Oxnard Special Recall Election Candidate Debate- 3-15-18

Event Announcement


An unprecedented stand-alone Oxnard Council recall election will be held on 5-1-18. We are “cueing” you in that the ad-hoc “Oxnard Revelations Alliance” (ORA) is sponsoring and running an all-comers candidates’ debate on March 15, 2018, 5 pm at The Corner Pocket Billiards and BLVD boxing gym, a 20,000 sq. ft. downtown Oxnard facility at 658 S. A Street.

Moderator Pablo Ortiz

Moderator Manuel Arriola

The event will incorporate a “boxing ” theme, as the facility incorporates an active boxing gym, Oxnard has boxing in its blood, being the home of many boxers, some of champion grade and the PAL national boxing championship. Also, local politics can be combative, so boxing metaphors often apply. But, let’s just leave it at metaphors and discourage actual physical combat! However, Oxnard is a tough town, as we all know. View past boxing match at Corner Pocket

Event referees (Moderators) will be Pablo Ortiz (Ortiz Pablo Bio) and Manuel Arriola (ArriolaManuel Bio), both known and respected Oxnard Citizens of integrity with knowledge of local affairs and issues. Hosts are Ale Rey Rivera and Cinthia Marcos De Beltran.

Past boxing event at Corner Pocket

We’ll take this boxing metaphor as far as it helps captivate the public, although no actual physical violence will be tolerated. The debate rounds will appear on “cards,” like real boxing matches. The candidates/contestants will be in a REAL boxing ring. The questions will be signaled with a round gong. The moderators will will be “referees. Vendors will be “hawking” food in the aisles. “Ringside” seats will be highly prized. Popcorn will be free, but you can purchase menu items such as tri-tip sandwiches,nachos, hot dogs and even beer and soft drinks


First, a Reception

From 5-5:45 pm, there will be a reception for candidates, officials, dignitaries and the general public. People will be introduced- some will make brief statements. There will be candidate information booths, a “spin room,” food and drink on sales, probably free popcorn and light munchies, 25 cent video arcade games and billiards.  We anticipate voter registration and Election Integrity Project – California information and recruiting. We have asked downtown district  businesses to display a rack of business cards and coupon offers.


Debate Structure

The “bouts” are scheduled to begin at 5:45 pm. With such a large number of candidates- 14 challengers at last count- attempting to qualify against 4 incumbents, this event would be nearly impossible to manage as one big debate. So, we are breaking it up into up to 4 sub-debates consisting of each incumbent and his/her challengers, since there are actually four separate races/challenges in this election. Challenged incumbents and known candidates are listed, as of 2-16-18, subject to change, INVITED:

Mayor Tim Flynn (vote to keep or recall), challenged by:

  • Aaron Starr
  • Larry Stein
  • Modesto (Morey) Navarro
  • Miguel Lopez
  • Robert Lee Sumpter

Mayor ProTem Carmen Ramirez (vote to keep or recall),  challenged by:

  • Al Velasquez
  • Francine Castanon
  • Ambrosio Casanova

Councilman Oscar Madrigal (vote to keep or recall),  challenged by:

  • Miguel Martinez
  • Daniel Chavez, Jr.
  • Enrique Petris
  • John Ragan
  • Angel Garcia

Councilman Bert Perello (vote to keep or recall),  challenged by:

  • Kari Cryder

Mayor Pro-Tem Ramirez and Lawrence Paul Stein will both be out of town on debate night.


Rules of Engagement

The event rules of engagement are designed to help ensure a level playing filed for candidates, elicit information for the public to learn about their capability/suitability and to move the process to a timely conclusion: Oxnard Special Recall Debate RulesRev2.0


Ask the Candidates Questions!

Questions will be selected and asked by an independent moderator, with consultation, who may redirect and even engage multiple responses. The public may submit questions HERE Specify if question is to a specific candidate, on a specific race or a general question.


What/who is “Oxnard Revelations Alliance” ?

This is a grassroots group set up to at the least conduct this event, providing a fair forum for exposure to council/mayoral candidates for office: profiles and views/competence on issues and skills. It currently consists of:

Alex Rivera, Corner Pocket Manager and Downtown Management District board member.  tfg.mgmt@gmail.com

Peter Godinez- Sales executive for SoCal Office Products- Xerox.

Elizabeth White

Noel Young- retired commodities broker

George Miller- Retired management consultant and Publisher of CitizensJournal.us-  publisher@citizensjournal.us


Event Sponsors

The Corner Pocket Billiards

Citizens Journal- Ventura County

Tomas Cafe

Garcia Mortuary

Next Day Cleaners

Mr. & Mrs. Jamison White, MD, SA-C

Sabor Taqueria Y Mariscos

Pat Holden’s Liquor

We seek additional donors/sponsors/volunteers: publisher@citizensjournal.us

For Donations:
Alex Rivera
2081 N. Oxnard Blvd. #375, Oxnard, CA. 93036

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3 Responses to Oxnard Special Recall Election Candidate Debate- 3-15-18

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  2. Lawrence Stein February 21, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I will not be attending. I will be in Kansas City from March 11 through March 16th on business. Larry Stein – Candidate for Mayor

    • Citizen Reporter March 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm

      We missed your unique insights and experience, Larry. But the Mayoral debate was interesting. Flynn declined to participate.


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