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Block Grants and Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Senior Housing Approved in Ventura

Block Grants and Tax-Exempt Bonds for Affordable Senior Housing Approved in Ventura

By Kevin Harris The Ventura City Council approved its 2019-20 Community Development Block Grant Funding Plan, and authorized the local Housing Authority to issue up to $25 million in tax-exempt, commercial bonds for the construction of 50 affordable housing rental units for seniors, during its Monday night meeting. Thirty or so residents also commented on […]

Mayor’s “State of the City” and Budget Workshop – Ventura City Council Meeting

Mayor’s “State of the City” and Budget Workshop – Ventura City Council Meeting

By Kevin Harris Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere gave his “State of the City” presentation, followed by the city’s second 2019-20 Budget Workshop during Monday night’s Ventura City Council meeting.  Ventura’s “State of the City” Mayor Matt LaVere opened the public part of Monday’s meeting with his State of the City address, specifically titled, “A New […]

Ventura City Council Appoints Matt LaVere as Mayor, Sofia Rubalcava as Deputy Mayor

Ventura City Council Appoints Matt LaVere as Mayor, Sofia Rubalcava as Deputy Mayor

On December 10, 2018, during the regularly scheduled meeting, the Ventura City Council voted to appoint Councilmember Matt LaVere as mayor and newly installed Councilmember Sofia Rubalcava as deputy mayor.  Both will serve a two-year term in their appointed roles. LaVere was first elected to the Ventura City Council in 2016.  He recently completed one […]

Women Take Over Ventura City Council

Women Take Over Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman African-American Lorrie Brown will fill a seat of Ventura City Council.  Women are now in the majority on the council.  They will be sworn in on December 10th. Brown joins Sofia Rubalcava, a daughter of Mexican nationals. Proponents celebrated the pair’s elections.  Mounting a third campaign to attain a seat, Ms. Brown […]

Homeless Shelter May Allow Additional Car Sleeping

Homeless Shelter May Allow Additional Car Sleeping

By Lori Denman Top discussions for the Ventura City Council included the topic of the upcoming homeless shelter, the Amgen Tour for 2019 and water issues. Deputy Mayor LaVere opened up the Ventura City Council meeting of October 29 with the first special presentation, in which Mayor Neal Andrews was absent. As part of Ventura […]

Ventura City Council Moves Forward With Clean Energy

Ventura City Council Moves Forward With Clean Energy

By Lori Denman The City Council meeting on October 15 was full of positive energy as Mayor Neal Andrews was appreciated by community members for this service and it was voted for the city to use clean renewable energy. The chair of the Ventura Social Services Task Force did the first special presentation. She thanked […]

So Cal Edison Presents to Ventura City Council

So Cal Edison Presents to Ventura City Council

By Lori Denman The Ventura City Council meeting on October 8 opened with a special presentation by Southern California Edison, who aimed at providing information of fires, their current and added technology and safety issues and advice. The presentation was by Rondi Gunthrie, Government Relations Manager of So Cal Edison, regarding “Wildfire and Emergency Procedures.” […]

Ventura City Council Selects Alex McIntyre as New City Manager

Ventura City Council Selects Alex McIntyre as New City Manager

The Ventura City Council announced today that it has selected Alex McIntyre as the new City Manager of Ventura; his employment agreement will be on the City Council agenda for the October 8, 2018 meeting. McIntyre is scheduled to begin with the City in mid-November. He replaces Mark Watkins who left in December 2017 after […]

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 […]

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