ePilot No. 24

The Holidays Are Here!

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Holly Day Tree Lighting

Santa, Food Trucks, and Fun for All Ages!

The Hueneme Chamber of Commerce and the City of Port Hueneme will be hosting the 3rd Annual Holly-Day Tree Lighting at Port Hueneme City Hall, 250 N. Ventura Road, on Thursday December 3rd.

This free community event will start at 5:30 PM with holiday music and proceed with the tree lighting at 6:00 PM.  Attendees are welcome to bring chairs for open lawn seating beginning at 5:00 PM.  There will be children’s activities provided by the Port Hueneme Police Officers’ Association and food trucks will be on hand as well.  Santa himself will be there to participate in the festivities, take pictures with the kids and kick-off his annual neighborhood tours of Port Hueneme.  Santa’s tours will run from Monday, December 7th through Friday, December 11th. (schedule available on the City’s website: www.cityofporthueneme.org).
 
Sponsored by Ventura County Credit Union, this year’s event will once again offer FREE photos with Santa Claus compliments of Bonnie Mercadante of Softouch Photography.  Santa and Mrs. Claus, graciously portrayed by local retired Navy Master Chief Chris Bissonette and his wife Christine, will be arriving on the City float shortly after the festivities begin.
 
The Port Hueneme Police Officers’ Association will be sponsoring a Kids Activates area with face painting, craft ornaments and a petting zoo.  Food trucks will be on hand including Sweet Arleen’s, Connie’s Hotdogs, The Blue Light Truck and the Perk-u-Later – all local favorites.  The Hueneme Starz Dance group will be performing a holiday routine as well.
 
The tree lighting event also launches the annual Project FoodShare canned food drive and this year we are honored to partner with the Castro Family Toy Drive benefiting the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Ventura County Medical Center.  The community can support these efforts by bringing canned goods and unwrapped toys to help those in need this holiday season. Collection boxes will be available at City Hall through December 18th.
 
Come share a warm and memorable community experience with your friends and neighbors in The Friendly City by the Sea! For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 488-2023.


 

 

NAVFAC to Work With CSUCI

 

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Representing the “fastest growing university in the United States”, Richard Rush, the President of California State Universtiy, Channel Islands, addressed a recent meeting of the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21).

Because “the state didn’t want to commit” to funding a new campus, CSUCI has had to function as a Public Private Partnership, relying on support from the community as well as local industry.

For example, when Cottage Hospital recognized a need for a nursing program in Santa Barbara, it contributed $6 million to establish a program there. In Ventura County, the local hospitals and the county contributed $250,000 a piece to support a nursing program here.

Currently there are about 1000 students enrolled in nursing track classes. Of those, only 300 will pre-qualify, and only 34 per year will make it through the program.

President Rush emphasized the CSUCI  commitment to military and veteran’s education. ‘”We’ll be your partners. Let us know what you need,” he said.

Capping off the presentation was a ceremony marking a co-operative agreement between CSUCI and the Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center which will allow students to experience the actual “in the field” results of their theoretical  studies.

—Ed.

Sea Otter Area Approved

On November 28, President Obama Signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act.  Among it’s provisions was the establishment of the Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Area allowing the Navy to continue weapons testing in the Pacific Test Range near San Nicolas Island while also providing protection for the otters.  The Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21) had been advocating for such protections since 2012.

—Ed.


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When is a fundraiser not a fundraiser?  A fundraiser is not a fundraiser—when charity begins at home.

It all started during the economic downturn in 2008, when frustrated parents told us they could not afford to buy the cherished classics they found under the tree when they were kids.

That’s when we rolled up our sleeves and got to work.

Our Prueter Library “bookies” (volunteers who sort, clean and price used books) started to set aside a selection of gently-used donations that would provide an affordable alternative (under $1) to cash-strapped parents and grandparents.

And since it is better to give than to receive, the Port Hueneme Friends of the Library also scoured their jewelry boxes, closets, toy chests, DVD collections and garages in search of nearly-new yet gift-quality treasures that youngsters might buy for less than a quarter or two.

Those of us staffing the sale tables look forward to assisting the young people who show up with a long list of people to buy for and a fistful of quarters.  We not only assure them that their allowance will cover their purchases but also provide bags so that Mommy and Daddy (who are still busy shopping) will be suitably surprised come December 25.

In addition, the naming of the “white elephant in the room” has become an unexpected tradition as well. Each year we find an item that we, collectively, are quite positive will never find a buyer—at least not somebody in his or her right mind.

The most memorable, by far, was a toilet plunger decorated in appropriate greenery for St. Patrick’s Day. Sure enough, an adult and her two offspring  snapped it up—allowing that it would be ideal for an unsuspecting Irish relative.

So whether you’re focused on the wearin’ or the savin’ of the green this holiday season, the Port Hueneme Library is the place to be on Saturday December 5 from noon to three.   The event is only open for three short hours so come  early for the best bargains.  And bring a fistful of quarters.

—Beverly M. Kelley


PH Dentist Gives Out Free Smiles

It all started twelve years ago when Dr. Kamran Sahabi’s father (who is not a dentist) suggested that his son offer a free dental day at each of his various clinics.  Sahabi, you see, was concerned that people—even those who may be in serious pain—got into the habit of neglecting their teeth either because they were afraid of dentists or because they lacked dental insurance.  If they get the chance to receive badly needed extractions, root canals, deep cleanings, or fillings without suffering pain or worry about how they are going to pay, Sahabi believed, they would start taking good care of their teeth.
 
Dr. Sahabi’s California Dental Group operates in Glendale, North Hollywood, Tustin, Whittier, Eagle Rock, Upland, and (as of three years ago) Port Hueneme.  Kamran Sahabi, who commutes from Glendale, discovered the Friendly City by the Sea while on vacation.  Since he didn’t have an office in Ventura County, he decided to set up a practice in a vacant dental office in Beachport Center.
 
This year was the third time Dr. Sahabi offered Port Hueneme (as well as anybody else in Ventura County) the opportunity to receive emergency dental services, gratis.  One hundred and fifty patients, many from Port Hueneme, showed up on November 23, 2015 after finding out about Dr. Sahabi’s generosity from radio and TV ads, fliers, company newsletters, church announcements and word-of-mouth.

Dr. Sahabi’s plan must be working because in years past upwards to five hundred individuals could be found lined up outside his Port Hueneme office door.  Of course, not all of Sahabi’s clients were treated during the 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM time period.  All those who could not be accommodated by the compassionate dentist and his three assistants were given gift cards and future appointments.  Thayer Hussein, a California Dental Group associate dentist who lives in Anaheim, estimates that Dr. Sahabi provided treatments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

With all the negativity in the news these days, it’s a privilege to report on big-hearted individuals—folks who don’t even make their homes in Port Hueneme—but who are to make a difference in our seaside community.

—Beverly M. Kelley


Brick Wahl

The poor and Bernie Sanders

I’ve noticed that among the Left, those who were raised poor don’t have much faith in Bernie Sanders. Those who were raised in comfort love the guy. But Bernie’s an idealist, and people who have never been poor put big stock in ideals. People who know what it’s like to have been poor for years put their faith in results.

 

Big ideals are great when you have money in the bank, a luxury, like poetry or accessories or trips to Europe. Which is why Bernie people can’t understand why the poor, minority and working class voters are not flocking to his cause.

It’s obvious, they keep insisting, that Bernie’s ideas are in their best interest. And in an ideal political world, a world with no Republicans, or at least not many of them, Bernie’s idealism would probably work, or some of it, anyway.
I’ve noticed that among the Left, those who were raised poor don’t have much faith in Bernie Sanders. Those who were raised in comfort love the guy. But Bernie’s an idealist, and people who have never been poor put big stock in ideals. People who know what it’s like to have been poor for years put their faith in results.

Big ideals are great when you have money in the bank, a luxury, like poetry or accessories or trips to Europe. Which is why Bernie people can’t understand why the poor, minority and working class voters are not flocking to his cause.

It’s obvious, they keep insisting, that Bernie’s ideas are in their best interest. And in an ideal political world, a world with no Republicans, or at least not
And he’s definitely an idealist. A true believer. You keep seeing the memes that Bernie has never veered from his ideals in his entire political career. That he’s the only Democrat who’s been true to his ideals. Which is probably true, though at quite a cost.

You see, Bernie Sanders has gotten virtually nothing done in Congress. His ideas were too far to the left to ever be passed, yet he was adamant that compromising on them even an ideological iota would be wrong. And since he’s been running for president, he has never realistically explained, nor have his followers, how he will actually get a damn thing he proposes done.

Unless, of course, you take his promises to reach out to Republicans seriously, as if the party of Trump, Carson and Ted Cruz is ready to reach out to someone calling himself a democratic socialist.

If you keep pressing those feeling the Bern about Bernie’s splendid record of getting virtually nothing done in Congress by refusing to compromise on his ideals, they get angry. It’s not about winning, they say, it’s about being right. They’ll accuse you of missing the point.

But they’re the ones missing the point. Because if it’s not about winning then it’s about losing. 

Bernie’s idealists have good jobs, or the prospect of good jobs. They have money in the bank, or relatives with money in the bank, or property somewhere. They have the college degree that Daddy bought them that means they’ll never work at McDonalds or take the kids to the free clinic.

When your big fear is paying off your college debt it means you have no idea what it means when your big fear is not being able to buy medicine for the kids.

The poor, it seems, are those too dumb to know that they should vote for Bernie Sanders. The people dumb enough to live in trailer parks, or work at Wal-Mart, or have four kids, or shop on Black Friday, or go to confession.

The people too dumb to go to college, or to an art museum, or a Bernie Sanders rally. People that are too stupid to know what’s good for them.

Or know why all those nice white people with their nice white teeth at those Bernie Sanders rallies are the conscience of the nation.

Briefs

Grants Help Preserve Mission at Vandenberg

DOD and USDA help preserve open space near base.

http://defensecommunities.org/blog/active-base-issues/dod-usda-grants-help-preserve-missions-at-vandenberg-afb/

 

Latvian newspaper uncovers mercenary recruitment point in Klaipėda

Pro-Russian side hiring mercenaries to fight against Ukraine.

http://en.delfi.lt/lithuania/society/latvian-newspaper-uncovers-mercenary-recruitment-point-in-klaipeda.d?id=69721460

 

Drunk Russian sailor crashes 7,000 ton ship

Scotland dead ahead!

http://www.keyt.com/news/drunk-russian-sailor-crashes-7000-ton-ship/36611420?ens=1&utm_source=Daily%20News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KEYT-KCOY-KKFX%20Morning%20News%20Headlines_53b1b6c10cf2a9cbf9156e24_sb&utm_content=20151123_1100

 


 

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