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December 8, 1996
A story Dec. 1 attempted to explain the recent election defeat of former Oxnard City Council member Andres Herrera, but the story falls short of the reality of Oxnard's at-large election system. Everyone gets to vote for two candidates in the at-large system. But supporters of Herrera and John Zaragoza played competitive "hard ball tactics" during the election, leaving many Latino voters divided between the two candidates. As a result, many Zaragoza supporters did not vote for fellow Latino Herrera, as they cast their "second vote" largely for Bedford Pinkard.
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November 6, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Saillant is a Times staff writer.
In a dramatic upset, an Oxnard city councilman appears to have ousted John Flynn, one of Ventura County's longest-serving politicians, from the seat on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors that he's held for more than three decades. John Zaragoza, 67, took 54% of the vote in the 5th District supervisor's race in Tuesday's election, nine points ahead of Flynn, 75.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Although one candidate already has entered the race, Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn said Wednesday that he will wait until next month to announce his plans on whether he will seek an eighth term in 2004. "Timing is very important, and to announce anything is a major decision," he said. "You've got to be prepared to talk about the issues."
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February 27, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Although one candidate already has entered the race, Ventura County Supervisor John K. Flynn said Wednesday that he will wait until next month to announce his plans on whether he will seek an eighth term in 2004. "Timing is very important, and to announce anything is a major decision," he said. "You've got to be prepared to talk about the issues."
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September 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saying that the city needs more input on development issues, City Councilman John Zaragoza suggested Tuesday expanding the Planning Commission from five to seven members. Zaragoza said many development proposals that go before the commission pass by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Albert Duff usually the lone dissenting voice. But with Oxnard's residents increasingly concerned about growth issues, Zaragoza said the commission needs a more diverse membership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2008 | Catherine Saillant, Saillant is a Times staff writer.
In a dramatic upset, an Oxnard city councilman appears to have ousted John Flynn, one of Ventura County's longest-serving politicians, from the seat on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors that he's held for more than three decades. John Zaragoza, 67, took 54% of the vote in the 5th District supervisor's race in Tuesday's election, nine points ahead of Flynn, 75.
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November 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Getting a job as a city bus driver is perhaps not something most people would view as a career break, but it changed John Zaragoza forever. Steering busloads of working-class citizens through the streets of Oxnard in the 1960s, he heard plenty of complaints about city service. But behind the wheel of that bus, the future city councilman learned to absorb criticism without losing his cool.
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February 26, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard City Councilman John Zaragoza announced Tuesday that he is running for the seat now held by longtime Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn, the first challenger to step forward in next year's 5th District contest. Zaragoza, 60, a small-business owner who has served as a councilman since 1996, said he has the experience and skill necessary to serve the Oxnard-based district, whose constituency is more than 60% Latino. "The county faces great challenges ahead," Zaragoza said in a prepared statement distributed during Tuesday's council meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997 | LORENZA MUN~OZ
The City Council has decided to hold its annual retreat at Oxnard's River Ridge Golf Course. The retreat, which is open to the public, is scheduled Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. At the retreat, council members plan to discuss several issues, including whether to renew City Manager Tom Frutchey's contract. "Hopefully we can talk about the direction we want the city to take," Councilman John Zaragoza said. "Hopefully all of the council persons will be able to give management some direction."
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May 6, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ
The Oxnard City Council will meet at noon today in a special session to decide how they will select a permanent city manager. Council members hope to decide whether to hire an outside firm to conduct a nationwide search or look for candidates in-house or do a combination of both to find the right person. Since firing city manager Tom Frutchey in February, the council has been debating the selection process.
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February 26, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard City Councilman John Zaragoza announced Tuesday that he is running for the seat now held by longtime Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn, the first challenger to step forward in next year's 5th District contest. Zaragoza, 60, a small-business owner who has served as a councilman since 1996, said he has the experience and skill necessary to serve the Oxnard-based district, whose constituency is more than 60% Latino. "The county faces great challenges ahead," Zaragoza said in a prepared statement distributed during Tuesday's council meeting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Getting a job as a city bus driver is perhaps not something most people would view as a career break, but it changed John Zaragoza forever. Steering busloads of working-class citizens through the streets of Oxnard in the 1960s, he heard plenty of complaints about city service. But behind the wheel of that bus, the future city councilman learned to absorb criticism without losing his cool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1997 | CHRIS CHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saying that the city needs more input on development issues, City Councilman John Zaragoza suggested Tuesday expanding the Planning Commission from five to seven members. Zaragoza said many development proposals that go before the commission pass by a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Albert Duff usually the lone dissenting voice. But with Oxnard's residents increasingly concerned about growth issues, Zaragoza said the commission needs a more diverse membership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1996
A story Dec. 1 attempted to explain the recent election defeat of former Oxnard City Council member Andres Herrera, but the story falls short of the reality of Oxnard's at-large election system. Everyone gets to vote for two candidates in the at-large system. But supporters of Herrera and John Zaragoza played competitive "hard ball tactics" during the election, leaving many Latino voters divided between the two candidates. As a result, many Zaragoza supporters did not vote for fellow Latino Herrera, as they cast their "second vote" largely for Bedford Pinkard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
City Councilman John Zaragoza is recovering from gallstone surgery and will take about two weeks off from local politics to recover. Zaragoza had surgery Friday at St. John's Regional Medical Center, but complications developed and he remained at St. John's until Tuesday. "I'm not 100%. I'm home convalescing," Zaragoza said. "It was a successful operation," he added. "Right now, it's just a matter of time to get well."
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January 10, 2004
Upcoming Events Sunday: Fundraising breakfast for John Zaragoza, a candidate for Ventura County supervisor, from 8 a.m. until noon at El Tapatio restaurant in Oxnard, 663 Oxnard Blvd. A donation of $10 is requested. For more information, call 485-1825 or 983-6685. Jan. 21: "How the Democrats can win in 2004" will be the topic of discussion at the monthly meeting of the Simi Valley/Moorpark Democratic Club at 7 p.m.
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