Students across county protest election of Donald Trump

Students across Ventura County protested the election of Donald Trump last week. Photos by Dan Pinerdo.

Students across Ventura County protested the election of Donald Trump last week. Photos by Dan Pinerdo.

Students across Ventura County joined protesters from across the nation in protesting the election of Donald Trump last week, chanting “Not my president” and “Down with Trump.”

Around 200 students walked out of class at Pacifica High School on Thursday, Nov 10, in Oxnard and strolled west along Gonzalez Road toward Ventura Road. Many of the students expressed concern that Trump does not represent their interest and that he is insensitive to minorities, according to reports. The students ended their march with a rally at Plaza Park in downtown Oxnard.

Another 150 students walked out of classes at Port Hueneme High School and Channel Islands High on the same day.

In Camarillo, at California State University, Channel Islands, hundreds of students took to the streets of the campus to protest the results. Many students held signs expressing support for Latinos, women and LGBT communities, while chants of “Love trumps hate” floated through the crowd.

On Friday, Nov. 11, a group of around 150 protested in downtown Ventura before making their way to the steps of City Hall for a rally.

Protests in Ventura County were peaceful with no arrests made, a different story than that of protests occurring in neighboring Los Angeles, where last week 150 protesters were arrested for failure to disperse during a protest that blocked several major freeways for a period of time overnight. In Santa Barbara, two teenage boys were escorted from a protest when a pro-Trump individual arrived and an altercation occurred.

Oxnard awarded $4.1 million for street repairs

The city of Oxnard has won its case in the Superior Court of California for the County of Ventura against Southern California Gas Company over costs associated with the 2012 relocation of gas lines due to the Rice Avenue/Santa Clara Avenue Interchange improvements.

In 2014, the court originally dismissed the suit, but in January of this year the California Court of Appeals for the 2nd District reversed the decision and allowed the city to attempt recovery of the fees paid to Southern California Gas Company for the relocation.

Funds used to pay the Gas Company came from state transportation and federal grants, the street/state gas tax and air pollution, Transportation Development Act (TDA) and capital improvement funds, and the $4.1 million will be reallocated to those funds, according to the city. The amount awarded also includes $1.3 million in prejudgment interest and $182,803 in attorney’s fees and costs.

“This is a big win for the Oxnard community,” said Oxnard Public Works Director Dan Rydberg. “We’re pleased to be able to use these funds for critical street repairs that will greatly enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

Ventura County losing millennials, study finds

As the population of the so-called millennial generation increases nationwide, Ventura County sees a sharp decrease in millennial residents, according to a data and research report published by online apartment aggregator Apartment List.

According to the report, the city of Oxnard saw a 13.2 percent decrease in millennial population from 2005-2015, and millennial homeownership fell by 14 percent — topping the national average by 7 percent. The report finds that the millennial population growth is correlated with median income, and in Oxnard, median income fell by 1.4 percent over that time period.

The report finds that millennials are moving to areas away from the coast where the cost of living is substantially lower — Austin and Houston, Texas, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina, are the top three most millennial growth cities in the study.

The study can be read in full by visiting https://www.apartmentlist.com/rentonomics/millennial-population-trends/.

Pesticide use near schools subject of hearing

The California Department of Pesticide Regulations hosted a meeting in Oxnard on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to gather public input regarding possible restrictions on pesticide use near schools.

The subject of pesticide usage near elementary and high schools, particularly in Oxnard, has been the subject of debate for several years, made more urgent by study findings released in 2015 showing pesticide usage limits exceeded in and around Rio Mesa High School — findings that were first discovered in 2011.

The Department’s draft proposal includes limiting usage of pesticides, including the most controversial pesticide, 1,3-Dichloropropene, within quarter of a mile from a school during school hours. Local advocate organizations including CAUSE and MICOP are urging the Department to extend the zone up to one mile.