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Thousand Oaks Council offers direction on land use map
6/5/2021 7:28:51 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry     Thousand Oaks-- The conversation about the city's preferred land-use map continues with a general plan update and City Manager Steven Powers saying the action about the land use map and a general plan update has been a long time coming.   The city held a workshop on the land-use map, and they asked for community input. Residents want high-density vibrant mixed-use as the city moves forward.   "In 2018, the council discussed a general plan update," he said. "After multiple council...

Happy expressions
6/3/2021 11:49:35 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- You know, there are a few expressions I use and hear that make me a happy guy.   The first expression is "good to go," which is a message to my graphic designer that the latest edition of the Tri County Sentry is completed, proofed, and ready to send to the printer. That means I can take a break for the evening and watch some television. It was a bonus this week because there were a few good movies to watch.    Let's back up for a second and say another great expression is "this story makes...

Nguyen projects a restoration budget during the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year
6/3/2021 7:08:49 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The city council received a preview of the Oxnard Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget, June 1, which projects fiscal restoration and restoring services.   In the fiscal year 2021-2022, Oxnard plans to invest $5.6 million on its parks, medians, and trees, restoring the maintenance cycle, increase the city's street funding to $14.6 million, and add $8.8 million, one time, to the general fund for its Capital Improvement Projects.   Over the past few years, the city has experienced tough times, which came to a head over...

Oxnard establishes its ambulance transport rate and fee schedule
6/3/2021 6:28:53 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The city council on Tuesday, June 1, adopted a resolution establishing its ambulance transport rate and fee schedule.   The five-year projection shows a net recovery for the delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that allows the city to enhance its EMS system.   By year five, the city projects to save approximately $1.48 million, reinvest in the system, provide better service, and reduce response times.     Fire Chief Alex Hamilton presented the item to the council, and he said (EMS) is...

Council approves Gratitude Pay Ordinance
6/3/2021 6:16:28 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The city council, Tuesday, June 1, adopted a resolution establishing a gratitude program for grocery store workers and authorized City Manager Alex Nguyen to utilize up to $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to implement the program.   The motion was amended from $2 million originally, but additional people will receive gratitude pay, so the beneficiaries will increase. Staff will review the request for other workers and report back to the city council.    Housing Director Emilio Ramirez presented the...

Camarillo modifies transit fare structure
6/3/2021 6:09:04 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Camarillo-- The city council, on May 26, changed the Camarillo Area Transit (CAT) fare structure modification and services it offers.   The city changed the qualifying rates for seniors age 55 and older, and the new rate will be for seniors 65 and older for fixed-route, local dial-a-ride, and regional dial-a-ride, which matches the majority of the Ventura County transit providers.    Leisure Village riders will still ride for free with valid identification because they contribute to the fixed route. There will be...

Ventura County reaches yellow tier
6/3/2021 6:01:42 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- In his report to the city council, Tuesday, June 1, City Manager Alex Nguyen said mask guidelines in the state will remain in place until June 15.   On the 15th, the state plans to fully reopen the economy, but California will keep existing guidance with regard to wearing masks for now.   "Here in the city, as we open our public facilities up, we intend to continue to require mask-wearing if you are coming indoors, and we will provide those masks," he said. "Right after midnight tonight, June 2, the...

Oxnard and Ventura County reach Harbor cooperation agreement
5/27/2021 9:00:05 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The city council, Tuesday, May 18, approved a cooperation agreement with Ventura County as it relates to fire station 6 and a property tax sharing agreement.   The agreement also approves the Channel Islands Fire Station lease agreement's first amendment and adopts a resolution of tax sharing.   The agreement had some amendments, including adding a board of directors of the Ventura County Fire Protection District, regarding tax sharing as a signatory to the resolution and clarifies that the county was acting on...

Public Works and Transportation approves landscape maintenance agreement
5/27/2021 8:09:38 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee, Tuesday, May 25, authorized Mayor John Zaragoza to execute a trade services agreement with The Groundskeeper for a three-year term ending June 30, 2024.   The agreement will provide landscape maintenance services at various locations throughout the city. The contract is valued at $550,000.   Environmental Resources Division Manager Todd Vasquez-Housley presented the item and said on February 4; the city issued a request for bids for landscape maintenance services at...

Public Works and Transportation amends Big Truck rental agreement
5/27/2021 7:43:44 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee, Tuesday, May 25, recommended to the city council that it approve and authorize Mayor John Zaragoza to execute the first amendment with Big Truck Rental for $621,000.   That makes the new total with the company not exceeding $1,243,200, and it extends the term for rental of refuse trucks to June 30, 2022.    On June 30, 2020, the council approved an agreement with Amrep USA to rent seven compressed natural gas commercial refuse collection trucks for the...