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8 / 31 / 2005 -- Oxnard, Calif. --
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| Oxnard Downtown
............and People wonder if they should go see.
For Oxnard, the past twenty years has been a business coma as vital organizations and businesses beat feet to leave an ever increasingly desolate area know as "Downtown".
The Oxnard City Council, in all its iterations has now officially opened its showcase for the new age of revitalization, the downtown movie theatre.
A strobe light lit the sky on Friday night and was absent from the remaining weekend's afterglow and eventide.
What was to be our first shinning glory for making the big turn in Oxnard's downtown future has now, within two days turned into another turn-key for entrepreneurs eager to find a new and untapped market. The market was tapped until the moment the City Council voted in an ordinance banning all other movie theatres from operating within the corporate city limits of Oxnard. Ugh!!!!
...................thusly - there went the Channel Islands Movie Theatre at the waning Carriage Square shopping center.
So - with all the enemy theatres laid asunder and no other competition in this Mecca of 200-thousand souls, the developers of the movie theatre have done what they promised - regardless of any court opinions brought on by City Watchdog Martin Jones. Jones has an interesting take on the current status of the theatre.
According to Jones, the City is into a deal worse than a timeshare, the City is beholden to the developers to the tune of One-Point-Six-Million dollars per year - and all this of city taxpayer money if the theatre doesn't breach the business model profit margin as contrived by someone who saw the dollars on the horizon.
A series of articles by Oxnard City Hall reporter Charles Levin, writing in the Star has indeed alerted the general populace to the fact that a movie theatre is now open in Oxnard's mysterious Downtown. To date, 115 comments on the Star's online version blog-trak have become a sounding board for people to 'dis Oxnard in general or wonder if the popcorn can be discounted.....so the debate has just begun.
Time will tell how the theater works. City Hall watchers and gadflies will surely predict that a massive session of creative bookkeeping will prevent the public from knowing exactly how this massive publicly funded commercial venture fairs.
TAKE ON THE DOWNTOWN MOVIE THEATRE
Calif - 8-19-2005 )
THE CITY OF OXNARD ANNOUNCES
THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW FINANCE DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR
Oxnard City Manager, Edmund F. Sotelo, announced today the appointment of Oxnard's new Finance Director.
Maricela R. Medina, C.P.A. will be assuming her responsibilities as Director of the Finance Department on Wednesday, September 7, 2005. After an extensive search, "The City is fortunate to have found a quality and highly sought after director that is not only a CPA, but also has extensive experience as a public sector Finance Director and has proven leadership abilities," said Mr. Sotelo.
Maricela "Marcie" Medina has 17 years of finance experience in both the public and private sectors.
Ms Medina comes to Oxnard from the City of Pico Rivera in Los Angeles County where she served as the Director of Finance/City Treasurer since 2003. Prior to Pico Rivera, Ms Medina was a Finance Division Manager for the City of Pasadena, a full service municipality, where she was responsible for the accounting and analysis division.
Medina's work in various capacities in the Finance Department of the City of Azusa culminated in her appointment as Director of Finance after five years. In her three years as Finance Director, she implemented new municipal financial software and restructured the finance department to improve efficiency and employee job satisfaction.
Marcie grew up in the City of Brentwood in Northern California. She is one of nine children consisting of three brothers and six sisters. In her freshman year of High School, her family moved to the Los Angeles area where she attended Baldwin Park High School. Ms Medina continued her education at Cerritos College where she earned an AS in Business Administration, and it was at the University of Southern California where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Ms Medina, her husband and two children are excited to move to Oxnard and become members of this dynamic community. "I welcome the challenge and am looking forward to working in the City of Oxnard with such diversity and growth potential. In addition, I am thrilled to be a part of a department with so many capable and talented accounting professionals," she said.
Contact: Christina Aerenlund, Public Information Officer
300 West Third Street, Fourth Floor O Oxnard, California 93030
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 23, 2005
Rachel Shaw, Director Human Resources Dept. (805) 385-7590
|Neither Snow -
nor sleight, nor Rain, nor Dark of Night, nor being Shot, will keep
Santa Paula Postman and Southbank Neighborhood Council Chair, Bert Perello
from his appointed rounds.
An e-mail describing what happened and especially the disposition of the ten-year old boy who shot Bert while he was delivering Rural Free Delivery mail.
The following appears on the Santa Paula Times - and describes what happened to Bert:
10-year-old arrested for Aliso
Canyon pellet gun shooting of postman
Regan is worth a look as a viable candidate.
Dr. Don Regan
Regan for Congress | 1516 West Branch | (805) 481-3277 | Arroyo Grande | CA | 93420
|Oxnard College Swapmeet.
Meeting at the Administration Building of Oxnard College, Monday evening 18 July 2005. with regard to the Swapmeet. -- Time of the event was vague 5pm to 7pm it was printed on a flyer that was passed out on Sunday the day before.
We got there early at 5:30. No notice, no people. We enquired at the Admissions counter where the Oxnard College Foundation meeting was going to be held. Just down the corridor at the conference room beside the College Presidents Office.
This was quite a small room for the meeting for the number of people/ vendors I was thinking would attend.
Looks like nothing happening yet. What time the Foundation usually meet? About 6, at six-thirty PM.
Ok we will wait it out at the library. At 6pm we get back to the corridor of the Admissions counter and find it filled with people.
They are not applying for matriculation but for the swapmeet meeting it turns out.
Speaker among the crowd. Activity organizers?
Some two hundred people completely filled the hall way outside the OC Admin counter late Monday July 18, 2005 at about 6pm. However it turned out that they were not filling for matriculation or other academic requirements. These people had come to attend the OC Foundation Meeting that they were told about would decide on the status of the OC Swapmeet.
Many of these people were vendors and their families who had heard that the Swapmeet was going to be closed. Some had pointed out that the Special Use Permit issued by the City of Oxnard on display at the swapmeet booth was expired.
A largely hispanic crowd there seemed to be several persons who were addressing them of the situation in the hall way.
Soon the College Police had arrived to look into the situation. More would follow later.
The OC Foundation had a scheduled meeting that late afternoon. These were composed of the executive board, that included the College President. Item B. on the posted agenda on the notice board outside the conference room described the matters concerning the Community Market (Swapmeet) issue.
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