Bond measures in Oxnard
Rio Elementary School District Bond Measure L; Mesa Union School District Bond Measure O

School districts routinely seek improvements and modernization for their campuses via bond measures each election. This year, Rio Elementary School District and Mesa Union School District are on the ballot, however, Rio Elementary through Measure L is seeking $59 million versus Mesa Union through Measure O at $9.9 million for the same concerns. Understandably, schools should always be evolving and improving but $59 million seems unreasonable compared to $9.9 million. If residents are going to be in debt repaying bonds, less is more when it comes to oversight and asking for more in the future. Vote No on L and Yes on O.

Camarillo, Ojai term limits and mayor

Both Camarillo and Ojai have two measures each related to City Council elections. Camarillo’s Measure E limits tenure to no more than three consecutive terms while Measure M limits serving on the council to two, four-year terms total. We understand the need for limits, as there may be candidates who never have a chance of rising through the ranks of political office when pitted against well-known incumbents, but Measure M is too limiting. Vote Yes on Measure E; Vote no on Measure M.

In Ojai, Measure J repeals Measure A, which would return to five elected City Council and an appointed mayor versus electing the mayor. We believe in fairness and that the mayor position should be a coveted position, not just a title handed around. But we digress, if Measure A isn’t working for the Ojai residents, if it hasn’t encouraged more to come to the plate to run for mayor, then perhaps a repeal is necessary. If Measure A is simply unnecessary when it comes to representation, then Vote Yes on Measure J.

Ojai’s Measure K puts a lot of pressure on any one individual to be mayor for four years instead of two. Passing the baton every two years in the small town of Ojai to prevent burnout in the position seems logical. Vote No on Measure K.

Oxnard’s measures regarding Seabridge at Mandalay Bay

We are neutral on Measures F, H and I as it relates strictly to issues only the Seabridge community understands.

Cannabis measures

Oxnard’s Measure G would allow the city to tax cannabis businesses at no more than $10 per canopy square foot for cultivation, 6 percent of gross receipts for retail, and 4 percent for all other cannabis-related businesses. The measure is estimated to generate between $1.2 million to $2.5 million annually. Vote Yes on Measure G.

Thousand Oaks’ Measure P and Simi Valley’s Measure Q are a copy and paste of Oxnard’s Measure G, taxing at the same rate. Santa Paula’s Measure N is similar, though it would enact a tax on cannabis businesses of up to $25 per square foot of space utilized for cannabis cultivation/processing, and up to 10 percent of gross receipts from the sale of cannabis and related products. All three measures are progress for the cities and for the residents. Vote Yes on Measures P, Q and N.

Simi Valley’s Measure S asks “if” the city allows cannabis businesses in the future, “should those businesses be limited to operate only in the City’s Sexually Oriented Business Overlay Zone?” This is a way for Simi Valley to have its cake and eat it, too; sure, we’ll have cannabis, as long as it maintains its seedy reputation as prescribed by the War on Drugs. The City Council can (and should) regulate cannabis businesses, but Measure S is unnecessarily mean-spirited. Vote no on Measure S.