City of Port Hueneme

City Council

City Council Regular Meetings are normally held the first and third Mondays of the month, unless there is a holiday, then they are on Tuesday. The next meetings are on March 6 and March 20 at 6:30 p.m.  Visit our website to view agenda packets, meeting dates, and recordings.

Upcoming Meeting ItemsRepeal Section 3502 of Municipal CodeMid-Year Budget Adjustments, Swearing In of new Chief of Police and Approve Contract

Rod Butler, City Manager

Welcome New Businesses

The City Manager, Rod Butler, would like to extend a warm welcome to the following recent businesses that have opened in the City:

 •  Ace Hardware - 529 W Channel Islands Blvd.

 •  PokeRamen - 429 E. Port Hueneme Rd.
 •  Sixteen Ageless Style - 721 W. Channel Islands Blvd.

We welcome your ideas and involvement. The City Manager can be reached by phone at (805) 986-6501 or by email at

Police Department News

On Monday, January 2, 2017 at 10:55 AM, patrol officers were sent to a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the GNC store, located at 679 West Channel Islands Boulevard.  The suspect stole money and several health care related products.
Officers learned that a white male suspect wearing a black hat, black sunglasses and a black leather jacket entered the business and using a handgun, robbed it.  The suspect was last seen in the west ally behind the business driving away in a blue, Toyota Scion, with unknown license plates.
Detectives quickly developed several investigative leads and within two days issued a state-wide probable cause want for the suspect, who lived in the Santa Clarita area. 
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, an officer from the California Highway Patrol spotted the suspect’s vehicle on SR 126 near the City of Fillmore and detained the suspect.  Port Hueneme Detectives responded and arrested 36-year-old Seth Hartenbach on suspicion of robbery.  During a subsequent search warrant service, Detectives recovered all of the stolen health care products and also located the gun used during the robbery, which turned out to be a very real looking pellet gun.  The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charged Hartenbach with robbery and several enhancements.       

Sand Replenishment
H.R. Morris dredging entrance Channel Islands Harbor 12/28/2016

Hueneme Beach Sand Replenishment

The two month long sand replenishment project at Hueneme Beach is expected to conclude by February 26, 2017, weather permitting. The total amount of material placed on Hueneme Beach is expected to be approximately 1,340,000 cubic yards.

The  Army Corps of Engineers has traditionally dredged the harbor and replenished sand on Hueneme Beach every two years. The targeted volume of sand is 2 to 2.5 million cubic yards of replenishment biennially. Unfortunately, due to federal budgeting restrictions, this volume of sand has not always been met. The City will continue to work closely with our regional representative in following the federal budgeting process.

Tap Water

Drought Conditions

Due to the recent rain storms in Southern California, Ventura County is beginning to see some minor improvement to the groundwater supplies. With a number of storms dropping approximately 14 inches of rain over our watersheds the past few weeks, the groundwater supply will soon see some relief.
United Water Conservation District (UWCD) began diverting water at the Freeman Diversion in mid-December 2016. Approximately 375 cubic feet per second has been flowing into the settling ponds in the El Rio area and is beginning to recharge the Upper Aquifer System.
Because the Upper Aquifer System has a high Nitrate concentration, this water source must be blended with other water sources in order to meet the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water primary water standards. UWCD has begun to divert this storm water into the Upper Aquifer System to help meet the primary water standard (health concern) of 10mg/l for Nitrates.
Currently, UWCD is blending water from the Upper Aquifer System with water from the Lower Aquifer System in order to meet system water demands and reduce the high concentrations of Nitrates. However, the Lower Aquifer System has high Iron and Manganese which produces brown water complaints when systems are disrupted. The State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water classifies Iron and Manganese as a secondary standard (aesthetic concern). 
Even with the recent rain activity; on February 8, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted unanimously to extend the current emergency water conservation rules through to September. The SWRCB stated that they will revisit the rule again after the rainy season is over and determine if it should remain as stated.

For more information contact the Public Works Department at (805) 986-6563. To receive an immediate Discolored Water Notice (and other urgent messages), sign up for NOTIFY ME on the City's website. Then select ALERT CENTER to receive an email or text. When an urgent matter occurs you will automatically receive a message.

Beach Parking Passes

The City offers annual beach parking passes for a prorated rate. The cost to purchase a pass in March, which is good until July 1, 2017, is $25 (resident) and $50 (non-resident).  Annual permits go on sale at City Hall the first business day in July, and there is a discount available for additional vehicles registered to the same household.

The cost to park in the beach parking lots or on the street (Surfside Drive) is $2 per hour, or $8 for an all-day permit. You can purchase parking permits at the vending machines located in Lots A-E and on Surfside Drive.

Please call City Hall for more information on parking passes, at (805) 986-6500.

Other City Information

The City is closed every other Friday and on holidays. Offices will be closed on the following dates: March 10, March 24 and March 31. Please refer to the website calendar for closure dates and community events. 

The Community Development counter is closed daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Check the City's jobs posting page  for current openings, or sign up for Notify Me to be alerted when a future job opening is posted.

Be in the know and view the 2016/17 Hueneme Magazine to learn about upcoming programs, events, and locate resources in the community. This magazine has a variety of useful information for everyone who lives and works in Port Hueneme.

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