S VOL. XXII The Tri County’s Only Multicultural Newspaper TRI COUNTY ENTRY NO. 4 CI Students Sweep Interactive Media Awards at Statewide Media Arts Festival See News on Education - Page 5A Ventura County’s Hot Topics Two Bodies Found in Front Yard of Simi Valley Home By Hanna Chu SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- An investigation is underway after two bodies were found in the front yard of a home in Simi Valley on Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the 3300 block of Billie Court just after 7 a.m. and discovered the bodies. They called police to the scene because the deaths appeared suspicious. The cause of death has not been determined. Investigators say they do not believe there is an outstanding suspect, calling it an isolated incident. The names of the victims have not yet been released. No further information was immediately available. Detectives remain at the scene. Anyone with information is urged to call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222TIPS. http://abclocal. go.com Heitmann Selected Ventura Mayor, Andrews RejectedAgain Mayor Cheryl Heitmann After a dozen years on the council, and reelection in November to another four, Councilman Neal Andrews was again rejected by his fellow council members to be mayor, or even deputy mayor. Instead, the council unanimously selected Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann to be mayor for the next two years, and on a 5-2 vote selected newly elected Councilman Erik Nasarenko to be deputy mayor. Councilman Mike Tracy was blunt, questioning Deputy Mayor Erik Nasarenko Andrews' ability to be "honest, dependable and trustworthy in representing the views of the entire council." Tracy said it wasn't Andrews' positions on issues that disqualified him for deputy mayor or mayor, but rather his inability to work with the other council members and respect their views. Tracy said being on the council for a long time did not mean you deserved to be mayor or deputy mayor. But several people from MAYOR, See page 12A FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013 Publish Your Change of Name for $120 Call (805) 983-0015 Gustafson Dance Presents Rudolph at the Lobero Theatre See Community Calendar - Page 12B St. Paul Baptist Church Hosts “A Day of Cornucopia” Oxnard, CA -- A cornucopia, also called a horn of plenty, symbolizes prosperity, abundance and good fortune. As the executor of the divine plan, Jesus dispenses gifts of service within his body, which is part of the divine cornucopia meant to be shared by the whole church for its edification. St. Paul Baptist Church hosted its first ever PreThanksgiving Community Dinner where members of the community from all walks of life enjoyed a free meal between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. The menu consisted of turkey, ham, collard greens, cranberry sauce, stuffing, dinner rolls, and pie, and was prepared by members of St. Paul Baptist Church. Members of the Oxnard Fire Department volunteered their time to help serve meals to individuals and families. Over 800 meals were served. Pictured are members of the Oxnard Fire Department with Bishop Broderick A. Huggins, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church. (Photo Credit: Robert Jeffreys) St. Paul Baptist Church, Thanksgiving is every- op Huggins. “We envelope pastored by Bishop Brod- where at St. Paul. We are the entire community and erick A. Huggins, is locat- excited to be able to give welcome all. Kudos to the ed at 1777 Statham Road back to the community we Oxnard Fire Department in Oxnard. “The spirit of love so much,” said Bish- ST. PAUL, See pages 14A & 15A By Charlene Muhammad, CBM Contributor Like many Black Californians, Chearon Raye faces a dilemma when the time comes to make a purchase as substantial as a new automobile. As the owner of two Mercedes-Benzes (one is a six-cylinder, the other eight), Raye’s daily 200mile round-trip to and from work takes a heavy toll on her bottom line — making her the ideal customer for the hybrid cars that are all the rage among consumers seeking the dual benefit of environmental consciousness and freedom from fluctuating gasoline prices. At the same time, automobiles that run on alternative fuel are quite expensive; so when deciding to indebt herself with a such a pricey purchase, Raye likes to know whether the companies seeking her business invest anything in the African-American community beyond sales pitches designed to lure more Black customers into showrooms. From left to right: Mike Robinson, VP Sustainability and Government Regulatory Affairs, GM; David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Regina Wilson, Executive Director California Black Media; Clifton Harris, Publisher, American News; David Miller, Co-Publisher Our Weekly; and George White, New American Media “Do I want a hybrid? an educated consumer and She added: “They want Absolutely,” said Raye. one that does travel to and to advertise to us and get “Something that’s going to from work quite a bit, be- our money, but what are give me the mileage that I fore I would get back into they doing in the interim to need, some type of com- any of their products, I’d make sure they care about fort, and I want a luxury want to see them doing African American commuvehicle. That’s why I got something more specifi- nities?” the Mercedes. But as ... cally for us.” PLUGGED, See page 1B Are We Plugged In?