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Thousand Oaks City Council postpones decision on exclusive franchise solid waste agreements

Thousand Oaks City Council postpones decision on exclusive franchise solid waste agreements

By Michael Hernandez   THOUSAND OAKS—The City Council decided on Tuesday to adopt a suggestion by City Manager Andrew Powers to postpone a decision until January 28th on whether to approve exclusive franchise solid waste agreements worth $20 million per year for USA Waste of California, Inc. (a Waste Management Company) and Newbury Disposal Company […]

Simi Approves $33M Loan for Aging Water Quality Control Plant

Simi Approves $33M Loan for Aging Water Quality Control Plant

By  Gina Harden SIMI VALLEY – The City Council unanimously approved a $33.85 million dollar loan to design and construct eleven energy-related projects for the City’s Water Quality Control Plant (WQCP). The WQCP is the city’s largest electricity consumer. Ron Fuchiwaki, Public Works Director, presented a report outlining strategies to reduce city utility costs by […]

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

Santa Paula: Consent Calendar Approved Without Discussion

By Sheryl Hamlin While this may be the intent of the Consent Calendar, it is noteworthy that neither council nor citizens chose to speak on any of the following matters on the Consent Calendar: 4. Adoption of Ordinances 1286 and 1287 for the Water and Sewer Rate Increases 5. Consider the Approval of a Landscape […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

Santa Paula: Council Approves $47 Million Bond Sale

By Sheryl Hamlin Suppose you own a home financed by a 30-year mortgage. Subsequent to the origination of the mortgage, interest rates drop significantly. Assuming you are still a creditworthy buyer, there are several options to take advantage of this drop in interest rates: 1) refinance the balance of the principal, reducing payments and saving […]

It’s Pretty Hard to Fix L.A. When Its Leaders are Wrecking It

It’s Pretty Hard to Fix L.A. When Its Leaders are Wrecking It

    By KENNETH ALPERN   As mentioned previously in recent CityWatch articles, we’re going into a Denaissance, not a Renaissance.  As aphorisms, hashtag politics, and feel-good laws and policies overcome the bastions of Western free-thinking and critical/rational thought, bad things happen to good people who rely on (and pay ever more generously for) their leaders […]

Watchdog Richard Michael Says HUGE New Oxnard Sales Tax Proposal Done Illegally; Plus Transparency Accountability Act

Watchdog Richard Michael Says HUGE New Oxnard Sales Tax Proposal Done Illegally; Plus Transparency Accountability Act

By George Miller   Tax/bond watchdog Richard Michael says the recent 1 1/2% Oxnard sales tax increase proposal, absent from the 10-15-19 city council agenda, but hidden in the weeds in agenda item M-1 in the agenda packet appears illegal on its face. A trial balloon for this as part of a voter survey starts […]

City Council to Consider New Event Services Manager for the Camarillo Ranch

City Council to Consider New Event Services Manager for the Camarillo Ranch

Camarillo, California – At the Camarillo City Council meeting on October 9, 2019, the City Council will consider a contract with Command Performance to serve as the new event services manager for the Camarillo Ranch, beginning November 1, 2019. Based on the proposal submitted by Command Performance, the City expects to be able to adequately […]

Cannabis Delivery Coming to Ventura

Cannabis Delivery Coming to Ventura

By  Gina Harden VENTURA – Councilmembers viewed a presentation and discussed a proposed ordinance to allow cannabis delivery, amending Municipal Code Section 6.420, during Monday night’s regular meeting. Councilmembers will vote on the proposed ordinance during the October 7 council meeting. Councilmember Nasarenko asked the police chief, “Do you have the resources within the department […]

Oxnard to Consider New Ordinances to Control Camping, Aggressive Panhandling, Park Exclusion

Oxnard to Consider New Ordinances to Control Camping, Aggressive Panhandling, Park Exclusion

By George Miller The local homeless situation, encampments and resulting environmental damage, panhandling, petty crime and resultant quality of life issues are prompting the city to take action. Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Eric Sonstegard said that California Proposition 47 and 57, AB109 and the Boise court ruling (people can sleep on public land unless there […]

Moorpark Council Budgets $500k For General Plan

Moorpark Council Budgets $500k For General Plan

By  Gina Harden  MOORPARK | The Moorpark City Council enjoyed a relatively quiet meeting Wednesday night with few community members in attendance and zero public comments despite noteworthy items on the Sept. 4 agenda. Following a presentation by Planning Manager Doug Spondello, the Council unanimously approved a resolution to amend the budget and authorized staff […]

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