Taking the Initiative (times 5)

Today, as part of Moving Oxnard Forward’s continuing efforts to reform Oxnard City Hall, we have filed with the Oxnard City Clerk notices of intention to circulate five separate initiatives to place on next year’s ballot. They are as follows:

  • Term Limits – The Mayor and the City Council to be limited to two consecutive terms, requiring a two-year break before becoming eligible to serve again.

  • Open Meetings – Requires city council and other city legislative bodies meet no earlier than 5:00 pm (with a few exceptions); requires training on the use of Robert’s Rules to enable better run meetings; requires advance videotaping of staff presentations to allow more time for public comments; and expands the right of the public to comment on agenda items and make use of video presentations.

  • Transparency – Makes the elected City Treasurer accountable for the city’s financial functions; requires online posting of city expenditures and their supporting documents; requires the finance department to hire a certified public accountant and publish monthly financial statements; and requires the publishing of performance measurements for city departments.

  • Road Repairs – Predicates the continued collection of “Measure O” sales tax on city hall improving the condition of city streets and alleys.

  • Permit Simplicity – Implements a program that will enable the city to issue permits in a single day, making it easier for business owners to bring higher paying jobs to Oxnard and for homeowners to improve their homes. Similar programs have been successful in other cities.

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