Author: Chris O'Neal

THE AMENDMENT PROJECT | The 19th Amendment

By Julia Ornelas-Higdon, PhD  19th Amendment “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 marked the beginning of women’s long struggle for suffrage in the United States. That year, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Convention to address equal rights for women, including the right to vote (suffrage). Twenty years later, Stanton collaborated with Susan B. Anthony to found the...

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CRITICAL MASS | Oxnard School District hit with multiple lawsuits over special ed services

Oxnard School District officials got slapped with multiple lawsuits from angry and frustrated parents of special education students at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The 14 complaints are for failure to conduct evaluations of children with special needs and to provide appropriate services to them, explained attorney Janeen Steel of the Learning Rights Law Center. “This is the largest number of complaints (against a school district) that I know of in the state,” said Steel, who is working with the parents and civil rights attorney Shawna Parks. The complaints are mainly that children are falling behind in school because they...

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UNDERSTANDING AUTISM | Seminar focuses on law enforcement interactions with people on the spectrum

A Miami, Florida, police officer set off a national outcry in July after responding to reports of a suicidal man wielding a weapon. As the officer approached the 23-year-old holding a rectangular object sitting cross-legged in the middle of the road, another man entered the scene — Charles Kinsey. A few moments later, Kinsey was on his back, arms in the air, a bullet in his leg. The object in the man’s hand turned out to be a toy train, and Kinsey was revealed to be the man’s caretaker. The subject of the initial call was born with autism;...

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COURTROOM ROUNDUP

Attorney requests venue change in trial over death of deputy In October 2014, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko was struck and killed on Highway 101 in Camarillo while performing a traffic stop. A mile from the scene of the incident, Kevin Hogrefe, now 27, was arrested for the hit-and-run crash and was under suspicion of felony DUI. Two weeks later, Hogrefe was charged with second-degree murder. Now, an attempt is being made to relocate the trial after Deputy Public Defender William Quest filed a motion with the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Ventura, claiming that...

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OUT OF THE BOX | In Mr. Robot, you’re just another friend to talk to

Mr. Robot is so self-aware it may one day reach out and eat the popcorn on your lap.   USA’s Golden Globe-winning series Mr. Robot has just wrapped up its second season, and Amazon Prime members can stream every episode. Over the course of two years, series creator Sam Esmail has brought his audience along for an invasive, cerebral ride through the seedy world of hacking, corporate morality and international terrorism. Buckle up: There’s no such thing as being a spectator in this destruction derby.   Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek, who won an Emmy on Sunday night for Outstanding...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  2. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  3. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  4. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  5. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  6. Engage & Enlighten event features United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye

    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  7. Dancer’s Body Barre

    August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  8. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  9. Adult Grief & Bereavement Support Groups

    August 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  10. Santa Barbara Studio Artists’ 18th Annual Open Studios Tour!

    August 30 @ 5:00 pm - September 2 @ 2:00 pm