Who is developing the in Channel Islands Harbor?

Casa Sirena and Lobster Trap


The Public Works Amendment (PWPA6) adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 22, 2016 has went for a hearing before the California Coastal Commission on July 14, 2016, at the County Administration Building in San Diego, California.

Brighton Management, operating as Bright Peninsula Road, is in a Lease Option Agreement with the County of Ventura to pursue replacement of the hotel and restaurant. During the Lease Option Agreement, Bright will be working to obtain approvals from the California Coastal Commission and other public agencies, complete building design, and obtain building permits. The Lease Option Agreement calls for a 205-room hotel and a 5,000 + square foot restaurant. Meeting space will be contained within the hotel.

This seems like a positive move and has been met with great enthusiasm by the residents nearby as well as all over Oxnard!


This development has not been met with the same enthusiasm.

This development includes a facelift to the existing dilapidated Fisherman’s Wharf plus the addition of a HUGE high end apartment complex which will eliminate the existing RV parking and create a traffic night mare on Victoria and Channel Islands Blvd.

The County is trying to pass this off as an Urban Village – targeted to appeal to millennials – THIS would not be an Urban Village – but rather would remove precious public access to our Harbor on land that was intended for PUBLIC ACCESS.


Article about the developer:


LOS ANGELES—The buildings have names like “Lorenzo” and “Medici,” usually plastered across the five-story stucco edifices in oversized Papyrus font cutouts made of bronze. They’re decorated with columns and fountains and details that architecture critics dismissively call “fauxtalian.” As this city has become more pedestrian-friendly and conscious of its street life, the buildings are deliberately walled off, with skyways to keep residents away from any homeless people they might encounter on the sidewalks below.

They have one developer’s name behind them: Geoffrey Palmer.

Article about the developer:

The Faux-talian fortress developer has donated $2 million to a Super PAC backing the candidate

By Elijah Chiland Jul 18, 2016, 12:07p

Donald Trump’s Biggest Donor Is Notorious LA Developer Geoff Palmer – Curbed LA

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has had trouble courting donors for a while now, but Beverly Hills-based developer and prominent water waster Geoff Palmer is fully on board. In fact, Palmer is Trump’s biggest individual donor, Bloomberg reports.

Federal Election Commission data shows Palmer gave $2 million to a Super PAC supporting Trump known as Rebuilding America Now. The PAC was started by fellow Los Angeles developer Tom Barrack, though Barrack himself has yet to invest any of his own money into it, leaving Palmer’s donation as the bulk of the $2.16 million in the PAC’s coffers.

The money seems to be going to good use; in only the last 24 hours the PAC has uploaded four new campaign ads to its Youtube account, including this doozy:

Also see: http://la.curbed.com/2016/2/18/11080104/los-angeles-developer-lawsuit-downtown-fire

Do you want this in your harbor?


Will closures of farms bring more housing density?

With the closing of area farms comes new opportunity for housing developments to “crop up” in Oxnard.

To see apartment density increase in the Channel Islands Harbor – rather than public and visitor serving seems incredibly short sighted.

The County Board of Supervisors and letters to the editor in the VCstar act as if the arguments against developments in the harbor are a NIMBY cry. That is insane. WE WANT development in the harbor – sane – fiscally sound development. To take this access point away from the the rest of Oxnard permanently as the housing market is adding development after development, seems insanely short sighted.

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New homes planned near Oxnard Dunes, with public meeting Monday June 13 2016 afternoon on EIR

New homes planned near Oxnard Dunes, with public meeting Monday afternoon on EIR

June 13, 2016

Please read the full article on the VC STAR:


Public comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental report will be accepted until June 27. Comments can be emailed to the planner, Kathleen Mallory, at Kathleen.Mallory@oxnard.org or mailed to the Planning Division at 214 South C St. in Oxnard. The ZIP code is 93030.

About Gretchen Wenner

Gretchen Wenner covers Oxnard city hall and local groundwater.

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