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A Tribute to Julian Vergara, An American Artistic Genius

A Tribute to Julian Vergara, An American Artistic Genius

By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed., Executive Director, The Foundation, EERD Julian Vergara, the artist, the enigma–a true American artistic genius, died in anonymity in Oxnard sometime at the end of January, 2018. Julian, it was reported, died alone in his sleep of natural causes. Like so many of the great and totally obscure Latin American artists that I have […]

Fiduciary Leadership in 2018 or Oxnard’s’ Successor Agency Continued Boondoggle?

Fiduciary Leadership in 2018 or Oxnard’s’ Successor Agency Continued Boondoggle?

By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed., Executive Director, The Foundation, EERD Imagine the State of California dressed as a Santa Claus, and in a magnanimous gesture of civic good will and fairness, it decides  to give  Oxnard a once in a lifetime “gift”: the full and total fiduciary disposal authority of 39 buildings/properties that the city of Oxnard Successor […]

Community effort to acquire Oxnard city property to create multiple-use complex in historic downtown

Community effort to acquire Oxnard city property to create multiple-use complex in historic downtown

.   By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed. The Acuna Arts & Culture Collective met Friday, September 22, 2017, at our temporary art gallery, the old Social Security building located at 445 South B Street in Oxnard. This historic building had been left vacate by the city for more than seven years. Thanks to the progressive vision […]

Latino Art and its importance in the local/national dialogue

Latino Art and its importance in the local/national dialogue

.   By Armando Vazquez, M.Ed. Latinos were the flavor of the month, on and off, throughout the 1980’s for many disingenuous politicians and the news media in America. Television and news publications became enamored (delusional) with what appeared to a sure fire upward trajectory of Latino political influence. So while the Latino masses watched […]

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 […]

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 […]

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