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

Sewage Discharge: NEWS RELEASE June 19, 2015

The following was sent for posting:
Click Here for Press release: 6_19_15_Sewage_Spill.pdf

VENTURA, California – On June 18, 2015, the Ventura County Environmental Health
Division (EHD) was notified by the City of Port Hueneme of a sewage discharge. According to city
staff, approximately 1,600 gallons of raw sewage was discharged at the
700 block of Halyard Street between Anchor Ave. and Yardarm Ave. at approximately 1:00
PM on June 18, 2015. The discharge was the result of a grease blockage which was cleared and the
discharge ceased. Most of the 1,600 gallons was captured and cleaned up but it is estimated that
between 600-700 gallons may have entered Mandalay Bay near the intersection of W. Hemlock Street
and Victoria Ave.

Warning signs were posted in Mandalay Bay along the west side of Victoria between
Hemlock and Channel Islands Blvd. The signs will remain in place until Monday, June 22,
2015. EHD advises the public to avoid contact with ocean water in the posted area. Any items that
may have come in contact with ocean water should also be avoided. If contact occurs, wash
thoroughly with soap and water.

Any shellfish on or from this area may have also been exposed to this contamination and should not
be eaten. All sports harvested shellfish are under quarantine and consumers should not eat certain
types of seafood (recreationally harvested bivalve shellfish, such as mussels, clams or whole
scallops, or the internal organs of lobster or rock crab) from the Ventura County coastline.

For further information regarding this incident, please contact the City of Port Hueneme at
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SEE ALSO: May 2016: Thousands of gallons of raw sewage spill in Oxnard

4 easy steps to being heard on the Harbor!

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting with the Ventura County BOS has been rescheduled – moved to Nov 4th AT 10 AM!

Please check in on Nextdoor or for more info on times.

Step One:
Sign the petition: (Citizens’ Petition to the California Coastal Commission)
Step Two:
Watch the TV interview with Werner Keller to get you up to speed!
Step Three:
Get inspired – Watch the TED Talk video!
Step Four:
Show up to the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Nov 4th and let your presence speak for itself and your voice be heard!

City Council approved the last bid to repair Kingsbridge Way. September 16, 2014

City Council approved the last bid to repair Kingsbridge Way. September 16, 2014

To view the meeting click the link below
To skip to the part of the meeting relevant slide forward to about 3:07:12

There was one speaker from the public regarding the work already completed that brought to light some confusion of projects. The speaker mentioned that gangways and docks did not need to be removed for recent work.

This is true – the waivers that Harbor OffShore requested of Homeowners were to facilitate anticipated needs and to my knowledge no docks ended up being removed for slope repair and there were no reports of damages.

The work recently done (slope repair) is very different from the Kingsbridge Way repair. The Kingsbridge Way repair will require very different equipment and notifications to residents will be facilitated as the Contractor communicates needs.

Public Works Department

4. SUBJECT: Approval of Lowest Responsible Responsive Bid and Authorization to Issue and Execute a Contract for PW14-03R-(Rebid) Kingsbridge Way Wall Repairs-Mandalay Bay Seawalls. (141)
RECOMMENDATION: 1) Award contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder, John S. Meek Company, Inc. (A-7712) in the amount of $993,965.00 for PW14-03R-Kingsbridge Way Wall Repairs-Mandalay Bay Seawalls, and authorize the purchasing agent to execute the contract upon receipt of final Documents; and 2) Approve a special budget appropriation in the amount of $400,000 from Waterway Assessment Fund Balance to Mandalay Bay Seawall Improvements Project 143101.
Legislative Body: CC Contact: Rob Roshanian Phone: 385-7682

Document: WallRepairs (pdf 1.64 MB


Jul 31, 2014

The Oxnard City Council declared a Stage 2 Water shortage condition within the City and adopted mandatory water conservation measures to address the ongoing severe drought conditions. The resolution was adopted during the July 28, 2014 meeting and became effective immediately.

The State Water Resources Board’s (SWRCB) adopted resolution No 2014-0038 on July 15, 2014, in which SWRCB imposes emergency regulation for statewide urban water conservation. This resolution required that water suppliers, such as the City of Oxnard, implement mandatory conservation measures by August 1, 2014.

The City’s resolution, prohibits and imposes a range of water conservation measures that are designed to reduce consumption of potable water in a variety of uses. Residents, commercial establishments, municipal and schools are required to implement the following water conservation measures:

  • The use of running water from a hose, pipe, or faucet to clean buildings, pavement, tile, wood, plastic, driveways, parking lots, and other paved surfaces, is prohibited, except for compelling public health and safety reasons. If allowed, a hose with a positive shut-off nozzle must be used;
  • All restaurants that provide table service shall post, in a conspicuous place, a notice of water shortage conditions and shall refrain from serving water except upon specific request by a customer;
  • Use of potable water to fill or refill recreational or ornamental lakes, ponds or fountains is prohibited;
  • Operators of hotels, motels, and other commercial establishments offering lodgings shall post in each room a notice of water shortage conditions, encouraging water conservation practices;
  • Any use of water that causes runoff to occur beyond the immediate vicinity of use is prohibited;
  • Watering of lawns, ornamental turf, trees, shrubs, vegetation, landscape and other outside irrigation is prohibited except between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. during daylight saving, no more than twice a week. Use of a hand held hose with positive shut-off nozzle, bucket, or micro irrigation systems/equipment is encouraged;
  • Irrigation is permitted for ground cover for fire protection purposes and erosion control.
  • Depending on the severity of the water shortage conditions, outside residential, municipal or commercial landscape irrigation may be prohibited.
  • Boats and vehicles shall be washed only at commercial wash facilities that recycle their wash water; by use of a bucket and hose equipped with a self-closing valve that requires operator pressure to activate the flow of water; or by mobile high pressure/low volume professional services;
  • Watering to maintain the level of water in swimming pools shall occur only when necessary. A pool cover shall be used to conserve water when the pool is not in use. Draining of pools or refilling shall be done only for health or safety reasons.
  • Irrigation of parks, school ground areas, and road median landscaping will not be permitted more than twice a week and only if necessary.

Failure to comply and/or implement the water conservation measures is punishable by a fine of up to one hundred dollars ($100) for a first violation; two hundred dollars ($200) for a second violation within one year and five hundred dollars ($500) for a third and every additional violation within one year. Each day that a violation occurs shall constitute a new and separate offense and may be prosecuted as such.

For more information on Oxnard’s Mandatory Water Conservation measure, visit the City’s Water Conservation website or contact Water Conservation Outreach Services at (805) 385-8136

As part of the Water Conservation Program, the City offers programs to residents and businesses. To learn more and to apply for these programs visit

Diego Zabala
Water Conservation Program
(805) 385-8136

Information about the property north of Rite Aid

The INCF is meeting Dec 4th at City hall at 7 p.m.

W27a-12-2013.pdf This is the pdf file regarding Hueneme’s request to the Coastal Commission

Are you for or against and why?

Port Hueneme is planning to ask the Coastal Commission this month in San Francisco for a zoning change on the property just north of the Rite Aid that has been a vacant lot for over 20 years.

It is presently zoned commercial. They are asking to have it changed to mixed use residential and are planning for 19,000sq feet of retail with 112 apartments on top of the retail and 4 live/work apts. on the ground floor. Were you aware of this?