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May 7, 2001 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
One of the most successful boxers to come out of La Colonia Boxing Club has won four world championships, yet very few people know her name. That's right: her name. Professional boxer Marischa Sjauw (pronounced Shaw) trains at the converted fire station, which has produced such male champions as Fernando Vargas and Robert Garcia. The 29-year-old Sjauw currently holds the lightweight (135-pound) world title for the International Female Boxers Assn.
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April 14, 2001 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although she was prepared for the story's grim ending, Amelia Guzman couldn't help but cry Friday when Christ was put to death. She had walked for nearly a mile alongside Saul Aguilar, who for the 10th year portrayed Jesus during Oxnard's annual pageant dramatizing his trial, torture and crucifixion. And she was among the thousands of faithful who looked on in silence as make-believe Roman soldiers tied Aguilar to a wooden cross on a grassy knoll behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School.
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November 28, 2000 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As mourners passed a makeshift memorial for an Oxnard man gunned down early Sunday morning on a La Colonia street, a man who knew him well shook his head, tugged on his wide-brimmed hat and sounded a pessimistic tone about life in this emotionally jittery neighborhood. "It's always gonna be here," the man, who would not give his name, said of the gun violence that continues to plague several Oxnard neighborhoods. "It's bad, and it's gonna get worse."
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October 15, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine for a minute you have more than one life. Men do it everyday . . .They don't make it on t.v., but yet they're heroes to me. --Dino Zarate at 16 * It was early September, and like so many other teenagers, Dino Zarate had packed his bags to head back to college. It was the start of his sophomore year at St. Mary's, an upscale Catholic university in the foothills eight miles east of Berkeley. Zarate, 19, didn't have much in common with most college students.
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October 8, 2000 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On those days when her students are struggling with their schoolwork, days when the influences of violent streets and broken homes threaten to swallow them whole, fifth-grade teacher Maria Ramos taps her secret weapon. She reminds the youngsters at Cesar Chavez School that she was once like them, poor and growing up against the odds in Oxnard's La Colonia barrio.
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September 17, 2000
Re "Luster Denies Charges, Adding His Life Is Now a 'Nightmare'," Sept. 3. What is The Times' motivation in running such an article? Whose life in jail is not a nightmare? Would you write the same article about a person from Compton, or South-Central Los Angeles, or La Colonia? I don't think so. Quit patronizing the rich. SCOTT REIMANN Oxnard
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September 16, 2000 | KEVIN SHERRY
The business district of La Colonia will receive a good scrubbing today. To improve the neighborhood's image, dozens of volunteers plan to converge on Cooper Road to sweep the street, clean sidewalks and paint over graffiti. Organizers hope their efforts will inspire residents and business owners to keep the neighborhood looking nice.
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September 13, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Oxnard man was killed Tuesday afternoon on his 58th birthday when his car was struck by an Amtrak passenger train at an unprotected railroad crossing, authorities said. Ramon Jasso Pina had picked pimentos all day and was leaving his job at Filer Farms in the La Colonia area when the crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m.
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July 22, 2000
In response to the article, "Vargas Doesn't Want to Take More Swings at De La Hoya" (July 15), in which Vargas announced he was giving back to his community by donating $1,000 to the gym. Had he left it at that, I would not have been compelled to write this letter, but I was upset when Vargas took some cheap shots at Oxnard city officials. As past president of La Colonia Youth Boxing Assn., it was one of my duties to interact with city officials. Although it wasn't always a walk in the park, if it wasn't for certain city officials, there wouldn't be a La Colonia Youth Boxing Club.
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