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Oxnard Council: Homeless Shelter Tentatively Approved; Ormond Beach Power Plant May Stay Open

Oxnard Council: Homeless Shelter Tentatively Approved;  Ormond Beach Power Plant May Stay Open

By George Miller At the 11-19-19 Oxnard Council meeting, The council approved a lease for a permanent homeless shelter on 1258 Saviers Road, subject to a very short 90 day contingency and public outreach period. City Manager Nguyen announced his intention to negotiate an extension in operations of the  Ormond Beach power plant in exchange […]

Oxnard Council Warns of $10MM Deficit; Approves Underfunded $437MM Capital Plan; Mandalay Bay Residents Sound the Alarm on City Seawalls; Housing Dept. Capital Plan Approved

Oxnard Council Warns of $10MM Deficit; Approves Underfunded $437MM Capital Plan; Mandalay Bay Residents Sound the Alarm on City Seawalls; Housing Dept. Capital Plan Approved

By George Miller On April 2, 2019, the Oxnard Council tried to get its arms around a massive five year $437 million capital capital spending plan assembled by Public Works, Finance and other departments. While there seemed to be agreement on the needs, it was clear that there wasn’t consensus on priorities and that it […]

Ormond Beach Power Plant to Close

Ormond Beach Power Plant to Close

Oxnard, California – NRG Energy has announced it will close its Ormond Beach Generating Station in October of this year. With this announcement, the Ormond Beach Generating Station now joins the closure of Mandalay Beach Generating Station, which was announced in October, 2017. “The City of Oxnard is moving closer to its long term goal […]

Santa Paula: Council Opposes Mission Rock Peaker Plant

Santa Paula: Council Opposes Mission Rock Peaker Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin After numerous meetings and citizen dialogues, the city of Santa Paula has taken formal objection to the Mission Rock peaker plant. To read previous articles about the proposed peaker plant, click here. In a letter to be sent to the California Energy Commission (CEC) drafted by City Manager Fontes and Attorney Cotti, […]

Santa Paula: Mission Rock Peaker Plant Oppostion

Santa Paula: Mission Rock Peaker Plant Oppostion

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 12 A on the regular agenda for September 19, 2016 included a resolution opposing the proposed gas fired peaker plant on the Mission Rock site owned by Calpine. The text of the proposed resolution follows: A RESOLUTION OF THE SANTA PAULA CITY COUNCIL OPPOSING THE PROPOSED CALPINE MISSION ROCK ENERGY CENTER […]

Coastal Commission pans NRG power plant replacement proposal

Coastal Commission pans NRG power plant replacement proposal

Reportedly, at a Friday, September 9 meeting of the Coastal Commission, members weighed in against the replacement of the NRG-operated Mandalay Beach, Oxnard power plant at the existing site, employing controversial arguments of “sea rise,” “storm waves” and “100 years floods.” They would prefer to see it built elsewhere. NRG has proposed to build  a new state […]

CPUC: Oxnard Power Plant Moves Forward and Santa Barbara Plant Denied

CPUC: Oxnard Power Plant Moves Forward and Santa Barbara Plant Denied

By Sheryl Hamlin The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) took two actions regarding gas fired power plants in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Consent Calendar In the consent calendar, a request for Mandalay 3 was denied by the Commission and a contract at Ellwood in Goleta was approved through 2018. These are known as Resource […]

Santa Paula Council and Citizens: Dialogue with Calpine about Mission Rock Peaker Plant

Santa Paula Council and Citizens: Dialogue with Calpine about Mission Rock Peaker Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin Item 10E on the April 4, 2016 Santa Paula City Council resulted from a large citizen turnout at the March 21, 2016 council meeting opposing the proposed Mission Rock Energy Center (MREC). That meeting was described here and the MREC project application is located here at the California Energy Commission (CEC). The […]

Election aftermath: Mandalay Shores Community Association power struggle

Election aftermath: Mandalay Shores Community Association power struggle

By George Miller & Julie Pena  (Article last updated 4-5-16, 10:45 pm)   George Miller: 1. On their second try, MSCA (Mandalay Shores Community Association) was finally able to recently hold its annual meeting and conduct the Board of Directors election, which seems to still be in dispute.   2. Ms Pena, who wrote the section […]

Santa Paula: Council Hears Citizen Objections to Proposed Power Plant

Santa Paula: Council Hears Citizen Objections to Proposed Power Plant

An item about a proposed peaker plant in the Mission Rock area brought citizens to the Santa Paula City Council Meeting of March 21, 2016. Near Term History In July 2015, the CPUC(California Public Utilities Commission) came to Oxnard to hear citizens’ concerns about the proposed Mandalay power plant replacement in Oxnard. As this article […]