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El Concilio profile: Thomas D. McCollum

El Concilio profile: Thomas D. McCollum

Editor’s note: Part of a continuing series of stories profiling the award-winners of El Concilio Family Services 2014 Latino Leadership Awards. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, May 31 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here to register or to become a sponsor or call 805-486-9777 for more information. Amigos805 staff reports Thomas D....
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Rebozo Festival to celebrate 10-year ‘Diamond’ anniversary on May 18

Rebozo Festival to celebrate 10-year ‘Diamond’ anniversary on May 18

CAMARILLO — The Rebozo Festival will present its 10-Year ‘Diamond’ Anniversary Celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Camarillo Ranch, 201 Camarillo Ranch Road, Camarillo. The event features a special performance by Grammay Award winner Graciela Beltrán “La Reina del Pueblo”; Trio Los Príncipes, Grupo Folclórico Tecalitan, Mariachi Aguilas de...
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Bilingual commentary: Why is everything so dim?

Bilingual commentary: Why is everything so dim?

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 One night, as I started my car and prepared to head out into the street...
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Guest commentary: Is a free higher education a right or a privilege?

Guest commentary: Is a free higher education a right or a privilege?

Educar un muchacho es perder un buen pastor/ To educate a boy is to lose a good shepherd 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....
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El Concilio profile: Frankie Villasenor Guzman

El Concilio profile: Frankie Villasenor Guzman

Editor’s note: Part of a continuing series of stories profiling the award-winners of El Concilio Family Services 2014 Latino Leadership Awards. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, May 31 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here to register or to become a sponsor or call 805-486-9777 for more information. Amigos805 staff reports Frankie Villasenor Guzman...
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Guest commentary: Happy Mother’s Day Santitos and all the immigrants of the world!

Guest commentary: Happy Mother’s Day Santitos and all the immigrants of the world!

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 My saintly mother never knew her father. Her mother, my beloved abuelita Isabel Aguila, named her...
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Bilingual commentary: Patron of the arts

Bilingual commentary: Patron of the arts

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 I have listened to KUSC, one of the very rare full-time classical FM radio stations...
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May cover story: The search is on for summer jobs for youth

May cover story: The search is on for summer jobs for youth

Variety of training, placement programs are available for youth if they know where to look By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 Monique Marquez recalls when she was 16, in high school and went looking for her first summer job. “I remember that computers were big back then. Everyone wanted a job to fix computers,”...
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Commentary: El Concilio Family Services celebrates 25th annual gala

Commentary: El Concilio Family Services celebrates 25th annual gala

By Frank X. Moraga / Amigos805 El Concilio Family Services has struck it rich on its 25th silver anniversary with a wealth of deserving community leaders as it presents its “Latino Leadership Awards” gala on Saturday, May 31 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. Honorees this year include Frank P....
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Business: Online reviews can benefit shoppers, retailers alike

Business: Online reviews can benefit shoppers, retailers alike

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) Word-of-mouth has long been an ally of small business. Customers who have positive experiences with a small business often share those experiences with friends, family members and coworkers, and that word-of-mouth can help hardworking small businesses establish themselves in a community. But reviews don’t just benefit small businesses. Consumers...
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Health: Get on the road to recovery by identifying depression

Health: Get on the road to recovery by identifying depression

By Metro Editorial Services (MS) Nearly everyone feels down at one point or another. But when feelings of sadness stretch on and are accompanied by other symptoms, normal sadness might have given way to depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate depression affects one in 10 American adults at different levels, while...
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El Concilio profile: Susan Carrasco

El Concilio profile: Susan Carrasco

Editor’s note: Part of a continuing series of stories profiling the award-winners of El Concilio Family Services 2014 Latino Leadership Awards. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, May 31 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here to register or to become a sponsor or call 805-486-9777 for more information. Amigos805 staff reports Susan Carrasco,...
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Bilingual commentary: Reinvest in higher education

Bilingual commentary: Reinvest in higher education

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 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Those...
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Oxnard College to present Juan Felipe Herrera on April 30

Oxnard College to present Juan Felipe Herrera on April 30

OXNARD — UC Riverside English Professor and California State Poet Lauret Juan Felipe Herrera will read poems from his many books and discuss his journey from being a migrant worker to a published poet and a voice for the Mexican American experience to holding office for poetry in California from 1 to 2 p.m....
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Rick Najera’s LatinoLogues to be presented May 1-3 at Oxnard College

Rick Najera’s LatinoLogues to be presented May 1-3 at Oxnard College

OXNARD — The Oxnard College Institute for Latino Performing Arts will present Rick Najera’s “LatinoLogues” at 7 p.m. May 1, 2, and 3 in the Oxnard College Performing Arts Center, 4000 So. Rose Ave., Oxnard. LatinoLogues is the longest running and only showcase of its kind in America, organizers reported in a media release. This...
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Guest commentary: Academe as a plantation — A false consciousness

Guest commentary: Academe as a plantation — A false consciousness

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 The Webster’s dictionary defines a plantation as “a large area of land especially in a...
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Sixth grader from César Chávez Elementary School in Oxnard wins California Strawberry Festival’s 2014 Youth Art Design contest

Sixth grader from César Chávez Elementary School in Oxnard wins California Strawberry Festival’s 2014 Youth Art Design contest

OXNARD — From an all-time record of 1,800 entries, the “berrilious” design of 11-year-old Itzel Gonzalez from César Chávez Elementary in Oxnard was selected as the winner of the 31st Annual California Strawberry Festival Youth Art Design Contest, the festival’s organizers reported in a media release. Festival representatives held a pizza party and award presentation...
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El Concilio profile: Edlyn Vallejo Peña

El Concilio profile: Edlyn Vallejo Peña

Editor’s note: Part of a continuing series of stories profiling the award-winners of El Concilio Family Services 2014 Latino Leadership Awards. The awards gala will be held on Saturday, May 31 at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Click here to register or to become a sponsor or call 805-486-9777 for more information. Amigos805 staff reports Edlyn Vallejo Peña...
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Guest commentary: Cops in OSD schools

Guest commentary: Cops in OSD schools

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 This week the Oxnard Police Department and the Oxnard School District contemplated the joint partnership of...
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Guest commentary: Successful partnership continues to benefit McGrath State Beach

Guest commentary: Successful partnership continues to benefit McGrath State Beach

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 Melissa Baffa / Executive director of Friends of the Channel Coast State Parks It almost sounds like the opening line from...
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Bilingual commentary: Cold War II?

Bilingual commentary: Cold War II?

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 One of the hallmarks of being an older member of the “boomer generation” is our...
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Bilingual report: PODER to voice opposition to Santa Barbara gang injunction on April 22

Bilingual report: PODER to voice opposition to Santa Barbara gang injunction on April 22

SANTA BARBARA — PODER (People Organized for the Defense and Equal Rights of Santa Barbara Youth) will gather with other community members to voice opposition to the gang injunction prior to City Council’s first-ever public vote on the matter at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the the Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa St.,...
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Future Leaders of America to present STEM Career Seminar on April 26

Future Leaders of America to present STEM Career Seminar on April 26

OXNARD — Future Leaders of America will be hosting a Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (STEM) Career Seminar for 60 high school and junior college students from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Center for Employment Training, 761 So. C St., Oxnard, the organization reported in a media release.  The purpose of the FLA...
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Ventura County hospital leaders to report findings from community health-needs assessments on April 29

Ventura County hospital leaders to report findings from community health-needs assessments on April 29

CAMARILLO — Representatives of hospitals, health systems and the Public Health Department will present a “state of Ventura County’s health” during the “Public Health and Hospital Needs Assessment Findings” session at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at the VCCF Nonprofit Center in Camarillo. The free presentation is part of the Ventura County Community Foundation’s...
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Guest commentary: Horatio Alger — The Illusion of Public Higher Education

Guest commentary: Horatio Alger — The Illusion of Public Higher Education

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 The United States is the land of illusions. Like Disneyland, it is more fiction than...
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