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Money and your City Council candidates

Of all my volunteer projects, one of my proudest has been my work for the California Clean Money Campaign. This grassroots organization has done more to shine a light on ...

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Ventura’s new city manager comes from Menlo Park, home of Facebook headquarters

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“The tsunami is here”

If anyone had told me I would be running for office while putting my mother on hospice and then losing her and making final arrangements, I would not have believed ...

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One paycheck away from homelessness

Marina Porter recounts the day she sat with her young son in east Ventura’s Community Park tearfully watching a happy parade of young mothers and their children walking by. Struggling ...

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You can’t make it rain

Monday night city staff and council made headway on two of the most serious problems facing our town, vagrancy and our worsening water situation. It was one of the most ...

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Ventura’s water woes

As Ventura enters its seventh year of drought and Lake Casitas drops below 35 percent of capacity, city staff have delivered a new Comprehensive Water Resources Report and it isn’t ...

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Harmon Canyon

Coming soon: Ventura’s new playground Harmon Canyon

The Ventura Land Trust’s Executive Director Derek Poultney has the look of a man who loves what he does. And why not? He’s in charge of a project that could ...

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Vagrancy issue reaches its boiling point

As a regular observer of our Ventura City Council meetings, I do not recall a night quite like Monday night. Raw emotion and fear took over this room filled with ...

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Good things come to those who wait

Our city’s General Plan defines the fabric of our municipal lives, adding guidelines for development, doing business, recreation, the arts, education, open space, public safety, transportation, sustainability and civic involvement. ...

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What’s new in Ventura? An update

I’ve always attended Ventura’s State of the City addresses held annually at City Hall. While many of our surrounding cities task this solely to Chambers who charge to attend, ours ...

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