Serving Port Hueneme, Oxnard, and the World!
Vol.II, No. 15 July 2016
Pokemon Go brings crowds to the Beach Park gazebo.
Julia Brownley shares a moment with Moorpark City Councilmember Keith Millhouse
26th District Congressmember Julia Brownley (D-Port Hueneme, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks) kicked off her re-election campaign before a packed house at her Thousand Oaks campaign office. Speaking before a crowd of military veterans, local officials, and party regulars, the Congressmember pledged to continue working for a more equitable society.
During her time in office, Member Brownley has devoted particular effort to veterans’ affairs, support of Naval Base Ventura County, and funding for sand replenishment at Hueneme Beach.
She was emphatic in her praise for her campaign volunteers saying, “We’ve got not just a great ground game, we’ve got the best ground game in the country. … They come after me with money, but we win with volunteers.”
Recalling her last nail-biting victory over Jeff Gorrell, the Congressmember said, “My greatest wish is that on election night we can all go home and celebrate and not have to wait for days and days to find out who won.”
Walking the Coast
Sen. Pavley greets the Coastwalkers at Ormond Beach
1972 was a heady year for advocates of the California Coast. While Proposition 20 which created the California Coastal Commission got most of the attention, the voters also approved an initiative that stated, “A hiking, bicycle, and equestrian trails system shall be established along or near the coast” — the California Coastal Trail.
The original plan, which included such ambitious, if fanciful, amenities as a pedestrian ferry across the mouth of Hueneme Harbor, has yet to be fully completed. Yet, under the leadership of the California Coastal Conservancy about two thirds of the 1100 mile California coastline is walkable or at least accessable by bicycle.
Starting in May at the Oregon border, two UCSB alumnae, Jocelyn Enevoldsen and Morgan Visalli, have been walking and bicycling the length of the trail to gather attention and support for completing the remaining portions.
At Ormond Beach they were greeted by an enthusiastic local delegation that included State Senator Fran Pavley who in 2001 authored the legislation that designated the Coastal Trail as the “Official State Trail of California.”
Oxnard Mayor pro Tem Carmen Ramirez pointed out that Ormond Beach was the largest intact coastal wetland in California.
Exhibiting boundless enthusiasm, Enevoldsen, a Ventura High grad, told the crowd, “To see people mobilized on coastal issues is really inspiring for us.”
They expect to reach the Mexican border by the end of summer.
A Positive Message for Local Business
Jacqui Irwin brings the good news to the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce
44th District Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin addressed a meeting of the Port Hueneme Chamber of Commerce, touting an improved business climate and numerous initiatives to bring investment, jobs, and training to Ventura County.
The Assemblymember pointed out that since 2009, California leads the nation not only in the number of business start-ups, but also in the 5 and 10 year survival rate of new businesses. “447,000 jobs were created last year. That’s more than Texas and Florida combined,” she said.
Ventura County is one of four “Innovation Hubs” in California. Mentioning Naval Base Ventura County as a major employer, Ms. Irwin said, “There’s a huge need in the district for STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] workers.” Consequently, she took the lead in developing an engineering program at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI).
Additionally, out of the $60 million budgeted statewide for community colleges, $1.5 million apiece will be coming to Oxnard, Ventura, and Moorpark Colleges for remedial education. “This will be transformative for students,” the Assemblymember said.
Ms. Irwin took particular pride in her AB 2664 Legislation that established business incubators through the University of California system. So far 19,000 start-ups have generated nearly $14 billion in revenue. The California Chamber of Commerce designated this legislation as a “No. 1 Job Creator”, no mean achievement for a Democratic bill.
Member Irwin has also been appointed to the Select Committee on Cyber Security. Citing the need for better oversight, she said, “New laws and spending aren’t always necessary.” A concerning fact is that only 20% of state departments have done any sort of security assessment. Pointing out that 80% of cyber cases are the result of employees clicking on phishing email, she said, “It all starts with us.”
Finally, she was pleased to announce that Port Hueneme business Stellar Biotechnologies was honored as Business of the Year in the 44th District. Stellar raises limpets for medical research. Limpet proteins can be used to stimulate the immune system and may play a role in immunization against certain diseases.
Cal Lutheran receives $1.2M federal grant
TRIO programs will now reach county’s junior highs
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California Lutheran University a $1.2 million grant to provide Ventura County’s only federal TRIO program serving middle school students.
The Talent Search program targets disadvantaged middle school and high school students, helping them to success in high school and college. Cal Lutheran will serve 500 South Oxnard students annually over the next five years with the grant. One hundred will be chosen from Channel Islands High School and another 100 from Hueneme High School. Sixty will be selected from each of the high schools’ feeder schools – Blackstock Junior High, E.O. Green Junior High, Haydock Junior High, Lemonwood School and Ocean View Junior High.
The launch of the new program will more than triple the number of pre-college students that the university serves through federal TRIO grants. The university already has two traditional Upward Bound programs and an Upward Bound Math Science program for disadvantaged high school students. To help low-income Cal Lutheran students graduate, it has a federal TRIO program called Student Support Services.
Talent Search targets low-income students who have the potential to succeed in higher education but would be in the first generation of their families to attend college or other postsecondary education programs.
Cal Lutheran decided to serve South Oxnard because of the area’s high poverty, student-to-counselor ratios and dropout rates and its low standardized test scores, rates of participation in rigorous courses, and numbers of college graduates. Only 28 percent of seniors from the target high schools are eligible to apply for four-year California colleges and universities, 13 percent lower than the state average. Illustrating the area’s high need, Cal Lutheran has had to turn away nearly 150 Upward Bound applicants from Channel Islands and Hueneme high schools annually during the last three years. The students denied admission this year will now be offered the opportunity to participate in Talent Search.
Beginning in September, participating students will receive information and support to help them graduate from high school and college. Students will attend workshops and receive individualized academic, financial, career and personal counseling. Staff members will also organize visits to college campuses and assist students as they prepare for college entrance exams, apply for college admission and financial aid, and transition from junior high to high school and from high school to college.
The university will hire a director and two academic specialists to administer the program as well as part-time instructors, mentors and tutors.
History by the Minute
Beverly Merrill Kelley
Let’s face it, we’re all busy people. We’d love to learn more about our hometown but who has the time? This column will feature highlights that can be read in a minute or two. And rest assured, the information comes from the considerable resources of the Port Hueneme Historical Society. If your interest is piqued to learn more, visit the museum on Market Street or send your questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many Port Hueneme folks recognize the name of Ray D. Prueter because it appears in huge metallic letters on the front of the glass-walled structure with all the books located at 510 Park Avenue.
Many more, especially during the nearly 60 years Prueter resided in Port Hueneme, however, called him “friend.”
A position as auditor at the Bank of Hueneme brought Prueter and his new bride Laura Margaret O’Donnell here in 1950. Prueter retired for the first time in 1991 after 35 years with Flesher-Lawrence-Prueter-Dodds Insurance.
He was the kind of man who was more interested in learning about others and their personal passions than he was in talking about himself and his accomplishments, which were both numerous and extraordinary.
Not only did Prueter head up the city during the pivotal years in Port Hueneme’s history (1962-1974), but he also held the distinction of being one of only two mayors in Ventura County to be elected president of the League of California Cities.
Benadryl, Betty White, and the End of the American Dream
Written while high on Benadryl….
Hay fever season…yesterday the allergy/arthritis synergy was at its peak, and I was on allergy pills all day. Alas, you can’t mix epilepsy meds and daytime allergy pills, so the wife was graced with sweet silence from her zoned out husband.
I pulled out one of those Mill Creek Entertainment eight zillion classic television shows on 900 disc sets I picked up for a dollar somewhere and spent hour after hour somewhere between 1948 and 1960. The writers then had all been in radio for years, and were sharp and funny, and especially in the earliest days were writing for hip urban audiences–Bob Cummings quoting Voltaire, and in French.
The actors, too, had mostly come out of radio, or the stage, and many of the comics went all the way back to vaudeville. An ancient Victor Moore (you’ll recognize him as the plumber in The Seven Year Itch) singing a jazzed up 45 Minutes From Broadway (the George M. Cohan tune he’d first sung in 1906) on the Ed Wynn Show in 1949. I’m feeling groovy he says, grinning, stoned without being stoned, following the ultra hip vocal quartet offstage. The be boppers must have loved it (though the silver hairs in the audience preferred it as he’d sung it earlier in the show, a gentle, almost stately waltz, with Cohan’s ragtime inspired tempos softened by time and nostalgia).
The variety shows could be flat out surreal, fading actors making jokes about being reduced to appearing on television in subtitles they hold up on boards. It was a live medium–live broadcast at first, and then live in front of a studio audience–and the fourth wall was violated regularly so that at times the audience nearly became part of the show.
The writers on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show went so far as to remove the fourth wall and have George talk to the audience–both in house and out there in the dark–like a Greek chorus commenting on the plot, and he would also sneak off to tune in his television set to see what was happening in the scenes he was not in, talking to the audience the whole time, and sometimes phoning the characters to comment on what they were saying, to their confusion. All this within the classic show within a show premise that Jack Benny had introduced back in the 1930’s.
It was all pretty avant garde and a far different sort of comedy than came out in the early sixties. There were no Gilligan’s Islands in the mid fifties, no Hazels or Petticoat Junctions. It wasn’t yet Newton Minnow’s vast wasteland…though you could see it getting there as the fifties ended.
Sometime past midnight I woke up on the couch and had no idea what time it was, let alone what decade, and it occurred to me through all the antihistamine that people were watching this show in this very room when it was new, and looking out the same panes of glass (they are so old the glass has flowed downward and distorts the view), and perhaps someone in them acting like an idiot had been at one of the hip Silver Lake parties here and left the stains in the ancient wood floor, uncovered when we tore up the carpeting (there were ancient tacks in the floor from the 1930’s) and drunkenly dropped the cigarettes that left scorch marks a half century later.
I reached for a Pall Mall but there were none (do they even make them anymore?), and all the people I can remember who smoked them are long dead. On the screen there was Betty White, impossibly cute, telling her sitcom husband that when she is 95 years old she’ll be something or other, I can’t remember what. I was just struck by the fact that Betty White actually is 95 years old now, a realization that zapped me back into 2016, and I sneezed.
Wow. Somewhere between thick skulled William Bendix’s cozy union job in The Life of Reilly and today that whole middle class world disintegrated. Unless the characters were rich–John Forsyth in Bachelor Father, for instance–none of the premises of any of those shows would make sense today. That was my parents’ world, the World War Two generation. Since then we’ve stopped smoking, and we have seatbelts in our cars, but we’ve screwed everything else up as far as the standard of living goes.
These middle class people goofing around in those sitcoms seem impossible now, unreal. They bask in economic security. Their place is assured. Nothing was left to chance then. Barring the prospect of nuclear annihilation, it was all dull, predictable and secure. Imagine that.
But you can’t.
That brief interregnum of widespread middle class security between the end of the Depression and Reaganomics was perhaps the one time in American history since the middle of the 19th century that the economic pyramid was flattened and ballooned from the middle. To have begun then–I was born in 1957, the peak year of the baby boom, we were born like rabbits that year–makes today’s reality that much harder, and nostalgia far too easy, almost narcotic.
It’s no accident that nearly 50% of patients being treated for opiate addiction today are between fifty and seventy years old…up from 10% twenty years ago. You can imagine them high, on the couch, watching old syndicated teevee shows. The advertisements are aimed at them–reverse mortgages, payday loan sharks, ambulance chasers, miracle products that will patch up all the old things in the house they can’t afford to replace, then back to the old television reality where everybody worked forty hours a week with benefits and lived in houses they could afford on a single salary.
I got a taste of that narcosis yesterday in a fun and feverish, zoned out achy anti-histamine day, reliving 1950’s America.
The last thing I remember was Betty White in some fluff called Life With Elizabeth, and I passed out in a perfect residential neighborhood somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, circa 1954.
I woke up hours later, put the last disc back in the box and put the box back, way back, out of reach.
Trump Ambivalent on Baltic Security
Will NATO stand up to Putin when the chips are down?
SecDef Has “Heartburn” with Defense Bill
“The House bill fails to provide our troops with the resources they need to fight our enemies around the world,” says Carter in letter to Congress.
DARPA Contract Addresses Cyber Threats
Complex systems vulnerable to long term stealthy hacking. As many as 30% could be affected.
Don Adolfo at the Museum
Don Adolfo Camarillo
Gerry Olsen will be speaking about Adolfo Camarillo at the Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum 220 Market Street on July 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM.
Don Adolfo Camarillo may have been small in stature, according to author Gerry Olsen, but he made a big impact on the community—including Port Hueneme.
Camarillo, who only stood about five feet tall, worked closely with Hueneme’s Achille Levy to bring lima beans, walnuts and other crops to the region.
The lumber for his spectacular Victorian home (Camarillo Ranch House) was unloaded at Thomas Bard’s wharf.
Two years ago, Gerry Olsen published a biography titled Don Adolfo Camarillo: A Living Legend—it was released just in time to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Don Adolfo Camarillo’s birth.
Olsen is a former public information officer for the Ventura Community College District, a member of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, and retired newspaperman. He also wrote a biography about his Norwegian immigrant grandparents, Nils and Ellen Olsen, who settled in the Conejo Valley in the late 1880s.
For information contact Beverly M. Kelley email@example.com
Mariachis at the Beach
Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach, in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra Presents a Free Community Concert
THE 2ND ANNUAL MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA!
This free community event features many talented locally known Mariachis such as Hueneme High’s spirited and award winning “Mariachi De Mi Tierra” and “Mariachi Aguilas de Oxnard” who performed for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “Get Out the Vote” event June 4th, at the Hueneme High School.
With performances by, Mariachi Camarillo, Mariachi Cihualteco, Mariachi Orgullo de Mexico and more, this is an event you will not want to miss! The concert will showcase and portray Hispanic culture and promote the many wonderful Mariachi groups in Oxnard.
Without the help of Antonio and Dominic Rivera, teachers in the Oxnard Union High School District for over 7 years, none of this would have been possible. These two exceptional brothers are very talented Mariachi instructors and musicians that go to each and every high school in the Oxnard Union High School District five days a week to inspire others to develop a passion towards Mariachi, as they have developed their own throughout the years.
According to Antonio or “Tony”, who has been playing the guitarron for 22 years, “Mariachi is my life, there is nothing I wouldn’t do to help others understand how beautiful Mariachi is.”
From being a part of the Mariachi program for years, his brother Dominic believes that “Music speaks what some people wish to say and it also soothes the mind, heals the heart and soul. In my opinion Mariachi has helped me learn to appreciate my Hispanic culture and be able to express my love for it. As a teenager, I always felt Mariachi as a positive hobby, but today, I see it as another half of who I am. It has really connected me to school throughout musical education and if it weren’t for Mariachi, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
Our goal for this event is to raise over $5,000 — and the students need your support! There is no better investment for the children in our community, such a great way to give back to our Future America.
Through sponsorship opportunities, and raffles these funds will be used toward music, instruments, uniforms, transportation and field trips. It is amazing to see so many exceptional groups contribute their talents, time and tireless energy, come together to express their love for music through Mariachi.
Free parking in “Lot E” has been provided by The City of Port Hueneme for your convenience.
For more information regarding the concert and sponsorship opportunities contact Antonio or Dominic Rivera (805)795-6021 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Summer Fun Without Driving
Although July 4th has passed, there are plenty of Ventura County summer adventures remaining before school begins. Here is a list of hot spots accessible by bus:
Sun and Sand
Thousand Oaks Transit (TOT) makes five round trips each weekday to Zuma Beach through August 19. Round trips cost only $6, $3 for seniors and riders with disabilities. Cash only, dear readers. The TOT Summer Beach Bus also travels to San Buenaventura State Beach (Lot C) and Surfers Point, across the street from the Amtrak station.
Sunset Yoga and Cycling
If you are looking to combine summer workouts, you can take VCTC Intercity Transit to Ventura College and then cycle north to Arroyo Verde Park in the City of Ventura. Once there, you can join a Sunset Yoga Class from 6 to 7pm.
Concerts by the Sea
If you like listening to music by the Pacific Ocean, attend the Saturday Concerts by the Seaseries at Peninsula Park in the Channel Islands Harbor. The concerts continue through August 27, from 4 to 6pm, and Gold Coast Transit can carry you from the Ventura County Public Health Building to the edge of the concert area, where you can walk or ride to your seat, dreaming of music rather than finding where to park.
Close Encounters and Summer Camp
Moorpark Zoo, which calls itself “America’s Teaching Zoo,” can be reached by the VCTC Intercity East County route (via the Moorpark College stop) on Saturdays. The zoo is only open to the public on weekends, 11am to 5pm. Admission for adults is $8, while admission for children and seniors is $6.
Ask about the 2016 Jr. Safari Summer Camp sessions to be held July 18-22, July 25-29, and August 1-5. You can find more information online. Full-day camps run from 8:30am to 4pm. If your child is unable to attend a full day, the camp offers “early bird” and “night owl” options.
Shopping Without Burning Gasoline
The Camarillo Outlet Mall and its 160 stores can be reached by VCTC Intercity’s Highway 101 route, which is available on weekdays and Saturdays. The mall’s weekday and Saturday hours are from 10am to 9pm.
The largest shopping center in western Ventura County—Pacific View Mall—adjoins the Ventura Transit Center. Consequently, several VCTC routes stop here. You can reach the one-million square-foot mall via VCTC Intercity’s Coastal Express, Highway 101, and Highway 126 lines.
If you prefer The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks VCTC’s Highway 101 service will take you there Monday through Saturday. Check out the Young Art—Summer Camp available Monday through Friday until September 2.
Fillmore Aquatics Center offers a variety of swimming programs, including Mommy and Me classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Make your plans now because the last day of swimming at the pool is Labor Day, September 5, 2016. The Valley Express Fillmore Circulator will gladly take you to the Aquatics Center. More details at www.valleyexpressbus.org.
If you prefer to escape the summer heat in a darkened theater, Simi Valley Transit can take you to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. From July 23 through August 28, Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi will present Peter and The Starcatcher a musical prequel to the Peter Pan story told in books, plays, and movies. Routes A or B will drop you off across the street from the arts center.
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