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Oxnard Councilman Perello interviewed after electrifying policy initiative

Oxnard Councilman Perello interviewed after electrifying policy initiative

By George Miller Longtime civic activist Bert Perello’s recently proposed budget oversight plan (see video at 3:38:50) caused quite a bit of a stir. This was not only for its content, which his peers seemed to be in accord with, but in the way it was delivered, last minute, without notice, without consultation, right before […]

Santa Paula City Council: Fire, Water and Money

Santa Paula City Council: Fire, Water and Money

By Sheryl Hamlin After an invocation by Al Guilin, Deacon of San Sebastian Church, Mayor Procter called the June 22, 2015 Special Council Meeting to order. Seeing no public comments, Mayor Procter asked Fire Chief Araiza to provide an update on the fire in the riverbed that started earlier in the day and reported in […]

Oxnard Council will try to pass budget Tuesday

Oxnard Council will try to pass budget Tuesday

By George Miller After months of wrangling over budget priorities and agonizing on what staff and consultants say would be a $12.8 million deficit at current spending rates, Oxnard is now at the crossroads. By state law, budgets must be passed by the end of June or the proposed budget is enacted by default. The […]

Senate GOP Leader Responds to Budget Deal between Governor and Democrats

Senate GOP Leader Responds to Budget Deal between Governor and Democrats

Assemblyman Scott Wilk just ‘phones’ it in

Assemblyman Scott Wilk just ‘phones’ it in

Apparently men really can’t multitask, at least, when voting on a 117.5 billion dollar budget.  Local Assemblyman Scott Wilk, whose 38th District covers part of Simi Valley, was on Facebook while placing his vote for the current California budget.  He voted, yes, the only Republican to do so, all because he was distracted on Facebook.  […]

Santa Paula Council Meeting: Lawsuits, Water and Challenging Budget

Santa Paula Council Meeting: Lawsuits, Water and Challenging Budget

By Sheryl Hamlin After the invocation by Michelle McGhee and the Pledge of Allegiance, Mayor Procter welcomed Mike Morgan, Vice Mayor of Camarillo and Mark Lawler from Ventura Regional Sanitation District. Mr. Lawler explained that the VRSD is unique in that it is completely fee-based, so it competes for customers in the areas of water, […]

New CA pot analysis sees savings, raises questions

New CA pot analysis sees savings, raises questions

. According to one respected source in Sacramento, pot is good for California’s bottom line. The state Legislative Analyst’s Office, which produces nonpartisan studies of ballot initiatives, has unveiled a new report considering the fiscal impact of marijuana decriminalization in the Golden State. Although partly mixed, its conclusion offered the possibility of a fresh line of argument […]

Oxnard budget omission?

Oxnard budget omission?

By Phil Molina   Even before the Council approves the proposed budget for next year, the staff has  already  found a three quarters of a million dollar mistake that they missed. They forgot to fund half a year for 12 firefighters.  I won’t do a “I told you so”, even though this would have or should […]

Oxnard to debate budget cuts- Police, Fire, etc. and present utilities budget

Oxnard to debate budget cuts- Police, Fire, etc. and present utilities budget

By George Miller After months of wrangling about Oxnard spending priorities, it’s getting down to the wire, with a budget due by month-end.  This year is different than most, in that estimates of deficits have grown and grown to $12.8 million- and that was just as of last Thursday.  Projected deficits have been presented as the […]

Accountant/former mayoral candidate proposes Oxnard spending changes

Accountant/former mayoral candidate proposes Oxnard spending changes