ePilot No. 13

It’s Fair Time!

Crowds stroll the midway under clear blue skies

Feeding time at Uncle Leo’s Barn

The Iron Mountain Boys hold forth on the midway

The Fair continues through August 16 

Land Use Under Review

Rick Rust and Steve deGeorge lead the discussion

The Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) for Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) was presented for public comment at two separate meetings in Camarillo and Oxnard last week.

The JLUS is a joint effort by the Navy and the surrounding communities to develop plans for local land use that are compatible with operations at the base.

While each meeting was attended by about a dozen participants, there was a decided difference in the interests of the two communities.

The Camarillo meeting focused on the importance of the SOAR land use ordinances in protecting the interests of the base by prohibiting any development that might encroach on military property.

The attendees in Oxnard, however, brought up a wider range of concerns, from the importance of birds at Ormond Beach to the effect of unmanned aircraft commonly called “drones”.

As an example of how quickly the local environment can change, consultant Rich Rust of the Matrix Design Group remarked that when the process began two years ago, people were concerned with military drones flying over private property. Now, with the proliferation of private unmanned aircraft, there is a greater concern with careless operators interfering with military aircraft.  As the agricultural use of drones increases, this  becomes a more important matter.

One of the more vexing issues raised by the Land Use Study is parking along the base perimeter fence in the Silver Strand area. 

The Navy has security concerns about vehicles parked so close to its facility.  The neighborhood, which predates the creation of the Navy Base, has a lack of parking  for its residents.

While no solution was offered for this problem, the Navy has pledged to work with the Silver Strand community to find a mutually acceptable resolution.

The Joint Land Use Study is being hosted by the Ventura County Transportation Commission.  While these were the last two meetings for the public,  the comment period is open until August 17.  More information is available at www.nbvcjlus.org

A look at impacts of Point Mugu runways

Bio Treatment Winds Down

The award winning Toland Road biosolids treatment facility has apparently treated its last load of wastewater byproduct for the time being.

Owned and operated by the Ventura Regional Sanititation District, the facility was conceived as a way to locally handle the solids that remain from wastewater treatment. 

Oxnard/Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, and Ventura have all made use of the Toland Road facility.  Originally designed to handle 42,000 tons per year, the demand peaked at 60,000 tons this past year.

The facility “cooks” the biosolids in a rotating drum producing a US EPA standard “A” or “B” product that is suitable for fertilizer, fuel for drying kilns, or deposit in the landfill.

After eight years of operation, many of the moving parts have simply worn out.  Repairs are estimated to cost over $600,000.  With significant costs looming for the construction of the next phase of the landfill, it was decided that such an expense was not justified at this time.

Executive Director Mark Lawler assured the board that VRSD would continue to look for newer technologies to continue to provide service to its customers. 

In the meantime, biosolids will continue to be deposited in the landfill, although untreated, they have a higher water content than is ideal.

Prior to the construction of the treatment facility, Oxnard/Port Hueneme and many other cities trucked their biosolids to Kern County.  It is estimated that Toland Road saved 8,000,000 truck miles per year, creating a significant improvement in air quality.

The other alternatives are not good.  The Kern County facilities are facing legal challenges. Going out of the area would mean transport as far as Arizona with increased costs and impacts to air quality.

The Ventura Regional Sanitation District is a joint powers authority consisting of the Ventura County Special Districts Association and all the cities in the county except Simi Valley and Moorpark.


Brick Wahl


There’s this wonderful old World War Two vet I know, well into his nineties, who I see at clubs and shows all over the place, always dancing. What a nut.

I’ve seen him dancing to swing, country, blues, salsa, funk, jazz, western swing and rock. Even reggae. Always has a babe for a partner. Loves to dance, he says. Started dancing to the swing bands. Jitterbugging.

All hell was breaking loose over in Europe but he was busy dancing. He was a kid. That’s what you did then, you danced.

Then came Pearl Harbor and his draft notice. Went through the war without a scratch, somehow, though his unit was mauled a couple times.

Some of those Nazis, he said, were fanatics and would fight to the death. It’d be hopeless and they’d keep firing. Friends kept getting killed. Mines going off. Snipers, machine guns, 88’s. He was nearly blown to pieces more than once.

The Battle of the Bulge was the worst, he said. They were all freezing cold, and a rifle isn’t particularly useful against a Tiger tank. Thought he’d bought it more than once. On top of all that the Nazis were massacring prisoners. If you were Jewish the last thing you wanted was to surrender to one of those SS bastards.

His company had been cut off, and it looked bad, but somehow they managed to rejoin the rest of the battalion. Left a lot of friends there, he said. He saw one blown to smithereens. Should have been him but he had slipped out of the foxhole for chow or to take a leak or something–just before the mortar bullseyed his buddy. Nothing left. Somebody was looking out for you, I said. He laughed. No, just luck. That’s all it ever was, luck.

Later, in Germany, all the towns were gone, flattened. The RAF had gotten their revenge. The people were giving up, meekly surrendering. But there were fanatics everywhere. Hitler Youth who kept fighting no matter what. You’d see them later, just kids in baggy grown up uniforms, dead.

He kept losing buddies right to the bitter end. Still, he made it, and now a zillion years later he dances every chance he gets.

A lady comes by and taps him on the shoulder, and they spin slowly, lightly, across the floor.

Read more Brick Wahl at http://brickwahl.com/

Sand Sculpting Contest Returns to Beach Fest

The Sand Sculpting contest is back in 2015! The fifth annual event will take place on Sunday August 23rd. For inexperienced sculptures, Brett Bednorz and Brian Miller will be conducting sand sculpting demonstration on Saturday, the day before the contest.

Download Registration Form
Download Contest Guidelines
Download Contest Infomation

2015 Music & Entertainment Schedule:

Saturday, August 22nd
11:00 AM –  Open Air Stereo
1:30 PM –    Bella Donna
3:00 PM –   Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries

Sunday, August 23rd
11:00 AM – Mark David
1:00 PM –   The Long Run Experience  “The Eagles”
4:00 PM –  Disco Inferno

More Info:   http://huenemebeachfest.org/


8 Tons of Cocaine Seized and Sunk

El Niño Outlook     

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ePilot No. 12

85 Years and Still Flying

Santa Paula Airport Celebrates a Milestone

In 1930 Ralph Dickenson and Dan Emmet organized a group of local farmers and ranchers and built an airport.  Today, Santa Paula Airport is the only privately owned public use airport in Ventura County. 
While some communities view their local airport with hostility, Santa Paulans are justifiably proud of their home town treasure.  The usual First Sunday Open House was turned into a birthday celebration marking 85 years of aviation in the Heritage Valley.

Based at Santa Paula are not only the usual fleet of modern light aircraft, but also a collection of some of the most interesting examples of flying history.  At Santa Paula you might see anything from a 1920’s de Havilland Gypsy Moth to a full aerobatic Pitts Special — and just about everything in between.

Have a budding Charles Lindbergh in your family?  Check out the Young Eagles Program. Since 1992 the good folks at the Experimental Aircraft Association have been introducing young aviators to the wonders of flight.

Ever want to fly aerobatics like Patty Wagstaff (or just go for a plain plane ride)?  CP Aviation has a full range of offerings from the sedate to the thrilling.

Those with a taste for history can visit the Santa Paula Aviation Museum.

The first Sunday of every month is open house at Santa Paula Airport. The public is invited to visit and participate in a unique aviation experience.

The airport and museum are located at 800 E. Santa Maria St., Santa Paula.


 Is that Mr. Lindbergh?   No, it’s Scotty Ramolini taking us back in time.                                                                         
That is a genuine 1927 Lindbergh button!
Yep, that’s a 170!
Ken Wise and Susanne Sarno bring the Maritime Museum to the airport
It’s SZP not LAX!

Live Music at Peninsula Park
Leigh Vance and Friends deliver some tasty jazz on a Saturday afternoon
  • Coming up:

    August 8            Ray Jaurique & the Uptown Brothers
    August 15          Pier 101
    August 22          In Contempt
    August 29          Sean Wiggins & Lone Goat
    September 5     Unkle Monkey

  • All shows 4-6 PM, 3401 Peninsula Rd.

    Free admission!

Brick Wahl

Progressive Scorecard

 1968. The Democratic party, bitterly divided between liberals and way liberals, blows up.
1972. George McGovern is elected in a landslide victory and America is changed forever.

1984. Water Mondale is elected in a landslide victory and America is changed forever.

1988. Michael Dukakis is elected in a landslide victory and America is changed forever.

2000. Voters, disgusted at Al Gore’s sell out conservatism, elect Ralph Nader in a landslide victory and America is changed forever.

2004. John Kerry is elected in a landslide victory and American is changed forever.

2008. Barack Obama, reaching out to black and moderate voters, is defeated in a landslide and America is unchanged forever.

2012. See 2008, but way worse even.

2016. Bernie Sanders is elected in a landslide victory and America is changed forever.

Read more Brick Wahl at http://brickwahl.com/

Chowderfest Comes to Maritime Museum

On Saturday, August 8 from 4 to 8 PM, the Maritime Museum will host the first annual Chowder Tasting Competition. Local restaurants, wineries and breweries will be featured with free tasting samples.

At 9PM there will be a special screening of the classis Kon-Tiki with free popcorn.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Proceeds go toward a new navigation exhibit and educational programs at the museum.

For tickets go to www.cimmvc.org or call 805-984-6260.


US to build first exascale computer
President orders development of most powerful computer ever built.

Navy Ship Catches Fire in Croatian Shipyard
USS Mount Whitney suffers damage.

NATO Jets Intercept Russians
Five scrambles in one week over Baltic Sea.

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Number 11                                                                                              July 2015

__________________________________________________Not Again!

Fortunately the pier was only closed for a few hours due to last week’s lightning storm.

Ragtime at the Library

Sam the Piano Man brings the ragtime life to the Preuter Library       Photo BMK

Toes were tapping to a ragtime beat on Saturday at the Ray D. Preuter Library as Sam “The Piano Man” Hobel presented a program of “Women in Ragtime”.

Mr. Hobel led the audience through a brief discussion of the history of the syncopated music that became a national craze during the first two decades of the twentieth century.

With its origins in the saloons and sporting houses of St. Louis, ragtime is more often associated with rowdy men than polite women.  Yet, by about 1910, young ladies mostly centered in the Mid-West were trying their hands at this “sinful indulgence”

Mr. Hobel has unearthed compositions by eleven women composers and assembled them into “A Ragtime Suite: From the Other Wing”.   The chosen pieces clearly stand with the strongest examples of the genre, giving a tantalizing glimpse of the talent that has been too long ignored.

For those fortunate enough to be in attendance, Sam the Piano Man proved a genial and capable guide to a brief moment in American popular history.  The power of ragtime to lift spirits was evident in the slight syncopation in the steps of the audience as they lightly made their way home.


Summer at the Beach
Live Music!
The legendary Teresa Russell regularly holds forth on the Wednesday Fish Fry at Surfside Seafood.

The Last Movie

Movies in the Park concludes its summer season with 
Up on July 31 at the Community Center.

Navy Seeks Comments

A Public Draft of the Naval Base Ventura County Joint Land Use Study (NBVC JLUS) was prepared and released for public review on Friday, July 17, 2015.  A 30-day public review period has been setup, with the comment period closing on August 17, 2015.
The Public Draft can be downloaded from the project’s website at:  www.nbvcjlus.org
There will be two public workshops held to discuss the public draft:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015       6:30 – 8:30 pm
Camarillo Public Library
4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015       6:30 – 8:30 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard

QUESTIONS:  Contact Steve DeGeorge at sdegeorge@goventura.org  or  (805) 642-1591 x-103

Brick Wahl

Elm trees

 We were driving through the endless northern expanses of Chicago, huge houses, huge cars, big money. The last of the cicadas were whirring when we turned and found ourselves on an elm lined street.

It was a tunnel, really, the branches arching overhead, the sun dappling the street, and as we drove along I turned off the music and rolled down the windows and let the muggy air flow over us, the scent of elm, the bird songs, the chatter of squirrels, the cicadas.

I was overwhelmed with deja vu.

We had lived in so many towns up and down the Atlantic seaboard when I was a kid, and passed through so many more, that my days growing up were full of elm lined streets, and shade, and dappled sunlight. Every street of them was like stepping into a cathedral, hushed, dark, ethereal.

Come fall the leaves came down like slow rain and filled the gutters. All winter long the branches creaked as the wind would howl through them. Come spring we’d wait for the hints of life, tiny specks of green, and by summer the elm hung over us again in great green arches.

Most all are gone now. Disease swept slowly but inexorably, taking nearly all of them. Eighty per cent. They remain in small stands, on lanes full of carefully monitored trees, a mighty urban forest of a zillion trees all across America cut down, rotted away, dead.

The sun glares down on the shady streets now. That particular magic is gone.

We think of forests as unchanging, immutable, as if barring chainsaws they will always be there and have always been, the same forest. Like we could go back a hundred thousand years and pop out of a machine like Rod Taylor and all the trees would be the same. But it’s not so.

Trees, like people — like anything living, really — are prey to plagues and parasites. Periodically something horrible and fatal fells them by the millions, and other species, immune, replace them.

So fell the elm tree. It had once conquered and become dominant, over the rotting trunks of spruce trees and now it survives in glades, tended by botanists and tree surgeons, so that those old enough to remember can be swept away by nostalgia driving down a shady street.

                                         Read more BrickWahl at http://brickwahl.com/


The Unpredictable Grid

How can we manage “the single largest machine known to man” as it becomes increasingly complicated?

An Important Statement by Gov. Brown about Goods Movement
Governor plans to improve competitiveness and performance of California’s freight system.

Summer Events for Children, Teens and Adults

 Ray D. Prueter Library 

  • Come and enjoy our Summer Reading  Here is our calendar of events for July
  • Special show Monday at 3 pm, July 27 with Franklin Haynes Marionettes presenting “The Princess and the Pirates”
  • Come in and find Luna and the Lunettes in the Library.
  • Free Chess Class starting July 28 through August 21 at Prueter.
  • Early literacy class for children ages 0-5 and their parent or caregiver are held Mondays at 5:30pm and Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30am
  • Every Tuesday join Miss Sienna for Kids Makers, 2 – 4 pm.
  • Every Wednesday, join us for Crafternoons from 2 – 4 pm with Miss Yvonne.
  • Teen volunteers needed for Summer Reading. Contact the library for more details.
  • Every Thursday from 2 – 4 pm Teens Makers. Sign up at the Library or call 486-5640 as some materials are limited.
  • Free Chess Class starting July 28 through August 21 at Prueter.
Events for Youth During the School Year
  • Rosenbluth Family Homework Center is open to children in grades K-12.  Tutors and computers are available for homework help.  Hours are:
    • 3:00 – 5:30 Monday & Tuesday
    • 2:30 – 5:30 Wednesday
    • 3:00 – 5:00 Thursday
    • Closed during summer
  • Teen Advisory Group, (TAG) comprised of teens ages 13-17, assist with planning services and events for teens at the library during the school year. Want to join? Please contact the Youth Librarian at 486-5460. 
Many thanks to the Friends of the Port Hueneme Library for sponsorship of the programs for children, teens, and adults offered at the Ray D. Prueter Library.

  Follow the Friends of Port Hueneme Library on Facebook!  

  • The Friends of the Port Hueneme Library support and benefit the Library. The Friends sponsor used book sales and special programs. Contact the City Librarian for more information on becoming a member, “Like” them on Facebook or visit the Friends page.
  • Volunteers are needed for the Adult Literacy Program. For more information click here.
  • The Rosenbluth Family Homework Center is looking for after-school volunteers or tutors. Help those students who need a little extra help to complete their homework. For more information contact Bernadette McDowell.


  • The Ray D. Prueter Library has items in English and Spanish, including books, magazines, books on tape and CD, music CDs, videos and DVDs.
  • The Ventura County Star, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal are kept for one year.  Local newspapers on microfilm include the Port Hueneme Harbor Bulletin (1938-41), Port Hueneme Herald (1941-42), Port Hueneme Herald Express (1941-51), and Port Hueneme Pilot (1951-63).  The Hueneme Pilot  (2008-09) is available in paper.
  • For 24-hour access to newspapers, magazine articles, electronic books, audio-book downloads, test preparation guides, and many more information databases, please use the Ventura County Library’s online eLibrary. A link to the eLibrary is available within the gray bar near the top of every library webpage. A library card number will be required to access to these resources if you are using an internet connection outside of the library, such as from home, school, or work.
  • The Ray D. Prueter Library is located at 510 Park Avenue, one block east of Ventura Road. View map.
  • Closest bus stop is Ventura Road near Pleasant Valley Road (in front of the Port City Plaza.)

New Route and Service Changes Take Effect this Sunday, July 26th!
Effective Sunday, July 26, 2015, service adjustments will be made on Gold Coast Transit’s (GCT) fixed-route bus service. GCT is making the changes in order to improve current schedules, and will also be launching the NEW Route 22.

NEW Route 22:
Route 22 will provide a faster trip from East Ventura to Oxnard, reducing travel time by one hour.  This route will operate daily.  Check the schedule for more detailed information.

“TRY ROUTE 22 FREE WEEK” begins this Sunday, 7/26!  All rides on board this route will be FREE for one week.  Last day of the promotion is Saturday, August 1st.

Click here to see the Route 17 & 22 brochure.

Other important service changes are as follows:

  • Modified Route 17 – Will provide a faster trip from South Oxnard to Riverpark (replaces Route 14).
  • Route 15 – New schedule.
  • Route 14 Discontinued-  ALL stops will continue to be served by Route 22 and 17.
  • Route 8 and Route 6: Extended hours added on weekdays.
  • Minor Schedule Adjustments: 1,2, 4A, 5, 11, 16, 19, 20, 21
  • No Changes: 3, 4B, 7, 9, 10
  • CLICK HERE to view all of the updated routes and schedules.
  • Free Bus Books are now available on every GCT bus and at the Customer Service Center at the Oxnard Transit Center.

Need trip planning assistance?

Please contact Customer Service at:
Monday – Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Trip Planning powered by Google Transit and NextBus Real-Time arrival information is also available online at www.GoldCoastTransit.org.


About Gold Coast Transit District

GCTD provides safe, responsive, convenient, efficient, and environmentally responsible fixed-route bus and paratransit public transportation that serves the diverse needs of the cities of Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Ventura, and in the unincorporated County areas between the cities. Utilizing a fleet of 54 clean-fueled buses, GCTD carries nearly 4 million passengers annually on its 19 bus routes. GCTD is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an elected official from each member jurisdiction.

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