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Trump rally attacked in Ventura
11/5/2020 10:14:31 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Ventura-- The Donald Trump rally at the Ventura County Justice Center was victimized by Black Lives Matter advocates, Nov 1, as occupants of one car assaulted a woman with a mango and knocked her to the ground.   While attendees rushed to the woman's aid, a barrage of full water bottles was thrown at the peaceful celebration of freedom in America.   Ventura Police and first responders responded to the scene quickly and took the woman to the hospital. Unconfirmed reports say the woman suffered a...

Public Works & Transportation approves the third amendment with the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District
11/5/2020 10:12:46 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com     Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee, Oct 27, recommend the City Council approve and execute the third amendment to Agreement A- 7864 with the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District.   The action extends the term from Dec 31, 2020, to Dec 31, 2022, for wastewater transportation and treatment services.   Wastewater Division Manager Jan Hauser said the item is a time extension only, and all the other terms and conditions remain.   The city has a regional...

Public Safety Committee extends the CalVIP grant
11/5/2020 10:11:14 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Public Safety Committee, Oct 27, approved extending the CalVIP grant.   The grant funds are a collaborative partnership between Oxnard City Corps, City Impact, Inc., other public agencies, and community-based organizations that provide funding to staff and the City of Oxnard's Office of Youth Safety.   The grant funds benefit street and community outreach, violence intervention, referrals to services, case management, life guidance, mentoring, community service opportunities, skills...

Ramirez wins Ventura County District Five Supervisor race
11/5/2020 10:01:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com     Oxnard-- Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez has unofficially won the Ventura County District Five Supervisor race over Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn.   With 69 of 90 districts reporting, Ramirez unofficially has 21,428 votes. Flynn received 17,639.   Ramirez ran a campaign based on providing new jobs in the new economy while transitioning away from fossil fuels. Ramirez has taken the no fossil fuel pledge.   She has faced several efforts by big oil political action groups that promoted...

Sean Connery, the 'original' James Bond, dies at 90
11/5/2020 8:09:19 PM

By Jill Lawless   LONDON (AP)—Sean Connery, the charismatic Scottish actor who rose to international superstardom as the suave secret agent James Bond and then abandoned the role to carve out an Oscar-winning career in other rugged roles, has died. He was 90. Connery's wife and two sons said he “died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” in the Bahamas, where he lived. Son Jason Connery said his father had been “unwell for some time.” Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said they were “devastated”...

Netflix raising U.S. streaming prices amid booming growth
11/5/2020 8:08:00 PM

By Michael Liedtke   SAN RAMON (AP)—In a move that is only being hailed by Netflix stockholders, the streaming behemoth is raising most of its U.S. prices by 8% to 13% as its video streaming service rides a wave of rising popularity spurred by government-imposed lockdowns that corralled people at home during the fight against the pandemic. The increases imposed Friday boost the cost of Netflix's most popular U.S. streaming plan by $1 to $14 per month, while a premium plan that allows more people to watch the service on different screens simultaneously will now...

79th California prison inmate dies of COVID-19 complications
11/5/2020 8:05:55 PM

AVENAL, Calif. (AP)—An inmate at a central California prison died of complications from the coronavirus Saturday, authorities said, becoming the state's 79th person to have a fatal case of COVID-19 while they were incarcerated. The Avenal State Prison inmate died at a hospital, the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a news release. The prisoner's name was not released. There have been 15,872 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state prison system, according to online statistics. The virus has killed more than 17,500 Californians and...

Under Trump, citizenship and visa agency focuses instead on fraud
11/5/2020 8:03:39 PM

By Elliot Spagat and Sophia Tareen   SAN DIEGO (AP)—The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant added language about “protecting Americans” instead. L. Francis Cissna argued that America is indisputably a nation of immigrants but that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mission statement wasn't the place to say so. Joseph Edlow, who now oversees...

Letter to the editor ** Aaron Starr strikes again in another attempt to dupe voters **
10/30/2020 6:15:48 PM

Dear Editor, The OPSMA does not often weigh in on political candidates, but in this case feels compelled to make an exception regarding Aaron Starr. In a recent mailer, Starr’s lead points included “Fund Public Safety...Aaron believes we should fund law enforcement…” The OPSMA takes exception to Mr. Starr self-portrayal as a supporter of public safety. His actions and words have told us otherwise. In a public forum last month, we caught Mr. Starr presenting gravely misleading per capita public safety cost comparisons between Oxnard and other cities in Ventura...

Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave
10/28/2020 6:43:08 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—The documentary genre's power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America,” which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice president and the loss of Breonna Taylor. The film depicts a powerful female-driven advocacy, one represented by Black Lives Matter, (hash)MeToo and other 21st-century movements that have built on and transcended past efforts. “There is a newfound language around who gets to claim feminism,” Black Lives Matter co-founder...