In Fond Memory of Commissioner Dr. Manuel Lopez, June 1, 1927 – January 27, 2020
Oxnard Harbor District Commissioner Dr. Manuel (Manny) Lopez leaves an outstanding legacy of leadership and public service. Dr. Manuel Lopez served as Oxnard’s first Latino Mayor and engaged in multiple leadership positions for many organizations including: Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Board, Oxnard Community Relations Commission, City of Oxnard Redevelopment Agency, Planning Commission, Oxnard College Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Ventura County Community Foundation, and several other service oriented and philanthropic groups. Aside from public service, Dr. Lopez opened his optometry business in 1962. Throughout his life Dr. Lopez conveyed the spirit of giving back. Commissioner Lopez’s determination over the last 50 years as a public servant is testimony to his passion for making Oxnard and the Oxnard Harbor District a thriving environment for business and community. He has created profound mark in our community and the District will always keep his compassionate spirit and commitment to service with us. We will share the details of his services as soon as we have the information.
“Dr. Manuel Lopez was a true trailblazer for the Oxnard community. Dr. Lopez leaves a legacy of civic engagement and leadership for generations to come. Leaders like Dr. Lopez, who embody the best character traits of his generation, will continue to inspire through the breadth of his life’s work. The Oxnard Harbor District will honor his legacy by continuing the work that Dr. Lopez envisioned for our community.”
— Board of Harbor Commissioners President, Jess Ramirez
“The Oxnard Harbor District salutes Dr. Lopez’s many civic accomplishments to benefit Oxnard’s children, veterans and citizens. The Oxnard Harbor District staff honors Dr. Lopez’s legacy and longstanding contributions to Latino leadership and service and offers its condolences and support to the Lopez Family which is part of the Harbor District family.”
— Harbor District CEO, Kristin Decas