November 2016 Seawall Update

The next two rounds of monitoring will take place in December 2016 and June 2017

The monitoring is when TranSystems measures degradation and assesses the conditions of walls and areas known to have issues as well as reviewing the area for potential new issues.

Pilaster Repairs & Design Schedule:

  • Field Measurements by 12/2/16
  • 100% Plans by 1/13/17
  • Permits (in conjunction with West Hemlock) by 8/28/17 – (hopefully sooner!)

Hemlock Project

Complete followup on Hemlock field work is still pending the results of the geotechnical report.

TranSystems suspects that the cause of the flexural cracking in four of the panels and four of the pilasters on West Hemlock Street is due to one or more of the following factors:

  1. Low Panel Capacity due to insufficient steel reinforcing, incorrectly placed reinforcing and/or low concrete compressive strength.
  2. Local Soil Pressures higher than typical soil loading throughout community.
  3. Inadequate Wall Drainage behind wall resulting in added hydrostatic pressure.
  4. Wall Overload due to heavy equipment placed too close to wall.

As part of the investigation to determine the cause of the flexural cracking in the panels and pilasters, TranSystems conducted a field investigation consisting of the following measurements:

  1. Soil Borings
  2. Concrete Core Sampling for Compression Testing
  3. Radar Mapping of rebar location & depth
  4. Selected Local Demolition to confirm rebar size, depth and corrosion rate

To date the Engineers have learned:

  1. Concrete Strength – The tested concrete has a compressive strength of 5,000 psi which is greater than the assumed strength of 3,000 psi. The panel is 8″ thick which matches the as-built drawings.
  2. Rebar – The panel rebar size and spacing matches the as-built drawings. The rebar does not have any section loss. The clear cover on the face of the panels averages 3″ which is greater than the assumed cover of 2.5″. The extra 0.5″ of cover is good for durability; however, it results in a lower bending moment capacity of the wall panel due to a smaller lever arm.
  3. SoilGeotech Report in Progress. Once Geotech Recommendations are received the Engineers will analyze the wall for the recommended soil and hydrostatic loading.

October 2016: Seawall Projects Status Update

There are engineering design projects underway even though we still have not heard back ANY information regarding the solution to the long standing knowledge that our Assessment District does not collect enough money to fund the known repairs and maintenance projects that have been determined.

Another maintenance project has also been added that involves the painting of the guardrails – many have paint flaking off exposing the treated wood.

A note to homeowners: If you have your deck replaced and discover a void beneath it – please contact the seawall team!

The good news is that are projects underway.

The presentation at the Annual Meeting in February 2016 had the following listed as high priority:

2016 Repair – Pilaster Jackets


  • Repair (50) of the worst condition pilasters prior to the corrosion damage destroying the tie-back rods which then require costly “shoring” to brace the wall during repairs.


The pilaster repair plans which have been used in the past the plans were designed over 12 years ago and must be reviewed and updated to be permitted by the California Coastal Commission. While this projects is still a top priority – environmental permitting is required for all seawall repairs.

2016 Repair – West Hemlock


  • (4) Boise Wall panels and (4) pilasters with Flexural Overstress Cracks
  • These cracks provide direct access for seawater to corrode the reinforcing steel which will cause premature failures
  • A Pilot Program will explore using varying repair methods to identify the “best value solution” for future use on all Boise walls.

Field work has begun!

Tests are being performed to analyze stress in pilasters and concrete, Geotech Drilling 20ft for analysis of soil pressure, concrete cores and compression strength, imaging of rebar. The data from the field work will be used to complete the design plans.

The following is the draft proposed project schedule – meaning best case – plus budget

The hope is that the follow-up performance evaluations will identify a best method to deploy for many areas of the overall seawall.

2016 – Maintenance Dredging

  • Perform a Hydrographic Survey of the seafloor for the entire community in 2016 and then identify the areas in need of dredging. Work on Design & Environmental Permits for work in 2017

3 year Forecast

Included in the 3 year forecast below are numbers for all of the “north of the bridge” developments as they are a part of the Marine Engineering Services plan.
Please note that these numbers do not include the “Landscape Maintenance” numbers. The first year of Mandalay bay includes ONLY Engineering and Design. The longer term projections are still unfunded.


Completed Repairs

Fill Underwater Gaps

In 2014 underwater Vinyl Sheet Pile repairs were completed at (7) locations to protect the timber piling from Marine Borers.

In 2014 low cost repairs completed to infill the gap on the top of the footing at (14) locations and between the slope protection (fabric and concrete mat) and the face of the footing at (5) locations.

Kingsbridge Way

2015 Repair – New 200’ concrete wale & tieback soil anchors

See: Where has all the Money Gone

Landscape in Mandalay Bay

TREES On Harbor

The city judged the trees as a hazard and is now removing them at their expense for now, they will charge the assessment district at a later date.

They have not been willing to release funds requested by the HOA board in order to re-plant, as they are hold funds for future seawall repairs.

We need somewhere between $35k-$50k to do the job correctly

We want to encourage homeowners to contact the City, the Mayor and City Council

Primary contact is Jeri Cooper

Oxnard City Council Members:

This will also most likely be on the agenda for the City Council Meeting on Dec 5th.
Please plan on attending!

It has come to our attention that a number of homeowners are maintaining the greenstrips because of a number of issues ranging from broken sprinkler heads, dead grass, dying trees, overgrowth etc.

Please report issues rather than try to correct them yourself.

Please post your comments at the bottom of this page!

Or contact Keith directly

We also would like to encourage you to try the 311 APP offered by the City of Oxnard:

Oxnard 311 Click for download page
Oxnard 311 helps you stay connected to your City. With Oxnard 311, you can submit a service request – fix a pothole, replace a sign, report graffiti, and more. Your request is instantly routed to the right person in the right department at City Hall. This means your request is responded to quickly and you’ll be notified as soon as the service is complete. Oxnard 311 is also a great way to get City news and emergency notifications.

Hey – we got a rock!

Keith (CIWHOA Landscape Rep) has been asking for a very long time if the city could not do something about protecting the sprinkler apparatus in the greenstrips because they get watered and mowed regularly – not good for little wires and small batteries. Keith has also asked (repeatedly) if there could not be some levels of reporting and accountability…

Look - a Rock!

Look – a Rock!

Close to half of or current assessment money goes to landscaping we certainly want to make sure this is money well spent!

If you have images you would like posted here please note that in your comments and we will get in touch with a way to get them posted.

Comments are moderated due to spammers so your post will not appear right away!


This vendor was selected to maintain eight districts (see handout link below). Bert Perello says this is the same vendor who didn’t provide services adequately, but now at TWICE the price. Tree trimming, fence repair and landscaping quality were issues. Dan Rydburg says the scope is larger and inspection will be stringent. He blamed Oxnard mismanagement, but said he wasn’t involved at the time and may not have all the facts. The vendor has doubled the price and is said to be the lowest-priced “qualified bidder.” A discussion ensued on what constitutes a “qualified bidder.”

May-2016 Thousands of gallons of raw sewage spill in Oxnard – AGAIN

For pdf: May_2016-Thousands-of-gallons-of-raw-sewage-spill-in_Oxnard

Article on VCSTAR:

About 6,400 gallons of raw sewage spilled into storm drain catch basin Wednesday in Oxnard, officials said.

Workers were able to remove only about 600 gallons of the raw sewage from the storm drain system near Etting and Olds roads, according to Assistant City Manager Scott Whitney. The remaining 5,775 gallons were released into a storm channel at Pleasant Valley and Bard roads, he said. The sewage was discharged into the Ormond Beach Wetlands, according to Ventura County’s Environmental Health Division.

The public is urged to avoid touching items that may have come into contact with the discharged sewage. Workers posted a sign at the site of the spill to notify the public, and water-quality sampling was completed 100 feet upstream and downstream.

Whitney said the city used a camera Thursday morning to determine the spill was caused by a blockage to Oxnard’s main sewer line.

Whitney said appropriate state and county environmental, water and emergency agencies were notified.

Also see:
Sewage Discharge 2015

Maintenance Assessment Districts – work in progress

Maintenance Assessment Districts

Our boundry map is included below – we are referenced as: Waterways Assessment District (Mandalay Bay)

From the City of Oxnard

The City of Oxnard (the “City”) has used Maintenance Assessment Districts (“Districts”) since the 1980’s to finance the installation and annual maintenance of public landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, parks and recreational facilities.

The Districts are levied annual assessments to pay for the improvements and services authorized and identified in the Engineer’s Reports. The annual assessment levied on properties within the boundaries of each District is based on the method of assessment (rates) identified in each Engineer’s Report. Annual assessments are included in the Ventura County secured property tax bill.

The City will be providing periodic messages and information on this webpage to keep the public and the property owners informed on matters related to the Districts. Please bookmark and visit this webpage for the latest update.

A general Story Map has been prepared to provide a brief overview of the Districts.
Please click here to view the Story Map.

Boundary Maps

Fiscal Year 2015/16 Boundary Maps:

Waterways Assessment District (Mandalay Bay)

Waterways Assessment District (Mandalay Bay)

original image:
Image on Oxnard Site:Waterways Assessment District (Mandalay Bay)

February 20 2016, CIWHA Annual Meeting

The Channel Islands Waterfront Homeowners Association held the annual meeting at Embassy Suites Mandalay.

The following is an update – notes on the 2016 Annual Meeting:

For the complete slides presentation click below – the presentation includes the Seawall status report by TranSystems!

Thank you to our Honored Guests!

Mayor Tim Flynn

City Manager, Greg Nyhoff

NBS consultant Greg Ghironzi

Officer Paul Knapp – Beat 21 Coordinator

Beat 21 Information

Beat Coordinator Email:

Oxnard PD Contact Information: All contacts

Oxnard crime data is now hosted on, click below to leave the site and go to site.

Roger Brooks – Code Compliance

The Code Compliance Division is located in the Service Center at 214 South C St. Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm, and every other Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. Please call 805-385-7940 to contact us. After hours messages will be processed and returned the next business day.


For problems or comments please call: Sergio Cervantes (805) 385-7950 (Oxnard Maintenance Supervisor)

or the CIWHA board member:
Keith Beckwith (805) 338-4466

Eric S. Newman of TranSystems Seawall Update

Eric S. Newman of TranSystems made a presentation and provided a monitoring update on the status of the Seawalls
The presentation is available in the slides presented in the link at the top of the page, or for only the Seawall update slides: SEAWALL_ONLY_CIWHA ANNUAL MEETING 2-20-16 TranSystems.

Completion of Kingsbridge Way Project (October 22, 2015)

10/22/15 The barge is leaving!

10/22/15 The barge is leaving!

With this project completed we are looking forward to resolving the funding issues for the additional prioritized projects.

The ongoing monitoring of the walls has indicated that the lack of rain in our area has been a bit of a blessing and yet the projected El Nino has raised concerns that the projected weather systems could bring an end to that small reprieve. In addition, the monitoring has brought to light additional areas of concern as our seawalls continue to age.

We have continued to meet with the City monthly to discuss and review work on the seawalls and facilitate communication with homeowners as needed. We have also continued to meet with the City to determine how we will finance the ultimate repairs of all the seawalls.

We hope to see you all at the upcoming Annual Meeting. We also hope that we can raise our membership to 100% in the coming year.

Channel Islands Waterfront Homeowners Association, Annual meeting -– February 20 2016
Registration 8:30 am (bring your check!)
Meeting 9 am

Please carpool if you can or walk if you are able as the meeting room and parking fees at the hotel come out the meager funds for the HOA dues!

Budget for Oxnard and assessment of assessment districts


Summer and Fall of 2015 UPDATED OCTOBER 27, 2015


October 27th 2015 APPOINTMENT ITEMS – 6:15 P.M.

Finance Department

SUBJECT: Maintenance Assessment District Overview. (001)

RECOMMENDATION: Receive a report on proposed solutions and timelines for maintenance assessment districts.

Legislative Body: CC Contact: Joseph Lillio Phone: 385-7475

Document: Staff Report Assessment Districts K-1 (pdf 880 KB)
Document: Attachment No. 1 (pdf 13.8 MB)
Document: Powerpoint Presentation Maintenance Assessment District Overview (pdf 1,840KB)

The City of Oxnard has released budget information and has held public meetings to inform the city of the dire circumstances of the overall city budget.

City Budget Documents

The Finance department was scheduled to present to City Council the following information on October 6, 2015.
The meeting ran long and the item was to be moved to a future date. (still pending as far as we know)


City Manager Department

1. SUBJECT: Maintenance Assessment District Overview. (183)
RECOMMENDATION: Receive a report on proposed solutions and timelines for maintenance assessment districts.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Maria Hurtado Phone: 385-7430 Utilities Department

At this time we do not have any information on when this material will be presented.

Members of the board have had MANY meetings with City officials over the past 10 years attempting to gain clarification on means for securing commitments and finance for the known failing seawalls.

In August of 2014 we were very pleased to hear an enthusiastic response from the New City Manager (Mr. Nyhoff), indicating that he would assist in our search for answers from the finance department. That was our first meeting with Mr. Nyhoff. At subsequent meetings it became apparent that he was discovering many issues with budgets and the state of the assessment districts, however, we were assured that due to the timeframe of this issue it would be addressed as soon as possible.

During the budget meetings and community meetings this past summer of 2015 we have raised questions and concerns and are no closer to any useful information regarding this dilemma.

In fact – it has become more problematic in that the contract with TranSystems was not renewed in February.

In reviewing the documents regarding the assessment districts is is very clear that our unique concerns regarding the failing seawalls, are nowhere on the basic presentation materials.

We sent a letter following the Town Hall meeting in September – no response was received – though none was required.
September letter – Follow_up_Town_Hall_meeting