iPorit to Install Self-Serve Beer Wall at Tap’d, New Ventura Location
8/2/2018 8:19:24 PM

VENTURA—Tap’d, a craft beer taproom, will open its doors early September 2018. It will be the first and only self-serve taproom using iPourIt self-serve technology in Ventura, California. iPourIt will install a beer wall consisting of 43 self-serve taps.  Co-Owner Sean Ardoin first discovered the self-serve model when he visited Pour Taproom in Santa Cruz, Calif. in June 2017. Ardoin partnered up with his uncle-in-law and owner of American Plastic Corp., Robert Washington, also CEO of Tap’d. Within a few months of the idea conception, Washington contacted...

Oxnard to Present Preview of Cutting Edge Film Festival, Sight + Sound
8/2/2018 8:16:24 PM

OXNARD—In conjunction with the City of Oxnard, The Oxnard Performing Arts Center (The PACC) will hold a preview party for a new regional film festival called, Sight + Sound, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. This preview party is a sneak peek event to the actual festival itself which will take place from Aug 16 to Aug. 18, 2019, completing The PACC’s yearlong 50th anniversary series of celebrations. The Sight + Sound preview party will include the vinyl mixings of DJs Math Controla and JTran. Their mix of music will welcome attendees as they enter the theater,...

Americans in Blended Families Cope with Toll of Deportation
8/2/2018 7:33:08 PM

By Matt Sedensky   BOCA DEL RIO, Mexico (AP)—It's almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, she still gives regulars a warm welcome, and around the dinner table at night, she beams when she sees what her family managed to cook. But Stegall's face only appears on a screen, and her words come in unreliable cell connections and a barrage of texts. Lives once lived together are...

Council Approves Internal Control Standards
7/26/2018 9:07:29 PM

Action sets in motion fixes for critical findings by the city's independent auditor By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry OXNARD—The Oxnard City Council approved new internal control standards designed to move the community forward on the administrative level and get the finance and city manager’s office back on track during the July 24, meeting. The framework components are the control environment for the city council, risk assessment which looks toward the future and responds, to control activities that specifically addresses the risks you...

Council Approves Road and Railways Contracts
7/26/2018 8:56:03 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry Road and intersections in Oxnard took a step forward during the July 24, city council meeting, as the group awarded and authorized Mayor Tim Flynn to execute Agreement A-8088 in the amount of $1.561 million for the Auto Center Commercial Neighborhood Street Resurfacing Project PW 17-07 with Toro Enterprises, Inc. The council also approved $156,085 for project contingency, plus an additional $156,085 for construction engineering inspection survey and project management for the work, and appropriated $92,000 from the street...

Homegirl Cafe Offers 'Platos' by Ex-Gang Members with Hope
7/26/2018 8:33:15 PM

By Russell Contreras   LOS ANGELES (AP)—In a different time, at another place, and under other circumstances, you might have run away from Latisha Valenzuela and Glenda Alvarenga. But at Homegirl Cafe, a Los Angeles breakfast and lunch spot with a Latino twist, the two waitresses welcome you with smiles and friendship. “You alone?” Valenzuela asked when I recently visited. “Don't worry. We'll keep you company.” After seating me, she tells me, “you'll want our cinnamon coffee. We make it ourselves.” She says it as if...

Apple Fritter: The Fruit of My Choice
7/26/2018 8:17:57 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Most people in America pride themselves on the ability to make their own choices. “Freedom of Choice,” is the cry you hear all around our country these days. Yet, most people do not have the freedom of choice they think they have. Somebody is influencing the choices they make without them realizing they are being influenced. That is called marketing. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were watching television the other night, trying to watch a favorite TV program. Finally, from an end of the room that was not my end, came...

Council Seeks More Input About Gang Injunctions
7/20/2018 3:11:26 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   OXNARD—The Oxnard City Council postponed taking action and changing its gang injunction ordinance July 17, as the group decided to take more time to engage the community with the help of the Oxnard Police Department. In response to an increasing gang presence throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the City of Oxnard obtained its first civil gang injunction against the Colonia Chiques gang in June of 2005. The city got a second gang injunction against the Southside Chiques gang in October of...

Council to Act on Grand Jury Report
7/20/2018 3:08:44 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry.   OXNARD—The Oxnard City Council authorized the mayor, city clerk and city attorney to respond to the Ventura County Grand Jury “Campaign Sign” report during its July 17, meeting. According to city documents, the grand jury published a report regarding campaign sign placement policies in five cities in Ventura County, including the City of Oxnard.  The city is required to respond to specific findings, conclusions, and recommendations in the grand jury report. The grand jury recommended the...

Council Amends Alcohol Consumption in Public Places
7/20/2018 3:06:17 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   OXNARD—During its July 17, meeting, the Oxnard City Council approved the first reading by title only and waive further reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 7, Article VIII, Section 7-125 of the Oxnard City Code regulating alcohol possession and consumption in public places. The amendment revises the codified 1998 city code, and the city revisits the item every 10 years. Deputy City Attorney Jason Zaragoza there is a minor amendment to the existing ordinance. “The 2008 amendment prohibits...