Author: David Michael Courtland

REAL HOPE | Transitional housing provides a bridge to stabilizing youth in the county

“I first went into foster care when I was 10 years old,” said Kathleen Mosqueda, 24, of Oxnard, adding that she and her siblings were placed by a case worker with her grandmother. As Mosqueda transitioned out of foster care in mid-2016, she found out about the Hopegivers transitional housing program in east Ventura County through Rosalinda P. Vint of Newbury Park-based Women of Substance and Men of Honor. And there she found stability. “Through my work placement [through Hopegivers], I have learned how to accept corrective criticism and explore new possibilities,” Mosqueda said, noting that she was able...

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The latest skirmish in the battle to determine the future of Oxnard’s Fisherman’s Wharf unfolded Tuesday night at a special Channel Islands Beach Community Services District (CIBCSD) meeting. Over 100 people, mostly opponents of plans for a new apartment complex facing Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard at the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, packed into the Hollywood Beach School Auditorium to hear presentations for and against the plan. Darrel Malamut of Channel Islands Harbor Properties, LLC, and Diane Delaney of the Harbor Beach Alliance made cases for and against the project, respectively, to the Hollywood Beach and Silver...

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420 UPDATE | Few local cities are moving forward to make pot sales, cultivation possible

Several months after Californians approved a law making the state the largest one so far to legalize recreational marijuana cultivation and sales, a few Ventura County cities have taken steps to regulate it to various degrees. Prop. 64 allows adults to buy and carry up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use — individuals can raise up to six plants — and legalizes commercial growth; business licenses won’t be available until 2018. But county boards and city halls currently regulate personal and commercial — that is, medicinal — growth and use. Camarillo officials slammed the door on most...

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SPECIAL-ED DILEMMA | As parents reach agreements with Oxnard School District, funding still limited for all programs

Oxnard School District’s chief executive says officials are working hard to improve services to its special-education students, whose parents filed multiple lawsuits against the district last year. Lawyers for the angry and frustrated parents of disabled students slapped OSD officials with 14 lawsuits at a September school board meeting; other families joined them after learning about the first suits. Their complaints were mainly that their children have been falling behind in school because they have not been tested for learning disabilities or given the help they need after being tested. Attorneys Janeen Steel and Shawna Parks, who represent the...

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JUSTICE SERVED | Ventura County cold cases lead to convictions with new DNA technology

It was the first day of summer vacation, and 16-year-old Jake Bush had just taken his driver’s test at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Ventura earlier that morning. After shopping with his mother and getting something for lunch, they returned to their Swift Avenue home and immediately noticed something amiss: The screen was off Jake’s bedroom window. Once inside, they discovered everything had been disturbed. As Jake’s mother, Gail Shirley, called 911, Jake canvassed the rest of the house. Still hiding in the house, the burglar surprised Jake, stabbing him three times before rushing out the front...

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