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 […]

Measure O passes

Congratulations On Measure O Passing! Now Let’s See You Do Something With It.

We congratulate the voters and the City Council on Measure O passing. Many people voted against this measure.  That opposition was never about the extra tax money that could benefit our City. Instead, it was about the lack of trust in how this government would spend the money. Citizens’ Oversight Committee Promised Our opposition forced […]

Brooks Institute Fiasco Exemplifies Ventura’s Bad Money Management

“EVERYONE’S ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION, BUT NOT THEIR OWN FACTS” —Daniel Patrick Moynihan  Brooks Institute continues to be an issue Ventura’s City Council’s bad deal with Brooks Institute exposes its lack of financial understanding. The Council and the city staff are scrambling to cover up those flaws. They’re feeding voters information designed to distract the public from […]

Vandalism a part of election rancor

Election Rancor Flares Up In Ventura

ELECTION RANCOR AND MALICE IN OUR MIDST It will be hard for anyone not to remember this election. The election rancor and display of malice that has bombarded us on a daily basis by many of the candidates, and those supporting or opposing ballot measures, has been destructive if not disgusting. The disrespect shown the […]

Special Interests pig out on Measure O

Special Interests Line Up For Their Share Of Measure O

FEEDING AT THE PUBLIC TROUGH The Yes on Measure O Committee reported contributions of $30,000.  Of that, over $10,000 has been spent with a public relations firm to convince you to vote yes.  (This is in addition to the $144,000 the city has already spent on consultants and a 4-color brochure). They argument has been […]

Brooks Institute Is Ventura's Latest Failure

Remember Brooks Institute when you vote for Measure O in November

WAVE GOODBYE TO BROOKS INSTITUTE AND OUR TAX DOLLARS The news in the last few weeks has 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 are again holding the […]