How To Connect To Your 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers

2021 Ventura City Councilmembers

To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers.
—Louis L’Amour

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 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers

We have a new Ventura City Council for 2021. We have three new 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers and four established members. Each of them has an email account with the city. Not everyone knows how to contact them, though.

Governing By Districts

For the first time in Ventura’s history, our Councilmembers were elected by districts. While each Councilmember was elected by constituents in their district, they serve the entire city. You should feel free to contact any of the 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers regardless of the district in which you live.

City Council Elections In 2021

There will be no City Council elections in 2021. The next election will be in 2022 for Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6. You should note that the 2020 City Council elections were the costliest in Ventura’s history. Candidates and PACs spent 7.9% more in 2020 than in 2018. The impact of the campaign spending on local politics remains to be seen. We certainly will see even higher campaign spending in the 2022 election.

Click On A 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers’ Photo To Email

Below you’ll find the photos of our current City Council. Click on any Councilmember’s photo and you’ll open your email program ready to write directly to that Councilmember.

Let then know what you’re thinking. Tell them what they’re doing right and what they could improve upon. No matter what you write, however, share your opinion. Not participating in government makes us worse because our city government isn’t working for all of us.

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2021 Ventura City Councilmembers

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  1. Mike Merewether
    Mike Merewether says:

    Thanks for your work and input. I’m sure there would be some objections to this idea, but since district 4 voted in Mr Nasarenko and he has the backing of district 4 voters, and is in good standing, could we pass an ordnance to allow such a councilperson to select their replacement with the provision that it would be an interim appointment (could add that they not run when their term is up) and that would save the cost of an election and all the time this interview process is taking

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    • billfrank
      billfrank says:

      Mike, Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Yes, we want to find ways to replace a Councilmember quickly and with minimal cost. Yet, we are confined by the City Charter as to how we can do that. The Charter specifies that the remaining Council can appoint a replacement, call a special election or wait for the next general election. To do what you suggest would require rewriting the City Charter and having it approved by a vote of the citizens. I checked with the City Attorney, Gregory Diaz, about changing the Charter. He said the process is lengthy and we could not make a change any faster than November 2021. It may even be longer than that. He had not researched it because he was not instructed by the City Council to do so.

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