OXYP - Oxnard Young Professionals - made a very difficult year a little brighter for teens at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme Teen Center. Through its "Giving Tuesday" fundraiser, OXYP donated more than $1,000 in giftcards and much-needed sporting equipment, along with candy-filled treat bags, to the Teen Center and the 50 teens it supports.
Each teen received a $5 giftcard and holiday treat bag. The Teen Center received new sports equipment and the remaining giftcards that were raised, including a $600 giftcard to Big 5 Sporting Goods from the Downtown Oxnard Lions Club. A big shoutout to Lions Club member Tom Garcia, owner of Tomas Café, for matching the original donation!
OXYP would like to thank the following individuals, businesses and organization for their donations and making the holiday fundraiser such a success:
Downtown Oxnard Lions Club
Daniel Escobar of DRAGG
Lorraine Fernandez of Lauterbach & Associates
Heidi and Doug Morris
The Empowerment Zone
OXYP's fundraising initiative kicked off November 10 and ended on Giving Tuesday, December 1. OXYP Chair Amanda Zamarrippa of Edward Jones and representatives from the Downtown Oxnard Lions Club dropped off the donations to the Teen Center on December 9.
This is the third year that OXYP has paid it forward to local youth for the holidays.
OXYP's first virtual meeting of 2021 is Wednesday, January 13 at 9:00 am. Learn more about OXYP and connecting with other local young professionals.
The Chamber was pleased to welcome Michael A. Velthoen, Managing Partner of Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP, as the guest speaker for the 2021 Labor Law Update webinar held on December 9, 2020, to help Oxnard's business community prepare for the coming year. From rules about COVID reporting to key issues about remote workers, he discussed the new and amended laws taking effect January 1, 2021.
Velthoeon touched on four key areas impacting employers:
1. Meal and rest break compliance;
2. Updating your employee handbook;
3. California Harassment Prevention Training due by January 1, 2021
4. Minimum wage increase; and
5. Arbitration provisions.
Watch the full webinar below.
California businesses face increasing demands to comply with labor laws, and the Oxnard Chamber wants to make it easy for you to meet compliance requirements.
In partnership with CalChamber, the Oxnard Chamber conveniently offers a variety of human resource compliance materials for purchase to all businesses, with discounts for Chamber members.
Keep in mind that every California employer MUST display a CURRENT California and Federal Labor Law Poster at each company facility. Severe fines and penalties are assessed if a business doesn’t display a current poster.
COMPLIANCE FOR REMOTE EMPLOYEES
If companies have employees that work 100% from home and never report to a headquarters or other location, hard copies of mandatory employment notices should be mailed to the employees homes, where they can be posted. Otherwise, if employees do report to a physical location some of the time, ensure that the appropriate notices are posted and visible in that particular location.
Available for Purchase
California and Federal Employment Poster
ALL required employer notices on one poster. Includes checklist to ensure poster is displayed according to the law. Available in English or Spanish.
HR Quick Guide for California Employers
The Quick Guide includes color-coded easy reference sections. Required and recommended forms for California businesses will be available to download using a special URL provided in the book.
California Labor Law Digest
This comprehensive, California-specific Digest puts answers tolabor law questions right at your fingertips, updated with new case law and regulations. Required and recommended forms for California businesses will be available to download using a special URL provided in the book.
Required Pamphlets Kit
State and federal regulatory agencies require that employers provide each employee with pamphlets on Sexual Harassment; Workers’ Compensation Rights & Benefits; State Disability Insurance; Paid Family Leave; Unemployment Insurance; Rights of Victims of Domestic, Sexual Assault and Stalking. This kit contains 20 copies of each of the six pamphlets that must be distributed to employees—available in both English and Spanish.
For the Chamber's 2020 Oxnard Business Outlook, we were joined by Bruce Stenslie, President and CEO of Economic Development Collaborative for an insightful presentation about the current business and economic climate in Ventura County. Throughout the pandemic, Bruce and his team at EDC have been helping businesses with SBA financing, loan applications, business plans, and reinvention.
Watch the recording below.
Every year, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce’s Military Appreciation Committee hosts the Military Appreciation Dinner to honor local heroes from all branches of the military. Now in its 23rd year, the event connects business, city and regional leaders with local servicemen and women.
This year's awards presentation was held virtually on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11. With the theme “Honoring our heroes from home,” this year’s presentation features keynote speaker Captain Jeff Chism, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County.
The honorees are selected by their commanding officers not only for their military service, but also for their service in the local community. The 2020 honorees are:
United States Marine Corps
Sergeant Alvin Loya
Born and raised in Port Hueneme, California. His first duty station was Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Washington where he worked as Sergeant of the Guard in charge of nuclear physical security and strategic missile movements. During his time in Washington he achieved the rank of Corporal.
He deployed to Iraq as a Team Leader on a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel team. He led his team on numerous Quick Reaction Force Missions around his assigned area of operations. He once again deployed to Iraq where he led numerous Mounted/Dismounted Patrols and Key Leader Engagement. He evaluated multiple Marine Battalions participating in their certification exercise to deploy overseas. In October 2019, he reported to Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme.
As a member of the Inspector-Instructor staff, he serves as the Training and Communications Chief. As the Communications Chief, he supports the Marines of Weapons Company by ensuring all communication equipment is in proper condition and leads the Communication Marines while they attend training. He regularly volunteers to support community relations events such as Funerals, Color Guards, and Honor Guards.
United States Navy
Logistics Specialist First Class Stephen Mamman
Petty Officer First Class Mamman was raised in Kaduna, Nigeria. As the Quality Assurance Petty Officer, he led 27 sailors and 6 civilians in the completion of 80 random inspections, and 13 quality assurance audits for 13 work-centers, in direct support for 1015 safe flight hours and achieved the 2019 ashore blue “E” award for supply management excellence.
He volunteered 44 hours of community service with Naval Base Ventura County food share distribution, while developing esprit de corps with the military and his community.
As the Component Control Section Leading Petty Officer his leadership propelled 11 military/civilian personnel to induct 897 components values a $122M into the repair cycle with zero discrepancies. He managed the processing of 580 beyond capable of maintenance components for shipment across eight repair facilities. This directly supported two squadron deployments and four detachments.
He completed his Bachelor’s Degree with specialization in Management and is currently enrolled in National University Graduate School for Masters in Healthcare Administration.
United States Navy
Builder First Class Linda M. Meale
As Detail Chinhae’s Leading Petty Officer, she meticulously managed and maintained administrative and operational files to include 137 information and readiness items for 20 personnel and 21 recurring reports.
Petty Officer Meale was hand-selected as Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four’s Material Liaison Office’s Leading Petty Officer and the right guide for First Platoon, Headquarters Company for the 2019-2020 homeport.
During deployment, she assisted Republic of Korea students with their learning of the English language as well as sharing understanding of each other's culture while strengthening the ROK-U.S. alliance. She also led efforts to clean up the local Chinhae community by picking up trash and general maintenance of the Chinhae “Love Bridge”, and also participated in a combined ROK and U.S. Women's Leadership Symposium discussing mutual challenges and shared work, life and personal experiences to help develop the leadership capabilities of service women for both countries.
During homeport, she assisted with gym enhancements at Pacifica High School, served 200 breakfast plates at a local VFW and also coordinated a group of six of her peers in a base cleanup. She also volunteered eight hours of her time while participating in Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme’s Food Drive.
Petty Officer Meale was selected as Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR’s FY 2019 Senior Sailor of the Year. Her phenomenal work ethic has made a great and lasting contribution to this command’s operational readiness and overall effectiveness. Petty Officer Meale’s exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance, and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon her and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.
United States Navy
Builder First Class Thomas C. Ross
Petty Officer Ross is assigned as the Operations Department Leading Petty Officer and Construction Readiness Operations for Naval Construction Group ONE. He is responsible for leading and oversight of 27 personnel within the operations department ensuring readiness and the capabilities are met to perform their mission.
As the Operations Department Construction Readiness Operations Leading PettyOfficer he has an enormous effect on the mission capabilities for the entire PacificFleet Naval Construction Force. His leadership enabled the programming and execution of 18 construction projects valued at $5.2M.
As the Construction Project Management Subject Matter Expert he instructed eight hours of hands on training of two Naval Construction Force units, spearheaded an online method to teach reserves during COVID-19 and coordinated the implementation of Construction Project Management on the Naval Construction Force’s tactical network.
Petty Officer Ross was selected as the Naval Construction Group FY 2019 Sailor of the Year. His performance, steadfast perseverance, and outstanding devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval service.
United States Navy
Culinary Specialist First Class Karl Tristan A. Cruz
Petty Officer Cruz is the Leading Petty Officer of Port Hueneme’s “Gold Coast Beestro”. He distinguished himself through his exemplary leadership of a team of 32 military and 20 civilians, in the daily production of over 1200 nutritious meals. He also took on the arduous task of tracking and supervising the preparation of an additional 25,000 to-go meals to ensure the continued operational readiness Pacific Fleet Forces and CNRSW since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
He participated in community relations representing the Navy on a Global Diplomatic stage in the removal of debris along nature trails in the Bahamas. He is an advocate of goodwill for the Navy and the Model Sailor for all sailors to emulate on Naval Base Ventura County. He assisted in a drug demand reduction and comprehensive life skills program. He inspired 9 to 12-year-old youths by instilling character, leadership, and confidence in efforts to promote a healthy drug free lifestyle.
He devoted time to the Armed Forces San Diego YMCA, and also spent several off-duty hours participating in the Laguna Niguel car wash and holiday parade as well as the local food share drives on Naval Base Ventura County displaying Navy Core values to the local community.
Department of the Air Force
Channel Islands Air National Guard
Staff Sergeant Karina Rosas
Staff Sergeant Rosas enlisted into the United States Air Force in January 2012. In 2018 she transferred to the California Air National Guard, 146th Airlift Wing where she assumed a new duty position as an All Source Intelligence Analyst. She graduated from her formal school as a Distinguished Graduate.
Staff Sergeant Rosas participated in humanitarian missions that included working at local food banks in the midst of COVID-19 and supporting civil unrest mitigation efforts. Staff Sergeant Rosas set a new and higher standard for critical Tactics-Intelligence integration in mission planning.
As recent treasurer and board member of the 146th Airlift Wing’s Rising Six Council, she fulfilled several leadership development opportunities. Her inputs were also essential to the newly established Wing Promotion Board Program, which directly supported enlisted members with ranks of E-4 through E-6.
Staff Sergeant Rosas spends time mentoring peers and subordinates alike. She is pursuing her goal of becoming an Air Force Officer in the California Air National Guard. She will complete her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership within the calendar year, and plans to pursue her Master’s degree shortly after.
United States Air Force
Technical Sergeant Raymond K. Smalls
Technical Sergeant Smalls enlisted in the United States Air Force in December of 2003. In 2005, he was assigned to the 315th Civil Engineering Group at Charleston South Carolina. During the years of 2010-2017 Sgt. Smalls was deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, OPERATION NEW DAWN, and OPERATION JOINT GUARDIAN.
Currently stationed at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, California, Sergeant Smalls is assigned as the Flight Chief for the Military Training Flight, where he leads a team of four Military Training Leaders. Most importantly, he is charged with the health and wellness, as well as with upholding good order and discipline, for 480 Air Force Vehicle Management non-prior service students annually.
Due to his outstanding leadership and expertise, Sergeant Smalls was the lead for four Commander-directed dormitory inspections in one year. He trained 50 noncommissioned officers on safety and security procedures, resulting in the confiscation of 81 unauthorized items.
Being an Air Force detachment on a Navy installation means Sergeant Smalls works hand-in-hand with the Naval Military Training staff. Most importantly they have focused on protecting the student’s health and
safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
United States Coast Guard
Boatswains Mate Second Class Alvaro Torres Aguirre
Petty Officer Torres Aguirre enlisted in the Coast Guard on 16 May 2016. As the Navigation Petty Officer he planned, and prepared all of the navigational and logistical details for the long transit to the San Francisco Bay for Station Channel Islands Dry Dock Period. He expertly plotted all of the routes from Channel Islands Harbor to the Boat Yard in San Francisco Bay, and his high quality of work has led to other units incorporating his plan into their transits which greatly reduced their workload. These efforts have led to multiple safe, and effective, transits to the San Francisco Bay.
Petty Officer Torres Aguirre is a strong leader whose positivity inspires those around him and improves the morale of his shipmates. Petty Officer Torres Aguirre is one of the lead trainers. His training contributions have directly led to over 50 qualifications to include Communication Watch Stander, Basic and Pursuit Boat Crew Member, Boarding Team Member, and Officer of the Day. Petty Officer Torres Aguirre recently received his U.S. Citizenship demonstrating his commitment to the United States of America and Coast Guard.