Oxnard is served by the St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Community Memorial Healthcare System–Centers for Family Health. St. John’s, a 266-bed facility on a 48-acre parcel in northeast Oxnard, offers comprehensive medical services including cardiac care, pediatric and maternity services and a 23-bed acute rehabilitation center along with an oncology care center and an emergency room. St. John’s Regional Medical Center employs more than 1,100 people and has a medical staff of more than 200 physicians representing every medical specialty. The center was established in 1912 in Oxnard and relocated in 1992. The facility is linked to a 90,000-square-foot office building. The Medical Pavilion at St. John’s houses doctors’ offices, an outpatient surgery center and the St. John’s Cancer Center.
Community Memorial Healthcare System currently has three Centers for Family Health located in Oxnard. The centers are staffed by board-certified physicians and compassionate medical professionals— many who are bilingual—who provide a large array of services including family practice, pediatrics and obstetrics. Most of the centers feature state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including X-ray, EKG and ultrasound testing machinery.
Oxnard is the largest coastal city between Los Angeles and San Jose, with a population of more than 200,000. Oxnard’s crime rate has been decreasing incrementally since 2003.
In 2004 Oxnard ranked as the fifth-safest city in the United States among cities with populations between 150,000 and 200,000.
The crime rate in Oxnard has dropped nearly 60 percent since 1992 with violent crime dropping by more than 50 percent since 1992. Oxnard’s residential burglary rate has declined by more than 80 percent since the inception of the city’s nationally recognized neighborhood watch program.
Oxnard’s crime rate is lower than many cities in California including Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura. The Oxnard Police Department has nearly 400 employees and an annual operating budget of nearly $52 million. The department serves a diverse community of over 200,000 people and covers more than 26 square miles.
Oxnard is located 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 35 miles south of Santa Barbara on U.S. 101, a major north/south transportation corridor. Major state highways providing access to Oxnard include Highway 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway) and Highway 126, which offers a connection with Interstate 5 (the Golden State Freeway) 27 miles east. More than 50 scheduled truck lines, contract carriers and air cargo haulers serve Oxnard.
Waterborne commerce is provided at the Port of Hueneme adjacent to the City of Oxnard. The Port of Hueneme is the only deepwater harbor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The port, governed by the Oxnard Harbor District, is designated a U.S. Port of Entry. Grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security helped enhance security at the port.
Oxnard Airport is classified as a non-hub commercial service airport with commuter flights currently serving Los Angeles International Airport. The airport is home for one full service fixed base operator providing services such as aircraft charters, aircraft maintenance and pilot supplies.
Charter services are provided by Aspen Helicopters. The airport also hosts several car rental agencies and shuttle van service to Los Angeles International Airport. The airport is conveniently located a mile and a half west of Oxnard’s business district and within a three minute drive from the beach. There are several historic attractions within a twenty minute drive from the airport; there are three shopping malls located within a few minutes drive from the airport, along with three golf courses.
The Oxnard Transportation Center is a spacious and modern rail station providing connections to local and distant transit services. This regional multimodal transportation facility offers connections between Los Angeles, Metrolink commuter rail service and Amtrak.
The Oxnard Transportation Center showcases an indoor passenger waiting area complete with concessions, public telephones, comfortable seating, restrooms and security service. Metrolink passengers may also utilize partially enclosed outdoor waiting accommodations on the rail platform.
Bus patrons will find eight centrally located bus stops providing convenient connections between regional service providers and local bus routes. Gold Coast Transit provides fixed route and paratransit services within Oxnard and in surrounding communities. The service area is approximately 91 square miles with a population of 375,000.
Ventura Intercity Service Transit Authority (VISTA) provides bus service along seven regular routes, including highways 101 and 126. VISTA serves most of east and west county cities, Santa Barbara, California State University Channel Islands, and has a connection at Woodland Hills-Warner Center.