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Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

by Sheryl Hamlin Detecting virus breakouts currently depends on individual testing, preferencing those with symptoms or those who have been exposed to people with symptoms. Because of resource constraints, the asymptomatic population has been less targeted for testing. According to this article in the VCSTAR. “County health officials have said they wanted to increase testing […]

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

Santa Paula Council: Special Study Session Wastewater Plant

By Sheryl Hamlin History Initially, the city was faced with fines for distributing waste into the river, hence the “new” plant was designed. But after the plant was launched in 2010, the chlorides in the surrounding well water increased with deleterious effect on local agriculture. Having tried a home water softener buyback program, the city’s […]

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

Are We Ready for Potable Reuse of Wastewater?

    By Dr. Edo McGowan, Guest Editorial As to toxins, carcinogens, endocrine disrupters as well as pathogens, the standards are badly in need of review. The regulatory community in the U.S. is well aware of this deficit but is moribund. Industry pressures on legislatures and regulators should be reviewed. There are a number of […]

Port Hueneme City Council addressing Poor Air Quality

Port Hueneme City Council addressing Poor Air Quality

The City Council meeting Tuesday night was a success for the 12 residents attending the city council meeting and those affected by the poor air quality and noise pollution in the neighborhood. Thanks to Kathy and Steve Biddle for speaking in Open Forum and describing the effects of the air and noise pollution on Port […]

Oxnard Wastewater System Receives S&P Bond Rating Increases

Oxnard Wastewater System Receives S&P Bond Rating Increases

OXNARD, Calif-. Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings raised the credit rating of the City of Oxnard’s Wastewater Revenue Bonds from “BBB to A-,” a two-notch, positive increase in the City’s creditworthiness. The City’s Wastewater Fund outlook was affirmed as “stable.” Mayor Tim Flynn said, “This is a proud moment for the City and excellent news […]

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

Oxnard Rams Through New Committee Management System & 100% Clean Power “Default” Option

By George Miller At the October 23, 2018 Oxnard City Council meeting, an alliance of City Council and staff members pushed through a new committee management structure/system, which they said would result in shorter meetings (disputed) , more public participation (disputed) and streamlined approval of votes- but also much less content/detail in regular council meetings.  […]

Standard and Poor’s Gives Oxnard Wastewater A Positive Outlook

Standard and Poor’s Gives Oxnard Wastewater A Positive Outlook

Oxnard, California – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings affirmed the City of Oxnard Financing Authority’s Wastewater Revenue Bonds rating of BBB and revised the financial outlook from negative to positive. The rating reflects the combination of a very strong enterprise risk profile and an adequate financial risk profile, according to S&P’s Global Ratings. S&P […]

Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

Judge’s Final Word On Oxnard Measure M Overturning Wastewater Rate Increases

By George Miller In May, after a year of litigation by both parties, after the recall election was safely over and right about at the 90 day deadline after the trial was completed, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Rocky Baio tentatively ruled against Oxnard’s lawsuit against local financial executive and activist Aaron Starr’s wildly successful […]

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

Oxnard Measure M Wastewater Trial Fails to Finish on Schedule- next hearing 2-23-18

By George Miller Friday, January 5, 2018 was supposed to be the last day of the City of Oxnard vs. Aaron Starr civil lawsuit challenging the legality of the Measure M voter initiative rescinding the 2016 88% wastewater rate increase. This has dragged on for a year. Judge Rocky Baio slapped an injunction on Measure […]

Oxnard Public Hearing 05-16-2017 on Utility Rate Increase (Wastewater)

Oxnard Public Hearing 05-16-2017 on Utility Rate Increase (Wastewater)

. By Larry Stein, 5-16-17 The staff’s presentation for tonight’s public hearing (Agenda Item K-1) on utility rate increases  ignore’s the work of the 1st URAP (2015). Why bother getting involved as a citizen if your efforts get ignored by the 4th floor and the elected officials. Questions get asked by the public, but get […]

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