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Retail cannabis ordinance text amendment survives Planning Commission vote
8/23/2019 1:27:09 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Cannabis shops in Oxnard moved closer to reality, Aug. 15, as the Planning Commission passed a text amendment to the cannabis ordinance with a 4-3 vote.   Commissioner Wilfredo Chua made a friendly amendment to the ordinance that included a 600-foot buffer for retail shops from residential areas, with the exemption of mixed-use. Commissioner Orlando Dozier and Commissioner Jeremy Meyer rejected the motion because of the 600-foot buffer zone. Commissioner Daniel Chavez Jr. rejected the motion outright and said there...

STRs in Oxnard Shores are accused of turning the area into a rathole during public comments
8/19/2019 11:46:11 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The conversation about the short-term rental ordinance (STR) in the city continues with a discussion about what happens when someone sells one of the properties.   Planning Commissioners approved the item unanimously Aug. 1 and asked for parking enforcement at the properties, progressive fines for repeat offenders, requiring the property manager to live closer to the rental, within 25 miles, a 100-day limit per year on the days someone can rent the property, five percent cap of total STRs, including the...

Ornelas named Oxnard Economic Development Manager
8/15/2019 11:20:22 PM

Oxnard–- City of Oxnard Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert announces the appointment of Rosie Ornelas as Oxnard’s new Economic Development Manager. Ms. Ornelas will begin August 12, 2019. Ornelas most recently served as Economic Development Analyst for the City of Thousand Oaks, California. In this role, she implemented the City’s economic development activities to support business attraction, expansion, and retention and served as a key point of contact for business and property owners to support business vitality and the City’s economic...

Area residents discuss the Performing Arts Center’s Future
8/15/2019 11:04:59 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Performing Arts Center in Oxnard was abuzz with activity Aug. 8, as residents discussed what they would like to see happen at the venue and keep it a thriving force for the arts.   The group also heard the latest from the Performing Arts Center Commission and the latest news about the city's effort to attract a vendor to operate the facility.   City Manager Alex Nguyen proposed closing the location because it was losing money. He was also worried about issues at the site that were not...

Walk Like MADD remembers the fallen and looks toward a better future
8/15/2019 10:37:00 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Collection at River Park was packed with people making a difference, Aug. 10, as the Walk Like M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) 5K was filled with hugs, remembrance, and hope.   The walk, hosted by the Oxnard Police Department, took on a “Back to the Eighties” slogan. Participants dressed in their favorite retro outfits took to the streets and were escorted by Motorcycle Police from Oxnard and Ventura.   M.A.D.D. seeks to stop drunk driving, underage drinking, and advocates...

Ventura County Fair is pure fun
8/15/2019 4:51:29 PM

By Chris Frost christricountysentry.com Ventura-- The 2019 Ventura County Fair is in the books, and the event was an excellent time for anyone looking for almost anything.   The fair featured rides, lots of good food, plenty of exhibits to learn from, farm animals, and great rock bands like Styx, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and county artist Martina McBride.     Permilla Carpenter took advantage of the slide with family members at the midway and said the experience is nerve-wracking.   “It’s high up there,”...

Carvana expands into Oxnard
8/15/2019 4:39:00 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Buying a car in Ventura County just got a whole lot easier, as internet car dealer Carvana has expanded into Oxnard, its 14thCalifornia market.   The days of car shopping are over as the retailer offers a vast selection of autos for sale.  Best of all, you can complete your purchase without going to a dealer and dealing with waiting, haggling over your trade-in, and selecting from the limited choices available on the lot.   Carvana began in 2012 as a division of DriveTime and was founded by...

Cosby appeal tests other accusers' testimony in #MeToo era
8/15/2019 12:52:25 PM

By Maryclaire Dale   When three Pennsylvania Superior Court judges gather Monday to hear Bill Cosby's appeal of his sexual assault conviction, more than the aging comedian's freedom may be at stake. As the first celebrity convicted in the (hash)MeToo era, the court scrutiny of the case could cement—or threaten—the movement itself. “If it's reversed, I worry that it's going to play into the narrative that stories of people subjected to gender-based violence are not going to be believed,” said Professor Margaret Johnson, who...

Classic ship replica to dock in, sail from Oxnard
8/15/2019 12:48:56 PM

OXNARD—Sail across the centuries and be part of history as the full-scale replica of the first European vessel to explore California’s coastline. This fall Cabrillo’s San Salvador: The Pacific Heritage Tour will make another port stop along the West Coast, offering a variety of onshore exhibits and seagoing adventures for all ages. The Pacific Heritage Tour created by Maritime Museum of San Diego built and added San Salvador to the Museum fleet in 2015. The Museum, with an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining and operating historic vessels,...

‘Orange is the New Black’ actress learns to ask for what she wants
8/15/2019 12:43:53 PM

By Leanne Italie   NEW YORK (AP)—Danielle Brooks is a performer at her core, but the “Orange is the New Black” breakout actress works behind the scenes, too. Having already earned a Tony nomination for her Sofia in the 2014 Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” Brooks is now an executive producer of “Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” “It's been so cool,” she told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “I want to know more about what I'm doing, besides being told what...