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    Public Letter To Aaron Starr And Alicia Percell

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    The Public’s Voice and Direction to the City Staff, Mayor and Council Was a Success
    Mr. Aaron Starr and Ms. Alicia Percell:
    You should consider the public vote on the two Measures M and N a success for 3 reasons:
    First the Mayor and Council are always complaining that the public does not participate enough in the governance of Oxnard. So here the public’s vote on the two measures shows the Mayor and Council what the people want. 
    The  Mayor and Council can of course ignore the people’s wishes at their peril, or they can order the staff to propose a resolution that would allow the Mayor and Council to make the changes voted on by the people making it “legal”.
    Second, it shows that staff is capable of adjusting to what the people want even if the executive staff do not like the change. Now the Mayor and Council can order the staff to review what worked and provide a proper city resolution that would incorporate the best of your measures.
    Third, it showed that Robert’s Rules do work and most people prefer that form of meeting management.  Again we will see if the Mayor and Council understand this.

    Phillip Molina


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    Douglas Partello
    Douglas Partello
    1 year ago

    Not sure the City of Oxnard leadership have their hearing aids in. Seems they don’t care much to listen to the voters when they vote in initiatives they don’t like. They are constantly praising the voters for the Measure E bailout.
    They really do not want the public to have time to digest staff presentations, and come prepared to engage the City Council with informed comments and questions. Things were much better when no one showed up.
    They really do not wish to fix the roads. Alex Nguyen seems to think it is the “Impossible Dream” a PCI (Pavement Condition Index) of 80. Camarillo has PCI of 79, and saves millions on road repairs at that level.
    Manuel Herrera praises all the great road repair work going on now, but condemns Aaron Starr for his initiatives. Funny the road work began in earnest AFTER Measure N passed. (Thanks Aaron!)
    Alex Nguyen cannot claim to be here after so many misdeeds for very long. He took out a parking lot at Oxnard Beach Park, that was part of the costs of an assessment district, which is illegal, as it is “general benefit area”, and outside the district’s boundaries. He claimed to not be Karnac, and tell fortunes, but he was here for three years with that parking lot being maintained by the residents, and not the General Fund, as it should have been.
    City Hall will some day face the music. Until then, we will keep relying upon retirees to maintain the public space landscaping, and parks.

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