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By Chris Frost
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Oxnard-- I want to take a minute to welcome the city councils and the Board of Supervisors back from their recess. Let's face it; there have been great things done in Oxnard, and even though the haters are still out there complaining, it's important to stay true to the city's vision to move forward and address the challenges that lie ahead.
Fortunately, there have been some great events that have taken place in August, and I gladly went to cover them and report on those stories. I have met so many people, more than I can remember. I found it interesting this past weekend when I went to the Concerts by the Sea, Saturday, August 28, and a whole bunch of people came up to ask me how I am doing and basically came up to say, hey Chris!
That is a somewhat new experience for me, as I mostly wander through the day quietly and do what I need to do. I'm not complaining, mind you. I run a community newspaper, and the fact that people come up to say hello and are familiar with my stories and editorials, I guess, means that I am part of the community and welcomed.
Of course, that's not always the case. There are people who see me coming and get fake smiles on their faces like they're thinking, dear God, let me be polite enough to answer his endless stream of questions and hope he picks up my go away you S.O.B. and let us do our thing.
Anyway, this editorial is not about the haters of the world who wish I didn't do my job the way I do it. During August, I hit my third anniversary in Oxnard. The J-Train and I thought just for fun, let's look around for a larger home and see if a local move would be worth our while. I have no issues where I live; it's nice, on a quiet street, and my landlord is always accommodating.
Anyway, I asked the J-Train to look around just to see if we could find a place with a room I could use as an office. Right now, I do my writing in the living room, and when the J-Train is home, she likes to watch all her shows that I generally don't enjoy and make noise.
Well, guess what? There is basically nothing, and since we have a house full of animals, that negates the one or two really expensive choices out there. We could take one of these choices, but like I've said before, doing this would mean no more saving money, making car payments, or eating.
During the month, I ran into a council member, and I asked about the new housing units being planned and found out that those plans were placed in file 13 because of Covid-19.
Anyway, if the council will take some feedback if they can figure out how to get those plans back on the drawing board and re-engage those developers, that would be helpful. This is not for me anymore, but if the J-Train and I, a two-income hardworking pair of worker-bees who can't find a place, there are probably plenty of others who are in the same boat. I know this isn't a quick fix, but it needs to be near the top of the list.
In the meantime, life continues as usual for me, like yelling at Ziggy when he knocks over and breaks a 100-year-old lamp that my grandmother owned. The other fun part of my life is explaining to the J-Train why we don't need eight different flavors of coffee creamers and the equivalent of a Good Humor truck in the freezer or why five different types of flavored coffee make no sense when she puts flavored creamer in the coffee.
The J-Train tells me that it's challenging to be married to me. I understand that. I could say more, but I have to clean the house, write, and plan dinner.