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August 1, 2004 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
As a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Frank Cordova considered it a small sacrifice Saturday to rise at dawn, drive from Reseda to Oxnard, stake out a prime autograph-collecting spot along a sideline fence, and wait. "I got here two hours before practice started," said Cordova, 30, holding a miniature silver football in one hand and a miniature Cowboy helmet in the other. "It's dedication."
June 4, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard City Clerk Daniel Martinez kicked off his reelection campaign Thursday night, drawing dozens of supporters to a downtown restaurant to launch a bid for a fourth term. The only no-show was the candidate. Called to active duty by the California Air National Guard, the 46-year-old public servant has been stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California since January and has been told to be ready to head to the Middle East in a few days.
May 28, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard man who was shot and killed Saturday night was identified Thursday by authorities as Jose Garcia Rivera. Rivera, 27, was shot in the chest in the 200 block of East 5th Street about 9 p.m., Oxnard police said. The motive remained unknown and there had been no arrests as of Thursday. Authorities held off releasing Rivera's name until they notified relatives. On Wednesday, they found Rivera's sister in Texas.
May 23, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Paul Lemos doesn't need a court hearing or judge's order to understand the urgency of stemming street violence in Oxnard. The grieving father knows the dangers in a painfully personal way. Steven Lemos was shot dead by an intruder nearly two years ago at his Oxnard apartment, cut down on the eve of his 25th birthday.
May 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two Oxnard residents died Wednesday in separate accidents, one of them following a police chase, authorities said Thursday. Nancy Becerra, 33, died when her BMW was broadsided by a pickup truck that had run a red light, authorities said. Becerra, a longtime receptionist for Gold Coast Broadcasting, was killed about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when her vehicle was struck at 3rd Street and Garfield Avenue in Oxnard.
April 21, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard police officer was acting in self-defense when he shot and wounded a motorist who mistook the officer for an assailant and charged at him with a crowbar, the Ventura County district attorney's office announced this week. Officer Andrew Salinas' shooting of Epigmenio Barragan in the leg in May 2003 was justified, said Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher Harman. The wounds were not life-threatening.
March 7, 2004 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
When Tim Riley gazes out at the Santa Barbara Channel, he sees doomsday just over the horizon. An Oxnard attorney concerned about two proposals for offshore liquefied natural gas facilities, Riley runs an anti-LNG website with illustrations of his city being incinerated beneath a blanket of flame. "I started researching this stuff, and it horrified me," he said. "I don't want my community to be a potential Chernobyl."
February 26, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Oxnard has received a $1-million grant from the state to build affordable housing. The grant, to be matched by the city, is earmarked for construction of multifamily rental housing. The grant should enable the city to assist nearly 60 low-income families with housing construction, city Housing Director Sal Gonzalez said. Families of four with annual incomes of less than $23,200 would receive priority in obtaining the housing, Gonzalez said.
February 13, 2004 | From Times staff reports
A Houston-based energy company has filed an application with state and federal agencies to operate a $300-million liquefied natural gas plant off the coast, officials said Thursday. The Crystal Clearwater Port wants to use a decommissioned oil platform about 11 miles offshore to receive cooled gas from ships. The gas would be reconverted to vapor form and piped onshore. The project would provide a significant source of natural gas. Critics have cited safety, environmental and security concerns.
February 12, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A 49-year-old farmworker was hit and killed by a Metrolink train Wednesday morning as he attempted to cross the tracks on 5th Street in Oxnard. Emiliano Vicente Martinez of Oxnard was killed after he stepped into the path of the commuter train near Rose Avenue shortly before 6:30 a.m., police said. Martinez was on his way to work, officials said.
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