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August 1, 2014
We need your advertising support,  donations to sustain, grow Amigos805

Aug. 1, 2014 Dear community supporters of Amigos805, It’s hard to believe that we are already past the midpoint of 2014. Where has the year gone? Soon, we will begin celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events from Fiestas Patrias to gallery showings, cultural dance and musical performances and important information for the community such as the annual Binational Health Week (Month) activities in October. For Amigos805, it has been a great year reaching our audience in the region and meeting our goal of “Bringing cultures together by sharing information.” By mid-2014 we had already reported nearly...
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Mercedes Fernandez-Oromendia, Avery Voos awarded 2013-14 Hosford Awards for Excellence in Professional Behavior at UCSB

August 28, 2014
Mercedes Fernandez-Oromendia, Avery Voos awarded 2013-14 Hosford Awards for Excellence in Professional Behavior at UCSB

SANTA BARBARA — Mercedes Fernandez-Oromendia and Avery Voos, graduate students at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, have been awarded 2013-14 Ray E. Hosford Awards for Excellence in Professional Behavior, the university reported in a media release. These awards are for service they performed at the Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic at UC Santa Barbara. In a nomination letter, a co-worker said Fernandez-Oromendia, “Worked with clients in a professional manner, ensuring they felt safe to share and grow. She championed a bilingual student group that helped clinicians increase their competence and confidence in providing therapy in Spanish.” In a...
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Bilingual commentary: Perception and judgment

August 26, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Perception and judgment

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Perceptions, and their subsequent judgments, are interesting things.  Sometimes, our instincts guide our perceptions and provide more accurate information than we could possibly acquire with our “rational” minds. Other times, our perceptions are so misleading, and our judgments so skewed, that when we find out how unfortunate or hilarious those perceptions are, we wonder if we even have a functioning...
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Office of Ventura County Supervisor Zaragoza recruiting for El Rio resident advisory council

August 26, 2014
Office of Ventura County Supervisor Zaragoza recruiting for El Rio resident advisory council

VENTURA COUNTY — The Office of Ventura County Supervisor Zaragoza is accepting applications to serve as an alternate member on the El Rio Del Norte Municipal Advisory Council, also known informally as the El Rio MAC, Zaragoza’s office reported in a media release. El Rio MAC members serve as unpaid volunteers. The responsibilities of the El Rio MAC are to advise the Board of Supervisors and County agencies and officials on public safety, health, welfare and parks and recreation issues in El Rio, Nyeland Acres, the Strickland neighborhood and other County unincorporated areas near El Rio. The MAC meets...
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Guest commentary: Vampires at the border

August 25, 2014
Guest commentary: Vampires at the border

Keeping the lower 50 percent in their place Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor Reuters reported that Americans are deeply worried that undocumented immigration is threatening U.S. traditional beliefs, customs and the nation’s economy – an amazing overwhelming majority — eighty-six percent of Republicans and 70 percent of Americans share this bias. To get the full significance the article should be read concurrently with Noam Chomsky’s...
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Oxnard College to present ‘The Latino Thought Maker Series’ program on Aug. 27 featuring Carlos Portugal, creator of the HULU original series ‘East Los High’

August 25, 2014
Oxnard College to present ‘The Latino Thought Maker Series’ program on Aug. 27 featuring Carlos Portugal, creator of the HULU original series ‘East Los High’

 OXNARD COLLEGE — Oxnard College will present “The Latino Thought Maker Series” free program featuring Carlos Portugal, creator of the HULU original series “East Los High” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center Auditorium, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. Hosted by Rick Najera, the event will feature an intimate conversation with Portugal, creator, producer and director of “East Los High.” This HULU original is the first ever English-language teen drama starring an all-Latino cast and is a Hulu original, an online video streaming network, organizers reported in a media release. The event will...
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Supervisor Zaragoza to attend Gov. Brown’s luncheon Aug. 25 to honor Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

August 22, 2014
Supervisor Zaragoza to attend Gov. Brown’s luncheon Aug. 25 to honor Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

SACRAMENTO — Ventura County Supervisor John C. Zaragoza will be traveling to Sacramento to attend a luncheon on Aug. 25 hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Brown in honor of the President of the United Mexican States, Enrique Peña Nieto, Zaragoza’s office reported in a media release. “Mexico is a neighbor, many things that happen on one side of the border affect the other,” Zaragoza said. “Besides cross-border family relationships, Mexico is a very important trade partner. Ventura County’s billion dollar agriculture industry depends heavily on workers from Mexico. Of the 15,000 – 25,000 (depending on...
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Guest commentary: Oxnard Latino community faces epidemic / pandemic health problem

August 20, 2014
Guest commentary: Oxnard Latino community faces epidemic / pandemic health problem

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Armando Vazquez / Guest contributor The internationally accepted definition of a pandemic as it appears in the Dictionary of Epidemiology is straightforward and well-known: ‘an epidemic occurring worldwide, or over a very wide area, crossing international boundaries and usually affecting a large number of people’.  We have that kind of epidemic/pandemic health problem in the greater Oxnard Latino community, and it is getting bigger and more deadly every year....
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Bilingual commentary: Created vs. Reactive Life

August 19, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Created vs. Reactive Life

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Sometimes I turn to a random book in my office library and turn to a random page to get an idea for this column. Recently, a day after I did that, a newspaper column appeared that reinforced the random topic I had selected in the book. That topic is about using our innate ability to create our lives rather than...
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Bilingual report: Teatro de las Américas to present ‘La infamia / Infamy’ from Aug. 22 through Sept. 6 at Oxnard College

August 18, 2014
Bilingual report: Teatro de las Américas to present ‘La infamia / Infamy’ from Aug. 22 through Sept. 6 at Oxnard College

OXNARD — Teatro de las Américas present “La infamia / Infamy,” a tragedy in one act, from Aug. 22 through Sept. 6 at the Black Box Theatre in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard “La infamia was written by Mexico’s avant garde playwright Óscar Liera and is directed by Jesús Castaños Chima, who says: “This play does indeed treat of domestic violence, alcohol abuse, sexuality and other no less serious themes, La infamia provides a mirror where we can reflect and see those hidden stories, of which no family is exempt, because the human condition...
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Canceled: Café on A to hold ‘Painting Party’ on Aug. 23, 24 in downtown Oxnard

August 18, 2014
Canceled: Café on A to hold ‘Painting Party’ on Aug. 23, 24 in downtown Oxnard

OXNARD — The Cafe on A, at 438 So. A St., downtown Oxnard, has been the gateway for many community programs / events for more than 15 years and is proud to serve the most at-risk youth and marginalized community. But the time has come to give the Cafe on A some little TLC, the organization reported in a media release. Thanks to Home Depot, Behr Paints, Laborers Union 585 and community volunteers we will be able to spruce up the interior of the Cafe on A with new paint and replace ceiling tiles. So this weekend … we are...
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2014 Fiestas Patrias celebration opens with ‘Certamen Señorita Fiestas Patrias Traje Tipico’ (traditional dress) competition on Aug. 24 in Oxnard

August 18, 2014
2014 Fiestas Patrias celebration opens with ‘Certamen Señorita Fiestas Patrias Traje Tipico’ (traditional dress) competition on Aug. 24 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The 2014 Fiestas Patrias celebration opens with ‘Certamen Señorita Fiestas Patrias Traje Tipico” (traditional dress) competition at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 at Pacifica High School, 600 E. Gonzalez Road, Oxnard, the Comité Cultural Mexicano and Lazer Broadcasting reported in a media release. Participants who will be wearing traditional dress representing various states of México include: Stephanie Gamboa — Yucatán Bianca Hernández — Colima Rebecca Fausto — Jalico Yonelida Alamillo — Chiapas Jazmine Mauricio — Districto Federal Nallely Miranda — Zacatecas Itandehui Moralez — Puebla María Elena Cisneros — Durango María de la Luz Gutíerrez — Tlaxcala There is...
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Guest commentary: The Chicana/o legacy

August 18, 2014
Guest commentary: The Chicana/o legacy

Gaining traction but still No. 9 Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor Students and community activists don’t appreciate how far we have come since the 1960s as a result of activism. They take for granted that Latinos are getting national attention, taking for granted simple things like being able to go to a swimming pool, attend college or walk into a department store. They rationalize that...
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Ventura Harley-Davidson will match every dollar donated until Friday to El Centrito STEAM Fundraising Challenge

August 14, 2014
Ventura Harley-Davidson will match every dollar donated until Friday to El Centrito STEAM Fundraising Challenge

By El Centrito Family Learning Centers OXNARD — Ventura Harley-Davidson gave El Centrito and our families a second chance to meet the $5,000 goal for our 5 Days to Raise campaign. When Ventura Harley-Davidson heard that our final fundraising total fell short of our goal, they committed to match all last minute gifts up to $2,500. Every dollar donated to El Centrito from now until Friday will be matched by Ventura Harley-Davidson. A $50 donation to El Centrito provides $100 of support; $2,500 of donations provides $5,000 of support! Donate today and double your impact with the support of Ventura...
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Bilingual commentary: Early childhood education is critical for state’s long-term success

August 13, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Early childhood education is critical for state’s long-term success

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Das Williams / Guest contributor The Big Bang: an explosion in the dark giving way to a world of remarkable beauty, revolutionary ideas, and intelligent life. While this of course usually refers to the creation of the universe, it also accurately describes what happens to the human brain in its most early years. Experts have determined that within the first five years of...
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Bilingual report: Family Health Fair to be presented Aug. 16 in Santa Paula

August 13, 2014
Bilingual report: Family Health Fair to be presented Aug. 16 in Santa Paula

SANTA PAULA — A free “Family Health Fair,” hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club, in partnership with Assemblymember Das Williams, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club and in Harding Park, 1400 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula. The event features free glucose, mammograms, blood pressure, dental and vision screenings, information booths on education and enrollment in MediCal and Covered California, Zumba classes, a Kids’ Zone, raffle prizes with Fit Fusion Family Studio and DJ Rene Sanchez. Sponsors include the FOOD SHARE...
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Bilingual commentary: The shock of realization

August 12, 2014
Bilingual commentary: The shock of realization

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor In one of the most interesting foreign movies I’ve ever seen, entitled The Other Son, an Islamic Palestinian young man discovers that he is in fact Jewish.  Concurrently, a young lad raised Jewish in Israel on the other side of the militarized border finds out that he was in fact born into a Muslim family and is told that he...
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Guest commentary: Why menudo is white?

August 11, 2014
Guest commentary: Why menudo is white?

Francisco R. Almada — Search for knowledge Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor When I began my research on Sonora, Mexico, I knew little about my mother’s home state other than my family’s constant references to it when I was growing up. I could always count on my mother singing Sonora Querida and on the ravings of the cooks (everyone in my family thought they were cooks) on...
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Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. to celebrate National Health Center Week — Aug. 10-15

August 7, 2014
Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. to celebrate National Health Center Week — Aug. 10-15

VENTURA COUNTY — Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will host events in honor of National Health Center Week (NHCW), the organization reported in a media release. These events are part of National Campaign which celebrates the record of success demonstrated by America’s Health Centers. Clinicas invites the Ventura Community to join them for a Health Fair at Church of the Living Christ, 171 Royal Avenue Simi Valley, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. Clinicas will offer free health screenings including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, vision and more.  The remainder of the week, Aug. 10 through 15,...
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Bilingual commentary: The Good Sin

August 5, 2014
Pecado Bueno

Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By David Magallanes / Guest contributor Sometimes, something that we perceive to be a gaffe, obstacle, or even tragedy, turns out serve our best interests. There are times when, apparently confronted by an unexpected catastrophe or misfortune, we could allow ourselves to become enraged, to curse the heavens, or fall into abysmal depths of depression. But this is precisely when we should let go of the...
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Guest commentary: Sometimes you cannot stay quiet

August 4, 2014
Guest commentary: Sometimes you cannot stay quiet

The border and the Middle East Editor’s note: Amigos805 welcomes guest columns, letters to the editor and other submissions from our readers. All opinions expressed in submitted material are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of Amigos805. By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor Recent events have brought back memories of a two-year tour of duty in Germany during the 1950s. While there I became skeptical about the reliability of oral interviews. In conversations with Germans almost everyone I spoke to, according to them, did not like Hitler and would either not admit knowing anything about the Holocaust...
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Ventura County Adult Education Consortium to hold series of town hall meetings on adult education Aug. 7, 11 and 12

August 4, 2014
Ventura County Adult Education Consortium to hold series of town hall meetings on adult education Aug. 7, 11 and 12

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Adult Education Consortium invites Ventura County adult education providers and partners to a series of town hall meetings on Aug. 5 (Oxnard College), 6 (Ventura Adult and Continuing Education), 7 (Moorpark College), 11 Ventura College Santa Paula and 12 Ventura Community Foundation. “AB 86 was passed in order to allow individual regions to meet to plan the best solution to delivering adult education services of the local area in a coordinated, convenient and affordable manner,” Sabrina Canola stated in a media release. “To this end, members of the community colleges and adult schools in...
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Ventura County Fair features concert by Tony Orlando on Aug. 5

August 4, 2014
Ventura County Fair features concert by Tony Orlando on Aug. 5

VENTURA COUNTY — The Ventura County Fair will present Tony Orlando in concert at the Grandstand Arena 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Grandstand Arena. All concerts are free with fair admission. Visit http://www.venturacountyfair.org/fair/ for admission prices.
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Rep. Capps to host Santa Maria forum on DACA on Aug. 9

August 4, 2014
Rep. Capps to host Santa Maria forum on DACA on Aug. 9

SANTA MARIA — Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) will host a forum where people can receive an update and review from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials on their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal application and information on applying for citizenship from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 9 at the UDW Building, 402 S. Miller St., Santa Maria. USCIS will give a presentation and host a question and answer session on the DACA renewal process. Following that presentation, USCIS officials will then present information on filling out the new, longer version N-400 form for the naturalization...
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August cover story: MICOP provides valuable support to growing Mixteco community

August 1, 2014
August cover story: MICOP provides valuable support to growing Mixteco community

‘Night in Oaxaca’ fundraiser on Aug. 9, Backpack Drive ending Aug. 10 help fill needs in the community By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Just suppose you were dropped into a country where you couldn’t speak the language, couldn’t read the local newspaper, read signs at local supermarket or even read the public bus transportation schedule. And just suppose that those offering you and your family members some help speak yet another language, one that you will have to learn before transition to the language of your new home. That is the challenge facing many in the indigenous Mixteco community...
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