Southbank Meeting November 14


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Zen and the Art of Webmastering

Howdy, Southbankers. This is Dave your former Vice-Chair/ Chair /Webmaster writing from my new home in Los Osos, CA up in San Luis Obispo county. I realize nobody ever reads this thing which is why it never gets updated which is why nobody ever reads it. And so it goes… I suggested to your INCF Chair, Justin, that the INCF should get its own website rather than the individual neighborhoods and he wrote back saying he agreed and has been in discussions with the City about that and nothing has been decided. The fact that it has to be approved and operated through the City is apparently what’s holding things up. Meanwhile this thing is still sitting here, or rather on some server back east that I happen to be renting space on. So in effect I own it and am free to do whatever I want with it or to it. But my editorial freedom is constrained by the agreed upon mission it supposed serves, which is to support the residents of Southbank. Some of you are probably thinking “But Dave, how can you support the residents of Southbank when you no longer are one?” So you can see the quandary that I find myself in.

So come on, Southbankers, and help me out here. If you have an opinion about this then contact the Southbank Neighborhood Council secretary, Jackie Tedeschi, or the INCF Chair Justin Glenn, or your favorite City Council person. Go knock on fellow Southbanker / City Councilman Perello’s door and let him know what you think, or if he’s not home, leave him a note.

If no decision is forthcoming then I probably will let the domain name lapse next time it comes up for renewal and that will be that. Let the old girl die of natural causes. Declare that the fat lady has sung and move on down the road.

The sun will still rise the next morning regardless. But like the sound of one hand clapping, does a website exist if nobody goes there? So perhaps I am talking about nothing, even though I am using nothing to talk about itself. Which begs the question, what is the meaning of life, and can a non-existent website answer such a question? Then again, perhaps it is also true that nothing is everything and vice-versa. All words point to no words, which reminds me, have the Cowboys left town yet?

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Candidates Forum May 9


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Large Turnout for March 21 Meeting

2013 Executive Board: From Left: Frank Nilsen, Steve Bull, Jackie Tedeschi, Marika Arthur, Bert Perello, Dave Harris, Lorraine Shallenberger.

There was a large turnout for last night’s (March 21, 2013) Southbank Neighborhood Council meeting held at the Sunrise Room at the River Ridge Golf Club. The annual election of officers took place, and the existing Executive Board was re-elected with only one change. Chairman Steve Bull and Vice Chair Dave Harris changed positions so Mr. Harris will be the Chair and Mr. Bull the Vice Chair for the coming year. Jackie Tedeschi remains as Secretary, Marika Arthur as Treasurer, and Loraine Shallenberger, Frank Nilsen and Bert Perello as members-at-large.

Mayor Tim Flynn was the featured speaker who gave a talk outlining many of the same points he will make at the State of the City address sponsored by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce on Friday, March 22nd. Council-member Dorina Padilla also attended the meeting and spoke to the group prior to Mayor Flynn’s arrival. Both members of the City Council participated in a spirited question and answer session, fielding topics ranging from improving City infrastructure to a barking dog complaint. Mayor Flynn encouraged all residents to attend the Strategic Planning Session on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at the new waste water purification facility in South Oxnard. City of Oxnard Supervising Civil Engineer Paul J. Wendt gave a Wagon Wheel update, and many issues were discussed including negotiating with the developer to contribute to the funding of the SCR-3 Levee construction project.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wagon Wheel March 20, 2013


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Next Southbank Neighborhood Council Mtg March 21, 2013

The next Neighborhood Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m. at the River Ridge Golf Club, Sunset room, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave, Oxnard. Guest speaker will be Mayor Tim Flynn. There will also be a report on new developments at Wagon Wheel. This will also be our annual election meeting.

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Southbank Website up for Renewal

It’s almost that time of year again when we will need to renew the domain name for this website. We will be having an Executive Board meeting this week to discuss our next general membership meeting, and the subject of continuing the website will be no doubt come up. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions about this or any other neighborhood concerns, now would be the time to mention it. You may leave a comment here, or you may attend the executive board meeting this Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. at LeFort Pizza (formerly Rusty’s) on Vineyard.

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Community Meeting Tonight

There is a community outreach meeting tonight covering several items including the application by the Circle K store at the corner of Vineyard and Oxnard Blvd for a full liquor license. Currently they are only licensed to sell beer and wine but would like to be able to sell hard liquor as well.
The workshop will be at 6 p.m. in the community room on the first floor of 300 W. Third St. Visitors may enter through the B Street door.

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Suspicious Activity in River Ridge

From a Neighborhood Alert email recently received:

My dog barked this morning and ran to the front door. I opened the door expecting to find some sale flyer– instead it was a torn piece of paper with a handwritten note. The writing was not very good and the spelling was very bad. It said that his name was Alonso Brown and that he was looking for Jackie Johnson. Something about a Green SUV and for her to call when she got off work. It had a phone number so I called it. He said that he was looking for this woman who was beautiful and was a news person… I said you have the wrong place. He said that he had left notes at several people’s doors. He then said he knew I was her because he recognized my voice. He said you are very beautiful, I knocked on your door and you looked out the window- you have black hair. I again said you have the wrong neighborhood. He said the woman had daughters and that she (I think this is what he said) tanned in Ventura and he was supposed to go with her once but he didn’t go because that was when he did not have a job. Again I said– wrong neighborhood- he then asked me if I could give her the note if she came by to pick up her mail because he knew that she used to live here or if I see her. At that point I just said ok. .. but you have the wrong neighborhood.
I then called my next door neighbor who said that she had seen him on our street and that he mentioned to her some of the same things– the Green SUV– News person, and that he had left notes at like three houses. She told him he had the wrong neighborhood.
I called Oxnard PD – the sent over two officers- they took the note and spoke with my neighbor too because she had actually seen him. He apparently was a thin possibly African American and he was pulling a small (like a pull along carry-on) suitcase.
The police officers said that if we see him or any other suspicious people in the neighborhood to call the police right away. Burglaries are up- he may have been casing the neighborhood. If not, he is weird stalker.
I don’t mind you sharing this information but maybe not in such detail and without my name attached etc.

From: St. Andrews Ct. Neighbor

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SCR-3 Update at Windsor North Mtg Nov 8

The Windsor North/ River Ridge  Neighborhood Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at the River Ridge Golf Club, Sunset room, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave, Oxnard, will include a report on the status of the SCR-3 levee by the Ventura County Watershed Protection District. All Southbank residents are encouraged to attend.

Here is the link to the presentation given to City Council on October 23, 2012 by VCWatershed Protection District. (Apologies for the green bars)


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