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Oxnard - June Gloom Issue................... Junio 2005
What can brighten up our day....

How about some myth buster websites
Before you get taken in or fooled by some scary email and before you even think of forwarding the 'bad news that a monster virus is loose' or 'the touching story of the little dying girl who can be saved only if all of us just send a Pepsi bottle top to . . . ."  and so  on, I recommend you check one of these handy and great 'myth-busting' sites

http://www.factcheck.org (political content)
http://www.breakthechain.org (chain letters)

or a story about a life time encounter with Mars....................
good viewing in New Mexico

Red Planet is about to be spectacular!
This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter
that will culminate in the closest approach between the
two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may
come this close is in 2287. Due to the way Jupiter's gravity
tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only
be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in
the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years
before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars
comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next
to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will
attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds
wide. At a modest 75-power magnification

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars
will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in
the east at 10 pm and reach its azimuth at about 3 am.

By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars
will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at
12:30 am. That's pretty convenient to see something that no
human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar
at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter
and brighter throughout the month.

Share this with your children and grandchildren. NO ONE ALIVE

or just plain News About Oxnard...............................................

 A lecture by a Muslim Princess from Southern Philippines
will cap the Philippine Independence Day celebrations of Filipino
Americans here in Ventura County this
June 10 -12, 2005. Princess
Emraida Kiram will touch on the plight of Muslims in Mindanao,
Philippines in light of the global terrorist situation where the
southern part of the Islands has been identified as training grounds
of terrorists in Asia.

The three day celebration, sponsored by the Filipino
American Council of Ventura County, will commence with a Filipino
flag raising ceremony at the Oxnard City Hall on June 10, 2005 at
12:00 p.m.

The bulk of the activities will be held at the Oxnard
Performing Arts Center beginning with a multi-domination ecumenical
multi-denominational service at 9:00 a.m. on June 11, 2005.
The service will be followed by the re-enactment of the Independence flag raising at Kawit,
Cavite. Folk song and dance presentations will then be rendered at
the OPAC up to 5:00 p.m. There will also be karaoke contest. Ethnic
food will also be available to the public. Booths will also showcase
Filipino culture and services of participating sponsors of the
event. At 6:00 p.m., a Filipiniana dinner ball will be held at the
Oxnard Room of the OPAC.

The lecture forum on June 12 will follow a Santa Cruzan
where beauties from different Fil Am organizations will parade at
the OPAC grounds. An Adobo cookfest (a Filipino stew) and Palaro
(native games) will end the final day’s event.

The Philippines declared its Independence on June 12, 1898
after having been a colony of Spain for 333 years. The Islands were
ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Paris on December 10,
1898 after the defeat of Spain in the Spanish American War. After
quelling a ten year rebellion against the United States, the
Filipinos were under US tutelage. The US declared the Philippines
free from being a Commonwealth nation on July 4, 1945.
I think it was 1946 -- I wrote about it in the Kapitbahay July 2003 issue.
Had to refer to the centennial issue the Philippine Daily Inquirer
and even the Filipinas Magazine where it refered to Pres. Diosdado
Macapagal's changing Phil. Independence to June 12, 1898.
The Filipino American Council of Ventura County is the
umbrella organization of 24 ethnic and professional Filipino
American organizations in the County. There are at least 16,000
Filipino Americans in Ventura County.

For information on booth participation, one can contact Beth
Currier at 805-486-9755 and Ped Bucao at 805-815-4213; Ecumenical
service, Adobo cookfest, and Palaro: Ron Parcon at 805-797-0116;
Dinner Ball: Cora Ortiguerra at 805-208-6853 and Angie Basila at
805-279-2834; program participation: Charleen Morla at
805-805-236-1309; and lecture forum: Dr. Sito Serate at

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City Council Meets

The Oxnard City Council meets
this Tuesday.

Council Meetings are televised
CABLE Channel 10 or 17
MARK'S MESSAGE::::......

Don't hold our breath LOL:-)))
I heard on KVTA radio news that our county suffered over 70 million in storm damage but the county will only have to come up with about 5 or 6 million more scarce tax dollars after they get disaster 
relief from the state and feds. Woundn't it have been great if they avoided all  of the lawsuits and EIRs etc by doing this right in the first place ie: put the 

BISC sailing center on the other side of the harbor and NOT try to rip off the  Farrells who ripped us off in return...

Also, Krieger said on the news that another several thousand tax dollars  would have to be spent on cleaning up our beaches. In short, it is amazing that  our local government can get away with being so very criminal in their  responsibility to our citizens.
I guess their is no hope for our state and  federal government.
We live here and can not make our local government  responsive to
simple logic and do the right thing even once thus we have no  chance with the rest of our government.
I guess it will all self destruct in our  lifetime or our kids lifetime for sure.


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With the County’s pristine beaches, rural landscapes, historic architecture, railways, ports and diverse businesses, more than ever commercial, television, and film companies are looking to Ventura County as the perfect locale, easily accessible at Los Angeles’ doorstep. “We field at least 100 calls a month,” says EDCO’s Vice President Elizabeth Callahan, “Requests are as widespread as the opportunities themselves, from seeking mansions and quaint cottages, to quirky cars, retro storefronts, ethnic marketplaces, and agriculture.”

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It was a banner year in 2004 for film request permits. The box office has also been showcasing the Tri-Counties in such recent releases as Academy Award nominated “Sideways,” “Meet The Fockers,” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” The growing trend toward Ventura County filming also included a music video shoot from the residence of Oxnard’s Mayor Thomas Holden. And, according to Callahan, “Filming is predominately for commercial use, so the additional income is often generated from a short time commitment.”

As a private, non-profit corporation committed to stimulating new job creation, diversity and quality growth in the region, the Economic Development Corporation of Oxnard provides “concierge treatment” to the professional community with a wide range of services which includes assistance in film permitting, catering, rentals and more. Spearheading the region’s blossoming “on location” filming industry is the perfect fit and no other agency provides this complete no-cost film access service.  EDCO’s film location data base is the largest on record for the Tri-Counties and the most relied upon by industry professionals.

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FROM THE Ox  Jo to Residents concerned
about the proposed new LOWEs at Carriage Square........

My first suggestion is to call as many people as you know about the meeting.
My second suggestion is to attend City Council meetings on Tuesday nite and use your 3 minutes at public comments to get your points out so more people will be aware --- you'd be surprized how many people do watch the city council meetings on TV.
The city has a new Traffic Planner - Jason Samonte -  he may already have some plans on the board for handling traffic -- I know you have suffered severely for the past few months with the mess at C Street - Gonzo Rd. and all the extra traffic on Citrus due to the re-routing.
FYI - the Post Office on C Street gained an extra fleet of postal vehicles when the Saviers Road Post Office discontinued their postal delivery from that station and moved all the delivery functions to C Street - so we now have had an overflow of postal trucks since the first of the year and doubled the number of postal vehicles leaving and entering the C Street PO.
These Community Meetings are primarily a way for the City to Cover it's ASSets - but attending them is good because the developer and the city planners are all in the same room and changes to plans have actually happened due to these meetings - so they are valuable at times.



       College Park Fiasco      
What Happened to the agreement,
findings, & recommendations
of the College Park Review Committee?
The City of Oxnard still has to account for it's agreement/contract with BigLeagueDreams - and where is the Mayor on this developing Issue ... ?


AVIE's Thought for the DAY.....

"Good friends are like stars......You don't always see them, but you know they are always there."



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Group meets every FIRST & THIRD Tuesday at Borders Books in the Esplanade.  Be on time for 7 o'clock start. -- bring a sample of your writing....


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Wilson Neighborhood Chair writes to city staff for consideration
and to really ask......"Why wasn't I told about this......."

I wanted to ask if there was a way we can "mitigate" the negative impacts created by the "sudden" appearance of a double-wide construction trailer on your city parking lot at South B and 2nd Streets.

The first issue is the lack of notification to anyone in the surrounding
area that the trailers were to be built and settled on more than half of the parking lot. As neighborhood chair and affected resident it would have behooved you to notify me, at the least.
No one warned me or informed me that this was to happen and now I have to answer questions from irate neighbors.

I had to go to Code Enforcement to learn that this temporary trailer was in actuality a permanent structure that would be in place for the next FIVE years.

Most seriously and negatively impacted is the Episcopal church which relies on this parking for its parishioners.   Especially of note is that the majority of attendees are elderly and the Church was forced to make a parking sign to deter parking to the City Lot on the opposite side of Second Street. The Pastor there is going to be sending a note to Mr. Sotelo asking for a cross walk to assist his seniors when crossing 2nd Street which is a busy road. I advised "Father Anthony" to cc: you on his letter to Mr. Sotelo.

One of my neighbors who is a Member-at -Large on our Neighbhorhood Council feels your placement of the trailer is against the law because
1) Five years is not temporary and therefore makes the trailer a permanent structure,
2) proper notification and any effort to check on the impact of placing this trailer in your city parking lot was not made, and
3) the decision, being made in private, without public notice makes this event a violation of the Brown Act. (I am quoting him) ---

So -- As you can see we have some issues to resolve and aside from finding an alternate location for these construction trailers, we need to find a way to address the problems that this FIVE YEAR situation will cause us for the next half decade.

I would first ask that you work with our Neighborhood Council to show our Neighborhood a Presentation on the future Renovation of City Hall and all the phases of the project -- that presentation would give us an over-view of what is happening and perhaps curtail any future problems we may face. We need to meet again next month and if we can have the over-view of the City Hall rennovation, that would be terrific.

I would secondly ask that you immediately contact the rector at All Saints Episcopal to iron out the problems and frustrations that have arisen from  this sudden negative impact to the church. In addition to church services, All Saints holds daily classes at night for support groups and these classes usually fill the lot nightly. The church also rents out room for family parties and the little children and large families who usually would use the City Lot will have to use the lot across the street and again safety issues arise from this.

Third, I would ask that you work with Jason Samonte and the City Manager to place a marked cross-walk for the people who go to the church and that you  work closely with che church to develop a solution to their new problem.

In summary, I would highly advise that you find another location for this trailer, I know this would be a problem for you, but I am seeing that taking up most of this city parking lot with the trailer for the next five years is not a good situation for us who are directly impacted. There must be  another location within walking distance for the construction foremen to have their trailer offices.

I have been monitoring the parking on South B Street (between 1st and 2nd) and so far overflow from the lot has not horrifically  impacted us, but this may be too early to tell.

If this trailer does not move, we may have to look at Permit Parking on our street to protect our precious on street parking.

Mr. Winegar, thank you for your time and consideration -
I guess you can see that had we had a phone conversation,
this information may have taken longer to share than it does
when it is written and presented concisely.

/s/ Bill Winter
Wilson Neighborhood Council
Member - Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum.


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  Writer asks what is there to do in Oxnard................

What is Really UP in Oxnard ???????
Oxnard, Calif., June 2005 – Oxnard is a well-known family oriented city. It’s ideal to come out here when you’re just starting out your family and watch your kids grow up in a nice environment. However, when one is a single adult, there’s really not much to do. One is often driven to cities like Santa Barbara or Los Angeles for entertainment purposes. Our beaches are fine, but even then, I personally would still go to Malibu because there would be so much more to do. As a 23 year old girl, I constantly go to the Valley or Hollywood to check out the latest hot spots. Whenever I have guests over, they always ask, “What’s there to do here?” I don’t have much of a choice, but to say, “NOTHING.” And after that, we end up going to State Street or “The Valley”. I find it hard sometimes because when I go out, I tend to have a few drinks and then I’m faced with the ultimate dilemma of whether to drive home or stay at a hotel or friend’s house. If the entertainment was here in Oxnard, there wouldn’t be so much of a commute and plus I could just take a cab, if worse came to worst. I feel that one shouldn’t have to drive an hour just to have a good time with their friends.

It would be much safer for teenagers as well because they wouldn’t have to go to a friend’s house party to have a good time. At a house party, who knows what happens or doesn’t happen. If we made a few local hot spots for “all ages”, at least parents would be aware that they’re teens are out seeing a band play or are out to a dance. There are more opportunities to drink and do drugs at a friend’s home, than it is at a venue. I know this because I grew up here.

Now I noticed Oxnard is making a movie theater in the downtown district. However, tourists are not going to drive over here just to go see a movie. It’s fine for us locals since we hate driving to Camarillo or Ventura. But we need café’s, lounges, bars, and shops if we want to get more money accumulating in our city. We need to keep our business and gain outside business as well.

All we really have is great weather. If I got married, that is really the only reason I would stay here. I’m sure I’m not the first to bring this issue up. I just don’t think people care, since hardly anything has been done to resolve this issue. I’m not badmouthing Oxnard. I’m from here and would definitely love to bring up my future children in Oxnard. But I would hate to see my children move away just because there really isn’t much to do.










Darren Embry
Community Relations Manager
Office: (310) 385-5078
Cell: (310) 871-1168
Fax: (310) 550-3795

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

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Oxnard City Council Chambers
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Public Comments:
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to tell the Council how you
feel and stand on local issues.


Ashley Jackson ---Acting Senior Planner

City of Oxnard -- Planning & Environmental Services Division


Re:  PZ 04-500-3 (Special Use Permit)


H A N D   D E L I V E R E D


28 February 2005


This letter is being submitted in opposition to the residential use proposed for the former City property at 7th and A Streets.


This property was not properly offered to alternate buyers. 
The City acted as it’s own agent and completed an inside deal between the City and the Developer.  Thus, the City of Oxnard prevented Robert Garcia, a long time business owner and community supporter, who owns property surrounding this lot, from being notified or allowed an opportunity to even submit a bid for this formerly city-owned land.


Robert Garcia, had no notice that the City proposed to sell off this piece of land and by the time the announcement of the deal went through, it was apparently too late for Mr. Garcia to even approach the City regarding his interest, even though certain city officials were well aware of Mr. Garcia’s wish to obtain this property.


The City will provide otherwise, in it’s convoluted way, that it gave proper notice and they will reference past city council or planning commission documents to undermine Mr. Garcia’s initial right as a tax-paying citizen to be allowed to participate in his city’s “open government”.


The simple fact is neither Mr. Garcia, nor any other Oxnard resident was offered or provided  proper notice of the City’s desire to sell. By the time all knew, the land deal was sealed with Developer and the Council rubber-stamped it’s approval on it…thereby washing their hands of their obligation to Mr. Garcia.


The proposed project of 12 three story townhomes is a good one and needed in Oxnard and especially in the downtown area, however, locating these wonderful new homes directly abutting an active funeral parlor may be a detrimental fact to consider in approving these plans to put residential property on this lot.


It would behoove this workshop to consider another course of action for this property and allow a use which is properly brought to the neighborhood affected.


Please do not allow this project to continue as planned and proposed.


Bill Winter

Chairman – Wilson Neighborhood Council

Member – Oxnard Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum

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