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Furry friends fill the empty nest well
6/4/2020 10:28:29 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- I will be the first one to tell you that when your kids are grown, gone, and living their own lives, having pets is a great way to engage and keep the parent party going.   When you adopt an animal, the rules change about parenting, but the battle continues.  Granted, I don't have to storm upstairs anymore, and scream, do your homework or go to bed, but I still have moments with my furry friends.   For example, if you are sitting at your desk writing an editorial, the animals don't...

Council approves engineer's report and orders the levy and collection of assessments for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 within the City's Landscape Maintenance Districts
6/4/2020 10:26:03 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- During a public hearing on June 2, the Oxnard City Council approved the engineer's report and collecting assessments for the fiscal year 2020-2021.    The action is applicable within the city's landscape maintenance districts.   The action is according to the city's 1972 Landscape and Lighting Act.   Project Manager Adam Smith said the council adopted two resolutions that were a prelude to adopting the engineers' report.   Upon approval, the...

Reflection-One Black Journalist
6/4/2020 9:35:01 PM

By Amanda Barrett   For many Americans, “space” means leaving the Earth's atmosphere and exploring the galaxy. They think of this weekend's SpaceX launch. Or going where no one has gone before on “Star Trek.” But the concept of space has a different meaning for African Americans. It's about finding places in American society—white society—where we are free to just be. Those spaces have been shrinking in recent months. With the flames lit in Minneapolis spreading to other cities after yet another black man's death, it felt...

What to Know About Advance Care Planning in the Age of Coronavirus
6/4/2020 9:33:04 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, All this horrible coronavirus carnage got me thinking about my own end-of-life decisions if I were to get sick. Can you recommend some good resources that can help me create a living will or advance directive, or other pertinent documents? I’ve put it off long enough. Almost 70   Dear Almost, Creating a living will (also known as an advance directive) is one of those things most people plan to do, but rarely get around to actually doing. Only about one-third of Americans currently have one. But the cold hard reality of the novel coronavirus...

My thoughts are worth more than a penny
6/4/2020 9:24:33 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   I must admit that I do gravel a lot in thinking about my thoughts. It has been a habit of mine down through the years. Thinking is what really makes life worth living, or so I believe. My father had a saying whenever he saw me staring off into the distance, “A penny for your thoughts, son.” Then he would smile, and I knew he really was not interested in what I was thinking he was just trying to set some kind of trap for me. Fortunately, I never fell into that trap, whatever it was. Of course, at the time I could’ve used an extra...

Channel Islands Kayak Center drives away the pandemic blues
6/4/2020 9:18:13 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As the State of California continues to battle back from COVID-19, one of the true pleasures people can take advantage of is an afternoon at the Channel Islands Kayak Center.   At this location, you can get out on the water, lose your mask, and enjoy the beautiful habitat living outside your back door, in Oxnard.   Social distancing rules are still in place, and when people start to get too close, owner Mike Lamm steps in and makes sure you stay safe.   "For the most part, once...

Council members, city officials’ residents and candidates speak about racism as George Floyd gets killed my a Minneapolis officer
6/4/2020 9:16:30 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com     Oxnard-- The City of Oxnard, like most of the rest of the country, took stock of itself on June 2 and asked how they go forward after a Minneapolis Policeman murdered George Floyd.   Murder and hatred rocked the United States as the death of Floyd touched off a wave of violence and bloodshed across the country.   Buildings were looted, damaged and burned to the ground, as many cities imposed curfews and called out the National Guard to restore order.   The murder touched off a...

Council relaxes restrictions on retail and restaurant locations
6/4/2020 9:13:16 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The Oxnard City Council voted unanimously to relax some restrictions on restaurants and retail locations during its June 2 meeting.   The order provides flexibility to restaurants with limited indoor seating and gives them the ability to expand into parking lots if they have the authority to do so.   The order also gives them the ability to conduct farmers' markets and helps retailers so that they can enhance customer engagement.   "It's basically reaching out of the...

MARRIAGE TIPS AS JANIS AND I PASS OUR 21ST ANNIVERSARY
6/2/2020 10:29:50 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- Sometimes, you have to think about editorials. When you're slightly off-center, like me, if you whip something up fast, it ends up with people kicking the wall and using profanity - no matter how true it may be.   I needed to clear my head. I took a walk to the candy store to buy some Twizzlers, so I could sit and chew on my next topic.   Then it struck me. This Friday is my 21st wedding anniversary, so I figured I would pass along some tips in these troubling times to make your marriage more...

Antiquated fees make a fee increase a necessary but hard pill to swallow
6/2/2020 10:26:51 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- The story about Oxnard updating its existing fees and adopting new fees related to development impact fees, affordable housing in-lieu fees, and inclusionary housing ordinance amendments continues with Harris & Associates Senior Planner Alison Bouley reviewing the development impact fees in the city.   On a 6-1 vote, the Oxnard City Council accepted the changes in stages after extensive dialogue and debate.   Bouley has 20 years of experience working with development impact fees, and she...

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