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   See the 7 - 11 Iffue.   See the 7 - 15 Issue

- Downtown Movie Theatre set to open this Month -

On July 15-16  about 100 people applied for the open positions at the Downtown movie theater.
Prospective employees were told to expect the theatre  to open 18 August 2005.  Recruitment took place at Plaza Park.
............................................................................................................................Photo:  Frank Lopez - Oxnard.

July 22, 2005

Oxnard-Journal Editor:

Many Oxnard citizens listened to the City Council meeting on television last Tuesday. We heard Mr. Bill Winter, the INCF Chairman, remind the City Council that at coming elections the voters will remember the unkept promises. We heard about “unkept promises” of the City Council, costs of operating a swimming pool, “prohibitive costs” of constructing a sports park, and reasons why the City Council might have to vote to change the zoning from a “sports park” to “residential” at the corner of Oxnard Boulevard and Gonzales Road.

It seemed that the citizens who spoke from the neighborhood initially simply wanted an open grassy field in which their children could play after school and on weekends. These hardy people had been seen with their children playing soccer on the unimproved open fields this last spring.

The City staff and the developer who wants the zone changed so he can build over 150 more homes provided the impetus for the concept of a swimming pool and T-ball fields solely to entice the audience to accept the construction of more over crowed housing in the area.

At a prior Council meeting during the Big League Dreams agenda item the city staff debated with the city council about the costs for improvements to College Park. The Council even asked for costs if the “BL Dreams Stadium” was excluded from the design. The contentious figure given by staff ranged between $7 million to $12 million and the Mayor indicated his disagreement with those high figures.

Since the Northwest Sports Park is a much more modest concept, let us use the $7 million figure to approximate the costs for the City to construct a “sports park” in the corner between Oxnard Blvd. and Gonzales. The annual debt service (annual mortgage payments) required to pay off bonds could be reasonable estimated. In this situation we can use a 20 year bond with a 4% interest rate for “munis” (municipal bonds or certificates of participation). The annual mortgage payments for the bonds would be approximately $515,000. The amount would probably be a little more due to such esoteric costs as bond counsel, capitalized interest and underwriter fees but even with these items the total debt service should still not exceed $549,000 per year to pay for the improvements to the open fields. We know that changing a zone designation is a privilege and not a right. If the Council does not change the zoning for the property it has no market value except as a public park, hence there is no costs associated with the property itself.

It is interesting that the City Council is willing to pay $2,000,000 per year for the golf course (for both the bonds on the course and the bonds to improve the parking lot for the hotel next door) even though less than 3% of Oxnard citizens ever use the golf course, plus $1,600,000 per year for 25 years for the Theater Project, plus another $1,103,000 per year for the debt for Big League Dreams. Yet they are not willing to spend less than half of the smallest amount for a much needed northwest City sports park.

Could this simply be because no private operator has come forward with whom the city could “negotiate” a deal that would end up costing you twice as much as the half million dollars estimated above? Could it be that unless there is a private concern interested in taking millions of your tax dollars out of the city, the Council just isn't willing to consider the possibilities?

Good call by Councilmen T. Flynn and J. Zaragoza. It appears at least they are thinking about the citizens they represent.

/s/ Mr. Ventura Fernandez,
South Winds Neighborhood Chairman
Fairbourne Pl.
Oxnard, Ca. 93033
National KidsDay 2005 will be held
Sunday August 7, 2005 at the MVS Youth Center
(Fifth Street across from the Airport)
 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. It will be an absolute blast! Games, activities, local agencies and great food for the whole family will entertain. This event is completely free to the community! Please promote it well. I have attached a flyer for you to distribute at your best. E-mail it to everyone who has local interest.

If you want to work the event or have staff that wants to work or if you can find suitable volunteers please contact LaVonne at 271-9773. All involved will get an exciting t-shirt and participate in an appreciation ice cream social at 5:00 pm.

Finally, we need 4 sponsors to properly fund free activities to be held at the Club. Each $500 sponsor will be able to have their banner (their cost) present in the area they sponsor and can provide us with 1,000 flyers to be given on registration bags. They will also be mentioned in the live program at noon and thank tremendously! Please send all possible candidates to my attention (contact info below). If you know business people in the arts and crafts field who will do an in-kind for $500 for the shopping at their stores… that works too!

Thank you all for everything you are doing to make this an awesome family day,

Serena Anderson
Chief Operations Officer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme
(805) 815-4959 extension 204
(805) 815-4709 facsimile
1900 West Fifth Street
Oxnard, California 93035
 sanderson@bgcop.org  ---  www.positiveplace4kids.org

Henry Dubroff the editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times who has written anti-LNG articles for this Ventura County business newspaper has agreed to speak at the Camarillo Democratic Club August meeting.

The date is August 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Orchid Bldg. 816 Camarillo Springs Rd. that is off Camarillo Springs exit. Then turn right and get over to the left and it is the first left. You can see the building from the freeway exit ramp. It is the UCFW labor hall.

My fellow Residents,
We need the effort to stop the development of
the lot at Gonzales Rd. and Oxnard Blvd. The city
council will consider a pre-application for a property
development proposal at this location. Those of you
that live in the area know how we need a sports park
to help ease the impact of over 2000 little leaguers
at our small neighborhood park every season. Try and
plan to show up at the council meeting and voice your
opinion, whatever it is, about this proposal
specifically and the dismal parks situation in Oxnard
in general.
We need some thoughtful, rational people to
present their position on development and parks. A few
points you might consider: 1) How a sports park, with
(2) little league diamonds, "T" ball areas and an open
space for field events could help relieve some use
pressure on our small neighborhood park and
surrounding neighborhood. 2) Oxnard residents need and
deserve a full (Olympic) sized city pool and we
shouldn't have to accept more development or have it
used as a wedge issue between residents to get it 3)
How ascetically pleasing it would be to have a sports
park at this northern entrance to our city. and
finally 4) What can we do, as concerned citizens and
residents, to help the city develop and maintain the
parks we all seem to want?

Luciano Ortiz -  Neighborhood  - West Village  

An Anatomy of the American Anthem.

An essay by Bernard Lehrer, lawyer/patriot.

The `Star Spangled Banner` is the most inspiring and yet the most difficult of songs to sing.
Many celebrations and events require a rendition but the song defies memorization, requires a very wide vocal range, and is virtually impossible to harmonize. The wording is antiquated and the references to the events somewhat obscure. Even professional singers are apprehensive. As an amateur singer I have learned that a song is easier to memorize if you follow the story line that is being told. To that end I undertook to research the song and the poem by Francis Scott Key, lawyer/patriot. Learning the history behind the anthem made it all the more inspiring:

`Oh say can you see, by the dawn`s early light`

What were the circumstances that caused Key to ask that question? In 1812 war broke out between France and England. The young American republic was drawn into the conflict when the British tried to control American commerce during the war.

In August of 1814 the superior British forces had invaded and sacked the lightly defended capital in Washington and set fire to the White House and other federal buildings. President James Madison, his family and cabinet took refuge elsewhere. The small town of Georgetown was only a few miles from the capital. Word came that the British had captured the area`s beloved physician, Dr. William Beanes.

The elders in the town approached a well regarded attorney, Francis Scott Key, to negotiate for the release of the good doctor. The British forces were now preparing for their assault on neighboring Baltimore, a thriving community of about 40,000, but they had to subdue the defenders at Fort McHenry in order to do so. On September 13, 1814 the British fleet sat at anchor in the bay preparing for the assault on the fort. Key sailed into the bay on a sloop flying a flag of truce and located and boarded the flag ship of the British fleet and the negotiations began. The British officers were at first reluctant but Key produced a packet of letters from British soldiers attesting to the kind and loving care they received at the hands of Dr. Beanes and the British then relented. But, because the assault on the fort was about to begin, Key and Beanes were required to watch and wait from their sloop behind the British lines.

`What so proudly we hailed at the twilight`s last gleaming?`

It was now dawn but they had been watching anxiously all night.

`Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,O`er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?`

They were approximately 8 miles from the fort. How then were they able to see the stars and stripes? The answer: The American commanding officer at the fort, anticipating the onslaught by land and by sea, had ordered a special huge flag be constructed in order to show contempt for the superior British forces. Of course it was also an inspiration to the American defenders. There were 15 stars each measuring 2 feet across and the stripes, eight red and seven white, were 2 feet wide. It measured 30 by 42 feet!!

`And the rockets` red glare, the bombs bursting in air`

Rocketry in combat was not quite perfected at that time. Many of the bombs exploded prematurely.

`Gave proof thro` the night that our flag was still there`

As long as they were able to see the flag during the night by the light of the explosions they were assured that the fort hadn`t surrendered.

`O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave`

Now, why at the break of dawn were they extremely anxious? Because the bombardment suddenly stopped during the early hours of the morning and they could no longer see the flag. This was a strong indication that Fort McHenry was now in British hands.

`O`er the land of the free and the home of the brave ?

What actually happened was that the British high command had decided to abandon the attack judging that Baltimore was too costly a prize. They had already lost 22 vessels. They ordered a retreat; by dawn`s early light the flag was still waving; against all odds the Americans were victorious!!

Bernard Lehrer,  Attorney - Ventura, Calif. 
July 25, 2005
Executive Board Meeting
Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum
Oxnard - Library Meeting Room B
Monday - July 25th -- 6:00 P.M.
The INCF will receive the INCF / Neighborhood Council Bylaws – City Attorney has completed his review of the proposed INCF and NC Bylaw revisions. INCF Executive Board will receive the documents and prepare for distribution to the Neighborhood Councils.

The INCF (Inter-Neighborhood Council Forum)
General Membership Meeting will be held at Oxnard City Council Chambers on Wednesday August 3rd at 7 pm.

This will be the only public meeting for the citizens of Oxnard in August since the City Council will be 'dark' all the month of August.
The INCF tackles the hard issues which concern Oxnard - we are going to have a discussion about the Sports Park at Gonzales and Oxnard Blvd. - Many Neighborhood Chairs came to the July 19th Council meeting to speak against the proposed housing plan for 153 homes, versus the City's long overdue and promised Sports Park for that property. It will be a lively meeting. Please plan to attend even if you are not a member of your Neighborhood Council.



“How to Start A Small Business”
Workshops, Course Offered

(Camarillo, CA) Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV),
a local nonprofit organization serving Ventura County, is offering free one-hour orientation sessions in English and Spanish for women and men interested in entrepreneurship, business counseling, networking and small business loans. Individuals will learn about WEV’s Self Employment Training (SET) course, a hands-on, 14-week, 56-hour program in which women and men learn how to assess the feasibility of their business idea, conduct research and write a comprehensive business plan while cultivating the technical skills for managing a successful business. To-date, more than 2,200 business women and men have benefited from WEV’s entrepreneur program, available to both future and current business owners.

In addition, information will be provided on WEV business services including one-on-one business counseling, availability of capital for new and existing businesses through the Small Business Loan Fund, and networking opportunities in W! Membership Organization.

Orientations will be held during July and August in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, and Thousand Oaks. Attendance is required at only one orientation before enrolling in SET course.

Enrollment for SET program officially begins August 1. The Self Employment Training classes meet one night a week for 14 weeks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from September 6 through early December. Classes offered in either English or Spanish. Sign up for an orientation at www.wevonline.org or call (805) 987-2296. Orientation is free, with no obligation to sign up for the course.
About Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)
Women’s Economic Ventures is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women become economically self-sufficient through entrepreneurship and career development. Established in 1991, WEV (pronounced “weave”) provides services in English and Spanish and serves Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
WEV’s 14-week “Self-Employment Training” course prepares clients to launch or grow a business enterprise. WEV also provides ongoing mentoring for its program graduates, and licenses its training curriculum to organizations locally and throughout the United States. WEV administers the Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) offering micro-loans from $1,000 to $100,000 for low- and moderate-income men and women wanting to start or expand a small business.

WEV’s W! Membership Organization provides a networking and support association for program graduates and businesspeople in the communities it serves.

WEV is partially funded by the Small Business Administration. This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Cooperative agreement is partially funded by the SBA. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Women's Economic Ventures
and the Small Business Loan Fund

360 Mobil Ave., Ste. 211-A

Camarillo, CA  93010

Phone: (805) 987-2296

Fax: (805) 987-8410


Check this out.  It's pretty cool.
It is an absolutely awesome picture of the Earth taken from the Boeing
built Space Station.  The image is a panoramic view of the world from
the new space station.  You can scroll East-West and North-South.
Canada's population is almost exclusively along the U.S. border. Moving east to Europe, there is a high population concentration along the coast of the Mediterranean.
Check out the development of Israel compared to the rest of the Arab

Note the Nile River, The Outback of Australia and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route.

Moving east, most striking is the difference between North and South Korea.



Support UFW's No to Gallo Campaign

The recent flurry over the June 2005 issuance of a Mexican Postage Stamp has hit some heights, but subsided when the majority of interested parties came from postage stamp collectors clamoring for stamps on E-Bay. 
People  make great characturatures.  History is filled with art from political cartoons to intentionally offensive art depicting the human face and form in manners that may be considered uncomplimentary to any and all observers. 
This postage stamp represents a "caricatura" from Mexico and these and more similar images have been widely visible to any who sojourned south of the border or looked at magazines in Hispanic markets.  Drop by and look at some of the magazines in Oxnard's plentiful local markets.  It's worth a look if all you read is English
- the pictures tell a thousand palabras...........

Other News Items for the Month of August:

Rivera Productions is proud to announce the first Mariachi Beach Fiesta in the city of Port Hueneme on August 14, 2005.  The event will take place at the beautiful Oceanview Pavilion across from the Port Hueneme Pier. Experience the excitement and culture of Mariachi Music through traditional world renowned entertainment that will make this an unforgettable summertime memory.

Upwards of 1,000+ people will traffic the event giving you the opportunity to advertise to multiple diverse markets that will consist of beach goers, park visitors, near by neighborhoods and of course concert attendees.   Pre-concert, outdoor entertainment will attract additional traffic to the event allowing the event to achieve its maximum advertising reach.  The concert event will feature continuous Mariachi music on the pavilion stage, with Mariachi Anacatlan, Mariachi Camarillo and the all Female Mariachi Las Adelitas. The concert will be immediately followed by a dance with music by DJ. JAVI.


Event Schedule:


1:00pm             - Vendor Set Up

1:30pm             - Pre–Concert Outdoor Entertainment

2:00pm             - Box office open

2:30pm             - Doors open

3:00pm             - Concert 

                                    -Mariachi Camarillo

                                    -Mariachi Anacatlan

                                    -1st Intermission

                                    -Mariachi Las Adelitas de Jose Luis Salinas

6:00pm                         -2nd Intermission

6:15pm                         -Dance DJ. JAVI

10:00pm                        -End of Event


In addition to the day of the event, Rivera Productions will be promoting the event through newspapers, radio and television in the weeks preceding the event.  Food and drink, including alcohol, will be on sale courtesy of the Oceanview Pavilion. The admission cost is low so that entire families can take part of this summertime event.  It’s only through the generosity of a business such as yours that we can make this another one of Ventura County’s great summertime events.  In return for your support the Mariachi Beach Fiesta will provide your business with recognition as outlined in the attached sponsor application document.  The Mariachi Beach Fiesta will be proud to add your name to our sponsor list.  Regardless of your decision we hope you can join us on August 14, 2005!

Sincerely -- Ramon Rivera


Rivera Productions



Tel:  (805)660-1742


Here are some bits from the obituary for James "Scotty" Doohan. . .

At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army,
becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces
that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled.
"We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't
heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was
machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right
finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on the screen), four in
his leg and one in the chest. Fortunately the chest bullet was stopped
by his silver cigarette case.

(who says smoking is bad for you?)
Dear Friend,

This much is clear already. Judge Roberts is no Sandra Day O'Connor.

Last night we learned that President Bush wants to replace a woman who voted to uphold Roe v. Wade with a man who argued against Roe v. Wade, and that sends a clear signal that this White House remains bent on opening old wounds and dividing America.

There are big questions that must be answered involving Judge Roberts' judicial philosophy as demonstrated over his short time on the appellate court. The Senate must learn whether he has a clear, consistent commitment to upholding Constitutional standards like civil rights, the right to privacy, and Roe v. Wade. These issues are in serious question if you take even a cursory glance at his record.

We need to ask the tough questions to determine whether John Roberts is the nominee who will give America a Court that is fair, independent, ethical and committed to Constitutional freedoms rather than an ideological agenda, and I promise you I will do everything in my power to assure that no question is sidestepped.

Throughout every step of the confirmation process, I will keep you informed about the questions that need to be asked, the answers we need to demand, and the principles we need to defend. It's impossible to overstate the importance of this moment.

As the U.S. Senate discharges one of its most important responsibilities, I will be active and vigilant. I hope you will do the same, beginning right now. Start by sharing a few words about your personal feelings on the importance of this Supreme Court nomination.

You can submit your comments or questions here:


Thank you, - John Kerry

P.S. In the days ahead, we'll be featuring on our johnkerry.com website a cross-section of the comments submitted and contacting you with important information and action requests as events demand. Sign up here if you want to get the latest information. Recruit your friends and neighbors, too.

Oxnard is mostly registered Democrat with four of its five council-members being registered Democrat.
An actual estimated population exists within city limits of upwards toward 200-thousand souls.
Oxnard is mostly recognized for it's strawberry harvest and Mediterranean climate.

Democrats have a Congressional Representative who serves us in the House of Representatives -
- The Honorable Lois Capps .......
An Afternoon by the Sea", and opportunity to meet and hear Congresswoman Lois Capps - on Saturday, August 6, 2005 from 2 - 5:00 PM @ a location, adjacent to Channel Islands Harbor at the very end of South Victoria Avenue, Oxnard

1. The price is $25 in advance: and $30 at the door on the date of event. Please make checks payable to "GOOD Club Event" and send to GOOD Club, P.O. Box 5673, Oxnard, CA 93031

Thanks for your help. Please contact me if any questions ...  An Afternoon by the Sea


All Democrats and their family, friends and neighbors are invited to enjoy a special summer day at a beach party to be held at Silver Strand Beach, next to Channel Islands Harbor, at the very end of South Victoria Avenue , Oxnard where the Pacific Ocean meets the sand.
Come join all of us at "An Afternoon by the Sea with Congresswoman Lois Capps" on Saturday, August 6 from 2 - 5 PM sponsored by the Greater Oxnard Order of Democrats
                                 ( GOOD Club ).
This is our  Democrat "kick-off the campaign" fundraiser and tickets are required to properly plan for refreshments crowd control. We anticipate a large gathering of exited and energetic  Democrats who like to party. Ticket price TBA.
This party site is right on the beach with a spectacular view of the surf, islands, sailboats and wildlife. The harbor entrance is only a short walk on the sand; and hats and sunscreen are recommended. This promises to be a memorable event for Ventura County Democrats.
Signs will point out the party location at the big, beautiful house at the far end of Silver Strand Beach on Ocean Blvd. Parking is permitted on the nearby streets.



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Beautiful Wilson Historic
Neighborhood Views.

Tomás Cafe Hosts PPV Fight Nite

Oxnard Economic Outlook  

Is Oxnard's Living Wage
Policy A Joke?

FRYs Electronix Coming to OX

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A+ Educational

Locations all over
Southern California

                 NO - CHILD - LEFT - BEHIND
Every Child Deserves the Best -
A+ Educational Center Offers This.
In Co-ordination with the Oxnard School District, OceanView School District,
and the El Rio School District -

Your child in Grade 1 ~thru~ 8
can receive
Free Supplemental Education / Tutoring in our Center or at your home

             E-mail the Ventura / Oxnard Center for Details

Coming Events:

The First & Third Tuesday 2005
      Oxnard Screenwriters meeting
      Borders Bookstore Cafe
      7-9 PM

PHIL ROCKWELL is the stalwart group leader of Oxnard Screenwriters,
he can be reached via e-mail for more info on .

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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Dona Rosa
- Mexican Food - Best Fast Meal Deal in Oxnard -
Hosted by the Mendoza Family
.... come taste and enjoy.......
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