Via our Port Hueneme Police Department: All Ventura County beaches serve as important habitats for a variety of shorebirds. Here in Hueneme, we share our beach with wildlife that depends upon the beach for their survival. Please take a moment to read this publication from the Audubon Society and help us keep Hueneme Beach awesome! (the link opens a pdf document in a new tab)
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Sylvia Munoz Schnopp History of the Cristero Rebe
July 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sylvia Munoz Schnopp, the author of the soon-to-be-published Abandoned Angels, traces her heritage back to the early 20th Century in Ventura County. Currently serving her third 4-year term as a Port Hueneme City Councilmember, she recognizes that her leadership role and civic engagement was set into motion by several ancestors who attained judicial appointments and political offices in Mexico.
Sylvia, herself, learned about the Cristero Rebellion, a “holy war” lasting from 1926 to 1929 and rarely mentioned in history books, from her father, who was only a boy at the time. While Sylvia’s paternal grandfather permitted the family’s heritage ranch to serve as headquarters for the Cristeros, Sylvia’s maternal grandfather was friendly with the Federale forces establishing their big city presence not far from their home. Her subsequent research would show that the three years of upheaval marked a time when the Federales made practicing one’s faith a crime in Mexico. More than 90,000 people perished.
Sylvia had no idea that two serendipitous events would occur before her book could be published. First, the film “For Greater Glory” (starring Andy Garcia) was released by the Knights of Columbus in July of 2012, thus creating national interest in her topic. Second, and even more importantly, Sylvia discovered that a number of local families were personally connected to the Cristero Rebellion, and she had the opportunity to interview them for the KADY TV website.