If You’re Looking For A Great Rewarding Part-Time Job

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STAR of CA was founded in May 2006 to provide comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder resources to local communities in a nurturing environment where the entire family unit was supported.

starlogo_widexWith a commitment to ongoing staff education as well as a support division and therapeutic services to address the many challenges that families face, STAR of CA delivers the very best for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family members.

Currently, STAR of CA is hiring for Part-Time, approximately 10-20 hours per week. Any experience with kids will suffice. All training provided. If you are interested in helping, email your resume to ngonzalez@starofca.com

With a commitment to ongoing staff education as well as a support division and therapeutic services to address the many challenges that families face, STAR of CA delivers the very best for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family members.

They love what they do and are…

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Channel Islands Yacht Club Raises Funds for Ship Maintenance

Recently this week, the American Tall Ship Institute put on a pirate themed ball at the Channel Islands Yacht Club in order to raise funds to go towards  the maintenance of a 138-foot topsail schooner used to teach young people about the sea known as the “Bill of Rights”

The estimated amount according to the chairman of the board of the institute, is about $78,000 for routine maintenance. This of course now a days does seem like a high amount of money to keep up with the maintenance of a simple schooner, however this maintenance is necessary in order to keep a tradition of sea related education alive and well.

The program that runs the “Bill of Rights” only hires scientists and teachers to staff the boat rather than seasoned sailors to ensure that those who come aboard the “Bill of Rights” get quality and reliable knowledge that they will never forget.

It really is heartwarming to see that traditional hands on education through experience is still being supported today in our society. One can always learn things through a traditional textbook, but they will most certainly retain it if they experience it first hand for themselves.

If you ever have the opportunity, be sure to visit the “Bill of Rights” and experience a vast ocean of knowledge waiting to be dived into.

Emanon Dance Crew Presents: Family and Friends Night!

Friends, family, and alumni! Come by the Oxnard PAL on Friday, February 15th at 7:30PM! Our dance family will preview five different routines! Come out and support!!!

We’ll also be accepting open donations to help the Davalos family in their time of need. They recently lost 3 lives in their family and could use all the support they could get. Any type of donations will be greatly appreciated.

Open too all who wish to come and show support!


Picketing Outside St. John’s Hospital

As most who watch the news, or read the local paper must know, the economy is not exactly in its best shape as of now. This massive recession that we are all stuck in has not only caused many school districts to have  to make cuts and put teachers jobs in jeopardy, it is now even affecting our local public health care system as well.   Earlier this month on January 7, 2013 a total of over 30 to 60 workers that are currently involved in the Health Care Industry, picketed outside the doors of St. John’s  Hospital in Oxnard California.

This protest was organized and supported by Service Employees International Union Local 121 RN, which represents nurses, and SEIU-UHW, which represents some other health care workers. This massive movement is a response to the upcoming layoffs to the hospital that are set to take place on January 31 at the St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard as well as the Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo California. These protests stem from the belief that the contract that was made with Local 121 is not being honored as it was first promised.

According too Laurie Eberst, St. John’s CEO and president of St. John’s, these layoffs mainly stem from the massive decline that has occurred in the government reimbursements. Due to this decline, a total of up to 50 jobs are expected to be laid off by January 31 unless it is negotiated and different approaches are explored.

This is a clear example of how bad things truly are in our economy. Things seem to be at an economic standstill and some form of action must be taken to ensure that these healthcare systems as well as educational systems are in the best shape possible even during the time of a recession.

We Olive: The Olive Oil Experience

Looking for something interesting to buy for your friend or loved one this holiday season? Maybe they would enjoy having some of the best California Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well as delicacies such as hand-crafted mustards, pestos, tapenades, balsamic vinegars, and other specialty ingredients! We Olive is a premier retailer of artisan California Extra Virgin Olive Oil and is the home of the finest extra virgin olive oils and olive oil makers in the world.

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Bottles of California Gold Arbequina

Just like how wine tasting has become more popular in California and wineries have become hot spots among young adults, there has also been an increase in the interest of olive oil and the craftsmanship behind the making of it.  Not only is the craftsmanship of olive oil a very interesting process, it also has dietary aspects of it that can help one to control and regulate their dietary habits by creating healthy and natural alternative choices for them to choose from. Make sure to stop in and visit our friends at We Olive this Holiday Season, you’ll be glad you did.

They are located at 294 E. Main St., Ste. B, Ventura, CA 93001

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An Open Letter For RiverPark Residents

Dear Oxnard Voters,

Tomorrow is our last chance to change our City. We all have only one vote and many of you may feel your one vote can’t change Oxnard. Together, our collective one vote can change Oxnard. I believe and I’m asking one last time that you believe our collective voice can be heard; I’m asking that you vote for me tomorrow for Oxnard City Council.

RiverPark Resident, Orlando Dozier, Oxnard City Council Candidate

Here’s a fun fact; did you know that Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez lost by only 38 votes when she first ran for City Council to Councilman Brain MacDonald? Councilwoman Ramirez won her next election with thousands of votes to spare and is now in a competitive race for Mayor this year. In the 2008 election, 38 votes made a difference and with 13 candidates, this year will probably be just as close.

I will give your vote a voice and I will always answer to the residents of Oxnard first. So, let’s all vote to take back our City!

Orlando Dozier
Candidate for Oxnard City Council

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The Oxnard Community Concert Association has served Oxnard since 1940 and needs help from RP residents to continue. Membership has declined to a seriously low level over the past few years. They need the residents of Ventura County to help continue to support it.

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With all the hubbub and publicity “The Collection” has received this past week, there is a cultural resource that benefits our RiverPark community that also deserves our attention and our immediate support.

The Oxnard Community Concert Association (OCCA) has served Oxnard since 1940 by providing quality entertainment to our community at an extremely affordable price. The 2012-2013 Season is the OCCA’s 67th, and may possibly be one of its last if it doesn’t attract new membership. This season’s OCCA lineup will feature the following artists:

The Abrams Brothers – Sunday, October 14, 2012 – 3:00 pm

Ann Fontanella – Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 7:30 pm

Quarteto Vivace Brasil – Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – 7:30 pm

Redhead Express & The Walker Family – Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 3:00 pm

Side Street Strutters Jazz Band – Sunday, April 7, 2013 – 3:00 pm

The OCCA also operates a Student…

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The Collection!

Looking for a new place to shop with a new atmosphere? The Collection is a new Shopping Center (currently under construction) that is opening up right outside the doors of the residents of Riverpark.

As most who pass this place everyday on the 101 freeway or live in the Riverpark area themselves, know this unique shopping center is set to include a set of brand new stores and restaurants that anyone would want to visit if they were interested in being in an amazing atmosphere.

Some of these restaurants include a Whole Foods, REI, Century Theatres and a unique mix of shops, restaurants and outdoor people spaces that boldly embrace the coastal California climate and lifestyle in addition to the new Target that opened back in July of 2012.

The of course most anticipated attraction that is set to open up is the brand new Century Theatres that is set to open up on October 24, 2012. This brand new state of the art theatre will include an XD—Extreme Digital theatre system that will greatly enhance the simple action of going to the movies with the family and turn it into a breathtaking experience one will never forget!

For updates and a constant feed on the progress of this upcoming hotspot, go to the Collections Facebook. The link for it is listed below.


Wells Fargo Faces Federal Charges of Mortgage Fraud

Carrie Bay, DSNews.com

The U.S. government is suing Wells Fargo over what officials allege constitutes more than 10 years of misconduct as a direct endorsement lender for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

The civil mortgage fraud lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court Tuesday, alleges Wells Fargo falsely certified the credit and underwriting quality of FHA loans it originated. According to the complaint, thousands of Wells Fargo’s FHA-insured mortgages defaulted as a result of deficient underwriting, causing the government agency to lose hundreds of millions of dollars.

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and lead prosecutor in the case, says Wells Fargo failed to comply with the three basic quality control requirements mandated by FHA’s direct endorsement lender program, which gives approved lenders the authority to originate, underwrite, and certify mortgages for government-backed insurance without having to obtain prior approval from FHA or HUD.

Bharara also alleges that Wells Fargo did not sufficiently train staff on the proper procedures for originating and endorsing FHA loans and instituted a bonus incentive plan that rewarded employees based purely on the number of loans approved regardless of quality, which he contends propagated the practice of reckless underwriting.

Bharara claims that concerns about the quality of FHAloans were raised internally at the bank, but Wells Fargo did not report these concerns or alert authorities about the bad loans until after his office issued a subpoena last year.

According to court documents, between May 2001 and October 2005, Wells Fargo certified that over 100,000FHA loans met HUD’s requirements and were eligible for government insurance. The complaint alleges the bank knew “a very substantial percentage” of these loans–-nearly half in certain months-–had not been properly underwritten, contained unacceptable risk, and were ineligible for FHA insurance.

“Now a jury will have to weigh the facts to determine the bank’s liability and the scope of the damages it must pay,” Bharara said.

According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo internally identified 6,558 seriously deficient loans that it was required to self-report under the FHA program. Authorities say Wells Fargo concealed 6,320 of these improperly certified loans. Bharara maintains the bank avoided indemnification toHUD on approximately $190 million in FHA-paid claims for defaults on the 6,320 concealed loans.

U.S. prosecutors are seeking damages and penalties for hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims thatHUD has paid, and expects to pay in the future, for mortgages that were allegedly wrongfully certified.

Helen Kanovsky, general counsel for HUD, said in a statement that “Wells Fargo has been a valued participant in the FHA-mortgage lending program.”

Kanovsky went on to say, “Unfortunately, as alleged in the government’s complaint, there was a time when Wells Fargo placed profits over people, corporate results over corporate integrity, and did not consider the effect its actions would have on the FHA program as well as the overall economy. Today’s complaint and others like it are necessary, not only to deter future improper acts, but to recover damages on behalf of the FHA mortgage fund and the American taxpayer.”

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If you, or someone you know is looking for full or part time work, or just wants to make some extra cash, check this out!

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Over the past few months my wife, Grace, and I have recently teamed up with some of our friends in Ventura County to brainstorm how we can help people thrive in this tough economic environment, and help reboot and protect their personal finances.

My wife has her degree in Business Management and loves economic theory, and accounting (i.e. counting money, especially if it’s her own). In any case, we looked into the concept for a new business based on the following criteria:

1. Low overhead, minimal startup, or no franchise fees.

2. Our products had to be something everyone already has, or should have.

3.  Enable people to earn money while they learn our business, and keep their full time job.

4. Absolutely no inventory packages to carry on the books.

5. Implement time tested marketing and distribution plans that have been proven to be successful.

Out of these requirements…

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