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Guest commentary: A scholar — Ruminations

Guest commentary: A scholar — Ruminations

¡Qué catedrático ni qué demonios! no eres más que un maestro!  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 guess it is...
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Guest commentary: A citizen’s view of a demonstration — More than 25

Guest commentary: A citizen’s view of a demonstration — More than 25

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 On Saturday, July 12, starting at 2 p.m., people from within and outside of...
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Bilingual commentary: Learning to swim

Bilingual commentary: Learning to swim

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 This summer I enrolled my two grandsons in private swim lessons at the pool of...
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Guest commentary: ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign ends Wednesday, July 23

Guest commentary: ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign ends Wednesday, July 23

By the United Way of Ventura County VENTURA COUNTY — Beep! Beep! We’re nearing the finish line and United Way of Ventura County is counting on your support for the fifth annual Stuff the Bus campaign! Please donate NEW school supplies between now and Wednesday, July 23. Look for the big, yellow, pop-up school bus bins at the collection sites to drop...
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Guest commentary: How do we fight back? Turning the other cheek? Take a Toke?

Guest commentary: How do we fight back? Turning the other cheek? Take a Toke?

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 We must recognize that government is not the problem — we are. Government only works...
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Shattering Stereotypes: Book by UCSB professor Mario García offers young Latinos a new narrative

Shattering Stereotypes: Book by UCSB professor Mario García offers young Latinos a new narrative

By Sonia Fernandez / UCSB Alma Cortez-Lara immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was very young, and lived the life of the child of migrant workers. She lived in poor neighborhoods and learned English, serving as the translator for her Spanish-speaking parents, who spent their days in the fields. As she...
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Guest commentary: MICOP seeks donations during its annual ‘Backpack Drive!’

Guest commentary: MICOP seeks donations during its annual ‘Backpack Drive!’

Hello friends, With your support, we will outfit 500 indigenous Mixtec youth with backpacks to kick off the 2014 school year. This is an ambitious goal for us, but together we can achieve it! Help the campaign by collecting school supplies, buying backpacks, or donating funds to MICOP to purchase in bulk.  The drive...
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Young engineers show off skills at the ‘CI Spaghetti Bridge Competition and Celebration’

Young engineers show off skills at the ‘CI Spaghetti Bridge Competition and Celebration’

CAMARILLO — Students from Hueneme High School celebrated their completion of four challenging weeks of college-level engineering courses at CSU Channel Islands (CI) by breaking bridges they’ve worked hard to build during the “CI Spaghetti Bridge Competition and Celebration.” The 40 seniors participated in the Engineering Design Career Pathways Summer Academy (EDCP) held July 11 at...
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Bilingual report: Forum on domestic violence to be held on July 16 in Oxnard

Bilingual report: Forum on domestic violence to be held on July 16 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The Consulate of Mexico and Mil Mujeres will present a “Forum on Domestic Violence & the Signing Ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding” from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at El Alfarero Assembly of God, 375 So. K St., Oxnard. All agencies, community centers, social workers, churches, public in general...
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VCCF donors award nearly $1.3 million in scholarships to Ventura County students

VCCF donors award nearly $1.3 million in scholarships to Ventura County students

CAMARILLO — The Ventura County Community Foundation awarded nearly $1.3 million in scholarships at the recent Scholarship Awards Reception at the Ventura County Office of Education, attended by more than 400 students, their families and the donors who made the awards possible, the organization reported in a media release. Almost 270 local students received...
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Guest commentary: On being a Chicano intellectual …

Guest commentary: On being a Chicano intellectual …

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 just got back from Denver. So this week I am posting a copy of...
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July cover story: No summer break for learning

July cover story: No summer break for learning

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 One key to success in higher education is early exposure to college and university life. If young people also happen really enjoy what they are doing during that exposure — all the better. College and university exposure is the goal of the annual Young Writers Camp program presented...
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El Centrito launching STEAM Summer Camp program

OXNARD — El Centrito Family Learning Centers is launching its 2014 STEAM Academy, which offers hands-on learning opportunities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics (STEAM). The STEAM Summer Camp will serve 75 students in grades 3 through 8 and will run through Aug. 8, officials reported in a media release. Students...
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Commentary: Santa Barbara at-risk students get help from $7,500 Bank of America grant

Commentary: Santa Barbara at-risk students get help from $7,500 Bank of America grant

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 With a success rate of 79 to 84 percent for students completing college courses with a C grade or better, compared to the college-wide rate of 67 to 70 percent, the Santa Barbara City College Foundation’s Gateway for Student Success Program has already proven itself a winner. The...
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Bilingual commentary: Student hopes and dreams

Bilingual commentary: Student hopes and dreams

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 Throughout the decades that I taught mathematics at the community college, I often asked my...
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CSU Channel Islands’ Henry L. Lacayo Institute receives Edison International grant

CSU Channel Islands’ Henry L. Lacayo Institute receives Edison International grant

CAMARILLO — A grant from Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), will fund student scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and an energy conservation innovation lab at CSU Channel Islands (CI), university officials reported Wednesday in a media release. The $50,000 grant, awarded to the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for...
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Local business information

> Women’s Economic Ventures will present a series of free one-hour orientation sessions” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 in Buellton; Thursday, July 10 in Santa Barbara; Tuesday, July 15 in Santa Barbara; and from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9 in Camarillo; from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10...
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Local health information

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 various locations in Ventura County. Visit the organization’s online calendar at http://www.clinicas.org/outreach/calendar to find times, dates and locations of upcoming screenings.   > Gold Coast Health Plan will present “Baby...
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Guest commentary: Teacher Unions — California tenure law

Guest commentary: Teacher Unions — California tenure law

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 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu’s decision in Vergara v. California blames teachers for...
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Arcenio J. López becomes executive director of Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project

Arcenio J. López becomes executive director of Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project

By Sandra Young / President MICOP Board of Directors OXNARD — Dear friends of MICOP, (June 25) we are officially announcing the realization of a twelve-year dream. As of July 1, 2014, Arcenio J. López takes the helm as Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project’s executive director. I know that you will join current Executive Director Margaret Sawyer, the MICOP...
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Bilingual commentary: Coding for girls

Bilingual commentary: Coding for girls

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 An article in the June 19, 2014, edition of USA Today informs readers about Google’s...
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Bilingual report: Community Resource Fair to be held June 28 in Oxnard

Bilingual report: Community Resource Fair to be held June 28 in Oxnard

OXNARD — A “Community Resource Fair,” featuring free health screenings, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Del Sol Park, 1800 Camino Del Sol, Oxnard. Presented by Gold Coast Health Plan and sponsored by Covered California, the Ventura County Health Care Agency, the Ventura County Department of Child...
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Bilingual report: VCCDC to present ‘Homeownership Fair & Grand Opening Celebration’ on June 28 in Oxnard

Bilingual report: VCCDC to present ‘Homeownership Fair & Grand Opening Celebration’ on June 28 in Oxnard

OXNARD — The Ventura County Community Development Corporation will present a “Homeownership Fair & Grand Opening Celebration” from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at 2231 Sturgis Road, Suite A in Oxnard. “You have a dream of owning your home. We have the experts, the tools, & up to $45,000 in Down Payment...
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Guest commentary: Identity — Are you a Mexican or an American first?

Guest commentary: Identity — Are you a Mexican or an American first?

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 What are you, a Mexican or an American? This was a question asked frequently when...
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United Way of Ventura County to present ‘Stuff the Bus’ on June 21

United Way of Ventura County to present ‘Stuff the Bus’ on June 21

VENTURA COUNTY — This Saturday, June 21 (the longest day of the year) United Ways around the world invite their communities to improve the conditions in which they live on Day of Action. Locally, United Way of Ventura County will kick off its fifth annual Stuff the Bus campaign on June 21. United Way is asking the community to donate NEW school...
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