The Move To Censure Turns To Tragedy VREG has been silent for six months. City Hall decisions have been hard to reconcile and easy to criticize, so we have held off joining in on the fray. It is difficult not to write about what has been happening with our City government, but as we explain […]
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Here we go again. Ventura is hiring its fifth City Manager since 2000. The City Manager is the most influential job in Ventura’s city government. He controls millions of dollars and impacts Ventura for years to come. Unfortunately, he does this with little oversight from a part-time City Council. Neither the City Manager nor the […]
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. Ventura is a small city. You should feel comfortable contacting any of the 2023 Ventura City Councilmembers to voice […]
December 4, 2022, marks the fifth anniversary of the Thomas Fire, and many issues are still unresolved. What has the City of Ventura learned since the catastrophe? Are we safer? Are we better off? What has changed because of the fire? Did the city government fulfill its commitment to the victims? These are difficult but […]
From the start, VREG does not endorse candidates. Instead, our goal is to keep you informed and to educate you wherever possible. As part of that commitment, we want to outline the critical campaign issues facing City Council candidates in 2022. If you live in Districts 1, 4, 5 or 6, you have a critical […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” —Albert Einstein Ventura Fire Department (VFD) is asking the City Council for more money so they can maintain the inertia they’ve had for the past fifty years. The basis for their demands is an operational assessment of Ventura Fire by […]
“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” —Ella Wheeler Wilcox Decisions made by past and present City Councils led to Ventura Water increasing water rates by 7% and wastewater rates by 6% for each year over the next four years. Extrapolated out, the water rate increase for the […]
“Turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo.” —Proverb The City of Ventura is proud of the changes it has made in code enforcement since 2012. Here is a complete account of the changes city officials consider the most important. Changes Within Code Enforcement Since […]