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Standout Santa Maria High School students earn scholarships to prestigious Research Mentorship Program at UCSB

July 29, 2015
Standout Santa Maria High School students earn scholarships to prestigious Research Mentorship Program at UCSB

By Shelly Leachman / UCSB Determined to position herself for a successful future, Esmeralda Cruz is about as dedicated as teenagers come. Working hard and studying harder, she’s laser-focused on getting into college and, ultimately, forging a solid career. Asked about her drive, Cruz reveals a singular, sweet motivation: To give back to the mother who she says has devoted her own life to paving a fruitful path for her kids. “As I see her tired, weary brown eyes full of encouragement, hope, pride … that’s enough for me,” Cruz, of Santa Maria, recently wrote on the subject. “Enough...
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Bilingual commentary: The Importance of a Positive Masculine Ally

July 28, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Importance of a Positive Masculine Ally

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 Men, let’s talk about the crucial importance of fathers and “father figures” (such as male relatives or mentors) in the lives of daughters. It is critically important that we men understand the power that we have to help our daughters be successful and happy, or to quite literally destroy them and their chances for acquiring emotional health in later years....
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Guest commentary: ‘Hearts and Minds’ forgotten

July 27, 2015
Guest commentary: ‘Hearts and Minds’ forgotten

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 Understanding memory is vital to your health. An abundance of clichés such as the present is “the future and the past is the present” have been floated around.  Karl Marx and Jacques Derrida added insights to the importance of memory and how it establishes a philosophy of liberation. Memories of injustice remind us what we inherited from the past. The danger...
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Oxnard Salsa Festival returns to Plaza Park with special ‘Friday Night Concert’ on July 24

July 23, 2015
Oxnard Salsa Festival returns to Plaza Park with special ‘Friday Night Concert’ on July 24

Amigos805 staff reports OXNARD — The 22nd annual Oxnard Salsa Festival returns to Plaza Park during the weekend of July 25 and 26. The festival kicks off with a special “Friday Night Concert” featuring Oscar Hernandez and Alma Libre, with special guests Justo Almario and Dr. Bobby Rodriquez at 7 p.m. July 24.  Hernandez is known as a very gifted pianist and arranger on the contemporary Latin, Latin Jazz and Salsa scene and is considered one of the most important composer / arrangers of Latin Jazz today, event organizers reported in a media release. His recording of  “Un Gran...
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Bilingual commentary: The Jerusalem Syndrome

July 21, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Jerusalem Syndrome

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 According to Wordsmith.org, the Jerusalem Syndrome is “a phenomenon in which a visitor to a holy place suffers from religious psychosis, such as believing him- or herself to be a messiah.”  The seriousness of the occurrence varies anywhere between being mildly amusing and requiring hospitalization in a psychiatric ward.* I think we all know plenty of people with an apparent...
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Linda Vega Dance Studio and ¡Flamenco! Santa Barbara to present ‘Romeria de Verano’ on July 25

July 20, 2015

SANTA BARBARA — The Linda Vega Dance Studio and ¡Flamenco! Santa Barbara will present ‘Romeria de Verano,’ an afternoon of flamenco dance and live music, featuring the city’s young flamenco professionals, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, 721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara. Visit www.romeria.nightout.com or call 805-963-0073 for ticket prices or more information.
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Guest commentary: From the cradle to the grave

July 20, 2015
Guest commentary: From the cradle to the grave

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 I have read and reread 17th century Spanish dramatist Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s La vida es sueño countless times to remind me that my life is an illusion, and that false dreams prevent my waking up — so much so that my illusions become delusions. The United States is not the greatest nation in the world. This is a dream that prevents change....
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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! awarded California Arts Council Local Impact Grant

July 17, 2015
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! awarded California Arts Council Local Impact Grant

SANTA BARBARA — The California Arts Council announced it plans to award ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! $8,040 as part of its Local Impact program, the organization reported in a media release. The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities, extending the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts. The grant coincides with Viva’s tenth anniversary and will support free family concerts, school visits and community workshops for audiences throughout Santa Barbara County, from Carpinteria to New Cuyama. A...
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Margarita H. de Escontrias selected as new CEO of Cabrillo Economic Development Corp.

July 16, 2015
Margarita H. de Escontrias selected as new CEO of Cabrillo Economic Development Corp.

VENTURA — The Board of Directors of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) has announced that Margarita H. de Escontrias has been selected as CEDC’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the organization reported in a media release. Ms. de Escontrias first joined CEDC’s senior management team as the Director of Business Planning and Administration in June 2013 and has served as CEDC’s Interim CEO since December 2014. She now takes on the role of CEO and is responsible for assisting a 13-member Board of Directors in setting corporate direction and managing CEDC projects and operations. She will lead a...
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Presentation on Hispanic literature on July 18 has been rescheduled

July 16, 2015
Presentation on Hispanic literature on July 18 has been rescheduled

OXNARD — The Oxnard Public Library has rescheduled the July 18 presentation by Dr. Jesus Gonzales on the development of Hispanic literature in the United States. More information will follow. Call 805-385-7532 or visit http://www.oxnardlibrary.net for more information.
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Guest commentary: Murgia of the Past and Present

July 15, 2015
Guest commentary: Murgia of the Past and Present

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 Frank P. Barajas / Guest contributor Francisco Romero charges the Oxnard Police Department with retaliatory intimidation as he contests five citations for his participation in a march against police brutality on October 13, 2013. An obscure 1975 California Supreme Court case, Murgia v. Municipal Court, serves as the basis for his complaint. In this decision, the justices unanimously found that the Kern County Sheriff’s Department...
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Bilingual commentary: The Donald Dilemma

July 14, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Donald Dilemma

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 The current dilemma for the Republican Party is “The Donald.”  The both famous and infamous (depending on your perspective) Donald Trump is apparently an embarrassment from which many of the Republican candidates are trying to distance themselves, as if he were crackling with radioactivity. Trump may be surging in preliminary polls, but this is because he knows how to market...
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VCCF awards nearly $1.2 million at annual scholarship reception

July 13, 2015
VCCF awards nearly $1.2 million at annual scholarship reception

CAMARILLO — The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded nearly $1.1 million in scholarships to local students at the recent 2015 Scholarship Awarded Reception attended by more than 400 students, their families, and many of the donors who made the awards possible, the organization reported in a  media release. Ventura County Community Foundation gave 326 awards to 239 students who will attend such universities as Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, California Lutheran, Pepperdine, and Cal State Channel Islands. “These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of people who believe in investing in the future of our county,” said Vanessa Bechtel, President...
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Guest commentary: Remembering Ruben Jaramillo

July 13, 2015
Guest commentary: Remembering Ruben Jaramillo

A recent history of privatization 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 Before the Zapatistas revolted of January 1, 1994, Rubén Jaramillo had fought for the land reform, guaranteed by the Mexican Constitution of 1917.  Born in Tlaquiltenango, Morelos, in 1900, Jaramillo at 15 joined Emiliano Zapata’s Liberation Army of the South and at 17 was a captain. Under Jaramillo’s leadership in 1943 the Zacatepec sugar mill workers...
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New book by UCSB’s Mario T. García explores the Chicano civil rights struggle in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s

July 9, 2015
New book by UCSB’s Mario T. García explores the Chicano civil rights struggle in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s

By Andrea Estrada / UCSB The Chicano movement of the late 1960s and 1970s was the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican-Americans in U.S. history. But without strong and dedicated leadership, it might not have happened. A new book by UC Santa Barbara Chicano civil rights scholar Mario T. García provides a rare glimpse into the lives and struggles of three key activists, exploring how their leadership affected the movement in Los Angeles, and how the movement impacted them. “The Chicano Generation: Testimonios of the Movement” (UC Press, 2015) illuminates the lives of Raul...
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Local writer to be part La Feria Chapina / the Guatemalan Fair in Los Angeles through July 12

July 8, 2015
Local writer to be part La Feria Chapina / the Guatemalan Fair in Los Angeles through July 12

Amigos805 staff reports René Corado, who has published his first book in Spanish — “El Lustrador / Dreams of a Shoeshine Boy,” has been invited to participate in La Feria Chapina / the Guatemalan Fair starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9 at Exposition Park next to the Los Angeles Coliseum at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. “I will be there with my book El Lustrador and t-shirts for sale. Also, I will be showing birds like, quetzals, toucans, hummingbirds, macaws etc.,” Corado stated on his website at http://ellustrador.org Corado will be exhibiting at the fair...
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Bilingual commentary: The Fetters of Freedom

July 7, 2015
Bilingual commentary: The Fetters of Freedom

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 When we speak of “unfettered freedom,” we often think of the freedom that only America can offer. The adjective “unfettered” implies that this freedom has no restraints, no shackles to bind us. But we also know that freedom carries a price—sometimes a very high price.  It seems that as we gain one freedom, we lose another. We win the freedom...
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July cover story: Cultural events heating up summer in 805 region

July 1, 2015
July cover story: Cultural events heating up summer in 805 region

From performances by Teatro de las Américas to the Oxnard Salsa Festival and Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara, events filling up summer season By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 From theatrical performances to moving to the salsa beat and tasting the salsa heat, and preparations for one of the largest multi-day fiestas in the region, event organizers are gearing up for a variety of cultural activities in the next few weeks as summer moves into high gear.  On the stage One of the first cultural events on the calendar will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10 when...
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Local news briefs

July 1, 2015
Local news briefs

VENTURA COUNTY — The United Way of Ventura County has launched its “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect new school supplies through July 23. The supplies will be “stuffed” into backpacks for children from low-income families, the organization reported in a media release. Backpacks will be distributed before the end of summer break to community-based organizations in Ventura County, just in time to get children ready for the new school year. New school supplies needed include: binders, calculators, colored pencils, compasses, construction paper, crayon boxes, dictionaries, dividers, erasers, folders, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, markers, mechanical pencils, notebooks, paper...
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Commentary: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing helps to fight summer brain drain

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing helps to fight summer brain drain

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 With statistics showing that children lose one to three months of learning during the summer when they are out of school, it’s vital that parents find alternatives to keep those young minds active and prepared for the school year ahead. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, a developer of affordable housing, is helping parents in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties do just that by continuing its Youth Education Enhancement Program (YEEP) at learning centers at eight of its affordable rental complexes throughout the summer. The program serves 240 students. “A strong education is key...
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Bilingual commentary: Americans—Not A Lazy People

July 1, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Americans—Not A Lazy People

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 we American workers may feel that we are approaching “karoshi,” a Japanese word meaning “death by overwork.”  We are called many things by people throughout the world, but no one can legitimately claim that we are “lazy.”  Quite the contrary.  According to a Chicago Tribune article*, the workday for American men has increased to an average 8.12 hours—beyond the...
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Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates Spring 2015 WEV en Espanol’s Self Employment Training graduates

July 1, 2015
Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures celebrates Spring 2015 WEV en Espanol’s Self Employment Training graduates

Next Spanish orientation to be held July 1 in Port Hueneme On Wednesday, June 17th, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) celebrated the accomplishments of twelve men and women from WEV en Español’s Advanced Self-Employment Training (SET) program during a graduation ceremony held at Ventura Adult & Continuing Education. After months of training on topics including finances, marketing and sales, public relations and advertising, legal and insurance issues, record keeping, and how to write a business plan, the graduates gained the tools and support needed to grow or start their own business.  Some businesses and business concepts include a hair salon,...
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Local business information

July 1, 2015
Local business information

> Ventura SCORE will present the small business workshop “How to manage your time and become more effective” at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the SCORE Office Thousand Oaks, 516 Pennsfield Place, Suite 206. Learn how you can free yourself from the day-to-day hassles and manage your time better. Determine what are your “Time Bandits.” Learn the difference between urgent and important, how to prioritize your day, get organized, say “NO,” and the easy steps to control your day and be more efficient. How to identify your time bandits How to manage your time at work How to...
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Health: ‘Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo’ set for Ventura

July 1, 2015
Health: ‘Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo’ set for Ventura

The “Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo, Southern California’s Premier LIfestyle, Health & Active Aging Expo” will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, in the San Miguel Expo Hall, organizers reported in a media release. The free event, which includes free parking, will feature information on products, services and resources for SoCal Baby Boomers & Seniors. The expo includes: Health and wellness screenings Job and volunteer fair, resume review Door prizes, giveaways and samples An opportunity to socialize, network & make new friends A variety...
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Local health information

July 1, 2015
Local health information

> Clinicas del Camino Real Inc. will provide information on Covered California and free health screenings at selected locations throughout the month of July in Ventura County. Click here to find times, dates and locations.   > The Ventura County Health Care Agency provides a calendar of upcoming health events, including breast feeding education and support classes during July, at http://www.vchca.org/events   > Gold Coast Health Plan will present “Baby Steps Program by Santa Paula Hospital” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 at 825 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. Information will be provided on Medi-Cal Managed Care,...
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