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Oxnard Homeless Programs Status- Ormond Beach Again Overrun; Commission Advocates $34 million “Navigation Center”/Homeless Shelter and More

Oxnard Homeless Programs Status- Ormond Beach Again Overrun; Commission Advocates $34 million “Navigation Center”/Homeless Shelter and More

By Lang Martinez, Richard Castaniero  & George Miller Ormond Beach/Halaco again being overrun by squatters Homeless Commission votes to approve $34 million “navigation center” to shelter, service, up to 110 homeless Community Action center still closed- solution sought Most “at -risk” county homeless still housed in hotels Oxnard and many other jurisdictions have long struggled […]

Huge Increases in Oxnard Development Fees Approved; Drones Watching You

Huge Increases in Oxnard Development Fees Approved; Drones Watching You

By George Miller At the Tuesday, May 19, 2020 meeting, the Oxnard City Council voted huge increases in development fees, nearly doubling, with increases up to 2687%. New fee structure in total will add $28,000-$36,000 to the cost of a new home. Some fees hadn’t been increased since the 1970’s to 1990’s. However, the Council […]

Ventura County Homeless in the COVID-19 Era

Ventura County Homeless in the COVID-19 Era

By Lang Martinez and George Miller (with major assistance from Tara Carruth) With astonishing speed for government, the Ventura County Continuum of Care, State of California and FEMA have quickly reacted to help protect the most at-risk homeless people from the COVID-19 pandemic. The most visible manifestation of this is the county leasing and taking over […]

Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez on Homeless Program

Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez on Homeless Program

      By George Miller Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez recently talked to us about the city’s homeless program effort. Topics Covered were: 1. Status of new shelter/navigation center, Armory move-out 2 Alternative shelter possibilities 3. In context of overall homeless strategy   Oxnard, like many other cities, has struggled with a growing homeless […]

The Least the Lost and the Hopeless: Who is Accountable for America’s Homeless? Who is Doing Enough?

The Least the Lost and the Hopeless: Who is Accountable for America’s Homeless? Who is Doing Enough?

    by Catherine Townsend-Lyon, Author/Advocate According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, as of 2018, there were around 553,000 homeless people in the United States on a given night or 0.17% of America’s population. They come from all walks of life and from many different circumstances as to why they became homeless. You […]

Oxnard Police Clearing Out Squatter Encampments on Ormond Beach Nature Conservancy Land

Oxnard Police Clearing Out Squatter Encampments on Ormond Beach Nature Conservancy Land

By George Miller The Oxnard Police Department reported clearing out 26 squatter encampments in The Nature Conservancy land at Ormond Beach yesterday. Assistant Chief Eric Sonstegard told us that and explained that various legal impediments made it more complicated than previous similar actions which were on Oxnard City land. It seems that when there is […]

“The Truth About Nobody Knows”: My Story About Sexual Abuse- “Rape”!           

“The Truth About Nobody Knows”: My Story About Sexual Abuse- “Rape”!           

By Lang Martinez, December 16, 2019 Nobody Knows But Me part 8 God Only Knows     for King & Country “Wide awake while the world is sound asleepin’. Too afraid of what might show up while you’re dreamin’. Nobody, nobody, nobody sees you     Nobody, nobody would believe you Every day you try […]

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, NewYear/Holidays from Citizens Journal

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, NewYear/Holidays from Citizens Journal

Citizens Journal Celebrated another Year of Publishing We wish you a blessed and happy holiday season and new year!   Subscribe free, to our Citizens Journal twice-weekly email bulletin We’ve been in operation over six years since starting publication of Citizens Journal- Ventura County, AKA CitizensJournal.us, AKA CJ, on June 21, 2013.  We want to thank our contributors, […]

Oxnard Council: Homeless Shelter Tentatively Approved; Ormond Beach Power Plant May Stay Open

Oxnard Council: Homeless Shelter Tentatively Approved;  Ormond Beach Power Plant May Stay Open

By George Miller At the 11-19-19 Oxnard Council meeting, The council approved a lease for a permanent homeless shelter on 1258 Saviers Road, subject to a very short 90 day contingency and public outreach period. City Manager Nguyen announced his intention to negotiate an extension in operations of the  Ormond Beach power plant in exchange […]

Nobody Knows But Me: “The Solution” – Part 7.

Nobody Knows But Me: “The Solution” – Part 7.

By Lang Martinez and Abraham Mendez John 15 verses 5-8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me you are like a branch that is thrown away […]

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