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California Has 6th Most Homes For Sale Among Youngest States

California Has 6th Most Homes For Sale Among Youngest States

Mike LaFirenza Strong demand in the real estate market has been one of the major economic stories of the last year. The COVID-19 pandemic put a premium on living space, while strong savings rates and investment returns, aggressive government stimulus, and persistently low interest rates have put the conditions in place for more homebuyers to […]

Oxnard Utility Ratepayer Advisory Panel meets on Wastewater, clashes with staff

Oxnard Utility Ratepayer Advisory Panel meets on Wastewater, clashes with staff

By George Miller Oxnard’s new Utility Ratepayer Advisory Panel met On 1-25-17 in a sometimes contentious session (Read Agenda meeting docs and Video). Next meeting is 2-1-17.The new Asst. City Manager Ruth Osuna had the unenviable assignment of facilitating the Panel. By some accounts, last year’s panel failed miserably, and helped lead to the present stalemate on rates. It culminated […]

Oxnard 4-26-16 City Council meeting: utilities update, financial review

Oxnard 4-26-16 City Council meeting: utilities update, financial review

By George Miller There wasn’t much on the Tuesday 4-26-16 Oxnard City Council agenda. Mainly some boring stuff about utilities, which make up only 3/4 of the City budget and are essential for survival. Just the yucky, smelly wastewater plant, trash disposal and water. Boring stuff-all. But vital. The room was almost empty and got emptier […]

Moody’s: Energy edict will hammer SoCal municipal utilities

Moody’s: Energy edict will hammer SoCal municipal utilities

Assembly Bill 32, the landmark 2006 law requiring California to begin shifting to cleaner-but-costlier forms of renewable energy, hasn’t hit consumers as hard as some economists feared for an ironic reason: Dirtier “brown energy” got cheaper. The U.S. fracking/shale revolution has sharply reduced the cost of natural gas and thus limited the cost impact of […]

Electricity tier changes, rate hikes bring higher energy costs

Electricity tier changes, rate hikes bring higher energy costs

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 […]