CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1996 |
When crossing through Southwinds park these days, Oxnard resident Ron Holton more often hears the whooshing sound of soccer balls flying through the air than the wail of a police siren. It wasn't always this way. This sprawling patch of green in south Oxnard used to be a seedy haven for drug dealers, gangbangers and drunks, recalls Holton, chairman of the Southwinds Neighborhood Council.
August 14, 2001 |
Welcome to California's capital of "almost." Jim Vetter, for instance, is almost ready to leave. His underground art gallery was supposed to have become part of a cultural explosion--a tech-moneyed Left Bank, a Silicon Valley Soho. Unfortunately, what mostly caught fire was the 25-year-old artist's cost of living. "This almost worked, but I'm outta here," Vetter shrugged, rubbing his beard in irritation. "I don't know why anyone would intentionally come to San Jose."