The wing nuts MUST move aside
There is a real water emergency in California, as recently declared by the governor. Without water, the state of California, as we know it today, will cease to exist. That is an obvious and self-apparent fact, which CANNOT be denied!!
The need for water is ONE THOUSAND TIMES more important than the so-called “high speed” rail system. The high-speed rail system CANNOT produce one drop of water and will actually consume water. In view of this critical need for water, we need to start building 25 desalting plants IMMEDIATELY, without delay, in California, and finish the 17 that were never completed. The money that was earmarked for the high-speed rail system needs to be shifted to building DESALTING PLANTS. The need is DESPERATE, the need is REAL, the situation requires action NOW!!!
In view of the foregoing, there should be THREE TOP PRIORITIES in California, for the next five years: DESALINATION PLANTS, DESALINATION PLANTS and DESALINATION PLANTS!!
There are 15,000 desalination plants in the world today; in California there are only ONE or TWO, which are fully operational!! 17 MORE are being held up by environmental wing nuts!! These wing nuts MUST be overruled NOW!! The desperate need for water in California is a THOUSAND TIMES more important than their trivial environmental concerns. The wing nuts MUST move aside and allow desalination plants to be built, especially the 17 they have been holding up for the last 10 years!!!
Not so cleaned up
Today I walked my dogs to the end of Seaward, as I do every day. This was Saturday 9/20/14. As I got to the end I noticed the wall littered with 20 feet of plastic bags. Some had a few things in them like feathers and one coffee cup. Others were EMPTY. This was someone’s attempt of a beach cleanup. Please don’t do us any more favors. You left over 100 plastic bags that the seagulls carry to the ocean. Thirty percent of the trash was made by whoever attempted this cleanup. Gloves, bags, water bottles, food cartons, etc. Your “CLEAN THE BEACH” took me an hour to sort. I put the actual trash in 10 bags plus one dead pelican that should not even have been brought up to rest at a tourist destination.
California Coastal Cleanup Day at the Seaward Beach was a travesty. No one brought their own buckets or reused bags as the ad suggested they do. I saw no reused bags. All I found were EMPTY six-gallon plastic bags with California Coastal Commission and Recycle written on them. I have saved the 60 empty bags I collected that day and can send pictures of the wasted bags.
The whole idea is to heal our ocean, not add to the problem. Hundreds of wasted plastic bags are not the solution. Please rethink the next cleanup and don’t leave it for the seagulls to rip apart and bring it right back to the beach. You MUST take the trash away the day of the event.
Please use common sense next time.
Sharkey for Measure M
“Only the little people pay taxes,” scoffed Leona Helmsley before her conviction for tax evasion. I’d never heard of Mark Bogetich until our city received a remarkably extensive public records request. So extensive it could take over a week’s worth of staff time to come up with all the minutiae requested by the man known to his friends as “Bogey.”
The website of his firm, MB Public Affairs, describes him (with all due modesty) as “one of the nation’s pre-eminent political vulnerability researchers.” In other words, a practitioner of the black art of dirty politics.
So what brings such a pre-eminent personage to the “Friendly City by the Sea”? Nothing less than a mundane update to a pretty boring law: the business license update known as Measure M.
You see, there are a number of big companies doing business in Port Hueneme that subscribe to the Leona Helmsley school of political economy. Under our 37-year-ordinance, big companies like Exxon, Del Monte and Chiquita are paying nothing while local businesses, no matter how small, are dutifully paying license fees to support the community they call home.
Rather than invest in our city, the big operators at the Oxnard Harbor District formed an opposition committee and funded it to the tune of nearly $40,000. Think about that: Port Hueneme has a population of fewer than 23,000. $40,000 is $1.79 for every man, woman, and child in our city.
Big-time consultants, like the man called Bogey, charge fees that easily swell into the mid-five figures. The reasoning of the No on M folks can only be that it’s better to pay a Sacramento consultant than invest in the people of Port Hueneme.
So what are these scofflaws getting for their money? So far, not much. Imagine my surprise when I answered the phone and was confronted with a pollster spouting demonstrably false statements about me. My reaction was outrage followed by bemusement. After all, how many people can say they were the target of one of the nation’s pre-eminent vulnerability researchers?
What could $40,000 buy if invested back into our community? It’s enough to keep the library open an extra day per week. It could resurface a tennis court, repair a basketball court or fund the crossing guard program. $40,000 could provide iPads for 150 needy students.
The backers of the No on M committee are far too big and important for any of that community investment stuff. No, they’ll leave that to the little people who actually pay the taxes. The big money will go to the consultants and black ops practitioners who know how to make phone calls but don’t seem to know the truth.
Mayor, City of Port Hueneme
Bryan MacDonald for mayor
My name is Gaston Gomez, I would like to express my great concern about the destination of our city if we don’t immediately correct its leadership. I believe that, as citizens of Oxnard we have the profound responsibility to regain the city’s municipal control, an act that would enable us to make the necessary adjustments to the present journey of our city. I believe that as mayor of Oxnard, Bryan MacDonald will lead the city of Oxnard to the next socio-economic level.
I have known Bryan MacDonald for the past 19 years, a relationship that has granted me the opportunity to earn a fair awareness of his immense contributions. Bryan MacDonald is a man of integrity, character and time generosity. Throughout the years, Bryan has proved to be a great community asset. An impeccable police career, an advocate of transparency and progress as a councilman, co-achiever of many new commercial and residential developments, repairs and reconstruction of our streets, committed to the safety of our youth, promoting education and development of after hour programs through the Boys & Girls Club, while facing the grave economic needs, and the many issues affecting our city.
Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve the problems with the same thinking that created them.”
Bryan MacDonald, “Mayor of Oxnard.”
Gastón R. Gómez