MEASURE O

Measure O is a voter approved ½ cent general sales tax created to provide protection and maintenance of vital City services that will expire in March of 2029. Nearly 60% of Measure O funds are dedicated to fire and police services. Revenue from Measure O supports an additional 37 full time employees in fire and police. Additionally Measure O supports street paving and pothole repair; expanding youth recreation, after-school and anti-gang prevention programs; acquiring property for parks and open space preservation; upgrading stormwater drains; improving senior services; increasing code compliance; and other general services. All Measure O funded programs and projects must be reviewed and approved by the City Council.

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MEASURE O PROJECTS

A financial chart such as the one presented here can provide some insight into how the funds are being spent. It can show which departments are incurring the costs, and the nature of the expenses (labor, operations, capital, etc.), but it does not identify the specific projects that are funded by Measure O. The following projects are included in Measure O expenses (descriptions are from the fiscal year 2019-20 adopted budget):


Ongoing programs for FY 2019-20 include:

An asterisk (*) indicates a project beginning in Fiscal Year 2019-20 that has been adopted as a part of the 2019-2024 City of Oxnard Five-Year Capital Improvement Program.


POLICE, FIRE AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE; ANTI-GANG PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Police and Fire Department Enhanced CAD-911/Records Management System (RMS)/Mobile Data Computers (MDC) Systems:

Measure O funds were approved in 2011 to purchase a new computer system that serves three critical public safety functions: computer assisted dispatching, records management, and mobile data communications to improve response times and public safety. We acquired the New World (now Tyler Technologies) product and have been operational with its system since September 2013 and continues to be supported.

City Corps Townkeeper Program: This program engages at-risk youth through programs that increase residents’ services and neighborhood cleanliness through focused and sustained enhancement activities. Starting in FY 2018-19, the full costs of City Corps and Recreations Grants internal charges were centralized or transferred to the General Fund with Measure O providing the subsidy. In FY 2019-20, funding for the City Corp program and a portion of the Recreation Grants Services internal charges continue to be provided by Measure O.

Enhanced Community Policing: The addition of two beats, one each in Districts 1 and 2, allows officers more time to proactively address problems in the beats and better distribute the workload. Smaller areas of responsibility shorten response times and allow for more problem-solving and directed enforcement, including gang suppression and traffic enforcement. These smaller beats allow officers to better practice their community policing philosophy.

Fire Advanced Life Support: Measure O funds were used for the Advanced Life Support (ALS) program, which enhances our emergency medical program by providing a paramedic service. This enables the ability to bill for cost recovery and fund any difference from the Fire Department’s budget in the next fiscal budget year. Oxnard Fire now provides Basic Life Support as well as ALS.

Fire Handheld Radios Line of Credit 2018: Annual lease payment for the 2018 Bank of America Lease Purchase or Line of Credit for the purchase of eighty-five portable handheld radios for Fire.

Fire Station 8 Operations & Lease Debt at College Park: The City operates the College Park Headquarters Fire Station Number 8 located on 3.1 acres on the southeast corner of South Rose Avenue and the East Channel Islands Boulevard. The four-apparatus bay station contains 13,036 square feet with living quarters. The station has an engine company, a truck company and a battalion chief for a staff of eight firefighters per work shift with a total of 24 firefighter positions. This is a stand-alone station that has its own fueling and emergency power systems and is designed to be an essential public safety building. Measure O pays both for operations and the lease debt payment for this fire station.

Fire Apparatus Replacement: This continues the annual lease payment of a new fire ladder truck replacing an existing 1973 Seagrave Aerial Ladder truck. The new lease began in 2013.

Fire Trucks & Police Dispatch Consoles Line of Credit 2018: The City Council approved the purchase of two fire engines and police dispatch consoles at the mid-year budget in February 2018. To conserve cash, the Council approved the use of a line of credit. This line of credit was beneficial to the City as the rates were below then-current market rates. This allows the City to save its cash while taking advantage of very low borrowing rates.

Police Fleet Line of Credit 2018: The City Council approved the purchase of police vehicles in mid-2018. To conserve cash, the Council approved the use of a line of credit. This line of credit was beneficial to the City as the rates were below then-current market rates. This allows the City to save its cash while taking advantage of very low borrowing rates.

Fire Station Alerting System Replacement*: The City Council approved the replacement of an aging and failing fire alerting system at six (6) fire stations. The current alerting systems are no longer manufactured; three (3) were borrowed from Ventura County Fire. Alerting systems announce over a loudspeaker that a 911 call has occurred and trigger the response.

Roof Replacement - Fire Station 5*: The roof at Fire Station 5 is leaking and needs to be replaced. The plans for the replacement are nearly complete. This building includes living quarters for firefighters.

Roof Replacement - Fire Station 6*: Replace roof and wood siding at Fire Station 6 in order to prevent damage to structure and equipment and to protect and preserve inventory.

Roof Replacement - Sturgis Annex*: Replace roof at the Sturgis Annex to preserve property, evidence, and equipment stored in the building. This building houses personnel as well as valuable Police Department assets. The roof currently leaks.

Police Academy: In response to reductions in the General Fund, Measure O funds allow the Police Department to hire five (5) public safety trainees. These trainees attended the nearby regional academy in October of 2019. Measure O’s contributions are for personnel costs (salary and benefits) of these trainees for the six (6) month period while they are in the academy.

Fire Academy: The Fire Department is hosting an academy to fill eleven vacancies in the rank of firefighter. Funding covers hiring costs, personal protective equipment, salary for recruits while attending the sixteen week academy and station coverage for the cadre.

Fire Over-Time Subsidy: The City Council approved an augmentation for overtime that allows all fire stations to remain fully staffed and apparatus to remain in service for the 2019/20 fiscal year.


STREETS, ALLEYS AND ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

2014 Lease Revenue Street Bond: This is the debt payment for streets resurfacing improvements.

Alley and Roadway Repair: These moneys are used to reconstruct badly deteriorated alleys throughout the City and repair badly deteriorated sections of neighborhood and major City streets to avoid costlier reconstruction.

Intelligent Transportation System: The Intelligent Transportation System maintenance contract provides for troubleshooting, monitoring, and repair of: existing ITS software; hardware networking systems, including routers, switches, and fiber optic connections; video detection hardware and software; and Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at intersections. The maintenance contract ensures the functionality and effectiveness of the system to monitor and respond to traffic incidents, hardware failures, and emergency vehicle preemption.


PARKS, OPEN SPACE, RECREATION, AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, SENIOR SERVICES

College Park Annual Maintenance: Measure O funds are utilized to support the operations and maintenance of College Park. College Park consists of five athletic sport fields with professional lighting; basketball courts, a skatepark, a complete kitchen-type concession stand; a group area; ADA-compliant restrooms; a parking lot; security lighting, landscaping and irrigation; a maintenance yard; maintenance equipment; and fencing to protect the investments in this park.

College Park Monitors: It is estimated that within the City of Oxnard there are over 15,000 youth as well as adult soccer players. To help secure their safety as well as a positive environment, the City monitors College Park. The monitoring of College Park includes soccer, flag football, skateboarding and any other recreational program that brings high attendance to the park. The monitors at College Park are also responsible for lining the athletic fields in addition to staffing the snack bar for high attendance events.

Day at the Park-Special Needs: This funding enhances the Special Populations program by offering additional program days in June through August and a special holiday event in December. Also, this funding supports our Challenger Football program and helps the Challenger Baseball program.

Homework Center Main Library: These funds provide the Homework Center for twenty hours per week year-round. The program consists of a part-time library aide and volunteers.

The Integrated Library System (ILS): The Library’s Sirsi ILS was antiquated and inefficient, which necessitated intensive staff support, as the vendor would no longer maintain it. The implementation of the new Polaris system helped create a more efficient library operation by saving valuable staff time and bringing the Oxnard Public Library into the 21st century with its ease of use and modern technology. Polaris ILS is an automated solution with many versatile modules and features directly linked to the public. The system allows for more efficient check-in and check-out, billing and invoicing, cataloging and public access to the library’s 400,000 volume collection.

Library Wi-Fi Operational: Measure O supports Wi-Fi availability at the Main Library, South Oxnard and Colonia Branch Libraries during all library open hours. Wi-Fi allows electronic device to exchange data wireless over a computer network. Wi-Fi expands computer access to Oxnard residents.

Mobile Activity Center (MAC): The MAC serves as a mobile recreation center. The Mobile Activity Center currently visits 16 parks (two per week) over an eight-week summer period. The staff engage the neighborhood youth in various activities such as crafts, board games, sports, other recreational games, a jolly jumper and the City Corps Wagon Train.

Police Activities League (PAL): Measure O helps provide a ten-week summer basketball program that serves over 200 children. The moneys also provide the Summer Lunch Program in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at three sites (Southwinds, PAL, and Colonia), which serves over 1,300 children daily for ten weeks. The funds are also used for the Movies in the Park program, which reaches over 4,000 residents, and for a year-round Youth Directors program that teaches youth leadership and life skills. Measure O funding pays for the PAL boxing tournament, which allows Oxnard boxers to compete in a National PAL competition, and for an increase in staff levels during the school year because of the high attendance of youth at the PAL facility.

Pre-School To You: This program operates during the regular school year (September through June). The staff conducts classes in a neighborhood park or recreation center at different locations throughout the City. This provides an opportunity for preschool-age children to participate in activities that prepare them for kindergarten. Teachers work with the children on developing fine motor skills, recognizing letters and numbers, nutrition, physical fitness, social skills, and other relevant skills that will help with their successful transition into elementary schools. This program also offers a summer session that focuses on recreational themes and continuing to develop relevant social skills.

Senior Nutrition Program Enhancement: Senior Services provides a daily average of fifty to sixty congregate meals at two locations--the Wilson Senior Center and the Palm Vista Senior Center--five days a week. In addition to the congregate meals served daily, Senior Services administers a home delivery program for homebound seniors. Through a contract with Food Share, seniors receive ten frozen meals bi-weekly at their homes. The City currently serves between 90 to 105 homebound seniors. Food Share stores the meals and delivers them. This program is available for seniors who are at least 60 years of age and is in partnership with the County of Ventura’s Area Agency on Aging.

Roof Replacement - PACC Ventura/Oxnard Rental Spaces*: Remove and replace the roofing material and metal flashing on the main rental spaces roof to prevent damage to structures and equipment and to protect and preserve inventory.

Roof Replacement - Colonia Park Basketball Gym and Youth Center*: Measure O funds the replacement of the roof for both the gym and youth center to prevent damage to structures and equipment and to protect and preserve inventory.

Roof Replacement - Wilson Senior Center Complex*: Measure O funds the replacement of roofs for the office, the arts building and the senior center to prevent damage to structures and equipment and to protect and preserve inventory.


OTHER USES

Downtown Arts Hub: An arts administrator will serve as an organization and community liaison and the City’s in-house expert on arts administration. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the development and oversight of the City’s public art program and the Downtown Arts Hub. These assignments include seeking out permanent and temporary public art installations; creating or locating community art projects; monitoring ongoing conservation and maintenance work of public art; and planning, developing, coordinating, leading, implementing and evaluating arts programs. The administrator also assists with the organization of special events, provides staff support to the Cultural Arts Commission, and collects and develops information related to various arts initiatives within the community. The immediate priority is to implement the Arts Hub Business Plan. This includes developing a call for artists, implementing marketing and communication strategies to coordinate branding and messaging, assisting with the launch of the creative placemaking mini grant program, implementing and overseeing the artist registry and assisting with the implementation and coordination of downtown programs and events.

Downtown Market Study: The City retained The Natelson Dale Group, Inc. (TNDG), a professional consulting firm specializing in market/financial analyses, which is preparing an assessment of potential development demand in Downtown Oxnard, identifying potential market niches within the larger competitive region, and attracting future downtown development. This will result in a baseline of market conditions relevant to the downtown’s place in the larger City and Ventura County region. This report was completed in May 2019. Staff is now developing an action plan from this baseline document.

Economic Development Strategy: Funding is being used for an Economic Development Strategic Plan ("Plan"), which provides an assessment of the existing conditions that drive the economy in Oxnard. The Plan helps local stakeholders and decision-makers implement strategies that will contribute to the City’s future economic health. The Plan includes strategic recommendations to enhance Oxnard’s business climate, ensure the fiscal health of the City, and support economic growth in a manner consistent with the City’s character.

Financial System: The City’s current finance system is over twenty years old and is no longer capable of meeting today’s financial reporting requirements. The City’s external auditors reported 111 audit findings in FY2015, with approximately 25 findings related to deficiencies in the current system. This new system allows the City to cure the audit findings, provide better reporting, offer more transparency for the public, and be more efficient in the use of staff time.

Homeless Program: Funding to provide support for the start-up and operational costs for a year-round shelter facility for the homeless. This includes contracting with an operator agency to staff and manage the facility. The shelter will act as a navigation center with 24 hour security, sleeping, hygiene and nutrition services. Shelter participants also receive medical referrals, social services, and mental health services, along with bridge and permanent housing opportunities. Other services include street outreach, workforce training and educational programs in order to establish pathways out of homelessness. Annual operational costs are anticipated to be nearly twice this amount. However, matching funds will be provided by the County of Ventura and private donors.

Homeless Shelter Acquisition: This funding will be used to leverage and acquire a suitable building to operate a year-round shelter. This funding also is used to match the County of Ventura’s approval to assist Oxnard with funding for a homeless shelter acquisition. The Housing Department may also use a HUD Section 108 loan to further leverage resources for the acquisition of a building. The County match and Section 108 amounts are pending the cost of prospective real estate. Funding is also needed to make renovations to a site, such as additional showers, bathrooms, and kitchen and storage facilities.

Local Coastal Plan – CivicSpark Intern: Funding has provided the City with an opportunity to participate in the CivicSpark Fellowship Program. CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments in California to address community resilience issues such as climate change, water resource management, and access to opportunities through eleven-month internships. The City is seeking a CivicSpark fellow to assist the City in the Local Coastal Program update. The CivicSpark fellow also provides technical assistance in analyzing the results of assessment reports and provides recommendations on which strategies, policies and regulations are best suited to the specific conditions, development patterns, and resources of the City’s coastal zone. Additionally, the CivicSpark fellow provides assistance in facilitating public workshops and prepares and revises the regulatory amendments based on decision-maker input. The CivicSpark fellow’s knowledge of the emerging topics related to sea level rise will provide a valuable service to the City when preparing policies and regulations and interacting with the general public, outside agencies and decision-makers.

Ormond Beach Enhancement: Measure O funding provides for ongoing enhancement activities to the Ormond Beach wetlands area.

Safe Homes, Safe Families: Funding provides for support of the Safe Homes Safe Families program. The program focuses resources and efforts on existing code compliance cases and includes education, outreach, conducting research, meeting with affected parties, inspections, and enforcement of City codes.

Spanish Language Interpretation of Council Meetings: Measure O funds language interpreting and translating provided on-location, conference English-Spanish/Spanish-English interpretation services for City Council meetings and broadcasting over the City’s government channel SAP system and for members of the public in attendance at the meetings. Interpretation services are provided at regular and special City Council meetings.

Tenant Relocation Assistance: These funds provide immediate relocation assistance for tenants who are displaced from hazardous or dangerous dwellings that have been posted as unsafe by City inspectors due to neglect by the property owner. Any funds used for relocation assistance are collected from the responsible property owner and/or placed as a lien or special assessment against the property for future collection.

Measure O Audit: The Measure O ordinance requires the revenues and expenditures related to Measure O be included in the City’s annual financial audit. This was not done in the past. The City’s external auditor, Eadie & Payne, performed agreed-upon procedures for Measure O revenues and expenditures in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years.

PACC Subsidy: This was a six-month agreement extension between the City and the non-profit Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation for $410,000 for the operation, maintenance, and management of the Performing Arts and Convention Center. The six-month extension allowed the Corporation to host the events it had scheduled through December 31, 2019.