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Oxnard City Hall Locked Down as DA's Office & FBI Conduct Search

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Oxnard City Hall was locked down on Friday while investigators from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant, according to the Ventura County Star.

The investigation is being done in partnership with the FBI, and seems to be focused on business dealings, though there has been no official comment made about what took place yesterday and what the investigation surrounds. Multiple Oxnard officials have been interviewed recently, and during yesterday's lockdown and search, about 15 boxes of files were removed from the premises.

Other city sources said several officials over the past few weeks were asked about companies that had done business with the city, specifically contracts related to large public works projects. Of particular interest was the massive Groundwater Recovery Enhancement and Treatment Program project.

Others speculate that the investigation has to do with former Public Works Director Ken Ortega, who retired in June.