City News

Ventura City Council approves portion of Measure O revenue

On June 12, the Ventura City Council voted unanimously to approve $1.64M of Measure O revenue annually to keep all fire stations in Ventura open. Consistent with the Measure O ordinance, the ongoing funding will maintain nine rotating full-time firefighters who staff Fire Station 4 (three firefighters daily), located at Telephone Road and Montgomery Avenue, […] Read More »

The following was sent by Watkins to city employees

“ After much thought and discussion with my family I have decided to retire from my position as City Manager effective December 28, 2017. Working for Ventura has been a dream job for me. I was a 26-year old engineer when Amy and I arrived here in November of 1987, we welcomed the birth of […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 20 – July 5 – July 18, 2017 – City classes and camps

This is just a small sampling of City of Ventura classes and camps. Check out hundreds more on web-site including Cooking International Cuisine and Best of Broadway Musical Theatre Camps 7-13 years Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St. […] Read More »

City of Ventura's 9th annual Art Tales

City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” recently held a standing room only reception to honor the 2017 contest winners. Youth, high school and adult writers submitted a record 123 works of short fiction and poems inspired by the City of Ventura’s Municipal and Public Art Collections that can be […] Read More »

City of Ventura launches new easy to use and navigate website

The City of Ventura is pleased to announce the launch of its new website www.cityofventura.ca.gov. The new website includes a fresh new design, refined navigation for an enhanced user experience, and supports all devices including smart phones and tablets making it easier for citizens to access City information. In addition to the host of improvements, […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and camps

Musical Theatre “Hairspray” Camp 7-14 years 6/26-6/30 M-F 9 am-4 pm $180+$15 materials fee #8548 Put on your dancing shoes, drama faces, and get ready to sing and dance your way through a magical celebration of “Hairspray”! to perform for family and friends at BVP, Friday, 6:30-8:30 pm. $15 cash production fee includes practice CD, […] Read More »

City of Ventura’s Art Tales contest honors writers of all ages

2016 Art Tales’ winners being honored by Cheryl Heitmann. All participants of the City of Ventura’s 9th annual Art Tales “writing contest inspired by art” and the public are invited to attend a special reception and reading with refreshments at E.P. Foster Library, 2nd floor on Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 pm. Community members are […] Read More »

Family Reconnection Program has reunited over 100 homeless individuals

Homeless camps in the Santa Clara riverbed happen overnight. by City Councilmember Christy Weir There are a growing number of camps being constructed in the Santa Clara riverbed behind the city’s golf courses.  It is very sad to see people living in these conditions. The City of Ventura and our social service agencies offer help […] Read More »

Ventura-based arts non-profits are invited to apply for the 2017-18 Cultural Funding Program

Applications and guidelines are now available online for the City of Ventura 2017-2018 Cultural Funding Program Grants at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/documentcenter/view/6384. Applications are due by Thursday, June 22. The program is open to any Ventura-based arts non-profit.  All organizations will be required to provide proof of their 501(c) (3) status or that of their Ventura County based […] Read More »

Ventura Water presents 95 Ways to Save during the days of summer

Ventura Water has partnered with 95.1 KBBY and 100.7 KHAY to deliver the message that saving water still matters. While most of California has been relieved of “drought status,” Ventura remains in a Stage 3 Water Shortage event.  Ventura residents have demonstrated extraordinary efforts in water conservation reducing consumption by over 20 percent in 2016. […] Read More »

Ventura Corporate Games

Employees competed in friendly competition in the Corporate Games. Photo by Cathy O’Brien From March 25 to May 6, 79 businesses and over 10,000 employees throughout Ventura County, competed in 26 different sporting events, as part of a friendly competition the Corporate Games. Employees were able to choose from a diverse array of activities including a […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department respond to fire at two story residential home

On April 29, at 3:33pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a two story residential home in the 2300 Block of Woodpecker Ave.  Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning in a bedroom on the second floor that had extended into the attic. Firefighting efforts were initially hampered […] Read More »

Meet Ventura Police Officers and their amazing K9 Partners June 10

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Ventura Water to install new, smart meters to help customers use water efficiently

Ventura Water employees installing new smart meter. by city staff Ventura Water has started replacing the old, manually-read water meters throughout the city with new, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), also known as smart meters.  Smart meters provide wireless communication between the meter at your home or business and Ventura Water (your local water utility).  Water […] Read More »

City Public Works removed 2,757 graffiti cases from Ventura last year

Community members can help keep Ventura safe and clean by reporting graffiti by city staff City of Ventura Public Works staff removed, painted, blasted or chemically treated 2,757 graffiti cases last fiscal year.  Outfitted with paint, rollers, gloves and environmentally safe cleaner, the team travels throughout the city responding to issues reported by other staff, […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and camps

Check out hundreds more on web-site. Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net To see a whole menu of summer offerings visit cityofventura.net.  To have a summer camp brochure mailed to you call 658-4726. Classes held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St in Ventura unless noted. […] Read More »

Arbor Day tree planting held at Westpark Community Center

In celebration of National Arbor Day, the City of Ventura Parks Division invited the public to a tree planting event Wednesday, April 26 at the Westpark Community Center. Students from PEAK (Program Enrichment for After-school Kids) assisted the City’s Urban Forestry staff in planting three different species of trees.  Each year, more than 500 elementary […] Read More »

VPD asking public for assistance with Felony Hit and Run investigation

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Joe McDermott has worked for the City of Ventura since 2002

Dear Valued Customer, With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I would like to introduce myself as Ventura Water’s Acting General Manager. I am a registered engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Civil Engineering profession with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and camps

Check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Registration open now for The City of Ventura’s Summer full and half day camps in cooking, theatre, dance, circus, rock & roll, fine arts, Legos, science and so much more. To see a whole menu […] Read More »

Construction to begin on Kellogg Park Project

The City in conjunction with Trust for Public Land, will begin construction this month on Ventura’s newest park located on N. Ventura Ave. transforming a vacant lot to a neighborhood space for all residents to enjoy and engage in physical activity.  As envisioned through the community plan, the 2.41 acre park will feature community gathering […] Read More »

Ventura fire crews respond to home fire and aid large canine with CPR though unsuccessful

Just before 11am on Friday morning April 7, a single story residence caught fire in the 2000 Block Anthony Dr. Neighbors reported heavy smoke coming from the attic and no one home. Crews battled the blaze and searched the building. Sadly fire rescue crews located a large dog and performed K9 CPR, however, they were […] Read More »

Friendly business competition to start on April 1

Athletes and dignitaries  kicked-off the 2017 Corporate Games at Ventura Community Park. Photo by Michael Gordon To kick-off the 2017 Corporate Games, company employees, families and friends attended an opening ceremony at Ventura Community Park on Saturday, March 25. The festivities included a business and health fair, music, demonstrations, jolly jumpers and interactive games, arts and […] Read More »

City Council mulls homeless shelter

Will a homeless shelter reduce the amount of homeless in Ventura? Photo by George Robertson by Randal Beeman Advocates who have spent upwards of two decades lobbying the City of Ventura for a permanent emergency homeless shelter will have to wait another month for a final vote authorizing the project. After making several small changes Council […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 13 – March 29 - April 11, 2017 - City of Ventura classes

Check out hundreds more on web-site. Call  658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St in Ventura unless noted. Registration begins on April 3rd for The City of Ventura’s Summer full and half day camps in cooking, theatre, dance, […] Read More »

Ventura Water’s General Manager, Shana Epstein, resigns

Shana Epstein, Ventura Water’s general manager for almost six years, is leaving her job to work as the Public Works Director for the City of Beverly Hills. Joe McDermott, currently Ventura Water’s assistant general manager, will serve as the interim general manager. “I have tremendous appreciation and gratitude for Ventura Water’s customers and its staff […] Read More »

Home-based businesses: an important part of our local economy

by City staff Some of the most well-known companies such as Amazon, Disney and Harley Davidson USA all started in a garage. Which goes to show that small businesses don’t always stay small, and more importantly those home-based businesses are a critical component to strengthening the local economy. In the city of Ventura there are […] Read More »

Library returning to East Ventura

The H.P. Wright Library on the Ventura College campus closed in 2009. Ever since folks living in East Ventura have desired a library closer to their homes. Ventura’s other two libraries are Foster in downtown and on Ventura Ave. A previous Chinese restaurant located at 1050 S. Hill Rd., next to Kaiser will become our […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department teaches local teens online safety

The Ventura Police Department is teaching local teens, school administrators and others how to stay safe online by providing tools and information to help them use the Internet safely.  According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project study, 95% of teens (ages 12 – 17) are online.  With access to almost unlimited information and […] Read More »

Chamber of Commerce hosts “State of the City” breakfast

by Randal Beeman Ventura is doing well at present, but “good times don’t last” stated Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko, as he discussed the ebb and flow of city government in a seamless breakfast presentation that lasted around 45 minutes at the Top of the Harbor Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 9th. Hosted […] Read More »

School District board voted 4-1 to fire Michael Babb

Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Michael Babb has been fired by the school board. Babb had been superintendent since July 1, 2015 replacing longtime Superintendent Dr. Trudy Tuttle Arriaga after she retired. He will receive six months of his annual salary of $215,605. The board voted 4-1 to fire Babb without cause.  Trustee Sabrena Rodriguez […] Read More »

Ventura Fire crews respond to single family home fire

On March 3,  just after 10:30am a fire ravaged a single family home in the 800 block Jazmin Ave in East Ventura. The first on scene Engine Company found the kitchen, several rooms, and the attic in flames. Crews aggressively fought the fire and searched the building for occupants– based on several reports by bystanders […] Read More »

Find out the winners of the Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

The winners of the 5th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival will be announced at a free event on Wednesday, March 22 at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center located at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura Harbor. Water: Take 1 aims to create a greater awareness of water as a valuable resource […] Read More »

City of Ventura classes and tours

Check out hundreds more on web-site. Call 658-4726 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net . Classes held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 E Ralston St unless noted. Canine Body Language Seminar  18 years-adult 3/18     Sa        10 am-12 pm              $20      #7699 Identify signs of anxiety versus playfulness and open […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting - Part 1 Crime Statistics

The City of Ventura’s Part 1 Per Capita Crime Index decreased slightly from 39.18 crimes per one-thousand residents in 2015 to 38.04 crimes per one-thousand residents in 2016. Property Crimes and Violent Crimes dropped a combined 3.59% as compared to 2015, resulting in 154 fewer Part 1 Crimes reported to the Ventura Police Department.  Property […] Read More »

Downtown Ventura Partners reducing cigarette butt litter downtown

by Environmental Specialist, Lars Davenport – Ventura’s Environmental Sustainability Division If you’ve visited downtown Ventura recently you may have noticed the newly installed cigarette butt cans in areas with the worst cigarette butt litter problems. While smoking is not permitted downtown or in almost any other public space in the city, there is still a considerable […] Read More »

2017 State of the City-Ventura: Growing Stronger While Keeping Its Charm

Mayor Nasarenko stated “Ventura remains a magnificent and unique city to live in” during his State of the City presentation. by Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko Ventura has so much to celebrate, for it remains a well-managed and beautiful beach town that Sunset Magazine recently described as the “off-ramp to paradise.” In terms of our fiscal […] Read More »

City of Ventura 2016 Employee and Supervisor of the Year announced

Right: Police Chief Ken Corney, Tracey Coert and Mark Watkins at the awards ceremony. Left: Fire Chief David Endaya, Thomas Hoffman and Mark Watkins at the awards ceremony. On Feb. 15 the City of Ventura held an awards ceremony and recognized nineteen employees nominated for 2016 Employee or Supervisor of the Year. These awards acknowledge city employees […] Read More »

The Polymath of City Hall-Peter Brown

by Randal Beeman If the movie Caddyshack taught us anything, it is that golf is both therapy for the tired soul and a metaphor for the fundamental contradictions in life. Peter Brown tries to play a lot of golf. Peter Brown NEEDS golf, because Peter Brown is a busy guy who lives with a lot […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 11 – March 1 - March 14, 2017 - City Classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes. Check out hundreds more on web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7553 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Mad Science-Nasa Space Academy 5-12 years 3/7-4/18 […] Read More »

Ventura Police Community Academy

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know more about police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team does, let you experience a simulated firearms […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 10 – February 15 - February 28, 2017 - City classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes. Check out hundreds more on our web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7553 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 Ralston St. unless otherwise noted Painting Flowers, Bugs, and Trees 7-12 years 2/21-3/21 W […] Read More »

New building projects contribute to diversify housing supply in Ventura

by City Staff The City of Ventura Community Development Department is working hard to create a thriving, prosperous community. This year we will see the completion of many major projects such as the new Kaiser Permanente medical office building on Market and Valentine Streets, and the new Volkswagen dealership at Perkin Avenue and King Drive.  […] Read More »

Hundreds attend "Chill with VPD" event

Local students loved meeting VPD police officers and K9’s at the second annual community event “Chill with VPD”. It was held on Saturday, Jan. 21  at the Pacific View Mall.  The Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream sponsored the event. The rain cooperated by stopping for one day as […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department is hiring

The Ventura Police Department is hiring Police Officer Trainees for the October, 2017 Academy and Lateral or Academy Trained Police Officers on an on-going basis. The department prides itself on hiring and retaining the most qualified individuals. The position of Ventura Police Officer is not only challenging but also extremely rewarding. As a police officer […] Read More »

Registration is now open for the 28th annual Corporate Games

The City of Ventura is accepting registrations for the 28th annual Corporate Games scheduled for March 25-May 6, 2017. Corporate Games is a friendly, business-to-business competition in which companies of similar size compete for Olympic style medals and honors in 26 events held during six-weeks of competition. To register, visit www.venturacorporategames.org. New and returning teams […] Read More »

Your tax dollars at work: City of Ventura replaces aging sewer line on Front Street

by City staff Most of us probably don’t think about what happens after we flush the toilet or wash something down the sink drain.  “It” just goes away, somewhere – out of sight, out of mind. In our community, that sewage (wastewater) is managed by Ventura Water which provides treatment services to more than 113,000 […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 9 – February 1 - February 14, 2017 - City classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes.  Check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7553 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Helping your Reactive Dog  18 years-Adult […] Read More »

January 2017 storm preparedness: free sand and sandbags available for city of Ventura residents

Three separate storms with gusty winds, high surf and the potential for coastal flooding are expected to impact Ventura County late Wednesday, January 18 through Monday, January 23. City of Ventura residents may pick up free sand and sandbags (while supplies last) at the following City locations (residents are asked to bring their own shovel): […] Read More »

Second annual Chillin with VPD

Officer Hrynyk with K9 Jag and Officer Therrien with K9 Yoschi will be at the Chillin Event. The Ventura Police Department, Ventura Police Community Foundation and McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream invite the community to come “Chill with VPD”. The second annual community event will be held on Saturday, January 21, 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the south […] Read More »

Interim standards approved for second dwelling units

Should second units be allowed in the Lanes? By a 7-0 vote, the Ventura City Council approved interim standards for second dwelling units (Accessory dwelling unit ADU). This was necessary because of new California State laws to help alleviate some pressure on the housing shortage. To help the state’s housing crisis it will be easier […] Read More »

The drought continues

by Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager So far this winter, the rain and snow have really helped northern and central California, but Santa Barbara County and Ventura County have not experienced the down pour, which many of us have been hoping to receive.  An easy indicator to see how much the rain affected our […] Read More »

Adult Use of Marijuana Act

On November 8, 2016, California voters’ approved Proposition 64, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” which makes the recreational use of marijuana by those over age 21 legal as a matter of state law. On December 5, 2016, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a moratorium on commercial marijuana facilities and prohibiting outdoor […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire units respond to fire at multi-story condo complex

On Jan.14, Ventura City Fire units responded to a reported structure fire in the 800 block of Casmalia Lane. The first arriving unit reported black smoke showing from behind a closed metal door to a 2-car garage, located on the ground floor of a multi-story condo complex positioned above, possible smoke also coming from the […] Read More »

City of Ventura selects Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins has selected Nancy O’Connor as the new Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships (PRCP). Ms. O’Connor has been the City of Ventura’s Parks Manager since 2011 and in July of this year, she began serving as the City’s interim director for the PRCP department. Her new role as the […] Read More »

Newly installed photocell at Camino Real Park

Photocell lights up Camino Real Park sports fields. by Ventura City staff Ventura is not just any municipal government.  We are passionate about energy conservation and strive to operate more efficiently and save taxpayer dollars. Committed to preserving the environment, the City developed an Environmental Sustainability Strategy that identifies ways to reduce impacts from municipal […] Read More »

City of Ventura "Special Event Permit Grants" workshop on January 19

Find out what’s required to qualify for a Special Event Permit Grant during a mandatory workshop on Thursday, January 19, at 6 pm, at Ventura City Hall in the Community Meeting Room. An RSVP by January 12 is required for attendance. Notify Special Event Coordinator Michelle Godoy-Morales at mgodoy@cityofventura.net or 654-7749. New and returning special […] Read More »

Carl Morehouse retires from City Council after 17 years

Mayor Erik Nasarenko presented many congratulatory  certificates to Carl Morehouse. Photo by John Ferritto At the Ventura City Council meeting on Dec. 12 Carl Morehouse was recognized for his years of contribution to the City and to many other organizations as he leaves the Council. In his 17 years on the Ventura City Council he stated […] Read More »

Newly elected council members begin four year terms

New city councilmembers swearing in at the City Council meeting. Photo by John Ferritto At the Ventura City Council meeting held on  Dec.12 three “new” councilmembers Matt La Vere, Christy Weir and Cheryl Heitmann were sworn in for four-year terms.  Matt La Vere is the brand new councilmember and Weir and Heitmann are returning members  who […] Read More »

Westpark’s “Lion Fountain” unveiling

On Dec.19 families, friends and the public attended the ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the colorful new lion sculpture that is actually a drinking water fountain at Westpark Community Center at 450 West Harrison Street in West Ventura. “We thank the Ventura Downtown Lions Club for donating $5,000 to make the lion fountain possible,” said […] Read More »

Ventura Unified School District Board of Education swears in new members

Sabrina Rodriguez and Jackie Moran have been sworn in as the two newest members of the Ventura Unified School District Board of Education. Two of the five seats on the Board were up for at-large general election on November 8. No incumbents filed to run for re-election, guaranteeing that two newcomers joined the board. Seven […] Read More »

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint held on Dec. 17 at Thompson Blvd at California St

The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Dec.17. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when […] Read More »

Great holiday gift ideas

Give the person who has everything an experience! Ventura Travel Programs offers 6 exciting performances starting in January that make great gifts – at the Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres in Los Angeles and the Granada Theatre and UCSB Campbell Hall in Santa Barbara. Park at Ventura City Hall (501 Poli Street), hop aboard the Art […] Read More »

This holiday season the Ventura Police Department Is looking for impaired drivers

“I don’t drink when I drive so all the good boys and girls get their presents.” The Ventura police will be out looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. “Beginning on December 16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department recognizes Crime Fighters

The Ventura Police Department recognized many of their Crime Fighters this month. They are each a valuable part of the Ventura Police Department and are to be congratulated for a job well done. Service Awards 25 Years: Jennette Fennell 15 Years: Al Gomez, Craig Kelly, Greg Knupp, Joe Munger, Diana Otani, Kenny Welch Support Crime […] Read More »

California Street Bridge enhancements pave the way to safety

Ernie Ferrer, City Civil Engineer, Loree Pryce , City Construction &  Survey Division Manager and Mike Roberts, General Contractor were instrumental in the design and construction of the bridge. Photo by Richard Lieberman by the City of Ventura Why is the California Street Bridge being enhanced? The enhancement project will improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists […] Read More »

City buying and selling real estate

At a recent City Council meeting the Council preferred the proposal from the Trade Desk company over several others to purchase and develop the property in Downtown located behind Cinema10 theater that is now used as a parking lot. They directed city staff to begin negotiating with Trade Desk for the purchase the property. The […] Read More »

The vision of my campaign

by Councilmember Matt La Vere It was an honor and a privilege to recently be elected my hometown Ventura’s newest city council member. I ran against 9 other highly-qualified candidates, all who shared a genuine passion for improving Ventura. With the support of my wife Alicia and numerous friends and supporters, my campaign prevailed. My […] Read More »

25 Holiday Safety Tips

by Joel Justice, VCCCD Chief of Police As the Chief of Police for the Ventura County Community College District, I would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. I also want to share some safety tips, since crime generally increases during the holiday season. It is a time when people can become careless and vulnerable […] Read More »

Mayor hosted Mayor’s Arts Awards reception at the Museum

Erik Nasarenko, Geraldine (Dina) Pielaet, Kaylie Pendleton, Dr. KuanFen Liu, Mark & Janet Goldenson, Jim Rice and Jodi Farrell at the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards. Photo by Noel Ulriksen Mayor Erik Nasarenko hosted the seven recipients of the twelfth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at a reception on November 3 at the Museum of Ventura County. The […] Read More »

City of Ventura Photo Contest winners announced

Winner Tammy Sims A reception and exhibit for the City of Ventura Photo Contest will be held on Dec. 5 at 5:30pm at a special reception at City Hall, 501 Poli St. The City of Ventura invites the public and all participants in the 11th annual photography contest to attend. The Mayor will award certificates […] Read More »

Ventura -- a charter city that is more accessible, transparent and accountable to the citizens it serves

In California, there are two kinds of cities:  charter and general law.  by the City of Ventura The City of Ventura has a long history of civic engagement.  Our City Council listens carefully as citizens voice their concerns and suggestions at public meetings, by email or in person.  On example is the City Council decision […] Read More »

Venturan’s approve all local ballot measures, including tax increase

Matt LaVere is Ventura’s newest City Council member. Almost 60% of the city’s 65,265 registered voters  took part in the Nov. 8 election. In our last council race, in 2013, roughly 26% of registered voters cast a ballot. The increased voter turnout was due to the fact that this was the first time residents could […] Read More »

Toy drive benefiting the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases

by Danny Castro This year is our 7th Annual Castro Family / Ventura Police Community Foundation Toy Drive benefiting the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Ventura County Medical Center. Our toy drive is put together for two reasons. First is, our family(Castro) and the Ventura Police Community Foundation organize a Christmas party […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 4 – November 23 – December 6, 2016 – City Classes

3D printing and hanging tapestries City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net 3D Printing Level 1  8-16 years 11/23-1/18       W        3:30-5pm         $149+$25 supply fee   #7146 New age artists and designers will scan, […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department receives grant for special traffic enforcement

The Ventura Police Department has been awarded a $135,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries.  The Ventura Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to detached shed structure fire at El Dorado and San Diego Avenue

On Nov.18, at 2:37pm the Ventura City Fire Department responded to a structure fire in a detached shed in the area of El Dorado and San Diego Avenue.  The first arriving fire crew reported smoke and flames and extension into the garage of the adjacent residential home.  Firefighters successfully knocked down the main body of […] Read More »

City of Ventura election results:

City Council winners: Matt LaVere-most votes 16,607 Christy Weir -12,816 Cheryl Heitmann – 11,469 School Board winners: Sabrina Rodriquez- 14,121 Jackie Moran- 9,734 MEASURE “N” – The selection of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor occur in even-number years following regular City Council elections, and eliminate the Ventura Unified School District’s election process from the City […] Read More »

November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election Results

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Ventura City Fire Department hosts event for fourth grade students

More than 1,300 students observed live demonstrations by Ventura City Firefighters performing multiple tasks. Photos by Richard Lieberman On Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Ventura  City Fire Department held a two-day Fire Safety Days event hosted by the Ventura City Fire Department in collaboration with the Ventura […] Read More »

Ventura, make your voice heard.  Your vote counts

by Antoinette Mann, Ventura City Clerk Voting is one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy.  There is no greater right than the right to vote and no better way to participate in shaping the future of our city than by voting. Ventura voters have four municipal measures on the November 8th ballot, Measures […] Read More »

Ventura offers Water Wi$e Incentive Program

The City of Ventura opened the application period for its popular Water Wi$e Incentive Program on September 14.  A large number of applications are expected based on the success of last year’s program which provided rebates to approximately 330 Ventura homeowners and businesses who replaced grassy lawns with water-efficient landscaping.  Visit www.removeyourturf.com or call (866) […] Read More »

Community Partnerships Granting Program

Request for Proposals are due December 5 for the City of Ventura 2016-2018 Community Partnerships Granting Program (CPGP). Ventura County nonprofit social service organizations with 501(c)(3) status that provide project-based services to City of Ventura residents are invited to apply by Monday, December 5 for the 2016-2018 cycle of the City of Ventura Community Partnerships […] Read More »

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes

Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Friday Fitness Party! 16 years-adult 10/28-12/9 F 6:15-7:15 pm $40 or $7/day #7386 Join us and dance, body condition and cool […] Read More »

Mayor's Arts Awards recipients announced, public invited to reception

Dr. KuanFen Liu was selected as the Artist in the Community. Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko is proud to announce the recipients for the Mayor’s Arts Awards and invites the public to attend its twelfth annual reception on Thursday, November 3, at 7 pm, at the Museum of Ventura County. Seven top leaders, patrons, educators, entrepreneurs […] Read More »

City of Ventura announces the appointment of new Public Works Director

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Tully Clifford to the position of Public Works Director.  Mr. Clifford will join the City of Ventura on October 17, 2016. Mr. Clifford brings more than 35 years of professional engineering and management experience from both the public and private sectors.  Most recently, […] Read More »

Register now for Adult Winter Softball/Basketball Tournaments & Corporate Games

Register by December 2 for the second annual Winter Softball/ Basketball Tournaments to be held December 10 and 11 at local Ventura gyms. The tournaments are open to all teams and players who took part in City of Ventura Adult Sports Leagues for basketball and softball in 2016. Tournament divisions include: Men’s Basketball – C, […] Read More »

Harrison Industries and Ventura reach contract extension

Harrison Industries will continue to serve residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ventura for up to the next 25 years. The Ventura City Council unanimously approved a 10-year renewal of Harrison’s franchise agreement with three, five-year extensions added based on performance. Under the contract, which went into effect Sept. 1. Food waste collection is now […] Read More »

$1.5 million grant for Ventura’s Kellogg Park

The City of Ventura is proud to announce being awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Parks Service for the Kellogg Park project located at Ventura Avenue and Kellogg Street.  The grant comes from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWFC).  Established in 1963 by President Kennedy, the LWCF grant provides funding to […] Read More »

Ventura Park Ambassadors provide safety and security

Is there a noticeable positive improvement on the Promenade? Photo by George Robertson. by City staff and the Downtown Ventura Partners There’s a noticeable positive improvement in our parks downtown — an uptick in visitors and programs that show we value public places and desire to make them safe for all to enjoy. One of […] Read More »

Are you ready for elections?  Will anyone be?

In November we will be inundated with many things to consider and to vote on. So that you can start thinking about Ventura’s ballot issues here they are. MEASURE “N” – ELECTIONS ISSUES – CHARTER AMENDMENT – Shall the proposed amendments to Sections 505, 703, and Article XI of the City Charter, to have the […] Read More »

I have been honored to serve on the Ventura City Council the past 5 years

by Cheryl Heitmann for City Council Ventura is a very special place.   I am running for re-election because I am committed to preserving our unique quality of life and rich natural environment. Planning for our future will require creative, common sense thinking and the right kind of effective experienced leadership that I bring to the […] Read More »

Retired business executive

by Dave Grau for City Council I’m a veteran, a retired business executive with a degree in accounting, and a taxpayer advocate. I think it’s time for a change in City Government. It’s time to get back to common sense: making sure the city is fiscally responsible, small business friendly, and tough on crime. After […] Read More »

I have a unique background and set of skills

by Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios for City Council I’m Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios. I’m running for city council because I have a unique background and set of skills that would be valuable on the city council. I am a Latina with a desire to bring a multi-faceted perspective to our council. Serving constituents in Ventura for more than a […] Read More »

I want to be the change I want to see in my city

by Michael Graves for City Council Michael Graves was inspired to run for City Council after volunteering for Bernie Sanders and campaigning to be a DNC Delegate. “I want to be the change I want to see in my city. I want to ensure the decisions of the City Council are truly representative of the […] Read More »

Vol. 10, No. 1 – October 12 - October 25, 2016 - City classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on our web-site. Call (805) 658-4726 or 805-654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net . Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street unless otherwise noted Mine, Craft, Build Adventure Game  5-11 years […] Read More »

Key community leaders endorse Sabrena Rodriguez for School Board

by Sabrena Rodriguez for School Board A growing number of Ventura officials, educators and community members have endorsed Sabrena Rodriguez in her campaign for one of two open seats on the Ventura Unified School District Board of Trustees next month. “Sabrena Rodriguez has spent the past decade volunteering at every level of the school district, […] Read More »

Chamber recommendations for coming elections

The Ventura Chamber PAC interviewed candidates for the Ventura City Council. All ten candidates were invited to participate in the endorsement process. The following candidates are endorsed by the business group’s PAC. Matt LaVere David Grau Cheryl Heitmann “We endorsed these 3 candidates for their knowledge and understanding of city government, solutions-oriented posture, and demonstrated […] Read More »

Crews respond to Saticoy Water Conditioning Facility discharge at Telephone Road and Wells Road intersection

Ventura Water, Ventura Police Department, Ventura City Fire and allied agencies responded to a non-hazardous chemical discharge from the Saticoy Water Conditioning Facility today.  The substance has been identified as Phosphate (commonly used to prevent corrosion in water system pipes) and the quantity released (400 gallons) does not pose a health concern to the community. […] Read More »

VCTC Makes It Easy to Try an Alternative Commute during Ride Week

Pledging to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus enters commuters into prize drawing Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) announced today the launch of Ride Week 2016. Happening October 3-7, Ride Week is part of a regional campaign to encourage commuters to […] Read More »

We need leaders who have the experience that enhances Ventura’s quality of life

by Christy Weir for City Council It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Ventura as a City Council Member and Mayor since 2003. I have lived and worked in Ventura for 31 years, raising a son and daughter here with my husband. I am fortunate that their families have made our community […] Read More »

Well I’m feeling very lucky

by Brian Lee Rencher, MBA for City Council The purpose of any city council is to protect and enhance the health safety and welfare of the citizens they serve.  To do this, cities deliver certain public goods such as infrastructure (roads, water/sewer systems, parks, etc.) and services (police, fire, planning, etc,). Councils pay for these […] Read More »

I am running particularly on a ‘green' agenda

by Jackie Martenson for City Council Do I think City Council is doing a poor job? No. But we can do better, and this year I felt a call to help do so. I am running particularly on a ‘green’ agenda. This platform will serve not only to move Ventura into a more self-sufficient city […] Read More »

I am not some politician who is all talk but no action

by Matt LaVere for City Council I was born and raised in Ventura.  This is my hometown and no one will work harder for Ventura than me. The reason I am running for City Council is simple: I want to make sure the Ventura my young daughter inherits in 20 years is even better than […] Read More »

Ask The Chief: Ventura City Fire Chief David Endaya

What are the most important priorities for the Ventura City Fire Department right now? As a full-service city that also functions as the county seat, Ventura faces many challenges when it comes to public safety.  The City contends with miles of coastline, railroads, highways, two rivers, the Government Center, the County Jail, the County Fairgrounds, […] Read More »

New Midtown parking structure provides potential for economic growth

Dr. John Hill cutting the ribbon while Stephanie Caldwell, the Chamber’s President and CEO, Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann and others look on. Photo by John Ferritto by City staff Community Memorial Hospital’s new $13 million parking structure in Midtown is a win-win that provides economic growth opportunities along with increased parking spaces for the community, hospital visitors […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 26 – September 28 – October 11, 2016 - City classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call (805) 658-4726 or 805-654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Introduction to Video Game Design […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 25 – September 14 – September 27, 2016 - City Classes

City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street unless otherwise noted Art classes Critters 7-12 years 9/19-10/17 M 4-5:30 pm […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department commemorates 15th anniversary of 9/11

9/11 anniversary remembered by Fire Department at Station 3 at 5838 Telegraph Rd. Photo by Bernie Goldstein On Sunday morning, September 11th, all Ventura City Fire Department stations held special remembrances for the first responders and civilians who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Fire Chief David Endaya stated, “Although 15 years have passed since […] Read More »

Ventura Council for Seniors City Council Candidates’ Forum

There will be at least one new face on the Ventura City Council after election day with three spots open and ten people competing for them, and you can help decide which ones will make the cut. The Ventura Council for Seniors is hosting a free City Council Candidates’ Forum from 10am to noon Tuesday, […] Read More »

“You Got Served” project

Some of the arundo was taller than the students. Photos by Bernie Goldstein On Aug. 29 the City of Ventura partnered  with over 500 students from Cal Lutheran University for their “You Got Served” project. The school’s largest service-learning project (in terms of student participants). Cal Lutheran’s entire incoming freshmen class and transfer students worked […] Read More »

Protecting Ventura’s waterways

The City has installed 270 trash excluders. by City Staff One of the many reasons we enjoy living in Ventura is the natural beauty surrounding our community – ours is the only coastal city in the county also flanked by two rivers, the Santa Clara River and the Ventura River.  Ensuring that these fragile natural […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - Ask the Chief

What are today’s challenges in keeping Ventura safe? by Police Chief Ken Corney Ventura Police Department In these times of “instant communication” we are often aware in real time of criminal acts that occur around the country.  In my experience, however, people are most concerned about their sense of safety and security impacted by crime that […] Read More »

Apply for City Council Advisory Board and Committee positions

Residents of Ventura are encouraged to apply for volunteer City Council Advisory Board and Committee positions that advise the City Council on various issues. Applications are available online at www.cityofventura.net/involved/advisory or from the City Clerk’s Office, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Room 204. The application deadline is 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 24 – August 31 – September 13, 2016 - City Classes

Fun and informative City classes City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Fairytales […] Read More »

Facts on the City-owned building and Brooks Institute

From the Brooks website “After considerable discussion and deliberation, the difficult decision has been made to close Brooks Institute.” Where does that leave their students? by City staff Last year, the City was approached with an idea by downtown property owners, represented by the Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP), to facilitate the relocation of Brooks Institute […] Read More »

Chamber supports raising of sales tax

Chamber CEO Stephanie Caldwell supports the Board’s decision. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce Board voted to support the City of Ventura’s proposed ½ cent sales tax increase during their Board Meeting on August 17. The 24-member board represents the Chamber’s 680 members who employ more than 25,000 employees. “We felt it was prudent to support […] Read More »

Green Street celebration

Mayor Nasarenko, Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann and future home owner Annie Dorrington learning about Green Street. Photos by John Ferritto On Aug.27 community members and dignitaries gathered for a Green Street celebration and demonstration event on Hartman Dr. in Midtown. It was hosted by the City of Ventura’s Public Works Department and demonstrated the new storm water […] Read More »

Businesses may sponsor and register now for Corporate Games 2017

All organizations in Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties–private and nonprofit businesses, schools, churches, service groups and government agencies–may sign up now for Corporate Games, SoCal’s ultimate business-to-business sports competition. Apply online at www.venturacorporategames.org or call 658.4738. Companies who become sponsors receive discounts in entry fees as well as community recognition in print and […] Read More »

Wave goodbye to Brooks and our tax dollars

Guest Columnist by Robert McCord, Editor in Chief- VREG The news reported the closure of Brooks Institute.  Everyone lost from this closure.  The students hopefully will find other institutions to complete their education and their teachers may find other positions, but the Citizens of Ventura is again holding the proverbial bag. In February the City […] Read More »

Brooks Institute Announces Closure After 70 Years

Soon there will be many unfinished offices in Ventura to lease. by Richard Lieberman Brooks Institute a visual and media arts school announced on August 12, it plans to shut down operations. The school has cancelled its fall semester and will cease all operations by October 31st according to a letter sent to Brooks students. […] Read More »

Carl Morehouse will not be seeking re-election

“I am announcing that I will not be seeking re-election this Fall.  I am honored, humbled and grateful for the confidence voters have had in my ability to help guide this amazing city we call home since I was first elected in 1999.  However, seventeen years is a long time and I wish to take […] Read More »

Andrews resigns from Ventura County Republican Central Committee

“I am herewith resigning from my position as a member of the Ventura County Republican Central Committee. Over the last number of years I have found the failure of leadership of the Republican Party to be tremendously disappointing. The de facto elevation of Donald Trump to the titular leadership of the National Republican Party as […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 23 – August 17 – August 30, 2016 - City Classes

City classes City of Ventura Barranca Vista Imagination Center classes check out hundreds more on our web-site. Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes and events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted East Coast Swing for […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 22 – August 3 – August 16, 2016 - City classes

August City of Ventura Imagination camps and events Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net All held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street unless otherwise noted. JediCraft Adventure Game Using LEGO® 5-7 years 8/8-8/12 M-F 9 am-12 pm $190 #5822 Build the Star […] Read More »

Planting trees and using recycled water, for Ventura’s future

Article and photo by the City of Ventura. Imagine your neighborhood without a single tree.  Or your favorite park, hiking trail, or beachfront promenade without the aesthetics and shade of our urban forest.  Much of Ventura’s charm and character are the result of our beautiful community landscape that is fundamental to our health. Trees improve […] Read More »

Ventura Avenue $1.9M paving project improves safety

Citywide, there are many streets throughout our neighborhoods that are in need of repair. Photo by Breezy Gledhill by City staff The City of Ventura is making significant improvements to Ventura Avenue, from Santa Clara Street to Dakota Drive.   By the end of the summer, the work will be completed and Ventura Avenue will have two […] Read More »

CHDC and Aera helping Ventura to construct Kellogg Park

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (CHDC), through its Housing Related Parks (HRP) Program, is awarding the City of Ventura a $230,800 grant towards the construction of Kellogg Park, located on Ventura Ave. Aera Energy LLC is also supporting the development of Kellogg Park by donating $30,000 to help build the park. Aera […] Read More »

An interview with Ventura City Mayor Erik Nasarenko – part one

by Richard Lieberman Ventura City Mayor Erik Naserenko was elected to the Ventura City Council in November 2013. He was appointed Mayor by the council in December 2015, and had served as Deputy Mayor for the first two years of his term. Nasarenko, as well as serving as Mayor is a Ventura County Deputy District […] Read More »

City Council shows concerns for the homeless and residents

More than 250 people gathered for the City Council’s Community Homeless Workshop at the Derby Club on April 18, 2016. Attendees worked in groups to complete exercises designed to define, understand and help the homeless community. Several attendees commented that increased coordination between the different agencies, to which would include all private and faith-based organizations, […] Read More »

City buys Harbor Community Church for $2.3 million

Quoting from a previous article in the Ventura Breeze written by Rebecca Wicks: “Harbor Community Church has filed a lawsuit against the City of Ventura signaling the start of the next round in the fight over the church’s controversial homeless program.  The program, which provides meals, showers and religious worship to a primarily homeless population, […] Read More »

New play equipment to be installed in various city parks this summer

This summer will see new play equipment in many of our city parks. Many of our city play structures are very old (up to 30 years) and even dangerous for kids to play on, or don’t meet new State requirements that require soft rubberized areas under some equipment (monkey bars and jungle gyms for instance).  […] Read More »

Learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

Meet some of the candidates for City Council

Lorrie Brown Lorrie Brown, a local mother, with a local perspective and an invested interest in local issues has announced that she plans a second run for Ventura City Council. Lorrie grew up playing at Barranca Vista Park and graduated from Buena High. She brings a diverse perspective and looks forward to being a strong […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 20 – July 6 – July 19, 2016 - City classes

City of Ventura Imagination camps and classes check out “hundreds more” on web-site or 805-654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net CAMPS/Classes/Events held at the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Broadway Triple Threat Workshop: “Cinderella” 9-14 years 7/11-7/15 M-F 9 am-4 pm […] Read More »

New firefighters join Ventura Fire Department

Congratulations to Firefighter Paramedic Trainees, Austin Araiza, Austin Foulke, Brian Mulvehill, Alex Ramirez, and Russell Skinner. After an intensive 18 week fire academy, five new firefighter paramedic trainees have graduated and have joined the Ventura City Fire Department. At the 52nd Ventura County Firefighter Academy graduation ceremony on June 3 Fire Chief David Endaya was […] Read More »

Orientation being held July 7th to learn about visiting Ventura's sister city - Loreto, Mexico

Loreto was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. For the first time since former Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann officially exchanged keys to the city with Loreto, Mexico, in 2015, the Ventura/Loreto Sister City Committee is inviting Venturans to travel with them to explore their sister city. Planning is underway for biannual visits to Loreto […] Read More »

City of Ventura and State Parks Urge Safety for July 4th Holiday

Enhanced beachfront patrol to ensure a safe and clean Ventura The City of Ventura and State Parks urge citizens to ensure a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday by observing local laws that prohibit fireworks in the city of Ventura. Ventura Police, Fire and State Parks will provide increased law enforcement presence on the sand and […] Read More »

City of Ventura Imagination camps & classes

heck out hundreds more on web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net CAMPS/Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Puppy Care: Raising a Happy Puppy 18 years-adult 6/25 Saturday 10 am-12 pm $20 #6419 Learn from Registered […] Read More »

City of Ventura announces appointment of City Clerk

Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Antoinette Mann to the position of City Clerk. Ms. Mann brings over 20 years of experience to the City Clerk profession.  Most recently, she has served as a Deputy City Clerk for the City of Thousand Oaks, where she has experience in an […] Read More »

Conservation fatigued? Ventura Water to offer new drought-busting conservation tools

by Shana Epstein-Ventura Water General Manager On the heels of winning the Mayor’s Challenge and being recognized as one of the most water wise cities in America, it’s clear that Ventura residents are extremely mindful of water conservation and the need for continued resiliency. As a catalyst to help reduce conservation fatigue during these extended […] Read More »

Hail Mary! — Net Zero is here!

by Save Our Water Ventura A “Hail Mary” is a last-ditch attempt to score as time runs out, generally considered a miracle if it succeeds. Yet, on June 6, the Ventura City Council passed by 6-1 the Net Zero Ordinance despite strong opposition from the building industry. While some developers tried to defeat it, other […] Read More »

“Tip-A- Cop” Fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics of Ventura County

The Ventura Police Department (VPD) will again be sponsoring the Special Olympics “Tip-A- Cop” event on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Romano’s Macaroni Grill located at 4880 Telephone Rd. in Ventura (805) 477-9925. Tip-A- Cop is a law enforcement fundraising event in which law enforcement officers assist with waiting tables at a local […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 18 – June 8 – June 21, 2016 - City classes

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net All held at Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston St. unless otherwise noted Fairytales in the Park  free performances for Families 6/11    Saturday        4pm Fairytales in the Park […] Read More »

Local emergency medical services practitioners celebrated with special breakfast

In celebration of EMS Week (May15-21) the Ventura City Fire department thanked their on-duty fire personnel with a special breakfast on May 18. Breakfast  including custom-made pancakes and omelets  prepared and served by Fire Chief David Endaya, the Fire Management team, and members of the Fire Prevention division. National EMS Week honors and recognizes the […] Read More »

Where does the City of Ventura receive its water?

The Ventura River is our best source of quality water. by Shana Epstein – Ventura Water General Manager. As a mission City, the Ventura River was accessed by an aqueduct led by the efforts of the Catholic Church and the native inhabitants of our region.  From the beginning the Ventura River has been a critical […] Read More »

Classes offered by Ventura

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Afternoon Delight Ballroom  50 years+ 5/26-6/30       Thursday       1-2 pm            $69 per person                     […] Read More »

Expect delays during sewer construction

The City of Ventura and Ventura Water have begun a major sewer line replacement project in the midtown area; from Brent Street and the Five Points intersection, along Main Street to Lemon Grove Avenue at Channel Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2016. This project will replace aging (more than […] Read More »

Ventura wins National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!

Sanding in front of the grand prize Toyota Prius are Karen Matsuyama of Toyota, Steve Creech of the Wyland Foundation, Rhonda Glasscock of Toyota, Craig Jones of Ventura Water, Ventura Water General Manager Shana Epstein, Scott Donoho of the Toro Company, and Vivian Panou of Earth Friendly Products. The city of Ventura and its residents […] Read More »

Ventura’s Climate Report Card presented by iMatter Youth

Tatum Becker, El Camino High School (ECHS); Joe Yahner, Environmental Services Supervisor City of Ventura; Zayan Reza, ECHS; Sophie Nguyen ECHS; Ventura City Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann; Summeya Islam,ECHS; Olivia Loorz,ECHS and  Sierra Manske,ECHS. by Karen Helen Szatkowski Recently six young women from El Camino High School presented to the Ventura City Council what was a […] Read More »

A variety of programs to be offered at Center

A happy group celebrating another addition at Westpark Community Center. On Tuesday, May 3 parents, staff, young boxers, sponsors and city dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the completion and installation of the Westpark Community Center’s  new fitness facility, flooring and equipment.  Ventura Chief of Police Ken Corney was there to show the VPD’s support […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department responds to kitchen fire in two story home.

On May 13, at approximately 4pm, Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a two story residential home. Upon arrival fire crews found a fire burning in the kitchen on the second floor. The fire was extinguished 10 minutes after arrival of firefighters. A sprinkler system was activated as a result of the fire […] Read More »

National Police Week May 15-21

National Police Week begins this Sunday, May 15th and runs through Saturday, May 21. The Ventura Police Community Foundation invites all to come out with the Ventura Police Department and help raise money for Community/VPD events, Public Safety and City of Ventura Youth Programs including the Police Activities League by participating in Ventura Restaurant Week. Please come and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 16 – May 11 – May 24, 2016 - City of Ventura Classes

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street  unless otherwise noted Line Dance with a Twist  18 years-adult 5/11/6/15         M/W    1-2 pm                         $60      #5684 […] Read More »

Re-opening of the historic Ventura Pier held

City councilmember Christy Weir, Mayor Erik Nasarenko and  Pier Into The Future Board President David Fukutomi cutting the ribbon to re-open the pier. On December 11, 2015 the Ventura Pier was closed due to structural damage from 20’ high waves. The damages included 20 lost timber piles, 19 loose piles, and loss of 40% of […] Read More »

Please help ID these robbery suspects

Can you help ID these suspects? They were involved in a Grand Theft at a business in the 800 Block of S. Victoria Ave. 2 unidentified suspects came into Two Trees Optometry during lunch time on Cinco de Mayo and stole estimated $5000 worth of retail eyeglasses. If you recognize them, the Ventura Police Department would […] Read More »

Sign up for free “Responsible Beverage Serving”class on May 3

The City of Ventura Office of Special Events and Project Safer on Responsible Beverage Serving will co-host a free “Responsible Beverage Serving” class on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm, in the Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street. The class is mandatory for special events where alcohol is served or sold. A short presentation will […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 15 – April 27 – May 10, 2016 - City classes

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston St. unless otherwise noted Basic Dog Obedience 14 years-Adult $70 + $5 Supply Fee 4/30-5/21         Saturday           9-9:50 am         […] Read More »

Westpark celebrates its new fitness facility

Members of the public are invited to join Westpark Community Center youth, parents, staff, sponsors and dignitaries at 450 W. Harrison Ave. on Tuesday, May 3, 4-5 pm, to celebrate the new fitness opportunities now available to the Westside community thanks to the completion and installation of the center’s new fitness facility, flooring and equipment. […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

City of Ventura Special Event Grants applications are due May 12

Applications are due May 12 for the City of Ventura “Special Event Permit Fund” – a grant program open to event organizers staging cultural festivals and special events in Ventura that activate public space and increase visitor spending. Applicants must be a Ventura based nonprofit or an agency partnering with a Ventura based nonprofit planning […] Read More »

Public invited to Ventura City Council's Community Workshop on Homelessness, April 18

The City of Ventura City Council will hold a Community Workshop on Homelessness, Monday, April 18, 2016 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Island View Room of the Derby Club. The purpose of the workshop is to: Provide education and promote community ownership and alignment about homelessness Foster healthy, collaborative dialogue […] Read More »

City of Ventura accepts the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1 - 30

Cities nationwide are participating in a nationwide contest to be named the “Most Water-Wise” city. Over 3,900 cities are expected to compete and Ventura has its eye on the prize! In 2015, Ventura took second place for the top-ranked city in the 100,000 – 299,999 population standings. El Niño has not delivered on its anticipated […] Read More »

City Center brings awareness to domestic violence

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko  holds the ribbon while Alissa and children  cut it. On March 31 a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the City Center located at 837 E. Thompson to celebrate the opening of the Purple Room to house Alissa and her children. In welcoming the large gathering Board Member Jim Duran, and […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 14 – April 13 – April 26, 2016 - City of Ventura classes

City of Ventura Imagination classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Art and Architecture using LEGO®  5-10 years 4/16     Saturday           10 am-12 pm […] Read More »

Former and current Ventura mayors compete in pie eating contest at 150th anniversary party

A pie eating contest featuring former and current Ventura mayors was held at the recent 150th anniversary party at Plaza Park. Jim Monahan, Greg Carson, Jack Tingstrom, Jim Friedman, Sandy Smith, Brian Brennan, Carl Morehouse, Christy Weir, Bill Fulton, Ray DiGulio, Cheryl Heitmann and current mayor Erik Nasarenko were the combatants. Mayor Erik Nasarenko was […] Read More »

Apply Now to Serve on Ventura City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions and Committees

Ventura residents can apply for an exciting opportunity to support their community by serving as a volunteer on one of the City Council Advisory Boards, Commissions or Committees that advise the City Council on an array of issues.  There are open positions on 12 multi-member Council Advisory groups that examine issues and help shape Ventura. […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 13 – March 30 – April 12, 2016 - Ventura City Classes

City of Ventura Dance classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call (658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Dancer’s Body Cardio Barre and Sculpt  18 years-Adult 4/5-5/10           Tuesday           12-12:45 pm    […] Read More »

Kellogg Park takes a small step with groundbreaking

City dignitaries from the City Council and Recreation & Parks and other employees and well-wishers  dig Kellogg Park. On March 12 Kellogg Park held a groundbreaking ceremony that included a Chumash Blessing for the land, music from local middle school DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts, Mariachi Los Halcones, brightly colored Aztec Dancers and […] Read More »

City council members celebrating Ventura Anniversary

Mayor Erik Nasarenko When I think about celebrating our 150th birthday as a city, many images come to mind, but perhaps the most prominent is the Ventura pier. It reminds me of Ventura’s resilience and optimism, for like the city itself, it may go through tough times, likely the result of high surf pounding the […] Read More »

We became a city 150 years ago - how time flies

By Ventura City staff As we count down to April 2, 2016 – the date we became a city 150 years ago – we as residents can be  proud of the many cultures and peoples who have enriched our city as they made Ventura their home – from the indigenous Chumash Native Americans to the […] Read More »

Ventura's first city council meeting

At Ventura’s first city council meeting held on April 8, 1866 the council voted 6-1 (Jim Monahan was the only no vote) to move the freeway off ramp to Oak St.. They commented that the project would probably take about 165 years to complete. Read More »

City of Ventura completes new sewer interconnect project, marking continued progress toward commercial development project

The City of Ventura recently finished a significant step in completing the needed infrastructure for a high priority project known as Focus Area One which includes the Ventura Auto Center and Olivas Park, a future development project. The Olivas Park Drive Sewer Interconnect project includes installation of a new sewer pipeline that will bypass the […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department gang update

By Ashley Bautista, Civic Engagement VPD Gang related crimes and arrests increased in 2015. The two detectives assigned to gang activity, Corporal Marchetti and Officer Pusen, recently reported to the Ventura City Council on this activity. There were 32 violent gang crimes and 607 gang related arrests in 2015, an increase from previous years. In […] Read More »

Employee excellence in the City of Ventura

By Gail Field Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins recently announced exciting milestones for City employees, including awards and new additions to staff. Awards were bestowed on two city employees who are role models for public service and who exemplify the City’s commitment to excellence.  The award winners, announced on February 11, are Keith Fowler as […] Read More »

City of Ventura Spring Creative Camps

City of Ventura Spring Creative Camps Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit  www.cityofventura.net Minecraft Camps with LEGO®  5-12 years 3/28-4/1           M-F      9 am-12 pm     Pre-Engineering           5-7 years          $190    #5616 3/28-4/1           M-F      1-4 pm             Engineering FUN         8-12 years        $190    #5615 Whether you are […] Read More »

Ventura schools held mock city council meetings

To help celebrate Ventura’s 150th anniversary students from Lincoln Elementary and De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts schools held mock city council meetings on March 11 at city hall. It was nice to have young city council members with fresh ideas. They were able to make 2 major decisions in less than an […] Read More »

The Community Academy is scheduled to begin March 22

Learn how the VPD caught these bad guys.    The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance. The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a […] Read More »

Ventura’s fight to remain graffiti-free

Graffiti seen from trains passing through Ventura. Photo by Daniel Ingram By Amber Hansen In today’s world, vandalism is rampant. It’s not uncommon to see graffiti on nearly every block in some cities. While Ventura isn’t covered in garish spray paint, it doesn’t take a detective to find vandalism on both public and private properties in […] Read More »

Mayor makes case for tax increase to two “juries”

Erik Nasarenko was selected as Mayor by the City Council in December, 2015. Mayor Erik Nasarenko, who is a deputy district attorney for Ventura County, was right at home making his case before a City Council meeting at his first State of the City address, and at the annual Ventura Chamber of Commerce’s State of […] Read More »

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues

Construction on the Ventura Pier continues. Maybe these homeless guys could do the work they seem very talented at building things. Read More »

Ventura Police Department's newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church Mar. 13

One of Ventura Police Department’s newest K9 Teams, Officer Keith Therrien and K9 Falco, will be introduced at Ventura Baptist Church on March 13 at 9:30 a.m. Falco was purchased from a donation by Ventura Baptist Church. Falco is a two and half year old all black German Shepard from Germany. His full name is […] Read More »

Public invited to Ventura 150th "City Hall Open House" on Friday, March 11

Community members of all ages are invited to visit Ventura City Hall, located at 501 Poli Street, for a fun afternoon learning about local government during an Open House celebrating Ventura’s 150th anniversary of cityhood.  The free event will be held Friday, March 11, from 1 to 4 pm. Art and historic tours, music, refreshments, […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department's Community Academy is coming!

The Ventura Police Department’s Community Academy is coming! Have you ever wanted to know the who, what, when, where, why and how of police operations? Not the ‘TV’ version, but the actual facts? Here’s your chance! The Community Academy will take you on a ride-along with a patrol officer, show you what a SWAT team […] Read More »

Ask the Chief-Ventura City Police Chief Ken Corney

Q.  I’ve heard and read a lot in the news about crime increases throughout California and other public safety issues. What’s happening in Ventura? A.  2015 was a challenging year for the Police profession nationwide. Changes in the criminal justice system and increased scrutiny across the country of police conduct and the use of force […] Read More »

Kellogg Park Groundbreaking Ceremony and Concert

Kellogg Park Groundbreaking Ceremony and Concert to be held on March 12, from 2:00-5:00 PM, a free community block party featuring musical performances, dancers, fitness demonstrations, kids’ activities, crafts, and more! It will include a Chumash Blessing for the land, music from DATA middle school, Los Halcones, brightly colored Aztec Dancers and the band, Honey […] Read More »

Public Invited to Mayor Erik Nasarenko’s State of the City Address February 29

Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko will present the annual State of the City address in Council Chambers at City Hall, 501 Poli Street, on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6 pm.  A brief reception will be held after the address, followed by the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The address, titled “Invest in Ventura, Now and For a Strong Tomorrow,” will focus […] Read More »

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band members to visit local high school

Buena High School choir and music students, Buena Choir teacher, Kevin Downey, Librarian, Joel Levin and  two members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Scotty Morris and Andy Rowley  at Buena high. Photo by Bernie Goldstein. On Feb.4  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band members visited Buena High School to meet choir and music students and to tour […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 10 – February 17 – March 2, 2016 - City of Ventura Classes

City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Explore with Me  2.5-5 years 2/19-3/25         Friday              10:30-11 am    $60 for one adult […] Read More »

Applications now being accepted for City of Ventura Planning Commission position

City of Ventura residents are encouraged to apply for a vacancy on the Planning Commission that advises the City Council on issues related to planning, development, and beautification of the City.  The special recruitment process is now open and applications are available online at www.cityofventura.net/involved/advisory or from the City Clerk’s Office, Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli […] Read More »

Businesses, register your company team for the 2016 Corporate Games

Have fun, build teamwork and boost staff morale – register your company team before Feb.11 for the 2016 Corporate Games, Ventura County’s ultimate sports competition.  Register online at www.venturacorporategames.org or call the Corporate Games Hotline at 658-4738.  Join thousands of employees representing more than 90 companies in this 6-week business-to-business team-sports competition featuring over 26 […] Read More »

City classes from photography to yoga

City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an  ACTIVENET account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center, 7050 Ralston Street  unless otherwise noted. Carpinteria Seal Rookery Hike  18 years-adult 2/5       Friday   9:10 am-2:45 pm          $40+$20 materials fee  #5666 Hike […] Read More »

Westpark Community Center receives a “Health Champion Award”

Ventura’s Westpark Community Center is named a “Health Champion Award” recipient for its “excellent programs that contribute to a healthier Ventura County”.  The Partnership for a Health Ventura County (PHVC) bestows these annual awards on behalf of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, which will recognize all recipients during a TBD March meeting as part […] Read More »

Charter Review Committee recommendations

These recommendations are the outcome of monthly meetings of the Charter Review Committee (CRC) as formed by the San Buenaventura City Council in October 2014.  The CRC was formed for the purpose of reviewing the existing city charter and determining if changes were needed to address specific issues raised by the City Council and suggesting […] Read More »

City of Ventura’s photovoltaic ordinance helps residents go solar

In September 2015, the City of Ventura adopted an expedited, streamlined solar permitting process to help homeowners achieve timely and cost-effective installations of small residential rooftop solar energy systems.  The ordinance encourages the use of solar systems by establishing prescriptive guidelines and minimizing costs to property owners and the City Ventura.  In the two months […] Read More »

The Art Tales contest for writers inspired by art is now open

Previous Mayor Cheryl Heitmann addressing last year’s Art Tales at Foster Library The City of Ventura is pleased to sponsor the eighth annual creative writing contest inspired by art, in partnership with E.P. Foster Library. Selections from the Public and Municipal Art Collections at Ventura City Hall are rotated annually to a special second floor […] Read More »

Vol. 9, No. 7 – January 6 – January 19, 2016 - City of Ventura Classes

City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Explore with Me  2.5-5 years 1/6-2/10           Wednesday      5:15-5:45 pm   $60 for one adult & […] Read More »

Joe Salsedo, former 2011 Employee of the Year, retiring after 40 years with City of Ventura

Joe Salsedo, former 2011 Employee of the Year, is retiring after 40 years of working for the City of Ventura. Joe, an Equipment Operator, is often the lone emergency responder when rain storms bring flooding to city streets. He is quiet and humble, yet can always be counted on, day or night, to keep us […] Read More »

Ventura has a great future ahead

By Mayor Nasarenko The 150th birthday of Ventura marks a crossroads for our city. It is a time when we both look back to 1866, the date we became a city, and look ahead to the 150 years ahead us. As we do so, we have to acknowledge that Ventura is a little worn for […] Read More »

It has been an honor to serve as Mayor

By Cheryl Heitmann Has been an honor to serve as the Mayor for the past 2 years. Has been an honor to serve as only the 3rd woman mayor in 150 years. Has been an honor to serve as the smallest Mayor in 150 years. I want to thank my fellow councilmembers for your support.  […] Read More »

State of the state of development in Ventura - Part 2 of 2

By Rebecca Wicks The future of development in Ventura is always a hot topic.  Most city officials and residents seem to favor controlled growth, as outlined in the 2005 General Plan, which details how the city prefers to grow.  This, according to City Manager Mark Watkins includes big and small development. “Some of the little […] Read More »

Parking spaces reserved for City Council members defaced

After, or perhaps during the City Council meeting that was voting on the Regent project the signs on the parking spaces reserved  for City Council members defaced.  Luckily Jose from Facilities was able to scrape off the stickers so that the signs did not need to be replaced at taxpayers’ expense (though, it did require […] Read More »

City Council approves Regent prescreen

Regent Properties took a giant step forward towards the eventual development of 55 homes in the hillsides above Ventura.  On Nov. 30, the Ventura City Council approved the prescreen application submitted by the developer and previously approved by the Planning Commission. At the special council meeting, which lasted more than 8 hours, the council voted […] Read More »

Corporation donates $25,000 to help build Kellogg Park

Photo by Bernie Goldstein Tuesday, December 1st is globally recognized as “Giving Tuesday” to celebrate gift giving with a higher purpose.  In keeping with “Giving Tuesday” California Resources Corporation (CRC) presented their gift of $25,000 to help build Kellogg Park, located at the corner of Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue. Mayor Cheryl Heitmann made brief […] Read More »

Ventura City Council appoints Erik Nasarenko as mayor, Neal Andrews as deputy mayor

During the regularly scheduled meeting Monday, December 7, the Ventura City Council voted to appoint Councilmember Erik Nasarenko as mayor and Neal Andrews as deputy mayor.  Both will serve a two-year term in their appointed roles. Nasarenko was first elected to the Ventura City Council in 2013.  He recently completed two years as the City’s […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on the web-site

Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Ballroom for Youth  7-12 years 12/12-1/30       Sa         3-4 pm                         $69      Course# 42231 Build confidence, improve posture, learn to relate to your partner without even talking, Dance to today’s music in a ballroom way. Parents must attend first class to fill […] Read More »

Our 150th anniversary

by City Council Member Christy Weir San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra, the ninth of the California missions. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname that Ventura is the “city of good fortune.” The City of San Buenaventura was incorporated in 1866. The minutes of the first […] Read More »

State of the state of development in Ventura, Part 1 of 2

Photo by John Ferritto Part 1 of 2 By Rebecca Wicks More than two years ago I wrote an article outlining “10 projects that will change the face of Ventura.”  Since then, the publisher of the Breeze has received periodic inquiries about these and other projects in Ventura.  Follows is an update on these and […] Read More »

Head of Park Security Ambassadors program reports on progress

Part 1 of 2 By Richard Lieberman Kevin Clerici,  Executive Director of Downtown Ventura Partners (DVP), the nonprofit business improvement district in Downtown that runs the Park Security Ambassadors, which is one of the many programs that the DVP operates. He is pleased with the progress and early results of the program. So pleased he’s […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire responds to multiple, simultaneous fires near NB-101 / EB-126 freeway interchange

On Sunday Nov.19 Ventura City Fire personnel responded to multiple, simultaneous fires reported in the general area of the NB -101 / EB-126 freeway interchange, during a period of gusty winds.Structures at a nearby mobile home park were initially reported to be threatened, prompting a full first-alarm structure fire response to that location, but were quickly […] Read More »

Ventura City Firefighters on scene at Montgomery Ave home fire in 3 minutes

Residents of a single family home located in the 700 block of Montgomery Ave. were awakened to the smell of smoke and the sound of fire alarms in the early dawn of Nov.27.. The home owner quickly ran into the living room from his bedroom and witnessed the television set and the items on top of an adjacent […] Read More »

City Council to vote on proceeding with hillside 55-unit development

On Nov. 30, with a 5PM start time, the City Council will be voting on the following line items for the proposed 55-unit Regent project: To process a Prescreen for a proposed General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan. Review and approval of General Plan Amendment and Specific Plan Prescreen to file an application. Authorization of […] Read More »

Irrigation Central Control System used by City’s Parks Division

Since February 2014, the City’s Parks Division has cut back 20% of water use for overall parks, when compared to the same month the previous year. For more than 10 years, the Parks Division has utilized a computerized irrigation system in 14 of our major parks that allows programmed irrigation times, and more importantly, close […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on the website

Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net. Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted Ballroom Dancing  16 years-adult 12/1-1/19         Tu        7:30-8:30 pm   $50      Course# 42213 Enjoy the magic of smoothly moving across the floor with the waltz, fox trot, […] Read More »

Poster contest winners honored

Photo by Bernie Goldstein The winners of Ventura’s 150th Anniversary poster contest were honored at a special presentation at the beginning of the City Council meeting held on November 16. Upon presentation, the Mayor stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome and provide awards to eight local schoolchildren – the winners of the 150th Anniversary […] Read More »

Public safety letter regarding Regent Properties La Viera project

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Registration for Corporate Games can start now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at www.venturacorporategames.org. I look forward to welcoming […] Read More »

National Family Volunteer Day celebration in Ventura Nov. 21

When: Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am – 11am Where: Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli, front steps National Family Volunteer Day will be celebrated in the city of Ventura with local families performing Acts of Kindness. As part of the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary events, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann is asking community members to perform A Million Acts […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Bling and Everything In-Between Holiday Boutique 11/14  Sa       10 am-4 pm Unique artists […] Read More »

Get involved in Ventura’s 150th anniversary celebrations

The Breeze photographer almost got there too late for a piece of cake at the City Council meeting. The City of Ventura is excited to celebrate Ventura’s 150th anniversary on April 2, 2016 and would love your help in making this celebration a success! There are many ways to participate and we encourage you to […] Read More »

Poster Contest winners from city's 150th Anniversary Poster Contest by Ventura Friends of the Library

This is the Grand Prize winning poster.  The artist is Sachi Tan.  She is 16, and a Senior at Foothill Technology High School.  The Poster Contest winners from the city’s 150th Anniversary Poster Contest sponsored by the Ventura Friends of the Library have been announced.  They were judged by   Mayor Heitmann, Dr. Michael Babb, Patti […] Read More »

La Viera pre-screen confirmed for City Council Meeting

  By Richard Lieberman Ventura City Council will hold a meeting, November 30th and on the agenda will be Regent Properties proposed La Viera project. The project proposal describes 55 luxury homes to be built on 40 acres of the Mariano Rancho in the hills above Ventura. The planning commission after a marathon public meeting, […] Read More »

Mission San Buenaventura to commemorate canonization of St. Junipero Serra

Pope Francis’ recent canonization of St. Junipero Serra, founder of Mission San Buenaventura (1782), will be celebrated November 21 at the historic Main Street church in downtown Ventura. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles will preside at a bilingual Mass, to be preceded by a 6:00 p.m. candlelight procession, starting at the site of […] Read More »

Ventura City Mayor shared the history of Ventura at the Ventura Townehouse

Mayor touched on issues about land, beach, homelessness and traffic. Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura City Mayor, was the guest speaker at the Ventura Townehouse  (VTH) on Thursday, October 22.  Almost one-hundred were in attendance. Mayor Heitmann shared the history of Ventura and spoke of many projects she is working on around the city. Mayor Heitmann expressed […] Read More »

Ventura Breeze’s own Cindy Summers recipient of the “One Million Acts of Kindness” award

The Ventura Breeze’s own Cindy Summers was one of the two initial recipients of the “One Million Acts of Kindness” award presented by the City of San Buenaventura. It was presented to her at the Nov. 2 City Council meeting by Mayor Heitmann. The award reads “In recognition of your heroic efforts on July 8, […] Read More »

Ventura Auto Center Dealers honored for $25,000 contribution to City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary celebration

At the Ventura City Council meeting held on Nov.2, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann accepted a generous check for $25,000 from Jeff Sukay representing the Ventura Auto Center Dealers. The event kicked-off the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary celebration. The dealers are the “Champion Sponsor”. The Mayor also read a proclamation honoring The Ventura Auto Center Dealers […] Read More »

How to prepare your wood deck for a heavy winter season

The City of Ventura’s Building and Safety division is offering a free one hour deck construction guide and repair workshop to residents, including homeowners and contractors, Monday, Nov. 16 from 9am-10am at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Community Meeting Room. Community members are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn more about safe deck connections and […] Read More »

Dear Interested Parties of the LaViera Pre-screen

The LaViera Pre-screen has been confirmed for the November 30th City Council meeting at 5:00 p.m. The City Council protocols are different from those of the Planning Commission, so it is important that you understand these as we move toward this hearing. Staff will be releasing an “Advance Administrative Report” on November 16th; this report will include all […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire crews respond to injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave.

On Nov.5, at 5:30am Ventura City Fire crews responded to a reported injury traffic collision with fire at Telephone Rd and Victoria Ave. The first engine company to arrive found that a mid-sized delivery van and a semi-tractor/trailer had collided, resulting in rupture of the saddle tanks on the semi and diesel fuel spilling onto the roadway. Fire […] Read More »

Ventura launches its 150th anniversary celebrations on November 8

A special reception, free and open to the public, officially launches the city’s 150th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 8, from 2 to 4 pm at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 East Main Street. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshments and special limited edition 150th anniversary souvenirs as they take part in a rich menu of festive […] Read More »

Ventura Fire Department responds to another fire in Ventura River bottom

Photo by Breezy Gledhill On Nov.3, at 8:30am Ventura City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in the Ventura River bottom adjacent to the Ventura Fair Grounds. First arriving fire crews discovered a 50’ x 50’ fire burning 20’ tall brush and arundo directly adjacent to a railroad trestle. Train service was halted while crews from […] Read More »

School students clean up Ventura in Trash-A-Thon Nov. 10th

SCHOOL STUDENTS CLEAN UP VENTURA IN TRASH-A-THON Environmental Fundraiser to be held November 10, 2015 Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education will hold its eighth annual Trash-a-Thon on November 10th. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will collect pledges, and in cooperation with the City of Ventura’s Environmental Services division, work to clean up several litter […] Read More »

Veterans Day at Government Center Nov. 11th

November 11: Veterans Day at the Government Center this year commences at 11:00 AM. The location is outdoors at the corner of Telephone and Victoria Avenue in Ventura, near the flags that represent every branch of the military. Wreaths will be laid by friends and family members , one at each flag.  This annual event […] Read More »

Community invited to important Ventura Water Stakeholder Meeting Nov. 3rd

Community members invited to attend important Ventura Water Stakeholder Meeting, November3 at 11am Santa Clara River Estuary Stakeholder Meeting Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 11am Community Meeting Room at Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli St., Room 202 Who should attend:  Community members who are interested in learning about how the City plans to provide a […] Read More »

4th Annual Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Contest

Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya and Ventura Water General Manager Shanna Epstein enjoying the Take I kick-off On Oct.14  Ventura Water celebrated the launch of the 4th installment of its annual Water Take 1 Online Short Film Contest with a kick-off reception emphasizing collaborative community efforts in water conservation and sustainability. The reception was held […] Read More »

Receivership used to clean-up deplorable Ventura property

The neighbors are delighted. For the first time, the City of Ventura used its receivership abilities to take over a blighted property. A judge appointed a receiver to take control of four small houses located on one lot at W. Ramona Ave. Tenant conditions were deplorable. Cockroaches, rats and pit bulls resided at this property. […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes, check out hundreds more at www.cityofventura.net

Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net. Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Cemetery Park Tour  teen-adult 11/1    Su       8-10 pm          $20 We’ll explore the stories of our city’s pioneers at rest (and some at unrest) […] Read More »

Reserve a spot for Ventura Corporate Games now

by Eric Burton, Ventura Corporate Games Director Registration officially opens on January 11 for the 2016 Ventura Corporate Games, but you can reserve your spot now! The registration and event selection form — easy to fill, save and send — plus all the essential information for 2016 are now online at www.venturacorporategames.org. I also invite […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes & Camps

Fall City of Ventura Classes & Camps – check out hundreds more on  web-site. Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston St unless otherwise noted. Fridays with Friends: Beach Hike Plein Air  18 years-adult 10/16   F          9:30 […] Read More »

Congresswoman Julia Brownley and Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann to tour VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility

Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will tour the VenturaWaterPure Demonstration Facility (located at 1400 Spinnaker Dr.-Ventura Water Reclamation Facility)  on Thursday, October 15.  Ventura Water, in partnership with the Water Research Foundation, is utilizing the demonstration facility to; generate essential research, better inform regulators on how to move from indirect potable […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – City classes

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on web-site Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Meditation for Mind & Body Health  18 years-adult 10/1-10/22       Th        7-8:30 pm        […] Read More »

Vol. 8, No. 26 – September 30 – October 13, 2015 – Ask the Director

Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager Q.  I’m a Ventura Water customer and our family has been doing our part to conserve water. Can you explain why Ventura Water modified the existing residential Tier 1 into two tiers and why 0 to 6 HCF? A.  As the city and state experience one of the most […] Read More »

City of Ventura’s Laura Pfeifer recognized in National Safety Council's sixth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety

On August 27,  the National Safety Council announced its sixth class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety – a group of future leaders dedicated to making workplaces safer.  The 40 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measurable outcomes of the NSC’s Journey to Safety Excellence. […] Read More »

Is paid parking coming to the Downton parking structure?

Users would be given a 90-minute free period. Photo by Daniel Ingram The City of Ventura is proposing to convert the multi-story parking structure on Santa Clara St. to a paid structure, beginning in January 2016. Automated parking arms and equipment would be installed at the entrance. All users would be given a 90-minute free […] Read More »

Ask the Director - Ventura Water General Manager

Ask the Director Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager Q. I’m a Ventura Water customer and our family has been doing our part to conserve water. Can you explain why Ventura Water modified the existing residential Tier 1 into two tiers and why 0 to 6 HCF? A. As the city and state experience one […] Read More »

Fall City of Ventura Classes

Fall City of Ventura Classes check out hundreds more on our web-site Call 658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Classes/Events held the Barranca Vista Center ~ 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Play-Well TEKnologies Jedi Engineering using LEGO®  5-11 years 9/21-11/2         M         3:30-5 pm        $160 […] Read More »

Ventura City Fire Department invites the public to commemorate 9/11

On Friday, September 11, beginning at 6:45am, community members are invited to visit any of the six Ventura City Fire Stations for a special remembrance ceremony of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Join us in honoring the 2,977 people who lost their lives 14 years ago including Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel and civilians. Let us remember their sacrifices […] Read More »

Ventura Police Department DUI/CDL Checkpoint statistics

On Friday September 4, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 PM to 2:15 AM the Ventura Police Department conducted a DUI/CDL Checkpoint in the area of Harbor Blvd and Schooner Dr. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved […] Read More »

Congratulations to Ventura Water customers!

Congratulations to our customers! Shana Epstein, Ventura Water General Manager Ventura Water congratulates all our customers; we are extremely grateful. New figures show that customer water use was down 39 percent last month (July) compared to July 2013, allowing Ventura Water for the first time to reach our 20 percent annual water reduction goal for […] Read More »

Leadership Ventura is now recruiting!

Be part of an exciting, action packed, year-long program, and get to know your community! The Leadership Ventura program introduces you to key business, government and community leaders and gives you the opportunity to talk to them in person and ask questions. Experience lectures, panel discussions, and site visits which give you direct contact with […] Read More »

City of Ventura end of summer classes for youth

Call  658-4726 or 654-7552 to register, if you already have an account online, visit www.cityofventura.net Camps held the Barranca Vista Center,7050 Ralston Street in Ventura unless otherwise noted. Drawing & Painting for Youth  8-14 years 8/27-9/24            Th            3:15-4:30 pm            $64 Explore relevant artists and their styles to create your own acrylic paintings and pencil and […] Read More »

Register for City of Ventura Adult Fall Sports Leagues & Golf by September 2

Register now for City of Ventura Fall Adult Sports Leagues in men’s and coed softball, men’s basketball, flag football and six-a-side soccer with a registration deadline of September 2 or until full. All leagues begin the week of September 13. Games are played weekends or weekdays after 6 pm at local parks in Ventura followed […] Read More »

Trust for Public Land seeking qualified artist for Ventura’s Kellogg Park

The Trust for Public Land, a national, nonprofit land conservation and park development organization, is seeking to commission an artist for public art mosaic design and fabrication for Kellogg Park in the city of Ventura.  The site of the future Kellogg Park is a 2.41-acre vacant lot on Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue. The selected […] Read More »

Finance & Technology Department receives GFOA Recognition & Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of San Buenaventura  by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and […] Read More »

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