My story today starts because I am home sick from work, if it weren't for that fact I would never have had the time to sit down and start watching the last City Council Meeting online. The camera is set up so far from the table where the action is going on and my picture is so small, I have a really hard time seeing what people look like and their movements are jerky and they kind of look like little toys walking around.
Everyone is very polite and well behaved in this particular meeting. They have declared someone an honorary citizen of Port Hueneme because her first name is Hueneme. They have elected Tom Figg as Mayor and Jim Hensley as his side kick they say..Sisco and Pancho were the names they used. It is clear the Council is divided into two camps. There seems to be the Sharkey and Schnop camp and then on the other side the 3 remaining seem to be bonded together. (Hensley, Berg and Figg)
They then moved on to the properties owned by the City and the process involved in a competition to draw business into these properties. There is a budget of $25,000 to hire a consultant to guide the city in this process.
I noticed that many people working for the city seem to be related......the wife of the new mayor Tom Figg seems to be retiring from her job with the city. And The Hensley Law Firm seems to be resigning as the Attorney for the City. So the City is currently looking to replace the retiring wife of the new mayor and a new law firm to replace the firm of the new second in command's law firm.
The Council is now talking about Cannabis and forming an Ad Hoc Committee. It seems like they are listening to Resume's as the last three people speaking sound like they are applying for a job. they have appointed the City Manager as the organizer of the Committee.
I need to once again point out that the cameras view is really small and I can not see people very clearly. My one comment is the voices I am hearing sound kind of old? And well I am not young but person speaking now sounds elderly but maybe it is a voice thing.
He is talking about hurt feelings and how the City never seems to get anything done. (I agree...) He is complaining about the length of the processes the City uses to make all decisions. It is too lengthly. It seems maybe the gloves have been put on and the niceness has stopped and Mr. Hensley is talking about how he and Mr. Sharkey do not get along. This Council uses a lot of fancy words. There is rehashing of minutes from previous meetings and much disscussion and I am not sure what they are accomplishing. Mr. Hensley does not want the Cannabis fact finding to go on and on for months I think is the basics of what is being said. A Motion is made about a 4 member committee being formed and start going forward. I also want to mention that all motions made in this meeting have been approved unanimously, which is something I had heard never happened with the Port Hueneme City Council.
They are now talking about the Agenda for the next meetings and how they will spend the $100 thousand dollars given to the City by the Port. How there is another $100 thousand dollars coming.
Mr. Hensley I think is the older man who wants to increase the number of Police on the street and start doing something about the Homeless people in the Community. He is bothered that the City council does not seem to be informed of all the new businesses coming into the area.
Mayor Figg is now giving homework to the City Council. He is distributing what he calls their new road map for them to review before the next meeting. Ms. Schnop seems to be irritated that homework is being given...? She seems to wonder how he knew he would be the Mayor that he had Homework prepared. Very good question?
Landscaping will be addressed on the 19th. The discussion has turned to personal issues if they should be done publically or in closed session. I hope they are getting ready to wrap it up because....I have a life?
Mr. Hensley again is sharing his opinion as to how the Council does not have time to play around that they need to get going and get some things done.
Oh My Goodness now they are starting an Open Forum???
Steve Gamma speaks about Agenda order? He welcomes the new City Manager and recommends he start surfing. I think I like Steve Gamma although I have never met him. I think we should all learn to surf.
More from Mr Hensley....Mr. Berg would like a workshop on the budget.
Ok the Meeting is concluded! yeah I need to get on with my life!