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5 Smart Financial Decisions That Will Make Your Life Easier

5 Smart Financial Decisions That Will Make Your Life Easier

    By Justin Weinger Money is one of the biggest causes of stress in the world today, and it’s easy to look back on the financial mistakes we’ve made in the past and wish we’d taken more care at the time. In this article, we’ll look at certain approaches you can take and habits […]

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

Santa Paula Council: Crime, Finance, Wastewater, Energy

By Sheryl Hamlin The dense agenda of the August 19, 2020 Santa Paula City Council (via Zoom) included major presentations by the Santa Paula Police, the Finance Department and Public Works. Santa Paula Police Department Presentation Commander Varner gave the quarterly report (April 1 through July 30, 2020) for the SPPD. Commander Varner is one […]

Santa Paula: First Quarter Fiscal Review

Santa Paula: First Quarter Fiscal Review

By Sheryl Hamlin At the October 16, 2019 Santa Paula City Council meeting, Finance Director Ramirez presented the first quarter of fiscal year 2019-2020 update. Director Ramirez prefaced her statement to council with the caveat that more data would be available at mid-year. This report will be issued in February 2020. First Quarter Revenue Exceeds […]

Oxnard Mayoral candidate Stein comments on health, city finances

Oxnard Mayoral candidate Stein comments on health, city finances

Guest Editorial, By Lawrence Paul Stein   My Health, City’s Health While people expressed their concern regarding my health (and I appreciate it), I am more concerned about other issues. The June 2017 Monthly expenditure showed that over $13,000,000 remained unexpended. THe city staff presented a 2017 / 2018 General Fund Budget of $125,000,000. If […]

2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities In America

2017’s Fastest-Growing Cities In America

Read on for WalletHub findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of their methodology. Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify the contributing factors […]

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

Oxnard Budget meeting 6-7-17

By George Miller There was a another budget hearing on Wednesday, 6-7-17., following the previous Monday session. Covered were: Public Works, City Clerk, City Manager, Public Works- Water, Wastewater/Stormwater, maintenance, Environmental Services, Finance, Cultural Services, Measure O There was a budget hearing on 6-13-17 and  a vote on the budget is planned for the 6-20-17 meeting. […]

Port of Hueneme Receives Award for Seventh Consecutive Year

Port of Hueneme Receives Award for Seventh Consecutive Year

Executives at the Port of Hueneme advised the Board of Harbor Commissioners today that the Port received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the seventh consecutive year. This certificate is awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for excellence in financial reporting.   This […]

Oxnard Utility Rate Panel member finds major policy violations in City rate scenarios

Oxnard Utility Rate Panel member finds major policy violations in City rate scenarios

By George Miller Oxnard Utility Ratepayer Panel member, Moving Oxnard Forward leader and Haas Automation Controller Aaron Starr kept insisting upon the Panel’s legal right to obtain and work with the wastewater rate model developed by Oxnard Finance, Public Works and Carolla Engineers consultant Alexandre Bugsbee. The model is a complex Microsoft Excel “workbook” consisting of a […]

Oxnard accounting meltdown starting to solidify, covered at Fiscal Policy meeting (video included)

Oxnard accounting meltdown starting to solidify, covered at Fiscal Policy meeting (video included)

By George Miller At the 3-9-16 Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting, we received the current audit status and internal audit plan status and were treated to a lively discussion. Audit Status Summary Audit still not complete, potentially inviting more state action, Controller’s audit, breaking bond covenants, affecting credit rating Several outside firms engaged to help with […]

More on the Oxnard Accounting meltdown

More on the Oxnard Accounting meltdown

By George Miller Ever since operational audits were initiated by Oxnard City Manager Greg Nyhoff a few months after he came aboard on 6-1-14, the city has been aware of glaring deficiencies. 128 were identified, in multiple departments, possibly worst and certainly most visible, in the Finance Department. Months after Finance Director James Cameron retired in […]

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