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Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News By David Bauder
6/20/2019 9:54:53 AM

NEW YORK (AP)—Julian Castro is the latest Democratic presidential contender to follow the trend of criticizing Fox News Channel while appearing on the network for a town hall. The former Housing secretary's scolding of Fox on Thursday for its coverage of Hillary Clinton was mild compared to recent attacks by Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand. But it drew an answer from moderator Bret Baier. The exchange illustrated the strong feelings Fox generates among many Democrats for its commentators' support of President Donald Trump, and the pressures faced by candidates...

Oxnard teen determined to raise $1 million to #savethePACC By Stu Roseville
6/20/2019 9:52:26 AM

OXNARD—Fifteen-year-old Anthony Delgadillo Salas got tired of waiting for the grown-ups in the room to save his beloved, beleaguered Oxnard Performing Arts Center (The PACC) and decided to take matters into his own hands. The Oxnard High School student has launched a $1 million GoFundMe campaign to help save the financially-strapped local institution. Salas, a graduate of Haydock Academy of Arts and Sciences middle school, is an eloquent, cool-headed spokesteen; in response to unanticipated questions during a phone interview with the Sentry, he repeated the category of some...

California's $214 billion budget focuses on health, homeless By Adam Beam
6/20/2019 9:32:59 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—California lawmakers on Thursday approved a $214.8 billion state budget that would spend more on health care and education, bolster the state's top firefighting agency following devastating wildfire seasons, and boost state reserves. The spending plan was passed with separate votes by the state Assembly and Senate. It now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it in the coming days. “What a luxury we have, to get to stand here and argue over where we should put our savings, how we should spend some of the additional money we have to...

USC gynecologist class-action lawsuit gets initial approval
6/20/2019 9:29:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—A judge has given preliminary approval to a $215 million settlement of a federal lawsuit against the University of Southern California stemming from sexual abuse allegations against a gynecologist who worked there for decades. The judge Wednesday also set a January hearing on final approval. The settlement would create a fund to pay $2,500 to $250,000 to women who say Dr. George Tyndall abused them between 1988 and 2016. It also would mandate reforms, including appointment of a women’s health advocate to handle misconduct complaints. USC interim...

Jessica Biel: Not against vaccinations, just against bill
6/20/2019 9:26:01 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Actress Jessica Biel says she's not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram Thursday morning that she supports children getting vaccinated and she also supports families having the “right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.” Biel wrote that she...

Public Works and Transportation sends golf course contract forward without endorsement
6/17/2019 6:28:02 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard— The Public Works and Transportation Committee sent a fee for service agreement with American Golf Corporation (AGC) to the full city council but did not approve or endorse the item.   The committee wants the full council to weigh in on the matter as one member called says the agreement puts the members in a tough place.   The agreement was hurried along, as City Manager Alex Nguyen said the matter should have been vetted months, not weeks, in advance. The contract with the current operator expires at...

Downtown Oxnard Lions step up for Driffill Elementary School
6/13/2019 3:06:56 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—A large crowd of hungry supporters stopped by Driffill Elementary School on June 8, ready to enjoy breakfast and support Driffill's Winter Closet at the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Downtown Oxnard Lion's Club.   Attendees enjoyed delicious pancakes, thick and fluffy, along with fruit, sausage, bacon, coffee, and lots more.      Carol Flores Beck has been the principal of Driffill for nine years and plans to retire at the end of the year after 39 years of teaching...

Food Share helps needy families in La Colonia
6/13/2019 2:45:40 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- People helping people was alive and well at the Colonia Library, June 8, as the monthly food share event means full stomachs and happy families.   Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator Rose Banuelos led the food share and said it’s a monthly event in the La Colonia neighborhood every second Saturday of the month.   “We’ve been doing this food share for about 20 years,” she said. “We pick up food from Food Share, and we have volunteers come in and distribute to...

Public Works and Transportation endorses Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment
6/13/2019 2:35:17 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Public Works and Transportation Committee endorsed awarding a contract to GI Endurant, LLC for the Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment Phase II during its June 11, meeting. The contract amount is for $499, 632, and an additional $49, 963 for contingencies and 49,963. They also approved $49,963 for engineering, inspection, survey, and project management and approved an appropriation of $358,349 for the Oxnard Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration Engine Refurbishment Phase II. Interim...

Council decides to fund Engine 62 at budget hearing
6/13/2019 2:19:05 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard—The Oxnard City Council's Budget hearing drew a massive crowd, and more than its share of fireworks and passion on June 5.   More than 80 people came out to speak against the city's proposed closing of the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC), the Carnegie Arts Museum, the Colonia Library and Boxing Gym and proposed cutbacks at Station 2 on Pleasant Valley Road to take Engine 62 out of service and run the station with only Emergency Medical Services.   By department, the city is...