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.

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

Where Has All The Maintenance Money Gone?

This appears to be a most frequently asked question and possibly a most frequently misunderstood subject in the Mandalay Bay area.

Update October 9, 2014: Just got the final cost for the foundation & slope protection repairs, $152,423.41, down for the estimated $210,000. (saving: $57,576.59) Big thanks to the City of Oxnard and Harbor OffShore and the residents at the locations the work was done for the project coming in under budget! We have had numerous reports about how hard the Harbor Offshore people worked on this and the excellent quality of the work they did on this very important project to extend the life of the Seawalls! Thanks to TranSystems for identifying the need, defining the work and monitoring. Thanks to the City of Oxnard for scheduling, monitoring and keeping us in the loop, and thanks to the residents for being responsive to requests for waivers and extending work hours.

Mandalay Bay Seawall Projects 2003 to present

YEAR Project Cost
2005 Channel Dredging $1,160,120
2005 Guardrail Replacement Phase 1 $221,145
2006 Guardrail Replacement Phase 2 $122,950
2013 Slope Protection (estimate: $210,000) $152,423.41 (actual)
2014 Kingsbridge Way (bid awarded – work to begin 2015) $993,965
SUBTOTAL $265,0531.41
YEAR TranSystems Projects Cost
3/2001 to 11/2012 Seawall Assessment Phase A&B $642,568
2/8/11-present Agreement -7385 On Call Marine engineering Services Cost to date
Task 1&1A: $33,381 2013 Environmental Permitting $24,827
Task 2&2A: $28,500 2013 Environmental Permitting $20,375
Task 3: $78,900 Kingsbridge Way Stabilization Design $63,668
Task 4: $28,500 -Seawall Monitoring Program $2046
TranSystems Cost subtotal to date 110,916
Total ALL Activities $2,761,447.41

The numbers above reflect the new numbers for slope protection work completed in 2014.

NOTE:It is important to understand that the above numbers do NOT include the additional areas of expenditures from the Waterways Assessment funds like Landscaping & maintenance cost which are not insignificant. The costs for Landscaping & Maintenance for Fiscal year 2013-2014 = $169,316.

Total assessment revenue $450,000 minus Landscaping & Maintenance $169,316 = $280,684 left for Seawall Repairs and maintenance.
NOTE: The assessment referenced here is a round number of the total “waterways” fees collected on property tax bills to homeowners.

Landscaping & Maintenance

Planed and approved his year:
May 18th Oldham Circle Park: $1325.00
May 8th 25,800.00
*UPDATE: this has been placed on hold due to the water shortage. Young and newly planted trees are at greatest risk.*

Links to supporting documents and more information regarding the projects:

Looking Back on Looking Forward

Presented in 2006

It was understood that the following repairs were needed



  • 31,000 yards of material
  • Mean Low Tide level- 8 feet

Total Cost- $ 1.5 million

  • Spot dredging of high spots
  • Future dredging of East side of the bay

Replacement of Guardrails


“Mandalay Guardrail Replacement-Phase III 9/10/08 see the bids:

Seawall Repairs Facts (PRESENTED in 2006)


  • 7.8 miles of seawall
    • 3.4 miles Boise Wall
    • 4.4 miles Zurn Wall
    • Estimated replacement cost of $56,000,000 or 41,185 feet of seawall at $1,359.72 per foot (2006 estimates)
    • 3.4 miles of channels
    • Mandalay Bay 743 properties

Seawall Repairs Completed as of 2006

  • Nobel Consultants, Inc. (Marine engineering consultant)
  • Harbor Offshore, Inc. (Maintenance contractor)
  • What has been completed (as of Feb 2006)- severe foundation repair items, the most severe pilaster problems, a large number of the backfill leak problems, a small number of crack and joint repairs

    Last 10 years- $6.2 million dollars

    Total assessment revenue $450,000 per year (x10) = $4,500,000 = in the red -$1,500,000

    Projected Repairs Over Next 15 years (presented at HOA meeting in 2006)

    • Reinforce Remaining Pilasters
    • Repair Wall Panel Cracks And Seal Wall Joints
    • Repair Weep Holes
    • Maintain Slope To Protect Foundation
    • Fill In Sink Holes

    Seawall Repairs Funding: (presented at HOA meeting in 2006)


    Assessment Information (presented at HOA meeting in 2006)

    • Current assessment unchanged since 1993
    • Total assessment revenue $450,000 per year
    • Covers seawall repair, channel maintenance, landscaping
    • At the current assessment- $250,000 available for seawall repairs- Without inflation, 53 years to complete repairs

    Increase Current Assessment (presented at HOA meeting in 2006)

    • Current Assessment range $453 to $1,586 (Average $ 593)
    • Triple the assessment to $ 1,359 to $ 4,758 (Average $ 1,779 ( Average increase $ 1,186) )
    • Total Revenue- $ 1,350,000 ( Increase of $ 900,000 per year)
    • ($900,000+$250,000) X 12 years = $ 13,800,000
    • Inflation

    Comparisons (presented at HOA meeting in 2006)

    Annual Waterway Assessments proposed in 2006

    • Westport- Condo $ 2,150 Detached Home $ 7,572
    • Seabridge- Waterfront Home $ 8,524
    • Mandalay Bay Proposed Assessment- $ 1,780 PROPOSED IN 2006 !!!
    • Earthquake Insurance (CEA)- $ 500,000 with 15% deductible- $ 2,200
    • Landslide Insurance (Lloyds) for Seawall Failure

    2015 – Today, the current assessment will not cover the known expenses of maintaining our seawalls!

    The channels need dredging again! In 2005 the cost for Channel Dredging was $1,160,120


    Channel Islands Waterfront Homeowners Association Annual Meeting February 16, 2013

    The following is the PowerPoint Presentation from the Channel Islands Waterfront Homeowners Association Annual Meeting February 16, 2013

    Click a title below to expand contents:

    Sea Wall Update

    Sea Wall Update: Cameron Duncan- TranSystems

    Investigation & Capital Improvement Program Overview

    seawall update

    • Assess present conditions (both above and below water)
    • Calculate the wall static and seismic stability to evaluate the risk
    • Develop repair alternatives and costs
    • Prioritize repairs
    • We have collected the data in Phases A & B and assigned a relative condition ranking to each city block. When Part C is complete the community will have a 25 year Capital Improvement
    • Program report which details the timing and cost of repairs recommended to mitigate the risk of wall failures and maximize their remaining life of the seawalls.
    Phase A Investigation

    Phase A Investigation

    • Rapid Reconnaissance of approx 25 properties both above and under water.
    • Excavation to confirm the landside wall conditions and (10) Tie-back conditions
    • Concrete Cores with petrographic examination to determine the type of chemical attack occurring.
    • Evaluate which Testing Methods are yielding the most valuable data.
    • The results were used to develop the best value strategy of Phase B testing for the entire community.
    Phase B Investigation

    Phase B Investigation

    • Strategic Sampling at a minimum of 3 locations along all 3 sides of every city block (each side of a block is an exposure segment). (304) total inspection locations on (140) seawall exposure segments.
    • Testing included: Visual descriptions, photos, measurements and relative rating by two separate engineering teams; non-subjective materials testing and non-subjective Non Destructive Testing.
    • Each exposure segment was then ranked by weighted calibration of the data.
    • Rankings are adjusted to connect trends between data points and isolate out “high risk” anomalies which may require individual attention vs. the repair of an otherwise good condition segment.
    Above Water Findings

    Above Water Findings

    • Seawall Scaling/Erosion is due to an expansive reaction called alkali-silica reactivity.
    • Silica in the concrete aggregate reacts with the salt (alkalis) in the seawater. The loss or depth of weak concrete ranges from 0-4” of depth and varies dramatically by seawall exposure/environmental orientation. In general this damage is worse on Zurn walls but structurally significant on both wall types.
    • The back face of the wall is in significantly better condition than the front face.
    • The tie-back rods are in generally in good condition.
    • The Boise Wall Pilasters repairs are performing well but there are additional properties in timely need of this repair.
    Image 1 of Above Water Findings

    Image 1 of Above Water Findings

    seawall Slide 11

    Image 1 of Above Water Findings

    Image 2 of Above Water Findings

    Image 2 of Above Water Findings

    Slide 2

    Image 2 of Above Water Findings

    Image 3 of Above Water Findings

    Image 3 of Above Water Findings

    Slide 3

    Image 3 of Above Water Findings

    Image 4 of Above Water Findings

    Image 4 of Above Water Findings

    Slide 4

    Image 4 of Above Water Findings

    Loss of Wall Cross Section

    Loss of Wall Cross Section

    Loss of Wall Cross Section

    Loss of Wall Cross Section





    Wall Face Concept Repairs

    Wall Face Concept Repairs

    Wall Face Concept Repairs

    Wall Face Concept Repairs

    Below Water Findings 1

    Below Water Findings

    Below Water Findings Slide 1

    Below Water Findings Slide 1: Slope repairs are working well, where performed, but a dozen areas of undermining concern were identified by the engineering crew which swam all 7 miles of the seawall in Phase B.

    Below Water Findings 2

    Below Water Findings 2

    Below Water Findings - Slide 2

    Below Water Findings – Slide 2: Continuous 1″ wide Separations occur on many Zurn wall foundations between cutoff wall and footing. It is a concern since marine bores may be able to access to timber piling. It is a very inexpensive fix to fill with sand.

    Highest Priority Repairs

    Highest Priority Repairs

    2010-2140 Kingsbridge Way Wall Rotation $532K
    Wall Rotation & Settlement Monitoring Program $24K
    125′ of Undermined Foundations $175K
    240′ of Cut-off Wall to Foundation Gap $30K
    Concrete Jacket repairs for serious spalling on (42) Boise pilasters $200K
    3900-3966 West Hemlock between Napoli & Ravoli Drive – Cracked Pilasters & Panels $1,213K
    Kingsbridge Way

    Kingsbridge Way

    1.75” of movement

    Kingsbridge Way image 1: 1.75″ of movement

    7 degrees of rotation

    Kingsbridge Way image 2: 7 degrees of rotation

    West Hemlock

    West Hemlock –

    (4) panels with Flexural Overstress Cracks, (4) Pilasters with Overstress Cracks

    West Hemlock –  4 panels with Flexural Overstress Cracks; 4 Pilasters with Overstress Cracks

    West Hemlock – (4) panels with Flexural Overstress Cracks; (4) Pilasters with Overstress Cracks

    Honored Guests at meeting

    Honored Guests

    • Supervisor John Zaragoza
    • Mayor Tim Flynn

    Consent Agenda

    Consent Agenda

    • 2012 Annual Meeting Minutes
    • 2012 Treasurer’s Report
    • 2013 Proposed Budget

    Election of New Officers

    Election of New Officers

    • Bill Clark
    • Bill Scarpino
    • Trevor Smith
    • Matthew Steinorth

    2012 Board of Directors

    2012 Board of Directors

    • President- Bill Clark
    • Vice President- Bill Scarpino
    • Treasurer- Matthew Steinorth
    • Secretary- Tom Shideler
    • Water Quality Chair- Trevor Smith
    • Landscape Chair- Keith Beckwith
    • Seawalls- Steve Booth

    Special Contributors-

    • Editor of Currents/Website- Howard Tamaroff
    • And Alison Gabel

    Landscape Update

    Landscape Update

    New Contractor (Kaneko Landscaping) started in July 2012

    They have begun program to re-plant along Harbor Blvd. Start with thinning out existing landscape. Plan to start replanting this Spring.

    For problems or comments call:
    Charles Gonzales  (805) 385-7950  or
    Keith Beckwith      (805) 338-4466
     Fax reporting forms available on back table

    Water Quality Update

    Water Quality Update

    • DR Horton completed their 5-year commitment to testing the water within Seabridge
    • Working with City to continue testing
    • Working with Seabridge and Westport to create a organization to advocate for better water quality
    • Working to expand the area of testing to the entire harbor
    • Last testing showed a rise in DDT and decreased oxygen levels

    The Board’s role on behalf of the owners
    and residents of Mandalay Bay is to:

    Monitor Maintenance and Advocate for the Timely Repair and Maintenance of the Mandalay Bay Seawalls and Channels.