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September cover story: Tackling hunger one ‘Spoon FULL’ at a time

August 31, 2015
September cover story: Tackling hunger one ‘Spoon FULL’ at a time

FOOD Share, Ventura County’s Food Bank, launches ‘Spoon FULL a Day’ pledge during Hunger Action Month in September From Amigos805 staff reports While September is typically the time to think about the coming fall and back to school, advocates want the public to start thinking about what they can do to combat the ongoing issue of hunger in the 805 region. One way will be to take a look at the “Spoon FULL a Day” calendar in Ventura County and see what they can do on an individual basis to get the word out on social meeting and other...
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Commentary: Back-to-school time includes new faces, changes at local institutions

August 31, 2015
Commentary: Back-to-school time includes new faces, changes at local institutions

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 It’s back-to-school time for many local public school districts, private schools, colleges and universities. Time for students to pick up their books, meet new classmates, teachers and administrators. There are a few changes in store for students at local colleges and universities as we enter into the fall semester. “There are important changes at Oxnard College,” Bernard Luskin, chancellor of Ventura County Community College District, stated in a media release. “Oxnard College Interim President James Limbaugh has a strong higher-education background and he is joined by two very experienced vice presidents.” Limbaugh takes...
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Local news briefs

August 31, 2015
Local news briefs

VENTURA — The United Way of Ventura County will present CSU President Richard R. Rush with a Lifetime Achievement Award during its 11th annual Spirit of Community Partnership Awards on Sept. 17. For the first time in the 70-year history of the organization, United Way of Ventura County will be giving a Lifetime Achievement Award, Eric Harrison, the organization’s president and CEO, stated in a media release. “As you may have heard, Dr. Rush recently announced his retirement and this will be his final year as president of California State University Channel Islands,” Harrison said. “He is an extraordinary...
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Bilingual commentary: A pulsating anger

August 31, 2015
Bilingual commentary: A pulsating anger

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 On those difficult days that we all have, we can feel that “something” in the air as we drive our cars through traffic, walk along the street or the corridors of the office building, read editorial columns or letters to the editor, or as we take a daring plunge into online comments about any news item. That “something” is unmistakable....
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Finance: Bill to close the gender wage gap passes off Assembly floor

August 31, 2015
Finance: Bill to close the gender wage gap passes off Assembly floor

State Sen. Jackson’s SB 358 would be the strongest equal pay law in the nation From Amigos805 staff reports With women in California making 84 cents for every dollar a man earns, an effort to address pay inequality recently passed a major hurdle in the state capitol. Senate Bill 358, the California Fair Pay Act, a bill authored by State Sen Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), passed off the Assembly floor on Aug. 27 on a bipartisan 76 to 2 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate for a final vote before heading to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill...
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Local business information

August 31, 2015
Local business information

> Ventura SCORE will present the free seminar “Improve your website design and add videos and extra punch” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Ventura Community Foundation Non-Profit Center, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo. Click here to RSVP.   > CSU Channel Island will launch its Martin V. Smith Fall Speaker Series with a presentation by Sara Miller McCune of Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy and Blaise Simque of SAGE Publications at noon Friday, Sept. 11 at Malibu Hall. Future programs include: Dean Evans of LotLinx at noon Friday, Oct. 2. Kristen Decas,...
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Health: Tomando Control de su Salud class hold graduation

August 31, 2015
Health: Tomando Control de su Salud class hold graduation

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care hosts six-week Santa Barbara class developed by Stanford Department of Medicine to help local Spanish-speaking community with chronic conditions SANTA BARBARA — Santa Barbara County’s first Tomando Control de su Salud (Taking Control of Your Health) graduating class received certificates at its final class on Aug. 19 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, the organization reported in a media release. A total of 18 people participated in the free six-week class designed for people who speak Spanish as their primary language and have one or more chronic health conditions. The weekly workshops are taught by Bea Molina and...
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Local health information

August 31, 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 September 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 September, 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, Sept. 15 at 825 N. 10th St., Santa Paula. Information will be provided on Medi-Cal Managed Care, health education and...
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Reception for ‘Huicho!’ exhibit to be held Sept. 4 at CLU

August 31, 2015
Reception for ‘Huicho!’ exhibit to be held Sept. 4 at CLU

THOUSAND OAKS — The reception for the exhibit “Huicho!” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at California Lutheran University’s  Kwan Fong Gallery, 120 Memorial Parkway Thousand Oaks. Hüicho Lé makes remarkable paintings that combine contemporary imagery with themes from indigenous Mexico, university officials reported in a media release. He was born and raised in California as a member of the new community of Mixtecs from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He creates art to bring respect and honor to his people and to build bridges with others. Lé served in Iraq as a proud U.S. Marine, then returned to study...
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Bilingual report: Feria Campesina to celebrate Ventura County farmworkers on Aug. 30

August 26, 2015
Bilingual report: Feria Campesina to celebrate Ventura County farmworkers on Aug. 30

OXNARD – More than 25 representatives from the Employment Development Department (EDD), other state agencies and local, community-based organizations will join hundreds of Ventura County farmworkers and their families Sunday, August 30 to celebrate the 10th annual Farmworker Fair – Feria Campesina. “Feria Campesina pays tribute to the hard work and dedication of California’s farmworkers. They work long hours, in harsh and extreme weather, in fields and orchards – growing, harvesting and preparing goods for market both at home and abroad,” Mary Navarro- Aldana, manager of the state Employment Development Department (EDD) Oxnard Workforce Services Office, stated in a media...
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Bilingual commentary: Transformation in Middle Age

August 25, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Transformation in Middle Age

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 Just when I thought that I was sailing into middle age, fully conscious and confident, I opened up author James Hollis’s Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life. And all of a sudden, I wonder… I wonder how many of us are on that fiery wheel that turns eternally, like that of the mythological Greek king Ixion, indicated by...
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Guest commentary: On the ‘Bacon Trail’ — Part 1

August 24, 2015
Guest commentary: On the ‘Bacon Trail’ — Part 1

Exposing Historical Myopia 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 Historical myopia causes nearsightedness, distorting one’s view of current and past events. It interferes in distinguishing details. Consequently, we don’t pay much attention to how and why the present has come about. In general American culture discourages complex thinking. Almost everything is viewed through the prism of faith. Learning is reduced to bullet points with minimal evidence required. The...
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Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic Fundraiser to benefit El Concilio Family Services to be held on Aug. 24

August 24, 2015
Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic Fundraiser to benefit El Concilio Family Services to be held on Aug. 24

CAMARILLO — The Rick Najera and Friends Celebrity Golf Classic Fundraiser will be held at Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club, 999 Crestview Ave., Camarillo. The tournament will benefit El Concilio Family Services’ mission to support agricultural workers and their familes in the region. “We are thrilled that Rick Najera, one of the most influential media pioneers in Hollywood’s entertainment industry, has joined us to celebrate the work of these individuals in our California fields,” Ernie Villegas, El Concilio’s president, stated in a media release. Joining Najera (CBS, Showtime, Mad TV, In Living Color) are actor Enrique Castillo (Dejavu, NCIS,...
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Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures graduates Step into Success with WEV Self Employment Training Program

August 20, 2015
Bilingual report: Women’s Economic Ventures graduates Step into Success with WEV Self Employment Training Program

Spanish orientations sessions for next class to be held Aug. 20, 26 Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) on Aug. 12 celebrated the accomplishments of fourteen men and women graduating from the WEV en Español’s Basic Self-Employment Training (SET) program, the organization reported in a media release. Students in the four-week course explored the risks and benefits of starting different businesses, characteristics important to becoming a successful entrepreneur, and they evaluated their own strengths and abilities. Graduates left the course with an understanding of whether they are ready to take the next steps in launching their own business. Some businesses and...
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Local writer to receive ‘Guatemalan Writer of the Year’ award next week in Hollywood

August 20, 2015
Local writer to receive ‘Guatemalan Writer of the Year’ award next week in Hollywood

Award part of “Celebration of La Semana del Guatemalteco en Los Angeles” René Corado, a Guatemalan biologist, writer and resident of Oxnard, will be honored on Aug. 25 with the “Guatemalan Writer of the Year” award presented by the Comite Semana Del Guatemalteco. Corado published his first book in Spanish — “El Lustrador / Dreams of a Shoeshine Boy” and participated in La Feria Chapina / the Guatemalan Fair on July 9 at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. El Lustrador is his autobiographical story of growing up as a youth who shines shoes in the streets of Guatemala and his eventual journey to the United...
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Bilingual commentary: Dads protecting daughters

August 18, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Dads protecting daughters

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 We almost had to cheer when we read or saw the report* this past month about the Kentucky man, William Merideth, who shot down the intrusive drone hovering not only over his back yard, but also over his sunbathing daughter. As much as we might want to support his right to protect his daughter, he was arrested, of course, for...
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Mexico U-17 National Team vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College Sportsplex on Aug. 20

August 17, 2015
Mexico U-17 National Team vs. Ventura County Fusion at Ventura College Sportsplex on Aug. 20

VENTURA — Mexico U-17 National Team vs. Ventura County Fusion will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 the the Ventura College Sportsplex, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. One of the most popular and successful youth national teams in the world is headed to Ventura.  Mexico’s U-17 national team will meet Ventura County Fusion in an exhibition match. Tickets are available online here, at Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura or Xtreme Soccer in Oxnard. Presale tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for your and at the door for $15 for adults and $8 for youth. Call 805-830-8005 for more information.
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Sonikete Productions to present ‘MoForró’ at Downtown Sol in Oxnard on Aug. 22

August 17, 2015
Sonikete Productions to present ‘MoForró’ at Downtown Sol in Oxnard on Aug. 22

OXNARD —  Sonikete Productions will present “MoForró” from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Downtown Sol, 328 W. 3rd St., Oxnard. Come enjoy this Brazilian treat with us on the last day of summer, organizers reported in a media release. There will be an interactive Forró Demo from 7 to 8 p.m. with Andrea and Fábio. Tickets are $15 pre-purhased, $20 at the door, available at Downtown Sol. Call 805-407-8703 or 805-240-7765 or visit www.moforro.com for more information.
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Discovery Ventura to present Los Lonely Boys on Aug. 23

August 17, 2015
Discovery Ventura to present Los Lonely Boys on Aug. 23

VENTURA — Los Lonely Boys will perform at Discovery Ventura, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Texan brother trio bounces back from adversity with its adventurous self-produced album, “Revelation,” which chronicles its return to the stage following the serious injury sustained by member Henry Garza after a fall from a stage in 2013 during a performance in Los Angeles. “We nearly lost Henry, man, and that was a big change for us,” Jojo Garza stated in a media release. “The whole experience was a wake-up call for us. It made us rethink every aspect of...
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Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A in Oxnard to present ‘Endless Summer — Back to School’ party on Aug. 14

August 14, 2015
Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A in Oxnard to present ‘Endless Summer — Back to School’ party on Aug. 14

OXNARD — The Acuña Art Gallery @ The Café on A will present “Endless Summer — Back to School’ all ages party from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Aug. 14 at 438 S. A St., Oxnard Featuring performances by C-Minor, So Kray-z!, Zumba demonstrations by Julia Medina, music by DJ Mistic, Digital Product, food and refreshments, face paining by Yenelli Law, all in a a fun and safe environment. Free. Presented with the support of the California Arts Council, the National Arts & Disability Center-UCLA, Art Works and the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Oxnard Cultural Arts...
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Carnegie Art Museum to present opening reception for Olguin Tapia Heredia on Aug. 14

August 14, 2015
Carnegie Art Museum to present opening reception for Olguin Tapia Heredia on Aug. 14

OXNARD — The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard will present the CAM Studio Gallery opening reception for Olguin Tapia Heredia from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at 424 S. C St., Oxnard. Born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in Oxnard, Tapia Heredia received his associate’s degree in studio arts from Oxnard College and his bachelor’s degree in studio arts at California State University, Los Angeles. As a young emerging artist, Tapia Heredia has received many awards for his art and has exhibited in numerous art spaces, including, 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica), Bell Arts Studio Complex (Ventura), Upfront...
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MICOP to present ‘A Night in Oaxaca 2015’ on Aug. 15

August 14, 2015
MICOP to present ‘A Night in Oaxaca 2015’ on Aug. 15

OXNARD — The Mixteco / Indígena Community Organizing Project will present its annual “A Night in Oaxaca 2015” fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. “Join us for a evening of Oaxacan culture and cuisine, celebrating our youth scholarship recipients and supporting the work of MICOP,” organizers requested in a media release. Individual tickets are $55, a $50 discount price for multiple purchased tickets. Click here or contact Margaret Sawyer at 805-535-8861 or margaret.sawyer@mixteco.org for more information.
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Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coaltion is moving forward

August 12, 2015
Guest commentary: The Oxnard Multicultural Mental Health Coaltion is moving forward

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 Sometimes the mental pain of anguished testimonials such as those provided by our OMM members to the CLC, is so unbelievable and grotesque; that even when we hear it and see it, our senses, our defenses, our education, our lofty professional status; perhaps our ignorance and fear cannot or will not accept or believe that beyond the traditional medical model there...
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Bilingual commentary: Under attack

August 11, 2015
Bilingual commentary: Under attack

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 On that darkest of days in modern American history, as I saw the images of the Twin Towers burning, I urgently exclaimed to my teenage daughter, “We’re under attack!” I sometimes can’t help but wonder sometimes if half of life is about being under attack. If we stop to think about it, there are many forms in which we are...
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Guest commentary: ‘Panen et circenses’

August 10, 2015
Guest commentary: ‘Panen et circenses’

Inequality of sports — The grand illusion 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 Michael Harrington in The Other America (1962) wrote “Beauty can be a mask for ugliness,” referring to rural poverty in Appalachia where the beauty of the landscape hid the poverty. According to Harrington, “America has the best-dressed poverty in the world,” allowing poor whites to go unnoticed and giving the illusion of equality Most Americans...
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