Failure to Communicate

"What we've got here is failure to communicate."
-- Strother Martin as the prison warden in Cool Hand Luke

As reported in the Ventura County Star (Oxnard decides against raising water rates at least for now), the Oxnard City Council voted Tuesday night to not increase water rates by 66% over the next four years ... at least not yet. (Not to be confused with the sewer rate increase adopted last January and whose repeal is scheduled to be on the November ballot.)

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Peeing on the Electric Fence

“There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin’. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.”
--Will Rogers

And in the case of the Oxnard City Council, it appears they need to pee on the electric fence more than once.

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Heading for the Ballot

Media Coverage:

Ventura County Star: SOAR, wastewater rate repeal to appear on Oxnard November ballot

"Initiatives concerning open-space laws and the repeal of a wastewater rate increase will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in Oxnard following approval by the City Council this week.

The council voted to place the Wastewater Rate Repeal Initiative on the ballot, a measure headed by resident Aaron Starr. The initiative, which aims to roll back the utility rate increase approved by the council earlier this year, received the required 1,430 valid signatures to get on the ballot."

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We're Qualified for the Ballot!

A message from our President.

GREAT NEWS!

As reported in the Ventura County Star, we are delighted to report that the Ventura County Registrar of Voters has certified that our initiative, Repealing Oxnard's Increases of Wastewater Rates Act, has enough signatures to be placed on this November's ballot.

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Major Victory in Court Today

MAJOR VICTORY FOR VOTERS IN COURT TODAY

A message from our President.

THE CITY OF OXNARD LOST ... AGAIN

This is the second time the city has attempted to use the courts to deprive Oxnard citizens of their right to vote and the second time they have failed.

Absent some other sneaky maneuver by the city council, this measure will be going to the ballot in November.

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Courtroom Cliffhanger

COURTROOM CLIFFHANGER
 
With less than one day's notice, we appeared in court this morning to oppose the City of Oxnard's attempt to deny you the right to vote on their 87% rate increase for wastewater ... after close to 4,000 of us signed petitions in only 16 days to put this on the ballot this November.
 
Kudos to our legal team for preparing their rapid response to City Hall's outrageous ploy. Even knowing that case law is on our side, it's not easy to react so quickly against a bully's sucker punch.
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More Courtroom Shenanigans

This is unbelievable. Here we go again.

The City of Oxnard gave us notice earlier today that it has requested a hearing with a judge ... tomorrow.

You may recall back in March, the city sued to prevent us from circulating an initiative petition to overturn their 87% rate increase for wastewater.

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News about Last Night's City Council Meeting

We received very good coverage from the media on last night's Oxnard City Council meeting.

Read excerpts below from Citizens Journal and Ventura County Star.

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Oxnard City Hall is in Shock!

Tonight's announcement at the Oxnard City Council meeting was the culmination of a long series of events going back to late last year, when the city first announced its intentions to raise utility rates.

Even with the city's shameful and baseless lawsuit against us costing us five precious weeks of time, we pressed ahead and did what so many said could not be done.

But we knew better.

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Major Development

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT -- OXNARD UTILITY RATE REPEAL

Please join us at this week's Oxnard City Council meeting for a significant announcement concerning our campaign to repeal Oxnard's excessive 87% wastewater (sewer) rate increase.

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