Board of Supervisors calls for ban on gun shows at Fairgrounds

Citing the recent Borderline shooting in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors have asked that gun shows no longer be held at the Fairgrounds in Ventura.

The Ventura County Fairgrounds is a state-owned property, with two gun shows scheduled and approved for 2019 by the Fair Board, which voted 5-2 to allow the shows to happen.

Supervisor Steve Bennett, District 1, said that the Board has “to play a part in countering the influence of the gun culture and gun lobby.” The Board, by a 3-2 vote, asked the Fair Board to stop contracting for new gun shows in the county, and asked Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers to meet with the 10 cities in the county to similarly ask that gun shows not be hosted locally.

On the same day, Supervisor Linda Parks, District 2, asked that a task force convene to address ways in which to prevent future shootings.

805 Undocufund reopens for Hill, Woolsey fire impacted families

Several local immigrant advocate groups banded together in early 2018 to launch 805 Undocufund, a joint effort to assist undocumented immigrants affected by the Thomas Fire or Montecito mudslides with assistance in rebuilding their livelihoods, where federally funded assistance programs are unavailable due to their immigration status.

The 805 Undocufund has relaunched, just one year after the start of the Thomas Fire, this time with the goal of assisting those impacted by the Hill and Woolsey fires.

The fund will assist immigrants dealing with a loss of income due to the fires, from farmworkers who worked in the hillsides to domestic workers who worked in homes in Malibu, now lost to the fire.

The fund is a joint effort between CAUSE, MICOP and Future Leaders of America, which has already received a $150,000 grant from San Francisco-based The Libra Foundation. Last year, the fund distributed $1.4 million in aid to over 900 families, with the average grant around $1,700.

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Oxnard school given Golden Bell award

Oxnard’s Juan Soria School has been awarded with a Golden Bell award for its 80/20 Spanish dual language immersion program.

The award, given by the California School Board Association, a nonprofit education association representing elected officials, recognizes outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices for positive student outcomes. The Oxnard School District received the award at a ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29 in San Francisco.

“I am extremely proud of Juan Soria’s accomplishment of being recognized with a Golden Bell by the California School Board Association,” said Dr. Cesar Morales, Superintendent of the Oxnard School District. “The Dual Language Immersion program at Soria is a model for OSD and a model program that is recognized statewide.”

Assistant City Manager appointed in Oxnard

Oxnard City Manager Alexander Nguyen announced on Tuesday, Dec. 4, that Ashley M. Golden has been appointed as Assistant City Manager.

“Ms. Golden has demonstrated her ability to effectively address the city’s many challenges,” said Nguyen. “She has broad and extensive knowledge of the city, and she has the confidence of staff. I am confident she will continue be a great asset to the residents and business community of Oxnard.”

Golden previously served as interim Assistant City Manager, Development Services Director and Interim Economic Development Director, and will now oversee the Economic Development, Development Services, Housing, and Cultural and Community Services departments.