Hope for Port Hueneme

Finally Port Hueneme city council is doing something right. Led by new Councilmen Jim Hensley and Tom Figg the Council voted to suspend the P.H. beach festival until further notice because the beach festival lost $50,000+ last year. Though the beach festival is popular, it was one of the few things that the city could immediately cut to start stopping the mounting debt of $2.5 million over the last two fiscal years. This debt was caused by past city managers and city council financial mismanagement and ridiculous salary increases to top management as the debt continued to increase. Does the city manager deserve to make $200,000+ and the assistant city manager $150,000 (there are other overpaid city personnel) in a small, sleepy and low-revenue-income city of 22,000 residents, mainly retired and low to middle income? This seems to be a small version of city of Bell-like activity. If local or corporate companies wish to raise money to support the beach festival that would be greatly appreciated by all city residents.

On the positive side, interim-City Manager John Baker, along With Councilmen Hensley and Figg, have  accomplished the following reforms that the past city officials and past City Council members were unwilling to do to insure sound financial practices and transparent ethical judgment on major issues that affected safety and welfare of all port hueneme residents.

1) Stopped the pre-city council meeting session that had the old-guard council members trying to persuade the new council members to vote with them on issues to be voted on at the regular council meeting rather than what they felt was best for the residents of port hueneme.

2)  Stopped no-bid contract awards for city jobs, sometimes given to friends of city management. this was changed to requiring three bids for the council to consider before awarding a contract.

3)  City Council members would also receive bid information to examine before voting for a contract award rather than being forced to accept the recommendation of a questionable committee choice as the past city management and Council wanted.

All port hueneme residents need a competent City Council that can understand and produce a budget that makes sense, is not loaded with pork barrel spending, ridiculous salary increases, and a council that has the best interest of Port Hueneme residents in its decisions of major and minor issues. Residents should attend city council meetings so they have an understanding of city politics and hopefully, in November, vote for candidates that have their best interest in mind, not the ones that have put port hueneme in the current financial mess it is in. New people and new ideas  are needed to remedy the crisis and return Port Hueneme to the wonderful “friendly city by the sea.”

Tom Dunn
Port Hueneme

Goodbye journalism, hello stupidity

The San Antonio journalist does not understand freedom of speech or good journalism. She also lacks common sense.

How dare she want to publish police officers names and home address that put them, and their families in danger. And, really, how does this even solve the problem?

I find it truly amazing that the trolls did not even notice the article about the Hispanic police officer in San Antonio who shot a white suspect. The trolls think it is wonderful to publish police officers names, and addresses because of an incident. Well, the facts are not in yet so I would call the actions of the journalist and her troll followers stupid!

Facts:

1. We were not there to witness the incident.

2. We should consider the evidence before we
form an opinion.

3. If there is a witness, the credibility of that
witness should be considered.

We have the best judicial system in the world. Of course, it is not perfect but neither are human beings.

How many of these trolls have been in a courtroom? Have they ever had to make the tough decisions that a judge has to make? Have they walked in the shoes of attorneys, DAs, and all of those who believe in our system? It takes all of us working together to make a fair and just system.

The question we should all ask is, what happened to common sense!

Jacks daughter
Simi Valley