January Special!
Medicare prescription drug price controls will produce unintended consequences for everyone else
1/10/2019 9:45:44 PM

By Robert Romano   The Trump administration is pursuing a plan to control prescription drug prices under Medicare via what can only be called price controls. In October, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled a plan for an “international pricing index” that would determine how much Medicare pays out for certain prescription drugs. According to CMS, “CMS is considering testing an alternative payment for included drugs that would apply when [the average sale price] ASP is higher than an international price. Instead of paying based...

I Thought but Then I Unthought
1/10/2019 9:38:58 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   Looking back over my life I honestly can say, giving it a great deal of thought, the biggest problem I have is when I actually think. Thinking can get me into more trouble than anything else I do. This was no more evident than recently we got a phone call from the bank. I hate it when the bank calls because they never call to wish me happy birthday or wonder how in the world I am doing today. They always have an agenda. Usually, that agenda has to do with my money. When I answered the phone all I could say was, “Here we go...

Foul weather shelter is a welcome relief
1/10/2019 8:47:10 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— The rains arrived in Oxnard Jan. 5, and with such an event, the city activated a foul weather shelter at the Oxnard Armory, so its homeless population would be safe warm and dry throughout the storm. Consumers received a warm meal, counseling, medical attention if needed and a place to relax for the evening and even enjoy television at the facility. Site Coordinator Karl Lawson had a busy evening and departed the armory Sunday morning at about 9 a.m. so he could take someone to the hospital. Noe Estrella...

Roses 101 class prepares gardeners for a great 2019
1/10/2019 8:40:39 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Ventura County Master Gardeners braved the chilly weather Jan. 5, and hosted a lively discussion about how to raise roses, called "Roses 101", and have them flourish. The event drew a full house to the Oxnard Farm Park and Historic Museum and became an informative discussion between people with questions about issues that arise during the year, followed by common sense answers that gardeners can put to good use in their yards. Master Gardiner Suzy Palmer gave a history of the rose to the crowd...

New committee system for council is ready
1/10/2019 8:38:26 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com The Oxnard City Council received new committee assignments during its Jan. 8, meeting and is moving forward toward a system they believe will expedite the governing process and allow more vetting for every issue. The new committees will meet for the first time Jan. 22, and the city went to great lengths to get the details ready, so the full body is not meeting until late at night trying to debate the issues. City Manager Alex Nguyen said the first committee would be finance and governance that will have Mayor Tim Flynn as chair,...

Council recognizes Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for 70 years of service
1/10/2019 8:36:45 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council presented a commendation to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church during their Jan. 8, meeting that marked the 70th anniversary of the venue Jan. 12, 2019. Mayor Tim Flynn said it was his privilege to read the commendation and the church provides a lot of services to the community. “In particular, they have an outstanding daycare, and when I say daycare, I should say it’s a nursery, and all of my children attended this facility, and we benefitted greatly from it,” he said. “I...

Riper named Chief Financial Officer
1/10/2019 8:32:59 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen added another key piece to his team and announced during the Jan. 8, city council meeting that Kevin Riper has joined his staff and will be the new Chief Financial Officer. Nguyen said he is “more than thrilled” to have Riper on staff and agreed to take on the city’s challenges. “Mr. Riper comes to us with world class training and he’s earned his degrees from Harvard and Stanford,” he said. “I joke that he came short of the London School...

A look back at the 2018 holiday season in Oxnard
1/3/2019 9:20:37 PM

Children enjoy the snow hill at Channel Islands Park. A child gets into the beat at the Hip-Hop Mindset canned food drive at Plaza Park. Craig Sholes, his wife Maricela and grandkids Owen and Layton Anderson were ready for the parade. The Oxnard Coty Council with its newly elected members are all smiles after the inauguration at city hall. An Oxnard family is ready to meet Santa at his workshop. A youngster gets a kick out of playing Jenga during the Santa at the Station party. Josefina Cantu shows off a doggie bow tie at the...

Heritage Coffee is a rich and full-bodied treat
1/3/2019 8:39:54 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— One of the most pleasant surprises tucked away at Heritage Square is a new decadent treat, Heritage Coffee, that has been a real success story on 7th Street. The business has a homey feel, and people enjoy many different styles of coffee, along with delicious treats while they read, visit or surf the web on their free Wi-Fi hotspot at the location. When you walk in co-owner Theresa Enriquez greets you and makes you feel welcome and said the building inspired her to operate at Heritage Square. As she was...

Gingerbread Fest is a magnificent site
1/3/2019 8:38:10 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard- Christmas ran into extra innings at Heritage Square in Oxnard, as the Annual Gingerbread Fest meant meticulously crafted gingerbread houses that people enjoyed, filling them with the holiday spirit. Local community members and groups worked hard on their creations and competed for the festival’s top honor. The competition took place Dec. 28-30 and included entries entitled “Scouting in an Arctic Wonderland,” the Millennium Falcon and "Home for Christmas" to name a few. The fest also has...