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Bill Winter stands ready to serve the City and Citizens of Oxnard
When elected - Bill will move the City Seal from the floor to a wall.
"Mayor Bill" signs his nomination form while acting City Clerk Jill Beaty calls
County Elections to verify Bill does reside in Oxnard and can run in the race.
Challenger Tom Holden peaks in at Bill Winter from the Window and says to
Bill, "There's still time to change your mind....."
Photos by Alex Rivera of Oxnard - July 12th - the first day of the Municipal Elections
- Last Issue (6/27) of the Ox Jo
Oxnard Peace Officer's Association Neglects to include all candidates in its Endorsement Process
In what can only be called a surprise and an under the radar move - the police officer's union announced to the VC Star that it unanimously endorsed Tommy Holden for Mayor of Oxnard.
The problem in all this is that the union did not contact or ask the other declared candidate for Mayor Bill Winter to participate in the endorsement process which usually consists of a questionnaire and in-person interview by the union. When Winter ran for Mayor in 1998, the Peace Officers offered Mr. Winter an opportunity to address the Blue Line, but this time - no one even informed Winter of the endorsement process which was far beyond underway and already concluded prior to the opening of the nomination period on 12 July.
Mr. Winter contacted the police union, through a letter to it's president Sgt. Jim Seitz, on July 12th stating " when I am elected Mayor, I shall not treat you or your union in the manner afforded me during this election year. I am sorry you did not contact me. I believe in fair chances for everyone and I will be fair and considerate of police issues as your Mayor."
Winter is also asserting that if this is the way Tom Holden and the City wants to do business, then they have done a good job to show us early on how they conduct themselves so we can decide who we really want on our next city council. Holden was a voting and active member of the city council when the downtown theater Brown Act Violation took place, another instance of public business being conducted secretly and without total participation of the community or principles involved.
GANG INJUNCTION HAS TEETH . . . .
Wednesday 7/7/04 0700 hrs. - 200 block of Harding Avenue
On 7/7/04, members of the Oxnard Special
Weapons and Tactics team as well as personnel
On 6/1/04, Ventura County Superior
Court Judge Frederick Bysshe issued an order
On 6/26/04, Officers with the Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit observed Medina walking within the “Safety zone” with several other known Colonia Chiques gang members in violation of the civil injunction. When Medina was contacted by the officers, he became physically resistant and was subsequently arrested. During the arrest and booking process, Medina made several statements to the arresting officers threatening their lives and the lives of other Oxnard police officers. Based on the documented history of violent criminal activity attributed to Colonia Chiques gang members, the Oxnard Police Department takes such threats very seriously and a follow-up investigation was immediately initiated.
During the search
of Medina’s residence, numerous items were recovered indicating Medina’s
participation in the Colonia Chiques street gang. In addition, the
following items were seized:
Medina was subsequently booked on various felony charges including: Possession of a controlled substance for sale, Possession of marijuana for sale, Possession of a firearm by a felon, and Possession of a firearm by a subject currently out on bail. Medina is currently in custody at the Ventura County Jail.
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When there never seems to be an end to the atmospheric problems --- just minutes after Southbank Neighborhood got a reprieve from the air-driven stench and the best news possible about Cal Wood's ceasing as a place where it's stinky stench drove the neighborhood to unite in fighting it ....now a new stink poops up into the nostrils of many Southbank residents.
At first signs appeared at the entrance to the Southbank community and other signs popped up hither and dither. These signs boasting of a Community Web Site then later that same day when these signs appeared, they disappeared by mid-afternoon Was there a problem....or what?
Southbank Neighborhood Council Chair Roberta Walton
and countless other neighborhood residents disagreed with
This new "Community Website" wants to be a communal communion point where all of the "Southbank" electronic neighborhood could come together in cyberspace and share recipes and travel tips.
Alas...Southbank DID already have a "community website"
and no kid on the block came to the Neighborhood Council or anyone in the
neighborhood to say - "Hey, we're bringing you a new web site...."
McMurry and her associate Mike Chestnut, both real estate agents, pay for the site and use the Realtor R ® sign along with the HOA logo to prove the site is an electronic pitch for home buyers to consider Mike and Colleen as the 'Neighborhood Connections' for all things real estate and recipes in the Southbank Neighborhood.
Ms. McMurry attributed one nasty e-mail from "Roberta Watson" as one of the first indications there was a problem and McMurry could not figure out where all these problems came from simply by having a website that serves the Southbank community.
Oh, those signs at the entrances to the
neighborhood cost the cyber-duo of electronic realtors $120.oo USD.
"I've given nothing but time, energy, and resources into this website," McMurry claimed.
Some animosity exists from an earlier neighborhood
issue where McMurry and Ron St. Pierre were Chairs of the Southbank Neighborhood Council until
they were force to
resigne after the Neighborhood rallied for the entire Neighborhood Council
to be recalled.
The Ox Jo recommended that the realtors change the name and URL of the site to avoid further conflict and confusion. Mike was unreachable by e-mail to comment.
Council District Petition Update:
Our petition is viable for 180 days from May 19,
when the City Attorney
Update: Sat. at Albertson's was a very good
day. We will be returning today with
Ox Jo gets a letter which the Ventura County Star will not run -- this time,
we have a letter from a local community leader whose letter was printed in
the Star, but with what the writer called important parts removed from the
newsprint. The parts deleted from the Star's printing are
As a lifelong resident of the City of Oxnard and resident of the Colonia neighborhood, I am personally insulted by remarks made by Mr. Russell S. Hawthorne about my neighborhood. First of all comparing the proposed LNG terminal here in Oxnard to the crime rate here in our city is like comparing apples and oranges. In my opinion, LNG is an issue bigger than all of us and if approved will negatively affect us for generations. The crime rate, thru community involvement and other means can be reduced. No one person can stand alone to be a voice against crime. To quote former first lady Hillary Clintion, “It takes a village”. Obviously. Mr. Hawthorne’s remarks are politically motivated at the expense of the hard working residents of the La Colonia Neighborhood. For him to signal us out that “he would feel much safer having this terminal here than he would be if he had spent one hour walking through the La Colonia” area is a very childish and irresponsible comment. Makes me wonder what else he was thinking. These types of comments only reinforce the negative stereotype that our neighborhood has been trying to overcome for years. For years residents and police have been working hand in hand to make our community a better and safer place. It’s true; our neighborhood has its fair share of problems, gangs, crime, blight, but what neighborhood doesn’t. Unfortunately due to recent events such as the gang injunction that primarily focuses on the Colonia Chiques Gang, more and more of these comments are becoming the norm in the media and in people’s minds. Currently the picture painted in people’s minds about our neighborhood is of one that fits every negative stereotype associated with those of Latino dissent. The reality is that homes in Colonia are going for over $ 350,000.00. Residents do care about our neighborhood; we have an active neighborhood council and neighborhood watch. We have an active police storefront here in our community. We are doing our part. The other reality is yes, the Colonia has a gang problem, yes we live in a very dense area and yes we have blight. These are problems that affect every neighborhood, some more than others. Just because our neighborhood has a gang named after it, does not mean that the neighborhood as a whole is bad. Residents of the colonia neighborhood have become guilty by association. All of us need to take a leadership position and become vocal about ridding crime in this city and most importantly, do something about it, get involved, not just sit back and take an elitist position as Mr. Hawthorne. I wouldn’t trade my home in the Colonia neighborhood for any of new homes sprouting out at an alarming rate in the City of Oxnard. Common sense also tells me that I would be safer in the Colonia neighborhood than on that proposed LNG platform off our coast.
In conclusion, I would like to invite Mr. Hawthorne for a nice walk through our neighborhood; he will see that we are a working class neighborhood, with its share of issues, with a lot of character just like every other neighborhood in the city. If Mr. Hawthorne would like to take me up on this invitation, he can ask the Star for my contact information..
Vicky Gonzales - La Colonia - Oxnard . . . . ..
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