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AARP Foundation helps Oxnard Seniors
2/21/2019 10:16:46 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—As the 2019 tax season kicks into high gear, smart Oxnard seniors are taking advantage of free tax preparation services courtesy of the AARP Foundation, and left with smiles on their faces Seniors filled the South Oxnard Senior Center, Feb. 19, and came ready to handle the task at hand with a competent professional at their side. Recreation Leader Kimberly Dizon filed at the South Oxnard Center said the people doing the taxes are volunteers who want to help. “I like how each center is different in...

Allred Contacted Authorities About R Kelly Tape
2/21/2019 9:50:15 PM

By Michael Tarm   CHICAGO (AP)—Attorney Gloria Allred told The Associated Press last week she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Allred, who represents multiple R. Kelly accusers, some of whom haven't come forward publicly, spoke a day after attorney Michael Avenatti said he gave Chicago prosecutors the video. “I've made law enforcement in a different jurisdiction (other...

Actor Shatner Debuts Country Songs at Grand Ole Opry
2/21/2019 9:49:17 PM

By Kristin M Hall   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Actor William Shatner boldly went where no “Star Trek” captain has gone before when he took the stage for the first time for the Grand Ole Opry radio show to sing from his new album of country songs. Shatner made his Opry debut on Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee, on the famed country music radio show along with Jeff Cook of the band Alabama. Together they released a country album called “Why Not Me,” which features songs like “Beam Me Up,” a nod to both whiskey maker Jim Beam and...

Regina King on White Lies, Directing and '227'
2/21/2019 9:48:06 PM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Regina King—who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk”—discusses sitting in the director's chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press.   LITTLE WHITE LIES When R&B singer Jaheim asked Regina King to be the leading lady in a music video in 2010, she flexed her neat negotiating skills: If I'm in it, let me direct...

Cookie sale benefits OPD
2/21/2019 6:51:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—It’s cookie time again in Ventura County, as Girl Scout Troops 65252 and 61104  teamed up with the Oxnard Police Department at The Collection at River Park and had a blast selling the treats to customers passing by who support the children.   The group camped outside the police station at the mall had a full complement of Girl Scout cookies available and had a great time raising money for the proposed police department library. Oxnard Police Department Community Affairs Manager Melissa Valdez...

Council approves letter opposing gun shows at the fairgrounds
2/21/2019 2:26:18 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council handled back-to-back controversial issues during its Feb. 19, meeting, and approved sending a letter to the Ventura County Fairgrounds opposing gun shows at the venue. The item brought a large crowd to the council chambers who spoke passionately for and against the letter. Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez brought the item forward and said the fairgrounds belong to all the people in the county. “By hosting gun shows and making some profit off it, the state is saying guns are...

Council compromises on the resolution that phases out oil and gas lease expansion
2/21/2019 2:12:28 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The fur flew at the Feb. 20, Oxnard City Council meeting, as the group approved a resolution opposing new or expanding offshore drilling, fracking, and related technologies and also approved the framework for new energy jobs in the future. The council did not approve phasing out oil and gas extraction and onshore production, over concerns that it would hurt the local economy. The item was brought forward by Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez and was easily the most contentious item, as more than 50 people signed up...

Committee endorses Camp Vanessa improvements
2/14/2019 4:38:47 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The housing and economic development committee in the City of Oxnard, Feb. 12, recommended a legal non-conforming use permit for 1700 E. Fifth Street - Camp Vanessa, now known as Villa Las Brisas Project. The Villas Las Brisas property is an employee housing project totaling 3.9 acres and currently has farmworker housing barracks, along with communal restrooms, laundry, and dining areas. Camp Vanessa is for the H2 visa program for farmworker housing. “The staff has received an application for the renovation, not...

Oxnard Fire is ready and resilient
2/14/2019 4:14:41 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— The Oxnard Fire Department updated the public safety commission. Feb. 13, and reviewed its "Ready and Resilient" program with its members, which started in 2016. The department has dusted off the program, reorganized it, and is re-committed it to expanding it in the city. Fire Department Chief Darwin Base addressed the committee and said they always welcome the chance to speak to its members. “There is no doubt when communities are affected by disasters it can have a long-term...

Oxnard issued state compliance order for commercial recycling
2/14/2019 4:05:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard— The Public Works and Transportation Committee reviewed a Mandatory Commercial Recycling Order and Compliance Order and Mandatory Organics Recycling Program update, Feb. 13, and heard about the latest measures the city has taken to return to compliance. The city has suffered from a lack of staffing, which led to falling short on the law. Environmental Resources Superintendent Todd Housley said both programs are mandatory from the state, which came to fruition in 2019. The environmental resources division...