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Court Says Oxnard Denied Voters’ Rights

Court Says Oxnard Denied Voters’ Rights

By Aaron Starr  On Monday, October 25 the appellate court issued a ruling that the Oxnard City Council “enacted an ordinance that served to deny voters their rights guaranteed by the Election Code.” https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/…/2021_10_20… You may recall back in 2019 that we spent the better part of that year gathering signatures to qualify a measure […]

Major Victory For Moving Oxnard Forward

Major Victory For Moving Oxnard Forward

Letter to the Editor from Aaron Starr We had a major victory in court this week! On Monday, October 25 the appellate court issued a ruling that the Oxnard City Council “enacted an ordinance that served to deny voters their rights guaranteed by the Election Code.” You may recall back in 2019 that we spent the better […]

Moving Oxnard Forward: Public Landscapes

Moving Oxnard Forward: Public Landscapes

Aaron Starr We all know that Oxnard City Hall does a poor job of maintaining public landscapes. Just look at the overgrown weeds and unpruned trees. Even the people who live in a Landscape Maintenance District (LMD) – and pay an extra assessment on their property tax bill – do not receive the services promised. […]

IUF Lawsuit: Moving Oxnard Forward

IUF Lawsuit: Moving Oxnard Forward

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM AARON STARR During our recent lawsuit –– where we prevailed against the City’s illegal Infrastructure Use Fee (IUF) –– the City of Oxnard claimed to the Ventura County Superior Court that any period shorter than eight years to return to the City’s utility enterprise funds (i.e. water, wastewater and solid […]

VC Star: Oxnard’s “Mistake”

VC Star: Oxnard’s “Mistake”

Op-Ed by Aaron Starr   Contrary to the soft-pedaled view expressed in The Star’s recent editorial (“Oxnard moves on from a mistake”), the City of Oxnard’s Infrastructure Use Fee charged to utility ratepayers was much more than a mistake – it was quite deliberate. Not only did the Ventura County Superior Court describe the City’s […]

Oxnard Takes Cookies, Returns Crumbs

Oxnard Takes Cookies, Returns Crumbs

By Aaron Starr Imagine this. You learn that your child pocketed 36 cookies that did not belong to him … and he ate 32 of them. After you confront him, he returns the remaining four cookies and proclaims what a good boy he is for doing so. Does returning ONLY SOME of what he took […]

Oxnard City Hall Defies Court Order

Oxnard City Hall Defies Court Order

by Aaron Starr Oxnard City Hall was ordered by a judge to lower your utility rates by June 16 … but they have refused to do it. Last December we prevailed in a lawsuit against the City of Oxnard for unlawfully charging its City-owned utilities (i.e. water, wastewater and solid waste) an Infrastructure Use Fee (or “IUF”) –– […]

Oxnard, CA | Sad Day for Citizen Initiative Rights

Oxnard, CA | Sad Day for Citizen Initiative Rights

Late last month the Ventura County Superior Court telegraphed its intended decision that two of our voter-approved initiatives — Measures M and N — are to be declared invalid because they are supposedly administrative, not legislative, in nature. We disagree with that decision and intend to appeal, as the stakes are simply too high. The […]

Public Letter To Aaron Starr And Alicia Percell

Public Letter To Aaron Starr And Alicia Percell

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 […]

Should We Buy Oxnard’s City Manager Alex Nguyen a Dictionary?

Should We Buy Oxnard’s City Manager Alex Nguyen a Dictionary?

    By Aaron Starr Unfortunately, name-calling is the level of discourse we have come to expect from Oxnard City Hall. In last week’s issue of the Tri County Sentry, Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen called yours truly a “Fascist” because we use the democratic process to bring increased transparency to local government. By implication, […]

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