2019 Leadership opens registration
Oxnard Leadership's 2019 program is accepting applications from those who desire to enhance their leadership potential, increase their knowledge of the community and are willing to commit their individual talents for future years toward the betterment of the community of Oxnard. A successful candidate should possess a passion for self-improvement with the goal of assisting others.
This interactive program provides a behind-the-scenes view of the issues that impact the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life while developing and refining individual skills to better serve in leadership roles within their organization or in our community.
Participants receive a comprehensive overview of the Oxnard area – its realities, opportunities and challenges. Sessions move to various locations throughout the Oxnard area and provide students with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region by way of tours, panels, and speakers. Class speakers address not only the facts, but also perspectives, challenges, and opportunities in highly interactive sessions. Oxnard Leadership extends an invitation to interested individuals who are committed to a better tomorrow and who are motivated to assume leadership roles in Oxnard today.
"The Oxnard Leadership Program is one of the best experiences I have ever been apart of. It’s an all encompassing course that dives into many facets of our local community. If you would like to network with others in the community, grow personally and professionally this class if for you. I can truly say I learned something new every session and it was a delight! The planning and execution was done flawlessly by the Oxnard Chamber – thank you! It’s a must for those looking to broaden their knowledge of our local community and the businesses that operate in it."
Justin Cotton, Engineering Tech, California Resources Corporation
Oxnard Leadership 2017
The benefits of Oxnard Leadership are multifaceted. Your participation in the program allows you, employers, and the community as a whole to reap rewards. Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for years, this course can open new doors of opportunity. Benefits from the program include the following just to name a few:
"I am a member of the Oxnard Leadership Academy for 2017 and it has been an honor and privilege to be a part of such a rewarding adventure to learn and enrich my knowledge with all that the academy classes have shared with me. I would highly recommend the course to all my associate colleagues that have not experienced this leadership academy! Thank you for this opportunity and for your leadership in keeping this program active throughout our communities!"
Alyce D. Bosacki, Vice President, Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau-California Welcome Center
Oxnard Leadership 2017
Click here for more information and the application.
The Chamber's Political Action Committee recently announced two additional city council candidate endorsements. Gabriela Basua and Vianey Lopez are running in districts 5 and 6, respectively. The PAC scrutinized their written questionnaire responses and interviewed both as well.
"We believe Basua and Lopez will be excellent additions to the Oxnard city council," noted Steve Buenger, Chair of the PAC. "They both understand how local government operates and how important it is to have a healthy business community."
Gabriela Basua lives in the College Estates neighborhood of Oxnard. She is the housing manager for the city of Port Hueneme. When asked what is the greatest challenge facing Oxnard, she replied that Oxnard's economic sustainability could affect public safety and infrastructure needs. She also noted that the city needs to maximize its revenue by partnering with businesses to ensure they are successful in order to maximize tax revenues. Ms. Basua is passionate about providing options for the homeless population in Oxnard.
Vianey Lopez currently serves on the Hueneme Elementary School District Board of Trustees and works for Assemblymember Monique Limon. She lives in the Redwood neighborhood of south Oxnard. Public safety is one of her priorities. She is also very concerned about the city's infrastructure needs – such as the wastewater treatment plant – and the city's bond rating. Vianey believes there are grant opportunities that should be explored to help with capital projects.
Gabriela and Vianey join Ken Oplinger as Chamber-endorsed city council candidates. Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee.
Ken Oplinger is the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013. He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years. Ken and his family live near the beach in Oxnard.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its political action committee released their first endorsements in the November election. Of the four candidates seeking election to Oxnard city council in District 1, Ken Oplinger's qualifications and positions on issues certainly rose to the top of the list.
Ken has a long list of public service on planning commissions and served on the city council in Blaine, Washington. He currently chairs the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board and serves on the City of Santa Barbara Living Wage Advisory Board. He was recently appointed to the City of Santa Barbara Sales Tax Oversight Committee.
Ken Oplinger currently serves as the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region, where he has been since May 2013. He has been leading Chambers of Commerce in the Western US for over 25 years.
Ken and his family live near the beach in Oxnard. Voters in District 1 can learn more about Ken Oplinger from his website, www.ken4oxnard.com.
The Port of Hueneme has seen incredible growth in the past several years. They are deepening the channel leading into the Port in order to handle larger ships; they are investing in infrastructure at the Port to create more jobs, and they have increased the tonnage in and out of the Port considerably in the past 10 years.
Therefore, the Oxnard Chamber has endorsed all three incumbents seeking re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Oxnard Harbor District (the governing body for the Port of Hueneme). Those three are Jess Herrera, Jason Hodge, and Mary Anne Rooney. The Chamber applauds the good work these commissioners have done during their respective tenures at the Port.
The Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors has taken positions on six of the propositions that will appear on the November 6 ballot. The Board limits its review of the ballot measures that affect businesses in the state of California. Here are the positions for this year:
Proposition 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018 - SUPPORT
Provides $4 million in bond funding to help military veterans have a safe place to call home, and also provides stable housing for struggling families and the homeless. READ MORE
Proposition 3 - Water Infrastructure and Watershed Conservation Bond Initiative - SUPPORT
$8.8 billion general obligation bond for water supply, quality, fish, conveyance and sustainability. The measure would fund a number of projects. The large categories of funding are $3 billion for water supply and quality, $2.8 billion for watershed and fisheries restoration, $940 million for habitat protection, $855 million for water conveyance, and $695 million for groundwater sustainability and storage.
Proposition 6 – Repeal of the Gas Tax and Vehicle Fees – OPPOSE
Eliminates Recently Enacted Road Repair and Transportation Funding by Repealing Revenues Dedicated for those purposes. This measure repeals the increase in motor vehicle fuel taxes that were enacted in SB 1, and requires a vote of the people to increase gas taxes in the future. Would reduce transportation funding by $4.9 billion by 2020-21.
Proposition 8 – State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics – OPPOSE
This measure would limit the amount that outpatient dialysis clinics can charge to 115% of total patient care charges. Excess charges would have to be rebated to health plans. Imposes penalties on clinics that violate the cap. Outlines a process for legal challenges against the measure's rebate provision as an unconstitutional taking of private property without due process or just compensation.
Proposition 10 – Local Government Authority to impose Rent Control on Private Property - OPPOSE
Current state law known as Costa/Hawkins preempts local governments from enforcing rent control ordinances on single family housing, new units built after February 1, 1995, or limiting the rent on first time renters in unit. Proposition 10 would remove that restriction. Removing the limitations on locally enacted rent control laws could discourage new construction, decrease the supply of rental housing and reduce the quality of housing available in communities statewide.
Proposition 11 – Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees Work Breaks – SUPPORT
Provides limited exception to meal and rest period requirements for private ambulance and EMTs who have to remain on duty while on call. Prop 11 establishes into law the longstanding industry practice of paying EMTs and paramedics to remain reachable during their work breaks in case of an emergency – just like firefighters and police officers. READ MORE