Entries by VREG Editors

Ventura’s 2021 State-of-the-City Address Lacked Visionary Leadership

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” —Peter Drucker   Ventura Mayor Sofia Rubalcava presented the 2021 State-of-the-City Address (SOTC) in June. Unfortunately, over time, the City Council has lost sight of the purpose of a State of the City address. The speech should aim […]

How The Permit Services Department Can Improve Building Code Enforcement

“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” —Thomas Jefferson It’s true what they say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” At least, that’s the case within Ventura Permit Services Department. Nine years after the Ventura Grand Jury ruled that Ventura’s Code […]

Is The Council’s District 4 Replacement Plan The Best Solution?

“We are weary of politicians’ politicians. We want ours.” —Gerald Stanley Lee, American author On Saturday, February 20, 2021, the Ventura City Council will have the opportunity to select a new City Councilmember to join them for the next two years. This situation gives four of six City Councilmembers the power to choose a new […]

Latest Facts About Unfunded Pension Liabilities You Need to Know

“Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You’ll find they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” —Dr. Norman Vincent Peale Ventura’s unfunded pension liabilities continued to grow in 2019 to $218.6 million. The City of Ventura continues to sink deeper into debt to pay for city employees’ present and future […]