Oxnard's New Sewer Rate Scheme Revealed

After intense public pressure, city staff – finally! – agreed to release the secret rate model being used to develop new wastewater rates … or so it seemed.  They sent it after the close of business … on a Friday evening … before a three day holiday weekend … and it was locked down with passwords to prevent anyone from being able to generate their own what-if scenarios.

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Don't like the 87% increase? Try 96% instead!

This week we finally learned what wastewater rate increase City Hall wants to recommend.

One proposal is a rate increase of over 96%!

So much for their claim that they had listened to you…

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Steering the City Council with False Information

With the recent release of Oxnard’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for fiscal year 15/16, it became apparent that the city management had previously given the city council and the public some grossly incorrect information during its campaign against Measure M.

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A Process Fit for a Sewer System?

We need your help again.

As we all know, the city had enacted an outrageous 87% wastewater rate increase in January of 2016. You helped us fight back, and together we qualified Measure M for the ballot to repeal the rate increase and make the city try again to be more reasonable. Measure M won overwhelmingly, and now the city must try again to set rates that cover their actual costs ... but don’t abuse the ratepayers.

Please attend a very important meeting on February 1, starting at 6:00 pm at:

Oxnard Performing Arts Center, Ventura Room
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030

Here’s what’s going on.

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Tentative Trial Date Scheduled

Today we were back before Judge Rocky Baio to schedule a trial for the City of Oxnard's lawsuit against Measure M, which 72% of Oxnard voters adopted in November to repeal an excessive 87% wastewater rate increase.

The judge has tentatively scheduled the trial for late June, 2017.

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The Plot Thickens

Interesting developments in Oxnard's wastewater rate saga...

As you might recall, on December 8 Judge Rocky Baio granted the City of Oxnard’s request for a temporary restraining order on Measure M, our initiative that rejected the City’s 87% sewer rate increase. In effect, the judge hit the pause button on Measure M’s reduction of rates until this matter goes to trial, at which time the judge can decide who is right.

Because the judge is keeping the law from going into effect ... at least for the time being ... the city was scheduled to implement their next 10% increase effective January 1 (on top of the 35% increase already imposed on us last March).

In the meantime, there’s much happening behind the scenes.

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Oxnard Starts New Wastewater Rate Setting Process

Though the City of Oxnard still stubbornly pursues the lawsuit seeking to have Measure M declared illegal, even they have now realized the need to do something else besides just bet on winning in court.  The city council has now directed their employees to start again the process of setting new wastewater rates.  Time will tell whether they will actually listen to what the voters said.

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Judge Hits Pause Button

Measure M, our initiative which successfully rejected the City's 87% sewer rate increase, was scheduled to go into effect on December 12, 2016.  To stop that from happening, on December 7, 2016, the City of Oxnard filed for an ex parte hearing to ask the judge for a temporary restraining order on Measure M.

Judge Rocky Baio granted the City of Oxnard’s request for a temporary restraining order on Measure M.  In effect, the judge hit the pause button on the reduction of rates until the city's pending lawsuit against Measure M goes to trial, at which time the judge can decide who is right.

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City’s Attorneys Preventing a Solution for Wastewater Bonds

The message from City Hall seems to suggest that we voters are to blame for revolting against the city’s 87% sewer rate increase. In reality, the precarious financial position the City of Oxnard now finds itself in is not due to the actions of voters. Rather, it is due to a series of poor decisions by city officials acting on the bad advice of its outside attorneys.

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Victory on Measure M - Oxnard Votes Yes to Pay Less

The people of Oxnard have spoken. No, they have roared! 

Semi-official results from Tuesday's election delivered a great victory for working families and small businesses in Oxnard.

Measure M was adopted 23,446 to 9,085 – meaning that 72.1% of the voters heeded our call to "Vote YES to Pay Less."

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