Former Oxnard Official Opposes Utility Rate Hike Plan

We tracked down Ken Ortega, the former Oxnard Public Works Director, to get his opinion on the city's proposal to increase utility rates for water, sewer and garbage by 60%, or $750 per year for a typical household.

It's difficult to find someone on the outside with his expertise and knowledge of the inner workings of utilities in Oxnard.

It turns out he largely agrees with our position that these rate hikes cannot be justified. We asked him to write a letter stating his position.


Here is what he just sent to the Oxnard City Council.

If you want to help us oppose the proposed rate increases:

1) Share this post with your Oxnard friends and neighbors.

2) Sign up at our website at to stay informed.

3) Attend the January 19, 2016 public hearing at 6:00 pm in Oxnard City Hall (305 West Third Street). One evening out of your life could save your family and each of your neighbors $750 per year in unjustified utility rate increases.

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