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  The Oxnard Journal --  January 2005  --  Oxnard, Calif. --  THE PEOPLE'S VOICE --    
  The Oxnard Journal is News          
of Oxnard & Port Hueneme        

Regarding the Oxnard City Council
Retreat -or -
Strategic Planning Workshop - as it is being called.

Public comments at Oxnard City Council retreat will only be at 4:00pm   
                Fri., Jan 21, 2005 

-- Public may attend all of workshop - Fri. Jan 21, 4PM to 8PM and
Sat. Jan. 22, 8AM to 1PM
Location:  Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, 2101 W. Vineyard Ave. Oxnard

Marie Callender's Restaurant in Oxnard is closed - out of business
Tentative plan is to have Saviers Road Design Team meetings at IHOP at Channel Islands Blvd. and Statham
Same 6:30pm  Monday nights. Next meeting will be Jan. 24.

or special interest? -
The How and Why Oxnard
City Staff independently negotiated a half-million Dollar contract for nothing but Air....and spend $88K as a down payment on that Air......


The infamous Signature Page showing City Staff who were in on the Deal
See the Checks which
the City of Oxnard
Paid to

Exhibit A     //   Exhibits  B & C

Greetings Oxnard Neighbors -

Happy New Year to you all and I hope this finds you and yours doing well. Just so you know, I obtained your email addresses from the sign-in sheets at the neighborhood council meetings concerning our proposed development.

I'm writing to let you know that we have filed our Pre-Review Application with the city. It consists largely of the site plan we showed you at the last neighborhood meeting on November 18th. I have attached jpeg and pdf file showing the proposed site plan laid into an aerial photo of the intersection. Please contact me as noted below if you have any trouble viewing the files.

I am currently working on posting our complete Pre-Review Application on a website that will be dedicated to this process. It is not yet available but the address will be: www.vineyardventura.com
Throughout the application process, the website will provide places for you to view and comment upon exhibit materials shortly after they are turned into the city. I will write you again once the site is up and running.

We look forward to your continuing involvement in the process. By working together, we can create the best development possible.

We are interested in scheduling our next neighborhood meeting in the second half of February. Your neighborhood council chair should be notifying you once the date has been determined. Please feel free to contact me any time throughout this process with any questions or comments you may have.

Best Regards,

Darren Embry
Community Relations Manager
Office: (310) 385-5078
Cell: (310) 871-1168
Fax: (310) 550-3795

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

-Greek proverb



Martin Jones - One Year Since Brown

Gary Gillig - Under Fire
[City Attorney - Patsy for Brown]




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Read Candidate Statements
  [ to appear in your voter pamphlet ]

Eddie Castillo Chimes-in
Oxnard City Council's
own private Injunction

•  Oxnard Gets Slapped
on the wrists
by Superior Court Judge

•  Medina Under Fire


FRYs Electronix Coming to OX

Patel Family Horror - Oxnard - the
                      City that cares less

Alex Ramos to appear on 
"Remarkable Journey"

Feedback/Letters to the Ox JO


Beautiful Wilson Historic
Neighborhood Views.

Tomás Cafe Hosts PPV Fight Nite

Oxnard Economic Outlook  

Is Oxnard's Living Wage
Policy A Joke?




Read this Press Release  about
Big League Dreams from League City Texas - Do We Really Want To Bring This Kind of a Mess to Oxnard?

View the April 22, 2000 Ventura Star Article about Big League Dreams
trying to wedge into Oxnard's
College Park


An Open Letter to Oxnard - Regarding how the City
Does its Business........

Dear Friends:

After reading the article in the Ventura Star about the Big League Dreams "surprise contract" I am reminded of these facts.

The California government codes and the Oxnard municipal codes do require that the City staff issue monthly financial reports including the amount received, the amount spent, and the balance in each type of fund. The codes also require that the City staff provide at each regular meeting the list of checks (warrants) that were issued since the last report. Interesting to note that other cities in Ventura County comply with these requirements.

During the two years I worked at the City I was repeatedly hindered by the City Manager from issuing the monthly financial reports to the City Council. The City staff had not provided the Council with those financial reports before I came to Oxnard, and the staff has not provided the Council with monthly financial reports since I was terminated.

At Federal trial the City Manager,
Ed Sotelo, said that the reason he was stopping me from issuing monthly financial reports was due to the "inappropriate language" that I used in my reports. But, when my attorney, Mr. Edward Lear, offered the court copies of every monthly financial report which I wrote during those two years the City changed its position and told the court that the City agreed that in fact I never used any "inappropriate language" in my financial reports. So why did the City Manager try to stop me from issuing those reports to the City Council?

Also under oath and when asked why he was not now issuing monthly financial reports to the Council in compliance with the City’s and State’s codes the then Finance Director, Stan Kleinman, said he had been told by the City Attorney that he did not need to prepare the report.

During the two years I worked at the City the City Manager would also not let me prepare the list of checks for Council’s review until I worked with the City Attorney to get his approval to present the list of checks to the City Council. Though I repeatedly requested approval to issue the list of checks that approval was never given to me.

So now it is interesting to note that had these reports been given to the City Council, the Council and the public would have seen the distribution of money to Big League Dreams and all this turmoil would not exist. It is of greater concern to now contemplate whether the intentional disregard for the State and City codes may be for other purposes.

Copies of statements made under oath by City Staff can be provided to you.


Phillip S. Molina


2005 - The Year
we said
Good-Bye to
Two Lopez's

With Dr. Manny Lopez leaving the  Mayor's seat and the soon departure of Oxnard Police Chief Art Lopez, the City of Oxnard will be without a Lopez at the helm of any major City govern-ment office.

   ---- Changing Face of Oxnard ----

There is also chatter amongst the locals at a paradigm shift that appears to be taking place in Oxnard - that of the return of "Wonder Bread" to the face of Oxnard leadership.  At the Oxnard Economic forecast breakfast last year, the presentation focused on the new "Gentrification" of Oxnard.  With all the high end housing that is beyond the reach of middle-class households, it appears that Oxnard is trying to reshape and reform its image from being the "Santa Ana" of Ventura County to become Simi Valley-by-the-Sea.

Be it a reminder, but all that gentle, that the latest two new Council-members are non-brown and our heir apparent to inherit the top slot of the Oxnard PD is similar.

      ----- Areas to Watch ----

With the population base changing and make-up of leadership changing, what is next for Oxnard.  The City has just created a new Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) calling it the "Downtown Design Review Committee" - for which licensed architects and business owners only are eligible to join....One has to wonder what will this advisory group recommend to the city. 

Already, there have been complaints about the look of Downtown.  The thrift shops that cater to the needy - the used car lots that serve the first time buyer and mostly Mexican patron - and the general look of dilapidated buildings and design makes Oxnard look seedy and the future calls for more than just an downtown movie house.

Plans for the Oxnard Blvd. corridor will surely come before the Council once the State relinquishes its control of Oxnard Blvd. and moves State Route One officially over to Rice Avenue.  Once that happens - Oxnard City will have full control over the Boulevard and some businesses may be forced to move or close down completely. 

Oxnard's blatant slap in face of Roberto Garcia in his honest quest for the land adjacent to his funeral home was only the tip of the iceberg for how Oxnard will treat its Latino business owners.

So Stand-by for more developments similar to the ones noted - the Oxnard Journal will report on what it finds out.


Big League Dreams
beleaguers Texas Town ---
A Must Read ......

Mansfield, TX, The Citizens of Mansfield Texas are fighting the Big league Dreams Guys like a tiger.
We have stalled them until May. To Oxnard - You will not be able to vote on this because the BLD people say you can't. The Redding, Calif. facility was financed by state grants and loans, but the city was later fined $450K for polluting the vernal pools. The BLD guys after the project was built
asked Redding for 1.4 million for artificial turf. Scott Letierrer, BLD CEO, was the past world soccer CEO.
Bill Simon, your "almost governor" is reported to own 38 % of this company. This is not little league as you already know but a sports venue as defined in Texas. They get money through the parks departments and state grants for parks. Look up the California
definition for parks. Brentwood rejected BLD due to funding problems. The city can't sell tax free bonds for projects that have a net income.

See www.bigleagueschemes.info.
- read it all, your future is there. Also research on Google for League City, Texas they have been through hell
with these guys, their mayor was voted out of office, the finance director quit and is now working for a company that specializes in economic development and the city is 6 million over budget. Don't let this be built in your city. These Texas cities are are married to BLD for 35 years. Their project costs will continue to climb.

I bet your city also signed an operation and maintenance contract as well. The timing would be logical.

Follow the money.

/s/ citizen of Mansfield, Texas

The VC Star Chimes in on the Big League Dreams Flap with our renegade City Manager writing checks like there is no tomorrow -

                        Read the Star's Editorial

 ==Steve Houser ==

The V i e w
La Conchita

Steve's Camera Takes you up-close to the Disaster at La Conchita
                         (the small Sea-Shell)

Houser was the Ox Jo's Photog during the last Municipal Election and brought some great views of the Candidates to Oxnard and the World via the WWW.....he is still stringing for the Ox Jo and goes where the News is to bring you views you won't see anywhere else....

     ....Click Here
to see
the PIX


Jose Castellanos, of Oxnard is
on the job at La Conchita.



ead the Official City News Release -      * Note that the Lead and Ending paragraphs focus on City Manger Sotelo instead of Chief Lopez ---

           *  The News Release


Ox Jo In E S P (Spanish)


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