Story From The Port of Hueneme
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2018 and 2019 were record-breaking years for the Port of Hueneme’s cargo growth. In FY19, it handled 1.65 million tons of cargo, a 3.3% growth from the 1.60 million tons of cargo handled in FY18.
A NEW ERA OF MODERNIZATION
The future course of the Port is set for positive growth and maritime innovation, with approximately $45 million worth of modernization projects in the queue over the next few years. These efforts will streamline and improve cargo operations and add well above 500 new jobs to the local economy.
Projects include deepening the Port, which will allow ships to more easily maneuver into the harbor. The sand from the dredge will renourish local beaches to guard against erosion issues – a win-win for the community and the Port.
A CLEAN, GREEN PORT
The Port has effectively reduced air emissions by about 85% since 2015 and is ushering in a new era of green power and technology. The Port is working on the infrastructure to fully electrically power its first hybrid mobile harbor crane and two new electric cargo moving trucks.
Its Environmental Management Framework (EMF) helps guide the integration of sustainability into the Port’s day-to-day operations. This document sets strategic action plans in the areas of air quality, marine resources, soil and sediment, water quality, energy and climate change.
Working with the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), the Port is developing a clean air plan.
Called PHRESH (Port of Hueneme, Reducing Emissions, Supporting Health), it will assess and address the Port’s emissions, air quality requirements and goals.
The Port was the first in California to earn the Green Marine Certification (an international third party validating organization) and was named the Greenest Port in the U.S. at the Green Shipping Summit in 2017. In 2020, the Port received California Green Business Network Certification.
COMMITTED TO COMMUNITY
The Port is highly engaged in the community. It hosts and supports numerous local events and organizations, such as:
Story From Oakwood Communities
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For the past decade, the Wagon Wheel area of Oxnard has been going through an extreme makeover.
Gone are the empty buildings and dirt roads. It has since been replaced with apartments, homes, and the aptly named Wagon Wheel Park.
Oakwood Communities, the developer behind the Wagon Wheel master-planned community, is not done yet.
The first construction project was the most important one: Wagon Wheel Family Apartments. Part of the affordable housing program, these were first offered to the original residents of the Wagon Wheel mobile home park. Of those who remained, the progress they have seen went from uncertainty to comfort
and finally, to enjoyment.
Oakwood Communities has taken great care in preserving historic elements of Wagon Wheel. The Wishing Well, for example, was recreated using bricks from the original Wishing Well from 1948.
The most asked-about elements are the neon signs, specifically Wagon Wheel Bowling signage. Due to its proximity to the 101 freeway, people near and far appreciated the sign’s retro look. The signs are constantly featured on websites and blogs about Americana signage that once was. Because of their significance, these historic elements will be publicly displayed.
Wagon Wheel Park opened in mid-2019. The award-winning park was designed with picnic areas, gazebos and walking trails. The modern playground provides an outlet for play.
The area is move-in ready with many projects still underway.
Oakwood Communities is expanding Wagon Wheel Park by adding dog parks, a basketball court, pickle ball courts, sand volleyball court, and an inclusive ADA tot lot. A craft brewery with a tasting room and restaurant is also underway.
But perhaps the most anticipated project is the Wagon Wheel Bowling alley, due to open in 2022. It will feature some of the original hardwood lanes and signage. Bringing nostalgia and entertainment, it will include a restaurant and bar, private event space, an arcade and theater lounge.
As more Ventura businesses reopen or prepare to reopen, we've put together a list of where you can purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep yourself, your team and your customers safe.
Products were in stock when this list was originally published; please call or order online to verify items are still available.
Locally Sourced PPE: Oxnard Chamber of Commerce Members
*Converted several of its manufacturing lines to produce hand sanitizer
Fastsigns of Oxnard
2339 N. Oxnard Boulevard (Oxnard)
301 W Pleasant Valley Road (Oxnard)
*Facemasks and gloves
4731 Telephone Road (Ventura)
*Facemasks, hand sanitizer, protective shields
PrintPromoPlus by Safeguard
1000 Paseo Camarillo (Camarillo)
(805) 486-9769 or (800) 786-4222
*masks, hand sanitizers and other personal protection items
411 W. Esplanade Drive (Oxnard)
*Hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, shields
3891 N. Ventura Avenue (Ventura)
*Began producing hand sanitizer at the distillery; View pricing and details for bulk orders
2001 Rose Avenue (Oxnard)
2701 Saviers Road (Oxnard)
*Facemasks, hand sanitizer, gloves
Originally posted April 27, 2020
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oxnard Chamber continues working for its members and positive economic development in Oxnard.
The Chamber has taken a strong stance against the city's proposed increase of its Development Impact Fees, which will be discussed by the Public Works and Housing and Economic Development Committees on Tuesday, April 28.
If passed, Oxnard's fees for single family dwellings and commercial office development would be more than double the fees in Ventura and Camarillo.
Already, our economy is in a freefall due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we have ongoing crises for affordable housing and homelessness. The proposed fee increases will exacerbate those housing-related challenges.
Regarding commercial office space, there is bound to be a substantial softening in the market in the coming months and years as we recover from the pandemic. The Chamber feels any increase in Oxnard's fees would inevitably lead business development to our neighboring communities.
In the Chamber's letter to the Public Works Council Committee, the Housing and Economic Development Committee, and Jeff Lambert, Community Development Director for the City of Oxnard, Chamber leadership stated that it believes that local government must be fiscally balanced:
"We are not advocating the Community Development Department be subsidized by the general fund. If our neighboring communities can provide development services for substantially lower fees, perhaps we should research how they accomplish that. We urge you not to move forward with the proposed fee increases at this time."
CONNECTING WITH CUSTOMERS
From fast, flexible funding to collecting mobile payments, online ordering and e-invoicing, Heartland Payment Systems is keeping businesses updated with supportive resources to stay in business and connect with customers wherever they are. LEARN MORE>>
CLEANING YOUR BUSINESS OR FACILITY
Interstate has two critical services for decontaminating your facility: Proactive Measures to protect your teams against the virus and Reactive Measures to decontaminate your business in the event a positive case is determined.
JaniTek employee are tirelessly working at the frontlines of this pandemic. These behind-the-scenes heroes are responding to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 exposure and are diligently following all CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines. JaniTek has increased service to all essential businesses that remain open and are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our community. Learn more at www.janitek.net or call them for a consultation at (805) 823-8296.
SERVPRO of Oxnard is being called on by numerous business and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation service to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. LEARN MORE>>
HIRING FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
Businesses that are considered essential are busy and are hiring, such as those in food and agriculture, logistics, grocery stores, medical supplies and manufacturers/suppliers for defense. If you're looking for a job or if your company is hiring, please get in touch with one of these agencies.
Please note that email or telephone communication is best as most offices are closed to walk-in visitors.
FEEDING OUR COMMUNITY
Community Action of Ventura County is providing food through its drive-thru food pantry program every Thursday from 12:30-3:30 pm (or until food runs out) at its facility located at 621 Richmond Avenue in Oxnard. Before COVID-19, it averaged between 100-120 households served; two weeks ago, 292 households picked up food. LEARN MORE>>
Food Share of Ventura County opened pop-up pantry distributions throughout the county. Distributions are limited to low-income families residing in the city of that distribution. An ID or proof of residence is required upon arrival. All distribution sites are drive-thru only for the safety of you and our staff. Food is limited to one box per household on a first come, first served basis. LEARN MORE>>
CREATING ESSENTIAL SIGNS FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
From social distancing decals and safety shields for employees, to letting customers know that you're open for business or doing curbside deliveries, it's more important than ever to communicate new processes and key information. Contact one of these Chamber members to create attention grabbing signage for your business.
MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE IN YOUR OFFICE OR FACILITY
Party Pleasers Event Rentals has tables and chairs available at discounted rates for maintaining social distancing requirements in the workplace. Contact them at www.partypleasers.com or call them at (805) 377-7368.