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Amazon is Coming to Oxnard: Please Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Amazon is Coming to Oxnard: Please Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

    By Armando Vazquez   Amazon takes on the World: The creation of Amazon, in 1994, by Jeff Bezos, is by any standard an incredible American entrepreneurial success story. Legend has it that Bezos borrowed $250,000 from his folks, and in the small makeshift garage of his rented Bellevue, Washington home he launched his online […]

What I Learned About America as a Poll Worker in the 2020 Elections

What I Learned About America as a Poll Worker in the 2020 Elections

    By Armando Vazquez I volunteered to be a poll worker in the Santa Maria area of Santa Barbara County for the presidential election of 2020. I was assigned to work at Orcutt Junior High School, in the small agricultural city of Orcutt, here is what I learned. Poll Work and Location: On the […]

A Votar Mi Gente: Our Democratic Destiny is in our Vote! Part One

A Votar Mi Gente: Our Democratic Destiny is in our Vote! Part One

    By Armando Vazquez National Politics: With less than two weeks before the Presidential Election, the stakes have never been higher. We must all vote like our lives depend on it! It is also incredibly important to focus on the local races because what happens in Washington, D.C., is going to play out in […]

Which Way America: Democracy or Tyranny – Racism, Hatred, and Fear are Tearing America Apart                

Which Way America: Democracy or Tyranny – Racism, Hatred, and Fear are Tearing America Apart                

    By Armando Vazquez I am a Mexican immigrant, who along with my entire family, entered into the United States in 1958. I became a naturalized citizen of this country in 1997. The very first time I was eligible to vote, I voted, and I have been voting in local and national elections ever […]

The Fall of American Democracy and the Rise of White Nationalism and Tyranny: We all saw it Coming!

The Fall of American Democracy and the Rise of White Nationalism and Tyranny: We all saw it Coming!

    By Armando Vazquez Get Rid of the Ballots…That is what he said, that is what he will do, and who is going to stop him? We are less that 42 days away from the most cataclysmic, potentially apocalyptic, American election in our lifetime. However the election results turn out, approximately half of the […]

Conservatives are just too conservative these days

Conservatives are just too conservative these days

By Stewart B. Epstein . As a “liberal-Democrat”, I have tried to gain as much knowledge about the “Conservative” political point of view as possible since 1980.  I have come to some very disappointing conclusions which I want to share with you.  First, the conservatives of 2020 (especially the ones who are members of the […]

Reforming of the Oxnard Police Department Requires the Creation of a Community Police Review Board

Reforming of the Oxnard Police Department Requires the Creation of a Community Police Review Board

    By Armando Vazquez “You may have heard the talk of diversity, sensitivity training, and body cameras. These are all fine and applicable, but they understate the task and allow the citizens of this country to pretend that there is real distance between their own attitudes and those of the ones appointed to protect […]

The Chicano Moratorium: A 50 Year Struggle Continues

The Chicano Moratorium: A 50 Year Struggle Continues

    By Armando Vazquez “Today, the sixteenth of September, the day of independence for all Mexican peoples, I declare my independence of the Selective Service System. I accuse the government of the United States of America of genocide against the Mexican people. Specifically, I accuse the draft, the entire social, political, and economical system […]

The Latino Art Museum of Oxnard – Now is the Time

The Latino Art Museum of Oxnard – Now is the Time

By Armando Vazquez   The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers. — James Baldwin So artistically and culturally, the questions are, where, how and with whom do we go from here Oxnard? In the past 10 years the city of Oxnard has lost the Children’s […]

Oxnard This is no Way to run a Prosperous, Safe and Caring City! We Can and Must do Better!

Oxnard This is no Way to run a Prosperous, Safe and Caring City! We Can and Must do Better!

  By Armando Vazquez Since about 2000 until this year, 2020, a total of twenty years, the city of Oxnard has had a top level executive dysfunctional, wasteful, costly and head-spinning management turnover rate. This hair on fire musical chairs approach to local governance, of course, contributes to horrific and untimely fiscal, planning and programmatic […]

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