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Lack of Decorum At Oxnard City Council Meetings

Lack of Decorum At Oxnard City Council Meetings

With the passage of Measure M by the voters, in Nov. 2020, there are new specific local regulations in the way City legislative bodies are run. This includes City Council and Council Committees to be governed by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), subject to certain exceptions. RONR is the most widely used manual […]

Public Letter To Aaron Starr And Alicia Percell

Public Letter To Aaron Starr And Alicia Percell

The Public’s Voice and Direction to the City Staff, Mayor and Council Was a Success Mr. Aaron Starr and Ms. Alicia Percell:   You should consider the public vote on the two Measures M and N a success for 3 reasons:   First the Mayor and Council are always complaining that the public does not […]

Oxnard Officials Fail to Respect Will of The People

Oxnard Officials Fail to Respect Will of The People

Guest Editorial By Doug Partello   It seems our City officials only respect the will of the people when they win a majority in their own elections, or win ballot measures they promote. The people spoke when the ridiculously high increase in wastewater rates were imposed, with then Measure M. They lost in court, then […]

Sneaky Maneuvers by Oxnard City Hall

Sneaky Maneuvers by Oxnard City Hall

In City Hall’s continuing war against increased transparency and public participation, they lost another battle on Monday. Without warning last Thursday, City Hall notified our attorney that they had requested a next-day court hearing seeking an emergency temporary restraining order to enjoin – in other words, stop – implementation of Measure M. As a reminder, […]

Jumping Off Bridges in Oxnard

Jumping Off Bridges in Oxnard

The entire Oxnard City Council urged voters to oppose Measure M (the “Oxnard Open Meetings Act”). But Oxnard voters knew better and adopted Measure M with 57% of the vote this past November. As a result of your vote for Measure M, there’s a new feature on council meeting agendas – and we want to […]

Oxnard Council Advances Anti-Gun, Anti-Drilling Agendi, Will Appeal Losing Case Against Aaron Starr Wastewater Rate Rollback

Oxnard Council Advances Anti-Gun, Anti-Drilling Agendi, Will Appeal Losing Case Against Aaron Starr Wastewater Rate Rollback

By George Miller At the first Oxnard Council meeting of the year on January 8, activist members were already advancing their very political agenda, mostly pushed by Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez. Agreed to agendize opposing VC Fairgrounds gun shows (if voted on, it would have no legal effect, as Oxnard has no jurisdiction). Passed a […]

Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

By George Miller In May, after a year of litigation by both parties, after the recall election was safely over and right about at the 90 day deadline after the trial was completed, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rocky Baio tentatively ruled against Oxnard’s lawsuit against local financial executive and activist Aaron Starr’s wildly successful […]

Public tears into, defends, Oxnard Council on Measure M wastewater rate rollback court victory

Public tears into, defends, Oxnard Council on Measure M wastewater rate rollback court victory

By George Miller At the 5-29-18 special emergency  Oxnard City Council meeting, a two to one majority of two dozen speakers tore into the Oxnard Council for their actions leading to the Measure M wastewater rate rollback voter initiative and defeat of Council-ordered litigation against it and its author, local financial executive Aaron Starr. A […]

Starr’s Measure M Rate Rollback Upheld! City Overcollected $5.2MM

Starr’s Measure M Rate Rollback Upheld! City Overcollected $5.2MM

By George Miller Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rocky Baio has finally come back with a ruling  on the 1+ year old challenge by the City of Oxnard to Aaron’ Starr’s Measure M wastewater rate increase rescission, which passed with 72% of the vote. It would reinstate the Measure, which was stayed by an injunction […]

Anatomy of a Recall

Anatomy of a Recall

By Doug Hubbard It had been brewing for years–the mismanagement of  city finances and policies by elected and appointed Oxnard city officials. . It came to head when the city council voted to increase sewer rates by a staggering 87 percent.  Furious citizens, led by Aaron Starr of Moving Oxnard Forward (MOF),  launched an initiative […]

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