State Treasurer John Chiang Could Become the Next Governor of California
4/5/2018 3:59:14 PM

By Madlen Grgodjaian California Black Media   John Chiang, the 33rd State Treasurer of the Golden State, is determined to become California’s next governor. In his role, the 55-year-old Democrat oversees trillions of dollars in annual transactions and is the largest issuer of municipal bonds. Chiang began his career as a tax law specialist and later served two terms on the California State Board of Equalization, including three years as chair. He is prepared to take on political opponents to become California’s first Asian-American...

Council Approves Parklet Pilot Program
4/5/2018 3:55:55 PM

By Chris Frost Special for the Tri County Sentry   The City of Oxnard discussed and passed on first reading, the two-year pilot program for the city during its. March 27, City Council meeting. City Planner Doug Spondello spoke on behalf of the city's parklet program and said it is the latest capital improvement project. The project got its start in 2016, he said, when they presented the downtown vision plan to the city council. The council approved the parking management plan, downtown land-use policies and design and design guidelines, he said, which...

REMEMBER (THE TRUTH ABOUT) THE ALAMO
3/29/2018 9:08:33 PM

By Oscar H. Blayton On a Saturday evening in February 1955, like a million other kids in America with their eyes glued to black and white televisions, I sat watching Walt Disney's version of the Battle of the Alamo. What we saw was the popular actor Fess Parker portraying a heroic Davy Crockett on the ramparts of the famous old Spanish mission battling Mexican soldiers in the defense of freedom. What I did not know at the time was that the history surrounding this battle, and the role of Americans in the early history of the Mexican republic, was being extremely...

Black Women Need Better Access to Reproductive Healthcare
3/29/2018 9:04:25 PM

By Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley I’ve been a practicing OB/GYN for nearly 15 years, long enough to see patient after patient struggle through the web of systemic barriers that make accessing healthcare needlessly difficult. At my practice in Baltimore, in a state that is a national trailblazer in providing comprehensive and affordable reproductive healthcare, I still hear every day from women who struggle to get the care they need. My patients have told me stories about having to take three buses to get to an appointment, only to be turned away, if they are late. Some patients...

Tens of Thousands Turn Out for Downtown L.A. Gun Control March
3/29/2018 8:53:43 PM

LOS ANGELES—Tens of thousands of people marched in downtown Los Angeles in solidarity with the Florida high school mass shooting survivors to advocate for stronger gun control laws. Marchers of all ages crowded into the area around City Hall Saturday carrying banners and signs, some of which said "Protect Kids Not Guns" and "Arms Are For Hugging." Police officers on the scene put the early crowd estimate at least 40,000 and growing. Organizers said they anticipated as many as 200,000 people. The march was one of hundreds taking place around the world...

Lemonwood Elementary Has a Soft Opening
3/29/2018 8:42:13 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   In comments by the Oxnard City Council, March 6, Councilman Oscar Madrigal said there was a soft opening at Lemonwood Elementary School. “I could not be there, but I did have the pleasure of taking a pre-tour about two weeks ago with the principal, Miss Wennes and she is doing a great job,” Madrigal said. He viewed the classrooms and said they are marvelous. “I’m jealous of everything that school has,” he said. “I am a graduate of Lemonwood School, way back in 1996 and the...

Traffic System Moving Forward, Engineer Says It's Running at 90 Percent
3/29/2018 8:40:04 PM

By Chris Frost Special for the Tri County Sentry   The Oxnard City Council received the latest information about the intelligent traffic system (ITS) during its Tuesday, March 16, meeting. “Mayor Tim Flynn said the update went to the transportation policy committee. Traffic Engineer Justin Link said the city finalized its ITS (Intelligent Traffic System) Master Plan in 2008, which included 38 miles of underground conduit, 32 miles of fiber optic cable and six miles of twisted pair copper. He said it also included six miles of fixed wireless...

Play Directed, Produced and Performed by Teens to Debut at Hillcrest Center for the Arts
3/29/2018 8:14:58 PM

THOUSAND OAKS—True Hazel Productions presents THE OUTSIDERS, a play written by Christopher Sergel based upon the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The play is directed by Micah Meyers and presented April 6 – 8, 2018. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm, at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts, located at 403 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks. This play is presented by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company and is performed in the Theatre on the Hill, inside the Center. A teen gang in rural Oklahoma, the...

Civil Rights Groups Sue Homeland Security over Targeted Surveillance
3/29/2018 8:03:48 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   On March 19, several civil rights groups filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the contents of the agency’s redacted memo referred to in government documents as the “Race Paper.”  The Center for Constitutional Rights along with Color of Change first uncovered the existence of the “Race Paper” after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The advocates maintain that the existence of the “Race Paper,” and other...

After Hurricane Maria, Schools across Puerto Rico Recover Slowly
3/29/2018 8:01:20 PM

By Tatyana Hopkins   LOÍZA, Puerto Rico—Thousands of students in Puerto Rico have settled back into classrooms after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island in September, knocking out electricity to the island and closing all of its 1,100 schools. But, reopening the schools once used as shelters and community centers in the storm’s aftermath has proven to be a small step towards normalcy, as the island inches towards recovery. Though schools are open, little progress has been made in their recovery, and many schools are left still improvising to cope...