Emergency Repair Money Allocated to Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant
7/3/2018 8:21:25 PM

OXNARD—The Governor's office has approved the State of California budget which includes the allocation of $9.5 million toward the City of Oxnard’s aging Wastewater Treatment Plant. This was a year-long, joint effort across the State Legislature to help the City of Oxnard fund emergency repairs to its plant. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin led the efforts to allocate the funding for this urgent need, supported by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limon and Oxnard city staff members. “This is fantastic news,” said Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn....

Protesters Flood California Cities to Fight Trump Immigration Policy
7/3/2018 8:17:10 PM

By Ellen Knickmeyer   WASHINGTON—They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What's next? Concentration Camps?” In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like...

Maxine Waters Cancels Weekend Events After Threats
7/3/2018 8:15:16 PM

LOS ANGELES—Residents in Congresswoman Maxine Waters' South Los Angeles district will have a chance to sound off on the recent controversy surrounding the escalating war of words between the Democratic lawmaker and the Trump administration Saturday in a town-hall program that will be broadcast on the radio and live-streamed online. Waters canceled two weekend events in Texas and Alabama after receiving death threats, her office told CNN. "As the president has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a...

Want to Turn Your State Blue? Don’t Ignore Black Voters
6/14/2018 9:44:42 PM

By Jeffrey L. Boney   This November, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs, making this one of the most crucial midterm elections in recent memory. Thirty-three of the 100 seats in the Senate will be regular elections, while the other two seats will be special elections, where the winner will serve a six-year term from January 3, 2019, to January 3, 2025. If Democrats are able to successfully flip 23 Republican-held House seats, while holding on to all of their current seats, they will...

Homeless shelter possible in Oxnard
6/14/2018 8:40:34 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry     One of the more ambitious goals during the June 5, Oxnard City Council budget workshop was the establishment of a year-round homeless shelter in the city.    Interim City Manager Scott Whitney said the city would fund approximately $500,000 annually for operational costs.   He said the county is willing to match funding with cities that are willing to address the homelessness issue.   The latest estimate is there are between 450-500 people who are homeless and...

Council appoints Jesus Nava as interim City Manager
6/14/2018 12:10:56 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri County Sentry   The Oxnard City Council has appointed Assistant City Manager Jesus Nava as interim city manager at it’s June 12 meeting, replacing Police Chief Scott Whitney.   Nava will serve until a permanent replacement can be found.   City Attorney Stephen Fischer told the council that Whitney can only serve as interim city manager for a specified period of time under the current government code provisions.   “It limits out of class service when recruitment for a vacancy is...

Budget cuts proposed in Oxnard
6/14/2018 12:08:20 PM

By Chris Frost Special to the Tri-County Sentry   The conversation about the City of Oxnard's 2018-2019 budget continues with unfunded budget needs. Former Interim City Manager Scott Whitney told the council the city's budgets have been tough for the last 10 years. "Cities sometimes make sacrifices on the investments in capital and maintenance at the expense of services," he said. "Eventually, that lack of investment and lack of maintenance catches up with you." He showed the crowd a picture of a leaky roof at police headquarters and...

Oxnard Chief Financial Officer resigns
6/14/2018 11:56:47 AM

By Staff Reports Jim Throop, the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Oxnard, has accepted a position as city manager in Lompoc, California. His last day at Oxnard is July 17, 2018. In his position at Oxnard, Throop has been responsible for implementing financial policies and standards, as well as overseeing the preparation of financial reports and projections. Other accomplishments include the removal of the qualified finding on the city’s annual audit, completing the fixed asset inventory and valuation, cleaning up of the city’s former redevelopment report...

Soros-backed California county prosecutors fail in 3 races
6/14/2018 11:20:51 AM

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press Three California county district attorneys will keep their seats despite a well-financed national effort to elect reform-minded candidates sympathetic to reducing mass incarceration and prosecuting shootings by police. A fourth candidate backed by billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other liberal activists may face a November runoff election. Diana Becton, who was appointed Contra Costa County's first woman and first African-American district attorney last year, was just shy of the majority of votes in Tuesday's election that...

MLK Daughter: No, Bannon, My Dad Wouldn't Be Proud of Trump
5/31/2018 1:44:53 PM

By Kate Brumback   ATLANTA—The Rev. Martin Luther King's daughter blasted Steve Bannon's claim that her father would be proud of President Donald Trump. “(hash)SteveBannon has dangerously and erroneously co-opted my father's name, work and words,” the Rev. Bernice King wrote just before midnight Wednesday in the first of a series of tweets. “Bannon's assertion that my father, (hash)MLK, would be proud of Donald Trump wholly ignores Daddy's commitment to people of all races, nationalities, etc. being treated with dignity and...