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People are dying of overdoses as pandemic limits treatments
7/30/2020 11:36:50 AM

By David Travis Bland   COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—As the mounting death toll from the coronavirus grabs headlines, a quieter killer has fed off the isolation induced by the virus. Drug overdoses have sharply risen in South Carolina, according to South Carolina agencies that track deaths. The upturn in overdoses follows the ascension of COVID-19 cases since March, when the virus was first detected in the state. The trend has led addiction specialists to believe the virus has not only forced people in drug recovery to distance themselves from treatment but also has lured...

Cool weather doesn't deter beachgoers
7/29/2020 12:51:49 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- It was an overcast and chilly day, July 26, but when you factor in Covid-19 cabin fever, that negated the need to get out and enjoy the beach at Silver Strand.   A large crowd gathered at the kids' beach, just down the block from the big beach, and despite the weather, they took the plunge and decided to take a swim.   Kids played in the sand and had a blast in the water while parents sat on the sidelines and tried to keep warm.   Deborah Bernhardt braved the weather, and she was...

Finance & Governance okays APT Exeloo Prefabricated Restrooms
7/29/2020 12:42:34 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard--The Finance & Governance Committee, July 28, approved the purchase of prefabricated self-cleaning and flushing automatic restrooms for future park projects unanimously.   Prefabricated restrooms will be the new city standard is it moves forward with future projects as they replace or add new restrooms with a minimal footprint.   The city chose APT Exeloo, a prefabricated restroom company for $214,739. They outbid the Public Restroom Company, which are also prefabricated restrooms and cost...

Sher touts her equity and access program to stop the school to prison pipeline
7/29/2020 12:37:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Zoom interview between Ventura County District Five Supervisor Candidate and Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and Karen Sher, President of the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Trustees, continues with the Schools and Communities First ballot question, which Ramirez endorses.   Sher and Ramirez discussed reopening schools and the potential threat to the health and well-being of students and teachers, along with digital learning, adjusting to electronic platforms, and wishing for a return to...

Public Works & Transportation approves amended resolution for seawall funding
7/29/2020 12:35:25 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Public Works & Transportation Committee, July 28, approved an amended resolution for seawall funding in Mandalay Bay and committed to 50 percent funding unanimously.   The committee also directed the city staff to work with Mandalay Bay and iron out all the details of the funding mechanism.   The original resolution committed the city to share 50 percent of the cost if the Mandalay community forms a community facilities district (CFD) to satisfy its obligations for the other 50...

Oxnard School District keeps the kids fed
7/29/2020 12:32:42 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—Parents and kids made their way to Lemonwood Elementary School, July 27, as the Oxnard School district wrapped up its summer meal program and gave those attending much-needed supplies.   Lemonwood, Driffill, RJ Frank, and Freemont elementary schools provided the lunches.   The distribution started at the outset of Covid-19 in March and supports people who may have been affected by the virus and lost their job or anyone else from the school district who has a need. Many parents work in the...

Nguyen announces City Manager approved contracts
7/24/2020 9:59:12 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- In his report to the city council, July 21, City Manager Alex Nguyen disclosed a list of city manager approved contracts.   The item was fueled by Nguyen's desire to be transparent and forthcoming with residents and is something he started doing when he arrived at city hall.   The item was informational, and Mayor Tim Flynn applauded the item as a step forward to a transparent city government.   Nguyen provides the information twice each year under his authority. The item is not...

Sher advocates for broadband
7/24/2020 9:56:51 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Zoom interview between Ventura County District Five Supervisor Candidate and Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and Karen Sher, President of the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Trustees, continues with homeless kids who need education and the challenge of the Google Classroom.   The duo discussed challenges involved with distance learning, protecting the kids and teachers as we continue to battle Covid-19 and dealing with school closures and returning the kids to class when it is...

Covid-19 affects all of us
7/23/2020 3:29:50 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- You know what, this week's editorial started on Saturday night, although it didn't become obvious to me until Sunday afternoon.   As most of you know, I spend a lot of time traveling around Oxnard and the surrounding area reporting on life in our little corner of the world. As I was looking into a place to go on Sunday, it popped up on my computer that July 19 is National Ice Cream Day!   I thought, oh boy, everyone loves ice cream, and this will make a fun story getting people to talk...

Charlize Theron, other celebs ask Feds to probe student's 2010 killing
7/23/2020 3:07:14 PM

By Alana Durkin Richer   HOLLYWOOD—Rihanna, Jay-Z, Charlize Theron and other celebrities are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the death of 20-year-old Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Black football player at Pace University killed by a white police officer in New York nearly a decade ago. In a letter sent this week to Attorney General William Barr, the entertainers say Henry, who was from Easton, Massachusetts, “lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no good explanation.” The case remains an “unhealed...