JULY 30, 2020
July 23, 2020
BLM (Black Lives Matter) is a continuation of the peaceful March in Selma 65 years ago. The remarkable life of John Lewis who suffered not only indignities, but was brutality beaten because he was a black man.
Has anyone with white skin ever been refused a library card, a seat in a restaurant, the use of a public toilet, or a drink from a public water fountain? Has any white person been lynched for trying to register to vote?
Sixty-five years later, I ask white skinned people if they have had to wait in line for six, seven, eight or nine hours to vote? Or, having polling places reduced in numbers or accessibility so people of color either cannot access the polls or, again, stand for hours in line. Jim Crow is alive and well in primarily Republican controlled states and cities.
How can anyone with a moral compass, or those who profess to be religious, continue to vote for legislators who continue to treat our fellow citizens with degradation?
Judith A. Beay
My intense dislike for Donald Trump began when he entered the race for the presidency. My intuition and training in psychology combined to analyze his extreme narcissism and sexual psychopathy as a vast elaborate enterprise…to use his dictatorship of the U.S. to conquer the world.
His previously established friendship with Putin developed into a plan to conquer the world. Putin’s role was to use his Intelligence background to guarantee a win for Trump and a loss for Hillary.
The current U.S. chaos caused by the virus and the cop killings of blacks is playing into Trump’s plan.
Americans are, simply, too naive to get it.
July 16, 2020
We must invest in arts education now!
During this uncertain and destabilizing time, I have watched with growing alarm as school districts across LA County propose drastic cuts to arts education programs. While there is no doubt that the economic devastation caused by COVID-19 is forcing leaders to make difficult decisions, I take this opportunity to remind our school board members that California education code legally requires every student to have access to arts education.
Additionally, multiple studies show that arts education increases student engagement, their sense of connection, average daily attendance rates, and thus graduation rates. This cannot be overlooked as distance learning fuels an “engagement crisis” and dropout rates spike across the state. Evidence shows that students with arts ed are:
5x less likely to drop out of school,
4x more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and
3x more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.
This is an issue of basic equity. We know low-income students and students of color face the greatest barriers to the high quality arts instruction they deserve. And, because the creative sector generates one in 10 jobs in the SoCal region, cutting funding for these essential programs will negatively impact an entire generation of students preparing to enter California’s workforce.
If we fail to recognize the importance of arts education, we fail our children. We must invest in the arts programs that will ensure students have the tools they need to thrive. Do not cut arts education funding when our children need it most.
JULY 9, 2020
Putting the Lid on COVID-19
A recent study showed how turbulence from a toilet bowl creates a large plume that is potentially infectious to a bathroom’s next visitor. Wearing a face mask when using public restrooms and washing your hands will of course help. However, the most effective way to keep potentially infected aerosols from flying into the air is to simply install lids on public toilets including public schools, parks and golf courses. So far, Soule Park Public Golf Course is taking action to install toilet seat lids. In addition, Oxnard’s mayor, Tim Flynn, passed the request to his public works department for comment. Given Oxnard’s dire budgetary situation, I’m not especially optimistic. Perhaps reducing some of Oxnard’s police and fire departments’ oversized budgets, which account for two-thirds of Oxnard’s total budget, might help? We no kidding need to prioritize expenditures and put the lid on COVID-19.
RE: Logging in Los Padres National Forest
Thank you for the balanced and informative article about the U.S. Forest Service’s proposed project allowing the felling of old-growth trees in the Los Padres National Forest (“National forest logging plan getting heat from enviro groups”, June 18, 2020).
Besides “ignoring the science” regarding the ineffective wildfire mitigation practice of removing old-growth trees and vegetation in remote areas, the disruption of native habitats, and the worsening of climate change via removal of carbon from the forest, the cutting of large 100+ year old trees also impacts the water supply in our still drought-stricken county.
The machinery needed to fell 5 foot diameter trees compacts soil and reduces its ability to retain water. Winter rains result in erosion, increasing the risk of landslides and sediment-filled run-off pouring into our local lakes and reservoirs. Similarly, we see these disastrous effects when it comes to the widespread timber industry practice of clearcutting.
I encourage readers to voice concerns about the federally funded, fast-tracked Reyes Peak Forest Health and Fuels Reduction Project, as well as clearcutting, by submitting comments to the Mt. Pinos Ranger District office and to cara.ecosystem-management.org/
JULY 2, 2020
Calling for change in Camarillo
On behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens de Camarillo, #3284, the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the United States, we support the advancement of the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Latino population.
Last week, we wrote a letter to the Camarillo City Council. We asked to take part in the conversations to promote equity and positive systemic changes. This week, we were met with the utmost disrespect from city councilmember Charlotte Craven. She wrote a published opinion piece calling for letters to be sent to the council to vote against a resolution acknowledging that Black lives matter to our city. Additionally, Councilwoman Craven mischaracterized a request to review the city’s police contract (which should be standard procedure for contracts) to intentionally incite public outrage.
Craven indicated letters received were “mostly from people who live in the barrio, who depend upon the police.” This is a divisive and racist statement, specifically a microaggression. Craven alludes to Latino people living in some Camarillo “barrios” and the need to over-police Latinos. The fact that Craven failed to recognize her own racial bias against Latinos, is the very reason why it is necessary that the Camarillo City Council support pro-equity resolutions, such as affirming that Black lives matter. We as LULAC District 17 stand united with our Black brothers and sisters and locally we have shown our support by actively participating in the NAACP Ventura County’s George Floyd event and by organizing vigils and protests for racial justice.
Furthermore, we demand Camarillo City Council review its budget and police contract and follow the evidence-based practices of Dr. Goff and the Center for Policing Equity, and thus support what police chiefs around the country support: an equitable financial investment in communities through mental health services, public school investments, and social programs that help communities thrive.
Martha Martinez-Bravo, MA, PsyD
LULAC de Camarillo #3284, President
So you want to be supervisor?
The people of Oxnard may be in for a major disappointment this November. I am referring to the horrible tragedy that would occur, not only if Trump is reelected, but if either Mayor Tim Flynn or Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez is elected Supervisor of the Fifth District which includes Oxnard.
Just a few years ago, both had an opportunity to turn a tragedy into a dream if only either of them had held their constituents in as high esteem as they do their personal political ambitions.
That opportunity came with the tragic murder of 21-year-old Alfonso Limon at the hands of Oxnard’s police assassins.
Alfonso was an innocent pedestrian coming home with his younger brother when Oxnard’s cops opened fire on him. A witness said Alfonso held his hands high in the air begging the cops not to kill him.
My point is, either Tim or Carmen or both had the responsibility to protect their constituents from such brazen violence. Neither showed their face for fear they would be forced to do what they were elected to do…PROTECT US!
If we look around, today, where police have killed Blacks unnecessarily, we find not only protesters, but their community leaders pitching in to obtain justice. Some communities are dismantling or defunding their police departments. Not Tim or Carmen, they play it safe, away from the needs of the community.
The city of Oxnard has a violent racial history, some of it involving the Ku Klux Klan. In my youth, Oxnard schools and neighborhoods were segregated. Many teachers neglected Mexican students. Those with college potential were ignored, never reaching their potential.
All of the tragic racial unrest that came before, could have been alleviated by leaders who, seeing the opportunity, would lead the community forward to a just and great society.
Tim and Carmen didn’t come to our aid when they had a great opportunity, what makes you think they will do it in the future?
Hilarious and terrible
It was hilarious to see Trump’s failure at his rally in Tulsa. After bragging that 100,000 would come to see him, only 6,000 showed up. He was left ranting to an auditorium that was 2/3 empty. Attendees did applaud his biggest triumph — he showed that he can (sometimes) drink a glass of water using just one hand.
It is terrible to see Trump’s failure during the pandemic. His lies and incompetence have led to the deaths of over 100,000 Americans. More die every day from what Trump calls the “kung flu” — a racist phrase his own White House counselor blasted as “highly offensive.” And he is determined to increase American deaths by cutting virus testing. Trump ludicrously says, “If we stopped testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.” And says, of the pandemic, “It’s going away.” His own experts, like Dr. Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, say Trump is wrong. We read the headlines so we too know that Trump is wrong .
People voted for Trump as someone who would freely speak his mind. Thank God that more and more of those voters now see the truth: Trump has the mind of an incompetent bigot. Those voters are not racists. They join the leaders that Trump hired, civilians and generals, who now openly disparage him and are determined to vote him out. Vote Biden and Blue to send Trump back to bankrupting his own businesses and not killing Americans.
Offensive, culturally insensitive Junipero Serra photo on VCReporter cover
It’s triggering for many folks, I’m guessing, to have that closeup photo on the cover of the VCReporter of Junipero Serra [June 25, 2020 issue]. People have clearly stated that passing by the statue is painful, revives intergenerational trauma, hurts enough that they want the statue removed from its prominent public placement. Having his image on newsstands all over the County was an inconsiderate decision at best.
I am troubled by this image and and I don’t even have ancestors and a culture persecuted and murdered by the guy, his church, and its minions. I do have an understanding of the full history, not just the church-sanitized, whitewashed version taught for so long.
Please put people before profits when you decide on your publications’ front-facing optics.