Property Rental

The City Should Get Out of the Property Rental Business

“We need leadership. We don’t need a doubling down on the failed politics of the past.” —Paul Ryan City Council Makes The First Step Toward Dealing with Surplus Building To get realistic information for the City Council to decide about 505 Poli, Councilmember Mike Tracy presented a motion to seek advice from a licensed commercial […]

What You Missed In The 2018 State-Of-The-City Speech

“We’re no longer a quaint little beach town.” —Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews Mayor Neal Andrews’s State-of-the-City address was noteworthy more for what he didn’t say. The speech was a summary of last year’s events delivered by each of the major department managers with summary comments by Mr. Andrews. What this year’s address lacked was a […]

Brooks Institute Settlement

Is The City Hiding The Truth From You About Brooks Institute?

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. —Buddha   The City Cuts And Runs On Brooks Institute Debacle Citizens Short Changed The folks at City Hall are trying hard to put on a brave and jubilant face in trying to explain why their decision to accept $71,000 to settle […]

How To Make The Most Powerful Job In Ventura Government More Accountable.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” —George Santayana Here we go again. Ventura is hiring its fourth City Manager since 2000. You’ve undoubtedly told our children or grandchildren, “Haste makes waste.” It’s sound advice; especially when you want to prevent them from making a mistake. The same advice holds […]

How To Connect To Your 2018 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 2018 City Councilmembers We have a new Ventura City Council for 2018. We have one new Councilmember […]

New construction after Thomas Fire

The Council Mustn’t Fail The Victims Of The Thomas Fire

At the December 11th Ventura City Council meeting, there was total cooperation and support of all City departments, County of Ventura, State of California, Cal Fire and every other state and local agency present and committed to protecting our health and welfare. The heroic efforts are endless and stories of individuals, going above and beyond, […]

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 […]