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Public Safety Committee approves animal shelter contract
6/27/2019 7:54:04 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— The Public Safety Committee for the City of Oxnard approved the 2019-2020 animal shelter agreement, June 26, and received a report from staff on animal safety in the city.   The agreement is with the County of Ventura Public Health Agency for animal sheltering services and will not exceed $2.114 million (or net value of $1.334 million based on the credit of projected animal licensing revenue of $780,000 for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020.    Oxnard Police Department Commander Denise Shadinger reported...

Finance and governance committee approves loan payment to the water fund
6/27/2019 3:07:06 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council's Finance and Governance Committee endorsed paying $159,349 from the golf course operating fund for the fiscal year 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 to make regularly scheduled payments on the 2013 loan from the water fund.   Chief Financial Officer Kevin Riper said the appropriation was not included in the 2018-2019 budget and wasn't included 2019-2020 budget approved last week.   "The thought was a year ago that sufficient golf course development fees would have accumulated...

Public Works and Transportation Committee approves rate assistance program
6/27/2019 2:59:47 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—Help for low-income residents moved past the Public Works and Transportation Committee, June 25, as the body approved the utility rate assistance program for utility bills sent to Oxnard residents.   The item allows for a $15 monthly credit for a service charge for customers who meet the eligibility requirements.   The staff was also authorized to direct $145,000 annually from penalty fees charged to current customers who pay their bills late to fund the utility rate assistance...

SurfcatCafe garage sale benefits the furry felines
6/27/2019 11:10:44 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— It was a shopping extravaganza for a great cause June 22, as SurfcatCafe & Adoptions hosted a garage sale benefitting the organization.   The sale featured great cat-themed treasures and keepsakes, along with SurfcatCafe T-shirts and other collectibles.   Surfcat Cafe & Adoptions is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care and community connections for cats in need of forever homes.    Former Treasurer Joy Connell came out to help with current...

Finance and Governance Committee approves golf course revenues and expenditures
6/27/2019 10:17:39 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Finance and Governance Committee for the City of Oxnard took a step towards being more transparent and endorsed the River Ridge Golf Course’s revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year 2019-2020 during its June 25, meeting.   The item had a line-by-line breakdown of the costs and revenues, and Committee Chairman Tim Flynn pointed out that revenues exceed expenditures.   Chief Financial Officer Kevin Riper told the committee the matter is more of a technical budgeting issue and in years...

Ava Duvernay’s ‘When They See Us’ sets Netflix viewership records  By Lauren Victoria Burke
6/27/2019 8:50:49 AM

“When They See Us” has been the most-watched series on Netflix in the U.S. every day since it premiered on May 31,” according to Netflix’s Twitter account on June 12. Though Netflix does not release specific viewership numbers, the internet channel is a worldwide portal for content that has over 145 million paid subscribers.  “When They See Us” relays the jarring miscarriage of justice against five teens—Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise—who were convicted of assault, rape, and attempted...

Michael Jackson's popularity endures, even after new scandal By Jonathan Landrum, Jr.
6/27/2019 8:49:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The documentary “Leaving Neverland” presented a disturbing depiction of Michael Jackson as a child molester, but the initial wave of negative publicity hasn't greatly diminished the King of Pop's image or the enduring popularity of his music. Many believe Jackson's musical legacy is still going strong as Tuesday's 10th anniversary of his death approaches. Backlash to the documentary that aired in March on HBO and Britain's Channel 4 prompted radio stations in Canada to stop playing his music and the producers of “The...

Channel Islands Maritime Museum celebrates ocean defenders alliance exhibit
6/27/2019 8:46:46 AM

OXNARD—As part of its continuing 2019 theme of “Into the Deep,” Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is working in partnership with the Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) to highlight the effects of human-made debris on our oceans ecosystems. As part of this partnership, CIMM is pleased to announce an Ocean Defenders Alliance Exhibit that will share the mission, work, and results produced by the Alliance. While many of us have heard about the harmful debris in our world’s oceans, the Ocean Defenders Alliance is actively working to clean marine habitats in order to...

$200M in restitution and forgiveness delivers financial justice: settlements help consumers harmed by for-profit colleges, high-cost loans By Charlene Crowell
6/27/2019 8:44:28 AM

The struggle to eliminate high-cost predatory debt is a daunting one—particularly for Black America. As access to affordable credit, loans and mortgages seem ever elusive across the country, lying in wait are countless predatory lenders eager to fill the personal finance void. But in recent days, two unrelated developments awarded consumers more than $200 million in victories against high-cost private student loans and restitution for triple-digit interest payday loans. Together, the two developments illustrate how freedom from debt burdens can lifted and erased. The work of...

Whatever Happened to the Simple Things in Life? Dr. James L. Snyder
6/27/2019 8:41:39 AM

I’m not a very complicated person. I like simple things; things nice and easy. Occasionally I will do a crossword puzzle, but beside that, I enjoy the simple life. On the other side, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is very complicated. Just when I have everything figured out, I find another side of her that I did not know was there. I suppose that is what married life is all about; year-by-year discovering new aspects of your spouse. I am very simple minded when it comes to going out to eat. When we go to a restaurant, for example, I’m very simple in what...