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 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
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.
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.
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/
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