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Jordan and Foxx shine in urgent drama 'Just Mercy'
12/27/2019 2:26:17 PM

By Mark Kennedy   There's usually one film that tops lists whenever powerful legal thrillers are debated—“To Kill a Mockingbird,” set in the 1930s. Now comes a film showing how little has changed since then, based on a murder in the same Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote her masterpiece. “Just Mercy “ is the real story of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and his fight to keep an innocent Black man from being executed. It is urgent, searing and powerful, led by a first-rate cast. Though it portrays events more than 25 years ago, it...

Marc Anthony's luxury yacht goes up in flames in Miami
12/27/2019 2:22:41 PM

MIAMI (AP)—A luxury yacht owned by singer Marc Anthony partially sank in Biscayne Bay after it was engulfed by a massive fire that took 45 firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish. No one was injured. The 120-foot (36.5-meter) boat was docked off Miami's MacArthur Causeway at the Island Gardens Marina when it caught fire Wednesday night, fire officials said. Island Gardens Marina spokeswoman Nataly Tovar confirmed the boat belonged to the famous salsa artist. Two crew members were on board at the time of the fire, but they were able to get off safely and were not...

Council okays rule 20A credit sale
12/25/2019 11:19:08 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--The general fund reserve will receive a shot in the arm, as the Oxnard City Council approved the sale of rule 20A credits to the City of Laguna Beach, Dec. 17.   The transfer means an additional $2,181,182.85 for the city that will go into the general fund reserve.   Before the presentation, City Manager Alex Nguyen told the council they committed to this during the 2019-2020 budget cycle.   "I am pleased that Mr. (Adam) Smith worked on this and is here tonight," he...

Council approves successor MOU with SEIU and IUOE
12/25/2019 10:47:35 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council took steps to remain competitive on the work front Dec. 17, and approved contracts with SEIU (Service Employees International Union) and IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers unanimously.   The agreement was the seventh brought before the council and positions the city keep employees, rather than paying for their training, losing them to a better-paying city, then paying for a new batch of employees.   Steve More from the Human Resources Department said the agreements...

Council learns about Oxnard Redevelopment and Revitalization
12/25/2019 10:30:49 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council got a sneak peek at the future of downtown Dec. 17, as the city revealed plans that include mixed-use development, along with new buildings and a walkable corridor that attracts investors and customers.   The report ruffled some feathers during public comments, which drew some terse remarks from the council and the city.    New City America President Marco Li Mandre presented the potential future of Oxnard to the council and said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner, an Oxnard...

Tempers flare at the Oxnard Navigation Center Town Hall
12/25/2019 10:19:52 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The first public outreach about the planned Oxnard Navigation Center, Dec. 18 brought a good-sized crown that expressed frustration about placing the center in the Five Points neighborhood.   Residents lined up and told Mercy House Executive Director Larry Haynes and Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez about the challenges involved with living and working in the area.   The Oxnard Navigation Center will have 110 beds and serve as a year-round 24-hour shelter with shower and laundry facilities....

Hooper’s Heroes celebrate their passion
12/25/2019 10:06:34 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Music, dancing, fun, great characters, and best of all, hula hooping was the driving force behind Hooper's Heroes at the Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme on Dec. 18.   The evening embodied the joyous revelry of childhood, as kids’ hula hooped, shared the characters they created with Hattie Jean Hooper, and exchanged high fives, warm embraces, and mutual respect for each other while parents watched in awe as Jean set the mood and celebrated with the kids.   A Hooper Hero lives by...

Christmas tree & Menorah lighting is a blessing
12/25/2019 9:55:55 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--The holiday spirit rang true on the Oxnard Police Department front lawn, Dec. 23, as the department had an interfaith tree and Menorah lighting ceremony that drew a small, but appreciative, crowd.   The event had much significance, as members of all faiths gathered to celebrate and commemorate the holy season. The department had cookies and hot chocolate for the attendees who joined in prayer.   Police Chief Scott Whitney Scott Whitney welcomed the crowd and said Rabbi Dov Muchnik prayed that it would stop...

Pacifica High School Football honored by city council
12/20/2019 12:50:31 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— The Pacifica High School Tritons earned a significant honor, Dec. 17, after winning the CIF Division 2A State Championship, and receiving a loud ovation from the city council audience as the Oxnard City Council honored them.   Pacifica High School became the first public high school in the county to win a state football championship, Dec. 14, when they defeated Oakland-McClymonds High School at Cerritos College 34-6.   Mayor Tim Flynn introduced the squad and called the visit amazing that they...

12/19/2019 6:56:28 PM

OXNARD, Calif. – Residents and businesses are reminded that City Hall and many City departments will be closed for the upcoming holidays. The holiday office hours are listed below. HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS AND CLOSURES Tuesday, Dec. 24:     City Hall and many offices close at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25:    City Hall and many offices are closed Tuesday, Dec. 31:    City Hall and many offices close at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 1:    City Hall and many offices are...