Oversight committee

Update On the Measure O Citizens’ Tax Oversight Committee

“Reason is, And Ought Only To Be The Slave Of Our Passions” —David Hume EARLY SIGNS OF A TRAIN WRECK The city’s Measure O Oversight Committee has shown signs of being inadequately trained and poorly prepared for the job they were appointed to do. This is not the fault of the committee members themselves but […]

Ventura's water shortage

Ventura’s Water Supply Jeopardized by Years of Mistakes

Ventura could lose one-third of its water supply because of legal maneuvering and backdoor negotiating. As it is, Venturans pay too much for water and could pay even more in three years. CITY COUNCIL APPROVES WATER RIGHTS CONTRACT [RESULTS OF NEW AGREEMENT] On May 8, 2017, the public learned that a new contract between the […]

Ventura spends tax money

You Have Reasons To Be Concerned How Ventura Spends Your Tax Money

Complaining about how Ventura spends our tax money is like complaining about the weather. Everyone talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. When Ventura spends money on projects, you trust and hope city officials would spend it as though it was coming out of their own pockets. However, many believe that City officials […]

Politicians Expect You To Pay A Little Bit More

The Ventura County Star Mentions VREG We’re proud the Ventura County Star mentioned us in an article on pensions. The Star article lists VREG as a watchdog group. Click here to go to the article. We believe pensions and unfunded liabilities are ticking time bombs for the city. The Star joins us in pointing this […]

three unaddresed issue

Unaddressed Issues That Threaten Ventura’s Quality Of Life

VREG’s STATE OF THE CITY [THE UNADDRESSED ISSUES MAYOR NASARENKO NEGLECTED TO DISCUSS] No doubt that Ventura is a magnificent place to call home. On many aspects, VREG agrees on more points with our Mayor and City Council, than disagree. Ventura’s citizens are proud of our fine police force and our fire department. Our city […]

2017 Ventura City Councilmembers

How To Contact Your 2017 Ventura City Councilmembers

Our federalist system gives us many opportunities to participate in our democracy. Some forms of participation are more common than others. And some citizens participate more than others, but almost everyone has a voice in government. Meet Your 2017 City Councilmembers We have a new Ventura City Council for 2017. We have one new Councilmember […]

CalPERS sticks Ventura with extra unfunded pension liabilities

The Looming Catastrophe of Unfunded Pension Liabilities in Ventura

NEGLECTING THE UNFUNDED PENSION CRISIS DOESN’T MAKE IT DISAPPEAR For eight years Ventura has done little to remedy the unfunded pension liability. During that time, there have been three different City Councils. Yet they made only a modest effort to solve the problem. They got employees to agree to contribute toward their own retirement. Meanwhile, […]

Will The Trade Desk be another real estate blunder?

Is Ventura Poised To Commit Another Real Estate Blunder With The Trade Desk?

WILL VENTURA CITY GOVERNMENT EVER LEARN? It’s déjâ vu all over again. Once again the past rears its ugly head. Only this time will the City Council be wise enough to learn from its past mistakes? There are some things this Council and this city staff are not qualified to evaluate fully. Among the first issues facing the 2017 Ventura […]

Ventura's Measure O Is Unenforceable

Oversight Of Measure O Is Untenable in Ventura

ELECTION AFTERMATH 2016 was a fascinating and challenging election year at all levels of government.  The City of Ventura was no exception.  Voters elected a new City Council Member and passed two City Charter amendments. Most remarkable of all, Ventura voters approved an increase in the sales tax. This will impact Ventura for 25 years. The city staff and City […]