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Public Works and Transportation Committee endorses Transit Center contract
3/14/2019 11:36:41 PM

By Chris Frost  chris@tricountysentry.com  Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee for the City of Oxnard recommended approving the contract with Professional Security Consultants, (PSC), for the transit center at 201 E. Fourth Street, March 12. The contract will not exceed $691,502. Community Development Director Jeff Lambert said the city went through a process to seek a new bidder for the Oxnard Transit Center in Oct. 2018, and they received one bidder, PSC, that already provides service in the downtown area. “What’s before you is...

Finance and Governance committee examines city’s procedural manual
3/14/2019 11:16:45 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee continued its discussion about the city’s procedural manual update, March 12, as the group focused on how an item gets on an agenda, which is currently a cumbersome request.    The group also discussed the body’s mission statement in the manual, which City Attorney Stephen Fischer called a subject, not legal, issue for the body to weigh in on.   “I want to see the committee take a look at where we are going...

Elm Street School celebrates a new beginning
3/14/2019 10:42:57 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard School District opened its doors to a new, renovated school, March 9, as the district held its grand opening at the New Elm Street School.   The new school replaces the original building that is outdated and old, with new state-of-the-art classrooms for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.   Joining in the celebration was the Board of Trustees and dignitaries in the district and the school’s principal, Leticia Ramos participated in the...

Still Standing on the promises of God
3/14/2019 10:08:34 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—It was a celebration of faith, devotion, and values at Saint Paul Baptist Church, March 10, as the congregation held a special mass to celebrate 100 years in service of the Lord.  The event was a sacred occasion, as the celebration included music, cries of joy to the Lord and the readings of Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 9 and 10.  Saint Paul Church got its start in 1919 and was the first African American Church in Ventura County under the leadership of Pastor J. D. Pettigrew.    Fast-forward 100 years...

Ramirez kicks of Board of Supervisors campaign
3/11/2019 2:54:42 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--The race for Ventura County Supervisor kicked off, March 6, as Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez Announced her candidacy at the Ventura County Justice Center with well-wishers ready to start her campaign off right.  The event had a great feel, as the rainstorms cleared in time to announce her bid in the courtyard.  Ramirez is running for the District Five seat held by Supervisor John Zaragoza who reached his term limit.  Ramirez told the large crowd that she was not nervous, at all.  “I am...

RSVP Tai Chi program benefits area seniors
3/7/2019 11:13:10 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Seabridge Community was the place to be, March 4, as a group of RSVP Volunteers led seniors through a great Tai chi exercise, and a labor of love for the organization, which sponsors the event. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art used for self-defense, but also has a health benefit for seniors or anyone who wants to achieve improved balance. The RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) helps seniors stay active and involved by matching them with community non-profits that need their skills. The...

Council approves CAG change
3/7/2019 10:51:41 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council approved changing the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) rules which include a nepotism rule along with verbiage brought up by Councilman Bryan MacDonald that adds excused and unexcused absences to the ordinance. City Manager Alex Nguyen said the ordinance would promote uniformity across all the Citizen Advisory Groups, and create efficiency, staff management and align the CAGS with available resources. “Not all, but most of the CAGS would have seven members,” he said. “They...

Barnes & Noble celebrates Dr. Seuss
3/7/2019 10:44:45 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Ventura—Barnes and Noble rolled out the green eggs and ham, March 2, as the bookstore celebrated Read Across America Day with Seussical stories and special treats and crafts for the kids. The large crowd gathered in the story area and revealed in the adventures, then took their parents out for there own book discovery. Bookseller Wendy Peterson said she’s been reading to the kids for about a year. “I started doing story time in April, of last year,” she said. “I love to read out loud and think...

Saint Paul Baptist Church marks 100 years
3/7/2019 10:34:00 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council paused to give Saint Paul Baptist Church a commendation, March 4, commemorating the venue’s 100th anniversary. Mayor Tim Flynn said Saint Paul was established as the first African-American church in Ventura County at 318 West Seventh Street in 1919 and the first pastor was Reverend J.D. Pedigrew. Committee Chairwoman Angela Timmons told the group the church is excited to be celebrating 100 years of service to the community. “We’ve been here since 1919, and we are a...

Housing and Economic Development Committee looks for short term rental consensus
2/28/2019 9:14:22 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Oxnard Housing and Economic Development Committee had a large crowd show up for its discussion about creating the language for a short-term rentals ordinance in the city, Feb. 26, as the debate got heated at times and did not offer a clear answer. Development Services Director Jeff Lambert reported to the committee that the item has been dormant for a while, and he wanted feedback from the committee about how the ordinance should develop. “Our hope is that we get some clear direction from the council...