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Oxnard, CA | Sad Day for Citizen Initiative Rights

Oxnard, CA | Sad Day for Citizen Initiative Rights

Late last month the Ventura County Superior Court telegraphed its intended decision that two of our voter-approved initiatives — Measures M and N — are to be declared invalid because they are supposedly administrative, not legislative, in nature. We disagree with that decision and intend to appeal, as the stakes are simply too high. The […]

Oxnard Again Slapped Down by a Judge-and Aaron Starr, Calls Snap Council Meeting for Friday 1 PM

Oxnard Again Slapped Down by a Judge-and Aaron Starr, Calls Snap Council Meeting for Friday 1 PM

    By George Miller Oxnard calls emergency special meeting to place Starr voter initiatives on ballot with their modified prejudicial language in possible violation of the law. Local financial executive and activist Aaron Starr is known as an enfant terrible of local Oxnard politics- hated and feared by statists- especially most local Oxnard officials. […]

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 […]

Moving Oxnard Forward Files 5 Oxnard Voter Initiatives

Moving Oxnard Forward Files 5 Oxnard Voter Initiatives

By George Miller Aaron Starr of moving Oxnard Forward (MOF), which won the utility rate rollback initiative and subsequent city lawsuit attacking it (now in appeal), filed a blizzard of 5 new ballot initiatives with the Oxnard City Clerk on Thursday, April 18, 2019. They cover diverse topics such as: term limits, open/transparent meetings and […]

Oxnard Approves Harbor Water Problem Testing/Analysis & Planning; Finalizes New Controversial Committee System

Oxnard Approves Harbor Water Problem Testing/Analysis & Planning;  Finalizes New Controversial Committee System

By George Miller Agenda items  J-2&3- The Council finalized, but not without major public dissent, via the consent agenda, the “Sunshine ordinance” for added transparency and the new committee meeting approach approved with contention at the last meeting on October 23 (ref .10-23 meeting report below): Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% […]

Vacancies on City of Ventura Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Vacancies on City of Ventura Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

The City of Ventura is seeking residents wishing to volunteer their time to serve on the Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee’s responsibilities include review of the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure O. The members of the Committee are restricted to residents and registered voters of the City […]

Measure O to Fund Neighborhood Drug and Crime Prevention

Measure O to Fund Neighborhood Drug and Crime Prevention

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will step up prevention efforts on neighborhood drug and crime issues through Measure O funding that was approved by the City Council during its regular meeting on September 25, 2017.  The funding will be dedicated to a comprehensive plan developed by VPD that will specifically address narcotics and property crime […]

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

Citizens’ Oversight Committee: Spending to Exceed Revenue in Ventura

“Reason is, And Ought Only To Be The Slave Of Our Passions” —David Hume The city’s Measure O Oversight Committee has shown signs of being inadequately trained and poorly prepared for the job they were appointed to do. This is not the fault of the committee members themselves but a reflection of the City Council […]

Ventura City Council approves portion of Measure O revenue to keep all existing fire stations in Ventura open

Ventura City Council approves portion of Measure O revenue to keep all existing fire stations in Ventura open

On June 12, 2017, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to approve $1.64M of Measure O revenue annually to keep all fire stations in Ventura open.  Consistent with the Measure O ordinance, the ongoing funding will maintain nine rotating full-time firefighters who staff Fire Station 4 (three firefighters daily), located at Telephone Road and Montgomery […]

Apply Now for New Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Apply Now for New Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Residents of the city of Ventura are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions on the Measure O Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Committee’s responsibilities include review of the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure O and to make recommendations to the City Council as part of the City’s budget process.  After […]

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