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Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

Thomas Fire Building Permit Fee Questioned at Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman Thomas Fire rebuild permit costs and other issues were discussed on the evening of August 6. All council members and the mayor were present. Deputy Mayor Matt LaVere was absent. Special presentations and announcements Mayor Andrews spoke of the Ventura Visitors Convention Bureau, calling it a “great partner to our city.” City […]

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

Ventura | Budget and Year-Round Homeless Shelter Move Forward

By Lori Denman-Underhill The Ventura City Council meeting on June 18 was lengthy, which included the passing of the Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 budget and also allocated funds to create a year-round shelter. At this meeting, there were no announcements or special presentations. Councilmember Mike Tracy was absent and there was one reportable item this […]

Ventura City Council Adopts Fireworks Social Host Ordinance

Ventura City Council Adopts Fireworks Social Host Ordinance

The Ventura City Council adopted a Fireworks Social Host Ordinance during its regular meeting on June 18, 2018.  Under the new ordinance, any homeowner, renter, or person in charge of a residence or other private property who knows or should know of the sale, use, and/or possession of any fireworks on private property are subject […]

City Council Candidates Urged to Apply

City Council Candidates Urged to Apply

By Lori Denman-Underhill Think you have what it takes to be on Ventura’s City Council? Interested candidates are urged to visit City Hall and pick up application paperwork in July and August. The mayor and all council members were present for this regular meeting, held on June 11. Special presentations opened up the meeting and […]

Diagnosing Homelessness | Quality Of Life in the City of San Buenaventura!

Diagnosing Homelessness | Quality Of Life in the City of San Buenaventura!

By Lori Denman-Underhill Nothing matters more in life than feeling safe in one’s own community. Knowing the government provides full and fair enforcement of the law, ensuring the health and safety of community residents is paramount. The Activist group, Quality of Life Ventura, QOL, believes these rights are not supported by two entities – Ventura […]

Local Conservatives dispute Ventura City Council/VC Star opinions on gun control

Local Conservatives dispute Ventura City Council/VC Star opinions on gun control

By Bruce Boyer and Jeffrey Burum   To: Editor, Ventura Star          Letter to the editor 3-28-2018 I would like to respond to your article on the recent actions of the Ventura City Council to ‘pass resolutions” that violate our Second Amendment (2ndA) Rights. Those elected officials swore an oath; the same one I swore when […]

Progress Made as Ventura City Council Implements Complex Fire Action Plan Last Monday Night

Progress Made as Ventura City Council Implements Complex Fire Action Plan Last Monday Night

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council passed emergency ordinances approving temporary on-site RVs and storage containers, and that clarified housing rebuild parameters during an exhaustive, standing-room only City Council Meeting last Monday night. They also directed staff to advise them of the costs and funding sources to potentially subsidize sewer and connection fees for […]

Ventura City Council Joins Other Local Cities; Switches to Risky “Green” Energy Provider

Ventura City Council Joins Other Local Cities; Switches to Risky “Green” Energy Provider

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council voted to join the Los Angeles Community Choice Energy Authority, a new, localized “green” energy provider, during Monday night’s packed City Council meeting. The potential benefits include lower electric rates, lower CO2 emissions, and local control over customer programs, though some uncertainty exists with the details of the […]

Helping Rebuilding Homeowners & Leaf Blower Ban Topics of Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

Helping Rebuilding Homeowners & Leaf Blower Ban Topics of Monday’s Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council took a first step in routing extra resources and easing regulations for those recovering from recent fires, and continued the local leaf blower ban at Monday’s City Council meeting.  Staff Recommendations for Thomas Fire Recovery Action Plan Based on audience attendance, the clear event of the evening at […]

Ventura City Council Appoints Interim City Manager Dan Paranick

Ventura City Council Appoints Interim City Manager Dan Paranick

On November 13, 2017, the Ventura City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Dan Paranick to Interim City Manager effective December 29, 2017.  Mr. Paranick has served as the City of Ventura Assistant City Manager since 2014 overseeing all City department operations and its $277M budget. Mr. Paranick has more than 25 years of governmental service […]

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