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12 Oct
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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 the funding of the political process than any other group ...

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

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16 Sep
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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 I could do it. And yet somehow I have summoned ...

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05 Aug
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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 from an oppressive chain of events that had left her ...

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12 Jul
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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 productive meetings I have seen in awhile. Just a few ...

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01 Jun
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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 comforting. This paragraph immediately jumped out at me: “The results ...

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Harmon Canyon
15 May
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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 be transformational for Ventura. The Land Trust (formerly the Hillsides ...

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24 Apr
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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 people whose numbers spilled out the door, down the hall ...

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12 Apr
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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. The current plan was adopted in 2005, after seven years ...

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29 Mar
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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 is a free public event, as it should be for ...

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