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Situated along a beautiful stretch of Pacific coastline, Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County. The City is located about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara.
As you enter Oxnard, the first thing you're likely to spot is the surrounding farmlands. With its patchwork of crops and orchards nestled along a narrow coastal plain, Oxnard boasts some of the richest agricultural land in California. A mix of climate, rich topsoil, adequate water and a long harvest season provide favorable conditions for such high-value crops as strawberries. Farmers can often grow double, sometimes triple, crops on the same piece of land during a year.
With such fertile lands, it stands to reason that Oxnard enjoys temperate weather throughout the year. In fact, weather conditions here remain fairly constant:
Average Oxnard annual high temperature: 73 degrees
Average Oxnard annual low temperature: 51 degrees
Average Oxnard annual rainfall: 14.75 inches
Based on California Department of Finance (Demographic Research Unit) Population Estimates, and US Census (2000), the City of Oxnard is the 20th largest City in California (475 Cities) and the 120th largest City in the United States. According to Official State Estimates as of January 1, 2002, the Population of the City of Oxnard is 182,027, with a total of 48,217 Housing Units.
In the years since incorporation in 1903, Oxnard has gone from cattle grazing, to sugar beets and beans, to orchards, to more intensive farming with several crops grown in a single year, to servicing the defense industry, and finally to diversified industrial, housing, and commercial development.
Oxnard has developed a General Plan for the City that strikes a balance between the beauty of our agricultural heritage, while continuing to accommodate dynamic changes.
Oxnard's population has grown significantly in the last fifty years providing many challenges to local government and to its' residents, while offering many opportunities for the enterprising, forward-thinking business people. Through all these changes, Oxnard has remained a "business-friendly" community.
A brand new, state- of- the art high school opened in 1995. A new junior high school and several new elementary schools have recently been completed. Oxnard has many recreational amenities including city tennis courts and the River Ridge Public Golf Course.
Oxnard / Port Hueneme area has the only deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Amtrack and Greyhound bus services operate out of a modern Transportation Center. The Oxnard local general service airport provides commuter flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Many new shopping areas have also been developed. Oxnard downtown has been enhanced with the development of Heritage Square, a collection of historic houses that have been relocated and refurbished and Oxnard also have plans for a new multiplex theater in downtown.
Port Hueneme (pronounced "Wy-nee'mee") is a seaside community in Ventura County, California. Port Hueneme is located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 40 miles south of Santa Barbara. The City's name derives from a Chumash word (Wene'mu) that means "resting place". Today's Port Hueneme is located halfway between two larger Chumash settlements, today's Malibu and Ventura. The first post office in the community was in Wynema. When Thomas R. Bard laid out the town in 1872, he called it Hueneme. The name was changed to Port Hueneme after the Port of Hueneme was built in 1939.
Incorporated in 1948, Port Hueneme has a 5-member City Council which functions as the policy making governmental body. The five individuals serve staggered four-year terms in office, with the Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tem being selected by the City Council each year. City services are structured around eight departments: City Administration, Community Development, Finance, Housing and Facilities Maintenance, Police Department, Public Works, Recreation and Community Services, and Utility Services.
The City of Port Hueneme has seen much dramatic progress since its incorporation. Residents consistently cite the high quality of life offered due to planned development, excellent public facilities and responsive City services as being primary reasons for choosing to live in the City. A commitment to maintain high standards for a clean and attractive appearance of the City continues to be a major priority. The importance of preserving and enhancing existing amenities to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the community is recognized as well.
The City of Port Hueneme employs 125 individuals on a full time basis, and has a total budget of approximately $33 million.
Port Hueneme became a Charter City effective December, 1996, following Port Hueneme voter approval in the November, 1996 election.