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City of Camarillo Library Landscaping Enhancements

City of Camarillo Library Landscaping Enhancements

Camarillo, California – The Camarillo Public Library property is being enhanced with new landscaping and hardscape to improve drainage and provide a more functional outdoor public space. In January 2019, the Camarillo Public Works Department, Capital Projects Division, initiated construction of the Library Landscape Improvements project (LB-13-01). Many distressed trees have been removed from the […]

August Heat Makes Southern California Gardening a Challenge

August Heat Makes Southern California Gardening a Challenge

Average temperatures in southern California are at their highest in August making it a challenging month to keep gardens looking their best, says Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California cities including those in Ventura County. Remove Nonproducing Vegetable Plants: We sometime continue to […]

Oxnard approves City Mgr. contract extension, new ethics policy, Ormond Beach and Landscaping deals

Oxnard approves City Mgr. contract extension, new ethics policy, Ormond Beach and Landscaping deals

By George Miller City Manager contract extension In a sometimes heated debate, the Oxnard City Council approved a one year extension of City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s contract from 5-31-17 to 5-31-18, as well as increasing leave time to 200 hours and reducing recoverable time to 60 days. See previous ARTICLE with terms. The lack of any […]

Oxnard “MAD’s” to be tamed? City management of landscaping/maintenance districts in question

Oxnard “MAD’s” to be tamed? City management of landscaping/maintenance districts in question

By Dan Pinedo & George Miller The following affects Oxnard, but the concepts apply to any municipality that uses this approach …. Do you have a special assessment for a maintenance district on your Oxnard property tax bill?  Chances are pretty good that you do. Chances are also pretty good that your district has been mismanaged, […]

Oxnard City Council passes $359+ million budget, big cuts; Perello’s surprise

Oxnard City Council passes $359+ million budget, big cuts; Perello’s surprise

By George Miller The Oxnard budget passed Tuesday night, 6-23-15, right on schedule, along with those for many assessment districts and supplemental property taxes. It was clear that the Council had been moving moving toward a consensus, even with strong opposition from the public safety unions and many members of the public. The alternative was insolvency, leading […]

Oxnard Milestone is GREAT – First delivery of Non-Potable Landscape Water

Oxnard Milestone is GREAT  –  First delivery of Non-Potable Landscape Water

By Sheryl Hamlin GREAT is the acronym for the city of Oxnard’s ambitious, buy multi-phased water project: Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Treatment. GREAT Phase I, a brackish water desalter to supply treated recycled water into the potable water supply, was projected for 2007. It was described in this LA Times Article of 2002, The desalter […]

Metropolitan Water District poised to put the squeeze on County agencies

Metropolitan Water District poised to put the squeeze on County agencies

By Debra Tash The County’s primary water purveyor is set to implement Governor Brown’s recent executive order B-29-15 for a 25% reduction in water usage.  Staff for the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies such local wholesalers as Calleguas MWD, is recommending to their Board they declare a Level 3 Regional Shortage. It would be in effect […]

Governor Brown Issues Drought Mandates

Governor Brown Issues Drought Mandates

By Sheryl Hamlin On January 17, salve 2014, pharmacy Governor Brown declared a “Drought State of Emergency” by issuing an emergency proclamation, viagra order whose entire text may be read here. In December 2013, an inter-agency drought task force was formed as well as a website to inform citizens about best practices for saving water. […]

The Cost of Mutilating Landscape Plants— preserving beauty, health, and saving money through better practice

The Cost of Mutilating Landscape Plants— preserving beauty, health, and saving money through better practice

By Ronald Kirk, Landscape Architect As a designer and as a devotee of the beauty in nature, this is a big personal peeve. I suggest it should be yours as well. If you retain a gardener or landscape maintenance crew for your home or business, you may want to read on. You may well reduce […]