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Oxnard moves to block voter initiative to roll back wastewater rate increase

Oxnard moves to block voter initiative to roll back wastewater rate increase

By George Miller   This article contains: – Background/situation – City’s press release explaining their attempt to keep initiative off ballot and including City’s attempt (3-23-16 request for declaratory relief) to tie up Aaron Starr of Moving Oxnard Forward ballot initiative to rescind wastewater rate increase of 69% over several years – Aaron Starr response to this City […]

Oxnard nixes huge water and solid waste utility rate hikes amid strong opposition, council second thoughts

Oxnard nixes huge water and solid waste utility rate hikes amid strong opposition, council second thoughts

By George Miller High drama tonight 1-26-16. The council voted 3-2 to reject the huge proposed rate increases for wastewater and water, with Mayor Flynn, Council Members Perello and MacDonald all voting against the increase. Surprising everyone, including City Attorney Stephen Fischer and perhaps himself, it was Mayor Flynn who led a coup to stop […]

Oxnard poised to approve 60% utilities increase after contentious meeting- up to 400 show up

Oxnard poised to approve 60% utilities increase after contentious meeting- up to 400 show up

By George Miller On Tuesday 1-19-16, the Oxnard City Council approved the first reading of new policies and ordinances to increase utility rates for water, wastewater and solid waste disposal by a mind-boggling 60% or $750 annually for a typical residential customer, over the next few years. Future plans appear to be even more costly. The […]

The Not-So-GREAT Oxnard Water Recycling Facility

The Not-So-GREAT Oxnard Water Recycling Facility

By Moving Oxnard Forward, January 13, 2016 Oxnard wants to raise your city utility rates by 60% so that they can spend $1.23 BILLION on capital improvement projects.  Many of these so-called “improvements” will not provide value to ratepayers. For example, according to pages 14-15 of the cost-of-service report produced for the city by outside […]

Oxnard moment of truth coming on utility rate increases- Tuesday

Oxnard moment of truth coming on utility rate increases- Tuesday

By George Miller On Tuesday 1-19-16 there will be a hearing on the proposed utility increases of 60% over the next few years. The city says that the utilities are underfunded and that service and safety will be endangered if increases aren’t made to fund necessary work. Rate increases have lagged behind cost increases for several […]

Tonight’s Oxnard Council meeting (12-10-15): Utility rate increases, protest ballot

Tonight’s Oxnard Council meeting (12-10-15): Utility rate increases, protest ballot

By George Miller  Utility rate increase is the topic of tonight’s (12-10-15) Oxnard City Council meeting at 5PM in City Hall Council Chambers.  After much planning and analysis, the city formulated proposed rate increases for its utilities: water, wastewater and solid waste disposal. They are quite hefty and reflect deferred maintenance, higher costs, poor management […]

Come to Tuesday Oxnard City Council meeting re: 1st year 56% utility rate increases

Come to Tuesday Oxnard City Council meeting re: 1st year 56% utility rate increases

By Phil Molina  Mr.Aaron Starr, CPA and I spoke today about the Oxnard’s proposed 3 utilities rate increases. We agree that there are issues with those proposed rate increases that are significant so we oppose the rates increases.     We ask that you join us this Tuesday to voice your opposition to the rate increases Oxnard is […]

What didn’t happen at Oxnard Council is more important than what did

What didn’t happen at Oxnard Council is more important than what did

By George Miller What was NOT addressed at the Tuesday, October 6 Oxnard Council meeting was likely more important than what was. Issues with tens of millions of dollars impact went unaddressed. Dozens of people came to the meeting to hear/talk about the multi (3)-million dollar assessment district fiasco and the high-stakes discussion over huge utility rate […]