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In Surprise Move, Oxnard Council Adopts Starr Term Limits, BUT ….

In Surprise Move, Oxnard Council Adopts Starr Term Limits, BUT ….

By George Miller The Oxnard Council adopted Aaron Starr/Moving Oxnard Forward’s term limits ballot measure at the 1-21-20 meeting. Many anticipated that the council would also attempt to litigate this like they signaled they would with three other Starr initiatives at last week’s special meeting. But in a surprise maneuver, they actually adopted the initiative […]

California Supreme Court Smacks Down Ballot Initiative to Split California

California Supreme Court Smacks Down Ballot Initiative to Split California

Jessica Kramer | Contributor The Supreme Court of California struck down a ballot initiative Wednesday to divide the state into three states — California, Northern California and Southern California. Proposition 9, which qualified for the November ballot with 402,468 signatures on June 12, would have appeared on the ballot in the general election, but will […]

Signatures being gathered to put Anti-Tax Initiative on Ballot

Signatures being gathered to put Anti-Tax Initiative on Ballot

By Staff Currently local taxes can be raised by a simple majority.  A ballot initiative, purportedly backed by soda companies, may be on the California November ballot.  Signatures are being gathered.  It would set a new threshold of two thirds of local voters to raise taxes instead of a simple majority as it is now. […]

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association endorses ballot initiative for property-tax portability

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association endorses ballot initiative for property-tax portability

A proposed ballot initiative that would expand the portability of property-tax assessments under Proposition 13 has received the backing of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the group that led the successful tax revolt that achieved voter approval of the iconic property-tax limitation measure in 1978.   The initiative sponsored by the California Association of Realtors […]

Opponents of Oxnard utility rate hike collect ballot signatures in only 2 weeks

Opponents of Oxnard utility rate hike collect ballot signatures in only 2 weeks

By George Miller Aaron Starr, leader of the Moving Oxnard Forward (MOF) civic activist group is determined to stop what he says are excessive aggregate 67% utility rate hikes which the City of Oxnard tried to ram through in February. At that time, he secured about 5000 resident/ratepayer protests and motivated hundreds to come to a […]

Significant announcement tonight on repeal of Oxnard wastewater rate increase

Significant announcement tonight on repeal of Oxnard wastewater rate increase

Please join us at this week’s Oxnard City Council meeting for a significant announcement concerning our campaign to repeal Oxnard’s excessive 87% wastewater (sewer) rate increase. I plan to address the City Council during the Public Comments portion of the meeting, which will take place Tuesday, May 17, shortly after 6:00 pm. The Oxnard Council […]

Starr to Seek Contempt of Court Finding Against Oxnard and City Attorney?

Starr to Seek Contempt of Court Finding Against Oxnard and City Attorney?

By Mof Staff  April 18, 2016 Must we go back to court? It has been three days since a judge ordered Oxnard City Attorney Stephen Fischer to “immediately” provide the paperwork we need to start collecting petition signatures to repeal the 87% wastewater rate increase.  He has not done it yet. That’s another weekend gone […]

Aaron Starr wins another round against Oxnard utility rate increase

Aaron Starr wins another round against Oxnard utility rate increase

By George Miller High legal drama in Oxnard today …. local business executive, activist and City Council candidate Aaron Starr’s legal team defeated the City in court today, winning a ruling that the City must produce a ballot “title & summary” of his initiative to roll back the recent wastewater rate increase. He cannot circulate ballot […]

Resident anger over Oxnard maneuver to shut down ballot initiative for wastewater rate hike rescinding

Resident anger over Oxnard maneuver to shut down ballot initiative for wastewater rate hike rescinding

By George Miller We reported last week that the city had employed a slick legal maneuver (complaint for declaratory relief) to stall the wastewater rate increase-rescinding ballot initiative filed by local activist/City Council candidate Aaron Starr. The City claimed that the initiative was “illegal” because it would deprive the City of revenues needed to provide […]

Oxnard Council wants status quo, shorter term, for S.O.A.R. (Save Our Open Space) renewal

Oxnard Council wants status quo, shorter term, for S.O.A.R. (Save Our Open Space) renewal

By George Miller SOAR (Save Open Space & Agricultural Resources) is a very popular initiative that went into effect in most major cities and unincorporated areas of Ventura County in 1998 (read Oxnard SOAR. Read proposed Oxnard SOAR 2050). Designed to avoid the San Fernando-ization of the county and help preserve open space as growth moved out from […]

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