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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration – Ventura County | An Open Letter

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration – Ventura County | An Open Letter

  By Deborah Baber Savalla   Dear Honorable Members of the MLK Committee of Ventura County, Neighbors, Friends, and Fellow County Residents, I moved here four years ago to live full time after being in New York City for over 30 years.Yesterday was my first Martin Luther King Day celebration experience in Ventura County. It was […]

Oxnard City Council Recall | A Message To Supporters

Oxnard City Council Recall | A Message To Supporters

Aaron Starr | Oxnard Recall   It’s official! On Friday, December 29 we received word from the Ventura County Registrar of Voters that our four recall petitions to remove Oxnard Mayor Flynn and Councilmembers Ramirez, Madrigal and Perello from office all qualified for the ballot.… EASILY. This makes Oxnard the largest city to see a […]

Oxnard Councilman Perello’s Statement Responding to the News that a Sufficient Number of Recall Petition Signatures Have Been Validated by the County Elections Division

Oxnard Councilman Perello’s Statement Responding to the News that a Sufficient Number of Recall Petition Signatures Have Been Validated by the County Elections Division

By Bert Perello, December 30, 2017 Yesterday afternoon, City Clerk Michelle Ascension notified members of the Oxnard City Council, including me, that a sufficient number of petition signatures on the Recall Petitions have been validated by the County Elections Division which will trigger a Recall election in the first half of 2018. Hat’s off to Mr. Starr […]

Oxnard Councilman urges residents to attend special meeting on city finances

Oxnard Councilman urges residents to attend special meeting on city finances

Oxnard Councilman Perello poses questions on financial problems resolution

Oxnard Councilman Perello poses questions on financial problems resolution

By George Miller At the 10-11-16 Oxnard City Council meeting, Councilman Bert Perello distributed a list of questions about city financial problems, addressed to the City Manager, but for general consumption. He asked how the many operational audit deficiencies and numerous audit findings would be completed, how are they being prioritized and is the schedule for […]

Oxnard staff received massages at City Hall

Oxnard staff received massages at City Hall

By George Miller No, we’re not making this up. No, nothing untoward occurred, we’re told- and no, the city did not pay for it, we were also told. Persistent rumors that city employees were receiving free massages at Oxnard City Hall date back to July. They finally bubbled up to a public confrontation, when Councilman Bert […]

Oxnard Councilman questions City Manager on 4 labor contracts cost/savings

Oxnard Councilman questions City Manager on 4 labor contracts cost/savings

By George Miller Councilman Bert Perello was dissatisfied with the handling of the labor contracts approval at the 9-13-16 City Council meeting. He has taken the position that the “cost savings” claimed are questionable, that the versions developed by former CFO Dave Millican and current staff differ considerably, and that no financial analysis at all was […]

Oxnard Whistleblowers- Part 2

Oxnard Whistleblowers- Part 2

By Kevin Harris   “If you are going through hell, keep going.”… Winston Churchill   When we last left you in Part 1 of “Whistleblowers in Oxnard: Triumph & Tragedy,” we had just finished with our partial historical snapshot of corruption in Oxnard, told through the heroic actions of a few local whistleblowers. We concluded […]

Oxnard Councilman Perello opposes pay increases without proof of fiscal responsibility

Oxnard Councilman Perello opposes pay increases without proof of fiscal responsibility

Guest   By Bert Perello   As you may know, last Tuesday, City Manager Greg Nyhoff recommended that the Oxnard City Council approve multi-year labor-contracts totaling multi-millions of dollars, with four of seven employee organizations which included pay increases but would require those employees to begin contributing to their pension costs.  I support the men […]

Clarification of status of state review of Oxnard audit

Clarification of status of state review of Oxnard audit

By George Miller Recently, CitizensJournal.us published an Oxnard press release about the status of a review of Oxnard’s auditor’s process employed on Oxnard’s 2015/16 audit. Some people interpreted that as a clean bill of health for Oxnard’s audit (incorrect). Others interpreted it as an endorsement that the audit methodology was followed correctly (not completely true). That is […]

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