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Study: COVID deaths spiked when eviction moratoriums expired
7/28/2021 5:42:58 PM

LOS ANGELES—COVID-19 death rates increased significantly when states lifted eviction moratoriums that were put in place to protect renters who could not make payments during the pandemic, according to a UCLA-led study released Monday. According to the study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 was five times higher in the four months after eviction moratoriums expired, and the number of COVID- 19 cases doubled. "Evictions may have accelerated COVID-19 transmission by decreasing individuals' ability to...

Family of James Brown settles 15-year battle over his estate
7/28/2021 5:35:06 PM

By Meg Kinnard   COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—The family of entertainer James Brown has reached a settlement ending a 15-year battle over the late singer's estate, according to an attorney involved in the mediation. David Black, an attorney representing Brown's estate, confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the agreement was reached July 9. Details of the settlement were not disclosed. Legal wrangling over the Godfather of Soul's estate has been ongoing since his death at the age of 73 on Christmas Day 2006. The performer's death touched off...

Kanye West unveils new album, Jay-Z track at listening event
7/28/2021 5:29:39 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   Kanye West barely said a word during his album listening session Thursday night, but the mercurial rapper still had most attendees standing on their feet while hanging on every word of his new project. West unveiled his 10th studio album, “Donda” in front of a packed crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. His album was named after his mother, Donda West, who died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007. Pulling off the listening session—which was livestreamed on Apple Music—was an...

Family Skate Night rolls to success
7/23/2021 9:50:21 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- It was a free roller-skating party on top of the city's downtown parking structure, Friday, August 20, as Oxnard Recreation & Community Services hosted its first of three Rolling the Night Away skate nights downtown.   Kids and parents came out to enjoy the evening, get some great exercise, and skate to disco classics. The event was unofficially called a "skate away from Covid party."   City Corps helped out the event and set up the track, and the Youth Directors Council was on hand, offering...

OPD Bicycle Rodeo puts kids of all ages first
7/23/2021 9:32:00 AM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- It was a spectacular safety Saturday at the Target Parking Structure, July 17, as members of the Oxnard Police Department's traffic unit and Bicycle team gathered to hold its first-ever bicycle rodeo.   Kids and adults came out and navigated the department's obstacle course while learning important safety tips from the officers.   The group learned that they need to share the roads while riding safely.   The program is funded through the Officer's Traffic Safety Program, a grant that funds...

County leads the way with Covid vaccinations
7/22/2021 7:43:13 PM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Ventura-- County Chief Executive Officer Mike Powers updated the supervisors about the county's Covid-19 response, Tuesday, July 20, and said the county has one of the highest vaccination rates in the state and nation, but the number of positive cases are rising because of the delta variant.   "One of the best things we can do for public health is to continue to vaccinate those who are open to getting the vaccine," he said. "Our numbers are still rising."   In Ventura County, he said 73.9 percent of...

Psychedelic Summer brings the '60s to Peninsula Park
7/22/2021 7:13:46 PM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Channel Islands-- The Channel Islands Concerts by the Sea series continued in a far out way Saturday, July 17, as the Psychedelic Summer Band brought peace, love, and classic Rock ‘n Roll to Peninsula Park.   The large crowd boarded their Magic Bus and followed the band back to the Woodstock era. The event attracted many older residents but also attracted young kids who danced the night away.   Band members handed out flowers and brought the crowd back to the "Flower Power" era full of...

Utility payment assistance available
7/22/2021 7:02:31 PM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- In his report to the city council Tuesday, July 20, City Manager Alex Nguyen said Covid-19 cases are inching up across the entire country.   He noted that in the region, some counties reinstated a mask mandate for indoor use in public spaces.   "Our county has announced it is a mask recommendation, whether you are vaccinated or not," he said.    The website, HousingIsKey.com, he said, is key for folks, tenants or landlords, who need rent relief.    "But it's...

Ferrin and Klein added to the DDRC
7/22/2021 6:22:05 PM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- The city council, Tuesday, July 20, appointed members to serve on the city's (DDRC) Downtown Design Review Committee.   Deputy City Manager Shiri Klima told the group that the DDRC reviews applications for exterior changes to buildings and property in the central business district zone. The committee meets twice a month, serves for two years, and makes recommendations to the City of Oxnard Planning Division.    "There are a few requirements; five members serve on the DDRC, and they do not need to be...

Trolls should go away
7/22/2021 2:21:33 PM

By Chris Frost Tri County Sentry Oxnard-- This past weekend for me was so much fun. Not because I was out there participating, but because the world is getting back to normal. People are participating in events and getting back to the business of being a real community and not a community of screen images on Zoom.    Over the weekend, I covered a bicycle rodeo hosted by the Oxnard Police Department, a roller-skating party hosted by Oxnard Recreation, and also an amazing 60s concert at Peninsula Park, hosted by Channel Islands Harbor.    Since you...