No. 10 // July 2015

 Surfside RR?

Will these tracks be put to use?

OHD Seeks Input

The Oxnard Harbor District held a public hearing on its 2020 Strategic Plan last Monday.
Speakers representing customers of the Port, the Economic Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC), and the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce all praised the efforts of the OHD.
Tracy Sisson-Phillips, Executive Director of the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce, sounded a more cautionary tone, urging the Commissioners to “balance” the interests of commerce with the quality of life of the neighbors.

Don Asdell the Chief Executive Officer of Global Auto Processing Services stated that, “Some people want to make this a resort community. We’re not a resort community. We’re a commercial community.”

Port Hueneme resident Sharon Kloeris praised the Harbor District for its community efforts such as the Banana Festival, but also complained about “the thin layer of black dust that settles all over my deck.”  She said that when she complained in the past, she was told “that’s what you get for living near a port.”

OHD Executive Director Kristin Decas was quick to point out the efforts the District has made to improve air quality, working with the county Air Pollution Control District to secure grant funding to provide shoreside electrical power which reduces the need for ships to keep their engines running while in port.

A resident of Surfside IV asked if there were any plans to activate the railroad that runs through the Surfside neighborhood of Port Hueneme.

After assuring her that the railroad has been inactive for many years, Ms. Decas nonetheless asserted the “we reserve the right to make full use of our property,” with the promise that the Harbor District would keep the neighbors “fully informed”. 

After receiving the public comments the Board of Commissioners voted to extend the comment period another 60 days.

Comments may be sent to The plan is available for review at


Budget Cuts Hit Home

Gene Fisher addresses RDP-21

Gene Fisher, the Co-Chair of the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21) reported back to the main group on the annual lobbying trip to Washington D.C.

RDP-21 is a coalition of local government, private citizens, and industry formed to promote the interests of Naval Base Ventura County.

If there was an overarching message it was that the effects of sequestration and the Federal budget problems have been devastating to military readiness.  From ships not deploying to tests being cancelled, the impacts have hit across all branches.

Locally, the Pacific Test Range is in need of new support aircraft.  While the plan is to acquire new Gulfstream 500’s, the new aircraft are not expected to be on the range before many of the old P-3 Orions are no longer operational.

There is also great need for small surface targets used to simulate swarm boat attacks such as practiced by the Iranian Navy.  While the Navy estimates the need for 200 such targets, funding exists for only 50.

Despite the difficulties, there are, nonetheless, some bright spots for NBVC.

The Electronic Warfare Center can expect more work as electronic and cyber warfare become more important.  The Self Defense Test Ship, homeported at Port Hueneme is recognized throughout the Navy as an important asset.

Overall, Mr. Fisher noted that when RDP-21 was formed back in the mid-nineties, there were about 70 different commands at NBVC. Today there are over 90, effectively “BRAC-proofing” the base.


More Sand Possible

The Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON), has begun an effort that could lead to more sand being placed on Hueneme Beach.

BEACON is a joint powers authority consisting of the counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara and their coastal cities.  It is funded solely by grant monies.

Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Channel Islands Harbors all depend on periodic maintenance dredging, with the resulting sand being used to replenish local beaches.

On Friday, the BEACON board voted to proceed with developing a memorandum of understanding with the three harbors that would pave the way to seek a grant from the State Division of Boating and Waterways that would provide additional funding for harbor dredging.

The total available grant amount of $2.2 Million could result in an additonal 180,000 cubic yards of sand for Hueneme Beach which is nearly a two month supply.

The estimated time frame from application to receipt of grant funds is about 18 months which closely coincides with the next scheduled dredging cycle.


Brick Wahl

One hundred thousand potential victims

Sitting in my cubicle, a guy hands me a CD-R. This contains the credit card data and personal profiles of a hundred thousand customers, he says. Social security numbers and credit scores. I took it and asked what I should do with it. Destroy it, he said.

I looked at the disc. Nothing special. Just a CD-R. Who knows how much it was worth. A few pennies brand new. Now, used, somebody in Russia might offer what, a hundred thousand dollars? More?

This wasn’t the first time I’ve held that kind of money in my hands. You’d be astonished at how many CD-Rs there are out there full of names and personal information and credit card data and social security numbers. Thousands and thousands and thousands of them. You’ll find them in drawers, in file cabinets, on shelves, atop people’s desks. A lot of loose data lying about.

Data, this kind of data, is money. Money is power.

I stared at the disc in my hand and imagined that data. Imagined a hundred thousand people. It was almost science fiction, all that information, all those people’s lives on one nothing little disc.

It had been science fiction just a decade before. It could have been the plot of a novel. Robert Culp’s glass hand in an old Outer Limits. The whole of the thirteenth century that Ralph Richardson lost in Rollerball. All that data that science fiction writers imagined could be kept in one tiny little space. And here it was, in my hand.

I held the disc over the waste basket and began bending it. Kept bending it. If you’ve ever tried this you know just how much tensile strength a compact disc has. It arches to a degree you would not think possible. Suddenly it snapped in half with surprising violence, a loud crack and a puff of silvery dust.

The dust settled on my slacks and shirt and hands. I let the two halves of the disc fall into the trash…an empty Starbucks cup, some wadded up paper and a hundred thousand potential victims.

I walked over to the sink to rinse my hands, and a dusting of data, all ones and zeros, went down the drain.

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BRAC on the Way?

The Chair of BRAC 2005 predicts a new round of base closures by 2019. Sen. Nelson disagrees.

Robots are Stealing Our Jobs!

But who will own the robots?  A discussion of how we can get better at sharing the wealth that technology creates.

A New Test from Russia

“It is hard to fathom why Russia does what it does.”

Movies in the Park

Big Hero 6
on July 24 at Bolker Park

Up on July 31 at the Community Center.

Learn Chess for Free
Jack Cashman will lead free all ages chess classes at the Ray D. Preuter Library, 510 Park Avenue in Port Hueneme from 11:30 to 1:00PM Tuesdays, and 2:30 to 4:00 PM Fridays from July 28 through August 21.
Call 805-486-5460 for more details.

Copyright 2015 The Hueneme Pilot  All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
516 Island View Circle
Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher

Extra! Extra! Extra! // July 18, 2015

Pier Closed 
As of 3:00 PM Saturday, July 18, the Ventura County Fire District has requested that Hueneme Beach and Hueneme pier be cleared due to the risk of lightning strikes.
Port Hueneme Police and Lifeguards are enforcing this order.
No damage or injuries have been reported.

Copyright 2015 The Hueneme Pilot All rights reserved

Our mailing address is:

516 Island View Circle
Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher

ePilot No. 9 // July 2015

Shop Local!

Some of the things you can get at the Port Hueneme Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday at the Beach Park.

PHWA Reconsiders

At its meeting on July 8, the Port Hueneme Water Agency reconsidered its previous rejection of a motion to amend the contract of the Water Consultancy firm to negotiate various expiring contracts and develop an analysis and specifications for a double pass reverse osmosis project that could generate a half million acre feet of essentially free water per year.

The Port Hueneme Water Agency is a joint powers authority made up of the City of Port Hueneme and  the Channel Islands Beach Community Services District with Naval Base Ventura County participating as an ex-officio member.

Jim Estomo (Channel Islands) requested that the board reconsider its decision made at the June meeting.

The PHWA has contracts with the City of Oxnard for use of the land occupied by the treatment plant, as well as with the United Water Conservation District and Calleguas Municipal Water District for the wholesale purchase of water.

The principal of Water Consultancy is Lynn Takaichi who was the primary designer of the PHWA treatment plant. Water Consultancy is presently under contract to the PHWA. The new proposals are amendments to the existing contract.

“Are you sure he’s the most qualified in the county?” asked Mr. Estomo.  “Yes,” replied Chris Theisen, Port Hueneme Public Works Director.

Doug Breeze (Port Hueneme) described Mr. Takaichi as “The right guy in the right place at the right time.”

The board unanimously approved amending the Water Consultancy contract to have Mr. Takaichi negotiate the various contract renewals.

On the issue of having Water Consultancy develop a plan to capture and re-treat brine from the plant, Mr. Breeze argued that it was “not in our best interest to have two consultants working on one project.”  Nonetheless, a majority of the board voted to request other proposals.

Complicating the matter was the deadline for Prop. 1 grant funding which could have realized $700,000 toward the estimated final cost of over $2 Million.  The deadline for such an application is August.  The request for proposals could take up to ninety days, missing the deadline.

The majority argued that taking the extra time would result in a more “open” process. “We’re going to look more like nice people,” explained Board Chair Jim Hensley (Port Hueneme).


Neighborhood Victory
Although College Park Community Council Chair Martin Jones was pleased that state parks officials supported neighbors’ complaints that storing automobiles at the city run park was a regulatory violation, he still had concerns about the process that allowed such a decision to be made in the first place.

Global Auto Processing Services, a tenant of the Oxnard Harbor District, applied to use the park by claiming to be a “nonprofit” organization.  The application was approved by Oxnard city officials apparently without question.

Mr. Jones strongly criticized city staff and labeled the whole process as “fraudulent”.

“Furthermore, I wonder what direct role the Oxnard Harbor District had in all this,” he added.

The public is invited to discuss the Oxnard Harbor District’s new strategic plan on Monday, July 13, at 5:30 PM at the Harbor District, 333 Ponoma St., Port Hueneme.


Movie Night!
Movie Night in the Parks kicked off with The Lego Movie at the Community Center.
Upcoming are:
on July 17 at Moranda Park,
Big Hero 6
on july 24 at Bolker Park, and
Up on July 31 at the Community Center.

Brick Wahl

Ku Klux Klan

Back before World War Two the KKK burned a cross on my mother’s lawn. It was the budget variety–the shape of a big cross splashed in gasoline on the lawn and set alight. It certainly caught everyone’s attention.
Apparently the nice neighborhood my grandparents had moved into was restricted–Protestants only. No Catholics and certainly no Irish.

The Irish back then were only white in color anyway, they weren’t really white, not like WASP white. Everybody knew that. They drank too much, bred like rabbits, were loud, obnoxious, always fighting and voting Democrat and were, well, thugs. Nice people didn’t want Irish people in their neighborhoods.

My grandfather had done real good for a mick, got himself a real job, an executive job, making good money working for the government. So he moved uptown and even got the family a maid. An Irish family with a maid. There’s an irony for you. It apparently wasn’t lost on the neighbors.

The local branch of the KKK–they were everywhere, back then, the KKK, saving America from negroes and papists and jews and intellectuals–well the local branch got together and decided that if one Irishman moved in, there went the whole neighborhood. So some brave souls stole onto the lawn in the middle of the night and poured a few gallons of gasoline into the shape of the Holy Cross and set it ablaze.

The light filled my mother’s bedroom and she looked out her window and screamed in terror. My grandmother collected her and rest of the children in a safe spot away from the windows and my grandfather waited for the fire truck.

The firemen–all Irish–doused the flames. The police officers–all Irish–took down the information. Things were whispered between my grandfather and the police and firemen. They probably warned him there’d be more to come. They’d seen it before. Said it was a dangerous part of town for an Irishman and his children. We all know our place, they said, and it’s not here.

No one ever took responsibility for the act. No one was arrested. Not long afterward my grandfather took the family back across the river to New Jersey, where the local bars rang late into the night with Irish song, people voted early and often, and Mass was full all Sunday long. Those were his people, and he stayed with them and sang with them and drank with them till he died.

The KKK won that battle.

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Support Live Music!
Old Child
Two young guys laying down some classic riffs at Channel Islands 4th of July celebration.

Governor’s Military Council Releases Report
“Abundant opportunities exist to grow national security activities that benefit California’s economy and communities. Government must play a leadership role and seize this opportunity.”
Congressional Tide has Turned on BRAC
The Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee says Congressional opposition to a new round of base closures is “loosening”.
NATO Membership “Taken Seriously”The Director of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University discusses the importance of NATO to the Baltic States.

Discovery Arts to Stage LA Benefit Concert
On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 4pm, this year’s Grammy award-winning jazz ensemble, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and the multi-Grammy award-winning a capella vocal group, Take 6, will come together “one night only” for a Benefit concert in support of the nonprofit organization, Discovery Arts, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. An “After-Party” reception will follow the concert.

Discovery Arts is a nonprofit that brings free art and music programs to children battling cancer and other illnesses in hospitals throughout LA and the OC.
Please buy your tickets soon to support this incredible nonprofit, Discovery Arts! 

Copyright 2015 The Hueneme Pilot  All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
516 Island View Circle
Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher

Number 8 // July 2015

Independence Day!

PD Preps for Fourth
From February 2014 until today, the Port Hueneme Police Department has responded to 118 calls regarding fireworks.  One hundred of those calls have occurred in the months of June and July.  

Interim Chief of Police Robert Albertson reminds everyone that all fireworks, including the so-called “safe and sane” variety are illegal in Port Hueneme.  “Anyone found to be in possession of fireworks is subject to arrest and prosecution,” he warns.

Sgt. Chris Graham has the responsibility of developing the July 4th Operations Plan and serves as the liaison with the Oxnard Police Department. 

The Police Department will be at full staffing for the holiday. The Chief anticipates the biggest problems to be traffic from the Channel Islands fireworks show and increased activity at the beach.

Subi Do!
Last Sunday dozens of Subarus headed north on PCH to Hueneme Beach Park for the Subaru Summer Solstice, one of the largest gatherings of Subaru enthusiasts on the West Coast.  On a perfect day for cruising, every WRX and STi shone in the Port Hueneme sun.
The ePilot is pleased to announce what we hope will be a regular feature.  Brick Wahl has worked as a community organizer, campaign consultant, and ferocious punk rock drummer. Until recently, he was the long time jazz critic of the LA Weekly. You can find more of his writing at 
Brick Wahl 


Wow. Twelve declared Republican presidential candidates as of today, and another four expected. Sixteen total. That’s seems nuts.

But thinking back to my college days when I had dreams of being another Theodore White and read every campaign history I could lay my hands on, I remember doing a rather long paper on the 1976 presidential election campaign. It’s probably stuffed in a box around here somewhere. That was the first election after Watergate, and the Democrats had blown the GOP to smithereens in the previous midterms. After Watergate, you’ll remember that if you were a Democrat and breathing you were elected that year.

As 1976 approached, the excitement was just too much for many Democrats. Fifteen of them declared themselves candidates for president. Another sixteen considered but decided against it, which means at one point over thirty Democrats were picturing themselves in the Oval Office, signing bills and giving orders. I’ve seen no list of who might have changed their minds, but if the last four Republicans expected to announce this year do join the herd, they will have officially beat by one candidate the Democrats’ total in 1976.

That was a helluva campaign on the Democratic side, the 1976 nomination race. Fast paced, fluid, full of surprises. The histories read like fast paced novels. The underdog, a peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter, won in a happy ending that made Americans feel warm all over. It was the most exciting election since 1968, the histories of which (An American Melodrama was one) also read like a novel, though a tragic one, full of death and betrayal, the ending just sad.

So will the Republican presidential campaign be as wild and exciting as the Democratic race in 1976? Will it turn into a donnybrook? The  signs of campaign madness are already emerging, and Ted Cruz demanding Supreme Court elections was especially fun. When you have more candidates on the field than a football team, you do what ya gotta do, say what you gotta say. And who knows where the Confederate flag controversy will go, especially as South Carolina, the follow up primary to New Hampshire and traditionally a make or break state for Republican candidates, has the meanest Republican intra-party politics in the land. You have never seen mean until you’ve seen South Carolina Republican mean. You’ll be hearing all about this next February, believe me.

Oh boy, this will be fun.

As a sidenote, I remember running into Jack Germond at a wedding maybe fifteen years ago. He was a bit of a hero of mine, as he’d co-written (with Jules Witcover) a long out of print history of the 1968 presidential campaign that was so good I’d read it two or three times. A genuine classic of political literature, and I wish I could recall the title of it. It’s around here somewhere. Anyway, we had a nice conversation in the restroom about presidential primaries. You don’t get to meet a lot of people you admire that way. I told him I loved that book. Those were the days he said. We both agreed nomination races weren’t (at the time) what they used to be.

They weren’t. 1984 had been beyond dull (Wake Us When It’s Over was Witcover’s history of the thing). 1988 was Michael Dukakis in a tank. We both snickered at poor Dukakis. Hard to think of anything sadder than being laughed at by two guys standing in the head. Nice chatting with you, Jack said, and I went to shake his hand but thought better of it. At the sink I asked him who he figured would be the nominees in 2000. Vice President Gore, he said, and George W. Bush, but he wasn’t too excited about either, or the race. Not what they used to be I said, and we both sighed and went back to our separate tables, he with the grown ups, me with the musicians.

But thinking back now it seems maybe we were wrong about nomination races not being what they used to be. 2016 is starting to look a lot like 1976. Exciting, fun, crazy, ridiculous, expensive and American as, well, Jackson Pollack. His paintings don’t seem to make sense either, but if you stare long enough, there is order. Or so they tell me. And no matter how nuts it looks now, or how anarchic and ludicrous it’s going to be, eventually the presidential campaign field converges into just two, and then to one, and it’s all over but the inauguration.

DOD Working Group to Take Closer Look at Public Schools

The Department of Defense is looking at the quality of local school systems as part of its evaluation of the military environment.

Trees an Important Part of Saving Water

Watering trees can be a prudent use of water to save a valuable community investment.

More Questions About F-35 Performance

Pilots claim it’s no match for predecessor F-16.

Attention all Baby Boomers  !!!!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings are the place to be to catch the FREE Sizzlin Senior low impact aerobics class that had been going strong for over 15 years in the Friendly City by the Sea.

Each one hour class consists of a warm-up, isolation, low impact aerobics, weight training, stretching, abdominal and leg routines. The class is located at the Port Hueneme Community Center 550 Park Avenue and taught by Sharon Kloeris, a former Jazzercise instructor, who choreographs and teaches the classes Monday and Friday 9:00 am – 10:00 am and Wednesday 8:15 am – 9:15 am.

It’s a great way to kick start your day, have fun, socialize and get fit. Join us and experience the benefits of exercise!

Championship Wrestling Comes to Port Hueneme

Championship Wrestling from Hollywood presents its 3rd Annual Red Carpet Rumble on Sunday July 12 with a 3 pm bell time at the Oceanview Pavilion located at 575 E. Surfside Drive Port Hueneme, CA 93041 with FREE parking in Lot E.

This year’s FREE event will feature  an “All-Star Cast” that includes Pro Wrestling Legends, United Wresting Network regional stars and Championship Wrestling From Hollywood mainstays.

In addition to the 30 man RCR match the following matches will be featured:

 “Mr. Azucar”  Rocky Romero vs Colt Toombs

CWFH Television Championship Match !
Brian Myers vs Defending Champion Kevin Martenson

TNA Impact Grudge Match !
“The Rising” vs “BDC: Beat Down Clan”

Eli Drake vs Kenny King

CWFH Heritage Championship
Scorpio Sky vs Defending Champion Yuma

Also scheduled to wrestle are Vermin (Joey Ryan & Ryan Taylor), Mason Ryan, Reno Scum, Drew Gulack & Timothy Thatcher and Othello.

For additional information call the Oceanview Pavilion at (805) 986-4818′