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Local Businessman Applauds Withdrawal of Candidate for County Planning Commission

Local Businessman Applauds Withdrawal of Candidate for County Planning Commission

By Alex Rey Rivera   Editor’s note: Mr Rey Rivera’s comments refer to Ventura County District 5 Supervisor Carmen Ramirez’s withdrawn nomination of Steve Nash for County Planning Commissioner. – Steve Nash has given many years to the #Oxnard community by volunteering for different panels. However, he has demonstrated political views that have ended in […]

Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% rate increase) and IUF

Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% rate increase) and IUF

By Steve Nash Re: the Aaron Starr Lawsuits Against Oxnard for Measure M (35% wastewater rate increase rescission) and utility Infrastructure Use Fees   If Starr wins ~   1)  The rating agencies will downgrade our credit, resulting in greatly increased borrowing costs.   2) The top management will move on to greener pastures. They […]

Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Panel Concluded- sends rate increase recommendation to City Council for action

Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Panel Concluded- sends rate increase recommendation to City Council for action

By George Miller The Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory panel selected  a staff-modified version of a previous staff recommended rate “scenario” – Scenario 2.2b in here: URAP Scenarios Handout 2-22. Comparison: Scenarios.with Panel choices.ro (1). While it is smaller than what was approved last year, This amounts to to approximately 74+% over what rates were in January 2016, Through […]

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

Comments on just-concluded Oxnard Utilities Panel by Alternate Member

By Steve Nash (Editor’s note: Utilities Panel alternate, 2016 member, retired Wastewater employee and community activist Steve Nash comments on the just-concluded activities of the Panel). As we head into the fifth meeting of the URAP (Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel) I have a few thoughts on the process. I was selected as a residential alternate […]

Oxnard resident in opposition to Measure M

Oxnard resident in opposition to Measure M

By Steve Nash MEASURE M History In recent years, insufficient funding to address all of the needs at the OWTP has resulted in deferment of required maintenance precipitating frequent failures of equipment and process units as well as safety concerns. In addition, staffing shortages have exacerbated these problems at the facility and resulted in criticism […]

Oxnard approves City Mgr. contract extension, new ethics policy, Ormond Beach and Landscaping deals

Oxnard approves City Mgr. contract extension, new ethics policy, Ormond Beach and Landscaping deals

By George Miller City Manager contract extension In a sometimes heated debate, the Oxnard City Council approved a one year extension of City Manager Greg Nyhoff’s contract from 5-31-17 to 5-31-18, as well as increasing leave time to 200 hours and reducing recoverable time to 60 days. See previous ARTICLE with terms. The lack of any […]

Good news/bad news at Oxnard Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting- $89 million in discovered liabilities, no bank reconciliation yet and ….

Good news/bad news at Oxnard Fiscal Policy Task Force meeting- $89 million in discovered liabilities, no bank reconciliation yet and ….

By George Miller First the bad news: $89 million dollars in previously undiscovered liabilities; failure to reconcile bank statements for a year; no CAFR until February 2016 (best estimate); $10 million in golf course losses, $40 million in deferred compensation liabilities not shown; weak internal controls; antiquated systems The City Council formed the Fiscal Policy […]

Oxnard Golf Course Proposal

Oxnard Golf Course Proposal

 By Steve Nash   The financial analysis provided by Mr. Dave Millican and the City of Oxnard Finance Department shows the City-owned golf course running a deficit for at least the next 10 years. http://oxnard.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=46&clip_id=3049   This is not financially sustainable. It has not even been substantiated that the course is primarily utilized by Oxnard […]

Suggestions to fix Oxnard’s sinking budget

Suggestions to fix Oxnard’s sinking budget

By Steve Nash On the City of Oxnard’s budget problems just looking at the areas of shortfall as listed on page 4 of 15 of last night’s staff report Financial_Forecast_pdf_7.78_MB I would offer these following suggestions: Assessment Districts (AD): I live in an AD and I am not getting the level of service I should expect […]

Oxnard Planning Commissioner wants super agency to control water costs and use

Oxnard Planning Commissioner wants super agency to control water costs and use

By Steve Nash I am no water engineer or expert. I approach this problem as a layman concerned with what our water future holds. So I propose a simple proposition for the cities and farmers of the Oxnard plain; there should be a single water super-agency guiding the process of developing new water sources, protecting […]

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