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Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Benites, On Homelessness and Vagrancy (Part Two)

Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Benites, On Homelessness and Vagrancy (Part Two)

By Lori Denman-Underhill Citizens Journal interviewed Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites last week. This two-part story features an interview with Benites about homelessness and vagrancy in his city. The person who oversees operations and officers of the homeless and vagrancy capacity is Benites. Top concerns for some of the local community include how the homeless situation […]

Oxnard Low Barrier Homeless Shelter Funding Discussed at City Council Tomorrow

Oxnard Low Barrier Homeless Shelter Funding Discussed at City Council Tomorrow

By Lori Denman-Underhill There is a proposed plan to open a low barrier   24-hour year-round homeless shelter by December in Oxnard. If the budget is approved tomorrow night at the Oxnard City Council meeting, seed money will be partially given from the $1.5 million of Measure O to fund the shelter (see graphic below). Homeless […]

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

By Lori Denman-Underhill The Ventura City Council meeting on June 18 was lengthy, which included the passing of the Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 budget and also allocated funds to create a year-round shelter. At this meeting, there were no announcements or special presentations. Councilmember Mike Tracy was absent and there was one reportable item this […]

Celebrate a Ventura Strong 4th of July

Celebrate a Ventura Strong 4th of July

Ventura Strong. There is no better theme for this year’s 4th of July Street Fair, held upon numerous local streets of Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. The 43rd annual fair on Wednesday, July 4 starts at 10am on Palm Street with the band Love Handles. The music continues nonstop on Palm, Oak, Mission and California Streets until 5pm. […]

Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Benites | On Homelessness and Vagrancy

Oxnard Assistant Police Chief Benites | On Homelessness and Vagrancy

By Lori Denman-Underhill In the quest to find solutions to helping the homeless and stop vagrancy, it is essential to begin a dialogue with professionals who interact with the issues on a daily basis. One individual who oversees operations and officers of the homeless and vagrancy capacity is Oxnard’s Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites. Top […]

City Council Candidates Urged to Apply

City Council Candidates Urged to Apply

By Lori Denman-Underhill Think you have what it takes to be on Ventura’s City Council? Interested candidates are urged to visit City Hall and pick up application paperwork in July and August. The mayor and all council members were present for this regular meeting, held on June 11. Special presentations opened up the meeting and […]

Diagnosing Homelessness | Quality Of Life in the City of San Buenaventura!

Diagnosing Homelessness | Quality Of Life in the City of San Buenaventura!

By Lori Denman-Underhill Nothing matters more in life than feeling safe in one’s own community. Knowing the government provides full and fair enforcement of the law, ensuring the health and safety of community residents is paramount. The Activist group, Quality of Life Ventura, QOL, believes these rights are not supported by two entities – Ventura […]

Thomas Fire Victims Demand Answers from City Council

Thomas Fire Victims Demand Answers from City Council

By Lori Denman-Underhill Tears flowed like water as Thomas Fire victims asked City Council members for answers. Where was the water that evening? All city council members and mayor, who were in attendance for the Ventura City Council meeting on the evening of June 4. Ironically, the council showed a video about water to kick […]

A Town Turned Upside Down

A Town Turned Upside Down

By Lori Denman-Underhill In the long run, there may be a method to the madness of homeless vagrancy. Tactics to decrease endless crime may be shown to the city by local business owners of Ventura, who are aiming to take back their town. There are numerous businesses that are speaking up against vagrancy issues. This […]

The Breakdown of Morality

The Breakdown of Morality

By Lori Denman-Underhill When the broken down Halaco industrial site started to be occupied by squatters and the homeless, the empty shell transformed into a haven of crime. Rampant crime overtook morality. The point of this tale is that once a group of homeless vagrants are allowed to occupy an entire section to reside in […]

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