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September 4, 1998 | NICK GREEN
The staff of a La Colonia nonprofit group that brings high-technology to the working-class neighborhood in Oxnard arrived at work Thursday morning and found thieves had stolen two computers and vandalized three others worth $12,000. Donated only last year by Apple, the five Macintosh computers comprised the entire lab set aside for teenagers at the community computer access center, said an upset Luann Rocha, executive director of El Centrito de la Colonia.
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March 6, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Even at 10 miles from the sea, they live on an island. Their mailing addresses say Anaheim, but for generations the families of Colonia Independencia have lived in a municipal no man's land, a barrio settled long ago by the migrants who worked Orange County's farmland. Now, the roughly 200 families in the generations-old Latino immigrant neighborhood are being urged -- pressured, some say -- to become a part of one of the state's largest cities.
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February 28, 1995 | CHRISTINA LIMA
Residents of Oxnard's La Colonia neighborhood may soon have access to a wider variety of services offered by local social agencies, including job training and child care. The City Council will consider a Housing Authority proposal today to spend $1 million to expand services offered at La Colonia Multi-Purpose Center.
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June 22, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Months after diverting nearly half a million dollars that had been earmarked for improvements to La Colonia Independencia, a poor unincorporated area near Anaheim, Orange County Supervisors on Tuesday approved $104,000 in renovations to its community center. Supervisor Chris Norby, whose district includes the working-class neighborhood of 1,000 residents, said the money will refurbish the center's basketball court and pay for new windows and other items.
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November 30, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS
Oxnard police are still seeking a gunman who shot a 24-year-old Oxnard man in the stomach as he stood on his front porch in La Colonia neighborhood, authorities said Tuesday. Corey Lyghts, 24, told police he was wounded about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when someone fired a series of gunshots toward his house in the 500 block of North McKinley Avenue. Lyghts said he saw a teen-age boy run from the area. Police have no suspects. Sgt.
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August 8, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT and NICK GREEN
Starting today, La Colonia residents will have greater food-shopping options, with the opening of a supermarket formed by a coalition of government agencies. El Mercadito de La Colonia was formed in hopes of giving residents a fresh start by offering fresh fruits, vegetables, canned goods and other items at cost, along with health-care services.
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November 6, 1991 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL
The Oxnard City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a 110-unit townhouse project in La Colonia on the condition that the developers set aside 10% of the townhouses for low-income residents. Under the agreement, developer Standard Pacific would receive financial incentives from the city in exchange for setting aside the low-income units.
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April 18, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite strident objections from some members of the community, Oxnard's City Council has approved a nonprofit housing group's request for federal money, saying La Colonia needs more low-cost homes. "It seems to me that the concept being proposed is very good," Mayor Manuel Lopez said late Tuesday. "There has been very little development in La Colonia." The council voted 5 to 0 Tuesday after a lengthy public hearing to provide $273,000 in federal grants to El Pueblo Unido Reinvestment Corp.
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February 22, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A masked gunman robbed a bakery in La Colonia and two of its customers of $450 in cash Sunday afternoon, police said. Herrera's Bakery in the 500 block of Colonia Road was robbed about 1:30 p.m. by a man wearing a black jacket and blue pants and carrying a silver-colored handgun, according to Oxnard Police Officer Mike Radziewicz. The robber pointed the gun at a bakery employee, who handed over cash from the register, then he held up two Oxnard men who were standing in line, Radziewicz said.
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March 4, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ
Oxnard officials are staying out of a dispute over a neighborhood council election, saying the bylaws governing such groups provide little direction on how elections should be conducted, according to a report released Thursday. An investigation into alleged improprieties in the election of La Colonia Neighborhood Council representatives has concluded that the city has little authority over such matters.
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May 26, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Residents of a sliver of unincorporated Orange County near Anaheim woke up recently to a fresh coat of gang graffiti and remnants of a weekend drive-by shooting. "It's not something new," said Lisa Castillo, 20, as she toted a child's car seat to her vehicle near where authorities found at least eight shell casings.
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June 3, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
There is little disagreement that Oxnard's oldest and largest public housing project has seen better days. But when a housing official appeared last week at a La Colonia Neighborhood Council meeting to talk up a plan to raze the crumbling collection of duplexes and rebuild from scratch, some residents were seeing red.
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September 8, 2002 | PAUL GUTIERREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The floor is a hive of activity. The air in the La Colonia Youth Boxing Center in Oxnard is filled with the familiar smell of sweat, yet it is a more innocent aroma that wafts throughout as a roomful of pint-sized pugilists go through their workouts. Rapid-fire Spanglish bounces off the walls--"Mijo, move and then throw la izquerda. A left, throw a left. Que bueno, good."--as a pair of preteens in oversized headgear throw punches at each other in an animated sparring session.
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December 14, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard police and state investigators have cited four people on suspicion of illegally operating slot machines after raids on their La Colonia businesses. The arrests followed a two-month investigation after neighbors complained that the push-button-style slot machines were targeting children and causing long lines outside the businesses, Officer Robin Whitney of the Oxnard Police Department said Thursday.
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July 11, 2001 | ROBIN SHULMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen kids cling to the side of the turquoise pool, splashing each other. In the adjoining gym, girls sprint up and down the basketball court, practicing layups. The scene hardly suggests the assaults, robberies and fights that defined Oxnard's La Colonia Park for decades. "We have a reputation here," said Sergio Lopez, who directs the gym. "It used to be bad. Since we've taken over and cleaned up, it's good."
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June 24, 2001
Despite the wave of incorporations in recent years, Orange County still has many governmental "islands," communities that nearby cities don't want under their jurisdiction. Usually these pockets aren't as affluent as their neighbors and lack a tax base to make them attractive to the cities next door. Those conditions are good arguments for Orange County government to pay extra attention. Supervisor Cynthia P.
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January 20, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN
The Oxnard City Council on Tuesday will consider an agreement to provide $273,000 in federal money to a nonprofit group to build low-cost housing in La Colonia. El Pueblo Unido Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. Inc. plans to build up to four houses for low-income residents in La Colonia with the money. The residents must qualify for a mortgage, and--similar to the national Habitat for Humanity program--must agree to help build the houses with their own labor.
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February 24, 1999
Longtime Oxnard resident Lois Walker, an ordained minister who was pastor of her own church in La Colonia for more than 30 years, died Saturday after a brief illness. She was 77. Known to her parishioners as Sister Walker, she was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Marietta, Texas. She graduated from Bethlehem High School and attended Bishop College before moving to Southern California to be near family in the late 1940s. She married Jeff Walker in 1951 and they moved to Oxnard's La Colonia neighborhood.
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June 7, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came to work the orange groves before the first world war and stayed to raise their families. Viva La Colonia Riva--VLCR--became the code of Latino pride for generations in the five-street unincorporated neighborhood bordered by Anaheim, Garden Grove and Stanton. But it was the forgotten barrio. As late as the 1970s, La Colonia Independencia still had dirt streets, no sidewalks, not even sewers.
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May 14, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alfred Rascon, a graduate of Oxnard High who was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam, has been nominated by the Bush administration to be the next director of the U.S. Selective Service. Rascon, 55 and now a resident of Maryland, worked as inspector general of the federal agency for several years. Last week, he appeared before the Senate Committee on Armed Services for a hearing on his nomination, which he described as a "great honor."
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