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Out of sight, out of mind
5/3/2019 8:08:47 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   Baby dolls, tiny trucks, toy food and dress-up capes. Scattered about the ballroom of a motel in Northeast Washington, D.C., and captured in a Washington Post column by Petula Dvorak, these hallmarks of child’s play are not merely a sign of productive imaginations—they’re evidence of a larger child and family poverty crisis that must end in our affluent nation. Twenty minutes outside the city’s downtown, a stretch of budget motels along a major highway serve as overflow shelters for homeless families in the nation’s...

How well Biden (or any Democrat) might do against Trump won’t be determined by polls
5/3/2019 8:07:33 AM

By Robert Romano   Pollsters love to do general election matchup polls early in the process to figure out which candidates would fare the best against a sitting incumbent president like Donald Trump. The idea is to give primary voters of one party or another an idea of which candidate is the most “electable.” For example, in April 2011, Democracy Corps published a poll that showed Mitt Romney could defeat then-President Barack Obama, 48 percent to 46 percent. In Oct. 2011, another CNN-Opinion Research poll showed Romney leading 50 percent to 45 percent. But...

World Music Fest celebrates life around the globe
5/2/2019 3:22:47 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— The Performing Arts and Convention Center was the place to be, April 27 and 28, as the Central Coast Music Fest brought a crowd that embraced different cultures and art in many forms.   The event was a celebration of music, art, dance, in addition to foods from far away places, and fashions for sale that was unique and distinctive.    NEMA (Neighbors Embracing Multicultural Arts) President Jan Straka organized the event and said the group is a 501c3 holder and received a Legacy Grant for the...

Truck route change approved by the Transportation and Public Works Committee
5/2/2019 2:41:33 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Oxnard Public Works and Transportation Committee learned about a truck route modification on Oxnard Boulevard, April 23, and said the Oxnard City Council could amend the truck route map by resolution.   The item has been championed by Oxnard resident Pat Brown, who speaks about changing the truck route often during city council meetings.   Traffic Engineer Ryan Kim presented the item to the committee and said the modification would eliminate the truck route on Oxnard Boulevard between Gonzales Road and...

Oxnard seniors enjoy nutritious food and fellowship
5/2/2019 2:24:39 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--- Good food and great friends, were the themes at the Wilson Senior Center, April 30, as the group wrapped up a busy morning with a nutritious lunch and fueled up for a busy afternoon.   The meal is prepared daily by a staff of caring professionals, assisted by volunteers who deliver the food and clean up once the meal is done.   Chef Joan Johnson and Joyce Gonzales served beef with portabella mushrooms, green beans, and corn, plus bread.   “Daily they get milk, a fruit of choice and a...

Associated Student Government Luncheon applauds VCCCD leaders
5/2/2019 1:32:36 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) held a big celebration, April 26, as Oxnard College hosted its Associated Student Leadership Luncheon to pay tribute to students who stepped up, met the challenge and made each campus a better place to take the next step in their lives.   The Associated Students from Oxnard, Moorpark and Ventura College enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the Oxnard College Culinary Arts School, and each group shared success stories from the year and received awards from the...

Crimes of the Heart delivers pure entertainment
5/2/2019 1:24:14 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— An afternoon of fun at the Elite Theater Company meant lots of drama, comedy, crime, and lies, all wrapped up in one happily dysfunctional family, made the troupe’s production of Crimes of the Heart fun for theater enthusiasts, April 28.   The Elite Theater Company is part of the Four Star Theater Alliance and promotes a spirit of camaraderie and mutual respect that celebrates the work of the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse, the Conejo Players Theater, the Ojai Art Center Theater, the Santa Paula Theater Center...

Single audit report update labeled an embarrassment during public comments
4/29/2019 1:45:56 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentrey.com Oxnard-- The Finance and Governance Committee received its single audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, and approved sending the report to the full city council on April 23.   Eadie and Payne Client Service Representative Eden Casareno made the presentation about the external audit for the City of Oxnard and said a single audit takes place whenever the city spends $750,000 of its federal awards and it qualifies now and in the past.   “On Jan. 22, we presented the CAFR, (the comprehensive...

St. John’s Regional Medical Center hosts surprise high school graduation to fulfill wish of mother with terminal diagnosis
4/26/2019 12:17:03 PM

By Staff Reports   On Monday, April 8, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) waiting room at St. John’s Regional Medical Center became the backdrop to a very special high school graduation, organized to fulfill a longtime dream of a patient with a terminal diagnosis.  Imelda Landin who is battling ovarian cancer dreamt of the day she would see her only daughter walk on stage and receive her high school diploma. Concerned she would not be able to attend her daughter’s graduation this coming June, Imelda’s daughter shared her mother’s dream with hospital...

Two-wave U.S. flu season is now the longest in a decade
4/26/2019 12:15:04 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes it among the longest seen since the government started tracking flu season duration more than 20 years ago. Some experts likened the unusual double waves to having two different flu seasons...