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Recall Election In South Coast Community To Be Decided By Voters This Week

A long running controversy over wastewater rate hikes which sparked a city council recall effort on the South Coast could be settled this week.

Tuesday is Election Day in Oxnard, with voters deciding whether or not to recall the city’s mayor, and three city council members.

City officials say the rate hikes are necessary to upgrade Oxnard’s aging wastewater treatment season. But, some residents feel the increases to pay for the work are unreasonable, and launched the recall effort. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, but it’s expected most of the city’s 79,000 registered voters who are participating are doing it by mail.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.