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Is Oxnard Unlawfully Skimming Revenues from Utilities?

Is Oxnard Unlawfully Skimming Revenues from Utilities?

  By Moving Oxnard Forward Staff | March 01, 2017 When a city nearly doubles its utility rates and sues the political opposition, it’s time to take a hard look at how the utility is spending its money. When we studied the finances of Oxnard’s wastewater utility, one giant red flag was an expense called the Infrastructure […]

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 […]

Final scheduled Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel meeting Wed. 2-22-17

Final scheduled Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel meeting Wed. 2-22-17

By George Miller, originally published 2-17-17, updated 2-21-17 After several sometimes contentious, but very informative, meetings, the City wants to wrap up the Oxnard Wastewater Ratepayers Advisory Panel activities and get a vote on their final recommendations to City Council. Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna tried to do a trial close on that at the last […]

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 […]

Oxnard staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

Oxnard staff proposes 6 Wastewater rate increase scenarios

By George Miller Assistant City Manager Ruth Osuna released 6 proposed wastewater increase scenarios to the Utility Ratepayers Advisory Panel (URAP) on Monday 2-13-17.  The City (City management, Public Works and Finance) has been working on these since last fall, but the rate-setting process went into high gear this year. The Council selected the current Panel […]

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

Oxnard 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers Panel meeting again contentious, but progressing, schedule slipped

By George Miller & Dan Pinedo Introduction The Wednesday 2-1-17 Utility Ratepayers advisory panel meeting (agenda) was again contentious. City staff members and consultants are getting their presentations done and releasing more data needed for the Panel to evaluate the rate setting process and subsequent recommendations. However, three Panel members are opposing staff control of […]

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 […]

Parliamentarian takes exception to running of Oxnard Utility Rate Panel

Parliamentarian takes exception to running of Oxnard Utility Rate Panel

By Alicia Percell, Professional Registered Parliamentarian Editor’s note: At the 1-24-17 Oxnard City Council meeting, Alicia Percell voiced her objections to how the Utility Rate Advisory Council (URAP)  (which is supposed to assist in the rate-setting process) is being managed by City staff. Those who were observing during the last rate-setting exercise know that according to most […]

Another Oxnard wastewater pumping station breaks down

Another Oxnard wastewater pumping station breaks down

By George  Miller While most of us were enjoying the holiday weekend, a public utilities crew was out in the Labor Day holiday heat today, with feverishly working men and a bucket brigade of tanker trucks to haul away raw sewage. This is station #30, where Channel Islands Boulevard and Harbor Blvd meet. From a distance, it […]