The city of Oxnard will hold a special council meeting on March 25 to address short term rentals. This has been a hot topic over the past couple of years.
Emotions run high on both sides of the issue. Beach residents don't want loud parties in their neighborhoods, and homeowners rely on short term rentals to fund their investments. Families like to stay at the beach in a house.
The Chamber Board took a position on this issue back in October of 2016. That position was to not ban short term rentals. However, the Chamber has given city staff a lot of input on the issue. They have done an enormous amount of research on what other communities do and how the California Coastal Commission rules on these rentals.
The special council meeting on March 25 is a Study Session. Staff will make a presentation, the public will have their say, and the staff will ask the council for direction to draft an ordinance. The agenda can be found here.
Since a large turnout from the public is expected, the meeting will be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Hobson Way. It will begin at 6:00 pm.
A message from the Chair of the Board, Stacy Miller
What do custom outdoor umbrellas, high-end drums, ice cream, top-line machine tools and gourmet macarons have in common? All of these internationally-sold items are made right here in Oxnard! Oxnard is home to an amazing array of creative (and delicious) manufacturing companies, each with its own unique story and success.
Santa Barbara Designs has it MADE IN THE SHADE with its world-renowned production facility in Oxnard. Santa Barbara Designs uses locally-sourced materials and vendors from our community to create elegant outdoor umbrellas. Completely customizable, these gorgeous umbrellas can be found in some of the world’s finest private residences, yacht clubs, luxury hotels, exclusive restaurants and high-profile corporate facilities. I’m hoping my husband will purchase one for our house, they are truly works of art! www.santabarbaradesigns.com.
When Gene Haas founded Haas Automation Inc. in 1983, his goal was to manufacture economical and reliable machine tools. The company entered the machine tool industry with the first-ever, fully automatic, programmable collet indexer – a device used to position parts for machining with very high accuracy. The patented Haas 5C collet indexer was a huge success, and over the next four years, the company expanded its product line to include a wide selection of fully programmable rotary tables, rotary indexers, and machine tool accessories. All Haas products are manufactured at the company’s expansive facility in Oxnard– the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States. These guys aren’t just tooling around! www.haascnc.com.
Follow the beat of the drum to DW Drums, a world-renowned manufacturer of drums with nearly five decades of success located in Oxnard. According to professional musicians, touring the DW Drum factory in Oxnard is every drummer’s dream. DW Drums is considered to be the biggest manufacturer of drums on the planet. The light wood colored drum is considered the “Rolls Royce” of drum kits. The 45th Anniversary Exotic Stradivarius 6-Piece Shell Pack retails for about $8,000 and is made of the same wood (hand-selected Norwegian Spruce from the Fiemme Valley in Northern Italy) that Stradivarius violins are made from; only about 650 original Stradivari instruments remain in existence, and these sell for millions of dollars. Beat that! www.dwdrums.com.
McConnell’s Ice Cream has been scooping up fans for decades with its made from scratch, no preservatives, pure-flavored ice cream. McConnell’s Ice Cream manufacturing plant has been based in Oxnard since 2017 where the delicious, local, sustainable and organic 70-year tradition of ice cream is made for all of the McConnell stores. They had me at ice cream! www.mcconnells.com.
One of the sweetest manufacturers in Oxnard is Duverger Macarons. Each of its macarons is confectioned in Oxnard, using the best fruits, berries, nuts and almond flour. Owner and Chef Claire Becker’s passion is creating two slightly crispy shells with a lush enticing filling. She says that Duverger macrons will melt in your mouth and slowly release the taste of its raw ingredients. (Wiping drool now), I think I will need a taste test to confirm, thanks Claire. www.duvergermacarons.com.
These businesses are just a handful of many businesses that create amazing products purchased world-wide and are located right here in Oxnard. Congratulations to all of our MADE IN OXNARD businesses and manufacturing companies. We appreciate your contributions of employment, business-to-business purchasing and support of non-profits for the benefit of our community.
MADE IN AMERICA & MADE IN OXNARD!
Nominations for the 2019 Community & Business Awards are open. Who will be the Distinguished Citizen? How about the Small Business of the Year? The award categories for 2019 have been updated, so they now include:
The Chamber relies on nominations from the business community and general public. Nominees are not required to be members of the Oxnard Chamber. Also, those submitting nominations do not need to be Chamber members.
Nominations are due by March 25. Following that date, the selection committee will pour over the submittals and choose the awardees. We all know of people, organizations and businesses that make Oxnard such a great place to live and work. Let's thank them with a nomination!
Click here for the Nomination Form
The Community & Business Awards will be presented at a dinner on Thursday, April 25.
A message from the President and CEO
On February 2, 2004 I reported for my first day of work at the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce. I actually reported to the office of the Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard, commonly known as EDCO. The Chamber was being housed in their office after losing their lease in Downtown Oxnard. Without office space, all of the Chamber's belongings had been moved to a self-storage facility. In addition, everyone who worked for the Chamber had quit prior to my arrival. Those days were pretty challenging!
Thanks to Steve Kinney, President of EDCO, and some very dedicated volunteers on the Chamber Board (including the Chair, Tom Waddell), we began to rebuild the organization. About a year and a half after I took the helm as the CEO some office space opened up right down the hall from EDCO. It was a bit more than we currently needed, but growth was in our sights and we made the commitment to lease. It was a happy day when we were able to empty the self-storage unit and begin to furnish our new office. The Chamber is still housed there in the Topa Financial Plaza.
From 2004 through most of 2008 the Chamber was growing rapidly. In fact, the membership nearly doubled – then the Great Recession settled in. 2009 was a very lean year but we figured out how to cut expenses enough to get by. Growth was very slow during the Recession. Businesses were struggling, but we still had to address issues that challenged our members.
During the last 15 years the Oxnard Chamber has built a solid reputation as being a strong advocate for business. We have taken and communicated positions on hundreds of pieces of state legislation, regional issues, and local proposals ranging from air quality to water, labor laws to pension plans, transportation to taxation, land use to energy, and everything in between. Our Board, with help from its working committees, has been unwavering in its dedication to supporting our free enterprise system.
It is certainly a distinct pleasure and honor to serve the Oxnard business community. I know we have made an impact on countless local issues. Defeating the 2008 Oxnard Traffic Initiative was probably our greatest victory. That measure would have stifled economic prosperity in Oxnard for decades. We certainly haven't won all the battles, but have never given up.
Thanks for having me as your President and CEO for the past 15 years. I look forward to what is still ahead for the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce!
A message from the Chair of the Board, Stacy Miller
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Jeff Lambert, the City of Oxnard’s new Director of Development Services. In his new job, Jeff will oversee the City’s planning, building and engineering and code enforcement divisions. He will also be working with the City Manager’s office to participate in the City’s Economic Development priorities to ensure the City has a prosperous future.
“I am personally excited to work with Oxnard’s many and diverse stakeholders to move the City forward. The City has so much to offer and my job will be to help put all the pieces together to realize the community and City Council’s vision for our future,” explains Jeff Lambert.
“I love that I can use the word “our’ for Oxnard after being in Ventura County for nearly 10 years. I am also excited to get to know the community, spend time in the neighborhoods and work with those interested in investing in Oxnard. Our future depends on balancing neighborhood preservation and revitalization while seeking new opportunities to provide needed housing, jobs and amenities for our community,” Lambert continued.
Jeff says he first brings a commitment to community to this job. He promises to be engaged and accessible to the community and its stakeholders. Jeff has a long track record of bringing people together to get things done; this includes supporting and developing a staff team that shares this commitment and is equally excited about doing the community’s business.
“I have had a unique career for a public servant in that I have worked in both the public and private sector; I understand first-hand what it is to be a customer of Development Services. I believe this experience will serve me and the City of Oxnard well.”
Jeff believes that cities, including Oxnard, cannot stay the same; they must look to a prosperous future and to do that it is important to support existing businesses with a strategy of business retention, expansion and attraction.
“I know what it takes to revitalize our downtown and will do my part to ensure this long-held dream is a reality,” Lambert said.
Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree from Clark University in Massachusetts in political science and psychology, and a Master’s degree in planning from USC. Jeff Lambert can be reached via email at: email@example.com.