On "Hello Port Hueneme" google <helloporthuenemeblog.blogspot.com> is a video show with City Manager Rod Butler called 'Citizens Forum' that I started a couple of months ago. The City Manager answers questions and takes suggestions from citizens and responds at a later show as to what has been done about the questions/suggestions. I announce weekly on Next Door Port Hueneme for people to send their questions/suggestions to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. We have gotten suggestions about a community garden, traffic issues and beach bathrooms to name a few. If you would email the City Manager with specifics on the parking issue he would contact the code compliance director and get an answer. This is the best way to get action, enlisting the City Manager to work on a problem with the correct department head rather than have one person contact a department and hope there will be a response.
A year ago I started a concept called the Citizen Advisory Board that was to be a communication channel between citizens and the city staff and city council. However, at the time the city council was composed of members that preferred to do things in private and in many occasions resulted in decisions that were bad for the city and had no citizen input. The current city council is now very receptive to having an open and transparent relationship with PH citizens. Mayor Tom Figg has set forth a Strategic Action Plan that includes what the city needs to do to fix the fiscal crisis we are in and ideas on how the city's quality of life can improve. The Citizens Advisory Board is included in the plan and ready to start up its formation with board members, committees, committee chairman and members. The committees will include a Beach Committee, HOA Committee, Rec & Park Committee, Community Outreach and others. The Board and Committees will give the City Manager and Mayor ideas from citizens and the City Manager and Mayor can request the committees to get citizen's opinions on various civic and financial programs.
To get things done the right way and in a reasonable time period is the key to a successful Citizen Advisory Board. To do this we will need a lot of participation from citizens to work on committees and provide the city with meaningful information. An organized effort with the right direction and people will be a very effective way to get things done than doing little by little and hoping something happens. The citizens work and support done to save the Senior Luncheon in December is a perfect example of what can be accomplished by citizen involvement. Any way you would like to help in this effort would be welcomed. I plan to have a City Hall Town Meeting soon inviting all PH citizens to attend and volunteer to serve on the committees and help Port Hueneme be the best place to live.
"It's so difficult to just pick one!! :) So I'll give a few, plant a tree, pick up dog poop, create more little free libraries on corners, as well as inspire children's involvement in a community project to educate them about why we need to plant trees, clean up and respect our environment and have more books to read!"
Jenk Stephenson- Treasurer Anacapa View HOA-
"My answer-- As a regular citizen we can always exhibit an attitude of friendliness to everyone, try to make sure that we do everything possible to keep the city clean by not littering, and shop local so that our tax revenue goes to the city.
While a very tiny question, it’s loaded with potential answers. Here is a brief response. If it’s too long, feel free to shorten it.
From the point of view of a police department who not only deals with public safety issues but social issues as well, and who values community policing, building public trust, and engaging our youth, the regular citizen needs to get involved in our community. This can take a number of forms ranging from volunteering at the local youth club, being an active participant in our local neighborhood watches, or attending a community sponsored event. We must stay proactive in our community - we can’t just be reactive.
Most importantly, stay connected with our community. With a community our size, simply staying in touch and being engaged via social media or by attending local events, we can help improve and make this a stronger community. When you are informed, you hold the power to help make a difference. After that, the possibilities are endless.
Port Hueneme is the Friendly City by the Sea. I think this is because of the ordinary person in the City. So I would suggest that they/we all continue to be outgoing, open a door for a stranger, smile and say hello. With respect to our environment, that we all do our best to conserve our natural resources for the future generations.
City of Port Hueneme
Get engaged with the community by attending City Council meetings, Oxnard Harbor District Board meetings, Hueneme Elementary School District Board meetings.
What can the regular citizen do to improve or help the City of Port Hueneme?
1. Become and stay informed on current issues. Attend Council meetings when you can, and if that's not possible, review the proceedings by live stream or 2-3 days later when the videos are posted on the City's website. Regular meetings of the City Council are conducted the 1st and 3rd Mondays at City Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
2. Volunteer your time: appointments to committees/commissions sponsored by the City; assistance in staging community events/functions (e.g., Museum, Library and Special Ceremonies), involvement in grass roots efforts (e.g., Flight 261 Memorial maintenance, beach litter collection and non-profit fund raising). Your primary contact is Carmen Nichols, Deputy City Manager, who can be reached through the City's website.
3. Sell the City: speak favorably about the community, and if there are negatives, offer constructive suggestions rather than critical commentary. As the saying goes: "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."
"We learned in kindergarten that we should clean up our own messes. I think if everyone just followed that rule Port Hueneme would benefit tremendously! Recycle your waste at the appropriate disposal areas. If you are not sure where to place certain items.............CLICK HERE. Please do not leave your mess for someone else to clean up. Also either Hold On To Your Butts! Or as you are out walking, pick up the ones that are on the ground! We are SSSSOOOOO close to the ocean that most likely any dropped cigarette butts will end up in the beautiful Pacific Ocean where a fish will think it is food and eat it, and well ...that can't be good for a fish.
Thank You to everyone who replied. I am confident that the perfect people gave the needed responses to guide us all to a better city!
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Would you like to take a teeny tiny baby step to getting involved? Then come out on May 20, 2017, for Hands Across The Sand at Hueneme Beach Park! #JoinHands