall seeing or hearing her there.
 
The actual results of harbor management are both good news/bad news, as pointed out in one of the articles linked directly below. Although there have been some real successes, the harbor has fallen considerably short of its potential and has nothing like the success of locally run Santa Barbara Harbor.  I believe that the beaches and harbor are Oxnard’s potential crown jewels and greatest assets which should be developed and managed for the best interests of Oxnard residents, County residents and tourism.
 
Here are some CitizensJournal.us articles covering the proposed harbor agreement:

Oxnard, Ventura County, release proposed new 10 year Channel Islands Harbor agreement

Oxnard, Ventura County, release proposed new 10 year Channel Islands Harbor agreementBy George Miller Channel Islands Harbor’s 50+ year-old management agreement between Oxnard and senior partner Ventura County, which owns the harbor and land and makes the development decisions via the Board of Supervisors, is up for renewal. A year and a half of negotiations has produced only a few compromises. So far, no major breakthroughs are evident […]

Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn talks about Channel Islands Harbor management agreement renewal

Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn talks about Channel Islands Harbor management agreement renewalBy George Miller (3-10-15)- Host George Miller, CitizensJournal.us Publisher, interviews Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn and Hollywood Beach resident/analyst David Finn, for KADYTV, on the upcoming Channel Island Harbor management agreement discussion and renewal vote coming up at the Tuesday, March 17 City Council meeting (will be listed 3-12-15 HERE). The Good Morning Oxnard Show is recorded most Wednesday mornings […]

KADYTV: Oxnard council shoots down new harbor agreement; Consultant audit blasts past city management

KADYTV: Oxnard council shoots down new harbor agreement; Consultant audit blasts past city managementBy George Miller In this segment (3-18-15), CitizensJournal.us Publisher George Miller comments on this week’s Oxnard news.  Topics covered were:  Audit of city government, with emphasis of finances and human resource management; Reaction to the proposed Channel Islands Harbor management agreement between Oxnard and Ventura County; Honoring 1972 Sunset Little League national championship team. A […]

Oxnard projects In Channel Islands Harbor finally move forward- County projects remain secretive

Oxnard projects In Channel Islands Harbor finally move forward- County projects remain secretiveBy David Finn – First of a series of CitizensJournal.us articles Four planned development projects in the Channel Islands Harbor area under City of Oxnard jurisdiction are steadily moving forward.  Meanwhile, four planned development projects under County of Ventura control remain largely a secret, more than six months after developers locked up the respective sites […]

Please do not approve the agreement, which has been already resoundingly rejected by the other party to any agreement, the City of Oxnard. Please address the deficiencies in the agreement, including insufficient control by Oxnard of projects in a harbor which, for the record, is actually in Oxnard. Transparency is lacking as well. Also address the problem with Channel Islands Community Services District.  
 
An interim agreement should be utilized while a satisfactory one is negotiated. Clauses 11-21 should not be in that agreement.
 
 
Regards,
George Miller
Publisher
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Abandoned, decaying Casa Sirena Hotel complex, Peninsula Road, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. (Photo: David Finn)

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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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2 Responses to Protest Letter on Ventura County/Oxnard proposed Channel Islands Harbor management agreement

  1. Dotty Pringle July 3, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Well stated Steve!

    Yes knowledge is power and can be a very dangerous thing to certain special interests!

    Thank goodness for Free Speech, better than Nextdoor always!

    Reply
  2. Citizen Reporter March 22, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Posted from Steve Nash, Planning Commissioner, Oxnard.

    Hi, George. CJ was not allowing me to post (Capcha problem).

    Here is my comment, “Thank you, Citizens Journal, for providing such in-depth analysis and commentary that is not available through any other media. I was woefully under-informed of the C.I. Harbor situation but by accessing the content provided by CJ, I at least have a working knowledge of what’s going on. And, as we all know, knowledge is a very dangerous thing to certain special interests.”

    Best,
    Steve Nash

    Reply

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