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Oxnard City Treasurer Tries to Take Back Functions Ceded by Predecessors, Adhere to Law

Oxnard City Treasurer Tries to Take Back Functions Ceded by Predecessors, Adhere to Law

. . . By Phil Molina, Oxnard City Treasurer . I know and agree that fighting a government just for the sake of the fight doesn’t help anyone.  . I also know the City has passed ordinances that sometime seem to  disagree with the State law. Not being an attorney I am aware that General Law cities […]

How to Opt out of the Clean Power Alliance 100% renewable rate resulting in a 9% monthly bill increase.

How to Opt out of the Clean Power Alliance 100% renewable rate resulting in a 9% monthly bill increase.

Phil Molina, Oxnard Treasurer . Ed. note: It is our understanding that SCE power customers (in 31 jurisdictions in LA and Ventura Counties) will be automatically enrolled in the 100% “clean” power alliance plan and will be billed at higher rates, UNLESS they specifically opt out. Most cities in the county have voted to include their […]

Oxnard Treasurer’s Investment Committee Meeting- Lessons for Almost Any City

Oxnard Treasurer’s Investment Committee Meeting- Lessons for Almost Any City

By George Miller Oxnard Treasurer Phil Molina held a public City Treasurer’s Investment Committee meeting on 1-16-19. Unfortunately, this writer and a broker/consultant presenter were the only non-official attendees. Present were Molina, Consulting Expert to CDIAC (California Debt & Investment Advisory Committee) Kevin Webb, Assistant Treasurer Eden Alomeri, New CFO Kevin Riper, Citizen Committee Member Alphe […]

Oxnard Treasurer and Mayoral candidate attacked on CPA license

Oxnard Treasurer and Mayoral candidate attacked on CPA license

By George Miller There has been much political battling in Oxnard, including personal attacks on special election candidates, including plenty of mudslinging. Controversial and aggressive Oxnard Treasurer Phil Molina has also been attacked, even though he is not running for office. He has challenged various City financial norms he says are unacceptable and some powerful […]

Oxnard Treasurer to be included in approval of debt issues?

Oxnard Treasurer to be included in approval of debt issues?

By Phil Molina, Oxnard Treasurer  . We the People, The City Treasurer, has been added with the City Manager, ​CFO and City Attorney  as one of the city officers who must review and approve the issuance of debt instruments before the proposal is presented to the City Council. ​Thank you for your assistance in getting […]

Oxnard ratepayers scammed by payment web site; how to pay utility and traffic fines online

Oxnard ratepayers scammed by payment web site; how to pay utility and traffic fines online

By George Miller Oxnard Treasury Dept. staff spotted a scam perpetrated on Oxnard utility ratepayers, via a website which looks like Oxnard, takes a hefty $7+ fee, then dutifully forwards the funds to the City- less the $7+, of course. By posing as a legitimate collector/forwarder they may be skirting the law, but the deception […]

Oxnard Treasurer’s Office wins coveted award

Oxnard Treasurer’s Office wins coveted award

By George Miller Oxnard’s investment policy, initiated by new Treasurer Phil Molina in January, has passed muster with the California Municipal Treasurers Association  (CMTA), which certified it in compliance to its stringent best practices criteria in October. The policy was adopted without modification by the City Council on January 24, 2017- see attachment: Oxnard Investment_Policy   The […]

Oxnard to meet on council district voting- fears litigation

Oxnard to meet on council district voting- fears litigation

By Phil Molina News affecting every registered voter in Oxnard, businesses, employees, and the public. Just learned this morning that the City Council will hold a special Council meeting on November the 27th to discuss and vote on whether to set up council-manic districts. The decision for Council that night will be whether to move […]

Oxnard turf battle over internal financial controls continues at council meeting

Oxnard turf battle over internal financial controls continues at council meeting

By George Miller City Council, staff, the Treasurer and external auditor fought it out on whether Treasury has the right and responsibility to vet City disbursements of funds. Ref: 10-10-17 Oxnard City Council meeting agenda item C: C. APPOINTMENT ITEMS (5:00 PM)   Finance Department 1. SUBJECT: Independent Accountant’s Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures (10/10/20) RECOMMENDATION: That […]

Oxnard activist accountant challenges city management, auditor, CFO, on financial controls

Oxnard activist accountant challenges city management, auditor, CFO,  on financial controls

By Lawrence Paul Stein   Mr. Assistant City Manager Nava: .I am a degreed accountant with over 25 years of experience, but not a CPA. I am also a former candidate for Oxnard City Treasurer who lost the 2016 election by 400 votes (of over 40,000 votes cast) to a more qualified candidate. One of […]

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