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.

Read more Brick Wahl at http://brickwahl.com/
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”.  http://www.defensecommunities.org/headlines/congressional-tide-has-turned-on-brac-smith-says/#
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! 

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Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher


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