Port Hueneme: New Council Members, Mayor; Getting our beach and pier back

By George Miller

Newly elected Council members Jim Hensley and Tom Figg were sworn in. Hensley is a long time activist who ran against the Measure M business tax, was for transparency and school crossing guards. At one time years back, he was in charge of six VA hospitals. Figg ran on his impressive experience as a planner and thought he could do better than incumbents.  Jon Sharkey, who has been serving as Mayor, was also re-elected to the council. He ran on his record. (watch interviews of all on http:/kadytv.com).

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New Council members Jim Hensley(L), Tom Figg (R) and re-elected Councilman Jon Sharkey (Center). (Photo: Citizensjournal,us)

The mood was festive and optimistic for the coming years. Cake and punch were served afterward and all were invited to a party hosted by Jim Hensley at Pizza Man Dan’s, around the corner on Hueneme Road.  Meeting AGENDA

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The mood was upbeat and festive at Port Hueneme City Hall on Monday, December 15. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

Meeting business consisted of:

– Acceptance of election results:  Hensley, Figg, Sharkey elected to City Council. Measure M business tax defeated.

– Ellis Green and Norman Griffaw stepped down from the Council and were lauded by most remaining members.

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Councilman Jon Sharkey hands departing Council Members Norman Griffaw and Ellis Green mementos. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

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12-15 INSTALLATION OF NEW COUNCIL & MAYOR

 

– Sharkey stepped down as Mayor and is again a Councilman.

– Sylvia Munoz-Schnopp was nominated and elected Mayor by her peers. (Mayor and Pro-tem are rotating positions, elected by Council).

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Mayor Sylvia Munoz-Schnopp is seated. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

– Doug Breeze was nominated and elected Mayor Pro-tem by his peers.

– Last year’s big events were cited as beach erosion and effective response to it, as well as the undocumented immigrants being housed at the base. The latter was presented as a positive thing which PH rose to the occasion of.  The Measure M campaign was not mentioned as a big thing, although it dominated the city conversation for much of the year,

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Greatest crisis was beach erosion. Greatest triumph was success in reinforcing beach and getting more sand. (Photo: KEYTV)

– Consent Agenda was unanimously accepted with no discussion or public comment.  These are items requiring decisions and/or expenditures deemed too routine or small to warrant agendizing and debate, Normally they are approved en masse without debate if no one questions them. A long time Council meeting attendee (35 years) complained that Council candidates Figg and Hensley had objected to this procedure, claiming it lacked transparency. She said all one has to do is go to City Hall or look it up on line before the meeting and ask that it be discussed.

– Beach sand and pier situation oral reports were presented by Gregg Brown and Chris. Severe erosion has occurred in recent years due to weather and time. (Normal dredging was cut way back due to federal funds shortage, even though ample federal customs funds had been collected. This is where the dredging money is supposed to come from, but was reallocated by Congress.) 2.3 million cubic yards of sand trap build-up will have been pumped from Hollywood Beach, Oxnard, area to Hueneme Beach by sometime in January, replacing much of the lost beach, fortifying the shore infrastructure and pier.  An estimated 1.7 MM had already been moved when the report was written recently. PH obtained funding, permits and buttressed the beach with rocks, with the help of most of the same officials who helped with the sand. Another $2MM in funding has been freed up to pump another 1 million cubic yards of sand to HB, which will likely extend the program until March. The dredging program will return to the status quo of every two years after this round is completed.

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Manson dredge pumping millions of cubic yards of sand from outside Channel Islands Harbor to Hueneme Beach. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

Everyone sang praises of the officials who helped bring home the federal bacon to save the day. Included in praise were: Assemblymen Das Williams & Jeff Gorell, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Peter Brown,

12 damaged piles are being replaced on the pier this month, which should restore it and make it again safe for human occupation.

Council voted unanimously to accept the report and continue the state of emergency per Agenda item 8A.

If it wasn’t for the pomp and pageantry of the changing of the guard, this Port Hueneme Council meeting would have lasted about ten-fifteen minutes.

 

Then …. Cake and punch in lobby, followed by Par-Tay at Pizza Man Dan’s!

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Pt. Hueneme Council swearing in party, hosted by Councilman Jim Hensley (Center). (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

 

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Pt. Hueneme Council swearing in party, hosted by Councilman Jim Hensley. (Photo: Citizensjournal.us)

 

December 10- KADYTV.com interviews Jon Sharkey, Jim Hensley, Tom Figg ….

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George Miller is Publisher of Citizensjournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant, active in civic affairs, living in Oxnard.

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