Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin spearheaded an effort to secure approximately $80 million to fund the Rice Avenue overpass project at Fifth Street. The intersection has been labeled the third most dangerous rail crossing in California. Funding was granted by the California Transportation Commission.
Governor Jerry Brown is scheduled to be in Oxnard this afternoon for a ceremony acknowledging the kick-off of the project.
Darren Kettle, executive director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, which was tasked with finding the money for the project, welcomed the approval of the funds from state Senate Bill 1, last year’s Road Repair and Accountability Act. The legislation is funded by increased gas taxes and new vehicle license fees.
“We could not be more pleased that the commission awarded these funds to this project,” said Kettle, who attended the meeting in San Diego. “It’s a project that’s been in the making for decades and the funding was always going to be a question and with this award, that means the project can become a reality.”
If everything goes according to plan, construction of the bridge could begin by the end of 2020, he said.
We sincerely thank Assemblymember Irwin for her diligent and persistence to secure funding for the project!
Now that the city council recall attempt is behind us, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce is ready to get back to work and present the annual State of the City Address. Please join us on June 22 as we hear from:
Interim City Manager and Chief of Police, Scott Whitney
Interim Assistant City Manager and Director of Development Services, Ashley Golden
Mayor of the City of Oxnard, Timothy B. Flynn
The mayor tells us he will focus on the future and not dwell on the past. We have a lot of opportunities as well as challenges ahead of us.
The State of the City will be held at the Embassy Suites on Friday, June 22, from 11:30 to 1:30. Sponsors are currently being accepted. Individual reservations can be made by clicking here or calling the office at 805-983-6118.
We thank the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort for their Title Sponsorship!
The Chamber Board of Directors regretfully accepted the resignation of Michael Wynn Song as Chair at their meeting on April 26. Michael was elected to the position in December of 2017, but his plans to spend the next few years in Oxnard changed and he moved his home and family to Texas.
Stacy Miller of Stacy Miller Public Affairs was elected to fill the Chair of the Board vacancy. Ms. Miller previously served as Chair-Elect of the Oxnard Chamber. Although Stacy has only been a full-time Oxnard resident for a few years, she has been visiting Oxnard since she was a little girl. Her family liked to vacation on our coast. Ms. Miller was elected to the Chamber Board of Directors in 2016 for a term beginning in January 2017.
With a vacancy in the Chair-Elect position, Celina Zacarias of California State University Channel Islands volunteered to fill it. Celina is no stranger to chambers of commerce. She has served on numerous chamber boards and was recently the Chair of the Simi Valley Chamber.
We thank both women for stepping forward to guide the Oxnard Chamber through the rest of 2018, and we wish Michael Wynn Song the best in his new home.
Learn how to get the most out of your listing on our website. See what complimentary promotional opportunities are available to both new and veteran members. Can participation on a Chamber committee help your business?
It's all available May 16 at the New Member Mingle & Happy Hour 1.5.
The Chamber's Director of Communications, Janet Pozos, will be on hand to demonstrate how easy it is to link your social media accounts to your Chamber web listing. Members can also offer discounts or coupons to fellow Chamber members or the general public.
Meet some Chamber Board members, the Chamber staff, and your fellow newbies!
The New Member Mingle is free to attend. It will be in the Chamber office (400 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 302) on May 16 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Refreshments, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Click here to let us know you are coming!
Oxnard will hold its special city council recall election today, May 1. Business leaders are strongly encouraged to participate by voting and urging employees, colleagues and family members to do the same. The recall election will likely see a very light voter turnout (maybe 10%).
For voters not familiar with the special election, Oxnard City Clerk Michelle Ascencion has published an informational video to explain the purpose and process.
The Oxnard 2020 coalition of business, labor and public safety has launched a "complete the ballot" campaign. The Oxnard Chamber is a member of that coalition.
In addition, the Oxnard Chamber has endorsed Miguel Lopez for mayor. "The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce opposed the city council recall election when petitions were being circulated among voters. However, the recall is here. If the current mayor is recalled, we believe the best candidate to succeed him is Miguel Lopez. Miguel is an open-minded champion for Oxnard and would assume office without any preconceived agendas," said Oxnard Chamber CEO Nancy Lindholm.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, along with many of Oxnard's businesses and residents, looks forward to the recall election completion and hopes the city can get back to normal business.