VC Star: Lawmakers send Port Hueneme relief bills to governor's desk

September 12, 2013

In the legislative equivalent of a two-minute drill, lawmakers late Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown two bills designed to save Port Hueneme from certain winter flooding.

Those bills did not exist a week ago, but were quickly crafted as a last-minute fix to stave off imminent flooding damage caused by the erosion of beaches that has left surf-side property vulnerable to inundation.

Together, the measures will provide $2 million to the city that, pending Coastal Commission approval, will allow for completion of a rock revetment that will protect public and private beach property until the beaches are restored with sand.

The Assembly sent to the governor Assembly Bill 606 by Assemblymen Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, to pay for the first half of the project. The Senate also sent Senate Bill 436 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, to the governor’s desk.