Issues at the Heart of Our City
Ensuring our sand replenishment is on task, on target and within range every two years is at required levels is paramount to saving our shoreline, protecting our infrastructure, and ensuring our prized asset is around for generations to enjoy.
In 2014 I worked hard to find the money to rebuild and restore our beach, working with $2MM in State grant monies thanks to the efforts of then Assemblymember Das Williams, Jeff Gorrell and State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson.
The photo above are volunteers from our Filipino Community before the current round of beach clean-ups has taken off.
This is our group of families with Ped Bucao who spearheaded program for Coastal Beach Clean-up in 2014.
CA Coastal Commission Visit to Port Hueneme:
In April 2018, I represented our community in front of CA Coastal Commission for their first visit to Port Hueneme for a formal quarterly meeting to tell them about our sand erosion and continued help addressing ongoing problem. We visited our beach and spoke about the unique place Port Hueneme holds for Ventura County, just north of Point Mugu and Malibu, both affected by our lack of sand and limited replenishment over the years. I continue to work with RDP-21, colleagues who serve on BEACON and other important collaborators who can affect change and continued pressure to get our beach the valuable sand replenishment we need!
Taking care of the community, one person, one group at a time.
During Covid-19 I've been working with city officials to ensure our businesses are still in business. We effectively put together a team to help business owners walk through Covid-19 relief County of Ventura grant applications with scheduling, business license and computer assistance. These grants were available for select business owners to help with unexpected Covid-19 emergencies and assistance.
Support for PHPD:
Local Eagles' Nest Group sent well-wishes to our Port Hueneme Police Department and honored our first responders with a meal during the 4th of July holiday. We did this to show support for our everyday heroes, letting them know we stand behind them and their efforts to keep our community safe.
Unaccompanied Minors Program:
I was honored to speak to national conference of Southwest Keys managers regarding their work on the Unaccompanied Minors in 2015. Photo is with me standing with Alexa from Southwest Keys and Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Sharkey after briefing on outcomes of NBVC's role in the national program and our city's hosting of young kids in their journey to join family members in the United States.
Services for the Community
Keeping our community safe is one thing, but making sure we are a hub for community services and cultural activities makes for a thriving city. One of the great things we have going even in this time of Covid is our every Saturday Clean -up at Hueneme Beach. My trip a few months ago resulted in half a bucket of trash, including Styrofoam, cigarette butts, bottle caps, netting, food trash, and napkins. If we don't clean up our beach, it will result in trash in our oceans, harbors and on our sand. Other events I wholeheartedly support are the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the Hueneme Chamber. My first year as Mayor 2010-11 was one where we had a Menorah Lighting ceremony as well at City Hall with Rabbi Dov from Oxnard! I've also supported First Responder Recognition Events at Hueneme Bay, our Junior Lifeguard Programs, Movies In the Park (my idea!) for the community, Farmer's Market and monthly Food Truck events, Holiday Senior Luncheons and Cops for Tots event. I'm looking forward to returning to new and enhanced community efforts including a revamped and modernized Hueneme Beach Festival, new 5K runs (I'm a 5K director), professional Fireworks Celebrations, the Banana Festival (OHD event) and more!
The above photo is what happens when the sand begins to erode along Hueneme Beach as you can see from the jetty back to the east along the promenade. The pinch point is normally seen at the flag monument that comes up where Market Street meets Surfside Drive. In this photo the sand with wave action begins to cut away at the sand, leaving a drop, or shelf, to get to the water. This photo was taken in 2016.
Clean Water Sources
Water is one of our current and future issues for our city and customers including Naval Base Ventura County and Channel Islands Beach Community Services District. Our work as a conduit for water, along with a joint partnership with City of Oxnard and Calleguas Municipal Water District, is at the crux of ensuring we have clean, affordable and accessible water. Staying on top of this issue is crucial to the city's well-being, residents and businesses alike. We are working to establish long-term, viable water solutions.
Convening a new group known as the Citizens Advisory Commission will allow us to receive ideas and feedback to a myriad of extra-special items and ideas that we'd like to consider instituting for our community. I'm glad to see this CAC group finally take off and appreciate their input, advice and interest in our community.