It was a rare unanimous 12-0 vote by the Coastal Commission denying the County’s attempt to override the City of Oxnard’s denial of a Local Coastal Plan Amendment to allow the massive 400 apartment building at Fisherman’s Wharf. BUT – it’s NOT OVER!
Coastal Commission 2020 Override decision – watch the video!
8-12-2020 – Reasons to deny the request by Ventura County Harbor Department for an LCP amendment override
California Coastal Commission Hearing August 12, 2020 South Central Coast District Agenda Item: 19 Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) City of Oxnard LCP Amendment No. LCP-4-OXN-20-0007-1 (Ventura County Harbor Department) Public hearing and action on request by Ventura...
6-29-2020 Harbor and Beach Community Alliance charges violation of California’s Brown Act, which ensures transparent government processes and public access, during a regular public Board of Supervisors’ meeting June 23. The issue at hand was a proposed nine-month extension of a developer’s Exclusive Right to Negotiate for three land parcels at Channel Islands Harbor.
6/23/2020 Ventura County Board of Supervisors Steve Bennett requested reconsideration and to rescind his vote AFTER the next item was called – his vote changed the outcome in favor of the developer once again granting extensions for Exclusive Rights to Negotiate
Read more about BOS meeting June 23, 2020
The City of Oxnard’s denial of the County’s Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA) was a win that temporarily stopped the project moving forward. But the County and the billionaire developers have not given up.
On January 27, 2020, the County filed an Override request with the California Coastal Commission. The County’s Override seeks to overturn the City’s LCPA denial. If the Coastal Commission approves this Override, the project will be able to go forward. We need the Coastal Commission to deny the County’s request for an Override.
An unsolicited development proposal for Fisherman’s Wharf was sent to the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 21 and copied to the Oxnard City Council. HBCA got a copy of the proposal through a Public Information Request to Oxnard.
Only Established PWP Process Has Legal Basis for the Public to Hold the County Accountable to Deliver the PlanThe fundamental reason governmental agencies like Cities and the Counties establish standard procedures and processes for public input. (e.g. a Specific Plan...
Read the timeline on The Fisherman’s Wharf Project. The timeline contains background information and key events leading up to NOW.
What is needed and would be supported regarding the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf project by the County and Channel Islands Harbor Properties LLC
Using the developer’s own architectural drawings, HBCA created a Scale Model. For the first time, the public can actually see the scale and density of the Fisherman’s Wharf project. The public can see the County and Developer’s promotional renderings are misleading.
Mark Sandoval’s email of June 1, 2019 To: Rene Aiu CC: firstname.lastname@example.org , Tim Flynn , Bert Perello , Carmen Ramirez Subject: FISHERMAN'S WHARF Rene: I met with Lucas Zucker of CAUSE recently. We had a discussion regarding the Fisherman’s Wharf proposed...
“Equity demands more. Over the last five years, the commission has questioned whether we are doing enough to provide access for all to our beaches, a right guaranteed under the California constitution,” said Environmental Justice Commissioner Effie Turnbull-Sanders. “Achieving true equity requires us to first understand and own our history of disenfranchisement; then, work diligently and deliberately to create full and inclusive participation in process, policy and benefits. Now the real work begins.”
Pacific Coast Business Times: Troubled Waters for Harbor Plan
Monday’s meeting was meant to gather public input and allow Tellefsen and his partners to present their vision so that the city can determine the potential impacts. Although this is countyowned property, Oxnard has a role to play.
The Harbor & Beach Community Alliance does not oppose development at Channel Islands Harbor. We supported and continue to support the replacement of the hotel on Peninsula Road. We want Fisherman’s Wharf, which is the gateway to the harbor, revitalized but with the right development, one designed clearly for visitor serving and harbor related uses and with genuine public access as the priority.
Video of April 22 Public Meeting
As one of only 12 small-boat harbors left along the California coast, the Channel Islands Harbor is a rare and precious coastal resource within the city of Oxnard. Ventura County owns the harbor land and has shamefully allowed many of the moderately priced visitor-serving facilities, including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Casa Sirena Hotel on Peninsula Road and the Whale’s Tail restaurant on Harbor Boulevard, to deteriorate.
VC REPORTER: Mar 6, 2019 | Oxnard, Power to Speak, Rene Aiu, Harbor & Beach Community Alliance | Click To Read on VC REPORTER Fisherman’s Wharf at Channel Islands Harbor has fallen into disrepair since opening in 1978. Channel Islands Harbor is an...
In a February 8, 2019 letter to the Harbor & Beach Community Alliance with copies to the County Board of Supervisors and Oxnard City Council, Mark Sandoval wrote “I also stated that if anyone other than myself or my staff was providing an update on Harbor development or operations, to take it with a grain of salt and understand the objective of the presenting organization.”