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.

Read more Brick Wahl at


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.

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Port Hueneme, California 93041

J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher


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