Citizen of the Year
Mayor Breeze presents Citizen of the Year award to Jonnie Lisman
Also recognized were UT1(SCW) Johnathon Hankey, USN, as Port Hueneme Military Person of the Year; MA1(SW/EXW) Roberto Rodriguez, Jr., USN, as Point Mugu Military Person of the Year; Firefighter Duncan Schuler as County Firefighter of the Year; Engineer Torrey Anderson as NBVC Firefighter of the Year; Officer Chris Gunter as Police Officer of the Year; Krisanne Neske as Educator of the Year; FM II Peter Alcantar as City Employee of the Year; and Bonnie Mercadante of Softouch Photography as Business Person of the Year.
Ranging from Big Band swing to Thad Jones cool with a little Dixieland thrown in, the Ambassadors kept toes tapping and heads nodding with more than a few shouts of encouragement thrown in.
Boasting several alumni of the famed North Texas State University jazz program, there was no lack of blazing technique and solid ensemble playing.
Of course, the concert concluded with the usual tribute to the veterans, but when the Ambassadors played the familiar service anthems, they swung – and swunghard.
The resulting standing ovation was well deserved.
“Everything Will Deteriorate”
Darrin Kettle talks transportation with the Chamber of Commerce
Darrin Kettle, Executive Director of the Ventura Transportation Commission, is on a campaign. He brought that campaign to the recent Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce “Wake Up Hueneme” breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express.
Ventura County is the only county in the Southern California region not to have a local transportation tax. Without such a tax, it is impossible to even apply for Federal money for road repairs or other improvements as such funding requires a local match.
“We’re paying the Federal taxes,” Mr. Kettle explained, “but the money’s not coming back to us. It’s going to LA or Santa Barbara where they can provide the matching funds.”
Such projects as the grade separation at the Rice Rd. railroad crossing, better access to the Port, even basic road repairs, are all beyond consideration without a source of local funds.
It’s Mr. Kettle’s mission to point out the needs and shortcomings of our present system. To pass the necessary special tax would require a two-thirds vote of the whole County. Twice before such measures have failed.
“If we do nothing, we’ll stay where we are. And if we stay where we are, that means that everything will deteriorate,” said Mr. Kettle.
Friends of the Bard
Mayor Breeze introduces the 2016 Board of Directors
The Friends of the Bard Mansion held their annual meeting at the historic Bard Mansion. Mayor Doug Breeze, a past president of the Friends, administered the oath of office to the 2016 Boardmembers.
26th District Representative Julia Brownley provided the keynote address recounting her efforts in Washington to secure grant funding to improve port-related transportation. “There were 625 applicants and only 10% were winners,” she explained.
In addition to her continuing work on veterans’ issues, the Congressmember has been appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where she serves as an advocate for small ports. She was successful in securing funding for dredging at Ventura Harbor as well as additional dredging at Channel Islands Harbor that will put more sand on Hueneme Beach.
Julia Brownley addresses the crowd
History by the Minute
Beverly Merrill Kelley
On the day “Grandpa” was cut down, crews utilized a fourteen-ton crane to transport six-foot sections of weathered wood and what little green foliage remained across the street to a vacant lot, where residents were free to preserve pieces of the ancient Monterey Cypress for posterity.
An eight-ton section of the trunk was shipped to a wood sculptor in Ojai, a podium was constructed for the city that featured a heart-shaped cross section in the front, and various and sundry branches became walking sticks (two of which were recently donated to the Museum by Nancy Cozza.)
Since the cypress had exceeded its usual 100-year life span almost three times over, Oxnard horticulturist Jaime Rodriguez collected seedpods and cuttings in order to unravel the secret to “Grandpa’s” longevity.
According to Port Hueneme Park’s and Recreation employee Matt Bender, unfortunately the podium with the heart-shaped cross-section from Grandpa’s trunk disappeared from the Dorril B. Wright Cultural Center around the same time that Pacific Coast Entertainment, a film production and distribution company, bought the facility from the City of Port Hueneme.
I say “unfortunately” because moving that particular podium to City Hall, especially at this contentious time in Port Hueneme’s history, might have served as a physical cue to speakers at City Council meetings. The lectern, made from a section of the second oldest Monterey Cypress in California, should remind them that sweet talk, if not (at least) respect and civility, is the expected norm within that sacred chamber. That is, of course, if residents want the City of Port Hueneme to thrive as long as “Grandpa” did.
Services Losing the Battle to Sustain Buildings
Spending caps put the squeeze on military infrastructure.
Air Force Committed to Total Force Integration
National Guard and Reserves to work as a “single force”.
Farewell to the Frigate
Navy to use Littoral Combat Ship in escort role.
“History of the Two Port Hueneme Lighthouses”
Who: Author and Lighthouse Curator Rose Castro-BranWhat: Speech topic “History of the Two Port Hueneme Lighthouses”
When: April 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Where: 220 N. Market St.
Why: Port Hueneme Museum Distinguished Speaker Series
Why are so many of us fascinated by lighthouses? To some, it’s the symbolism of the light they find most appealing. To others, it’s the faithfulness of the keeper who braves loneliness and isolation to keep the warning beacon burning.
Lighthouses represent hope in the darkest hour, fantasy (many former lighthouses are now romantic getaways) and even the paranormal (hundreds are said to be haunted).
Rose Castro-Bran has been the curator of the Port Hueneme Lighthouse since July 2002, and has recently published a book called Lighthouses of Greater Los Angeles, which not only includes the present Port Hueneme Lighthouse but also the Anacapa Light Station and the Point Fermin Lighthouse (the “twin sister” of the first (1874) lighthouse at Point Hueneme).
Ms. Castro-Bran has agreed to speak at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum (220 N. Market St.) on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11:00AM. Admission is free but arrive early to get a good seat.
Castro-Bran promises to share her wealth of archival photos, amusing anecdotes from the original lighthouse keepers, and the fascinating history of Port Hueneme’s two unique lighthouses.
The author is a public affairs specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the Aids to Navigation Team for Los Angeles/Long Beach, which repairs and maintains local California lighthouses. She and her then boyfriend (now husband) Kim joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary shortly after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Prior to writing Lighthouses of Greater Los Angeles, Castro–Bran authoredLighthouses of the Ventura Coast, which includes Point Hueneme and Anacapa Lights. She most treasures her ongoing relationships with a number of descendants of Southern California’s original lighthouse keepers.
The “biggest little boxing show” in Ventura County will make its triumphant return to the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California as Top Rank in association with Bash Boxing brings another installment of Boxing By The Beach on Saturday April 2, 2016.
Located adjacent to boxing rich Oxnard, the Oceanview Pavilion has been home to the area’s most notable boxing and wrestling events over the past decade. As with previous Boxing By The Beachshows, local fight fans will be treated to a combination of world class talent, former amateur standouts, and local prospects…all in one show.
Santa Barbara’s Francisco “Chia” Santana (23-4-1, 12KOs) will headline the televised portion of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas series in a 10 round welterweight bout against Ed “The Lion” Paredes (36-5-1, 24KOs).
Santana, a former sparring partner ofManny Pacquiao and Amir Khan and aKnuckleheadz Boxing Gym stable mate ofVictor Ortiz, has won 11 of his last 12 bouts including victories over World Champion Joachim Alcine, former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez, and an upset of undefeated prospect Eddie Gomez. Santana has fought 10 times in Ventura County and will look to make his 2016 homecoming a successful one.
Paredes comes into his crossroads bout with Santana a winner of 14 of his last 16 boxing bouts including victories over former World Champion Vivian Harris, former world title challenger Antonio Pitalua, and unbeaten prospect Joey Hernandez. Paredes also met former world title challenger Jesus Soto Karasslast year in Las Vegas.
Boxing By The Beach will also feature Orange County Lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (25-2, 10KOs) making his Top Rankpromotional debut. Ramos Jr. started his professional career winning his first 23 bouts including victories over fellow Top Rank fighter and multiple world title challenger Ray Beltran and Oxnard’sDavid Rodela. After taking two years off following back-to-back losses, Ramos is in the midst of a comeback and riding a two-bout winning streak.
As usual, boxers from the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard will be on display during Boxing By The Beach, topped off by two former amateur standouts now plying their trade as Top Rank blue-chip prospects, Alexander Besputin (4-0) and Maxim Dadashev. Fellow Russian uber-prospect and 2012 London Olympics Gold Medalist Egor Mekhonstev (11-0, 7KOs) will also be featured in an 8 round Light Heavyweight bout.
One of the next generation of notable boxers coming out of Ventura County will begin to pave his professional road as Santa Maria’s Oscar Mendoza makes his professional debut at Boxing on The Beach on April 2nd in Port Hueneme.Filling out the undercard will be Oxnard’sJulian “JuJu” Bautista (2-1), undefeated prospect from Woodland Hills Jessy Martinez (3-0), and Abraham Lopez (2-1) from Freddie Roach‘s Wildcard West Boxing Club.
BOXING BY THE BEACH takes place onSaturday, April 2, 2016 at theOceanview Pavilion, located at 575 E. Surfside Drive in Port Hueneme, California.
Tickets can be purchased online atwww.boxingbythebeach.com
or by calling (805) 889-8162.
Tickets start at $40 for Theatre Seatingand $80 for Ringside/Stage Seating.
Doors Open at 5:30pm; First Bout at 6:00pm. All bouts are subject to change.
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