(Oxnard, Ca) On Friday, June 22 Mayor Flynn delivered the State of the City at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort, organized by the Oxnard Camber of commerce. Oxnard’s Mayor Tim Flynn shared a list of accomplishments along with a roadmap of plans.
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Recent accomplishments included passing a financial audit in the city’s financial reporting, a water / sewer system that is back in compliance, adding a concierge for the planning department, hiring a new city manager, downtown revitalization, paving more streets and roads.
The State of the City included a project update from Ashley Golden, Development Services
Director and Interim Assistant City Manager and remarks from Chief of Police Scott Whitney. Whitney has been Interim City Manager for six months along with Golden.
Whitney spoke on effective leadership, creating a positive culture, and the impact of focusing on fundamentals. Oxnard interviewed 70 candidates for the position of City Manager and hired Alexander Nguyen, who will take office on July 9, 2018.
Flynn spoke about Oxnard’s application for Amazon’a HQ2 and what the city learned from the process. Whil Oxnard was not chosen (due to Amazon’s interest in an east coast location), Flynn explained the team learned a lot from the application process.
Mayor Flynn also encouraged attendees regarding Oxnard’s competitive advantage considering coastal setting, its deep-water port, weather, proximity to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, the nearby 4-year state school in CSU Channel Islands, and healthy conditions for a successful agricultural community.
Flynn conveyed the city’s incredible financial responsibilities with regard to pensions with the only solution being to increase revenues. “The next two years, I will be exclusively focused on economic development,” said Flynn.
“I have a list of priorities for the City of Oxnard and that will be my priority: High-paying jobs, downtown revitalization, high-speed connectivity, the whole nine yards. But there are roadblocks: Unwillingness to pay higher rates, recession on the horizon. If there’s one thing that can help our city, it’s economic development” said Flynn.
Flynn shared his interest in turning the Rice to Rose Avenue Area along Gonzales into a medical center and then creating a magnate school close by to help attract those interested in living and working in Oxnard.
Oxnard City officials have purchased three properties near downtown Oxnard’s Plaza Park, including the former Social Security Administration building, a laundry-mat and a furniture store. These properties are intended to become mixed-use projects five or six stories tall.
The large swath of land known as Sakioka Farms is still available to be the headquarters for a Fortune 500 or national corporation. Flynn shared his excitement at helping to attract a large company to Oxnard to help increase local revenue.
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