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Simi Valley City Council Meeting – January 25, 2021

Simi Valley City Council Meeting – January 25, 2021

    City of Simi Valley AGENDA SUMMARY CITY COUNCIL VENTURA COUNTY WATERWORKS DISTRICT NO. 8 REGULAR MEETING CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBER January 25, 2021 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE COUNTY OF VENTURA HEALTH OFFICER DECLARED LOCAL HEALTH EMERGENCY AND ORDERS RESULTING FROM THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS, MOST CITY BUILDINGS ARE […]

Oxnard Council Agrees to Fund 1/2 of $200 Million Mandalay Channel Islands Harbor Seawall Renovations

Oxnard Council Agrees to Fund 1/2 of $200 Million Mandalay Channel Islands Harbor Seawall Renovations

By George Miller After 20 years of little action by the city except stopgap repairs and studies, the current Oxnard City Council voted unanimously on 10-6-20 to agree to fund half of the estimated $200 million to renovate the Channel Islands Harbor Mandalay Bay neighborhood seawalls, for up to a 75 year additional life. The […]

Oxnard Ormond Beach Power Plant Extension Approved; City Moves to Improve Internal Financial Controls; CAUSE Demands Rent Control

Oxnard Ormond Beach Power Plant Extension Approved; City Moves to Improve Internal Financial Controls; CAUSE Demands Rent Control

By George Miller The state water board has approved an extension to the Ormond Beach power plant to run for an indeterminate amount of time to meet unfilled power needs  brought about by premature shutdown of fossil and seawater cooled power plants in favor of so called “clean power.” The City was hell-bent on closing […]

Oxnard Attempts to Curtail Elected Treasurer’s Functions: Treasurer Takes Legal Steps to “Halt City Manager’s Vendetta to Strip Him of Duties”

Oxnard Attempts to Curtail Elected Treasurer’s Functions:  Treasurer Takes Legal Steps to “Halt City Manager’s Vendetta to Strip Him of Duties”

    By George Miller This week’s Oxnard City Council meeting on May 5, agenda item M-1, is a bold attempt to strip Elected Treasurer Phil Molina of most of his duties (see agenda summary below and detail in AGENDA PACKET starting on page 157). Worded as it is, it would strip these duties from […]

First Oxnard Council Social Distanced Meeting: Emergency Proclamations Expanded, Approved; Housing Plan Approved

First Oxnard Council Social Distanced Meeting: Emergency Proclamations Expanded, Approved; Housing Plan Approved

By George Miller The Oxnard City Council met in “Social Distancing” mode on Tuesday, 4-7-20. It went reasonably well considering that they are new at this. The most important order of business was discussion and approval of pandemic emergency procedures/orders and assessment of the overall situation. The first part of the discussion was safety-oriented. But […]

Oxnard PACC Saved; Measure O “Weaning Off” Contemplated

Oxnard PACC Saved; Measure O “Weaning Off” Contemplated

By George Miller The Oxnard City Council at its 2-18-20 meeting approved a plan to save the seemingly doomed Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC) via turning over event booking and some management to successful event manager Sterling Ventures, operator of The Canyon Club and seven other venues. Some parties expressed alarm at the probable […]

Oxnard Council- Short Term Rental Rules Debated; State of Region Summarized; Aaron Starr Initiatives Moved Along

Oxnard Council- Short Term Rental Rules Debated; State of Region Summarized; Aaron Starr Initiatives Moved Along

By George Miller On 11-5-19, The Oxnard City Council debated proposed rules for short term rentals, amid a background of passionate pleas from pro and anti-short-term rental stakeholders. This debate has been very strong statewide, especially in beach areas- like Oxnard. Evolving legislation and court rulings, as well as the Coastal Commission pressure to provide […]

Thousand Oaks passes a 45-day moratorium on hemp businesses; keeps current Election Code for 2020

Thousand Oaks passes a 45-day moratorium on hemp businesses; keeps current Election Code for 2020

By Michael Hernandez THOUSAND OAKS—The City Council adopted a 45-day moratorium on commercial operations related to industrial hemp (approving permits, licenses, or applications for cultivating, processing, drying, storing and manufacturing of industrial hemp as well as the retail sale of hemp products) at it’s Tuesday meeting based on a city staff recommendation (since the staff […]

Oxnard Approves New Ordinances on Homeless/Vagrant Offenses

Oxnard Approves New Ordinances on Homeless/Vagrant Offenses

By George Miller At the 9-17-19 Oxnard City Council meeting, a package of several ordinances was proposed by staff- and approved by Council-  to deal with vagrant offenders, which they differentiated from merely being homeless, an important legal point, it turned out. What prompted this is an expanding and sometimes aggressive population of homeless people […]

Oxnard Council Back in Session: North Shore Development Pollution Allegations; Sympathy for Non-Conforming Clinicas Project

Oxnard Council Back in Session: North Shore Development Pollution Allegations; Sympathy for Non-Conforming Clinicas Project

By George Miller After a month off from meetings, the Oxnard Council returned on Tuesday, September 3, with the session dominated by conflict on the North Shore project. Public comments were overwhelmingly opposed to letting the development of 200 homes on Harbor and 5th proceed, due to objections over benzene and dioxin pollutants in the […]

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