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Life in Oxnard is Interesting at best - Merv Griffin - 1975
| Where is
In all my years of
ranting and raving against and for the Machine, we call the body politique -
here in old Oxnard - Status Quo or we like things to stay the way they are - the status
quotient - or whatever pays plays....It's sort of a Chinatown being filmed in Bakersfield-by-the-Sea.
The Oxnard Journal predicts for 2008 that Andres Herrera will
announce for a higher office - could be Mayor or More -- Standby to Standby.
So we all need to keep an eye on how the City
spends money. Be thankful for people like Larry Stein who works hard
looking over the public financial records of this City and finds things.
Would do this? --- Point Made.
Be thankful for the peeps who work in the City's
planning departments. They have a tough job and they are the
gate-keepers to what is built and how in this City. Be thankful for
all the City Departments and workers who toil hard for you - even if you see
them having a coffee break, they are on the front line dealing the issues
and keeping our services running smoothly.
Calleguas Municipal Water District
invites you to an informational meeting on the
Salinity Management Pipeline Project
Wednesday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m.
575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme, California
In addition to a brief presentation on the project, the pubic is invited to provide comments on the
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment.
For further information, please call 805-579-7128 or email email@example.com.
Join us as we kick-off RiverPark Alive – free, full-blast family entertainment in the great outdoors at RiverPark — Saturday, August 11th.
RiverPark, Oxnard’s great new community, is coming to life with beautiful homes, parks, schools, even a fire station! Lots of friendly people have moved in and there are more new models to see every day. Now there’s RiverPark Alive, where you’ll enjoy movies in the park, food festivals, concerts, fun for kids and families, and much more. It’s all free and you’re invited.
And while you’re here you can also experience RiverPark’s uplifting new neighborhoods first hand. Beautifully furnished models are open everyday with prices starting in the mid $300,000s.
You don’t have to live at RiverPark to enjoy it. But once you’re there you might wish you did.
Come and be a part of living history --------------------
St. John’s Temporary Closure Information
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Regional Medical Center is a safe place for patients, employees, and visitors.
Ongoing environmental testing continues to show that the mold presents no health hazards.
St. John’s Regional Medical Center has decided to use a new process that will treat the whole hospital at one time.
The process will require St. John’s to close temporarily for a short time in August.
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
1600 North Rose Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
St. John’s Regional Medical Center has been working to treat mold that has affected areas of the hospital.
Community Information Line: (805) 983-8392
In case of an
emergency, dial 9-1-1.
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
Temporary Closure Schedule
St. John’s offsite Community Education, Outreach, and Food Pantry programs and services will continue as scheduled; St. John’s offsite Outpatient Therapy Centers will remain open.
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center – Thousand Oaks
Community Memorial Hospital – Ventura
Ventura County Medical Center – Ventura
and emergency response personnel to plan for the temporary closure.
All other Ventura area hospitals will remain open during this period of temporary closure, including:
St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital – Camarillo
Ojai Valley Community Hospital – Ojai
Santa Paula Hospital – Santa Paula
Simi Valley Hospital – Simi Valley
St. John’s, Catholic Healthcare West, and our Sponsoring Congregations are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus. We
dedicate our resources to:
• delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services;
• serving and advocating for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and
• partnering with others in the community to improve the quality of life.
Dignity • Collaboration • Justice • Stewardship • Excellence
Información acerca del cierre temporal de St. John’s
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
St. John’s Regional Medical Center es un lugar seguro para pacientes, empleados y el público en general. Las continuas y extensas pruebas ambientales continúan demostrando que el moho no representa ningún riesgo a la salud.
St. John’s Regional Medical Center ha decidido usar un nuevo proceso que nos permitirá tratar todo el
hospital al mismo tiempo. --- Este proceso requiere que cerremos el hospital temporalmente por un breve periodo de tiempo este agosto.
St. John’s está trabajando muy de cerca con otros hospitales de la región, agencias gubernamentales, agencias que responden a emergencias, y agencias de salud pública para planear el cierre temporal.
Horario programado del Cierre Temporal
St. John’s Regional Medical Center
1600 North Rose Avenue
Oxnard, CA 93030
St. John’s Regional Medical Center ha estado trabajando para tratar el moho que ha afectado a ciertas
áreas del hospital.
Para mayor información, llame nuestra Línea de Información a la Comunidad: (805) 983-8392.
St. John’s, Catholic Healthcare West, y nuestras Congregaciones Patrocinadoras se comprometen a que prosiga el ministerio de sanación de Jesús. Nosotros dedicamos nuestros recursos: a proporcionarle servicios a su salud con compasión, de alta calidad y económicos; a dar servicio y abogar por nuestras hermanas y hermanos que son pobres y desamparados; a asociarnos con otros en la comunidad para mejorar la calidad de vida.
Dignidad • Colaboración • Justicia • Responsabilidad • Excelencia
En caso de emergencia llame al 9-1-1.Para atención de rutina, llame a su médico.
Todos los otros hospitales de la zona permanecerán abiertos durante este periodo de cierre temporal incluyendo:
Hospital St. John’s Pleasant Valley – Camarillo
Hospital Ojai Valley Community– Ojai
Hospital Santa Paula– Santa Paula
Hospital Simi Valley– Simi Valley
Hospital Los Robles Hospital y Centro Médico – Thousand
Hospital Community Memorial – Ventura
Centro Médico del Condado de Ventura – Ventura
Agosto 24: Se reintegran todos los servicios del Hospital una vez que lo
apruebe el Departamento de Servicios a la Salud.
Durante el cierre temporal, los servicios y programas externos del Departamento de Educación a la
Comunidad de St. John’s, incluyendo los servicios de los Ministerios de Salud y la Despensa de Comida
continuarán ofreciéndose; los Centros de Fisioterapia Externa de St. John’s permanecerán abiertos.
Aerial view of Oxnard - circa: - 1995
Oxnard - 1995 - How simple it was then - when growth was not a problem -- But now here we are in 2007
|Certain Issues have
captivated the populace as of late....with the most predominant concern
being that of
uncontrolled growth. Below you will find a collection of essays and information on the various points of thought that are floating about in regards to having smart growth in the future.
Oxnard Traffic Initiative Fact Sheet June 200?
• In 1995, Oxnard had five deficient intersections (deficient levels of service (LOS) are intersections that experience extensive delays in traffic). Ten years later, the number of deficient intersections grew to 25-a fivefold increase irjjust a decade!
• According to a Ventura Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, the Oxnard/Ventura region has the 9th worst traffic congestion in the nation for communities with a population between 500,000 and 1,000,000.
• Oxnard currently has 2,700 homes that have been approved but have
not yet been built. Plans are to add an additional 13,000 homes in the
next ten years. At a density factor of five people per household, 75,000 residents
will be added to the city. An estimated 150,000 more traffic~trips will be added
to the city's congested streets.
• Oxnard's 2020 General Plan (city's blueprint for growth), called for the, city to add 50,000 residents in a 30-year period. By 2007, in little more than half the time, Oxnard had exceeded that number by 20,000 residents! The Riverpark development alone will add 94,000 traffic trips per day within the next eight years!
• According to a Washington Post article in August, 2005, Oxnard is the 12th most densely populated city in the United States. Overcrowding has only worsened Oxnard's traffic problems.
• The average commuter now looses 47 hours to congested traffic each year, eroding quality family time and individual quality of life. See U.S. News and World Report, May 7, 2007.
• According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, being stuck in a traffic jam more than doubles the risk of a heart attack within the subsequent hour.
The Oxnard Traffic initiative allows the residents of Oxnard to determine which large-scale residential and commercial projects will be approved.
Questions? Call (805) 340-1922.
|AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OXNARD
by LARRY STEIN -
The issue of affordable comes down to a basic issue - payments; one has to be able to afford to make them. One possible solution is for the city to become a mortgage banker. The city could front the money for 15 year no payment second trust deeds (sleeping seconds) for x hundreds of thousands per home ($200,000 - $300,000) at an interest rate that would allow the note sold for the city to recoup the face value of the loan plus the lost interest the city would lose until the note is sold. The down side to the borrower is the payment of the second trust would be paid when the house is resold (usually by the 7th year), or when the term expires. If the property appreciates at a rate higher than the interest rate of the note, there would be sufficient funds to payoff the note without out of pocket cash from the borrower. The borrower would also have a large interest deduction on his tax return offsetting tax liabilities for the year. In as much as housing prices have dropped 20% - 30% locally over the last two years, it is likely that those prices will be recovered in the next 7 years. The timing is good right now to implement this concept.
Larry Stein - An Oxnard Activist
THE OXNARD TRAFFIC INITIATIVE:
HERE IS HOW
IF THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ANY LARGE PROJECT THAT CAUSES TRAFFIC FLOW AT INTERSECTIONS WITHIN A 5 MILE RADIUS TO FALL BELOW A LEVEL "C OPERATING LEVEL [THIS IS A WELL KNOWN TERM OF ART AMONG TRAFFIC ENGINEERS BASED ON AN A - F GRADING SCALE], THE PROJECT CANNOT GO FORWARD UNLESS ALSO APPROVED BY THE PUBLIC. THE INITIATIVE IS AS SIMPLE AS THIS. IT ONLY AMENDS THE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN TO INSUE THAT THE PUBLIC CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE APPROVAL OF PROJECTS THAT WILL INCREASE TRAFFIC.
THE INITIATIVE DOES NOT, THEREFORE, AS ITS OPPONENTS CLAIM, STOP DEVELOPMENT. IT SIMPLY SAYS IF A LARGE PROJECT IS GOING TO FURTHER ADD TO TRAFFIC, THE PUBLIC HAS TO VOTE TO DECIDE IF THE VALUE OF THE PROJECT OUTWEIGHS IT'S IMPACT ON TRAFFIC.
EVEN THE CITY COUNCIL IN ITS GENERAL PLAN SAYS IT IS THE GOAL AND POLICY TO NOT HAVE ANY INTERSECTIONS FALL BELOW A LEVEL C OPERATING LEVEL. HOWEVER, THE DEVELOPER SUPPORTED MAJORITY ON THE COUNCIL ACCEPTS REALITY DEFYING EIR'S THAT SAY ANY PROJECTS THAT COME BEFORE THEM HAVE MINIMAL IMPACT ON TRAFFIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT. THAT MAJORITY IS READY TO APPROVE MORE THAN 10,000 NEW HOMES AND OTHER PROJECTS IN JUST THE NEXT FEW YEARS. THIS INITIATIVE WILL ALLOW YOU, THE VOTER, TO DECIDE IF A PROJECT THAT ADDS TRAFFIC TO OUR ROADS IS A WORTHWHILE ADDITION TO OUR COMMUNITY.
THIS IS A SOAR LIKE INITIATIVE IN THAT IT RESTORES POWER TO THE VOTER TO CONTROL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
PLEASE HELP COLLECT SIGNATURES TO PUT THIS INITIATIVE ON THE BALLOT AND PUT OXNARD ON THE MAP AS A LEADER OF SMART GROWTH THAT INVOLVES THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.
The Oxnard Traffic Initiative Committee
|G . O .
O . D - for the Democrats of OXNARD
Please come and be our guests at the July 11 GOOD Club meeting. Our special program for July will be an evening with NPR radio host and political activist Shawn Casey O'Brien; and everyone is invited to attend on July 11, 2007 at 6:30 PM ( Social 1/2 hr. ) and 7:00 PM - Program begins,.... at Cafe on A , 438 South A Street, Downtown Oxnard. ( Near the New Movie Theaters at 5th & So. A St).
Our Program for July 11: ----
Widely known as crusading activist for the disabled in the constant fight for equal rights; Shawn Casey O'Brien also has remarkable insight into current political events on local and national levels, made entertaining by an analysis spiced with humor and caustic wit. It promises to be a learning and laughing experience for everyone. This July meeting will be another highlight in our 2007 speakers' program; and we invite everyone in all of your groups to please attend.
So, for one night only, the Oxnard Democrats / GOOD Club is proud to present our premiere summertime event: Political Activist and Out-Spoken Leader of Democratic Principles, Shawn Casey O'Brien: " Current Political Events - A Special View".
We have asked Shawn for an open and candid analysis of California / National politics, the presidential campaign and any other topic of his choice. No tape recording will be permitted at this appearance at the request of the Executive Board . This will no doubt be a special and memorable evening; and we feel fortunate to have this unique guest at our Oxnard July 11 meeting.
Our Democrat club would be proud to add your group to our agenda; and it would be a further pleasure to introduce the Young Democrats of VC to the audience. Can we ask Heather for 3 minutes for information and what the GOOD Club can do to help. If Ron could also attend it would be a remarkable night. The same offer to introduce the Stonewall Democrats and what we can do to assist. Our GOOD Club is quite familiar with our friend Martin, so a new face would help.
Please spread the word that everyone is invited to the GOOD Club meeting on July 11 (nd June 13)
All the best,
FROM THE LEDGER OF PHIL MOLINA ::::::::::::
Councilman Timothy Flynn, John Zaragoza, and Friends:
The City Council was given a budget document and asked to approve the budget based upon the information that staff provided.
With just a short review of the budget document submitted to the public and the City Council I found that there is a discrepancy of $9,530,972 between the amount the Council was asked to approve and the amount of the detail of the appropriations. Information taken from "detail pages" of the City Staff's budget document.
GENERAL FUND FUNDED CATEGORIES:
Now unless $9,530,972 is a minor amount, the Council should demand seeing the details of how this amount is expected to be spent. Who knows you just might see cost of litigation included?
The serious issue is if the details are missing here, and if the Council did not publicly make any adjustments to the budgeted amount submitted, the City Staff might on their own, with limited input from just one or two councilmen decide to use the $9,530,972 is ways the public would not be pleased with.
signed: Your Public Servant and Watchman: Phil Molina
|IT's BUDGET TIME AGAIN
Analysis --- Courtesy of Accountant L. Stein.
Note attached - DO NOT USE THE COST TAB - It is still a work in progress.
Running Commentary........... 03JUN07
The G.O.O.D Club Democrats of Oxnard have a tempest in a teapot
on their hands with an upcoming meeting the Group has planned for their
June assembly. The original intent of the club was to invite
Attorney Richard Francis along with our own Mayor Tom Holden to join for a
table talk on the future of Oxnard's traffic and growth issues. In a
not so well publicized event - Richard Francis and Oxnard City Councilman
Tim Flynn joined to oppose uncontrolled growth in the City of Oxnard with
the "Oxnard Greenlight Initiative" (see next item:::)
Now as it stands the Mayor is out and Richard Francis has center stage,
The Mayor graciously replied:
Thank you for copying me your message to Mr. O'Neil. I would like to correct your account of my participation with the proposed traffic initiative. First, I do support the proposed Jones Ranch affordable housing project, and I would be happy to discuss this project at any time. I was invited by Mr. Kraft to meet with the Star Editorial Board to discuss the Jones Ranch Project, not the proposed traffic initiative. I was not prepared to discuss the traffic initiative, and tried to keep the discussion on
the topic that I was invited to speak about. Obviously, this was somewhat difficult given that your group had just finished a lengthy presentation regarding the proposed initiative. If you would like to clarify this, please contact Mr. Kraft at the Star.
As Mr. O'Neill accurately summarized, I will be happy to discuss the proposed initiative once I and the other Council Members have had an opportunity to be briefed on the specifics and potential impacts of the initiative.
Operation Green Light: On Wednesday, May 23rd, the Los
Angeles Times ran an
article about Oxnard City Councilmember
Tim Flynn teaming up with local attorney Richard Francis to initiate a
ballot item restricting growth in the City of Oxnard. The Measure,
called "the Oxnard Greenlight Initiative will need several thousand
signatures to be placed on the next General Election ballot, which will
probably be the February 2008 Presidential Run-off. What
is interesting is that the LA Times, and radio stations in Santa Barbara
picked up the story, but the only local newspaper, the Ventura slash
Camarillo-based STAR will not run this story.....for some reason.
You figure it out.
Tragedy at the Auto Exchange: The weekend STAR ran a story about a horrid accident that occurred at Oxnard's Five Point auto dealership. This sad news brings out prayers for the family, for the owner of the company and for all the people who work and buy their cars there. The STAR runs a comment section at the end of each story. Sometimes the comments are harsh, and naughty ones become ethereal history after any complaints come in to the paper. One comment, which may or may not remain on their site indicated a criticism of the journalistic style used to portray the sad story of the accident...the writer wondered if it was just them - or was this story badly written. Concern for the family members was raised regarding the sensitivity of the article in describing how the body was pinned down and the other details which arose from the report. Of note were the only people who saw the accident as the STAR went on to say that victim was one who witnessed it.....hmmmm! Something just isn't right here
Fun In Fillmore: The STAR reported a
over the weekend in quiet and quaint Fillmore.
FUN SITES LOCATED FOR OXNARD . . . in surfing the web for news and info about Oxnard, I often find helpful sites that need to be shared ---- here are some:
• The Oxnard Files www.theoxnardfiles.com .
• THE Ice Skating Center (for as long as it is here . . . )
• Cool site for the Oxnard "Bedford E. Pinkhard" Skate Park
• http://www.at-la.com/cities/Oxnard/ You have to investigate all the links on this site
MORE AS IT HAPPENS
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... South Oxnard Library --- Now Open ................................................photos Warren Smith - Oxnard
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|Plaza Park - Day - photo: Warren Smith - Oxnard|
Oxnard City Council Members:
|Oxnard City Council Members and Mayor Pro-Tem Dean Maulhardt join Oxnard City Manager Ed Sotelo and Assistant City Manager Karen Burnham as they watch Oxnard Public Library Director Barbara Murray during Opening Ceremonies for the new South Oxnard Public Library,|
The Old Saint John's Hospital Site is soon to be SYCAMORE SENIOR VILLAGE - a Senior Center based in structure
upon the former hospital mainframe. The City of Oxnard is fully backing the current construction plans and has given this
project the full GREEN LIGHT.
....................................................................................................................................photo: Warren Smith - Oxnard
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