Oxnard power plant workshop

The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop on flooding risks on the Puente Power Project on Tuesday, March 28, at the Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, starting at 11 a.m. The proposal filed by NRG Oxnard Energy Center LLC in 2015 has been met with opposition from residents, lawmakers and environmental and social advocacy groups. Conversely, numerous people have also supported the new construction. Two weeks ago, the California Energy Commission required further investigation and information on the impacts of rising sea levels at the proposed plant and how the plant would affect certain rare species in the area, thus delaying the approval process.

Oxnard Performing Arts Center is located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Participants can also listen remotely via WebEx call-in toll-free number: 1-866-469-3239, Access code: 922 421 014.

Cell tower plan denial appealed in Ventura

Verizon Wireless appealed on Monday, March 20, the denial of its proposal to install a cell tower camouflaged as a palm tree behind Vons in the Pierpont neighborhood in Ventura. The city denied the application on March 7, essentially because a single palm in an alleyway was not consistent with the surroundings or camouflaged with other vegetation. In Verizon Wireless’s appeal of the denial, the application stated:

The denial “ … decision is not supported by substantial evidence, In violation of 47 USC §332(c)(7)(B)(lll). Additionally, as there is a significant gap In Verizon Wireless service, and there is no less intrusive alternative to address that gap, denial of the proposed facility would constitute a prohibition of service in violation of 47 USC §332(c)(7)(B)(i)(ll). Verizon Wireless reserves the right to supplement the grounds for appeal with additional documentation prior to the appeal hearing.”

By deadline, no public review date of this appeal had been scheduled.