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

Copyright 2015 The Hueneme Pilot All rights reserved.

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516 Island View CirclePort Hueneme, California 93041
J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher


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