The Oxnard City Council, Dec. 1, received an informational presentation on the city’s new Public Records Request portal.
The city has experienced a dramatic rise in public records requests over the last 10 years.
“Particularly in the last four years since I have been here,” [City Clerk Michelle Ascension] said. “My first year, 2017, we barely broke 300. This year, we already received 515 requests to date. We expect to receive another 20 more this month. That averages out to about 43 requests a month. Some of the requests are easier than others, but my Assistant City Clerk Simone, who handles these, can attest to the huge task it is to manage all these requests.”