Aaron Starr Fights Back – Serves Oxnard with Lawsuit During City Council Meeting

Moving Oxnard Forward President Aaron Starr surprised the Oxnard City Council by bringing a process server with him to the April 5 City Council meeting.  City Attorney Stephen Fischer and City Clerk Daniel Martinez were served with a new lawsuit after Mr. Starr finished his public comments at the start of the meeting.

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Aaron Starr Shames City of Oxnard to End Delay Tactic

At the March 29 Oxnard City Council meeting, Moving Oxnard Forward President Aaron Starr had to shame the city for claiming to be in a hurry to resolve their lawsuit against him, while in reality they are engaging in stalling tactics.  Below is the text of his statement during the public comments portion of the City Council meeting:

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Oxnard Suit Against Wastewater Initiative is a Stalling Tactic

CITY HALL’S LAWSUIT IS A STALLING TACTIC DESIGNED TO FRUSTRATE THE WILL OF VOTERS

It is a shame that Oxnard is wasting precious resources to hire outside attorneys to stop the people from being able to vote on the unfair rate hike. Nowhere does the City acknowledge the harm this rate hike of more than $325 per year for a typical household will cause the working families of Oxnard. Rather than let the people speak, the City Council is using expensive outside lawyers to delay the process until after the election.

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City of Oxnard Sues Aaron Starr Over Wastewater Initiative

On March 8, Moving Oxnard Forward President Aaron Starr filed paperwork with the city of Oxnard to begin the process of placing an initiative on the November ballot which would overturn the recent wastewater utility increases.  The city attorney then had 15 days by law to prepare a title and summary for the initiative.

On the afternoon of the 15th day, instead of providing the required title and summary...

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Initiative Filed to Overturn Oxnard Wastewater Rate Increases

Thanks to the support of so many of you, we have decided to take steps to overturn the sewer rate increases that are scheduled to increase a typical family's utility bill by $326 per year.

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20 More Volunteers Needed

WE NEED 20 MORE VOLUNTEERS TO FIGHT OXNARD'S MASSIVE UTILITY RATE INCREASES.

Please sign up at www.movingoxnardforward.org/volunteer.

The City Council voted two weeks ago to raise wastewater (sewer) rates by 88% ... and they are making plans for additional utility rate hikes for water and solid waste (garbage collection) sometime after March.

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City Council Approves Wastewater Increase, Hits Pause on Water and Solid Waste

The story is not over yet, and it took an interesting plot twist Tuesday night at the 2nd reading of the utility rate increases.

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TV News Coverage of Utility Rate Increase Hearing

Here are links to the KEYT Channel 3 coverage of our protest effort and the utility rate increase hearing on January 19, 2016.

http://www.keyt.com/news/oxnard-residents-fight-utility-hike/37525502

http://www.keyt.com/news/oxnard-council-votes-for-utility-rate-increase/37525464


News from Oxnard's Utility Rate Increase Hearing

Though we are disappointed at the stubbornness of the Oxnard City Council in forging ahead Tuesday night with abusive utility rate increases, we are so very proud of the residents of Oxnard.

THANK YOU for showing up by the hundreds on a rainy night to send a message to our elected officials!  And thank you to those who patiently waited and then mustered the courage to speak during the hearing!  It was a night many of us will remember for a long time.

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How Do I File a Protest Against the 60% Utility Increase?

It is easy, but the first thing you need to know is that TIME IS SHORT!!  The protest forms must be RECEIVED by the city clerk before the end of the public hearing on TUESDAY, January 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Oxnard City Hall (305 W Third St).

Get your protest form on page 2 of this document.

At this late date, it might not arrive in time if you just drop it in the mail.  The best option is to bring it in person to the hearing on Tuesday night because the more people that are present the better!  If you can’t make it to the hearing, to be sure it arrives on time, deliver it in person to the city clerk’s office at 305 W Third St some time before the hearing.



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