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Huge community outreach planned for Saviers Road Navigation Center
11/28/2019 8:16:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The conversation about the new permanent site for the Oxnard Navigation Center continues with Ventura County helping the city find a viable location for the center.   The Oxnard City Council approved the lease for the Oxnard Navigation Center at 1258 Saviers Road Nov. 19, by a 5-2 vote.   The location will have 110 beds and serve as a year-round 24-hour shelter with shower and laundry facilities. Additionally, the navigation center will have meal and pet services, housing navigation, and case management...

Consent agenda item draws the ire of Alicia Percell
11/27/2019 5:15:46 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The fur flew again during the Nov. 19 Oxnard City Council meeting, as the body approved a resolution revising the council's policy and procedural manual during the consent agenda portion of the meeting.   Consent agenda items are not usually contentious, but this one drew the ire of Alicia Percell who took exception to the change.    Percell from Moving Oxnard Forward spoke on the subject, and she said it's not clear which rules can be amended by the city council. She spoke about the topic...

Sandoval makes his case for Fisherman’s Wharf
11/26/2019 5:05:11 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The conversation about the city council's rejection of the local coastal plan amendment at Fisherman's Wharf continues with Harbor Director Mark Sandoval telling the council that an alternative plan, like a large retailer, will not work because there isn't enough space.   At a special meeting of the Oxnard City Council on Nov. 7, the council voted 6-1 to deny the local coastal plan amendment for Fisherman's Wharf.    Sandoval said the county started looking for a developer in 2004,...

City of Oxnard holiday closures
11/25/2019 8:08:01 PM

OXNARD, Calif. – Residents and businesses are reminded that City Hall and many City departments will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Nov. 29 and will return to regular office hours on Monday, Dec. 2.  Police and Fire department personnel will be on duty to provide patrol, fire, paramedic and other emergency services for the holiday. For life-threatening emergencies, always call 9-1-1. “If You See Something, Say Something” by calling the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7740 for non-emergencies. Residents are reminded that Spanish...

City's lecture series kicks off with future transportation needs
11/25/2019 5:44:24 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Disruption of Autonomous Cars, Traffic and Parking kicked off the City of Oxnard's lecture series in grand fashion at Oxnard College, Nov. 13, as attendees received a look into the not too distant future as it grapples with a changing world.   The featured speaker was Michigan Mobility Institute Executive Director Jessica Robinson. Co-Founder of the Detroit Mobility Lab, which focuses on building the mobility talent structure necessary that will shape the future in Detroit.   Oxnard City...

Jeff Burum enters race for Ventura County Supervisor
11/22/2019 7:49:42 PM

Oxnard, CA – Jeffrey Burum, a 59-year old former career Air Force officer and businessman officially filed as a candidate for District 5 Supervisor on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, a seat currently held by John Zaragoza who is being termed out in 2020.   “There’s no better way to help than to join with so many people in the community and accept to undertake this task and work together to turn challenges into opportunities,” said Burum. “For several months, I have been meeting and listening to folks from different walks of life,...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard
11/21/2019 9:32:42 PM

By Christopher Weber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered with open containers of fertilizer and rodenticide. A group including U.S. Forest Service rangers, local law enforcement, scientists and conservationists hiked into the so-called trespass grow where nearly 9,000 cannabis plants were illegally...

Swift questions AMAs performance over fight with music group
11/21/2019 9:30:51 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Taylor Swift said Thursday that she may not perform at the American Music Awards and may have to put other projects including a forthcoming Netflix documentary on hold because the men who own her old recordings won't allow her to play her songs. “Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November 2020 are a question mark,” Swift said on Twitter and Instagram. Swift said she had planned to play a medley of her hits when she's named...

Times, actors are changing as 'The Crown' enters 1960s, '70s
11/21/2019 9:29:55 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—“The Crown” opens with a clever acknowledgment that time has passed for Queen Elizabeth II and taken with it the Emmy-winning actress who played her in the Netflix drama's first two seasons. In the scene, postage stamp portraits are displayed for the monarch: one with Claire Foy's likeness as the alluring young queen, the other showing a woman edging toward middle-age mundanity. A subordinate clumsily tries to gloss over the physical differences, but Elizabeth, now embodied by Olivia Colman, will have none of...

Same as it ever was: worker health benefit costs rise again
11/21/2019 9:27:38 PM

By Tom Murphy   In the ever-shifting world of company-provided health insurance, here's a constant: It keeps getting more expensive. Workers may learn that their doctor will no longer be covered or they might have to pay a higher deductible before most coverage begins. Meanwhile, the employer paying most of the insurance bill faces the same big concern every year: The cost will probably rise higher than wages and inflation. Employer-sponsored health insurance is the most common form of health coverage in the United States. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates...