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Frank questions the timing of the cannabis ordinance
9/2/2019 3:50:23 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard—The conversation about retail cannabis shops in Oxnard continues with a shift in manufacturing, testing, and distribution.   The authority will be from a special-use permit that was going to go to the city council. It will then go to a development design permit that will go through the community development director.   The Oxnard Planning Commission passed a text amendment to the cannabis ordinance with a 4-3 vote on Aug. 15.   "That would modify sections 11-442 and 444 to...

Legal questions loom as Harvey Weinstein case nears trial
8/29/2019 10:50:36 AM

By Tom Hays and Michael R. Sisak   NEW YORK (AP)—Can someone as notorious in the (hash)MeToo era as Harvey Weinstein get a fair trial in the world's media capital? That's one of the legal questions looming over the sexual assault case against the movie mogul with jury selection scheduled for early next month. Weinstein's lawyers want the trial moved from New York City to Long Island or upstate New York—part of the last-minute wrangling that includes efforts by prosecutors to bolster their case with testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra, who...

Book: Spread of U.S. democracy hurt Native Americans
8/29/2019 10:49:41 AM

By Russell Contreras   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)—A new book by a noted historian attempts to show how expanding American democracy hurt Native Americans in the early days of the nation and how tribes viewed the young United States as an entity seeking to erase them from existence. University of Oregon history professor Jeffrey Ostler's just-released “Surviving Genocide: Native Nations and the United States from the American Revolution and Bleeding Kansas” argues that the emergence of American democracy depended on the taking of Native lands. Leaders...

Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken tests welcome on speaking circuit
8/29/2019 10:48:39 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political career. The Star Tribune reports that tickets went on sale Friday for “An Evening with Al Franken” Oct. 2 at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon. The hall says Franken will share behind-the-scenes stories from his 15 years on “Saturday Night Live” and his 81/2 years representing Minnesota in the Senate. Franken recently told The New Yorker magazine that he...

Disney Legends honor prompts Robert Downey Jr. pot story
8/29/2019 10:47:48 AM

By Lynn Elber   ANAHEIM (AP)—Robert Downey Jr. says he had a wild Disneyland ride in his younger days. The “Iron Man” and “Avengers: Endgame” star, among those honored Friday as Disney Legends, said his first visit to the Southern California resort included a brief detention for “smoking pot in a gondola.” “I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing center, given a stern warning and returned to, if memory serves, one very disappointed group chaperone,” Downey said. He turned serious when he spoke about...

Looming nurse strike called off at Dignity Hospitals
8/29/2019 10:46:08 AM

RNs win patient safety, hospital security improvements in their new contract.   By Staff Reports   PASADENA—Planned strikes by Nurses have been called off at hospitals in Oxnard, Northridge, and Camarillo after a tentative agreement was reached today between the Nurses’ Union, SEIU Local 121RN, and their employer, Dignity Health. The agreement comes after five intense months of negotiations between Nurses and hospital management. The contract makes improvements to workplace and patient care issues about which Nurses have been especially vocal,...

It’s not too early to protect against the coming flu season
8/29/2019 10:40:33 AM

L.A. Care to hold five flu shot clinics and vaccination classes Last year, the U.S. saw the longest flu season in a decade. Twenty-one miserable weeks resulted in 647,000 hospitalizations and more than 61,000 deaths. Seasonal flu vaccines are the only way to protect against numbers like that, and yet surveys have shown that fewer than half of Americans get a flu shot each year. L.A. Care wants to ensure that the numbers are better for Angelenos this flu season. L.A. Care is holding flu shot clinics at five of its six Family Resource Centers. “It takes up to two weeks to...

Teen with measles visited array of tourist spots, including Disney, Universal
8/29/2019 10:37:35 AM

ANAHEIM (CNS)—A teenage girl with measles spent about five days in Southern California this month, potentially exposing people to the disease at a host of tourist attractions, including Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios Hollywood, health officials said Friday. According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the teen traveled to California from New Zealand, and appears to have stayed at the Desert Palms hotel at 631 W. Katella Ave., adjacent to the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, from Aug. 11-15. She went to Disneyland and Disney California...

Mental health awareness matters
8/29/2019 10:36:37 AM

By Cierra Mayes   With so much going on in the world today, there are many real-world issues that are in need of our focus. One of these issues happens in our everyday lives: mental health. There is so much awareness that needs to be brought to mental health that goes unnoticed. Many of these issues began from trauma caused in one’s life.  If we took the time to address these problems, we would be able to avoid many wrong doings of others in our community and around the world. Everyone has that one friend they don’t see eye to eye with sometime. For many...

Commissioners reject local coastal plan amendment
8/29/2019 9:47:40 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—On a 6-1 vote, the Oxnard Planning Commission rejected a Local Coastal Plan Amendment designed to accommodate a known development project at the corner of Channel Islands Blvd. and Victoria Ave.    The meeting drew a standing room only crowd, many of which were against constructing a 390-unit apartment complex at the site. Residents were encouraged to stand against the amendment. Each received a notice on their mailbox saying that "apartments can go anywhere, but not at the harbor."   The...