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Extraordinary service at El Centrito wins Ventura County mother prestigious volunteer award

December 18, 2014
Extraordinary service at El Centrito wins Ventura County mother prestigious volunteer award

OXNARD — Maria Teresa Torres, a parent and volunteer, has received The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation’s prestigious Halo Award for her outstanding service with El Centrito Family Learning Centers, the organization reported this week in a media release. For her work training parents to guide their children to higher education and become community leaders, Torres was selected from among 140 applications and becomes the foundation’s first awardee in Ventura County. “Maria has taught El Centrito the value of volunteers and has inspired us to see the profound need to build opportunities for volunteer leadership throughout our educational and leadership services. Maria deserves...
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Guest commentary: Mexico — U.S. San Ysidro Border

December 18, 2014
Guest commentary: Mexico — U.S. San Ysidro Border

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 It began innocently enough. A very young Chicano couple take a one day trip to Tijuana. The young brother is trying to impress his girlfriend; he even agrees to take the girlfriends very spoiled baby bother along. Oh man! but what can a brother do? So off we go the three of us for a day of sightseeing, exploring all the...
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Women’s Economic Ventures honors Spanish Self-Employment Training fall graduates

December 16, 2014
Women’s Economic Ventures honors Spanish Self-Employment Training fall graduates

Next orientation begins Jan. 6 SANTA BARBARA — A ceremony was recently held in honor of 12 new local entrepreneurs who graduated from the Spanish Self-Employment Training Course offered by Women’s Economic Ventures’ (WEV) Women’s Business Center, the organization reported in a media release. After 10 weeks of training in finance, marketing and leadership skills, graduates say they are confident and ready to use the knowledge they have gained to turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality, organizers reported. WEV’s latest Spanish Self-Employment Training (SSET) graduate businesses and business concepts include a wellness center, party planning agency, an income tax...
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Bilingual commentary: Mexican Jewish Roots

December 16, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Mexican Jewish Roots

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 “Where did we come from?” is a question we all ask ourselves. As in all families, there were secrets in my father’s family that implied a history shrouded in mystery. My father’s family had started its journey to the New World in 1777, when Juan Inocencio Magallanes arrived from Spain and married a Mexican woman. I remember that as a...
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MICOP to present ‘Pasatono Orquesta’ at Oxnard College on Dec. 15

December 15, 2014
MICOP to present ‘Pasatono Orquesta’ at Oxnard College on Dec. 15

OXNARD — The Mixteco / Indígena Community Organizing Project, the Latino Performing Arts Institute at Oxnard College and the Oxnard College Arts Collaborative will present “Pasatono Orquesta” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 at the Oxnard College Performing Arts Building, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard. The free event is open to all ages. Pasotono is made up of nine musicians, who described themselves as “Twenty first century Oaxacans,” moving comfortably between the rural and the urban; the ancient and the modern. In terms of music, they are equally comfortable with oral and academic music, with local traditional music and...
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Guest commentary: Stupid America! Student unrest

December 15, 2014

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. How Chicanas/os lost their swagger By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor I constantly hear references to winning football teams having swagger – they play with a chip on their shoulder. In the sixties, black youth had that swagger — after years of being taught that they should stay in their place, they adopted the mantra of “black is beautiful – don’t fuck with me.” Mexican Americans and Puerto...
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Memorial for Ben Saiz to be held Dec. 11 at Ventura College Santa Paula campus

December 11, 2014
Memorial for Ben Saiz to be held Dec. 11 at Ventura College Santa Paula campus

VENTURA — A memorial for Ben Saiz will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Ventura College Santa Paula campus, 957 Faulkner Road, No. 106, Santa Paula. The memorial, commemorating his life, will be held at the Santa Paula Campus Library. Click here or visit the Ventura County Star article for more information.
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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, USDA hand house keys to 12 Atascadero families

December 10, 2014
Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, USDA hand house keys to 12 Atascadero families

ATASCADERO — Twelve families who worked together to build the majority of their brand new homes under the supervision of Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) received the keys to their homes during a ceremony held on Dec. 4, the organization reported this week in a media release. Having begun construction in early 2013, the Self-Help Home Builders began working on their homes in 2013, and that hard work paid off during the 2 p.m. ceremony at the houses on Atalaya Street in Atascadero, officials reported. About 100 people braved the rainy weather in order to celebrate with the new owners, who...
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Bilingual commentary: Ancient Greek telenovelas

December 9, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Ancient Greek telenovelas

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 A surge of renewed excitement coursed through me as I read the recent newspaper account of the very successful test flight of Orion, the United States’ newest space vehicle, destined to take us to Mars and possibly beyond.  As a boy, I watched the televised launches of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo series of spacecraft that eventually took us to...
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Guest commentary: Women’s Economic Ventures encourages shoppers to buy gifts from local businesses this holiday season

December 9, 2014
Guest commentary: Women’s Economic Ventures encourages shoppers to buy gifts from local businesses this holiday season

SANTA BARBARA — As the holidays are approaching, many are thinking of the right gift to give friends and family members. Many people plan to head to the mall or department stores to purchase this season’s hottest items, but Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) encourages holiday gift givers to do a little something different this year and purchase a gift from a local business. Purchasing gifts from local businesses not only provides loved ones with a unique gift, but also stimulates the region’s economy. “By making a 10 percent shift in your buying habits from big chains to locally-owned businesses,...
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CSU Channel Islands Choir holiday concert gives Latin classics a modern makeover on Dec. 8

December 8, 2014
CSU Channel Islands Choir holiday concert gives Latin classics a modern makeover on Dec. 8

CAMARILLO — The CSU Channel Islands Choir invites the public to a holiday concert that will present traditional Latin mass songs with a modern twist. A concert will be held on the CI campus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 in Malibu Hall. Both performances are free; however, a $20 free-will donation to support Channel Islands Choral Association’s music education programs in Ventura County is recommended. “Traditionally, when you think of music in Latin, you think of music written centuries ago,” said KuanFen Liu, choir director. “This concert is a real twist on that preconception. All the pieces in Latin...
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Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard to present opening reception for ‘Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez’ on Dec. 13

December 8, 2014
Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard to present opening reception for ‘Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez’ on Dec. 13

OXNARD — The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard will present “Monumentum: Drawings + Paintings by Ramon Ramirez,” with the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at 424 S. C. St., Oxnard. The exhibit will open Dec. 14 and continue through Feb. 22. The exhibit includes unofficial monuments captured through reconnaissance of the urban environment. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the city has served as Ramon Ramirez’ muse from the onset.  He is one of the featured artists in the book Contemporary Chicana/Chicano Artists.He received his B.A., M.A. + M.Architecture degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. The Bilingual Press...
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Guest commentary: Lessons from Arizona

December 8, 2014
Guest commentary: Lessons from Arizona

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. Mas sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo By Rodolfo F. Acuña / Guest contributor Mexico is a nation of memories – the people treasure their favorite stories of the past. They know the oldies. Go to a Mexican concert or night club, and unlike Anglo American events the audience spontaneously breaks out in song. As a child, I’d listen silently to my elders — children...
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December cover story: Holiday charity event ready to hit the streets

December 1, 2014
December cover story: Holiday charity event ready to hit the streets

Santa to the Sea Half-Marathon on Dec. 14 to benefit numerous charities in the region By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 It’s beginning to look a lot like — breathing hard, wheezing, thirst and aching muscles. Yes, ’tis the season for the annual “Santa to the Sea Half-Marathon” set for Sunday, Dec. 14 from Ventura Boulevard in Oxnard next to the 101 Freeway to Channel Islands Harbor. The annual event has turned into a major fundraiser for charities throughout the region. Nearly 4,000 runners are expected to take part this year’s Seventh annual half marathon, the 2-person relay race,...
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Homeless Santa relocates from Carpinteria to find meaningful service in Oxnard

December 1, 2014

What some were thinking was a bit of typical Oxnard oddity has turned into a signature event. It was in 2002 when it was announced that Santa was being evicted from Santa Claus Lane just north of Carpinteria to make way for a redeveloped shopping center. Santa’s next door buddy, the giant snowman, had long since been dismantled and Santa was facing the same fate. The two holiday statues had long graced the shopping center, harkening back to the era of giant attention-grabbing icons such as plastic and cement dinosaurs, teepees and other roadside oddities as merchants sought to...
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Local news

December 1, 2014
Local news

CAMARILLO — CSU Channel Islands has been named one of the nation’s top universities for Hispanic students by BestColleges.com, an independent, research-based college-planning website for students and families, university officials reported in a media release. The university ranked 19th on the website’s list of the “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students.” “Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to choose the right school — one with a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid, and their school and social obligations,” the BestColleges.com report states. “To...
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Commentary: Holiday celebrations keep on growing in the 805 region

December 1, 2014
Commentary: Holiday celebrations keep on growing in the 805 region

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 The mystery and the magic of the holiday season is upon us with groups planning celebrations up and down the coast. The first weekend in December typically marks the beginning of holiday celebrations in the region, with Oxnard holding its 64th annual “Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony” at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, followed by its annual parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Ventura will hold its tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, followed by the “Holiday Street Fair” from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Santa Barbara’s “Downtown Holiday...
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Bilingual commentary: Do men scare women?

December 1, 2014
Bilingual commentary: Do men scare women?

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 Americans spend tens of billions of dollars annually to provide comfortable lives for their pets. But that in itself doesn’t prevent the pathologically pathetic individuals in our society from abusing these creatures. Many of us have seen the evidence: the animals that exhibit avoidance of human contact and the sheer terror in their eyes when someone approaches. I recalled this...
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Guest commentary: Make original art your gift for sharing the holiday season at Acuña Gallery @ Café on A

December 1, 2014
Guest commentary: Make original art your gift for sharing the holiday season at Acuña Gallery @ Café on A

To supporters of the Cafe on A: I am Jaime Casillas, a long-time supporter of the Cafe on A in Oxnard. This letter is unsolicited. My wife (Helen) and I have been Chicano/a Art Collectors for over ten years. The first piece of original Chicano/a Art that we purchased came from the very first art exhibit at the Cafe when it first opened. We own the original painting known as “El Chisme” by Augustin Bravo. If you you were to see it right now, you would remember it. Since then we have acquired other original art, most of it...
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Guest commentary: The 1% Cacique Democracy

December 1, 2014
Guest commentary: The 1% Cacique Democracy

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 Sixty five years ago, I was born in the small little village of Ahualulco, Jalisco, Mexico. After the rains, when they came, a barren, foreboding and desolate valley was temporarily transformed into a magnificent tapestry of Gods green promise to all of us. A promise of a better life for the impoverished campesinos. That prayer of deliverance recited so piously honest...
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Finance: 7 tips for keeping holiday budgets (and your holiday spirit) intact

December 1, 2014
Finance: 7 tips for keeping holiday budgets (and your holiday spirit) intact

By Metro Editorial Services (MS)   “No one is so poor that he can’t give a smile, nor so rich that he doesn’t need it.” — Anonymous Holidays are exciting — family visits and special once-a-year meals, celebrating traditions together with loved ones and watching the wonder reflected on children’s faces. But the holidays also can be stressful, especially when budgets are stretched. Here are some easy tips to help you keep your holiday finances on track and the true spirit of the season in mind. • Create a holiday budget and stick to it. Decide ahead of time...
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Local business information

December 1, 2014
Local business information

> Mark Sylvester, ambassador for 805connect and CEO of introNetworks, will present the talk “Do connections really matter?” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at the Cal Lutheran Westlake Center, 31416 Agoura Road, Westlake Village. Sylvester has been building online communities for 12 years. His talk will focus on how to create a collaborative culture within your company and why it’s important to your company’s success. He will show how his current project, 805connect, launched in collaboration with many institutions in the 805 area code, including the Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship, is a platform for communication, connection and...
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Health: Navigating the holidays with diabetes

December 1, 2014
Health: Navigating the holidays with diabetes

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) Amid a season of sweets and special foods, it sometimes can be challenging for diabetics to maintain their dietary discipline. But eating certain foods in moderation can help people with diabetes enjoy the flavors of the holidays without compromising their health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, while another 86 million adults have prediabetes. One in four people with diabetes do not know they have the disease. Managing diabetes is more than just avoiding candy and cookies. Foods with a lot...
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Local health information

December 1, 2014
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 December in Ventura County. Visit http://www.clinicas.org/outreach/calendar/2014-12 to find times, dates and locations.   > The Ventura County Health Care Agency provides a calendar of upcoming health events, including flu clinics from December through March, at http://www.vchca.org/events   > Information on Covered California, free flu shots available at the Ventura College Market Place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Call 818-427-5444 for more information.   > Gold Coast Health Plan will present “Baby...
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El Concilio Family Services elects 2015 board of directors

December 1, 2014
El Concilio Family Services elects 2015 board of directors

OXNARD — El Concilio Family Services recently elected new leadership to its 2015 Board of Directors including new board members, the organization reported Monday. The new officers are: Ernie Villegas, Chairman of the Board; Richard Jaquez, Vice-Chairman; Eduardo Miranda,  Secretary; Dr. Richard Duran, Treasurer and Andres Herrera, Executive Board Member. The two new members are, Maria Ventura of Southern California Gas Company and Jesse Zamora of the Ventura County Credit Union. Villegas, District Director for Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has over 20 years experience in governmental affairs.   Maria Ventura is the Gas Company Public Affairs Manager for Ventura County; she has...
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