What You Need To Know About The Schools And Communities First Initiative

“Some taxpayers close their eyes, some stop their ears, some shut their mouth, but all pay through the nose.” —F.J. Raymond The pandemic has impacted everyone and everything.  Businesses large and small struggle, and while it has probably not come to your attention, this November, a proposed ballot measure aims to increase the cost of […]

Making VenturaWaterPure Better

What VenturaWaterPure Should Do To Be Better

“Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —C.S. Lewis Eight years ago, Ventura Water decided to pursue VenturaWaterPure single-mindedly. They are […]

Beaten Up Dollar: Deficit

The Best Thing The Council Can Do About The Deficit

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” —Mark Twain Ventura finds itself staring down another multi-million-dollar budget deficit. This time we must overcome a 10% deficit, or $12 million. Most people’s attention won’t be on the budget because they’re focused on COVID-19 and the upheavals it has caused. The City Council will use the […]

Important Trends You Should Look For In The COVID-19 Recovery

“Wealth Is The Ability To Fully Experience Life.” —Henry David Thoreau We’re living through unprecedented times. No one knows how events will develop as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Yet there are specific unmistakable trends to watch. We want you to be aware of the trends and to look out for the critical choices […]

Why You Need To Pay Attention To The 2020 City Council Election

“Good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” —Albert Camus The 2020 City Council election is this November. The challenges facing Ventura are so crucial that they will shape the city for decades. Who the candidates will be for the Council in this election will likely be unknown until July. […]

What Services Will Ventura Cut In The 2020-2021 Budget?

“Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us Into, Stanley.” —Laurel & Hardy The 2020-2021 budget presents a challenge to the City Council. This Council must weigh how to close the budget deficit in the coming year. The Coming Problem Today’s Council is still operating on the 2019-2020 budget that shows everything is fine. In six months […]

Councilmembers

How To Connect To Your 2020 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 2020 City Councilmembers We have a new Ventura City Council for 2020. We have three newer Councilmembers […]

The Decade Of The 2010s

This Is Why The Decade Of The 2010s Is Important

“Do not suffer your good nature…to say yes when you ought to say no.” —George Washington As the 21st century teeters between the 2010s and the 2020s, it’s a perfect time to take stock of an eventful decade. Over the last ten years, several key events changed Ventura forever.  Let’s look at what happened and […]

Why You Should Worry About VenturaWaterPure

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years. It was always that way.” —John Steinbeck, East of Eden For the second time in four years, Ventura Water failed to present scientific findings that challenged […]

Scrutinizing Travel Expenses From Conferences

Do You Know The Truth About Ventura’s Spending On Conferences?

“Three groups spend other people’s money:  children, thieves and politicians.  All three need supervision.” —Dick Armey The cost and benefit of every spending decision by Ventura’s City Council is magnified as the city faces budgetary losses for the next five years. The city is projecting to have a $10-$25 million shortfall during that time, so […]