DIRECTOR TO RETIRE FROM OXNARD HOMELESS AGENCY

Community Action of Ventura County Executive Director Tim Hockett will retire from his position on Sept. 30 after four years with the agency, having spent 27 years with Community Action in total providing assistance to the homeless and poverty stricken.

T. Hockett

Tim Hockett

Hockett spent 23 years with Community Action in Washington State before coming to Ventura in 2012. As an advocate, Hockett has written extensive articles on poverty and has been invited to speak at Stanford University’s Poverty Summit. He attained the title of Certified Community Action Professional while serving on numerous boards and workgroups.

On his legacy, Hockett said that he sees “nothing but good things if [the organization] continue[s] on the right track.”

“We’re in a very strong financial position now whereas we were not when I took the helm,” said Hockett. “I feel good about fixing a lot of things internally.” Hockett praises the current outreach programs as well.

As for his future, Hockett has one thing in mind: retirement. Hockett plans to move to Ecuador, where he vacationed recently. “I’m looking forward to it as an adventure,” said Hockett.

“The entire CAVC family and the board of directors hold Tim Hockett in the highest regard,” said Dr. Ramon Flores, chairman of the CAVC board of directors in a statement. “The board wishes him a happy retirement and offers its gratitude for his service.”

Flores added that a new appointment will be announced in the “near future.”

OXNARD HOSTS DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION MEETING

Talk surrounding revitalization of downtown Oxnard has been in the air for quite some time. Tonight, Thursday, July 28, attendees can take a look at the Downtown Oxnard Draft Vision Plan and participate in a survey on concepts and ideas.

Updates on park lighting, restrooms and capital improvements will also be discussed.

Concept art shows proposed changes to downtown Oxnard.

Concept art shows proposed changes to downtown Oxnard.

In January, the Oxnard Community Planning Group, Congress for the New Urbanism and the city of Oxnard hosted a five-day “downtown revitalization charrette” featuring a film festival, walking tours of the district and design show in hopes of presenting ideas to the City Council and receiving community feedback and opinions.

In 2015, the city netted $6.1 million for downtown revitalization after a three-year-long legal battle involving the city and the downtown movie theater, injecting needed energy and funding to pursue the project.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall, Human Resources Activity Room, 300 W. Third St., Oxnard. For more information, call 385-7407.

EVENT BRINGS SERVICES TO COUNTY’S HOMELESS VETS

Ventura County’s homeless veterans will receive much-needed items and access to services this weekend as Stand Down returns to the Army National Guard Armory in Ventura.

The two-night, three-day event features a myriad of services for homeless veterans, including temporary housing, meals and clothing as well as medical evaluations by volunteer professionals ranging in specialty from psychology to optometry. Legal counseling will also be offered, with follow-up appointments made for continuing service.

Alongside the volunteers will be live band music and nightly entertainment. Free transportation will be provided from around Ventura County, as well as from neighboring Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties.

Veterans wishing to attend will need to bring proof of service in the form of a DD-214, but the Veterans Administration will be on hand to verify veteran status should the need arise.

“We don’t care where the veterans are coming from; as long as they’re a veteran, they are welcome,” said Claire Hope-Farmer, founder and director of the event, adding that veterans and their families are welcome.

The Ventura County Stand Down event begins on Friday, July 29, and runs through Sunday, July 31, at the Army National Guard Armory, 1270 Arundell Ave., Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturacountystanddown.org.