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OCTOBER - - 22 -- in the Year 2000 .
With elections coming....the Oxnard Journal will have personal interviews with as many candidates for Oxnard Office as we can - We must forego the Port Hueneme Elections and just say that you should vote out the incumbents and vote for new blood on the P.H. coucil //// Reason being Simply the Beach Wall - Your current Council allowed that.... The Wall sucks and should be removed. Murray Rosenbluth and Toni Young were responsible regardless of what blather they spew in contradiction to that. They built the WALL - they should pay at the ballot box. To see Personal Views of the editor on the election (((Clicketh Here ))) otherwise: Here's the latest....
The Elections are Coming:
Airport Issue Looms in Glide path to election.
Downtown Movie Theater still in Matinee session.
VOTE "" N O ! ! ! """ on Measure "O".
The General Ballot Propositions (( Over-View )).
Auto Sign War.
And Now, the News.
ELECTION SELECTION UNDERWAY.
With Mayor Manuel Lopez runing unopposed, the Council and two 4-year elected offices are the Hot Seats. The two council seats of Incumbents, John C. Zaragoza (1st term) and Bedford Pinkard (2 term) are fighting for their seats. Both Incumbents have the largest signs out on the landscrape of Oxnard, while other candidates put up smaller signs in a feverous attempt to gain a foothold on the electorate's attention. This year, with the Presidential race being the big draw, there is expected to be a rather large turnout of voters who either seek change or continuation of the Status Quo.
Challengers to the Incumbent Council members are: In our Editorial order of effectiveness..... Joe Avelar, Martin Jones, Saul Medina, and Alex Escobel. Joe Avelar is a former city employee, and like John Zaragoza who was former head of the City Refuse program, has an intimate knowledge of the City from the base, from the streets. Joe would really make a good Council member as his is personable and approachable and is not taken up with his own self importance. Martin Jones is also a very viable candidate, he has a background in Real Estate having worked with some of the most major R.E. firms in the country. Martin knows a lot, but he has to get out the vote by burning shoe leather. Also, his recent split with his campaign manager revealed some chinks in the armor. Saul Medina is a young man on a mission to improve Oxnard. He is approachable and eager to learn. He has yet to get a firmer grasp on the issues that face Oxnard and how to handle delicate issues such as the Airport. He is promising and would be a refreshing face to see seated on the Council. Alex Escobel has some pretty road signs; hand-painted, in colorful lettering. Being a teacher, he would be restricted in his effectiveness to serve unencumbered as his priority would keeping class in session. He has good ideas, and may show a good turn out in the poles with people who place school bumper stickers on their cars, but otherwise, the Contenders are the two incumbents, Zaragoza and Pinkhard - with Avelar, Jones, and Medina nipping at their heels.
In the City Treasurer's Race, Incumbent Dale Belcher is facing her hardest challenge in Christopher AREVALO. Arevalo is a cool-headed experienced business administrator who has the best chance at draining votes from the ever popular, conservative Dale BELCHER. Dale has been our Treasurer for 12 years and is ready to continue being our Treasurer. A set back loss of over 800-thousand Oxnard dollars is the biggest set-back to Dale's sailing clear into a third term. More time and more debates will need to make the line finer between the two candidates. Enrique Petris, having good intentions is also running for Treasurer.
The City Clerk Race has the best chance of unseating an incumbent. Running against Incumbent Daniel Martinez are Jackie Rogers, a former Deputy Clerk for the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors, and Bill Winter, a Federal Clerk with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Daniel has been in office for two terms and has not actually endeared himself to the City. He has had no other political aspirations than to be in the Clerk's Office. Of the three Candidates, only Winter has higher aspirations to serve Oxnard and has been vocal on that aspect. Jackie Rogers ran against Martinez in 1996 and she garnered 8-thousand plus votes, but Daniel drew 12-thousand and won in '96. But in 1997 and 1998, the Ventura County Grand Jury, in it's investigation of certain city practices, noted that the City Clerk's Office was un-cooperative and unresponsive to Grand Jury inquests. This is not the direction the City Clerk's Offics should be going in and there appears to be the greatest opportunity for change in this highly visible public office.
CLOSE THAT DARN AIRPORT....
City Manager Ed Sotelo Announced at the 10/10/00 Council Meeting, next week's City Council Meeting will be postponed due to a full schedule of meetings of the Council with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) re: Joint Use of Military Airfields. With the push to make El Toro Marine Corps Air Station a Civilian air facility, the FAA is having previous experience to rest upon. We wish the Council the best as they have shown the foresight to be involved with these meetings.
Citizens who reside in the flight path, and residents who want the Airport relocated so more schools can be built in the center of Oxnard are all Against the continued existence of the Oxnard Airport. The airport is currently a feeder field for United Express flights to LAX and for light plane and corporate jet, Oxnard serves as a full-service field.
The debate against keeping an operation airfield in the center of town is growing and gaining more attention. A move is underfoot to seek the Navy's help in setting aside one of their operational airstrips to serve as the new Ventura County Airport. The county itself has control of the airport operations as they do at Camarillo. A plan for Joint-Use of the Mugu airfield is a vocal desire, but not official moves have been made or even discussed to initiate such a change. It is the Oxnard Journal's knowledge that Joint Use airports work well as with the Navy on the American Territory of Guam. The Airport at Agana is a Naval Air Facility and also the main airport of the civilian population of Guam. Joint-Use is not a far away option for Oxnard. The new Council should push for looking at such a plan and implementing the means to pursue joint use. It's best that Oxnard make the first move and assume the leadership in this pursuit.
DOWNTOWN THEARE is DOWN in the MOUTH
In an attempt to follow Ventura's success at having a downtown cinema, the City of Oxnard has again followed a losing pattern and as they say in Tinsel-town: "Timing is EVERYTHING!" -&- Timing for getting a new city downtown movie house has been fraught with problems and timing being a new one. First, the City's HUD Application for funds to pay for the theatre came under fire when it was discovered innappropriate terminology was used on the application and the revelation that the City Manager had not read the document before it left his office caused the City a lot of headaches. Now, the the closure of the Camarillo Mann and recent attention to the plight of Movie Theater owner and operators, it seems to be a bad investment at an even worse time to make such allocations.
No On MEASURE "O" - Vote No on "O"
(( No Rhymes with "O" ))
Visit the No on O website: WWW.NoMeasureO.org
Would you like a hospital controlling your rightful funds from Tobacco Settlements....."Vote no on the private grab of public money" Martin Jones - "The settlement money belongs to the people of Ventura County, not a private Hospital"
Positions recommended...questions and/or suggestions?
November 2000 - Ballot Propositions
* This Section Courtesy of San Luis Obispo County Repubicans
The Oxnard Auto Center Sign is being reviewed due to LCD lighting which the Sign will employ. Debate is over whether the signage will be effective. Oxnard Journal recommends you drive down the 405 or 210 and you can see all the LCD signs for the auto dealers and for Ditech.com. So let's wait and see how this sign war comes out. Oddly enough, when Oxnard announced that their Auto Center was going to heigthen and enliven their auto center sign - then Ventura's Auto Center wanted to boost their sign which resides in a ditch/gulch whereas the Oxnard sign is prominent on the level with the 101 freeway. Go Buy a car !!!!!!
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Welcome to the personal views of the Editor who has been up with all the latest of the candidates..... Here's how it's gonna shake out:::::
Presidential: Bushy --- America is ready for change and wants to shift gears from the power to the poor to power to those who have have made money in the last eight years and want to keep it. Buchannan and Nadder have to earn at least 5% of the popular vote to keep their Federal Matching Funds ---- they either comes in under 5% - guess what - they return the money.
Stentorian Senate: Finklestein, Lady Di ---- Campbell will get the (R) vote, but majority of voters feel comfortable with lady Di-Fi.
23rd Congressional Seat :::: Gallegly - who has no college degree and has a hatred to immigrants needs to go away. Case is a good man who has the interest of the people, but Giggely will win as his signs are bigger and more of Thousand Oaks and Simi votes in the east county than do the surfers and farm-hands of the west county. Soon, someday a challenger worth the fight will step up ---- Elton will retain his seat.
ASSembly: Hanna Beth will win her northern seat as Robin Sullivan has only a few signs and no presence - she has had an uneventful term in Santa Paula Council and will continue being uneventful. Hanna Beth has a solid base and the former Brooks Firestone republicans have already gone to Mexico or Maine for the winter.
Anthony (R) Strict-land will get the vote as he has bigger signs and Roz McGrath was finished as a candidate two elections ago, she just seems to keep coming back for the same results. Her signs say "Kids First" but as all parents know, kids don't vote and kids are noisy rug ratz who should be seen and not heard....Roz's message is lost in rhetoric which no voter has time to decipher. Tony will continue to fight the gas tax and will retain Nao Takasugi's former Assembly seat.
Stupervisor --- who cares - it's bennett and monahan and John Flynn still is our Supervisor and does a Superior Job....
Mayor - Dr. Manuel Lopez is running unopposed ---- Lucky Break.
Council - Zaragoza deserves another term --- Pinkard is running scarred and is speaking of enjoying "having" served on the council - like he knows he's on his way out ---- if so - who shall fill his seat....
The Oxnard Journal endorses SAUL MEDINA - he is a young man who has good signs, well placed and has a grip on the real needs of the city....he is forward thinking and willing to learn.
The competition in order of Threat Potential to Pink-hard as rated by the Oxnard Journal is: (scale 1 ~ 10):
Martini Jones ----- (7)]
Joe Avelar ---------(6.)
Saul Medina --------(5.7)
Alex EscoBELL -----(4.2)
Saul MEDINA is our choice, but Martini has a firm grip on the issues - but is opinionated and pretty set in his confirmation - plus he told our editor, that if he lost this race, he was going to move to Mexico, which by saying such statement - indicates that he is NOT 100% Committed to the city of Oxnard. SAUL MEDINA is and will do well to serve the city and work with the other Council members and Mayor.
City Treasurer ---- BELCHER ---- no Other Choice......
CITY Clerk - this is where there is the Greatest Chance for Change in Local City Government. The truth is No body likes our current clerk who is in office because he is the nephew or cousin, or some sort of relative to Mayor Lopez, Lopez got him in office. Danny Martinez's only qualification to be city clerk was that he worked for the post office before assuming office. Winter is a Federal Clerk, has a grasp on environmental documents and all governmental processes and Rogers who either quit her job or was released, in order to be a candidate ---- Rogers - our advice to you is "Don't Quit Your Day Job"! Winter did not quit his job and knows the reality of running for political office as he has been on the ballot for council in '92 - '94 ' and '98. Politics is for the ready and knowledge-centered candidates.
Oxnard Journal Endorces WINTER - although Rogers is a good candidate, but Winter brings more to the plate.....more experience and more connected to the community..........
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