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Vol. II,  Number  14                                                                                                             July 2016

The Trucks Are Back!

Sunset Suppers return the second Tuesday of each month featuring a stunning array of the best food trucks around. Next: August 9, 5:00 – 8:30PM.  Brought to you by the Hueneme Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re Pretty Vulnerable”

Capt. Jahnke addresses the Association of Pacific Ports as Capt. Downey looks on

Recently the world came to Port Hueneme.  With participants from as far afield as Guam, the Marshall Islands, and Taiwan, The Association of Pacific Ports held its annual conference at the offices of the Oxnard Harbor District.

One of the most significant presentations during the two day confab involved U.S. Coast Guard Captain Charlene Downey, Sector Commander, USCG Los Angeles/Long Beach, and U.S. Navy Captain Chris Janke, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), discussing “Pacific Port Security: Where We Are Today”.

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin welcomed the attendees

Capt. Jahnke described the Port of Hueneme, with it’s combination of Navy and commercial traffic, as “cats and dogs”.  While commercial users have only 72 hours to clear out in the event of an emergency situation, the enhanced lease revenue they bring is an important income source for NBVC.

Likening himself to a city mayor, Capt, Jahnke stated his mission is to “support our customers”.  Citing a busy schedule of Navy activities, he asserted, “We are not Sleepy Hollow.” 

With a small staff, the Port of Hueneme is not a port with “heavy security”.  “Without co-operation with the Coast Guard,” said Jahnke, “we wouldn’t get it done.”  “We’re pretty vulnerable … I’ve got cars and guards at the gate, but someone out of the water? I just yell ‘Stop!’.”

Capt. Downey commands an area that includes the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Port Hueneme, and El Segundo.  Out of the $100 million appropriated for the National Port Security Grant Program, she was pleased to report that $9.3 million was coming to Southern California to develop responses to such challenges as underwater terrorism, marine transportation recovery, and nuclear threats.

Cyber security is of particular concern to Capt. Downey. Citing energy, transportation, and critical infrastructure, “Everything works off of technology these days,” she said.

Information security is an inter-agency effort. The Coast Guard is making use of Army National Guard Cyber Response teams.  The Captain is also looking to fill new civilian positions focusing on cyber-security.

The work of port security never ceases. “We are working around the clock,”  she said.  “Any time we get through the day [without an incident], it’s a blessing.”


“We Need Them to Understand How Serious It Is”

Co-Chair Gene Fisher Reports on RDP-21 Lobbying Trip to Washington, D.C

Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP-21) Co-Chair Gene Fisher recently reported to the membership on the annual lobbying trip to Washington, D.C..  RDP-21 is a consortium of local governments, industry professionals, and military experts formed to support the interests of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).

Citing recent successes such as the five year effort to secure a Coast Guard detachment at Point Mugu, Mr. Fisher said, “We had a lot of closure last year.” “This year we woke up to the issues of infrastructure.”  Mr. Fisher explained that the Navy has been underfunding infrastructure to have money for operations.  

Congressional dysfunction was cited as a significant problem.  Present Congressional rules prohibit “earmarks”,  a procedural mechanism that allows Members to direct money to specific local projects.  “It used to be so much easier,” Mr. Fisher lamented, “you could actually get something in the budget.”  

A series of continuing resolutions also froze the budget for several years in a row.  The continuing resolutions “severely impacted the the test and evaluation world,” Mr. Fisher remarked. “The system is not supporting them well.”

Noting that the funding process has become increasingly political, Mr. Fisher pointed out that “More than ever we’re in the education business.” In the matter of infrastructure investment he pointed out “We need them to understand how serious it is.”

As an example, he cited the fact that the Pacific Test Range is down to only one 35 year old  support aircraft. A new aircraft is due to arrive in 3 or 4 years, but may not arrive in time.  Any mechanical problem with the old airplane can result in millions of dollars in lost time.

Terry Clark, the former Director of Naval Air (NAVAIR) Ranges pointed out that testing for the F-35 can cost up to $7 million a day, yet “Nobody has figured out the calculus for the cost to the taxpayers.”   It may be necessary to “spend $100 million to save a Billion”.


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

 Even though the usual practice is to designate buildings in the name of folks no longer numbered among the living, that’s not the way things were done during the last century in Port Hueneme. So, Ray D.Prueter was able to enjoy the occasional visit to his namesake library—in fact, he cherished his strolls among the stacks. 

As then head librarian Cathy Thomason recalls, “Ray was very proud of the library; he laughed about telling the children he was Mr. Prueter … and the children [aware of his commanding portrait in the library lobby]—their eyes would get really wide when he told them this.”

When Prueter, who passed away in April of 2008, and wife Laura retired to Montana, the Friends of the Prueter Library presented him with the greatest of all possible gifts—the greatest of all possible gifts for a bibliophile, that is. The organization created an ongoing book fund in the amount of $1,000 per year
for the purchase of selected tomes in the couple’s honor.

Further, Prueter would have been pleased and grateful, especially during the almost decade-long economic downturn, that his library was still gifting the citizens of Port Hueneme with recreational reading material, employment information, movies, story times for children, book clubs for all ages, help with homework and sorely needed internet access.

He also loved reminding people, with a twinkle in his eye, of the words of his favorite Henry Fielding: “Read in order to live.”

Brick Wahl

Barber Shop Quartets

Barber shop quartets. No one thinks of them anymore. Not even in jokes. Not even in commercials. They are gone. They were everywhere, once, sweet adelining in four part harmony, but they’re gone now. Extinct. Like dinosaurs in candy striped shirts. “When you hear music, after it’s over, it’s gone, in the air. You can never capture it again” Eric Dolphy said. Though I doubt he was thinking about barbershop quartets.

There are lots of cemeteries out near Palm Springs — Sinatra’s out there, and William Powell — full of past generations, and there are thrift stores, full of those past generations’ stuff. Flip through the record bins and you will find barber shop quartet LP’s by the dozen. Four guys in candy striped shirts with vast mustaches waxed like my neighbor’s Camaro. They stand mouths agape, and there’s a barber pole and a guy in a barber chair swathed in shaving cream, looking disturbed.

You will find all kinds of these albums in thrift stores in Palm Springs, every one of which opens with “Bill Bailey”, and finishes with “Sweet Adeline”. I was always terrified of the idea of a barber shaving me while singing Bill Bailey. Syncopation and straight razors never make a great combination. Sweet Adeline would be OK, though.

The old people–our fathers, probably your grandfathers–also had collections of albums of forgettable music with unforgettable models on the covers in various states of undress. Come hither they whispered. Zowie. How many of my generation lost their imagination’s virginity looking at dad’s records? We didn’t have internet porn then, and Playboys were locked away, so all we had was the thrill of those women and wondering if they really do drape themselves across pianos like that.

They don’t.

The bins are also full of the greatest generation’s Dixieland records. They made the world safe for democracy, that generation did, and then they listened to Dixieland. Not while saving the world for democracy–Basie and Ellington and the Dorseys and Glenn Miller scored those scenes–but afterward, when they settled down and grew vaguely nostalgic about the music their own fathers listened to.

As the originals were all ’78’s few could play them, even by the fifties. So they went out and bought records by the Firehouse Five Plus 2, Turk Murphy and a thousand similar bands across the country. Those records are fun, actually, even a blast, and a lot of the bands are first rate. A little hokey, sometimes, redolent of good times and happy funerals and riverboats slapping the Mississippi into white foam. It was a fairly innocent jazz.

The Firehouse Five Plus 2 played Disneyland. They never played in whorehouses or got in knife fights or suffered acute alcoholic psychosis that landed them in the loony bin for the rest of their lives. No, this was all straw hats and banjos and good times. But I like them. My dad loved the stuff. I have a mess of them tucked away in the record cabinet, segregated from the real jazz that my real jazz friends listen to. That way nobody gets embarrassed.

And then there were sound effects records that were ideal for early marijuana experimentation, replete with prepared piano dissonance and percussion that would boing from speaker to speaker. Remember those? No? My dad had some, a bunch of them to go with the giant hi-fi console and speakers in the living room. We’d sit in the dark and listen to funny sounds pan from one end of the room to the other.

My favorite was the fireworks show. Ten minutes of people listening to fireworks, oohing and ahhing and breaking into applause, big booms and whistles and bangs in the background. Wintry nights in Maine pretending it was 4th of July.

There are scores of these records in the bins. Not sure why I never pick any up. They certainly were popular with the exotica crowd a few years ago. They’d put on Tiki shirts like their dads are wearing in the old photographs, and mix long forgotten martinis and listen to Martin Denny records.

Somehow these people always thought that I, a jazz fan, was therefore a Martin Denny fan. Funny how wrong people can be. I never made the mistake of thinking the Tiki crowd was nuts about Dixieland, however. Or Cecil Taylor.

You can listen to Martin Denny, though. Listen to a lot of those old space age pop records, if only for the jazz players mentioned in Stan Cornyn’s liner notes.

With patience, you can hear some terrific soloing. Those records helped an entire generation of musicians who’d once had steady work in swing bands now make the rent. I still catch myself picking up the occasional LP because a favorite jazz player–Buddy Collette, say, or Don Fagerquist–are in the credits. Jazz on the cheap, sort of.

Then there is Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald. The gene that made those records listenable seems to have disappeared from the genome.

What sounded like real music to our grandparents sounds like torture to us now. Their albums stuff the Palm Springs thrift store bins where they sit forever, unwanted. Let’s just say that Gilbert and Sullivan did not age well for the rock’n’roll generation. It must sound like gas music from Jupiter to the hip hop generation. I hear Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald and I thank god for Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald and the others who saved my people from operetta.

Though personally I never minded a barbershop quartet.


Sharks in Carp

Hungry Great White on the prowl in Carpinteria.


The Importance of Military/Community Partnerhships

The community and the base both benefit from working together says Rand study.


The Russian Navy’s Biggest Enemy

Thanks to “shambolic shipbuilding” more Russian warships have been lost to shipyard fires than any enemy action.

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 11:00AM

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.    
Adolfo Camarillo was a horse breeder (Camarillo White Horse), a rancher (Rancho Calleguas), a philanthropist and volunteer who belonged to nearly 40 organizations.   Even late in life, he sometimes attended two or three meetings a day.  
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


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 Oceanview Pavilion Performing Arts Theatre by the Beach located at 575 E. Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme in collaboration with Mariachi De Mi Tierra is hosting the 2nd Annual Mariachi Extravaganza July 28, 2016, which represents the culmination of local High School Mariachi programs.

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:

Hidden Track: Memphis Nighthawks — “Shanghai Honeymoon

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J. Sharkey, Editor and Publisher


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