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Don't hold our breath LOL:-)))
I heard on KVTA radio news that our county suffered over 70 million in
storm damage but the county will only have to come up with about 5 or 6
million more scarce tax dollars after they get disaster
relief from the state and feds. Woundn't it have been great if they
avoided all of the lawsuits and EIRs etc by doing this right in the
first place ie: put the
BISC sailing center on the other side of the harbor and NOT try to rip
off the Farrells who ripped us off in return...
Also, Krieger said on the news that another several thousand tax
dollars would have to be spent on cleaning up our beaches. In short, it
is amazing that our local government can get away with being so very
criminal in their responsibility to our citizens.
I guess their is no hope for our state and federal government.
We live here and can not make our local government responsive to
simple logic and do the right thing even once thus we have no chance
with the rest of our government.
I guess it will all self destruct in our lifetime or our kids lifetime
Lights, camera, action!…
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|FROM THE Ox Jo to
about the proposed new LOWEs at Carriage Square........
My first suggestion is to call as many people as you know about the
My second suggestion is to attend City Council meetings on Tuesday
nite and use your 3 minutes at public comments to get your points out
so more people will be aware --- you'd be surprized how many people do
watch the city council meetings on TV.
The city has a new Traffic Planner - Jason Samonte - he may
already have some plans on the board for handling traffic -- I know
you have suffered severely for the past few months with the mess at C
Street - Gonzo Rd. and all the extra traffic on Citrus due to the
FYI - the Post Office on C Street gained an extra fleet of
postal vehicles when the Saviers Road Post Office discontinued their
postal delivery from that station and moved all the delivery functions
to C Street - so we now have had an overflow of postal trucks since
the first of the year and doubled the number of postal vehicles
leaving and entering the C Street PO.
These Community Meetings are primarily a
way for the City to Cover it's ASSets - but attending them is good
because the developer and the city planners are all in the same room
and changes to plans have actually happened due to these meetings - so
they are valuable at times.
College Park Fiasco
What Happened to the agreement,
findings, & recommendations
of the College Park Review Committee?
|The City of Oxnard still has to
account for it's agreement/contract with BigLeagueDreams - and where is
the Mayor on this developing Issue ... ?
AVIE's Thought for the DAY.....
friends are like stars......You don't always see them, but you know they
are always there."
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Oxnard Screenwriters meeting
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The 04-04-04 OxJo
Javier Ambriz, 23 years, of Oxnard
TRAILER JUST APPEARS IN PARKING LOT|
AND IS SLATED TO REMAIN THERE FOR 5 YEARS....
Wilson Neighborhood Chair writes to city staff for consideration
and to really ask......"Why wasn't I told about this......."
I wanted to ask if there was a way we can "mitigate" the negative impacts
created by the "sudden" appearance of a double-wide construction trailer on
your city parking lot at South B and 2nd Streets.
The first issue is the lack of notification to anyone in the surrounding
area that the trailers were to be built and settled on more than half of the
parking lot. As neighborhood chair and affected resident it would have
behooved you to notify me, at the least.
No one warned me or informed me that this was to happen and now I have to
answer questions from irate neighbors.
I had to go to Code Enforcement to learn that this temporary trailer was in
actuality a permanent structure that would be in place for the next FIVE
Most seriously and negatively impacted is the Episcopal church which relies
on this parking for its parishioners. Especially of note is that the majority
of attendees are elderly and the Church was forced to make a parking sign to
deter parking to the City Lot on the opposite side of Second Street. The
Pastor there is going to be sending a note to Mr. Sotelo asking for a cross
walk to assist his seniors when crossing 2nd Street which is a busy road. I
advised "Father Anthony" to cc: you on his letter to Mr. Sotelo.
One of my neighbors who is a Member-at -Large on our Neighbhorhood Council
feels your placement of the trailer is against the law because
1) Five years
is not temporary and therefore makes the trailer a permanent structure,
proper notification and any effort to check on the impact of placing this
trailer in your city parking lot was not made, and
3) the decision, being
made in private, without public notice makes this event a violation of the
Brown Act. (I am quoting him) ---
So -- As you can see we have some issues to resolve and aside from finding
an alternate location for these construction trailers, we need to find a way
to address the problems that this FIVE YEAR situation will cause us for the
next half decade.
I would first ask that you work with our Neighborhood Council to show our
Neighborhood a Presentation on the future Renovation of City Hall and all
the phases of the project -- that presentation would give us an over-view of
what is happening and perhaps curtail any future problems we may face. We
need to meet again next month and if we can have the over-view of the City
Hall rennovation, that would be terrific.
I would secondly ask that you immediately contact the rector at All Saints
Episcopal to iron out the problems and frustrations that have arisen from
this sudden negative impact to the church. In addition to church services,
All Saints holds daily classes at night for support groups and these classes
usually fill the lot nightly. The church also rents out room for family
parties and the little children and large families who usually would use the
City Lot will have to use the lot across the street and again safety issues
arise from this.
Third, I would ask that you work with Jason Samonte and the City Manager to
place a marked cross-walk for the people who go to the church and that you
work closely with che church to develop a solution to their new problem.
In summary, I would highly advise that you find another location for this
trailer, I know this would be a problem for you, but I am seeing that taking
up most of this city parking lot with the trailer for the next five years is
not a good situation for us who are directly impacted. There must be
another location within walking distance for the construction foremen to
have their trailer offices.
I have been monitoring the parking on South B Street (between 1st and 2nd)
and so far overflow from the lot has not horrifically impacted us, but this may be too
early to tell.
If this trailer does not move, we may have to look at Permit
Parking on our street to protect our precious on street parking.
Mr. Winegar, thank you for your time and consideration -
I guess you can see
that had we had a phone conversation,
this information may have taken longer
to share than it does
when it is written and presented concisely.
/s/ Bill Winter
Wilson Neighborhood Council
Member - Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum.
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Writer asks what is there to do in Oxnard................
What is Really UP
Oxnard, Calif., June 2005 – Oxnard is a well-known family
oriented city. It’s ideal to come out here when you’re just starting out
your family and watch your kids grow up in a nice environment. However, when
one is a single adult, there’s really not much to do. One is often driven to
cities like Santa Barbara or Los Angeles for entertainment purposes. Our
beaches are fine, but even then, I personally would still go to Malibu
because there would be so much more to do. As a 23 year old girl, I
constantly go to the Valley or Hollywood to check out the latest hot spots.
Whenever I have guests over, they always ask, “What’s there to do here?” I
don’t have much of a choice, but to say, “NOTHING.” And after that, we end
up going to State Street or “The Valley”. I find it hard sometimes because
when I go out, I tend to have a few drinks and then I’m faced with the
ultimate dilemma of whether to drive home or stay at a hotel or friend’s
house. If the entertainment was here in Oxnard, there wouldn’t be so much of
a commute and plus I could just take a cab, if worse came to worst. I feel
that one shouldn’t have to drive an hour just to have a good time with their
It would be much safer for teenagers as well because they wouldn’t have to
go to a friend’s house party to have a good time. At a house party, who
knows what happens or doesn’t happen. If we made a few local hot spots for
“all ages”, at least parents would be aware that they’re teens are out
seeing a band play or are out to a dance. There are more opportunities to
drink and do drugs at a friend’s home, than it is at a venue. I know this
because I grew up here.
Now I noticed Oxnard is making a movie theater in the downtown district.
However, tourists are not going to drive over here just to go see a movie.
It’s fine for us locals since we hate driving to Camarillo or Ventura. But
we need café’s, lounges, bars, and shops if we want to get more money
accumulating in our city. We need to keep our business and gain outside
business as well.
All we really have is great weather. If I got married, that is really the
only reason I would stay here. I’m sure I’m not the first to bring this
issue up. I just don’t think people care, since hardly anything has been
done to resolve this issue. I’m not badmouthing Oxnard. I’m from here and
would definitely love to bring up my future children in Oxnard. But I would
hate to see my children move away just because there really isn’t much to
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THE CITY OF OXNARD NEEDS YOU!
MANY IMPORTANT DECISIONS
ARE BEING MADE
¿ WHERE ARE YOU ?
Oxnard City Council Chambers
You have THREE MINUTES
of Free Speech
to tell the Council how you
feel and stand on local issues.
Ashley Jackson ---Acting Senior Planner
City of Oxnard -- Planning & Environmental
Re: PZ 04-500-3 (Special Use Permit)
H A N D D E
L I V E R E D
28 February 2005
This letter is
being submitted in opposition to the residential use proposed for the
former City property at 7th and A Streets.
This property was
not properly offered to alternate buyers.
The City acted as it’s own agent and completed an inside deal between
the City and the Developer. Thus, the City of Oxnard prevented Robert
Garcia, a long time business owner and community supporter, who owns
property surrounding this lot, from being notified or allowed an
opportunity to even submit a bid for this formerly city-owned land.
Robert Garcia, had
no notice that the City proposed to sell off this piece of land and by
the time the announcement of the deal went through, it was apparently
too late for Mr. Garcia to even approach the City regarding his
interest, even though certain city officials were well aware of Mr.
Garcia’s wish to obtain this property.
The City will
provide otherwise, in it’s convoluted way, that it gave proper notice
and they will reference past city council or planning commission
documents to undermine Mr. Garcia’s initial right as a tax-paying
citizen to be allowed to participate in his city’s “open government”.
The simple fact is
neither Mr. Garcia, nor any other Oxnard resident was offered or
provided proper notice of the City’s desire to sell. By the time all
knew, the land deal was sealed with Developer and the Council
rubber-stamped it’s approval on it…thereby washing their hands of
their obligation to Mr. Garcia.
project of 12 three story townhomes is a good one and needed in Oxnard
and especially in the downtown area, however, locating these wonderful
new homes directly abutting an active funeral parlor may be a
detrimental fact to consider in approving these plans to put
residential property on this lot.
It would behoove
this workshop to consider another course of action for this property
and allow a use which is properly brought to the neighborhood
Please do not
allow this project to continue as planned and proposed.
Chairman – Wilson
Member – Oxnard
Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum
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