Joint Meeting Between Agencies on the Horizon
5/16/2018 12:26:00 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   The Oxnard City Council discussed the possibility of a joint meeting between departments and outside agencies to address issues moving forward during its May 8, meeting. Mayor Tim Flynn said he was going to be terse and to the point about the issue and said some of the agencies that have requested meetings with the city council are at the meeting. "I forgot to acknowledge that Jon Sharkey has been a member of the Port Hueneme City Council, and he has been on the city council for a long time," he said....

Oxnard Mayor Pro Tempore Ramirez Named to National EPA Advisory Committee
5/16/2018 12:24:19 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the appointment of Mayor Pro Tempore Carmen Ramirez, of Oxnard, Calif., to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). The 33-member LGAC helps EPA develop strong partnerships with local governments to provide more efficient and effective environmental protection at the community, state, and federal level. "EPA’s efforts to protect public health and the environment are most effective when the Agency works cooperatively with state and local governments," said EPA Administrator Scott...

Local Boys & Girls Club Receives National Honors
5/16/2018 12:19:40 PM

Oxnard—The Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently honored the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme with a national merit award for program excellence. The Club also received $2,500. BGCOP won an award in the Education and Career Development category for its SeaPerch Program. The award was presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 112th National Conference in San Diego. Merit Awards for Program Excellence, are sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented to lead youth to great...

Honoring Birmingham’s Great Children’s Crusade Which Changed Our Nation
5/16/2018 11:48:09 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “Daddy,” the boy said, “I don't want to disobey you, but I have made my pledge. If you try to keep me home, I will sneak off. If you think I deserve to be punished for that, I'll just have to take the punishment. For, you see, I'm not doing this only because I want to be free. I'm doing it also because I want freedom for you and Mama, and I want it to come before you die.”   This teenage boy overheard talking to his father by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the many hundreds of Birmingham...

A Life Altering Discovery: Mothers Are Not Fathers
5/16/2018 11:44:08 AM

Dr.  James L. Snyder   Celebrating another "Mother's Day,” gave opportunity to reflect on the influence and importance of mothers in our society today. I think for the most part mothers get a bad rap these days, or at least they don’t get the kind of appreciation they truly deserve, and they sure don’t get the pay-package they earn. Of course, if they did nobody could afford a mother. Sometimes it's great to remember the personal influence a person's mother has had on them throughout the years. It was Abraham Lincoln who said,...

Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health
5/16/2018 11:41:06 AM

By Julianne Malveaux While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the all children, provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.,” Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services...

Congresswoman Brownley Announces Local Winner of Congressional Art Competition
5/9/2018 9:47:23 AM

Washington D.C.—Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that Annie Sun, a senior at Newbury Park High School, has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 26th Congressional District. “The level of artistic talent from the Ventura County high school students participating in this year’s competition is truly inspiring,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “This is a great reminder that the arts and creativity play a critical role in young people’s lives and their educational success. Congratulations to everyone...

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Earns TIME 100 ‘Influential’ Honors
5/9/2018 9:46:17 AM

By Freddie Allen   TIME magazine recently honored Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. According to a press release about the honor, “The list, now in its fifteenth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.” Waters said that she was shocked and surprised by the recognition and that she “felt very, very blessed” to receive the honor. In a commentary about the award, “Black-ish” actor Yara Shahidi wrote that,...

Black Unemployment Rate Hit Record Low in April
5/9/2018 9:45:33 AM

WASHINGTON—The unemployment rate for Black Americans fell to a record low in April, though not necessarily for positive reasons. The jobless rate for African-Americans reached 6.6 percent, the lowest level on Labor Department records dating to 1972. Though some of them found work, many others stopped looking for a job and so weren't categorized as unemployed. The government counts people as unemployed only if they're actively looking for work. When fewer people seek a job, the unemployment rate often declines. Though it has improved in recent years, the unemployment...

One-Day Strike Set by LAUSD Workers for May 15
5/9/2018 9:41:49 AM

LOS ANGELES—Custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other support workers at the Los Angeles Unified School District plan to conduct a 24-hour strike on May 15 to protest what they say are unfair labor practices by the school district, a union spokeswoman said Sunday. The tentative one-day strike comes after a vote by LAUSD support workers to authorize a strike late last month, Service Employees International Union Local 99 spokeswoman Blanca Gallegos told City News Service Sunday. The union represents some 30,000 workers, including bus drivers, custodial workers,...