The thing that surprises me the most about Port Hueneme is that it really is a very small town. I moved here in 2014 because of the weather mainly. I hate politics I really do. In my life I have noticed that it rarely matters who the elected officials are...or so I thought.
I was too young to march in protest during the Viet Nam Era, my only memory is seeing my brother in uniform, visiting him at Fort Ord.....taking him to the airport at the end of his leave, my Mother cried I think, and finally when he returned home after his Tour of Duty I remember leaving little notes with pennies on them all over the house to welcome him home.
I can not remember anything occurring that made me want to get out and express my opinions between now and then.
My opinion is we can not let the Dakota Pipeline actually be built. It is Native American Land. We all ready stole their land once we can not do it again for Pete's Sake. It is their land and they should decide what happens on it. I do not have the ability to go join them in their protest I have a job and need to show up to, in order to be able to pay my bills. I do post information on the PoHuLocal Facebook Page but that is about as involved as I can get with that one. We must remain aware of what is happening on this one as President Trump did sign an Executive Order Ok-ING the pipeline but it still has to be allocated money which comes from Congress which is full of elected officials they hold the purse strings not President Trump.
I did not march in the Women's March which took place recently. I am pro Planned Parenthood. I was raised in a conservative Catholic Family where sex and birth control was NEVER discussed and I made use of the Planned Parenthood Health Services to purchase birth control when I became sexually active in High School. They educated me and kept me healthy. I still do not feel compelled to march.
I chose not to post the Anti-Trump March recently held in Oxnard on The PoHuLocal Facebook Page because I felt it was negative and I think the Country should be uniting now. Coming together not dividing.
For some reason of which I really have no idea The Port Hueneme Beach Festival has made me politically active. Why? Because I want a Beach Festival. Port Hueneme needs revenue and I think the Beach Festival is a revenue generating activity. My first attempt to raise money thru a Go Fund Me Campaign was put to an end when I was told the City of Port Hueneme was not interested in accepting the money in their Non-Profit Account, REACH.
Without a non-profit it is close to impossible to have the Festival, as in order to obtain all the multitudes of permits a non-profit is needed. At least this is how it has been explained to me.
So again, I want a Beach Festival so off I went in search of a non-profit who was interested in having a Beach Festival. And guess what? I found one!! I have been communicating with the chair person of the Ventura Branch of The Surfrider Foundation.
I think if you walked the streets of Port Hueneme and took a pole of everyone walking anywhere the response would be overwhelmingly in favor of a Beach Festival....so why can we not get the City of Port Hueneme on Board? I have yet to figure out an answer to this question.
UPDATE: Because of the current state of the Political Affairs in our country. Surfrider has much bigger issues to deal with and they can not be distracted from their mission which is to save the ocean and the planet to take on a beach festival. They are planing a Climate Change March in Washington DC. They are dealing with the disposal of Nuclear Waste at San Onofre. I totally support them in all their efforts! One day Port Hueneme will have their Beach Festival back but sadly it will not be in 2017.