Oxnard is the largest city in Ventura County and the 22nd most populous city in California. Incorporated in 1903, Oxnard lies approximately 60 miles west of downtown Los Angeles and is part of the larger Greater Los Angeles area.
It is at the western edge of the fertile Oxnard Plain. Oxnard has a Council-Manager form of government, and in 2017 the Council transitioned to a District-based election system and expanded the Council from five to seven members. In March of 2020, the residents passed Measure B with over 70% of voters in favor of multiple reform measures for candidate campaigns and city government. One of the changes included the change of the Mayor seat from a two-year term to a four-year term.
The current Mayor is John C. Zaragoza, who was termed out from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and began his term in December of 2020. City Council members are Bert Perello (District 1), Gabe Teran (appointed) (District 2), Oscar Madrigal (District 3), Mayor Pro Tem Bryan MacDonald (District 4), Gabriela Basua (District 5), and Vianey Lopez (District 6). The City Manager is Alexander Nyguen who joined the city in 2018.