What Oxnard City Hall attempted in court yesterday was sad, though not surprising.
Believing they'd have a better chance to defend a pattern of illegal utility revenue transfers if the opposing side wasn't allowed to present evidence, they asked a judge to disallow the evidence we have collected.Read more
During its January 21, 2020 meeting, the City Council did something dastardly -- they adopted strict term limits not because they want them to be the law, but they did it as a political tactic to kill strict term limits.
Yes, you read that correctly! Let me explain...Read more
A Hollywood script writer couldn’t make this stuff up.
Last Wednesday the Oxnard City Council REFUSED to perform their legal obligation to place three initiatives on the ballot that were signed by over 12,000 Oxnard residents. Oh, and they’re suing Moving Oxnard Forward President Aaron Starr ... again!Read more
As we noted in our previous article:
In an attempt to circumvent public disclosure requirements under the Public Records Act, Oxnard city management is claiming that the results of a taxpayer-funded public opinion poll are a “trade secret,” and are refusing to disclose the full information to the public.
Though the city denied most of our requests to see this information, they did begrudgingly provide us with a few selected documents.
Here's some of what we learned.Read more
Our five government reform measures are destined for the November 2020 ballot.
Their path to the ballot necessarily involves a trip through a city council meeting. At its December 17 meeting, the City Council did not adopt our measures, nor did they vote to put them on the November 2020 ballot. Instead, they voted to delay their decision for 30 days until after they conduct an internal study on all five of our measures.Read more
Over the summer and early fall we worked diligently to gather 8,401 valid signatures for each of five different reform measures to be placed on the Oxnard ballot in November 2020.
On Monday, October 28, we submitted over 62,000 signatures, more than 12,000 signatures on each of the 5 petitions!
If we’re right, Oxnard is about to become the first city in California – and perhaps the country – to have its citizens qualify five ballot measures at the same time.Read more
The City Council is about to raise YOUR water costs to subsidize the River Ridge Golf Course.
For years the old guard on the city council has complained about the golf course subsidies while pointing the finger of blame at “previous administrations.” City management is falsely telling the public that this new contract will stop the subsidies of the past (often over $1 million/year).
However, the city plans to continue the subsidies for River Ridge Golf Course, and tonight’s city council agenda includes a new operator contract for the facility with subsidies built right into the contract language.Read more
Oxnard City Hall’s inability to do basic math means that the city council put Oxnard’s taxpayers on the hook for millions more than the public was told … again.
The city council recently approved new agreements with three employee unions. Staff reports told the public that these three contracts combined would increase costs by $5.5 million through June 2021, but corrected math shows the real cost increase is approximately $10 million.
Oxnard city council members (especially Mayor Flynn) keep blaming past administrations for signing contracts without considering the real future costs, but then he and the rest of the current council unanimously voted for these contracts in which the real costs over the next two years are almost $4.5 million higher than the public was told.Read more