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The Latino Art & Cultural Center of Oxnard

The Latino Art & Cultural Center of Oxnard

.   By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed. The dream of a Latino Arts and Cultural Center in California began for me in 1973, when a groups of us Chicano college students at California State University Northridge, founded El Jardin de Flor y Canto, an arts and cultural center in the barrio of Pacoima. So began the […]

Reflections on Inauguration Day and the March

Reflections on Inauguration Day and the March

    By Naomi Fisher President Trump’s speech gave me so much hope. Those were the words with which he started his campaign, i.e. Bring the Nation back to the people. Make it our country. Make us proud of it again. Give us work. Stop sending jobs overseas and leaving our people jobless and hungry. […]

Residents hold the KEYS to Transform Oxnard into a Premier Art City of California

Residents hold the KEYS to Transform Oxnard into a Premier Art City of California

    By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed.                                    Oxnard is poised to be one of the most innovative, creative and active art cities of California. All we need is to create the critical mass needed to move the community to […]

Oxnard’s Vacant RDA Properties Must be Sold — Turn them into Cultural Centers 

Oxnard’s Vacant RDA Properties Must be Sold — Turn them into Cultural Centers 

. . By Armando Vazquez                                                               The city of Oxnard’s Successor Agency, that was hastily patched together sometime after 2012 by city officials, is the […]

An Immigrant’s Birthday Reflection

An Immigrant’s Birthday Reflection

. . By Armando Vazquez I was born 65 years ago on a coarse palm frown woven tapete, to two dirt poor indigenous subsistence farmers. My abueltias, both matriarchs and curanderas of the small tribal village of Ahualulco; who performed the sacred task of mid-wives for most of the women in the impoverished village, delivered […]

Doing the Zombie Dance In Oxnard

Doing the Zombie Dance In Oxnard

  . By Armando Vazquez In the stunning defeat of civilized democracy in this nation, the toxic fallout and pain is so expansive that it defies comprehension. In the past couple of days all of the folks that I love and know are walking around in apocalyptic shock not knowing what to do next:  y […]

Commentary: On Kids with Guns, Racism, Hatred, How Fools Never Learn!

Commentary: On Kids with Guns, Racism, Hatred, How Fools Never Learn!

By Armando Vazquez A message to BC and Oxnard How can anyone deny that the world is a violent and turbulent maelstrom of racism, sexism, religious fanaticism bordering on the worship of insanity, hatred and intolerance? All this violence created almost exclusively by men all over the world, including Oxnard. A high school kid that […]

Guest Editorial: A Senior Citizen’s Apology

Guest Editorial: A Senior Citizen’s Apology

As a child of the fifties I grew up with an absolute belief in our country and government. In school we “educated” civilians scoffed at the “propaganda” we were told the poor, delusional Russian citizens were fed. We even felt sorry for the uninformed fools on the other side of the Cold War. Now, as […]

Grau Funded by One of County’s Worst Polluters

Grau Funded by One of County’s Worst Polluters

By Nick Bonge When reviewing contributions to Dave Grau’s recent failed County Supervisor bid, it is clear that the much of his financial support comes from development interests. Yet, Ventura residents may still be shocked to see one name stand out, Staben. Called a “renegade contractor” by former Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn, Tom Staben […]

Oxnard Community Leader welcomes Chief Scott Whitney

Oxnard Community Leader welcomes Chief Scott Whitney

. . By Armando Vazquez Effective September 16, 2016, that Scott Whitney will be the new Police Chief of Oxnard. This is great news for the community of Oxnard. For close to two decades we at the Café on A have worked with Officer Whitney, and we have come to know from our long professional association that […]

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