Number 7 // June 2015

Gotta be a Mopar!

Randy Kerdoon’s beautiful ’64 Polara was the subject of much discussion

The Fathers’ Day Car Show at Channel Islands Harbor provided a wide assortment of collectable cars. Everything from customs and rods to a ’49 Plymouth and even a Morris Minor. 

Next up is the Central Coast British Car Club Show on July 19.

A full calendar of events is available at

Locked Out

Martin Jones and Dennis Ralph at College Park

Port Hueneme residents who live near Oxnard Harbor District Property may be used to the impacts caused by their industrial neighbor, but for some residents of Oxnard, experiencing the effects of having a major seaport in the area is a new thing.

The importing of automobiles from Europe, Japan, and Korea brings in about $7.4 million in yearly revenue to the Oxnard Harbor District, but the process of getting the cars from dock to dealer is in the hands of auto processing companies such as Global Auto Processing Services (GAPS).

Whenever there is a backlog of cars waiting to be shipped to distributors and dealers, additional shoreside property is required to store the vehicles.  At such times, the processors rent land from local agencies and private owners.  This can be a lucrative deal for the landlords.

Todd McNamee, the Director of Ventura County Airports, estimates that the present arrangement of storing cars at Camarillo and Oxnard Airports is generating about $100,000 per month in revenue.  The money is used for maintenance and operations at the two airports.

The City of Oxnard is receiving $38,000 per month for use of College Park — a use that has some neighbors up in arms.

“It’s a park,” explained Dennis Ralph, Chair of the Diamond Bar Neighborhood Council. “Commercial uses are restricted.”

Martin Jones, Chair of the College Park Neighborhood Council, believes that Oxnard’s neighborhood council system has been ignored.  “We were not consulted,” he said.

So the east side of College Park, usually populated by joggers, kite flyers, and strollers, now sits behind a formidable chain link fence, inaccessible to those who regard it as an important part of their community.

If inaccessible by day, the lot has become a nuisance at night.  Noisy generators power bright security lights.  “It looks like Dodger Stadium,” complained Mr. Ralph.

Mr. Jones pointed out a clause in the Special Use Permit application that states “No one is permitted to…conduct any business on park property.”

In its application, GAPS described itself as a “nonprofit organization”.

Global Auto Processing Services’ estimated annual revenues are in the $20-$50 million range.  



Catherine J. Penprase, President, Friends of the Ray D. Prueter Library

Lamora Magdaleno, a long-time resident of Port Hueneme and well known for her active role in the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library, passed away on June 10, 2015.  Lamora was born on September 19, 1917 in Monterey, California.  She was married to Edward Magdaleno for 55 years until his passing in 1992.  They raised their children in Los Angeles where she worked for the Los Angeles School District.  When they moved to Port Hueneme in 1968 she worked for the Oxnard School District and became Manager of the Educational Materials Center.  She retired in 1979.

Lamora was one of the original founders of the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library and wrote the application for incorporation.  She served as Treasurer, Secretary, Acting President, newsletter editor, and member at large.  After 35 years of giving her time to the Friends Board and volunteering at the library, she was appointed Member Emerita of the Friends upon her retirement from the board.

Lamora was a gifted watercolor painter whose paintings were shown in galleries and often displayed at the Ray D. Prueter Library where she donated the money from their sales to the library.  She also worked on family genealogy and acted as Treasurer for the Ventura County Genealogical Society for two years.

Lamora is survived by her two sons, Ray and Alex and his wife Elma, five grandsons, and six great grandchildren.  A daughter, Marla, passed away in 2014.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library, P. O. Box 532, Port Hueneme, CA 93044-0532

 A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m. at 
The Center for Spiritual Living, 340 Mobil Avenue, Camarillo.


BRAC Inevitable Say Experts

Speakers at the National Association of Defense Communities argue for cutting military overhead. Predictions are that a new round of base closures will occur within five years.

Air Board Looks to Build New HQ

Michael Villegas, Ventura County Air Pollution Control Officer, predicts that the Air Pollution Control District could save up to $300,000 per year by building a new headquarters instead of continuing to rent space near the Government Center. The new facility is to be located in the Springville section of Camarillo, and should be ready for occupancy sometime in 2017.

SecDef in the Baltics

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, meeting with the defense ministers of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, said that the US would “pre-position” heavy weapons in the Baltics and Central Europe in response to the Russian threat.

Tennis, Anyone?

The City of Port Hueneme and the United States tennis Association is providing a low cost tennis instruction program for boys and girls, ages 6 -16.
The 6 week program will be held at Moranda Park in Port Hueneme on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 PM beginning July 7th. The cost is $10 for the entire program.
For more information, call Rich Rollins at 310-801-2243.

Rich Rollins , Santa Clara High School Head Tennis Coach

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Number 6 // June 2015

Ross on the way

The long awaited Ross Dress for Less store is a-building at the Mandalay Shopping Center on Channel Islands Blvd. in Port Hueneme.

Founded in Pacifica, California in 1950 by Morris Ross, Ross Stores today ranks as the third largest off-price retailer in the United States.

When Barbara Rentler took the reins as CEO in 2014, she became only the 25th female chief executive of a Fortune 500 company.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of August. If all goes well, the new Port Hueneme Ross Dress for Less should open for business by the first of October.

       —from Staff reports

Complete rebuild underway                                                    photos D. Breeze

More Sand?

The United States Senate has passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, including language previously approved by the House of Representatives that might provide funding for additional sand replenishment at Hueneme Beach.
Ships that use US ports pay a tax into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF). In previous years, Congress authorized spending from the HMTF to supplement budgetary appropriations for port related projects such as the Channel Islands Harbor dredging project that provides sand for Hueneme Beach.
However, during the past four years, Congress has chosen to let the fund build up without authorizing the typical level of spending.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2013 authorized appropriations from the HMTF with a ceiling that increases up to 100% of revenue in 2025. The spending formula is structured so that California harbors should see a huge improvement, as they have traditionally been shortchanged, contributing more to the fund than they received in benefits.
This would seem to bode well for the local project, yet there is still a long way to go before any sand makes its way to Hueneme Beach.
Congressmember Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) led the effort to authorize the funding. Her office, however, urged caution. Although the HMTF language appears to be secure, there are still differences between the House and Senate versions of the two bills. The Obama administration has also expressed concern with the present language.
Partisan differences center around the Democrats’ emphasis on operations and maintenance, and the Republicans desire for a larger, better paid military force.

All’s Well…

On the cusp of Summer, emergency units from Port Hueneme, Oxnard, and the County of Ventura were called out in response to a reported vessel in distress.

On Saturday afternoon a Mayday was received from a motor vessel with thirteen souls aboard off Ormond Beach.  The engine had failed and the craft was in danger of washing ashore near the power plant.

Oxnard Water Rescue and other units were dispatched to Hueneme Beach, standing by to render assistance.

Fortunately, the Harbor Patrol was able to fasten a line to the stricken vessel and tow it back to port, safely resolving the situation.                                                                                                                                               —Ed.

Biking Buddies

Wheel Fun Rentals, the number one recreational rental company in the country, announced it is renewing a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a program called “Biking Buddies”. For the ninth consecutive year, “Biking Buddies” provides free rentals to underprivileged children and their mentors around the nation.
Wheel Fun Rentals supports tens of thousands of individuals involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. By being part of the program, these children see “Little Moments turn into Big Magic.” If you’d like to become a volunteer or support BBBS programs, please call your local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter, or find your local chapter online at To find out more about the Biking Buddies program visit

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Number 5 // June 2015

PHWA Says “No”
Water Recovery Plan Rejected

No new water from PHWA treatment plant

In a surprising move, the board of directors of the Port Hueneme Water Agency abandoned a three month effort to pursue up to $1 million in state funding for a project that would provide 250 acre feet per year in “new” water. An acre foot is roughly equal to the amount of water an average household uses in one year.
The Port Hueneme Water Agency was formed in 1994 to provide a local source of water for the City of Port Hueneme, the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District and Naval Base Ventura County. The City holds three seats on the board, the Beach District two, and the Navy provides a non-voting ex-officio member.
The proposal considered at the June 10 board meeting was brought forward by senior board members Keith Moore (Channel Islands) and Doug Breeze (Port Hueneme) who have been working as an ad hoc committee studying water allocations, quality, and cost.
The Double Pass Reverse Osmosis system would capture the brine discharge from the water plant, run it back through the treatment system and generate potable water that would otherwise be sent to the Oxnard Wastewater Plant.Since this is water that has already been purchased, Agency staff characterize it as essentially “free” water. With a projected cost of $2.5 million, it is estimated that the project would pay for itself in 5 years at present prices, or even quicker if water prices rise. A California Proposition 1 grant would cover 35% of the cost.
Both staff and the ad hoc committee recommended that the task be assigned to Water Consultancy, a firm that is already doing extensive work for the City as well as PHWA. The new task order would amount to $154,970.
Chris Theisen, Port Hueneme Public Works Director, pointed out that Lynn Takaichi, the principle of Water Consultancy, was the original design engineer of the water plant and clearly most qualified to develop this new addition. “It’s in the best interest of PHWA to use his expertise and familiarity with the facility.”
Boardmember Jim Estomo (Channel Islands) objected, saying that he “didn’t like the process” and suggested awarding a new contract based solely on price.
Agency attorney Carl Berger pointed out that the local purchasing ordinance and state law require that professional services contracts be awarded on the basis of qualifications and that awarding such a contract based on cost alone would violate both laws.
Mr. Moore made an impassioned speech noting that the Agency had only seven weeks to submit a grant application. “It’s a crisis,” he said. “It’s not going to go away. No one else on the West Coast is producing new water. You’re going to be a leader.”
Mr. Theisen pointed out that starting over with new proposals would take more than 30 days and the grant application deadline would be missed.
Board Chair Jim Hensley (Port Hueneme) compared the $2.5 million project to buying a $50 cell phone. “Sometimes you can get a better deal.” Recalling his days as a car salesman, he pointed out that “urgency moves sales”.
Tom Figg (Port Hueneme) wondered if PHWA should “dispose of the plant and go back to the way it was 20 years ago.”
While Moore and Breeze voted to proceed with the project, Hensley, Figg, and Estomo voted “no”.
After the vote, Mr. Breeze lamented, “Now we sit here with no plan. We lost three quarters of a million dollars because Estomo didn’t like the process.”

Maritime Security and Advanced Technology

Oceangoing “Drone”

The second week in June saw one of the largest joint security exercises on the West Coast. “Coastal Trident” extended from Santa Barbara to San Diego, putting military, Federal, and local agencies through a drill that covered everything from shipboard firefighting to panga boat interdiction. Much of the activity was centered on the Port of Hueneme and Naval Base Ventura County.

In conjunction with Coastal Trident, the Oxnard Harbor District hosted the Maritime Advanced Systems and Technology (MAST) Expo, bringing together representatives of Federal, State and Local security agencies with representatives of cyber and technology industries.

One of the major points of emphasis was the importance of inter-agency communication. Co-ordination is difficult if communication is impossible. In order to improve emergency response in Ventura County, the Fire District has provided radios with fire department frequencies to other safety agencies around in the area.

The Refugio oil spill provided a situation that took what had been a practice exercise into the real world of emergency response. Fortuitously, the Coast Guard had been conducting tests of a new airborne sensor in the area when the Plains pipeline broke. This equipment provided valuable tracking information that aided the cleanup effort.

One of the biggest concerns expressed by both government and private sector representatives was the slow and cumbersome Federal acquisition process. In the modern world, advances in cyber and electronic technology travel rapidly. Hostile forces can nimbly acquire the latest technology, but our national security forces must go through a difficult process that can take months or years.

“Our enemies don’t have to worry about spectrum management or the acquisition process,” warned Debra Powers, the Chair of the Naval Counter-IED Knowledge Network.

Support Live Music!

The Downtown All Starz rockin’ out at Surfside Seafood on Farmers’ Market Saturday

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Number 4 // June 2015

New Railing on Hueneme Pier

The railing repairs on Hueneme Pier are nearly complete.

NAVFAC is Hiring

It’s an exciting time to be an engineer. That was the message delivered by Capt. Mark K. Edelson, Commander of the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center in a recent presentation to the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21).

NAVFAC EXWC at Naval Base Ventura County is responsible for buildings and equipment at installations stretching from China Lake to Guam. Overall, Capt. Edelson oversees an operation with over 18,000 employees, 1000 of whom are based in Ventura County and China Lake.

The Center not only provides routine maintenance at all shore based facilities, but also is heavily engaged in research and development of new technologies to support operations all over the world. From a portable rock crusher to water purification to alternative energy generation and storage, NAVFAC engineers are pushing the boundaries of technology.

While one would expect the usual civil and mechanical engineering positions, the Center also employs petroleum engineers, industrial engineers, and marine biologists. From developing a sea water air conditioning system in Guam to geothermal energy production at China Lake, there is no limit to the reach of NAVFAC engineers. An onsite waste to energy system for forward deployed troops? They’re working on it.

With the need to become more and more efficient, the demand for engineering, technical, and administrative talent is expected to grow. Right now, Capt. Edelson has 150 vacancies to fill. The Navy has a Pathways Program for students and recent grads to join a career track as interns receiving the necessary training to move up in the organization.

Anyone interested in this exciting career opportunity is encouraged to visit and explore the possibilities.

The Surface Warfare Engineering Facility is an important component of the Pacific Test Range

The Navy and the Otters

Southern sea otters are listed as a “threatened” species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The majority of their population can be found north of Point Conception.  With the population concentrated in a relatively small area, USF&W became concerned that in the event of catastrophe, either natural or man made, the survival of the species could be put in doubt.  Consequently, during the 1980‘s a program was begun to establish new colonies farther away from the otters’ existing habitat.

San Nicolas Island was chosen as a host site for a new colony of sea otters.  Although a small but robust population has continued to call our local island home, many of the transplants exhibited typical NoCal snobbishness and decided to head back beyond Santa Barbara.  Consequently, in December 2012 US Fish and Wildlife gave up and abandoned the program.

The Pacific Test Range is the largest over water range in the world. San Nicolas is an important cornerstone of that facility.  Under the sea otter relocation program, the Navy has been permitted to operate the test range without harming the otters.  With the ending of the relocation program,  the Navy’s exemption from the Marine Mammal Protection Act also ends.  

According to officials with Fish and Wildlife, the Navy has been an exemplary custodian of otter habitat.  In fact, USFW’s Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement says, “We have no evidence that defense related activities have had any adverse effects on sea otters at San Nicolas Island or in the management zone.”

Although there has never been a conflict between test range activities and the sea otters, under the relocation program the Navy was protected if such a conflict ever did occur.  At a cost of tens of thousands of dollars per hour, even small delays or problems in range activities can wind up costing the taxpayers well into six or even seven figures. 

Since 2012 the Navy has been seeking to have the 25 year exemption legally continued.  Both Julia Brownley and her predecessor in Congress, Elton Gallegly, attempted to pass such legislation. 

Unfortunately, these efforts were seen as an opportunity to amend the Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts.  The environmentalists wanted to make them stronger, the commercial fishing industry wanted to make them weaker. In the end, what should have been a simple piece of legislation was amended into oblivion.

Finally, with this years National Defense Appropriations Act, it appears that Congressmember Brownley has succeeded in getting a “clean” piece of legislation passed.  As the language appears in both the House and Senate versions of the bill, it is, in the inimitable patois of Washington, “non-conferenceable” — meaning that it can’t be changed when the two houses meet to work out their differences.

While this is a successful result of years of effort, the final bill is a long way from being signed into law.  The Senate, House, and President each have their own notions of appropriate appropriations, and significant differences remain.  Nonetheless, it looks like the Navy and the otters will be living together for some time to come.

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Number 3 // May 2015

Bulletin! Bulletin! Bulletin!

Oil Spill Preparations
Hueneme Beach is Clean

The Ventura County Executive Office has announced that oil tar balls have washed ashore at Hollywood Beach, Ventura State Beach, and Faria Beach. It is possible that the oil is from the Refugio oil spill, although tar balls also occur naturally on the California coast.

As of 8PM Saturday evening, no oil has been found on Hueneme Beach.Anyone spotting oil on the water or an unusually high number of tar balls ashore is advised to call 1-800-424-8802 to report the finding. The County Emergency Operations Center is co-ordinating the response.

Just a normal Saturday at Hueneme Beach

Port Hueneme Farmer’s Market …. A Long Time Comin’

Every Saturday at the Beach from 10 ’til 2

Flowers, food, and a whole lot more!

Celebrity Sighting!

Elliott St.Louis enjoys the fries at Surfside Seafood during The Beach is Back! fest

The Rosenbluth Family Homework Center

Adele and Murray Rosenbluth cut the ribbon at the opening of the Homework Center
Port Hueneme children in grades K-12 may get homework help at the Rosenbluth Family Homework Center at the Port Hueneme library. Tutors and computers are available. Hours are 3:00 to 5:30 Monday and Tuesday, 2:30 to 5:30 Wednesday, 3:00 to 5:00 Thursday, and closed during school breaks. Walk-ins are welcome.
Many children depend on home computers for information to help with their homework. However, there are many other children who do not have sufficient financial or educational resources in their homes to help with their homework. They also deserve the opportunity to experience broadened horizons and motivation to grow into educated adults who will contribute to society and their own happiness.
Adele Rosenbluth was the driving force behind creation of the Homework Center in 2001. She named it the Family Homework Center for the children of Port Hueneme families. Adele saw it at as a rung in the ladder of upward mobility to the middle class and beyond for disadvantaged children. She saw her dream become reality at the dedication of the Center just several months before she passed away in October 2001.
The Family Homework Center provides a safe harbor in a library setting away from gangs. Adele and Murray Rosenbluth believed that libraries are the mark and measure of a civilized society, the essence of our democracy, and an integral part of our education system.
A love of reading developed at a young age develops into a passion for education. The result is an educated and involved adult who is a major contributor to everyone’s quality of life.
Sustainable financial support will continue to be provided by the Rosenbluth Family Foundation, a charitable organization, to maintain Adele’s dream. Her children and grandchildren are dedicated supporters. This is Adele’s legacy to the children of Port Hueneme.
There is ongoing cooperation with other library and Hueneme School District programs. Many thanks to the leadership, staff, and volunteers for their outstanding support. Thanks to the Friends of the Ray Prueter Library and their leadership.
We have had wonderful coordinators and volunteers working at the Homework Center. More volunteers are needed and are very welcome. Help the children of our community succeed by giving two (2) hours a week as an after-school volunteer or a tutor at the Rosenbluth Family Homework Center. Help students find the information needed to complete homework assignments. Assist with computer basics. Make a difference in the future of a child.
For more information, please call 486-5460 and ask for Yvonne or Bernadette (minimum age to volunteer is 16 years).

Visit Ventura County West

Port Hueneme is now a part of Visit Ventura County West. Check out their website to learn about some really cool happenings around the county this summer.

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Number 2 // May 2015


Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club

Subject: Taking the guess work out of skin care: Useful professional tips to keep your skin healthy and looking it’s best. Know what works and what doesn’t.

The Beach Cities Neighbors and Newcomers Club, (BCNN ) is a group of active women of all ages who live in Ventura, Oxnard, or Port Hueneme and enjoy activities such as hiking, bridge, dining, wine outings, reading, mah jong, cooking etc.

For more information, please come to our monthly meeting on June 3, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 11AM… Meeting will be held at the Ventura Museum Pavilion located at 100 E. Main Street, in historic downtown Ventura No charge for meeting and no reservation is required. Coffee or Tea is available at a nominal charge of $1.00.

Speaker: Elayssa Thompson, Esthetician

For additional information, please visit our Website at: bcnnwomensclub.orgOr call: 805-647-8105 or 805-985-8085

The Channel Cities Jazz Club

The Channel Cities Jazz Club meets the third Sunday of every month at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club.  If you like jazz, swing, or just live music, check them out.  In addition to some great featured acts, qualified musicians are invited for an open jam.    805-487-3062

Ventura City Councilmember Neal Andrews enjoys a slow dance with Debora at the Channel Cities Jazz Club.

Upcoming shows: June 21 Richie Freedman’s Cool Blue

July 19 Lenny La Croix Quintet with Susan LaCroix

August 16 Carmeron Melandez and the Jazz Police

The Parasol Parade …. Just like New Orleans!

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The ePilot // Special Edition// Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day
Larry Downing Port Hueneme Historical Museum Commission

As a Vietnam Veteran Memorial Day is a day I remember the friends I knew growing up who didn’t return from the Vietnam War. I think of my grandfather a WWI Doughboy, my father a WWII veteran of the Pacific and European Theater’s. Then I think of all my fellow Americans who stood up to protect the freedoms we all have today. Those that didn’t return gave the ultimate — their lives. They gave their lives to protect the liberties we have today such as freedom of speech, religion, fairness, equal rights, marry whom we choose, freedom to own our own property, elect our local, state, and federal officials to name just a few. We should all bow our heads and silently say thank you to those who gave their lives to protect all our liberty’s.

Mayor Pro Tem Doug Breeze and his brother Rick on the DMZ, Da Nang, Viet Nam, 1970

The First Memorial Day

General Order

No. 11

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic
Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms.

We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation’s gratitude,–the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

By command of:


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The ePilot No. 1, May 2015

Welcome to the new Hueneme Pilot. We intend to publish from time to time with news, information, and entertainment about our community. Hopefully, you will find some value here and encourage your friends to join our list, but, if you don’t, just let us know at and we’ll remove you from our list. If you have an event that you’d like to promote, let us know and we’ll help get the word out. Enjoy!

Friends of the Library


For those of you who don’t know much about history—especially the history of the Port of Hueneme, the Port Hueneme Friends of the Library ( sponsored a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting.

Not only is the Port of Hueneme the sole deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it is also an operating facility of Naval BaseVentura County.Connie Korenstein, who retired from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history, agreed to present “The Port of Hueneme:  A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

She told the story of the development of the port, beginning in 1871 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf to ship out local farmer’s crops.  She based her research on several non-fiction books by the late Powell Greenland—a former Port Hueneme resident and local historian.

Not one to remain idle, Korenstein has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service.     She has become a popular docent at a number of local must-see spots around Ventura County:  the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, and the Dudley House in Ventura. 

Korenstein especially relishes performing in living history presentations and historical fashion shows.  And if all that weren’t enough, Korenstein also curates the vintage clothing collection at the Murphy Auto Museum.

The audience, which also included the daughter and three grandchildren of Richard Bard, was thrilled with the way she wove stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard during his 14-year campaign to locate a port at Hueneme.

If you missed her performance, you will have another opportunity to follow this fascinating story by visiting Channel Islands Maritime Museum ( and the new permanent exhibit on the Port of Hueneme.

IMG_20150503_141831123_HDRMayor Munoz-Schnopp swears in the new board


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