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Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival is a shopper’s delight
7/17/2019 6:44:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Channel Islands Harbor Art Festival was a treat for shoppers looking for special prizes for their home, July 13, as shoppers stocked up on original pieces of art, along with collectibles that you could never buy in a store.   The event featured hand-carved surfboards, art, drawings, wind chimes and jewelry galore, each an original piece of art that each artist created with love and passion for their craft.   Ronda Mills organized the show and made sure there was a diverse collection of art available...

Oxnard is taking steps to eliminate Magic Auto
7/17/2019 6:37:49 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The City of Oxnard is taking steps to end Magic Auto on Oxnard Blvd, which has been a long-standing public nuisance for residents.   The property has empty, non-operational autos, trash, and vagrants living in the empty cars at all its locations, to name a few of the complaints.   The car dealer occupies four addresses on Oxnard Blvd. and since 2008, the Oxnard Police Department has responded to calls for service at the address 492 times. Since 2014, the Oxnard Fire Department has responded to 16 calls...

Nguyen using best practices and key additions to turn Oxnard around
7/10/2019 9:05:34 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The conversation with Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen continues with the struggle the city has with revenue.   With the challenges facing the city about too much need and not enough money, Oxnard does not have a facilities maintenance reserve for all its physical assets.   “This is why I was freaked out about the PACC (Performing Arts and Convention Center),” he said. “We don’t have a fleet replacement reserve, and I know that recently we were able to purchase a couple of fire...

Family fun is a Channel Islands July 4 tradition
7/10/2019 8:51:47 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The perfect follow up to the great Fourth of July Parade was all the activities at Harbor Park, that was a great party well-attended by families.   Kids enjoyed inflatable activities like a rock wall and a trip on the Space Shuttle Enterprise and face-painting, while moms and dads enjoyed plenty of vendors and the Farmer’s Market opened up special for the fourth.   The grills at the park were all active as families spent the day cooking and feeding their families.   Connie Young...

Angry short-term rental owners’ express frustration at Housing & Economic Development meeting
7/10/2019 8:34:59 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The fur flew during the Housing & Economic Development Committee meeting, July 9, as the committee reviewed the proposed short-term rental (STR) ordinance and offered direction to the staff.   The committee advised staff to follow a 5 percent cap guideline for short-term rentals in the city, and two of three members supported a 180-day limit for the units. The city staff removed those limits.   The city council chambers were almost full as residents felt hoodwinked by the city over the way the...

Channel Islands Fourth of July parade is a patriotic spectacular
7/10/2019 8:14:30 PM

By Chris Frost chris@trycountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Fourth of July Parade at Channel Islands Harbor was a pride-filled family event that got everyone into the act displaying their best red white and blue attire.   The kids got into the act; as a parade of bicycles, scooters, and big smiles made their way down the street.   The event is an annual tradition for Channel Islands Harbor, and Public Information Officer Jed Chernabaeff said the community parade had been a tradition for more than two decades.   "A lot of people...

Concerts by the Sea kicks off in bodacious fashion
7/10/2019 7:18:48 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Channel Islands Harbor captured a slice of righteous tunes from the 1980s, July 6, as attendees of the Concerts by the Sea rocked out to the band "80s Invasion" that delivered a high energy interactive show that had hundreds of people dancing and singing.   The group delivered classic hits from Duran Duran, The J Geils Band, The Ramones, and Tommy Tutone's 8675309, to name a few. Each song was more radical than the last. The vast crowd sang along and many dressed in period attire from the...

Campus Park is slated for an upgrade
7/10/2019 7:06:59 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Campus Park behind the old Oxnard High School location on K Street is run down and unused, but the city is taking steps to remedy that situation and is applying for an $8.5 million grant from the State Parks Program Grant to reactivate the space.   The community will play a vital role in the park’s future, as the city is holding community workshops to gather input and make the best choices possible for Oxnard residents.   The next two workshops will be held July 13 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and...

City receives donation from the Ventura County Pangasinan Association
7/5/2019 4:26:15 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council received a donation from the Ventura County Pangasinan Association to improve bus stops and shelters in Oxnard during its July 2, meeting. Mayor Tim Flynn told the crowd the city is grateful for the many organizations that provide financial support for city programs and assets. "When we talk about volunteerism and people giving to the community, we can say they are part of the solution and not part of the problem," he said. "We have to ask ourselves if we are part of the solution or...

Oxnard City Council recognizes Parks and Recreation Month
7/5/2019 3:53:44 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council gave a proclamation designating July 2019 as Parks and Recreation Month during its July 2, meeting. Parks Manager Eric Garwick and Recreation Supervisor Renee Rakestraw led a large contingent up to the dais that Mayor Tim Flynn said was about half the crowd attending the meeting. Cultural and Community Services Director Terrel Harrison led off the comments and said he always gets excited about Parks and Recreation Month. “I am excited because of the people,” he said. “It...