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Oxnard organizational effectiveness is part of its five-year plan
1/14/2021 11:42:16 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The conversation about where the city's five-year plan has been and where it's going in the future continues with the council sorting out its responsibilities over the next five years.   City Manager Alex Nguyen outlined broad categories from the 2016-2020 period that he said makes perfect sense for this or any community.   He made one crucial point to concentrate on the city's organizational effectiveness to deliver on the council's priorities over the next five...

First Ken Jennings-hosted ‘Jeopardy!' episode to air this week
1/13/2021 7:19:11 PM

CULVER CITY—The first episode of "Jeopardy!"' hosted by Ken Jennings will air Monday. Jennings will be the first of what the show described as "a series of interim guest hosts from within the ‘Jeopardy!' family," to fill the role held by Alex Trebek since its syndicated revival began in 1984. "By bringing in familiar guest hosts for the foreseeable future, our goal is to create a sense of community and continuity for our viewers," executive producer Mike Richards said. Trebek died Nov. 8 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80....

Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey among winners at inaugural Super Awards
1/13/2021 7:15:42 PM

LOS ANGELES—Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx was among the winners at inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards which was broadcast Sunday evening. The ceremony honored superhero, science-fiction/fantasy, horror, action and animation movies and television programming. Foxx won for best voice actor in an animated movie for supplying the voice of Joe Gardner, a passionate jazz pianist and music teacher whose soul gets separated from his body after an open manhole accident in the Pixar computer-animated fantasy comedy-drama "Soul." "Soul" also had the best voice actress...

The ‘Ashley Madison-Who?’ Defense
1/13/2021 7:12:05 PM

Man alleges ‘model' he dated was part of fraudulent matchmaking scheme LOS ANGELES—A businessman is suing three women he alleges were involved in a scheme to dupe him into thinking he was dating a fashion model, who in reality turned out to be a "grifter" with a pornographic presence on social media. Stephen J. Cloobeck's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit names as defendants matchmaker Katherine Abigail Le; Stefanie Gurzanski, the woman Cloobeck dated; and Gurzanski's friend, Adrianna Suchor. Cloobeck alleges fraud, theft, unjust enrichment...

U.S. ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans
1/13/2021 7:10:28 PM

By Lisa Marie Pane   WASHINGTON D.C.—The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination effort in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people. After a frustratingly slow rollout involving primarily health care workers and nursing home residents, states are moving on to the next phase before the first one is complete, making shots available to such groups as senior citizens, teachers, bus drivers, police...

China: WHO experts arriving for virus origins probe
1/13/2021 7:09:04 PM

BEIJING (AP)—Experts from the World Health Organization are due to arrive in China this week for a long-anticipated investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said. The experts arrived on Thursday and met with Chinese counterparts, the National Health Commission said in a one-sentence statement that gave no other details. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the experts will travel to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China had...

District Two seat debate goes off the rails
1/7/2021 4:36:39 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council on Dec 5, deadlocked on replacing Former Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez.   After reviewing Robert's Rules of Order, Mayor Pro Tem Bryan MacDonald changed his vote, so option three, which appoints someone right away, followed by an election in Nov., was approved.    The first vote split 3-3 to appoint someone right away and hold an election in Nov.   The council also tied 3-3 on a vote to appoint someone right away without an election.   The...

City reviews its five-year priorities
1/7/2021 4:33:18 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricoountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The City Council received a summary report on its 2016-2020 five-year priorities, Jan. 5, that was adopted by the group on May 17, 2016.   The group also looked ahead at the 2021- 2025 priority-setting framework and offered feedback to the staff.   The city's 2016-2020 priorities were inspirational, but it also experienced plenty of organizational troubles.   The item was informational and did not require any decisions by the council.    City Manager Alex...

Nguyen addresses Infrastructure Use Fee ruling
1/6/2021 1:34:07 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricoountysentry.com   Oxnard-- In his Jan 5 report to the City Council, City Manager Alex Nguyen addressed the Infrastructure Use Fee (IUF) court decision and acknowledged different law interpretations.   Aaron Starr and Alicia Percell from the group Moving Oxnard Forward maintained that the money the city received from the Infrastructure Use Fee being transferred into the general fund was unlawful and violated "the California Constitution, particularly Proposition 218."   "Judge Matthew Guasco issued his...

Council changes committee system
1/6/2021 1:30:27 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The City Council reorganized itself, Jan 5 and changed meeting times for the committee system.   The committees will still meet every other week but will do so in the evening, after 5 p.m. due to the voters' passed Measure M on Nov 3.   The committee number will change from five to three and meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.   Two council members will be needed for each committee. Mayor John Zaragoza will serve on all three committees.   City...