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Low Rent Public Housing and Voucher programs approved by committee
5/27/2021 7:25:41 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The Community Service, Public Safety, Housing & Development Committee, Tuesday, May 25, recommended that the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority adopt a resolution approving and adopting the Low Rent Public Housing Program for the fiscal year 2021-2022.   The committee also adopted a resolution approving and adopting the recommended $25,128,842 operating budget for the Housing Choice Voucher Program and authorized the use of $551,267 of unrestricted cash to fund the projected deficit.   Housing...

Thousand Oaks residents seek high-density vibrant mixed-use
5/27/2021 7:08:11 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Thousand Oaks-- The conversation about the city's preferred land-use map continues with city staff reaching out to the community and asking them for their ideas.   The city's updated land-use map, the first update in 50 years, creates a vision for the city's future, in the long-range, 25 years, and the short-range, eight years.    Community Development Advisor Mark Towne said the strongest preference among community members was mixed-use development with higher density.   "We also got a...

Finance and Governance amends Whistleblower Agreement
5/27/2021 6:53:52 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The Finance and Governance Committee, May 25, approved the Whistleblower Hotline agreement extension.   The agreement authorizes Mayor John Zaragoza to execute a third amendment to the agreement with Price Paige and Company, add three years, and amend its Whistleblower Hotline service rates.   The city council awarded a three-year agreement to Price Paige to manage its whistleblower hotline, conduct internal audit risk assessments, and complete internal audits on June 27, 2017. On December 17, 2019, the council...

Poor Parenting
5/27/2021 6:43:40 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry You have to wonder about parents who always validate their children no matter what they do. Don't get me wrong, you should always love and support your kids, but that doesn't mean they don't need guidance along the way.   For example, my parents praised me highly when I struck out the final batter the day my team won the minor league green division Little League World Series in 1970. But at the same time, when I got shocked with huge home run bombs and lost in the playoffs and was upset because I didn't agree with the...

Floyd's death laid bare the 'Minnesota Paradox' of racism
5/26/2021 6:17:55 PM

By Steve Karnowski   MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—George Floyd's death under a white Minneapolis police officer's knee severely tarnished Minnesota's reputation as a progressive state on matters of race. Many Black residents say it was never deserved in the first place. The state's seemingly polite exterior, exemplified by the nickname “Minnesota Nice,” has long concealed some of the country's worst racial disparities—especially when it comes to employment, housing and education. As the state on Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of...

Japan opens mass vaccine centers 2 months before Olympics
5/26/2021 6:11:55 PM

By Mari Yamaguchi   TOKYO (AP)—Japan mobilized military doctors and nurses to give shots to elderly people in Tokyo and Osaka on Monday as the government desperately tries to accelerate its vaccination rollout and curb coronavirus infections just two months before hosting the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is determined to hold the Olympics in Tokyo after a one-year delay and has made an ambitious pledge to finish vaccinating the country’s 36 million elderly people by the end of July, despite skepticism it’s possible. Worries about public safety...

George Floyd Foundation awards $25,000 for scholarships
5/26/2021 6:09:20 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP)—The George Floyd Foundation presented a $25,000 check Friday to a historically Black college in North Carolina that will be used for scholarships for students. Fayetteville State University Chancellor Darrell T. Allison announced the gesture during an on-campus presentation Friday. “This act by the Floyd family is indeed a testimony to their desire to make certain not only that the name lives on, but that his name remains memorialized in a most meaningful way for the generations to come,” Allison said. Floyd's sister, Bridgett...

CNN cuts ties with Rick Santorum over disparaging comments
5/26/2021 6:06:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—CNN is cutting ties with former Republican senator and current TV analyst Rick Santorum over disparaging comments he made about Native American culture. On CNN, Santorum was a senior political commentator who was often tasked with giving the Republican point of view during campaign coverage. His parting ways with the network was confirmed Saturday by Alison Rudnick, vice president of HLN Communications and CNN Diversity and Inclusion. He sparked controversy in an April 23 speech before the Young America's Foundation, a conservative youth organization....

We are One Market is shopping fun
5/20/2021 5:15:40 PM

By Chris Frost Oxnard-- Shopping fanatics got their fix, Saturday, May 15, as vendors at the We Are One Market put their best foot forward to please every patron.   Attendees got their choice of great prizes and customer service. Many vendors were displaced workers laid off due to Covid-19, but rather than sitting home and hoping for a change, these vendors took the initiative and have parleyed the change into a new career.   Event coordinator Leslie Herrera brought her Aurora's Line of products, including fake eyelashes, a big seller, leather earrings,...

Council approves cost abatement report
5/20/2021 4:43:24 PM

By Chris Frost Oxnard-- The city council, Tuesday, May 17, held a public hearing and approved a cost abatement report in the city.   The action directs City Manager Alex Nguyen or designee to file a certified copy of the cost report with the Ventura County Auditor-Controller.    Code Compliance Manager Roger Brooks did the video for the council, and he said they have one abatement for cost recovery that occurred at 6200 Perkins Road, owned by the CLARENCE W. HAACK LIVING TRUST, to remove a large homeless encampment on the 12-acre site. The hearing was...