A Message From Our CEO Nancy Lindholm
The Oxnard Chamber's Board of Directors and Political Action Committee have both voted to oppose five local measures currently being circulated for signature gathering in our community. The Board believes each and every measure will have a negative impact on city operations, should voters pass them.
Here are summaries and excerpts from the proposed initiatives. This is not the exact language of each initiative.
Term Limits for the Mayor and Councilmembers; Extension of the Mayor's Term
This initiative would impose term limits on the Mayor and members of the City Council. The proposed initiative states that once a person has served as the Mayor and/or as a member of the City Council for two consecutive terms or a combination of full and partial terms totaling seven consecutive years, that person could not be elected or appointed to be the Mayor or a member of the City Council. That prohibition would remain in effect for two consecutive years before becoming eligible again. This initiative would also change the length of time of the Mayor's term from two years to four years starting on November 8, 2022.
Early Termination of Measure O Sales Tax; Extension of Measure O Sales Tax
This initiative ties the condition of the city's streets and alleys to the Measure O Sales tax. It uses the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) to measure pavement. The proposal states:
Expansion of Duties of Elected City Treasurer By Appointing the City Treasurer as Director of Finance and Giving the City Treasurer Additional Duties
City regulations currently provide for a Director of Finance to be responsible for city financial reporting, fiscal and accounting duties, budget management, grants, and risk management. The elected City Treasurer performs statutory duties assigned under state law and duties assigned by the City Manager. Under this proposed initiative, the City Treasurer's existing duties would continue and be expanded to include:
New Requirements Regarding the Way in Which City Council Meetings, Council Committees and Other City Legislative Bodies Are Run
City meetings are subject to the Brown Act. This initiative would impose specific new local regulations regarding the way in which the meetings of the city legislative bodies are run.
Expedited Processing of Certain City-Issued Development Permits
This initiative would add a new chapter to the Oxnard City Code that would set up a streamlined permit review and approval process for certain projects that meet specific criteria. The initiative calls for the city to develop a training program for specified licensed professionals (architects and civil engineers) in order to file project plans with the city.
The five ballot initiatives were drafted and brought forth by Aaron Starr, an unsuccessful candidate for city council and mayor. Mr. Starr was also the proponent of the attempted recall of the mayor and city council members that triggered a special election for Oxnard voters in 2018.
The Chamber will continue to follow the progress of these measures as they are filed with voter signatures, the signatures are verified, and (if applicable) which ballot they will appear on.
American economic growth is highly dependent on the quality and quantity of workers. Currently, the United States is facing a severe skilled and unskilled worker shortage that has long and short-term economic implications. - Global Risk Insights
By Chamber Chair Stacy Miller
My professional mentor, a long-time city manager, loved to share his favorite story about good planning. It involved “The Seven Generation Stewardship,” a concept that urges the current generation of humans to live and work for the benefit of the seventh generation (140 years) into the future. The Seven Generation Stewardship principle is believed to have originated with the Iroquois Indians and encourages this forward thinking in all decisions, resulting in a sustainable world, seven generations into the future.
I was reminded of this story during a recent presentation from Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen, who spoke of “Moore’s Law,” a computing term that originated around 1970. The simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers, will double every two years.
Alex was referring to Intel’s chips which have improved performance a factor of 3,500 since they were introduced, reflecting a 90,000-times improvement in energy efficiency and at one-60,000th of the cost.
Had a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle undergone the same transformation, it would now travel at 300,000 miles per hour, achieve two million miles per gallon, and cost four cents. Wow!
Moore’s Law became a guiding light for an industry. Moore’s original article also envisioned a future for cheaper, more powerful semiconductors. He envisioned PCs, cell phones, self-driving cars and electronic wristwatches—all powered by ever-improving chips.
Both the Seven Generation Stewardship concept and Moore’s Law demonstrate the importance of true forward-planning and efficiency.
Alex’s point, however, hits a little closer to home. Like many of us, Alex is very concerned that today’s workforce is ill-prepared for tomorrow’s jobs, which as he points out, are here now.
Here in Oxnard, one of the top issues we hear from employers is a lack of trained and educated workers. There are local jobs waiting to be filled and employers are frustrated with the lack of candidates applying that just don’t meet the necessary criteria for the jobs. For the first time in our country, there are more job openings than there are eligible workers to fill them.
So how did we get here? There are several trends that have contributed to this. One of these is “The Silver Tsunami,” whereby 45% of the current workforce will be retiring and/or leaving the workforce within the next decade.
Another trend is the growth of the temporary worker. The rise of temporary workers is a workforce trend that’s here to stay and there are predictions that 40% of the workforce will be contingent on temporary workers by 2020.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary workers make up 19% of all new jobs in the U.S. By 2020, more than 40 percent of the U.S. workforce are expected to be temporary or contingent workers.
Just these two trends alone—people leaving the full-time workforce and the growing number of temporary workers--are big contributors to our lack of adequate, qualified employees.
According to "The Atlantic," it’s estimated that the U.S. economy will need as many as 100,000 new information technology workers every year for the next decade. By 2026, there will be 2.6 million new jobs in healthcare, one-fifth of all new jobs. The changing demand for specific skills is being felt across industries and, as a result, companies and organizations are investing in programs that empower the workforce of the future through job retraining.
So, what is being done locally and around the country?
But many workers are finding that job retraining alone is not enough. Support networks and social services are needed to support the transition to new types of work.
What else is being done here in Oxnard and Ventura County? I would love to hear from you! Please email me your thoughts and ideas at: email@example.com.
This article is republished from CalChamberAlert.com
By David Leporiere
HR Adviser, CalChamber
I just read that the Governor signed a new law that changes the timing for the new sexual harassment training. What are the new deadlines for getting my employees trained?
For many years, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Last year, SB 1343 was signed into law that required all employers with 5 or more employees to provide the same training to supervisors and one hour of training to employees. This training had to be completed by January 1, 2020, giving employers little time to meet the new mandate.
However, on August 30 of this year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 778, which extends this training deadline from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
Those businesses that were providing training long before SB 1343 was made law must continue to follow their two-year training cycles. So, if you trained your supervisors in 2017, then those supervisors must be retrained before January 1, 2020.
As for employees newly hired or employees newly promoted to a supervisory position, they must be trained within six months of hire or promotion, regardless of whether you fell under the old or newly enacted law.
Employer Training Deadlines
Here is a quick breakdown of training deadlines for employers who have trained employees this year or in previous years.
Year you last trained: 2019
Next required training year: 2021
Explanation: SB 778 clarifies that employers who train their employees in 2019 aren’t required to provide refresher training until two years from the time the employee was trained.
Year you last trained: 2018
Next required training year: 2020
Explanation: SB 778 allows those employers who trained employees in 2018 to maintain their two-year cycle and still comply with the new January 1, 2021, deadline.
Year you last trained: 2017
Next required training year: 2019
Explanation: Employers who trained supervisors in 2017 under prior law, known as AB 1825, should still train those employees this year in order to maintain their two-year cycle.
The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the California Chamber to provide easy, affordable training for workers and supervisors.
Order your online training today! You will receive a 20% discount when you purchase through this link.
You will have to create a CalChamber store account, but you are not required to become a preferred member. The Oxnard Chamber 20% discount will be applied during checkout.
OXNARD, Calif., FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Chamber, in conjunction with The Port of Hueneme, will present the State of the Port report at its Knowledge & Networking Lunch on Thursday, October 10.
The Port of Hueneme is the most productive and efficient commercial trade gateway for niche cargo on the West Coast, moving $9 billion in goods each year and consistently ranking among the Top 10 U.S. ports for automobiles and fresh produce. Port operations support the community by bringing $1.5 billion in economic activity, creating 13,633 trade-related jobs and generating more than $93 million in annual state and local taxes, which funds vital community services. Top trading partners include Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, China, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, Korea and Mexico.
The Knowledge & Networking Lunch will take place at the Residence Inn by Marriott/River Ridge located at 2101 W. Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon with the program to follow.
The event is open to the public and lunch is included. Tickets are $45 for non-members and $40 for Chamber members. Chamber members can purchase early registration tickets for $35 before Monday, October 7, at 5:00 p.m.
Reservations may be made on OxnardChamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at (805) 983-6118.
The luncheon is sponsored by Oakmont of Riverpark and Ventura County Credit Union.
Whether you’re looking out the window driving on Victoria Avenue or taking the train to Los Angeles, it’s clear that agriculture is one of the most important industries in Ventura County. That’s why the ninth session of the 2019 Oxnard Leadership Program was dedicated to exploring local businesses and meeting key players within the industry.
The day began at Heritage Square at the corporate headquarters of Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC), the largest fresh multi-berry producer in the world.
They first met with Ventura County’s Agricultural Commissioner Ed Williams for an overview of the history, issues and trends of local agriculture, including how hemp is the fastest-growing crop in the region. The Agricultural Commissioner’s office works to protect and promote agriculture, while ensuring the welfare of the public, the industry and the environment. Williams explained his team’s role in protecting both the consumer and the farmer when it comes to their work with pest control.
After, the group met Mari Escamilla from RAC to learn more about the global company’s operations. Have you ever seen the Driscoll’s brand of berries at a farm stand or grocery store? RAC grows strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries for Driscoll year-round at their farms in California, Oregon, Florida, Baja California, Central Mexico, Portugal, Morocco and Peru.
The company is proud of its attention to employee wellness, and Dr. Raymond Lopez took them on a tour of La Clínica FreSalud, RAC’s private, employee health clinic for employees and their families.
The morning ended with a trip to RAC’s Davis Ranch where they met with Luis Calderon and saw how the farm operates, including the steps they are taking to save water, how they protect crops against harsh weather, and what they do to create the proper growing environment.
The rest of the day was dedicated to food safety and quality testing with a visit to Oxnard’s AGQ Labs. They met with CEO Tenesor Peña, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, to learn about the company’s focus on food safety and agronomy, the science of soil management and crop production. Their work in Oxnard impacts companies around the world and is highly sought after by agriculture businesses looking to take their farms and produce into the future.
Every year, the Oxnard Leadership Program leads participants through 10 unique, day-long experiences to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Oxnard and the surrounding areas’ realities, opportunities and challenges. Each session includes visits to various locations and provides participants with a unique opportunity to meet key business and government leaders who play integral roles in the region.
In October, the tenth and final session of 2019 will focus on energy, with visits and presentations from Southern California Edison, California Resources Corporation and the California Oil Museum in Santa Paula.
Learn more about the Oxnard Leadership Program and apply to be part of the Class of 2020.