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City Manager Alex Nguyen (Photo courtesy City of Oxnard)
Thursday, September 9, 2021

By Chris Frost

Tri County Sentry

Oxnard-- In his report to the City Council, Tuesday, September 7, City Manager Alex Nguyen said funding for rent and utility relief is still available.


"We encourage all of our tenants and landlords to apply if you haven't already," he said. "Online, the website is called housingiskey.com, or you can call 833-430-2122. We highly recommend that everyone who thinks they may be eligible or have a need, please call or go online, get the information, and find out if you are eligible, and for how much." 


Nguyen said the state is currently in round seven of relief for small businesses. The new round is for people who were placed on the waitlist for funds previously.


"That window of opportunity started on August 3 and is open until Thursday, September 16," he said. 


Round eight, which ended Wednesday, September 8, was for non-profit cultural institutions.


"Next is another round for applicants, as well as waitlisted applicants from previous rounds, and that begins Thursday, September 9, and runs through Thursday, September 30," he said. "All of that information is available at the California office for small businesses, careliefgrant.com."


The Covid-19 vaccination clinics continue, he said, and in Oxnard, two clinics are available because of the partners at the County Public Health Department.


"One is at the North Oxnard Public Health Clinic at 2240 East Gonzales Road," he said. "You can get vaccinations there Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and they stay open until 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. They're also open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays."


At the South Oxnard Public Health Office, 2500 South C Street (in the tent),  vaccinations are available from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.


"They're open late, until 6:30 p.m., on Fridays," he said. "There is one testing site that continues, at the Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. They want you to enter off the Ninth Street Entrance, and their hours for testing are 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday. If you are one of the folks who haven't had the opportunity to be vaccinated, we encourage you as much as possible to get your vaccine at one of the two vaccine clinics. If you need a Covid-19 test, it is still available there, thanks to our partners at county public health."


Nguyen reminded the audience that Ventura County Public Health requires that everyone wear a mask in indoor public spaces.


"The State Department of Public Health issued an order requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination or a recent negative test if you need to enter an acute healthcare or a long-term care facility," he said. "If you are looking to visit a friend or relative in one of these facilities, you will need to have proof of vaccination, or a negative Covid-19 test."


The county is currently holding two virtual redistricting meetings and has already held two. 


"They have three more coming up, from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 9, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., Saturday, September 11, and from 6-8 p.m., Monday, September 13, " he said. You can get that information at ventura.org/redistricting. You can also call them at 805-654-2998."


The City of Oxnard will hold its second redistricting hearing at 7 p.m., Thursday, September 30. For more information, visit oxnard.org/redistricting. 


"We also plan to have three more meetings thereafter," Nguyen said.


The City of Oxnard is holding its special election to fill the remainder of district two's term, and vote by mail ballots will be available October 4 through October 26.


"October 18 is the last day to register to vote if you live in District two," he said. "Once you register to vote, you can vote at a polling place, and the actual election day is November 2. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. that day. More information is available at recorder.countyofventura.org/elections.