The ePilot

Vol. II, No. 16, August 2016


Wooden Ships

One of the McNish Classic competitors at berth in Channel Islands Harbor


Home of the “Hidden Deployment”

The view from the pier at San Nicolas Island

Congressmember Julia Brownley (D-Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks) along with several local officials including Port Hueneme City Councilmember Sylvia Muñoz-Schnopp, were the guest of Capt. Chris Jahnke in a tour of the Naval Outlying Field at San Nicolas Island.

“There is nothing easy about owning an island,” Capt. Jahnke said.  Everything on San Nicolas was brought in either by sea or air.  The salt air and harsh weather also take their toll.

Capt. Jahnke referred to duty on the island 50 miles off the coast as a “Hidden deployment”.  The typical rotation for Navy personnel is 18 months with two weekends off per month. Civilian employees can expect to work 35 weekends per year.

In such an environment, accommodations are important. The Navy is in the process of completing a major renovation to the facilities at “NicTown”.  The cost for materials and labor on the remote island is 30% more than similar projects on the mainland.

Capt. Jahnke shows off the new Chief Petty Officers’ Lounge

In addition to its military mission, the Navy is also a steward of the ecosystem. Environmental Program Manager Valerie Vartanian explained that 51% of the plant species on the island are exotic imports.  There is a Navy greenhouse that is growing native plants such as the cactus favored as habitat for the Island Night Lizard which has recently been removed from the Endangered Species List. 
The native plant nursery in NicTown
The primary purpose of the Navy’s presence on San Nicolas Island is to provide an offshore base to support the Pacific Sea Range. Stretching across the ocean all the way to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, the range is a unique asset that provides an unmatched environment for the evaluation of both surface and airborne systems.

Presently occupied with final testing of the F-35, the Range has been used to test missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and shipboard offensive and defensive weaponry.  San Nicolas is also ideally suited for testing laser and directed energy weapons.

Historically, the famous Israeli “Iron Dome” missile defense system was first tested on San Nicolas Island.

Capt. Jahnke’ parting words were emphatic, “If I can leave you with one message, it’s this: the Sea Range is a strategic asset.”

—Ed.
An island fox skeptically regards the visitors

The Legend of the Don

Gerry Olsen tells the story of Adolfo Camarillo

Upon the death of his father in 1880, 16 year old Adolfo Camarillo became the master of a thousand acre ranch stretching from Somis, up the Calleguas Valley, and all the way down to the present California State University, Channel Islands.  From then until his death in 1958, Don Adolfo was one of the leading citizens and founding fathers of modern Ventura County.
 
In a recent presentation at the Port Hueneme Historical Museum, Gerry Olsen discussed the life of this legendary figure.

Through shrewd management and unlimited energy, Camarillo became one of the most successful ranchers in the county. Cattle, walnuts, citrus, and lima beans were the top crops. In fact, for a time the town of Camarillo was known as The Lima Bean Capital of the World, complete with an appropriate festival and a presiding Lima Bean Queen.

In 1901, Don Adolfo became a director of Port Hueneme’s Bank of A. Levy.  In those days before computerized credit ratings, the directors had a simple way of determining the credit worthiness of clients.  Levy and Camarillo would get up good and early and pay a 5 AM visit to the family homestead. Those who were up and about were deemed to be industrious enough to merit loan funding. Those still asleep were denied.

Camarillo’s commitment to civic life was remarkable — he was a member of 38 different organizations — but his loyalty to his workers was extraordinary.

When Joel McCray who owned the ranch at the head of the valley remarked that there were too many workers on the Camarillo Ranch, Don Adolfo replied, “Maybe I don’t need them, but they need me.”

In 1924 Camarillo spotted a seven year old boy walking home from school. Meliton Ortiz would go on to spend the next 50 years working as the trainer for the legendary Camarillo White Horses.

Such long relationships were not unusual for the man who said, “Caring for others can change the world around you. Service to others can and should be a part of everyone’s life.”

—Ed.

Isabel and Adolfo visit the Hueneme Museum


Jeannette Moranda

It is with sorrow that we have learned of the passing of Jeannette Moranda. She was the widow of the late Walter “Bill” Moranda, the first professional city manager of Port Hueneme.

A great supporter of many civic organizations, she was recognized as the 2004 Citizen of the Year by the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce. 

Ever gracious and charming, Jeannette Moranda was one of the last links to the early days of Port Hueneme cityhood. She will be missed.

—Ed.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

There was a recent oil tank fire in the Ojai area. An Air Pollution Control District inspection had been scheduled for that morning. When the inspector arrived, the operator asked him to wait for a few minutes so that the operator could pick up a burrito. These few minutes proved to be more important than they could have realized. Had they gone straight up and started the inspection, both the inspector and the operator would have been at the tank when the explosion occurred. 

Thanks to a breakfast burrito, both the inspector and the operator escaped a dangerous situation.

—Ed.APCD Photo


History By the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two. And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society. If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

As mayor, Ray D. Prueter faced a plethora of problems. The previous decade saw a veritable population explosion—from 3,024 in 1950 to 11,067 in 1960. In fact, by the end of 1963, Port Hueneme became the fastest growing city in Ventura County. Yet the 4.5 square-mile-city was too small to support an industrial base, income levels were lower than state or county averages, and renters significantly outnumbered owners.

How could “a seedy little sailor town” amass the resources that the vigorous port city envisioned by Port Hueneme’s leaders would require?

Expansion of the harbor became Prueter’s top priority. He did not consider development a four-letter word. Not only was a planned senior community realized with Hueneme Bay and adjacent shops on Channel Islands Boulevard but Prueter also paved the way for the upscale condos along Surfside Drive which would generate badly needed tax dollars and boost property values.

Owners of neglected properties and ramshackle buildings were introduced to code enforcement. Blighted neighborhoods were replaced by a series of urban renewal projects that changed the face of Port Hueneme.

A community center provided a gathering place and a spanking-new post office replaced the 27-year-old structure on Market Street. The pier, which had become “sand-locked,” was extended.

Finally, the development of 20 acres of prime beachfront property offered recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.


Brick Wahl

Two Giant Tiny Civilizations Trying to Conquer the World Beneath Our Feet

Nazi ants? I’d never heard that one before. But a friend said it, referring to the long columns raiding her kitchen night after night. Effing Nazi ants, she said.

The tiny insects had gone from being household pests to threats to civilization itself. Civilization? Well, my personal civilization, she said, her clothes and cats and knick-knacks and foodstuffs. There’d been a blitzkrieg just that morning, an Effing Nazi ant column seizing the high ground around the cat food dish. She really didn’t like ants.

I mentioned that, coincidentally, there are certain ant species that are informally classified by myrmecologists as fascist, world domineering species. The catchline is that if those species had nuclear weapons the world would have been blown up long ago. Luckily, I added, ants are tiny and somewhat technologically incompetent.

“You’re scaring me,” she said.

“Buy a can of Raid,” I said.

It’s funny, when I was a kid ants were stubborn, pesky rubber tree movers. “Whoops there goes another rubber tree plant” sang Sinatra in a song he probably did not sing too often if he could avoid it. Antz and A Bug’s Life were late reflections of that sort of ant. Cute ants. Hard working ants. Ants, tiny little things that together seemed worthy of anthropomorphism.

The first books on ants I read were like that. Of course, there were also the Nazi/Mongol/Evil Empire army ants who ate people in The Naked Jungle. But army ants lived in jungles, far away. Everything was scary in jungles. In America ants rhymed with rubber tree plants. Cute.

Then myrmecology became popular, mainly because of E.O. Wilson. That huge book he and Bert Hölldobler did back in the 1990’s, cleverly titled The Ants, actually became a best seller. It’s a door stopper and quite technical, but had lots of great photos and several hundred Americans bought it. Go figure.

It was followed by a whole series of books on the romantic lives of myrmecologists and on ants themselves. I’ve probably read all of them. I have a miniature myrmecology library. As people became more myrmecological, the trend in the perception of ants moved from Sinatra to fascist. Ant societies became these incredible superorganisms (in fact, The Superorganism by Hölldobler is sitting in my “to be read” stack) that would be absolutely terrifying if they weren’t so damn small. Perhaps the fire ant invasion and the killer bee invasion suddenly made social insects into scary things.

But Argentine ants are kind of unsettling too.

You probably remember when you were a kid in California that there were several different kind of ants in your yard. I remember little black ones, littler black ones, big red ones, little red ones, and medium sized black and red ones. I remember seeing some of these in Hollywood and Silver Lake back in the 80’s still. They are all gone now. Only Argentine ants remain.

In brutal tiny wars we never saw they annihilated every other ant species they came across in California’s urban and suburban areas. Only the big red ants survive, but they exist in areas away from people and a regular water supply.

Argentine ants like water. Hence they might be in your sink right now. (We just had a swarm of them on the fish tank.) Fire ants, incidentally, the only ant in the United States that can actually kill people (given enough stings and anaphylaxis), need even more water than Argentine ants, so large parts of southern California are out of bounds for them. Not suburban lawns, though. We water those. Perfect for both species.

Somewhere out there in Orange County right now a war to the death is going on between fire ants and Argentine ants. The Argentine ants, here, are winning. They’ve lost in Texas and the deep south where there is sufficient rain. But the limited fire ant invasion in southern California thus far is due mostly to a combination of our dry climate and our annoying Argentine ants.

Curse them in your kitchen, spray them, stomp them, sprinkle them with Borax, but be glad they are outside on the sidewalk, in the garden, in the lawn. Otherwise you’d have fire ants everywhere in southern California. Argentine ants are our deliverance, like Stalinist Russia destroying the Third Reich. Two giant tiny civilizations trying to conquer the world beneath our feet.


Briefs

The Suburbs of St. Petersburg?

A cold wind blows on the Baltic.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/newt-gingrich-trump-would-reconsider-his-obligation-to-nato/

Dysfunction Junction

The 100th anniversary of two pieces of legislation that have shaped the world we know.

https://www.cnu.org/publicsquare/little-known-anniversary-transportation-dysfunction

Santa Barbara Desalination Plant Behind Schedule

No drinking water from the ocean until January at the earliest.

http://www.keyt.com/news/desalination-plant-wont-start-up-on-time-in-drought-dry-santa-barbara/40899188?ens=1&utm_source=Local%20Breaking%20News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KEYT-KCOY-KKFX%20Breaking%20News%20Alerts_53b1c0e70cf2a9cbf9156e38_sb&utm_content=20160727_1234


At the Museum

Bard Descendant to Speak

Georgia Newton Pulos has graciously agreed to speak about her 98-year-old mother Joanna Bard Newton (daughter of Richard & Joan Bard and granddaughter of Thomas & Mollie Bard) at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum (220 Market Street) on August 20, 2016 at 11:00AM.
 
Richard Bard met his future wife Joan Boyd (who was raised in the Santa Ynez Valley) on a camping trip during August 1915. When they eventually married in Santa Barbara, Richard had just returned to Hueneme after serving in the US Army Artillery in France.
 
Joan gave birth to their first child Joanna Bard (Newton) on November 12, 1917. In addition to raising four more children (Kitty, Richard, Archie and Margaret), Joan was heavily involved with the Hueneme Public Library, the Women’s Improvement Club and the Presbyterian Church.
 
This presentation will provide the perfect opportunity to see rare images of early Hueneme and to discover what life was like from 1917-1951. The Museum is delighted to report that the Newton family (including Joanna Bard Newton) have agreed to be present as well.
 
For more information, call 805 488-0363. email  kelley@callutheran.edu


Hidden Track: Terrance Simien — “Franklin’s Tower


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Vol.II, No. 15                                                                                                                        July 2016


Pokemon Heroes

Pokemon Go brings crowds to the Beach Park gazebo.


Campaign Kickoff

Julia Brownley shares a moment with Moorpark City Councilmember Keith Millhouse

26th District Congressmember Julia Brownley (D-Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks) kicked off her re-election campaign before a packed house at her Thousand Oaks campaign office.  Speaking before a crowd of military veterans, local officials, and party regulars, the Congressmember pledged to continue working for a more equitable society.

During her time in office, Member Brownley has devoted particular effort to veterans’ affairs, support of Naval Base Ventura County, and funding for sand replenishment at Hueneme Beach.

She was emphatic in her praise for her campaign volunteers saying, “We’ve got not just a great ground game, we’ve got the best ground game in the country. … They come after me with money, but we win with volunteers.”

Recalling her last nail-biting victory over Jeff Gorrell, the Congressmember said, “My greatest wish is that on election night we can all go home and celebrate and not have to wait for days and days to find out who won.”

—Ed.


Walking the Coast

Sen. Pavley greets the Coastwalkers at Ormond Beach

1972 was a heady year for advocates of the California Coast. While Proposition 20 which created the California Coastal Commission got most of the attention, the voters also approved an initiative that stated, “A hiking, bicycle, and equestrian trails system shall be established along or near the coast” — the California Coastal Trail.

The original plan, which included such ambitious, if fanciful, amenities as a pedestrian ferry across the mouth of Hueneme Harbor, has yet to be fully completed. Yet, under the leadership of the California Coastal Conservancy about two thirds of the 1100 mile California coastline is walkable or at least accessable by bicycle.

Starting in May at the Oregon border, two UCSB alumnae, Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli,  have been walking and bicycling the length of the trail to gather attention and support for completing the remaining portions.

At Ormond Beach they were greeted by an enthusiastic local delegation that included State Senator Fran Pavley who in 2001 authored the legislation that designated the Coastal Trail as the “Official State Trail of California.”

Oxnard Mayor pro Tem Carmen Ramirez pointed out  that Ormond Beach was the largest intact coastal wetland in California.

Exhibiting boundless enthusiasm, Enevoldsen, a Ventura High grad, told the crowd, “To see people mobilized on coastal issues is really inspiring for us.”

They expect to reach the Mexican border by the end of summer.

Follow the Coastwalk at https.//www.instagram.com/mojocoastwalk or https://www.facebook.com/mojocoastwalk

—Ed.


A Positive Message for Local Business

Jacqui Irwin brings the good news to the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce

44th District Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin addressed a meeting of the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce, touting an improved business climate and numerous initiatives to bring investment, jobs, and training to Ventura County.

The Assemblymember pointed out that since 2009, California leads the nation not only in the number of business start-ups, but also in the 5 and 10 year survival rate of new businesses.  “447,000 jobs were created last year. That’s more than Texas and Florida combined,” she said.

Ventura County is one of four “Innovation Hubs” in California. Mentioning Naval Base Ventura County as a major employer, Ms. Irwin said, “There’s a huge need in the district for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] workers.” Consequently, she took the lead in developing an engineering program at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI).

Additionally, out of the $60 million budgeted statewide for community colleges, $1.5 million apiece will be coming to Oxnard, Ventura, and Moorpark Colleges for remedial education. “This will be transformative for students,” the Assemblymember said.

Ms. Irwin took particular pride in her AB 2664 Legislation that established business incubators through the University of California system. So far 19,000 start-ups have generated nearly $14 billion in revenue. The California Chamber of Commerce designated this legislation as a “No. 1 Job Creator”, no mean achievement for a Democratic bill.

Member Irwin has also been appointed to the Select Committee on Cyber Security. Citing the need for better oversight, she said, “New laws and spending aren’t always necessary.”  A concerning fact is that only 20% of state departments have done any sort of security assessment. Pointing out that 80% of cyber cases are the result of employees clicking on phishing email, she said, “It all starts with us.”

Finally, she was pleased to announce that Port Hueneme business Stellar Biotechnologies was honored as Business of the Year in the 44th District.  Stellar raises limpets for medical research.  Limpet proteins can be used to stimulate the immune system and may play a role in immunization against certain diseases.

—Ed.


Cal Lutheran receives $1.2M federal grant

TRIO programs will now reach county’s junior highs

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California Lutheran University a $1.2 million grant to provide Ventura County’s only federal TRIO program serving middle school students.
 
The Talent Search program targets disadvantaged middle school and high school students, helping them to success in high school and college. Cal Lutheran will serve 500 South Oxnard students annually over the next five years with the grant. One hundred will be chosen from Channel Islands High School and another 100 from Hueneme High School. Sixty will be selected from each of the high schools’ feeder schools – Blackstock Junior High, E.O. Green Junior High, Haydock Junior High, Lemonwood School and Ocean View Junior High.
 
The launch of the new program will more than triple the number of pre-college students that the university serves through federal TRIO grants. The university already has two traditional Upward Bound programs and an Upward Bound Math Science program for disadvantaged high school students. To help low-income Cal Lutheran students graduate, it has a federal TRIO program called Student Support Services.
 
Talent Search targets low-income students who have the potential to succeed in higher education but would be in the first generation of their families to attend college or other postsecondary education programs.
 
Cal Lutheran decided to serve South Oxnard because of the area’s high poverty, student-to-counselor ratios and dropout rates and its low standardized test scores, rates of participation in rigorous courses, and numbers of college graduates. Only 28 percent of seniors from the target high schools are eligible to apply for four-year California colleges and universities, 13 percent lower than the state average. Illustrating the area’s high need, Cal Lutheran has had to turn away nearly 150 Upward Bound applicants from Channel Islands and Hueneme high schools annually during the last three years. The students denied admission this year will now be offered the opportunity to participate in Talent Search.
 
Beginning in September, participating students will receive information and support to help them graduate from high school and college. Students will attend workshops and receive individualized academic, financial, career and personal counseling. Staff members will also organize visits to college campuses and assist students as they prepare for college entrance exams, apply for college admission and financial aid, and transition from junior high to high school and from high school to college.
 
The university will hire a director and two academic specialists to administer the program as well as part-time instructors, mentors and tutors. 


History by the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two. And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society. If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to   kelley@callutheran.edu

Many Port Hueneme folks recognize the name of Ray D. Prueter because it appears in huge metallic letters on the front of the glass-walled structure with all the books located at 510 Park Avenue.

Many more, especially during the nearly 60 years Prueter resided in Port Hueneme, however, called him “friend.”

A position as auditor at the Bank of Hueneme brought Prueter and his new bride Laura Margaret O’Donnell here in 1950. Prueter retired for the first time in 1991 after 35 years with Flesher-Lawrence-Prueter-Dodds Insurance.

He retired for the second time in 2001 as founder and executive director of the Ventura County Contractors Association, which created a scholarship in his name.

He was the kind of man who was more interested in learning about others and their personal passions than he was in talking about himself and his accomplishments, which were both numerous and extraordinary.

Not only did Prueter head up the city during the pivotal years in Port Hueneme’s history (1962-1974), but he also held the distinction of being one of only two mayors in Ventura County to be elected  president of the League of California Cities.


Brick Wahl

Benadryl, Betty White, and the End of the American Dream

Written while high on Benadryl….

Hay fever season…yesterday the allergy/arthritis synergy was at its peak, and I was on allergy pills all day. Alas, you can’t mix epilepsy meds and daytime allergy pills, so the wife was graced with sweet silence from her zoned out husband.

I pulled out one of those Mill Creek Entertainment eight zillion classic television shows on 900 disc sets I picked up for a dollar somewhere and spent hour after hour somewhere between 1948 and 1960. The writers then had all been in radio for years, and were sharp and funny, and especially in the earliest days were writing for hip urban audiences–Bob Cummings quoting Voltaire, and in French.

The actors, too, had mostly come out of radio, or the stage, and many of the comics went all the way back to vaudeville. An ancient Victor Moore (you’ll recognize him as the plumber in The Seven Year Itch) singing a jazzed up 45 Minutes From Broadway (the George M. Cohan tune he’d first sung in 1906) on the Ed Wynn Show in 1949. I’m feeling groovy he says, grinning, stoned without being stoned, following the ultra hip vocal quartet offstage. The be boppers must have loved it (though the silver hairs in the audience preferred it as he’d sung it earlier in the show, a gentle, almost stately waltz, with Cohan’s ragtime inspired tempos softened by time and nostalgia).

The variety shows could be flat out surreal, fading actors making jokes about being reduced to appearing on television in subtitles they hold up on boards. It was a live medium–live broadcast at first, and then live in front of a studio audience–and the fourth wall was violated regularly so that at times the audience nearly became part of the show.

The writers on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show went so far as to remove the fourth wall and have George talk to the audience–both in house and out there in the dark–like a Greek chorus commenting on the plot, and he would also sneak off to tune in his television set to see what was happening in the scenes he was not in, talking to the audience the whole time, and sometimes phoning the characters to comment on what they were saying, to their confusion. All this within the classic show within a show premise that Jack Benny had introduced back in the 1930’s.

It was all pretty avant garde and a far different sort of comedy than came out in the early sixties. There were no Gilligan’s Islands in the mid fifties, no Hazels or Petticoat Junctions. It wasn’t yet Newton Minnow’s vast wasteland…though you could see it getting there as the fifties ended.

Sometime past midnight I woke up on the couch and had no idea what time it was, let alone what  decade, and it occurred to me through all the antihistamine that people were watching this show in this very room when it was new, and looking out the same panes of glass (they are so old the glass has flowed downward and distorts the view), and perhaps someone in them acting like an idiot had been at one of the hip Silver Lake parties here and left the stains in the ancient wood floor, uncovered when we tore up the carpeting (there were ancient tacks in the floor from the 1930’s) and drunkenly dropped the cigarettes that left scorch marks a half century later.

I reached for a Pall Mall but there were none (do they even make them anymore?), and all the people I can remember who smoked them are long dead. On the screen there was Betty White, impossibly cute, telling her sitcom husband that when she is 95 years old she’ll be something or other, I can’t remember what. I was just struck by the fact that Betty White actually is 95 years old now, a realization that zapped me back into 2016, and I sneezed.

Wow. Somewhere between thick skulled William Bendix’s cozy union job in The Life of Reilly and today that whole middle class world disintegrated. Unless the characters were rich–John Forsyth in Bachelor Father, for instance–none of the premises of any of those shows would make sense today. That was my parents’ world, the World War Two generation. Since then we’ve stopped smoking, and we have seatbelts in our cars, but we’ve screwed everything else up as far as the standard of living goes.

These middle class people goofing around in those sitcoms seem impossible now, unreal. They bask in economic security. Their place is assured. Nothing was left to chance then. Barring the prospect of nuclear annihilation, it was all dull, predictable and secure. Imagine that.

But you can’t.

That brief interregnum of widespread middle class security between the end of the Depression and Reaganomics was perhaps the one time in American history since the middle of the 19th century that the economic pyramid was flattened and ballooned from the middle. To have begun then–I was born in 1957, the peak year of the baby boom, we were born like rabbits that year–makes today’s reality that much harder, and nostalgia far too easy, almost narcotic.

It’s no accident that nearly 50% of patients being treated for opiate addiction today are between fifty and seventy years old…up from 10% twenty years ago. You can imagine them high, on the couch, watching old syndicated teevee shows. The advertisements are aimed at them–reverse mortgages, payday loan sharks, ambulance chasers, miracle products that will patch up all the old things in the house they can’t afford to replace, then back to the old television reality where everybody worked forty hours a week with benefits and lived in houses they could afford on a single salary.

I got a taste of that narcosis yesterday in a fun and feverish, zoned out achy anti-histamine day, reliving 1950’s America.

The last thing I remember was Betty White in some fluff called Life With Elizabeth, and I passed out in a perfect residential neighborhood somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, circa 1954.

I woke up hours later, put the last disc back in the box and put the box back, way back, out of reach.


Briefs

Trump Ambivalent on Baltic Security

Will NATO stand up to Putin when the chips are down?

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/world/europe/donald-trump-nato-baltics-interpreter.html

SecDef Has “Heartburn” with Defense Bill

“The House bill fails to provide our troops with the resources they need to fight our enemies around the world,” says Carter in letter to Congress.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/287796-pentagon-reissues-veto-threat-as-defense-bill-conference-kicks-off

DARPA Contract Addresses Cyber Threats

Complex systems vulnerable to long term stealthy hacking. As many as 30% could be affected.

http://gsnmagazine.com/article/46833/galois_wins_darpa_contract_addressing_network_thre


Don Adolfo at the Museum

Don Adolfo Camarillo

Gerry Olsen will be speaking about Adolfo Camarillo at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum 220 Market Street on July 30, 2016 at 11:00  AM. 

 
Don Adolfo Camarillo may have been small in stature, according to author Gerry Olsen, but he made a big impact on the community—including Port Hueneme. 
 
Camarillo, who only stood about five feet tall, worked closely with Hueneme’s Achille Levy to bring lima beans, walnuts and other crops to the region.  
 
The lumber for his spectacular Victorian home (Camarillo Ranch House) was unloaded at Thomas Bard’s wharf.    
Adolfo Camarillo was a horse breeder (Camarillo White Horse), a rancher (Rancho Calleguas), a philanthropist and volunteer who belonged to nearly 40 organizations.   Even late in life, he sometimes attended two or three meetings a day.  
 
Two years ago, Gerry Olsen published a biography titled Don Adolfo Camarillo:  A Living Legend—it was released just in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Don Adolfo Camarillo’s birth. 
 
Olsen is a former public information officer for the Ventura Community College District, a member of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and retired newspaperman.  He also wrote a biography about his Norwegian immigrant grandparents, Nils and Ellen Olsen, who settled in the Conejo Valley in the late 1880s.

For information contact Beverly M. Kelley kelley@callutheran.edu

—BMK

Mariachis at the Beach

Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach, in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra Presents a Free Community Concert

THE 2ND ANNUAL MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA!

The Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach located at 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra is hosting the 2nd Annual Mariachi Extravaganza July 28, 2016, which represents the culmination of local High School Mariachi programs.

This free community event features many talented locally known Mariachis such as Hueneme High’s spirited and award winning “Mariachi De Mi Tierra” and “Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard” who performed for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “Get Out the Vote” event June 4th, at the Hueneme High School.

With performances by, Mariachi Camarillo, Mariachi Cihualteco, Mariachi Orgullo de Mexico and more, this is an event you will not want to miss! The concert will showcase and portray Hispanic culture and promote the many wonderful Mariachi groups in Oxnard.

Without the help of Antonio and Dominic Rivera, teachers in the Oxnard Union High School District for over 7 years, none of this would have been possible. These two exceptional brothers are very talented Mariachi instructors and musicians that go to each and every high school in the Oxnard Union High School District five days a week to inspire others to develop a passion towards Mariachi, as they have developed their own throughout the years.

According to Antonio or “Tony”, who has been playing the guitarron for 22 years, “Mariachi is my life, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help others understand how beautiful Mariachi is.”

From being a part of the Mariachi program for years, his brother Dominic believes that “Music speaks what some people wish to say and it also soothes the mind, heals the heart and soul. In my opinion Mariachi has helped me learn to appreciate my Hispanic culture and be able to express my love for it. As a teenager, I always felt Mariachi as a positive hobby, but today, I see it as another half of who I am. It has really connected me to school throughout musical education and if it weren’t for Mariachi, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

Our goal for this event is to raise over $5,000 — and the students need your support! There is no better investment for the children in our community, such a great way to give back to our Future America.

Through sponsorship opportunities, and raffles these funds will be used toward music, instruments, uniforms, transportation and field trips. It is amazing to see so many exceptional groups contribute their talents, time and tireless energy, come together to express their love for music through Mariachi.

Free parking in “Lot E” has been provided by The City of Port Hueneme for your convenience.

For more information regarding the concert and sponsorship opportunities contact Antonio or Dominic Rivera (805)795-6021 or via e-mail: a.rivera@aol.com



Reach Summer Fun Without Driving

Although July 4th has passed, there are plenty of Ventura County summer adventures remaining before school begins. Here is a list of hot spots accessible by bus:

Sun and Sand
Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT) makes five round trips each weekday to Zuma Beach through August 19. Round trips cost only $6, $3 for seniors and riders with disabilities. Cash only, dear readers. The TOT Summer Beach Bus also travels to San Buenaventura State Beach (Lot C) and Surfers Point, across the street from the Amtrak station.

You can download the flyer here, visit http://www.totransit.org or call 805.375.5473.

Sunset Yoga and Cycling
If you are looking to combine summer workouts, you can take VCTC Intercity Transit to Ventura College and then cycle north to Arroyo Verde Park in the City of Ventura. Once there, you can join a Sunset Yoga Class from 6 to 7pm.

Concerts by the Sea
If you like listening to music by the Pacific Ocean, attend the Saturday Concerts by the Seaseries at Peninsula Park in the Channel Islands Harbor. The concerts continue through August 27, from 4 to 6pm, and Gold Coast Transit can carry you from the Ventura County Public Health Building to the edge of the concert area, where you can walk or ride to your seat, dreaming of music rather than finding where to park. 

Close Encounters and Summer Camp
Moorpark Zoo, which calls itself “America’s Teaching Zoo,” can be reached by the VCTC Intercity East County route (via the Moorpark College stop) on Saturdays. The zoo is only open to the public on weekends, 11am to 5pm. Admission for adults is $8, while admission for children and seniors is $6.

Ask about the 2016 Jr. Safari Summer Camp sessions to be held July 18-22, July 25-29, and August 1-5. You can find more information online. Full-day camps run from 8:30am to 4pm. If your child is unable to attend a full day, the camp offers “early bird” and “night owl” options.

Shopping Without Burning Gasoline
The Camarillo Outlet Mall and its 160 stores can be reached by VCTC Intercity’s Highway 101 route, which is available on weekdays and Saturdays. The mall’s weekday and Saturday hours are from 10am to 9pm.

The largest shopping center in western Ventura County—Pacific View Mall—adjoins the Ventura Transit Center. Consequently, several VCTC routes stop here. You can reach the one-million square-foot mall via VCTC Intercity’s Coastal Express, Highway 101, and Highway 126 lines.

If you prefer The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks VCTC’s Highway 101 service will take you there Monday through Saturday. Check out the Young Art—Summer Camp available Monday through Friday until September 2.

Pool Time
Fillmore Aquatics Center offers a variety of swimming programs, including Mommy and Me classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Make your plans now because the last day of swimming at the pool is Labor Day, September 5, 2016. The Valley Express Fillmore Circulator will gladly take you to the Aquatics Center. More details at www.valleyexpressbus.org.

Summer Theater
If you prefer to escape the summer heat in a darkened theater, Simi Valley Transit can take you to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. From July 23 through August 28, Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi will present Peter and The Starcatcher a musical prequel to the Peter Pan story told in books, plays, and movies. Routes A or B will drop you off across the street from the arts center.

https://visitventuraca.com/family-fun/

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Vol. II,  Number  14                                                                                                             July 2016


The Trucks Are Back!

Sunset Suppers return the second Tuesday of each month featuring a stunning array of the best food trucks around. Next: August 9, 5:00 – 8:30PM.  Brought to you by the Hueneme Chamber of Commerce.


“We’re Pretty Vulnerable”

Capt. Jahnke addresses the Association of Pacific Ports as Capt. Downey looks on

Recently the world came to Port Hueneme.  With participants from as far afield as Guam, the Marshall Islands, and Taiwan, The Association of Pacific Ports held its annual conference at the offices of the Oxnard Harbor District.

One of the most significant presentations during the two day confab involved U.S. Coast Guard Captain Charlene Downey, Sector Commander, USCG Los Angeles/Long Beach, and U.S. Navy Captain Chris Janke, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), discussing “Pacific Port Security: Where We Are Today”.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin welcomed the attendees

Capt. Jahnke described the Port of Hueneme, with it’s combination of Navy and commercial traffic, as “cats and dogs”.  While commercial users have only 72 hours to clear out in the event of an emergency situation, the enhanced lease revenue they bring is an important income source for NBVC.

Likening himself to a city mayor, Capt, Jahnke stated his mission is to “support our customers”.  Citing a busy schedule of Navy activities, he asserted, “We are not Sleepy Hollow.” 

With a small staff, the Port of Hueneme is not a port with “heavy security”.  “Without co-operation with the Coast Guard,” said Jahnke, “we wouldn’t get it done.”  “We’re pretty vulnerable … I’ve got cars and guards at the gate, but someone out of the water? I just yell ‘Stop!’.”

Capt. Downey commands an area that includes the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Port Hueneme, and El Segundo.  Out of the $100 million appropriated for the National Port Security Grant Program, she was pleased to report that $9.3 million was coming to Southern California to develop responses to such challenges as underwater terrorism, marine transportation recovery, and nuclear threats.

Cyber security is of particular concern to Capt. Downey. Citing energy, transportation, and critical infrastructure, “Everything works off of technology these days,” she said.

Information security is an inter-agency effort. The Coast Guard is making use of Army National Guard Cyber Response teams.  The Captain is also looking to fill new civilian positions focusing on cyber-security.

The work of port security never ceases. “We are working around the clock,”  she said.  “Any time we get through the day [without an incident], it’s a blessing.”

—Ed.


“We Need Them to Understand How Serious It Is”

Co-Chair Gene Fisher Reports on RDP-21 Lobbying Trip to Washington, D.C

Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21) Co-Chair Gene Fisher recently reported to the membership on the annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C..  RDP-21 is a consortium of local governments, industry professionals, and military experts formed to support the interests of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).

Citing recent successes such as the five year effort to secure a Coast Guard detachment at Point Mugu, Mr. Fisher said, “We had a lot of closure last year.” “This year we woke up to the issues of infrastructure.”  Mr. Fisher explained that the Navy has been underfunding infrastructure to have money for operations.  

Congressional dysfunction was cited as a significant problem.  Present Congressional rules prohibit “earmarks”,  a procedural mechanism that allows Members to direct money to specific local projects.  “It used to be so much easier,” Mr. Fisher lamented, “you could actually get something in the budget.”  

A series of continuing resolutions also froze the budget for several years in a row.  The continuing resolutions “severely impacted the the test and evaluation world,” Mr. Fisher remarked. “The system is not supporting them well.”

Noting that the funding process has become increasingly political, Mr. Fisher pointed out that “More than ever we’re in the education business.” In the matter of infrastructure investment he pointed out “We need them to understand how serious it is.”

As an example, he cited the fact that the Pacific Test Range is down to only one 35 year old  support aircraft. A new aircraft is due to arrive in 3 or 4 years, but may not arrive in time.  Any mechanical problem with the old airplane can result in millions of dollars in lost time.

Terry Clark, the former Director of Naval Air (NAVAIR) Ranges pointed out that testing for the F-35 can cost up to $7 million a day, yet “Nobody has figured out the calculus for the cost to the taxpayers.”   It may be necessary to “spend $100 million to save a Billion”.

—Ed.


History By the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two. And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society. If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

 Even though the usual practice is to designate buildings in the name of folks no longer numbered among the living, that’s not the way things were done during the last century in Port Hueneme. So, Ray D.Prueter was able to enjoy the occasional visit to his namesake library—in fact, he cherished his strolls among the stacks. 

As then head librarian Cathy Thomason recalls, “Ray was very proud of the library; he laughed about telling the children he was Mr. Prueter … and the children [aware of his commanding portrait in the library lobby]—their eyes would get really wide when he told them this.”

When Prueter, who passed away in April of 2008, and wife Laura retired to Montana, the Friends of the Prueter Library presented him with the greatest of all possible gifts—the greatest of all possible gifts for a bibliophile, that is. The organization created an ongoing book fund in the amount of $1,000 per year
for the purchase of selected tomes in the couple’s honor.

Further, Prueter would have been pleased and grateful, especially during the almost decade-long economic downturn, that his library was still gifting the citizens of Port Hueneme with recreational reading material, employment information, movies, story times for children, book clubs for all ages, help with homework and sorely needed internet access.

He also loved reminding people, with a twinkle in his eye, of the words of his favorite Henry Fielding: “Read in order to live.”


Brick Wahl

Barber Shop Quartets

Barber shop quartets. No one thinks of them anymore. Not even in jokes. Not even in commercials. They are gone. They were everywhere, once, sweet adelining in four part harmony, but they’re gone now. Extinct. Like dinosaurs in candy striped shirts. “When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air. You can never capture it again” Eric Dolphy said. Though I doubt he was thinking about barbershop quartets.

There are lots of cemeteries out near Palm Springs — Sinatra’s out there, and William Powell — full of past generations, and there are thrift stores, full of those past generations’ stuff. Flip through the record bins and you will find barber shop quartet LP’s by the dozen. Four guys in candy striped shirts with vast mustaches waxed like my neighbor’s Camaro. They stand mouths agape, and there’s a barber pole and a guy in a barber chair swathed in shaving cream, looking disturbed.

You will find all kinds of these albums in thrift stores in Palm Springs, every one of which opens with “Bill Bailey”, and finishes with “Sweet Adeline”. I was always terrified of the idea of a barber shaving me while singing Bill Bailey. Syncopation and straight razors never make a great combination. Sweet Adeline would be OK, though.

The old people–our fathers, probably your grandfathers–also had collections of albums of forgettable music with unforgettable models on the covers in various states of undress. Come hither they whispered. Zowie. How many of my generation lost their imagination’s virginity looking at dad’s records? We didn’t have internet porn then, and Playboys were locked away, so all we had was the thrill of those women and wondering if they really do drape themselves across pianos like that.

They don’t.

The bins are also full of the greatest generation’s Dixieland records. They made the world safe for democracy, that generation did, and then they listened to Dixieland. Not while saving the world for democracy–Basie and Ellington and the Dorseys and Glenn Miller scored those scenes–but afterward, when they settled down and grew vaguely nostalgic about the music their own fathers listened to.

As the originals were all ’78’s few could play them, even by the fifties. So they went out and bought records by the Firehouse Five Plus 2, Turk Murphy and a thousand similar bands across the country. Those records are fun, actually, even a blast, and a lot of the bands are first rate. A little hokey, sometimes, redolent of good times and happy funerals and riverboats slapping the Mississippi into white foam. It was a fairly innocent jazz.

The Firehouse Five Plus 2 played Disneyland. They never played in whorehouses or got in knife fights or suffered acute alcoholic psychosis that landed them in the loony bin for the rest of their lives. No, this was all straw hats and banjos and good times. But I like them. My dad loved the stuff. I have a mess of them tucked away in the record cabinet, segregated from the real jazz that my real jazz friends listen to. That way nobody gets embarrassed.

And then there were sound effects records that were ideal for early marijuana experimentation, replete with prepared piano dissonance and percussion that would boing from speaker to speaker. Remember those? No? My dad had some, a bunch of them to go with the giant hi-fi console and speakers in the living room. We’d sit in the dark and listen to funny sounds pan from one end of the room to the other.

My favorite was the fireworks show. Ten minutes of people listening to fireworks, oohing and ahhing and breaking into applause, big booms and whistles and bangs in the background. Wintry nights in Maine pretending it was 4th of July.

There are scores of these records in the bins. Not sure why I never pick any up. They certainly were popular with the exotica crowd a few years ago. They’d put on Tiki shirts like their dads are wearing in the old photographs, and mix long forgotten martinis and listen to Martin Denny records.

Somehow these people always thought that I, a jazz fan, was therefore a Martin Denny fan. Funny how wrong people can be. I never made the mistake of thinking the Tiki crowd was nuts about Dixieland, however. Or Cecil Taylor.

You can listen to Martin Denny, though. Listen to a lot of those old space age pop records, if only for the jazz players mentioned in Stan Cornyn’s liner notes.

With patience, you can hear some terrific soloing. Those records helped an entire generation of musicians who’d once had steady work in swing bands now make the rent. I still catch myself picking up the occasional LP because a favorite jazz player–Buddy Collette, say, or Don Fagerquist–are in the credits. Jazz on the cheap, sort of.

Then there is Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald. The gene that made those records listenable seems to have disappeared from the genome.

What sounded like real music to our grandparents sounds like torture to us now. Their albums stuff the Palm Springs thrift store bins where they sit forever, unwanted. Let’s just say that Gilbert and Sullivan did not age well for the rock’n’roll generation. It must sound like gas music from Jupiter to the hip hop generation. I hear Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald and I thank god for Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald and the others who saved my people from operetta.

Though personally I never minded a barbershop quartet.


Briefs

Sharks in Carp

Hungry Great White on the prowl in Carpinteria.

http://www.keyt.com/news/beach-warning-in-carpinteria-after-feeding-shark-sighted/40732106?ens=1&utm_source=Daily%20News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KEYT-KCOY-KKFX%20Noon%20Headlines_53b1b6c10cf2a9cbf9156e16_sb&utm_content=20160716_1400

 

The Importance of Military/Community Partnerhships

The community and the base both benefit from working together says Rand study.

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1419.html

 

The Russian Navy’s Biggest Enemy

Thanks to “shambolic shipbuilding” more Russian warships have been lost to shipyard fires than any enemy action.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-russian-navys-biggest-enemy-isnt-nato-its-fire-16888


Don Adolfo at the Museum

Don Adolfo Camarillo

Gerry Olsen will be speaking about Adolfo Camarillo at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum 220 Market Street on July 30, 2016 at 11:00AM

 
Don Adolfo Camarillo may have been small in stature, according to author Gerry Olsen, but he made a big impact on the community—including Port Hueneme. 
 
Camarillo, who only stood about five feet tall, worked closely with Hueneme’s Achille Levy to bring lima beans, walnuts and other crops to the region.  
 
The lumber for his spectacular Victorian home (Camarillo Ranch House) was unloaded at Thomas Bard’s wharf.    
Adolfo Camarillo was a horse breeder (Camarillo White Horse), a rancher (Rancho Calleguas), a philanthropist and volunteer who belonged to nearly 40 organizations.   Even late in life, he sometimes attended two or three meetings a day.  
 
Two years ago, Gerry Olsen published a biography titled Don Adolfo Camarillo:  A Living Legend—it was released just in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Don Adolfo Camarillo’s birth. 
 
Olsen is a former public information officer for the Ventura Community College District, a member of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and retired newspaperman.  He also wrote a biography about his Norwegian immigrant grandparents, Nils and Ellen Olsen, who settled in the Conejo Valley in the late 1880s.

For information contact Beverly M. Kelley kelley@callutheran.edu

—BMK

Mariachis at the Beach

Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach, in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra Presents a Free Community Concert

THE 2ND ANNUAL MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA!

The Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach located at 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra is hosting the 2nd Annual Mariachi Extravaganza July 28, 2016, which represents the culmination of local High School Mariachi programs.

This free community event features many talented locally known Mariachis such as Hueneme High’s spirited and award winning “Mariachi De Mi Tierra” and “Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard” who performed for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “Get Out the Vote” event June 4th, at the Hueneme High School.

With performances by, Mariachi Camarillo, Mariachi Cihualteco, Mariachi Orgullo de Mexico and more, this is an event you will not want to miss! The concert will showcase and portray Hispanic culture and promote the many wonderful Mariachi groups in Oxnard.

Without the help of Antonio and Dominic Rivera, teachers in the Oxnard Union High School District for over 7 years, none of this would have been possible. These two exceptional brothers are very talented Mariachi instructors and musicians that go to each and every high school in the Oxnard Union High School District five days a week to inspire others to develop a passion towards Mariachi, as they have developed their own throughout the years.

According to Antonio or “Tony”, who has been playing the guitarron for 22 years, “Mariachi is my life, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help others understand how beautiful Mariachi is.”

From being a part of the Mariachi program for years, his brother Dominic believes that “Music speaks what some people wish to say and it also soothes the mind, heals the heart and soul. In my opinion Mariachi has helped me learn to appreciate my Hispanic culture and be able to express my love for it. As a teenager, I always felt Mariachi as a positive hobby, but today, I see it as another half of who I am. It has really connected me to school throughout musical education and if it weren’t for Mariachi, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

Our goal for this event is to raise over $5,000 — and the students need your support! There is no better investment for the children in our community, such a great way to give back to our Future America.

Through sponsorship opportunities, and raffles these funds will be used toward music, instruments, uniforms, transportation and field trips. It is amazing to see so many exceptional groups contribute their talents, time and tireless energy, come together to express their love for music through Mariachi.

Free parking in “Lot E” has been provided by The City of Port Hueneme for your convenience.

For more information regarding the concert and sponsorship opportunities contact Antonio or Dominic Rivera (805)795-6021 or via e-mail: a.rivera@aol.com


Hidden Track: Memphis Nighthawks — “Shanghai Honeymoon


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The ePilot, Vol II, No. 13, July 2016

Summer Has Arrived!

        New Construction at the Beach!                                                    Photo BMK  


Fire District Urges a Safe and Sane Fourth of July            

Illegal fireworks at Hueneme Beach

CAMARILLO, Calif. – As Ventura County prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, fire officials have teamed up with the Grossman Burn Center to remind the public that fireworks are illegal in the cities of Camarillo, Ventura, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

Fireworks are a wonderful part of the Independence Day tradition but pose a serious threat to wildfire and danger to personal injury. “With the long-term drought and a year-round fire season, the fire risk to our community is substantial and cannot be ignored. We need all community members, in every neighborhood across the city, to celebrate the July 4th holiday responsibly and safely,” commented Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya.

According to the Grossman Burn Center (GBC) at West Hills Hospital, fireworks result in approximately 10,000 injuries per year. In recent years, GBC has treated more patients from Ventura County for holiday burns than any other local county.

One of the most dangerous types of fireworks is sparklers. Although they may seem harmless, sparklers can reach up to 1,800 degrees and cause third-degree burns in less than one second. “While we will never be able to eliminate accidents, the public needs to understand how easily fireworks can start a fire or cause severe burns. We want everyone to practice safety, use caution and have a great and safe holiday,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.

Here are four ‘safe and sane’ ways to celebrate the Fourth of July: 1. Take a trip to the beach 2. Find an outdoor activity like hiking or biking 3. Host a BBQ with friends and family 4. Visit a veteran.

For additional holiday tips, watch this “Fourth of July Safety” video. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Check local listings for holiday-related parades and professional fireworks shows in the cities of Camarillo, Ventura, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Oxnard/ Channel Islands, Fillmore, Agoura Hills, Westlake, and Calabasas.

Anyone found in possession of fireworks or caught using them could be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a jail term of up to a year, under International Fire Code Section 3301.1.

A Reminder from the Port Hueneme PD

Though most residents and business owners are well versed in the City’s increased public safety efforts for the Fourth of July, here are some reminders about what is and what is not allowed in Port Hueneme:

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED IN PUBLIC AREAS
Possessing or drinking alcoholic beverages on streets, sidewalks, parks, beaches, the pier or other public areas is prohibited (this includes alcoholic beverages that have been poured into a cup). Violators are subject to citation or arrest.

FIREWORKS

It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in Port Hueneme. This includes “safe and sane” fireworks such as fountains and sparklers that can be purchased in some cities where it has been allowed by ordinance. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend one of the many public, professional fireworks shows available throughout Ventura County.

BEACH ACTIVITY
Port Hueneme’s beach has long been its “hidden treasure.” Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy our beach, however Bonfires are prohibited.

The Port Hueneme Police Department would like everyone to enjoy a safe 4th of July
Holiday.

In an Emergency, dial 9-1-1. For Non-Emergency calls, dial 805-986-6530


Air Board Receives National Honor

 

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) has entered into an agreement with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to fund a program designed to reduce the speeds of cargo ships transiting the Santa Barbara Channel.

Approximately 2500 large cargo ships transit the Channel every year and contribute almost one quarter of the nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) in the  Ventura County jurisdiction.  Lowering vessel speeds from over 14 knots to under 12 knots could result in a 25% reduction in NOx emissions.

Ships enrolled in the program will receive cash incentives for lowering their speeds.  The program will be funded with $188,000 for 2016, the money coming from the Reliant Energy Mitigation Fund and various shipping company fines.

Although the target for the program is to enroll 240 ships, the present level of funding only allows for 60 ships to participate. It is estimated that a total program for all ships would cost $5-6 million per year.

While some ports have vessel speed reduction programs, the local effort is the only non-port incentive program in the world.  In recognition, VCAPCD was recently honored with the US Environmental Protection Agency‘s Clean Air Excellence Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by Air Pollution Control Officer Michael Villegas and Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza.

—Ed.


HUD Finds Strength in PH Housing Authority

The Port Hueneme Housing Authority recently participated in a Compliance Monitoring Review conducted by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s Office of Public Housing.  Field Office staff reviewed the Authority’s programs and compliance with HUD program requirements and regulations.

High occupancy rates, strong finances, and knowledgeable staff were singled out as areas of strength.

The report recommends additional Board and senior management oversight, updating some policies, and stronger inventory control.

—Ed.

History By the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two. And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society. If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

You may be aware that such civic structures as the Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center and the Dorrill Wright Cultural Center pay homage to former long-term mayors, but it was Prueter who wielded the gavel at a pivotal time in the Port Hueneme’s history—from 1962 until 1974.

As Anthony Volante, former city councilman from 1994 to 2006 and two-time mayor, remembers: “Ray and the City Council and Redevelopment Agency saw the less attractive sections of Port Hueneme torn down and replaced with beautiful homes, apartments, and businesses.”

Brick Wahl

Gnawa Time

“I woke up this morning and immediately turned on the a/c. I can’t recall the last time I had to do that. Its hot!”

So posted my friend Hope. I envied her. Air conditioning. We’re in Silver Lake, in one of those California Spanish houses that Walter Neff in Double Indemnity said everyone was nuts about 10 or 15 years ago. Which would be about 1930 — on the money for this place.

It’s one of those pads people slow down to look at as they pass. We did. Came down our street once by mistake and turned around in the driveway. I remember saying to my wife that I wished we lived in a place like this instead of the cute but shaky bungalow we had off Sunset. We had earthquakes then, and the slightest temblor would wrack the joint and it would shudder and creak and let us know in no uncertain terms that the earth was shaking. We got used to it. But when a crackhouse opened up next door in what is now an overpriced if charming brownstone it was time to move.

We couldn’t believe that the place we’d seen by mistake that day a year before was available. There had been a gang killing on the street a few months back, some innocent kid cut down, wrong place, wrong time, and that made prospective renters nervous. The landlord thought we were the nicest and sweetest married couple he’d ever seen. Gosh. I didn’t tell him about playing drums in punk rock bands. Said we hated parties. Swore we were virgins. Didn’t mention the cats. We got the place.

But this place is old school. In fact so old school that it doesn’t have the kind of windows you can put an air conditioner in. Not one. That’s old school.

When Silver Lake grew from hunting lodges to rich people, those rich people sweltered in front of metal fans. Raymond Chandler typed and drank and sweated over there on Micheltorena Hill. Air conditioning back then was the stuff of modern office buildings. Mulholland had an air conditioned office atop his big dam-shaped building downtown. (Is the building designed to look like the San Francisquito dam? I’ve always wondered that, though no way to compare the two now.) And the Bradbury Building you’ve all seen a zillion times without knowing it (though not Double Indemnity, unfortunately) was no doubt air conditioned back then. I worked there once, for a week. Worst job I ever had.  I lasted a week. But I loved the building. I think that’s why I stuck it out a whole week. You can’t believe how ornate the place is, like walking around inside a baroque sculpture. You couldn’t help touching everything. And it was very air conditioned, unlike our place.

But the Bradbury Building is in the middle of paved over everything downtown, the streets and walls and cars and buses and sweaty pedestrians all radiating heat, while we live on top of a hill, with breezes, even a zephyr or two, nearly all of the time. Plus we have an ingeniously designed fan system, lots of fans, strategically placed. They suck out hot air and blow in cool air and swirl it around and all the calendars flap and papers are blown off the table and I stay up late writing and thinking and listening to strange African music in all that moving, flowing, billowing air. It works. Not as good as air conditioning. There’s nothing like being buried beneath the covers in a cold bedroom on a hot night. But sleeping in a continuous stream of air works too.

We moved in here on one of those hottest days in forever. We have two flights of stairs, but as I was much younger then and macho to the core, I had planned on doing it all myself. My wife hired a friend to help me, fifty bucks and beer. We tossed in a pizza and laughs. 

We have so much more stuff now that when we finally move we’ll probably just burn it all and pretend we lived in the hills and lost everything in a summer inferno. Easier that way. This being California I’ve met several people who’ve lost everything to the flames. They seem well adjusted enough.

Of course summer infernos imply a dry wind, which would actually be nice right about now. I’d turn off the fans and open the windows and let it flow though the house. Sheets of paper would lift like little magic carpets and float about the room. The vase full of flowers would blow over. My wife would yell and pick up the flowers. I’d turn up the music and the strange sounds of Mauritanian guitar would bother the neighbors out on the sundeck next door and they’d wish I’d go back to jazz again.

Wait till the weather breaks, I’d tell them, wait till it’s cool again. Right now it’s gnawa time. And the music drones and circles and I can’t understand a word but it blends with the wind and I disappear entirely.


—Read more Brick Wahl at brickwahl.com


Briefs

The Security Consequences of “Brexit”

Putin sees Europe as “weak and disunited”.

http://gsnmagazine.com/article/46741/gsn_columnist_nasa_fellow_george_lane_discusses_se

 

Clean Air Deadline Extended at California Ports

Operators have until October 1 to develop new diesel plans.

http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/195799/california-arb-extends-vessel-fleet-and-terminal-plans-submittal-deadline/?uid=26603

 

Nailing the Meatball

New technology could make carrier landings safer and more efficient.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/june/30/uss-george-washington?utm_source=ePilot&utm_medium=Content&utm_content=tts&utm_campaign=160630epilot


Life of Legendary Don Subject of Museum Talk

Two years ago, Gerry Olsen published a biography titled Don Adolfo Camarillo: A Living Legend. It was released just in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Don Adolfo Camarillo‘s birth. Olsen is a former public information officer for the Ventura Community College District, a member of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and retired newspaperman.

He will be talking about the legendary founder of Camarillo at the Port Hueneme Historical Museum, 220 Market St., on Saturday, July 30, at 11:00 in the morning.

For more information contact Beverly Kelley  kelley@callutheran.edu


Six Tips for Keeping Your Bike Yours

It’s a cyclist’s nightmare.

You return to your friendly machine after a brief meal or quick meeting, ready to mount your modern marvel and peddle to your next Ventura County destination. Instead you stand staring at the place your bike should be. You look again and again. Yup, this was the spot. Where is your bike?

Maybe the reason your bike or parts of your bike have vanished is your lock. Here are six tips for locking your bike effectively.

Lock Your Bike
Not much of a surprise here, but locking your bicycle means remembering to carry your lock and keys and remembering to actually place the lock on your machine. One tip to remind you of this important step is to convert the price of replacing your bicycle into $100 bills. Would you leave $100 bills lying unprotected on a bike rack or a sidewalk? If you really must run an errand and you have forgotten your lock, you can ask a stranger to watch your bicycle—if you really must.

Use Better Technology
Cable locks have fallen into disfavor because of the ease of slicing through the cable, even if the width of the cable looks impressive. Of course, there are many varieties of U locks available (yes, they resemble the letter “U”) with reinforced steel bars and frames. If you live in an area where bike thefts are frequent, you might try two U-locks for your bike. The cost of the locks likely pales compared to the replacement cost of your bike.

Lock Your Bike Strategically
Items large and small can be stolen off your bike: wheels, seat post, racks, fenders, lights, odometer. At a minimum, lock your frame and a wheel to the nearest immovable object (more on that later). If you have two locks, use the second lock to bind your front wheel to your back wheel. If you have only one lock, you face a dilemma: Which wheel should you lock to the frame? You might weigh this argument: While the front wheel is easier to remove, the back wheel will cost you more to replace.

Avoid Suspect Bicycle Parking
No space provides absolute security for parking your bicycle, but you can ensure more security by noticing what object you lock your bike to. Avoid these:

  • Small trees that can be cut down.
  • Short objects that allow your bike to be lifted over them.
  • Signposts without a sign at the top.
  • Scaffolding that can be easily taken apart.
  • Dimly lit areas.
  • Areas with little foot traffic.
Weigh Your Environment
The handrail along a disabled parking space might seem perfect until building maintenance considers your bike a barrier and impounds it. While you are hunting for secure places to lock your bike, consider whether others have to be gymnasts to walk around your machine! You have a right to secure your bike, but others have to live with it.

Don’t Increase Street Clutter
If you have the very bad luck to have your bike or part of your bike stolen, take the remaining pieces home with you. You could donate the functioning pieces to a nonprofit community bike project that would be glad to have your parts. Leaving the remains of your bike where you locked it will clutter the sidewalk and eventually create an unsightly collection of rust.

Want more Ventura County transportation news? Visit our blog.


Hidden Track:  Vote for Change   —  What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding?”     


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ePilot, Vol. II, No. 12, June 2016

Jackson Pledges Support for Vets

 

Ivy Lawn Park hosted ceremonies marking Memorial Day

Speaking at the Memorial Day ceremony at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, StateSenator Hannah-Beth Jackson delivered a substantive presentation on the needs and difficulties of returning veterans.  Previously named the Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year by the American Legion, veterans’ issues have always been one of her top priorities.  

Citing illness, substance abuse and suicide, she declared that “We’ve lost more of returning vets at home that we’ve lost in the war zone.”  The Senator authored legislation that steers eligible veterans going through the justice system toVeterans Treatment Courts where they can receive proper assistance in dealing with substance abuse.

Sen. Jackson is the author of SB 1180, a bill which would grant an additional 12 days of sick leave to any disabled veteran transitioning to a civilian career in any state school district. Previously she authored a similar bill for veterans working for the State of California.

“We’ve not done well by these returning veterans,” the Senator said, pledging to continue her efforts to support all those who have served their country.

—Ed.
Bugler at the ready

 

Morgan Campaigns in Port Hueneme

Mike Morgan discusses the issues

Third District County Supervisor candidate Mike Morgan, Mayor of Camarillo, met with voters at the Oceanview Pavilion. Citing his years in municipal government, Mayor Morgan declared that “no candidate has more experience” than he has.

As Supervisor he would pledge to work with the City of Port Hueneme to help rebuild the old city center at Market Street and to find businesses that would want to relocate to the Beach City.

Mr. Morgan won approval from some in attendance when he pledged to reform the County Environmental Health Department which has placed “unreasonable” demands on non-profit community organizations trying to raise money with bake sales and “cookie and coffee” fundraisers. Pointing out that there was a big difference between running a restaurant and serving tea in the library, he issued a call to simply “be reasonable”.

—Ed.

The legendary Estrada Bros. donated the entertainment


Festival Season Kicks off in Ventura County

Doug Kershaw still Ragin’ after all these years

With performers ranging from Hall of Famers Booker T. Jones and Leon Russellto Jo-El Sonnier and Doug Kershaw, the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festivalfilled the Memorial Day weekend with the sounds and flavors of Bayou Country.

Kershaw played both days, and the 80 year old Ragin’ Cajun proved he hasn’t lost a step, delivering a performance that would leave many men half his age in the dust.

Fried alligator, BBQ, and the Simi High Marching Band, rounded out what has become one of the big events in Ventura County.

—Ed.
Cuttin’ Contest! Doug Kershaw and Jo-El Sonnier

History by the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people.  We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two.  And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society.  If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

In 1936, the tiny Port Hueneme Library at the Women’s Improvement Club became part of the Ventura County Library system with Ann Haycox (her husband Arthur was Hueneme’s postmaster) installed as librarian.  Not only were the WIC holdings greatly expanded as a result of joining the Ventura County Library system, but the WIC was paid rent which the women would reinvest in the community.

By 1917, a Men’s Improvement Club also started meeting at the Scott Street house.  Not much is known of their activities except that they paid the light bill in lieu of rent.

The Craftsman bungalow that served as the Women’s Improvement Center (listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989) still survives at 239 E. Scott Street in Port Hueneme.  The tree (recently cut down) in front was planted in 1926 to honor the first librarian Miss Annie.

The Club disbanded during the early 1990’s and eventually was replaced by the nonprofit organization called Hueneme Beautiful, which is still active today.

During the Fifties, when the population jumped from 3,024 to 11, 067, it became obvious that the number of books at the Women’s Improvement Club were proving totally inadequate.  One of the folks who decided something had to be done about this problem was Ray D. Prueter, a community leader who labored tirelessly to serve all Port Hueneme residents—but especially those who loved books as much as he did.

And Prueter prevailed—in fact, he was instrumental in erecting an 18,750-square-foot library on Park Street.  The Port Hueneme library, which was dedicated on April 4, 1960, was expected to provide space for a staggering (at the time) 15,000 volumes.

By 1989, however, it was time to think about an even bigger library.  The City Council decided to erect a building which was not only five times larger than the 1960 facility but also boasted the capacity to house 65,000 volumes.  The old building was demolished and the new library built on the same site.

It also seemed appropriate to the powers-that-be that the new library would bear the name of the man who invested so much of himself in order to provide Port Hueneme citizens with a first class facility — Ray. D. Preuter.


Brick Wahl

Millennials are Evenly Split Between Trump and Hillary

Here’s a shock no one expected. Millennials are evenly split between Trump and Hillary.

Which means the reason that Trump has closed with Hillary is due almost entirely to a massive swing by Millennials to Trump if Bernie Sanders is not the nominee. In March, Millennials preferred Hillary to Trump 64-25. In May it is 45-42. No other age group shows differences of more than low single digits.

Bernie’s fierce attacks on Hillary these past two months have not changed many voters’ minds except among those under thirty years old, nearly half of whom now detest Hillary and the Democratic party so much they see Donald Trump as the better alternative. It’s not Bernie or Bust for those kids, it’s Bernie or Trump. Racist Trump, misogynist Trump, bullying Trump, some even say fascist Trump,  has now become the choice of half of the under thirty vote.

Keep in mind that only 20% of Bernie’s supporters still believe he can be nominated. So most of those who are prepared to switch their allegiance to Trump after the primaries have already made up their minds, and somehow they are able to transition from Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump like it was nothing. How, I have no idea. Bernie and Trump have nothing in common except a mutual antipathy for Hillary Clinton. But apparently that is enough.
 
I just read a long, beautifully written and scary piece by Josh Zeitz in Politico (“Why Bernie’s Bros Might Go for Trump“) that showed that in 1968 18% of the young white supporters of Eugene McCarthy voted for George Wallace that November, rather than voting for the Democratic nominee, Hubert Humphrey. Humphrey, a quintessential New Deal Democrat with an excellent record on civil rights, was seen as the enemy who had stolen the nomination.

McCarthy’s voters switched to Wallace in huge numbers, though many came back, reluctantly, to Humphrey after Wallace selected super hawk Curtis LeMay as his running mate. Still, that 18% who voted for Wallace in the end was more than enough to give the election to Nixon.
 
And in 1980, when Ted Kennedy’s challenge to Jimmy Carter failed after a strongfinish, twenty-seven per cent of Kennedy’s primary voters voted for Ronald Reagan rather than vote for Carter.

But it gets worse:

New YorkTimes/CBS exit poll revealed that 38 percent of Reagan voters cast their lot with the former California governor because they believed it was “time for a change.” Only 11 percent voted for him because “he’s a real conservative.” “It’s the first time I ever voted Republican,” said a Michigan resident. “But I’m sick and tired of the mess that’s going on in this country.” (Zeitz,Politico)

That is, over three times as many people voted for Reagan in 1980 because “it was time for a change” than voted for him because he was a conservative. They wanted change for the sake of change. That is Trump all over, who seems to be running for the sheer hell of it. How many voters will vote for him for the sheer hell of it?

Apparently half of Millennials, who would not benefit one iota from a Trump presidency. 

Just two months ago, in March, Millennials were overwhelmingly opposed to Trump. He was the butt of their jokes. But that was before the Bernie Sanders campaign began its scorched earth campaign, driving his voters into a frenzy of anti-Hillary and anti Democratic Party hatred. And a lot of them do hate Hillary now, and it’s a mean and angry hatred–remember that scene in Nevada? And as Trump is mean and apparently angry–if his is genuine anger instead of crude political theater–he is a natural draw as Bernie’s campaign comes to a bitter end.

Thus the stunning result of half of voters 18-29 years old becoming Trump voters. Just as the Bernie campaign swelled to huge crowds out of nowhere, this transition was stunningly fast. If Trump wins this November, it could well be white Millennials that put him over. Bernie’s voters. He had nearly 9 out of 10 millennials at the beginning of the year, but that didn’t mean they were socialists after all. Maybe half were. The others just like rallies and excitement and free college, apparently.

This is a kick in the stomach to Bernie Sanders. Perhaps he and his campaign manager are so caught up in their war to reform the Democratic Party they haven’t noticed. But early on, in New Hampshire, this was all about a huge wave of Millennials who would rise up as one and vote for democratic socialism. That was forgotten sometime in March and April, when the campaign got caught up in a series of ferociously contested caucuses. He won all of them, but in doing so the message changed from winning hearts and minds in primaries to the bitter intra-party trench fighting that is a caucus.

Suddenly rules and parliamentary tricks and backroom chicanery take precedence, and the two sides glare and shout at each other across crowded rooms. Democracy is not really important there, it’s all power games, and the other side becomes the enemy.

Bernie’s campaign piled their fervent activists into these caucuses like they were at war to make up for their catastrophic losses in the South. By the time the race got to New York, Bernie’s revolution had degenerated into accusations of cheating and fraud and voter repression, and Hillary’s campaign and its supporters became blood enemies. It was an unrequited hatred, mostly, though I don’t think Hillary’s campaign and its supporters realized they were hated with such intensity until that explosion in Las Vegas.
 
So now nearly half of Bernie’s voters are Trump supporters. It’s a potential electoral disaster for Hillary, but its worse for Bernie’s legacy. His kids, the Millennials, the ones who cheer his every word and are the foot soldiers of the Bernie Revolution — well, half of them aren’t revolutionaries at all. Indeed, they have abandoned his revolution in droves for its real arch nemesis, Donald Trump. Half of Bernie’s young army has deserted democratic socialism, his revolution is in tatters, and he may well have spawned a wave of very angry white men’s reactionary politics.

Feel the burn.

—Read more Brick Wahl at brickwahl.com

Briefs

Sweden and Finland Pushed Closer to NATO

Historically neutral countries re-evaluate positions in response to Russian threat.

http://en.delfi.lt/opinion/finland-sweden-pushed-closer-to-nato-by-russian-pressure.d?id=71423666

U.S. to Try British Anti-Drone System

Thinking of flying your drone near an airport? Don’t.

http://www.theengineer.co.uk/us-to-trial-british-anti-drone-system-at-airports/

Black Holes As Holograms

Is the world really two dimensional?

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-case-for-black-holes-being-nothing-but-holograms-just-got-even-stronger-2016-6


Tuskegee Airmen Talk at the Library

The Ray D. Prueter Library will host a Red Tails World War II Airplane Showcase and Tuskegee Airmen public education presentation by Buddy Gibson, Lawrence Lee and Bruce Stewart from 2-4 p.m. June 11 at 510 Park Ave.

The presenters will display their collections of Red Tail World War II airplane models and figurines of significant individuals from African-American history.There will be a screening of a film on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II and a question-and-answer session.

For more information, call 486-5460.



 Learn to Swim and Swim Near a Lifeguard !!

Hueneme Ocean Lifeguard Association Presents the First Annual Luau for the Junior Lifeguard

National Beach Safety / Rip Current Awareness Week
The Hueneme Ocean Lifeguard Association will host a fundraiser to benefit the Port Hueneme Junior Lifeguard program and highlight National Beach Safety / Rip Current Awareness Week on June 11, 2016. The event will talk place at the Oceanview Pavilion located at 575 E. Surfside Drive Port Hueneme, CA 93041. The event will begin at 4:00 pm and is sponsored by the Oceanview Pavilion. Proceeds from the event will go to scholarships for Port Hueneme residents to participate in the Junior Lifeguard program that has been going strong for over 20 years!

The Junior Lifeguard Program is an exceptional opportunity to better educate our children as to the challenges that the ocean, which can be a wonderful recreational resource, but can also be treacherous. The program (two four-week sessions) will inspire and teach our youth lifesaving skills, provide a safe, supervised environment and teach water safety on all types of levels this summer. It emphasizes physical fitness activities, teaches to look for and obey posted signs and flags, keeping the beach and ocean clean, learning rescue techniques, learning to surf, meeting new friends and educating our youth to help spread a safety message that will save lives. Number one rule…Learn to Swim and Swim near a Lifeguard!!

“The mission of the Hueneme Ocean Lifeguard Association is to promote beach safety and public education. The association works to reduce the incidents of death and injury in the aquatic environment.”

Our goal for this year is to raise over a minimum of $ 10,000.00 and the kids need your support! There is no better investment than for the children in our community, such a great way to give back to our Future America!

Be prepared to enjoy the afternoon with the International renowned performance of Tina’s Ports of Paradise, take photos with two world renown professional surfers, Nathaniel Curran andNick Rozsa, enjoy a surf movie and silent auction all while tasting delectable appetizers (included in the ticket price) and beverages.  Other sponsors include Scrivi Surfboards from right here in Port Hueneme, who has donated a custom surfboard for the silent auction.

Tickets will be available at the door the day of event.  $ 25.00 for Adults. Children under 14 are free. Tax deductible donations can be made by visiting www.huenemelifeguards.org

For additional information, contact Casey Graham at 805-573-4537, or emailmail@huenemelifeguards.org 


Amgen Tour by the Numbers


Hidden Track: Louis Armstrong and His Friends — “The Creator Has a Master Plan (Peace)


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ePilot, Vol. II, No. 11, May 2016

The Tour Comes to Port Hueneme

The peloton on Ventura Road

The Amgen Tour of California passed through Port Hueneme for the first time in its 10 year history. The difficult third stage saw the riders speed into town along Hueneme Road, turn onto Ventura Road, and exit along Channel Islands Boulevard on their way to the difficult climb up Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County.

French rider Julian Alaphilipe captured the lead by overpowering young American rider Neilson Powless to the top of the Gibraltar climb. Protected by his Etixx-Quick Step teammates, it was a lead he would carry all the way to Sacramento. 

Having lost last year’s Amgen TOC to current World Champion Peter Sagan by only 3 seconds, Alaphilippe husbanded every second, once again making the Tour a showcase of young talent.

The First Turn

Santa Rosa based Team BMC dominated the team competition by nearly four and a half minutes over second place Axeon Hagens Berman, taking the second and third podium spots for Rohan Dennis and American Brent Bookwalter.  As team General Manager, Jim Ochowicz asserted in an exclusive interview with the ePilot, they came to win.  Nonetheless, despite all the firepower, no BMC rider was able to overtake the young Frenchman.

Still, the strong showing at the Amgen Tour of California bodes well for BMC’s prospects at the Tour de France.

The crowd waits for the action along Ventura Road
The Amgen Tour of California always attracts big crowds, and Port Hueneme was no exception.  The first sprint points of the day were awarded on Ventura Road witnessed by a fine turnout.  With some great roads for cycling, Ventura County is usually on the Tour route. Cycling fans can expect another great opportunity to see the world’s best next year.
—Ed.

 World Trade Week

Kirk Lesh of California Lutheran University presents as Ray Bowman looks on

A celebration of World Trade Week was held at the Oxnard Harbor District with representatives of agriculture, industry, education, and several consulates in attendance.

Kirk Lesh of the California Lutheran University School of Management and Ray Bowman, the Director of the Small Business Development Center announced an initiative to provide resources for local business in analysis, compliance, and technical resources. 

Dr. Lesh has been engaged in statistical analysis of import and export data for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to determine “what is being imported from where” in an effort to “expand the map” for local companies.  “Once we understand the patterns, we can develop the projects,” he explained. The goal is to “put proper resources with firms that need them.”

Mr. Bowman asserted that having the University involved creates “institutional learning opportunities”.  Cal Lutheran is offering internships in the field of international trade.

“80% of growth is outside our borders.” “Trade has outstripped our infrastructure to sustain it,” Mr. Bowman concluded.

While the Trans Pacific Partnership and other free trade agreements have come in for much criticism during the current election cycle, nothing but support was heard from those in attendance.

Harold Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Limoneira Company made a strong case for the importance of global trade. “If we wanted to survive, we needed to embrace a global model.”  With more of the world “moving into the middle class,” Limoneira finds itself faced with the need for year ’round production.  Argentina is the largest producer of lemons. Mr. Edwards said, “we need to embrace that production.” 

Taking a swipe at a certain Presidential candidate, Mr. Edwards asserted that one of the greatest threats to his business was “ethno-centrism”.  Advocating for “more willingness to embrace workers from other places,”  he said, “We can’t let him build the wall.”

“Free trade is what keeps the world improving,” Mr. Edwards said. “I’ve been a free trader all my life.”

—Ed.

Chumash Culture at the Museum

Julie Tummamait-Stenslie presents at the Port Hueneme Museum

In a powerful and often moving performance at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum, Julie Tumamait-Stenslie gave a presentation on Chumashculture and history.  Opening with prayer and including stories, legends, and songs, she carried the audience along for a tour of a different world.

Recalling how her grandfather recognized her as “the one” to carry on the traditions that had been handed down for generations, she acknowledged always feeling his spirit and the powerful presence of all her ancestors.  “I’m the Indian in the family,” she said.

From mundane matters like how to properly prepare cherry pits and make beads, to legends and tales of life on the islands, Ms. Tumamait-Stenslie left her listeners with a deep understanding and appreciation of our first people.

—Ed.

History by the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people.  We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two.  And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society.  If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

A copy of the deed now cherished by the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum reports that Mary “Mollie” Bard not only donated land on the street named for Thomas Scott (Thomas Bard’s employer) but also in 1914 had a Craftsman bungalow (listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989) constructed to serve as both a clubhouse and a library.  She sold it to the Women’s Improvement Center for one dollar.

Travel back in time with me, though, to the turn of the 20th century, when the population of Hueneme was dwindling to fewer than 200 souls.  The decision by the Oxnard brothers to build their sugar beet factory (a major local employer) miles out of town was disastrous for Hueneme.  Former residents not only moved their businesses to what would become Oxnard but also their houses.  And as folks departed, they left behind vacant lots, broken fences and out-of-control shrubbery and weeds.

In 1909, fifteen of the little town’s most prominent women (including Lucy Levy, Mrs. J. E. Dewar and Clara Gerberding) founded an organization they called the “Women’s Improvement Club.”

WIC members tasked themselves with rounding up stray cattle and horses, boarding up abandoned properties, painting over graffiti, mending fences and sidewalks, planting flowers, shrubs and trees as well as in later years providing dance lessons to the young people, contributing to the Red Cross during the war years, and opening a public library to fill the need that arose when the library located at Berylwood, the Bard family home, was no longer open to the public.

The Museum features a photograph of a beautiful woman in Victorian garb looking out the window of Bard’s library at a veritable winter wonderland.  She has been identified as Sarah Blanchard, the eldest daughter of Nathan Weston Blanchard and his wife Elizabeth, who donated the money to build the Santa Paula Library, originally named after their first child Dean Hobbs Blanchard. The Blanchard Community Library opened to the public in 1910, and Sarah served as the first librarian.

Back in Hueneme, the book collection that comprised the WIC library in 1909 was initially housed at the Ancient Order of United Workers hall until the Scott Street house was finished in 1915. Miss Annie(Bagust), the sister of Clara Gerberding, was given the largely unpaid job of librarian (1909 to 1923).

The modest holdings were housed in the Women’s Improvement Club and operated as a branch of the Oxnard Library. By 1923, library circulation would reach 1100 books and the new librarian would be paid the princely salary of $20 dollars a month.


Brick Wahl

Arctic Blue

Wow, just read another article about the end of the polar ice cap. It’s amazing to think that the Arctic Ocean is fast becoming navigable. It’s not an if anymore, but a when. Almost daily there are reports in the news and articles in the press about warming air and warming seas.

This article in the The Atlantic, Huge Waves in the Arctic Demonstrate Ice Loss—and Aggravate It, explains how enormous waves in the Arctic Ocean, formed in the newly open water and stirred by the increasing winds that come with open water, melt the ice cap even more, creating more open water, more winds, then more open water, more winds, more open water…. It’s a process we can actually see, in real time. It’s nothing like the invisible CO2 build up, or the incremental (if inexorable) temperature rises. These are just great oceanic swells in an open ocean. Beautiful blue water for miles. Broken bits of icebergs floating, melting. The waves slosh and wash and crash against the ice pack, wearing it down, breaking it up, melting it away. White ice becomes beautiful blue water. Inclement weather kicks up wind, as inclement weather does, just like winds kick up on a real unfrozen ocean, an ocean you can’t walk on this side of Jesus, an ocean that won’t freeze you in solid, trapped, doomed. An ocean that a hard shelled boat, not necessarily an icebreaker even, just not too flimsy, can move through, transporting goods or people or resources along the Northern Sea Route.

That’s what they call the open water which lies year round along the Siberian Arctic coast, the Northern Sea Route. Freighters ply the route now, from Europe to the Far East, where once they crossed the Indian Ocean. It’s a third less distance (and no pirates). There’s no dust, they say, and no smog. The water is a deep blue and the ice floating by a range of gorgeous pastels. New sea life, abhorring a vacuum, has moved in, or begun staying year round. It’s a brand new world.

The ancient arctic creatures cling to shore. The arctic foxes lose their snow white sheen. On shore the mosquitos and black flies are in clouds thicker than ever. Roads and villages disappear into liquefying permafrost, and great holes appear, unexplained. Travel overland is treacherous. Offshore, though, a few miles beyond the land, the water is blue and the going smooth and lovely and profitable.

But thinking beyond, two or three decades from now, merchant ships will no longer be hugging the Siberian coast like ancient galleys following the Mediterranean coast, terrified of storms.

Entire new trade routes will open up, intercontinental routes. Perhaps within a generation, and definitely within two, you could travel from Chicago in the middle of North America to Novosibirsk in the middle of Asia on a seagoing vessel. You’d leave Chicago and sail though various Great Lakes and up the St. Lawrence and into the Atlantic between Labrador and Greenland. A larger vessel then would continue on a northeasterly course, rounding Greenland and heading toward Siberia by passing north of Iceland and south of Svalbard. A smaller vessel, though, could slip west into a blue water passage through Nunavut (née Northwest Territories) that leads to other passages between the islands in the Canadian Arctic and follow the fishing fleets and tramp steamers and cruise ships past Ellesmere Island and into the open Arctic Ocean.

What a sight that will be, a grand vista of the deepest blue. Dolphins, new to these waters, will splash along side. Whales will loll and spout. The ocean waters, free of year round ice and warmed and lit by the sun, will explode with plankton, krill and pelagic fish. The glorious summer light never turns to darkness over the entire trans-oceanic trek, and perhaps your ship will take you over the Pole itself, where northward turns instantly southward.

Then on the far side of the Arctic Ocean you’ll enter the Kara Sea, within sight of Siberia, then continue into the narrow gulf that is the largest riverine estuary in the world, hundreds of miles long, beginning in tundra and ending deep in the taiga. There you’d enter the mouth of the Ob River and fresh water.

The final leg is southbound up the Ob, surrounded by the vast Siberian forests that fade after a thousand miles into endless, treeless steppe. The nights lengthen, the moon and stars reappear. Finally, after two thousand miles on the river you dock at the sprawling metropolis of Novosibirsk. A journey entirely by water from the center of one immense continent into the center of an even more immense continent by way of an ocean that was once icebound and impassable.
 
This isn’t a possible future. It’s not science fiction. It is the future. And while we dread the environmental catastrophe that accompanies it, the mass extinctions and desertification and struggles for water towards the equator, there are young entrepreneurs right now in Siberia and Greenland and struggling Inuit communities dreaming about all of this. Dreaming of new ports and new cities and new trade routes.

A few of these dreamers will die fabulously wealthy old men, and their walls will be adorned with pictures of polar bears and igloos and glaciers and icebergs, and they’ll tell their grandkids stories of the old days, when you could walk all the way to the North Pole.

Their grandkids will look across all that blue water and not believe a word of it.


 Read more Brick Wahl at brickwahl.com


Briefs

Learning the Wrong Lessons About Littoral Combat Ship

 Is it a failure or is it the ship we need?

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/05/naysayers-are-learning-wrong-lessons-about-littoral-combat-ship/128502/

Cyber Execs Don’t Believe Security Has Improved

What lessons were learned from major security breach?

http://gsnmagazine.com/article/46561/isc2_survey_majority_federal_it_leaders_don%E2%80%99t_beli

Budget Cutters Battle Military Bands

Is Sousa’s legacy in danger?

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/pentagons-bands-battle-223435?wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_daily202


The Ray D. Prueter Library will host a Red Tails World War II Airplane Showcase and Tuskegee Airmen public education presentation by Buddy Gibson, Lawrence Lee and Bruce Stewart on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

The presenters will display their collections of Red Tail World War II airplane models and figurines of significant individuals from African American history.  A brief film of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II will be shown as part of the two-hour event, followed by a question and answer session. 

This educational presentation on a little known part of American history will be enjoyed by adults and students of all ages.

Buddy Gibson is a retired veteran who has pursued his interest in preserving the history of the Red Tail fighter pilots by sharing his collection of historically accurate models of the planes they flew.  He is accompanied by Lawrence Lee, whose collection of historical figures are H.E.R.O.E.S (an acronym for “Honoring Excellence Regardless of Ethnic Stigmas”) that he has chosen and researched for the Showcase.  Bruce Stewart, as the son of one of the Tuskegee Airmen, shares an interest and passion for preserving the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

For further information, please contact the Ray D. Prueter Library at (805) 486-5460.  The Library is located at 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme, CA. The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.


History of the Harbor at the Museum

As a part of its Distinguished Speaker series, The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum (220 Market Street) will host Will Berg, the Director of Marketing for the Oxnard Harbor District, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM and Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM.
 

The History of the Port of Hueneme is so rich and complex that it’s going to take two presentations to tell the entire story.  The building of a deep-water port at Hueneme was no easy feat.  Beginning with Thomas Bard’s vision, which he then shared with his son Richard, the narrative of the family’s struggle to build a port for Ventura County incudes a number of twists and turns—not the least of which was the complete takeover by the Navy during World War II.

Berg’s first speech (June 4)  highlights the difficult birth and financial impact of the Port of Hueneme from 1865 to 1975.

The second speech (June 11) chronicles the phenomenal growth of Ventura County’s quintessential niche port to, among others, the fresh produce and auto carrier industries from 1975 to the present.

A third generation Oxnard native, Berg has called Port Hueneme home for the past 16 years.  He holds an MA degree in Comparative & International Politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Conversant in Mandarin Chinese, he also studied at the National Political Science University in Taiwan and is a graduate of California State University at Chico.

Berg has lectured aboard cruise ships calling on Asian destinations along the Pacific Rim and spent 15 years as a shore excursion specialist with some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. He has a deep knowledge of the Port’s operations, intrinsic value, and fascinating history that he is excited to share with a wider audience.

Port of Hueneme 1939


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ePilot, Vol II, No. 10, May 2016

“Politics Has Got to Get Out of the Way”

Congressmember Steve Knight talks with RDP-21

Congressmember Steve Knight (R) CA-25 (Lancaster, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley) recently met with the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21).  Rep. Knight serves on the House Armed Services Committee and had just returned to California after spending an 18 hour day completing the National Defense Authorization Act,

He explained his focus is on aerospace, veterans’ issues, and small business.

If anyone were concerned about base closure, the Congressmember got that issue out of the way quickly. “We’re not doing a BRAC right now,” he stated flatly. “The military does want us to, but the previous BRAC has not been paid off yet.”

Nonetheless, Rep. Knight recognized the need for greater efficiency.  “We don’t need a BRAC, but we do need a consolidation of missions. We’ve got an awful lot of generals right now. We need to thin the military from the top down.”

In a free ranging exchange with the group, Rep. Knight covered topics from cyber warfare to decaying infrastructure to the painfully slow testing process for new weapons systems.

Cybersecurity is one of the Congressmember’s particular concerns.  “There are thousands of attacks per day coming out of China. [The threat] changes by the month. We’ve got to be on the cutting edge.”

“Russia and China are not our enemies, but their military is so strong it would be dumb not to keep an eye on them,” he warned.  “It’s not easy right now. It’s not just guns anymore.”

RDP-21 has been advocating for increased maintenance at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) and the Test Range in particular.   Rep. Knight acknowledged the problem. “An F-35 is great, but it’s useless if you don’t have a runway to land it.”

The slow process of getting new weapons systems into action is a particular concern of the Congressmember.  “We’ve got a 20 year window when we will be overtaken by Russia and China. They test a lot faster than we do.”

He recalled  that the F-100 program took only seven years to develop in the 1960’s. “It’s different today. We’re doing them one program at a time.”

Rep. Knight is particularly concerned about China’s high tech capabilities. “They’re five steps ahead in hypersonics. If they fire, all we can do is move our fleet.”

The Congressmember sees external pressures as an impediment to efficiency.  “Test it, fix it, move on” was the traditional approach. “Today anything that happens goes on social media. Everyone’s got to get their two cents.”

“Test and evaluation has got to go quicker. Politics has got to get out of the way.”

—Ed.

Harbor District Completes Power Project

Julia Brownley and Jess Herrera share the scissors as Arlene Fraser, Kristin Decas, Kathy Long and Keith Millhouse look on

Thanks to Federal funding obtained through the efforts of CongressmemberJulia Brownley D-26 (Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks) the Oxnard Harbor District has been able to complete a shore-side power project that allows ships at the dock to tie into the electrical system rather than run their engines, resulting in a 55% reduction in air pollution from the Port.

Board President Jess Herrera touted the project as creating “the largest reduction in pollution of any single project in Ventura County.”

Before the construction of the shore-side project, neighborhoods adjacent to the Port were often exposed to particulate pollution from ships at berth.  With this new project, most of the fine black dust emanating from the Port should be eliminated.

—Ed.


3-D Printer for Rosenbluth Center

Members of the Friends of the Preuter Library Visit the Maker Center at the E.P. Foster Library

Former Port Hueneme Mayor Murray Rosenbluth announced that he would be donating a 3-D printer to the Rosenbluth Homework Center at the Ray D. Preuter Library. The Ventura County Library System is establishing “Maker Centers” at libraries in the system. 3-D printing, laser engraving, computing and “hands on” art are all part of the effort to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) education. Having a 3-D printer will put the Port Hueneme Library at the forefront of the effort.

“Exposing this emerging technology, hands on, to young students at the Homework Center will open a new horizon that could lead to a lifelong interest in new technology,” Mr. Rosenbluth said.
 
“It is exciting that young people will learn how to use this technology at the Rosenbluth Homework Center in Port Hueneme.”
—Ed.
Things you can make with a 3-D printer
Kathy Thomasson tries out a 3-D printed whistle

Coast Guard Brings $31 Million to Mugu

As part of its move away from Los Angeles, the United States Coast Guard has announced that it has secured $31M for construction of a new hanger at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu.

The move to Ventura County, combined with the new command center in San Francisco will provide better coverage for the Central Coast. Previously, the northern San Luis County/southern Monterrey County area was difficult to reach from Los Angeles.

—Ed.

History By the Minute

Beverly Merrill Kelley

Let’s face it, we’re all busy people.  We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two.  And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society.  If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to kelley@callutheran.edu.

Did you know that the Ray D. Prueter Library made the national news back in 1996? 

It seems the wife of a 60-year old print shop worker from Tulsa presented her hubby with an old children’s book she turned up at a yard sale.  Burdette “Pete” Payne, who had never even heard of the city of Port Hueneme, noticed the pocket card in the back of Bomber Pilot had been stamped with a long ago due date—December 20, 1944. 

The World War II aviation buff had his heart set on hanging on to the children’s tome but his better angels prevailed.   A few months after he posted his package to the Port Hueneme Library, he received a thank you note from librarian Mary Lynch.

The odyssey of the little book remains a mystery, but Lynch suspected that the child of a sailor stationed at Port Hueneme during World War II must have checked it out and failed to return it.   The families of military men, who have historically received special treatment under the law because of the nature of their work, would not have been held responsible for the fine, which was calculated, just for fun, in the amount of $3,640.

Apparently, nobody at the library noticed that the book had gone missing in 1944.  Six years later, when the population of Port Hueneme started to explode and many of the newcomers were ardent readers, the situation would have been much different.  Mrs. Sidney Hamiter, librarian at the tiny Port Hueneme library located in the Women’s Improvement Club, reported that during the month of July in 1958, the library had checked out a grand total of 3,089 books.  That statistic becomes even more remarkable when you realize that the library only housed around 4,000 volumes.


Brick Wahl

Spellbound

Watching Spellbound. First time. In fact, it was one of the only Hitchcock flicks I’ve never seen. And I keep getting so lost. It’s all about Freudian analysis, which is one of those archaic things that few understand anymore. But everyone did back then. Hitchcock just assumed that a sophisticated audience in 1945 would understand the dialog. But that was half a century ago, and since then the study of the mind became the study of the brain. It’s all about neurology now, mechanics over assumptions.

So it’s kind of like trying to watch a movie based on Marxist theory. As recently as the seventies a sophisticated audience would understand the basics of Marxist thought and a plot would have to explain little. It might have been excruciatingly dull, but the hip crowds would get it. Now most of us would be lost, Das Kapital in all its turgid detail finally relegated to the 19th century. Oh it hangs on in some academic circles, in literary theory and semantics, but once all those professors retire it’ll disappear, and all the Marxist allusions in films of the sixties will be understood only by historians. People will read about them somewhere and try as hard as they can to understand, but they won’t. Just like we can be so bewildered by Freudian psychobabble. It obviously meant something to them back then…but you had to be there.

I suspect that Chomsky will go the same way, relegated to philosophy courses where the elegance of a theory is more important than its scientific legitimacy. We still study Aristotle even though, face it, he was wrong about a lot of things. But the elegance and brilliance of his thought in the context (i.e., he thought it up a helluva long time ago), and the influence it had on Western thought, makes it key to the study of Western philosophy. Just don’t quote him in your biology class.

And Chomsky’s brilliant theories, so simple (unlike his prose) will be studied as a key to language…even though the neurological evidence is a little light so far. I mean his generative theory should hold up (although there have been some doubts thrown up there too…namely the language of the  Pirahã in the Amazon) but there is no center of universal grammar uncovered so far; we are not born with all the grammar in the world set in our head, like some perfectly formed language homunculus.

Of course no one makes movies based on Chomskyan theory. The dialog would drag. “For any transformation which is sufficiently diversified in application to be of any interest, the fundamental error of regarding functional notions as categorical appears to correlate rather closely with nondistinctness in the sense of distinctive feature theory” she says breathlessly, her nude body glistening…..they couldn’t even show that on Sundance.

Anyway Spellbound is nearly over. Gregory Peck is in the clutches of the police, and Ingrid Bergman is still gorgeous. But I dunno, somehow Ingrid’s saying “People fall in love, as they put it, because they respond to a certain hair coloring or vocal tones or mannerisms that remind them of their parents,” doesn’t have quite the same punch as “Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.” That, Bogie could understand.

Uh oh. Surprise ending. I won’t say who or what. No spoiler me. But Ingrid figured it analyzing dreams. Something symbolized a revolver. Voila! The killer revealed. Dreams, you know. Last night I dreamed that my wife and I had to take two separate submarines across the East River to get to Brooklyn. Obviously the submarines are phallic. I don’t know about the East River, though. Whatever.

Anyway Bullitt‘s up next. That one I can understand. Gunfights, car chases, Jacqueline Bisset in a miniskirt and go-go boots. Maybe she’ll be in my dream tonight. Of course I won’t remember even if she is … I almost never remember my dreams. Not even dirty ones. Submarines I remember.

And without Freud, a submarine is just a submarine.


Briefs

How Putin’s Western Front Thwarted His Pivot to the East

Are China and Japan buying what Russia is selling?

http://en.delfi.lt/central-eastern-europe/how-putins-western-front-thwarted-pivot-to-the-east.d?id=71172610

Defense Bill Calls for Big Funding Boost for Facilities

Congress plays catch up on maintenance.

http://defensecommunities.org/blog/congress-dod/defense-policy-bill-calls-for-big-boost-in-funding-for-facilities/

Supercomputers Redefining  “Tree of Life”

How many species of life exist on Earth?  UC Berkeley researchers using supercomputer to study DNA of thousands of species to build a new organizational model.

https://goparallel.sourceforge.net/supercomputers-help-refine-darwins-tree-of-life/


The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

will unveil a plaque commemorating “Grandpa,” Port Hueneme’s beloved Monterey Cypress tree on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM on the museum grounds behind the Museum located at 220 Market Street.

As a part of the celebration, Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Sharkey will be sharing his personal memories of August 4, 1997, when a steady stream of Port Hueneme residents filed past “Grandpa” to reminisce, mourn, and pay their last respects to the “Friendly City by the Sea’s” oldest citizen.  The event also included a candlelight vigil at sunset, members of the Chumash tribe giving thanks while burning sage, and the reading of a poem especially composed for the occasion.

The plaque explains that the Monterey Cypress once stood over 100 feet tall and boasted a trunk with a diameter in excess of six feet.  A 12-ft portion of the trunk weighed a staggering 17,500 lbs.

While the actual age of the tree has always inspired lively debate, arborists claim that “Grandpa” reached the ripe old age of 375 years, and at its demise, was acknowledged as the “second oldest Cypress in California.” 

 
For more information, please contact Beverly Kelley 805 488-0363

Free Your Bike from Weekday Confinement;

Use These Tips to Bike to Work, May 16 to 20

On weekends, your bicycle whisks you along ocean trails, canyon rides, adventures with your friends. But come Monday, you cast your bike aside. And every time you glance at it, you feel its resentment. Its pain.

Free your friend from weekday confinement and use it for a car-free commute! Bike to Work Week is the perfect time to try a cycling commute, and VCTC will help you integrate your cycling with transit. Bring your bike on board any blue VCTC bus from May 16-20 and we’ll waive the fare.

If you are a first-time (or infrequent) cycling commuter, here are a few rules and tips to help you – and your bike – ride safely.

Here are six tips to remember:

  • You are responsible for loading, securing and unloading your bicycle from the under-bus storage bay; the driver will assist with opening and closing bay doors.
  • Get the driver’s attention before you load or unload your bike.
  • Make your bike “bus ready” by removing water bottles, pumps or any loose items that might fall off.
  • Remember that VCTC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged bicycles.
  • Never cross the street in front of the bus – passing traffic cannot see you coming around the bus.
  • Tandem bikes or bikes with motors (wet-cell batteries), solid wheels, large racks, child seats, trailers or other large attachments are not allowed.
  • Bike storage space on board VCTC buses is limited, so arrive early and be prepared to lock your bike at the stop if necessary.

Wait, there’s more! Four pit stops, including two pit stops on Thursday, May 19, will break up your ride to work and offer some sustenance. Each pit stop will have

  • Free bike tune-ups
  • Giveaways
  • Coffee, water and breakfast treats

Staying safe during your commute should be your top focus. Here are five tips to help you safely commute through urban areas:

Observe: Absorb what happens in the fluid environment surrounding you. Learn the behavior of drivers. How many creep into a right turn without looking for a bicycle? Will the driver in the parked car ahead open her door without checking for you?

Be Predictable: Make it easy for drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists to predict your intentions. Forgo sudden lane changes or quick maneuvers. Avoid weaving between vehicles or suddenly riding on a sidewalk. Of course you are an innovative and creative person, just save those traits for when you are not cycling.

Follow Traffic Laws: Ride with the traffic flow and obey all traffic laws. Stop at the stop sign. Stop at the red traffic light. Review the bicycle-riding laws of your community (riding on sidewalks is just one rule that varies from city to city).

Follow with Distance: Following a friend’s wheel through the Ventura County countryside is one thing, but following closely on an urban street is another. Are you following a skilled rider or a neophyte? Will they brake suddenly for something you take in stride? Be cautious of other riders.

Be Boring: At least in your choice of routes. You will soon become an expert on your route—the potholes, the obscured right turn, the intersection where pedestrians cross when they shouldn’t—and this knowledge becomes crucial to your safety.

Want more Ventura County transportation news? Visit our blog.

 

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