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Commentary | Conspiracy to Violate Prop 218 – Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Recovery (GREAT) Program City of Oxnard, CA

Commentary | Conspiracy to Violate Prop 218 – Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Recovery (GREAT) Program City of Oxnard, CA

By Larry Stein I am of the belief that the City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Chief Financial Officer, the previous Mayor and the previous Director of Public Works conspired to violate Proposition 218 by having one class of ratepayers pay for infrastructure, operation and debt service that solely benefits another class of ratepayers. […]

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

Santa Paula: Sewer and Water Rates to Rise

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula’s ad hoc Water and Sewer Rate committee consisting of Mayor Garman and Council Member Crosswhite met on Thursday 10:00 am to discuss the rate study. Others in attendance were: Thai Chai, City Engineer, Cristy Ramirez, Finance Director, Ikani Taumoepeau, Assistant CM, Michael Rock, City Manager,and Jackie Nunez, Assistant to City […]

Oxnard Council approves wastewater rate increase; Starr initiates recall of 4 council members

Oxnard Council approves wastewater rate increase; Starr initiates recall of 4 council members

By George Miller   After many months of fighting over wastewater  rates, capital budgets, infrastructure fees, debt, the rate-setting process itself and more, the Oxnard City Council approved  a sharply downscaled rate proposal, over strong objections of some residents/business owners and approval of others.   Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna, who shepherded the the Prop 218 rate-setting […]

Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel digs in at 2-8-17 meeting

Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel digs in at 2-8-17 meeting

By George Miller Panel hears Capital Improvement Proposals (CIP) Wastewater bonds BBB credit rating affirmed, with conditions Infrastructure fee status unresolved APWF charges unresolved Many panel questions answered, some still outstanding Staff still intends to present rate increase recommendations next week The Oxnard Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel held its third meeting  (Agenda) on 2-8-17. The […]

VCTA former Chair David Grau running for VC Supervisor against Bennett

VCTA former Chair David Grau running for VC Supervisor against Bennett

Ventura County Taxpayers Association     Former VCTA Chair in District 1 Race By now, it is clear to many in Ventura County District 1 that David Grau, former Chairman of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, is going to make his bid to win a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2016.   Dave’s […]

Governor Brown’s Attack on Prop 218 Is a Threat to the Middle Class

Governor Brown’s Attack on Prop 218 Is a Threat to the Middle Class

‘Cost of Service’ Principles Protect Ratepayers By Jon Coupal Governor Brown has foolishly decided to poke a hornets’ nest with his signing of Assembly Bill 401. While AB 401 itself isn’t particularly controversial, as it merely authorizes a couple of state agencies to devise a plan by 2018 to assist low income individuals with paying […]

California Is Not Disneyland

California Is Not Disneyland

   

Water Rate Increase in City of Ventura: Venturans for a Responsible and Efficient Government

Water Rate Increase in City of Ventura: Venturans for a Responsible and Efficient Government

    NOTICE OF RIGHT TO VOTE AND PROTEST RATE INCREASE [State sets Ventura Water Conservation at 16%] If you are a property owner you have received a NOTICE REGARDING SETTING OF WATER SHORTAGE RATES from the City of Ventura (Ventura Water). It was mailed in April. This notice details what the new rates will […]