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November 22, 1996 | REGINA HONG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Intent on giving children in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods a head start on learning to read, a nonprofit organization is launching a literacy program in La Colonia, complete with computer software that sings the alphabet song. Organizers of El Centrito de La Colonia, a social service and cultural center that serves the predominantly Latino working-class neighborhood, said something needed to be done to create an equal playing field for youngsters there.
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October 31, 1996 | NICK GREEN
"Education first--babies later" is the message of a 51-foot-long mural unveiled Wednesday in Oxnard. "We have to let kids know it's not cool to get pregnant," said Luann Rocha, executive director of El Centrito De La Colonia, the nonprofit organization that sponsored the 18-foot-high mural. "I think a mural is one way of doing it." About 50 people gathered to watch the mural's unveiling on the side of an auto repair shop in the 100 block of North Harrison Avenue.
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July 30, 1996 | SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
An Oxnard police officer accused of beating a suspected burglar early this year must stand trial on felony assault charges, a Ventura County judge said Monday. An investigator working with the district attorney's office testified that a fellow officer saw Robert Flinn use excessive force to subdue suspect Juan Lopez on Jan. 27 after a lengthy foot chase through the La Colonia neighborhood of Oxnard.
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July 7, 1996 | LORENZA MUN~OZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cryptic graffiti on the wall of El Toro Market is a simple reminder that gangs are alive and well in Oxnard's La Colonia neighborhood. But the graffiti is deceptive and doesn't tell the whole story. Only four years ago, that corner of Cooper Road and Hayes Street was the drug dealing capital of Ventura County and a haven for gang members who held the neighborhood hostage.
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July 3, 1996 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mario Aguiniga spreads his fingers and methodically wraps them with surgical bandages, working his way up to the wrists, then solicits someone's help to slip on and lace a pair of boxing gloves. Aguiniga, 15, walks to a heavy bag and starts pounding it furiously, his eyes fixed on the target and his mind oblivious to the Mexican rancheras blasting from a boombox at La Colonia Boxing Club.
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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 19, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Vincent Godina makes his way down a narrow alley in the dark, peering through a chain-link fence at one of the scenes in La Colonia that fill him with disgust: a pile of rotting lumber that used to be a garage. "Why isn't anyone cleaning this up?" snaps Godina, a 52-year-old carpenter, during a moonlit walk through his neighborhood. "This type of thing just lowers the property values all over La Colonia."
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February 4, 1996 | ERIC WAHLGREN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like many immigrants who settle in Ventura County to work the fields, Hilario Cisneros first came to the United States in 1980 in search of a better life and the almighty dollar. But instead--after two years of long days spent picking fruits and vegetables for $3.25 an hour--the farm laborer from Mexico found an almighty God and a new reason to live.
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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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