The Oxnard Harbor District, which governs the Port of Hueneme, bristled this week at a suggestion by the mayors of Oxnard and Port Hueneme that the district's boundaries be reduced, stripping some county residents of the right to elect port commissioners.
District president Ray Fletcher said he does not want city officials in Oxnard and Port Hueneme to "mess up a good thing" by attempting to shrink the district to the size of those two cities. Such a move, he said, would affect the composition of the present five-member board of commissioners.
"What we have has worked well so far, and we have brought the harbor to success," said Fletcher, an Oxnard resident. He said he fears losing a pool of qualified port commissioner candidates who live outside Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
The district now spans those cities as well as Camarillo and parts of Thousand Oaks.
Oxnard Mayor Nao Takasugi said the port commissioners have jumped the gun with their vociferous opposition, which surfaced at a district meeting this week, because neither city officially has moved to study the issue.