How $159 Million Benefits Oxnard at the Channel Islands Harbor
By: Stacy Miller, Chair of the Board
Would you be surprised to learn that the businesses and tenants of Channel Islands Harbor had a total economic impact of more than $159 million in 2016 (direct and indirect), according to a report recently published by the California Economic Forecast?
Our little gem on the coast is credited with $74 million of direct economic impact to the Ventura County economy in 2016. The Channel Islands Harbor, which is one of the few growing employment centers in the County, also facilitated 920 full-time-equivalent jobs.
The report anticipates that two proposed developments, including the Hyatt House and restaurant (formerly the Casa Sirena Hotel) and redevelopment of Fisherman’s Wharf (east side) could increase economic activity by over 60 percent.
The highest performing business category for the Harbor in 2016 was dining, which grossed an estimated $19 million in sales. Real estate was the next highest performing category at nearly $12 million in gross sales. The remaining categories, in rank order of gross sales were: boating services, hotels, sportfishing, commercial fishing, personal services, other recreation, boat sales, yacht clubs, other retail, healthcare, insurance, boating supplies, education and home services.
Back in the 1960’s and 70’s, the Channel Islands Harbor was built as a recreational harbor on 310 acres of land and water, with about 2,150 boat slips, as well as marina facilities, restaurants, sportfishing facilities and shops. In 2016, the marinas were 70 percent full.
The Channel Islands Harbor is divided into three areas (west, east and peninsula) served by separate public roads, with each area providing different services. The west side includes marinas, a linear park, restaurants, residential development and retail businesses. The peninsula is dominated by hotel development, marinas, apartments and condominiums.
The east side is primarily commercial and serves boaters by offering boat yards, a marine supply store, boat sales, law enforcement, administration and search and rescue facilities. It's that east side that really needs a makeover to generate more revenue and become the destination it was intended to be.
Owned and operated by the County of Ventura, the majority of the Harbor is operated by businesses that have been granted long-term ground leases by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors
Since 2012, Channel Islands Harbor business activity outperformed overall business growth throughout Ventura County, at 6.3 percent annually.
The Hyatt House is a 206-room hotel with a 5,400 square foot restaurant. This $25 million project is expected to begin construction later this year. Fisherman’s Wharf at the Channel Islands Harbor (www.fishermanswharfoxnard.com) is a proposed $100 million mixed use project that includes high-end apartments, restaurants, shops and commercial development to replace the dilapidated Fisherman’s Wharf at the Channel Islands Harbor.
Good things are happening in Oxnard and with the addition of a new hotel and proposed mixed-use project, our Channel Islands Harbor will be the shiniest gem on the California coast!
Here’s to a great future!
The economic impact study, which was released in 2018, can be found at: channelislandsharbor.org.
Message for our Chair, Stacy Miller
The year was 1908.
The Ford Motor Company produced the first “Model T” at its Detroit factory. The first Boy Scout handbook, “Scouting for Boys” was published. It was the first time a ball, signifying the new year, dropped in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. And, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce was created--just five years after the City of Oxnard was incorporated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.
Celebrating our 110th anniversary this year, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has come a long way. The last century plus has seen many firsts for Oxnard, and the Chamber of Commerce has been here through it all.
In 1929, the Roosevelt Highway was built, connecting Oxnard with Los Angeles for the first time. In 1934, the Oxnard Airport opened. In 1938 the Oxnard Harbor District was formed and with it, a commercial and yacht harbor was built. In 1947, the first live missile, the Loon, was launched from our area and in 1952, the Oxnard Air Force Base was established.
The Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard was dedicated in 1965 and in 1969, Oxnard City Hall was constructed. Jumping forward to the new millennium, the Dallas Cowboys held their first training camp in Oxnard in 2001. With new residents came new opportunities for shopping, entertainment and dining with the opening of The Collection in 2012.
Today, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce and its 500+ members remain dedicated to the principles upon which it was founded: Serving as the catalyst for business growth, the convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for stronger communities.
Our goals continue to be to promote the business and economic well-being of our diverse community; to benefit enterprises, big and small, through advocacy, services and education, business exposure, and promotional opportunities. We value a high quality of life in our community and encourage economic vitality.
I want to personally thank each of you that choose to become a member of this thriving business organization; your continue support and participation in the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce will help Oxnard grow to be a stronger business community in the decades to come.
It will be interesting to see what the next millennium will bring for our community, but you can be sure if the Chamber is involved, it will be good for business!
Until next time…. Stacy
Message from our Chair - Stacy Miller
National Geographic Explorer, Sunset Magazine, Heal The Bay, Sparling’s Best Places to Live all are raving about Oxnard
Would you be surprised to learn that in addition to being Ventura County’s largest City, Oxnard was named one of the 20 Happiest Cities in the United States by National Geographic Explorer?
“It’s no surprise that California is home to many of the happiest places in America, including Oxnard/Thousand Oaks/Ventura. With its combination of great weather, beaches, and nearby national forests, adventure awaits around every corner” stated the article by National Geographic Explorer and best-selling author Dan Buettne.
The rankings were based on National Geographic’s study that established 15 metrics that signal happiness - the metric included eating healthy, learning something new every day, civic engagement, financial security, vacation time, and even dental checkups.
Did you also know that we have some of the highest rated beaches in the STATE?
Heal the Bay rates Oxnard’s beaches as some of the best in California. The water is tested weekly and our beaches were rated A+ every single week of the year. Oxnard is one of only 37 beaches in California to receive an A+.
In addition, Sunset Magazine rated Oxnard 7th in their rating of the Top 20 Game-Changing Places to Live. “This coastal community south of Ventura has easy access to the Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands. Its Latino majority infuses the bustling downtown with authentic eateries and annual festivals around strawberries, tamales, and salsa,” they stated.
Oxnard also boasts a fabulous natural resource – a national park and national marine sanctuary right off our shores and very accessible.
Many of us that live and work here believe Oxnard is our “little gem.” We enjoy excellent air quality, year-round first-rate climate, diversity, easy access to outdoor activities, a low unemployment rate and comparatively speaking, little traffic.
According to Sparling’s Best Places to Live, job growth in Oxnard has been positive. Jobs have increased by 0.36% over the past year. The average salary in Oxnard is $62,349. The median home cost in Oxnard is $429,300. The unemployment rate in Oxnard is 5.90%, with job growth of 0.36%. Future job growth over the next 10 years is predicted to be 34.81%.
With all of these “tail winds,” I believe that far and away our best assets continue to be the amazing people who live and work in Oxnard and are committed to improving this amazing place.
The Chamber looks forward to our collective efforts at increasing the success of local businesses, the economy and our quality of life here in the ‘Nard.
Until next time…
I ran the following article in the June 2014 issue of the Business Voice. After attending many meetings and gatherings where Old Glory was the focus of pomp and circumstance, I thought I would share it again. When the occasion calls for a color guard, I am amazed at the wide variety of reactions by my fellow attendees. There seem to be very few civilians who know what to do when a flag is paraded past them.
Since Flag Day is Thursday and the Fourth of July is right around the corner, I thought this to be an appropriate time to answer all of those protocol questions you may have been afraid to ask!
Displaying the Flag Outdoors
When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window, balcony, or a building, the union (stars) should be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff.
When it is displayed from the same flagpole with another flag - of a state, community, society or Scout unit - the flag of the United States must always be at the top except that a church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services, or for Navy personnel when conducted by a Naval chaplain on a ship at sea.
When the flag is displayed over a street, it should be hung vertically, with the union to the north or east. If the flag is suspended over a sidewalk, the flag's union should be farthest from the building.
When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor - to its own right. The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger. No other flag ever should be placed above it. The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
When flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size. They should be raised and lowered simultaneously. The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. Ordinarily it should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. It should be illuminated if displayed at night.
The flag of the United States of America is saluted as it is hoisted and lowered. The salute is held until the flag is unsnapped from the halyard or through the last note of music, whichever is the longest.
Displaying the Flag Indoors
When on display, the flag is accorded the place of honor, always positioned to its own right. Place it to the right (as in stage-right or to the audience's left) of the speaker or staging area or sanctuary. Other flags should be to the left.
The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states, localities, or societies are grouped for display.
When one flag is used with the flag of the United States of America and the staffs are crossed, the flag of the United States is placed on its own right with its staff in front of the other flag.
When displaying the flag against a wall, vertically or horizontally, the flag's union (stars) should be at the top, to the flag's own right, and to the observer's left.
Parading and Saluting the Flag
When carried in a procession, the flag should be to the right of the marchers. When other flags are carried, the flag of the United States may be centered in front of the others or carried to their right. When the flag passes in a procession, or when it is hoisted or lowered, all should face the flag and salute.
To salute, all persons come to attention. Those in uniform give the appropriate formal salute. Citizens not in uniform salute by placing their right hand over the heart and men with head cover should remove it and hold it to left shoulder, hand over the heart. Members of organizations in formation salute upon command of the person in charge.
There is actually a Section in the US Flag Code addressing this issue, which states:
During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the flag passes.
NOTE: This is what you are supposed to be doing when the color guard is doing their job!!
The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting. When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
The Flag in Mourning
To place the flag at half staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half way between the top and bottom of the staff. The flag is to be raised again to the peak for a moment before it is lowered. On Memorial Day the flag is displayed at half staff until noon and at full staff from noon to sunset. (I did not know this!)
The flag is to be flown at half staff in mourning for designated, principal government leaders and upon presidential or gubernatorial order.
When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed with the union at the head and over the left shoulder. It should not be lowered into the grave.
What about that Gold Fringe on some flags?
The quote below concerning gold fringe on the flag is from the book So Proudly We Hail, The History of the United States Flag by William R. Furlong and Byron McCandless:
"The placing of a fringe on Our Flag is optional with the person of organization, and no Act of Congress or Executive Order either prohibits the practice, according to the Institute of Hearaldry. Fringe is used on indoor flags only, as fringe on flags on outdoor flags would deteriorate rapidly. The fringe on a Flag is considered and 'honorable enrichment only', and its official use by the US Army dates from 1895. A 1925 Attorney General's Opinion states: 'the fringe does not appear to be regarded as an integral part of the Flag, and its presence cannot be said to constitute an unauthorized addition to the design prescribed by statute. An external fringe is to be distinguished from letters, words, or emblematic designs printed or superimposed upon the body of the flag itself. Under law, such additions might be open to objection as unauthorized; but the same is not necessarily true of the fringe.'"
The gold trim is generally used on ceremonial indoor flags that are used for special services and is believed to have been first used in a military setting. It apparently has no specific significance and its (gold trim) use is in compliance with applicable flag codes and laws.
Now go out there are salute the symbol of our great country!!!
Message from the Chair
As a proud California State University graduate, I am dismayed to learn that Governor Brown’s January budget proposal for the CSU system falls $171 million short of the amount requested.
Graduating nearly 100,000 diverse undergraduate students into hundreds of fields each year, the California State University system’s (CSU) 3.4 million alumni help sustain the state’s economy and ensure employers have the skills-ready graduates they need.
Without additional funds from the Legislature, CSU campuses will have to make difficult decisions to cover financial obligations -- diminishing student access, success, limiting degree attainment and depriving California’s industries of skilled professionals. This will greatly impact the CSU’s ability to provide a much-needed quality education to those who need it the most.
Time and again, we hear from our 500 chamber members regarding the need for more skilled workers and a better-educated workforce. There are jobs available, but without the right education, they will continue to go unfilled, drastically impacting our local economy and that of the state.
While it is a good thing that thousands more students are meeting minimum CSU eligibility requirements, we need to ensure that they have a seat in the CSU. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the state needs one million additional college graduates by 2030. The CSU is answering this call and is on track to graduate an additional half million students in the next decade! But without adequate funding, this simply will not happen.
As Ventura County’s largest City and with an estimated 21.8% of Oxnard’s population living in poverty, we know all to well that obtaining an education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and providing our community members with a better quality of life.
We appreciate the support of our local State Senator Jackson and Assemblymember’s Irwin and Limon for the support of fully funding the CSU system and urgently request Governor Brown fully fund the CSU system.
Ensuring that higher education is a top legislative budget priority, will continue to aid CSU’s in educating California’s next generation of workers.