Fifty Years Later, Fair Housing Act Recognized as Factor in Fighting Discrimination
4/26/2018 1:39:16 PM

By Christopher G. Cox   One of the signature achievements of the Civil Rights Era was the passage by Congress in April of 1968 of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Looking back on this historic legislative accomplishment, Majurial “MJ” Watkins, president of the Charlotte Crown Realist Association (CCRA), said that the FHA clearly played a role in helping to make certain that minority buyers and renters would not be discriminated against by sellers, landlords and financial institutions. “While we...

Council Approves Revenue Bonds for Channel Island Apartments
4/18/2018 4:13:04 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   Changes are coming to the 152 multi-family Channel Island rental apartments, as the Oxnard City Council approved up to $45 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to upgrade the facility. After the hearing approval, the city will communicate to the bond issuing authority and recommend approval. Work identified for the project includes new roofing, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, flooring, new electrical fixtures, interior paint, windows, driveway and walkway repairs, and all new landscaping. Oxnard Housing...

Council News and Notes
4/18/2018 4:11:47 PM

By Chris Frost Special for the Tri Country Sentry In news and notes from the April 5, Oxnard City Council meeting, Councilman Oscar Madrigal reported that he missed the previous meeting because he was in Mexico on a mission trip to an orphanage. “It was a great week; it was a great learning experience,” he said. “Not only did I enjoy myself, but the other students that went enjoyed themselves.” He said the group did a great thing. “We learned something from the kids,” he said.  “They have so little, yet they are so...

Los Angeles Plans to Double Spending on Homeless Crisis
4/18/2018 3:40:33 PM

By Michael R. Blood LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles is planning to double its spending on homelessness, with tens of thousands of people living on the streets despite a healthy economy and low unemployment. Homeless encampments have become an all-too-familiar sight in the nation's second largest city, and tents can be found lining blocks in the heart of downtown near City Hall. Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, plans to outline his strategy Monday to contend with the spread of encampments across the city, including investing millions of dollars in trailers and other temporary...

Gov. Brown Suspends Mobile Home Regulations to Help Fire Victims
4/18/2018 3:36:58 PM

SACRAMENTO—Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed an executive order removing barriers to mobile home construction and placement in an effort to help residents displaced by the recent Southern California mudslides and wildfires. The order suspends for three months all regulations included in the state's laws governing mobile and manufactured homes. Brown wrote the order would help “quickly provide housing for those displaced by the wildfires and subsequent mud and debris flows.” It will, for example, halt local zoning laws that could prevent a family from...

Black Community Drowning in Gunfire Questions Parkland Reply
4/18/2018 3:34:31 PM

WEST PARK, Fla.—In a different context, Shevrin Jones might have sounded like a spokesman for the National Rifle Association. Just two days after hundreds of Parkland families cheered on Florida's new gun restrictions, the West Park Democrat stood in front of nodding parents and children in a rec center and called the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act deeply flawed. After all, what good are extended waiting periods to South Florida's minority communities when the shooters who terrorize their neighborhoods are often stealing weapons and buying them on...

One Foot in the Dream, One Foot in the World
4/12/2018 8:20:28 PM

By Sen. Kamala D. Harris Last month, in the middle of this incredibly challenging time for our nation, I had the honor of joining Congressman John Lewis for the annual march commemorating the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. And as we crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, I thought about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. It was 50 years ago this week that Dr. King’s life was cut short. But his impact lives on today in countless ways. When we think of the doors of opportunity that have swung open to people of...

Council Approves City Manager Brochure
4/12/2018 8:05:52 PM

Everyone Is Encouraged to Apply By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   The Oxnard City Council had a lively discussion about its next city manager during its April 3, meeting and voted unanimously to send out its recruitment brochure and open the pool of applicants to everyone but encourage local applications. Mayor Tim Flynn said the council should discuss whether to limit the pool to local applicants. "I hope there are going to be many opportunities for the public to provide input for the future city manager, on the hiring process, and try to...

Council Approves Medical Marijuana Deliveries
4/12/2018 7:58:37 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   On first reading, The Oxnard City Council approved the delivery of medical cannabis within the city limits. Assistant City Attorney Ken Rozell spoke on behalf of the ordinance and said in 1996, California voters approved medical marijuana and also approved non-medical use by people ages 25 and older a few months ago. “The one good thing about the new regulation is that cities and counties still retain the right to determine whether or not they want to allow commercial cannabis uses within their...

The Ventura County Fairgrounds Isn’t All About Corndogs and Carnival Rides
4/12/2018 7:54:10 PM

By Staff Reports “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” the Ventura County Fairgrounds is well known as a great place for 12 days of fun every August, it is known for the host of events throughout the year from dog shows and car shows to swap meets and private events like weddings and quinceaneras. The Fairgrounds stands ready for another very important role all year long - a safe haven during emergencies and at times of natural disaster. The Ventura County Fairgrounds receives no tax dollars or any other State funding. The Fair and maintenance of the Fairgrounds is made...