Groups plan protest against NRA Fundraiser in Oxnard

As the national debate over gun control rages, several local activist groups are planning a peaceful protest in Oxnard as the Los Padres Friends of National Rifle Association hosts its annual fundraiser.

The fundraising dinner and auction will feature various firearms and firearm-related memorabilia. A flier for the fundraiser promotes a guitar shaped like an AR-15 signed by Ted Nugent; a handgun and hunting rifle; and a gold-plated “2018 Gun and Knife of the Year Set,” featuring a Kimber Custom II Freedom Warrior .45 caliber handgun and an NRA-emblazoned hunting knife, to name a few.

For a $2,000 table package, an attendee would receive eight dinners, eight raffle packs and one gun. For $10,000, the attendee would receive eight “Mystery Guns,” including two pistols, two revolvers, two rifles, two shotguns with a value of over $6,000.
Our Revolution Gold Coast and Conejo Valley and the Progressive Democrats of America Ventura County will lead the protest.

Troy Corley, chapter leader of the Progressive Democrats of America Ventura County and local activist, says that she expects over 100 protesters.

“We would like for Oxnard not to be a central part for the NRA to raise money to attack young people who were victims of mass shootings,” said Corley. “Look what’s going on in your backyard; they’re at the Marriott raffling off guns. Is this what we want in our community? I say no and many people say no as well.”

The protest will take place on Saturday, April 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in front of the Courtyard Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.

Election clerks sought for Oxnard special election

City of Oxnard residents who speak Spanish, Tagalog or English are being sought to staff the voting booths during the upcoming Oxnard recall special election on May 1.
Meals will be provided for clerks who can be able to serve between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. or until closing duties are completed. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and registered voters of California or legal permanent residents.

If selected, workers will receive $95 for the day and $25 for attending a mandatory training class on Saturday, April 28.

For more information and to apply, call 385-7440.

Mobile ticketing comes to county buses

Behold, the Gold Coast Transit District buses have arrived to the future with the launch of a mobile ticketing pilot in partnership with Token Transit, giving riders the option of purchasing a pass electronically.

Customers using the Token Transit program can use their smartphones to purchase fares before boarding buses that serve Ojai, Oxnard, Ventura, Port Hueneme and unincorporated areas of the county.

“We know that smartphones are how most folks stay connected with family, friends, news, etc. Now, they can also purchase their bus pass from anywhere, anytime,” said Gold Coast General Manager Steven Brown. “It’s a great way to integrate public transit more seamlessly into everyday life.”

After a year of use, the app will be evaluated to determine whether or not customers find the program beneficial, in addition to determining cost/benefit.

For more information, visit www.goldcoasttransit.org/fares/mobile-tickets or text “TOKEN” to 41411 to download the app.