The rush to find a replacement in District 4

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 […]

step and merit increases were premature

Ventura’s Imperfect Evaluation On Step And Merit Increases

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” —Confucius No one makes a lifetime commitment based on a single moment in time. Yet, the Ventura City Council made just such a commitment. In November 2020, they awarded step and merit […]

unfunded pension liabilities should force pension reform in Ventura

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 […]

How To Connect To Your 2021 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 2021 Ventura City Councilmembers We have a new Ventura City Council for 2021. We have three new […]

Will governing change with the next City Council?

How Will Governing Be Better With A New City Council?

“The election is over. It’s time for the work of governing to begin.” —Sen. Tom Daschle   The 2020 City Council election marked a new beginning for governing Ventura. The newly elected Councilmembers campaigned to drive change at City Hall. Now, the emphasis for the newcomers will be to shift from campaigning to governing. Three […]

Watch This Year’s City Council Candidates Battle In A Forum

The 2020 Ventura City Council Candidates for Districts 2, 3 and 7 squared off in the East Ventura Community Council’s voter forum.  We’re replaying the video for those voters who missed the virtual event.  Unlike in years past, voters attended the 2020 candidate forums remotely. Covid-19 prevented in-person candidate engagement to woo voters.  Who Are […]

Campaign Issues 2020

All You Need To Know About Local Campaign Issues 2020

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” —John F. Kennedy We should say from the start that VREG does not endorse candidates. Our goal is to keep you informed and to educate wherever possible, but we shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to outline the critical campaign issues facing City […]

What You Need To Know About The Schools And Communities First Initiative

“Some taxpayers close their eyes, some stop their ears, some shut their mouth, but all pay through the nose.” —F.J. Raymond The pandemic has impacted everyone and everything.  Businesses large and small struggle, and while it has probably not come to your attention, this November, a proposed ballot measure aims to increase the cost of […]

Making VenturaWaterPure Better

What VenturaWaterPure Should Do To Be Better

“Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —C.S. Lewis Eight years ago, Ventura Water decided to pursue VenturaWaterPure single-mindedly. They are […]

Beaten Up Dollar: Deficit

The Best Thing The Council Can Do About The Deficit

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” —Mark Twain Ventura finds itself staring down another multi-million-dollar budget deficit. This time we must overcome a 10% deficit, or $12 million. Most people’s attention won’t be on the budget because they’re focused on COVID-19 and the upheavals it has caused. The City Council will use the […]