Thursday April 27 @ PCYC and ZOOM

On April 27 , 2023 a Community Neighborhood Council Meeting was held at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht
Club. There were 50 to 60 people plus the Board in attendance, either in person or via Zoom.


Dave Copper opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Rene Aui of HBCA

  • Provided an update on the Ormond Beach application for a Wildlife Refuge.
  • Informed the group that the ERN with the Karls Group to develop Fisherman’s Wharf was uniformly
    approved by the County Board of Supervisors.
  • Congratulated Michael Tripp, Harbor Director on creating a Development Plan for the Harbor.

Chuck Carter Clean Water Team

  • Provided an in-depth report on restoring the water quality in the Harbor Included history of the Harbor and power plant
  • A detailed report on toxins and discharges in the water and defined a number of stakeholders
  • Special mention of metals and pesticides exceeding state levels

Steve Bennett State Assembly Member and past County Supervisor

  • Stated that water is a major issue for the State
  • His focus is on ground water
  • Presented First Water Bill which triggered interest and additional bills
  • Transit in the State another major issue due to ridership decline
  • Direction from carbon to carbonless
  • Need for more charging stations and batteries to store long term power from wind and solar

Professor Geoffrey Dilly

  • Provided a comprehensive report on Marine Debris/Marine Plastics
  • California has the largest Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Ventura County is quite unique by employing coastal agriculture

Alan Glen Airport Noise and Safety

  • Detailed progress with airport flight paths
  • Discussed concern of contaminated soil being retained at the airport
  • Noted community members volunteering to allow their properties to be used for noise monitoring

Upcoming Event

  • Neighborhood Bulk Item Drop-off
    Saturday May, 20, 2023
    Oxnard Beach Park
    1601 Harbor Blvd.

PRESENTATION (Chuck Carter Clean Water Team)

Saturday May 20 Bulky Item Trash Pick Up Day

Thursday January 19, 2023 @ PCYC and ZOOM

Channel Islands Neighborhood Council (CINC)

Public Meeting,    January 19, 2023

1 Board Member, Dave Copper, opened the meeting at 6:05 PM. Board Member, Richard Elzinga lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Dave presented the agenda for the meeting and introduced the first speaker, Board Member, Chuck Carter.

Chuck provided an update on the activities of the Clean Water Team which collects and analyzes water samples. He acknowledged the members of the team. He reported that after a year off, water sampling began on December 12 and another set of samples was taken on  January 11. The team is working with the LA Regional Water Board to determine if the harbor water meets or does not meet state standards. The water sample test results are reported on the City of Oxnard’s website.

Dave introduced Board Member and Chair of the Marine Advisory Committee, Tom McInally. Tom explained that there are many regular meetings to work on harbor water quality. He reported that the city has committed to provide $1.3 million to address water quality issues and
acknowledged the leadership provided by Councilmen, Bert Perello and City Manager, Alex Nguyen. Tom acknowledge the new Harbor Water Quality task force and the collaborative efforts of the key stakeholders including the City, County and Agriculture representatives.

Lastly, Tom identified that the Committee has an on-going effort to identify and apply for grants in coordination with the City. Tom introduced Dave, Co-Chair of Technology and Communications Committee to report on the Committee activities. Dave acknowledged the Committee members including Co-Chair, George Bregante. Dave reported that Dave Colker has been enhancing the website and setting up social media. Dave explained that the committee has an on-going effort to update public officials. The Committee plans and facilitates the public meetings. Lastly, Dave explained that
the Committee supports the efforts of all of the other committees: Marine Advisory Committee, Airport Noise and Safety Committee and Harbor Safety Committee.

Dave introduced Alex Nguyen, City Manager. Alex provided and updated on the financial condition of the City, critical demographics and his approach to improve the City. His research identified that there is an affordability challenge for many to live in Oxnard. His research also identified that there is an educational gap. The number/percentage of students going on to get a four year degree is low compared to other nearby communities. He has created some programs to improve in this area. A key program is after school music for high school students.  The program includes learning to read music, plan an instrument and perform in a group. Studies have shown that this after school education and experience results in about 90% going
on for a four year degree.

PRESENTATION (Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen)

2 Dave introduced, Michael Tripp, Harbor Director. Michael provided an update on Harbor development including the following:

 Peninsula Revetment Project – started in December and expected completion in July
 New Hyatt House Hotel – construction scheduled to start in Summer 2023
 Whales Tale – negotiating with Jonathan Zelli
 Fisherman’s Wharf – planning on a public meeting with Karl’s Strawberry Village
 Harbor Dredging – started on October 22 and expected completion in 2023. 1.8 million CY have been dredged thus far and there are .7 million CY to go.

Michael showed pictures of recent storm damage and planned events which may potentially include 4 th of July fireworks.
Dave introduced Geoffrey Dill, Associate Professor of Marine Biology (CSUCI). Geoff provided a history of fishing and marine life as a context for presenting what is happening with aquaculture. Geoff provided many examples of overfished species. He also identified two aquacultural businesses that failed. He explained how big the fishing industry is and how aquaculture has evolved into a significant part of the industry. He indicated that NOAA has identified Southern California and specifically off of our coast as a potentially ideal location for aquaculture development.  He encouraged the public to inquire with restaurants or fish retailers where they purchase their fish in an effort to show interest in supporting sustainable fishing efforts as opposed to unregulated fishing practices.

Dave introduced Robert O’Riley, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Lopez, to facilitate the CINC Board election. Robert asked for floor nominations. There were none. Robert asked for a vote and all were in favor. The 2023 Board consists of the following members:

 George Bregante – Member at Large
 Chuck Carter – Treasurer
 Dave Copper – Chair
 Richard Elzinga – Member at Large
 Alan Glen – Member at Large
 Connie Heagy – Member at Large
 Tom McInally – Vice Chair
 Carol Taylor – Secretary

Dave adjourned the meeting at 7:50 PM.

Marine Advisory Committee Resumes Harbor Water Quality Testing

The Marine Advisory Committee stopped water quality testing at the end of 2021 due to a lack of funds for laboratory work.  Recently the city has provided funds to resume testing.

On Monday, December 12, the team collected samples from 10 locations for various testing.  In total, 100 samples were collected and shipped to two laboratories.

Thanks to the volunteers on Monday – Chuck Carter, Bonnie Carter, Tom McInally, Ron Cookson, George Bregante, Jon Schwalbach, and Bob Chatenever.

Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6pm at PCYC and on ZOOM



Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm


Chief Benites and Corporal Perez – OPD Update

District 1 Council Member – Bert Perello

Harbor Director – Michael Tripp

Ventura Food Drive – Rene Aiu

Airport Director – Keith Frietas


Thank you to all who participated in the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council meeting Thursday, October 27, 2022, remotely and at the PCYC.

Our Guest speakers gave presentations and took questions from the audience.  The meeting highlights include the
following organized by speaker.

Dave Copper, CINC Board Member: Announced that the County matched the $1.3 million funded by Oxnard to address the harbor water quality issues. In addition, Oxnard has funded $400,000 for filters that would benefit the harbor water quality. The
total funding for the harbor water quality issues is $3 million.

Chief Benites and Corporal Perez – OPD:Oxnard Police commended us on our community involvement in this neighborhood council meeting.  It is this type of engagement that helps the community as a whole and helps the police do their work.  Chief Benites encouraged residents to continue to be diligent and report any suspicious activities to the OPD, so that beat officers can better serve us in continuing to reduce the crime rate.  Oxnard 311 is an app that the public can download onto their phones and report issues within the city. The non-emergency phone number to report disturbances is 805-385-7740.  Chief Benites explained the expanded enforcement of fireworks ordinances including the use of drones.   He also discussed racing and noise issues as well as homeless situations.

Council Member – Bert Perello, District 1: Council Member Perello again thanked us for a great turnout and spoke about the City of Oxnard and updated us on the new public swimming pool proposed for Oxnard, he showed caution that as the price of goods (Steel, Rebar, Cement, etc) has increased so too has the cost of building this pool.  He pointed out that there are other services within the community that need updating and they too have increased prices for these goods.  Perello pointed out that the Fire Department had requested upgrades to their fire engines and those orders have been put on hold and even orders for new supplies have been canceled due to increased pricing. Council Member Perello requested that the citizens of our community continue to become involved in the process and attend public meetings, as well as contact officials for concerns.  He reiterated that these meetings are all public and accessible to the community.

Harbor Director – Michael Tripp: Director Michael Tripp spoke about the construction of the Hilton Hyatt hotel that is going to be located at the end of Peninsula Rd.  He stated the demolition of the old Casa Sirena hotel has been completed and they are in the process of now working towards creating the rock embankment that will surround the tip of the peninsula.   He spoke about the process and said that the rocks and the mesh beneath the rocks should last a long time.  The next phase will be to start the construction of the building and put an overall 2 to 3-year period to completion.  Director Tripp spoke about the Whales Tail, stating the harbor and county are in a 3-month Exclusive Right to Negotiate (ERN) with a new Whales Tail owner.  Michael Tripp spoke about the Fisherman’s Wharf project and said residents have until November 2nd to submit any public comments about the 3 proposals that were presented to the harbor. Of those 3 proposals, one will be chosen to be presented to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for approval and ultimately enter an ERN with the developer. He also showed slides  3 custom-painted stands where people can put their faces in and take photos, as well as new public binoculars at Silver Strand beach.  He also announced the Parade of Frights Boat Parade (October 29, 2022) and the date of the Holiday Boat Parade (December 10, 2022)

Rene Aiu, Hollywood Beach Community Alliance:  Rene Aiu spoke about the Food Share and Toy Drive.  Rene has emphasized the importance of donating this year, stating that 1 in 6 people in Ventura County is food insecure.  The Holiday Food drive is set for Saturday, December 3rd at Fisherman Wharf.  Rene and FoodShare are looking for donations and volunteers.  An anonymous donor has agreed to match contributions up to $12,000 and Rene asked for donors to increase their contributions by 12%.

Airport Director – Keith Frietas:  Airport Director Keith Frietas gave a presentation on why we have a small airport here and the importance of both Camarillo and Oxnard airports in the bigger (national) picture.  Having small airports around bigger airports is part of the standard for safety and creates less traffic at the bigger airports.  Director Frietas also explained that electric vertical take-off “drones” are steadily coming soon, for example, the flying car & companies are looking for areas to hold this traffic and
Oxnard Airport is a location being looked at.  He explained that a company is considering the Oxnard Airport to display their models and show how this will all work, during the 2028 Olympics (Los Angeles).  He spoke about the Airport noise and concern of air traffic over residential areas here and said they are working with pilots to encourage less touch and go at one location for pilot schools and they are working with pilots to continue working on the flight patterns that limit the number of passes over one
particular location.  The challenge is that there are 36 training schools with high turnover requiring ongoing education to the schools and training pilots. Director Freitas has made a commitment to make significant improvements to the community noise concerns by the end of 2022.


Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club
2600 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035

Or via Zoom

Thursday October 27, 2022

Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6 pm at PCYC and on ZOOM



Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Frank Sullivan/Eric Kramer – White Seabass Operation
Carmen Ramirez – Ventura County Board of Supervisors
Maureen Maguire- Ventura County Farm Bureau


Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club
2600 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035

Or, Join us via Zoom Channel Islands Neighborhood Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting<>. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

May 17, 2022 at 5 PM. Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) Special Presentation to Oxnard City Council

The video below starts at the beginning of the presentation –  timestamp 30:48

The Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council

Channel Islands
Neighborhood Council

Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) 

The Marine Advisory Committee (MAC) of the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council has been asked to make a presentation
to the Oxnard Mayor and City Council
on May 17, 2022 at 5 PM.

Due to a very long agenda, the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, 5/17/22 will now start at 5 PM to handle two presentations.
The regular meeting will commence at 6PM.

Please plan to join us in City Council Chambers at 5 PM at 305 West Third Street, Oxnard wearing blue to symbolize support for clean, swimmable water in our harbor for all Oxnard citizens.

City Council meetings are also televised live over local cable TV on Spectrum Cable (Channel 10) and Frontier Communications (Channel 35) and re-broadcast each weekday beginning at 10:00 a.m. They
are also streamed live on the city’s website and on YouTube.”

The Channel Islands Neighborhood Council is an all-volunteer organization representing the waterfront communities of Mandalay Bay, Harbour Island, Westport, and Seabridge.The Neighborhood Council program was created by the Oxnard City Council to effectively involve members of our communities in our local government decision making process.  Subscribe for updates Click to Subscribe to CINC Updates


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3600 Harbor Blvd.  #137
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March 25 2021 Thursday 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M CINC WATCH the ZOOM Meeting


  • Chair, Audrey Keller
    Oxnard City Manager, Alex Nguyen
  • Marine Advisory Committee MAC
    Report on Harbor Water Quality
    Volunteers – Clean Water Team
  • Community Updates:
    C.I. Harbor Director, Mark Sandoval
    Harbor Visioning – What’s Next
  • Airport flyovers 2020
  • Questions & Comments

CINC held a meeting on March 25th, 2021 on ZOOM

There is a highlight video that plays for about 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting.  The actual meeting starts at about 22:44

You can watch the meeting on zoom:

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Airport Advisory Commission Meeting

CWT Project Team Volunteers Needed


Channel Islands Neighborhood Council (CINC)
Clean Water Team Volunteer Orientation video
Produced and Directed by David Morris
Morris & Son Ent.

CINC Help Wanted!

 Our team needs help – if you can help in any of the ways below please contact us!

CWT Project Team

  • Technical Leader/ Tech Writer
  • Volunteer Trainer
  • Field Operators-Collect samples
  • QA/QC Officer
  • CWT Coordinator
  • Technical Experts
  • Computer Specialist
  • Database Management
  • Data Users
  • Attorney- Environmental
  • Civil Engineer
  • Marine Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Transportation to Lab/Boat
  • Fundraisers, Development Professionals
  • Media / Communications specialists


Can You Help?

Tell us your skills

9 + 3 =

Everyone can help!

Everyone can help keep our harbor clean by doing little things.
Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success! 

Everyone can help monitor

Take pictures and document what you observe.

Scoop up what you can

Use a rake or a net and clean up what you safely can reach!

Algea Clean Up DIY Team

Find out how neighbors are pitching in to scoop it out!
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