District 6 Election



​Candidate Orientation Meeting
​Monday, July 16, 2018
​8:30 a.m. – City Council Chambers
​4:00 p.m. – Community Meeting Room
For additional information, please click here.

​Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 658-4787 to RSVP

More information on the Nomination Period

November 6, 2018

Beginning in 2018, the City of Ventura will conduct our first District-Based Elections.  Ordinance 2018-001 was adopted on January 8, 2018 changing the City of Ventura Election to a District-Based process. The 2018 Election will be Districts 1, 4, 5 & 6.  Districts 2, 3 & 7 will be held in 2020.

Unsure what District you reside in, open the Interactive District-Based Map.  Enter your address in the search box to display your District Number.

For election questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 805-658-4787.

General Plan Update, Monday, 07/16/18 6p

We NEED your help NOW!

We had all hoped this would all be behind us by now!
The city council agenda for next Monday was posted today. The Montalvo Community Council has just learned that the The General Plan is once again (unexpectedly) before the Ventura City Council as Agenda Item # 9 (2021 General Plan Update).  If you are opposed to the recent scale of Island View Apartments adjacent to our single family homes, and would like to prohibit similar growth in the future in our neighborhood, we invite you to attend the City Council Meeting this coming Monday.

Item 9

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At the Planning Commission Public Hearing on 04/11/18, the General Plan Amendment Case No. GPA-2-18-43787 lost 6-1 and appeared to be shelved for the unforeseeable.
(see previous post) Prior to this, the Montalvo Community Council had been working for over 4 years with the City Planning Staff and City Council; and we thought we were at the finish line and getting about 90% of what the Montalavo Residents were asking for.

Want a quick refresher on this whole Montalvo/General Plan subject? 
(see the MCC response letter to the city from 2014)

How Can You Help?? Its Very Simple!
Just let your city council members know how you feel
one of these 4 ways. Remember, they represent & work for YOU!

1) Attend the City Council Meeting Monday, July 16th, 6pm

    A) Fill out a GREEN SPEAKER CARD if you’d like 3 minutes to address the Council  or
    B) Fill out a PINK COMMENT CARD if you’d rather not speak.
(you can leave after you’ve done this without having to stay for the whole meeting)

2) If you cannot attend the meeting
    A) Please call or email your city council at 805-654-7827 or by sending an email
             (by Sunday Evening 07/15/18 so the council members have time to read it)
    B) Hand deliver your letter to the City Council Secretary by Monday 07/16/18, 3pm

Keep your message short and simple. There are two main things we as asking for.

(Sample Statement. Please feel free to “borrow”)

RE: City Council Meeting 07/16/18 – AGENDA ITEM 9

If the city council decides at this meeting, that they want to postpone the General Plan Update(s) until 2021;

1) We ask that the council direct staff to adjust the current Land Use Designation Map to match the current Zoning Map for the Montalvo Annexation Areas as soon as possible (prior to the 2021 General Plan). Specifically, categorizing existing single family homes as R-1/Neighborhood Low. This would let prospective developers know the long term land use intent for this area is NOT for Neighborhood Medium (condos/apartments) development.
[Simply, the Historic Montalvo neighborhood needs to remain R-1/low density.]

2) We ask that the council direct staff to adjust commercial property overlays (Including CPD, MPD, M1, T4-5/8/9-Victoria Corridor Zones) within this area, to have a maximum allowable building height of 36′ south of Moon Drive; and a maximum allowable building height of 45′ north of Moon Drive (as a transition), when the properties are adjacent to existing R-1 single family dwelling units.
[Simply, any future development adjacent to a single-family residence needs to have a maximum height of 36 feet.]

The previous times the Montalvo Community has addressed this item before the City Council, our requests have been generally supported and staff had been given direction by this council to honor our requests. We would like to close this chapter of our community’s 2012 annexation, and not have to continue to drag it into the years to come awaiting the 2021 General Plan to address these concerns.

Thank you.

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If you would like to be emailed about various upcoming city meetings, you may sign up to be automatically notified here. Just select the items you are interested in.

Here is the fine print if you don’t want to follow the links.

(Pages 13 & 14)
Part Four: General Plan Refinement Project

On May 9, 2018 the Planning Commission passed a resolution recommending denial of the General Plan Refinement project and not to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration. Actions recommended for denial included the following components: 1) Amendments creating distribution of residential options in Commerce and proposed Mixed-Use designated land use areas; 2) General Plan and Zoning Amendments for Victoria Avenue Corridor and Montalvo Annexation area to address land use and neighborhood compatibility; 3) resolution of inconsistencies between the General Plan and Zoning; and 4) Amendments to the 2014-2021 Housing Element, Our Prosperous Community Chapter and Our Well Planned and Designed Community Chapter of the General Plan. After consideration of public testimony and deliberation during a lengthy April 11, 2018 public hearing, the Planning Commission could not make the findings for recommending approval due to the following points:

  1. Inadequate public process and civic engagement,
  2. The scope of the GP Refinement poses more significant policy considerations that need to be incorporated into GP Update; Infill Principles to be revisited as part of the visioning process for the General Plan Update,
  3. Request staff to contact individual property owners of inconsistent parcels from GP Refinement Correspondence per April 11, 2018 and Sept. 12, 2016 meetings,
  4. Lack of market driven and adequate analysis for Mixed-Use/Commerce restrictions on residential and mixed-use flexibility and parking analysis, and
  5. Use staff or consultant to recommend goals and actions for GP Update and Land Use Policies.

Staff has already commenced the initial steps towards the anticipated 3-year General Plan Update and mandated next Housing Element cycle, which includes collection of background data, including existing 2005 General Plan policies and actions and any other policy considerations during the planning period. The components of the General Plan Refinement project including land use and policy changes and infill principles will be included for discussion during the General Plan Update civic engagement process. Staff and the Planning Commission recommend incorporating the components of the General Plan Refinement as part of the comprehensive analysis of the 2021 General Plan Update, which as noted previously in Part One of this report would return for Council direction in April 2019.



VPD and Homelessness in Ventura

At the MCC Community Meeting on 6/5/18 Ventura Police Department presented the following information.


Panhandling Alternatives

24/7 Assistance Hotline
Dial 211

A presentation made by VPD to the Ventura City Council on 4/16/18 can be viewed here:

Safe and Clean – Addressing Homelessness and Chronic Vagrancy

We’ve Grown!

At the 06/05/18 MCC Community Meeting, the vote was unanimous to expand our current MCC boundaries to match that of the upcoming Voting District 6. We look forward to new ideas and participation from expanding our membership. Additionally, after the November election, we will have a city council member who represents District 6 and our specific needs and concerns. We hope to host District 6 candidates in a future MCC Public Meeting to meet and answer your questions. More to come!

MCC 2018 Bounderies

Find out more about the new Ventura voting districts coming later this year!

City Of Ventura Montalvo Map

The NEW Voting District 6 includes ALL of the current Montalvo Community and expands east to Montgomery Ave., including part of the current Serra Community
per the City of Ventura Neighborhood map:
The green area is the previous unincorporated Montalvo area
(prior to September 2012)

Ventura Planning Communities Map_Montalvo


Speak now or forever* hold your peace…

**UPDATE ~  06/07/18**

General Plan Amendment Case No. GPA-2-18-43787 Public Hearing Date of 04/11/18 LOST 6-1 at the Planning Commission Hearing and appears to be shelved for the unforeseeable. A big Thank You to all those who wrote in and showed up downtown to help with the fight recently and over the years. We really thought we had gotten about 90% of what were asking for and were at the end of this long 4 year battle.

We are now in limbo for appears to be until 2021* at the earliest! We’ll let you know when we hear anything.

For now….   back to square 1 😦

(*i.e. after the next two city council election cycles after all Voting Districts have council representation and the General Plan is re-visited in it’s entirety)


Original Post

After 4+ years of back and forth with the city of Ventura; the time has finally arrived!!

The Refinement to the current City of Ventura General Plan is FINALLY up for a vote before the City Planning Commission this Wednesday at 6pm. After that vote, it goes before the city council to be ratified.

* most likely many years before another opportunity comes along to amend this document and then may be too late! This is your LAST CHANCE for input on this document.

We are pleased to report that most of the items the Montalvo Community has been pushing for during this time, we’ve got!!

• 204 Parcels within Montalvo Neighborhood Area that are currently zoned R-1– 6 change from Residential Neighborhood Medium to Neighborhood Low Land Use designation to reflect the Montalvo Community Councils request in preserving the neighborhood character;
• Three parcels within Moon Drive Overlay and three parcels within the Montalvo Neighborhood Area change from Residential Neighborhood High to Neighborhood Medium Land Use designation to reflect the Montalvo Community Councils request in preserving the neighborhood character;
• Three parcels within Montalvo Neighborhood Area that are currently zoned Commercial Planned Development (CPD) within existing commercial development from Residential Neighborhood Medium to Commerce Land Use designation;
• Restrictions on Adult Businesses & Homeless Shelters;
• Overlay Zones that reduce Commercial Building Heights in several areas to
cap at 3 stories (down from 6).
A FULL list of items can be fund here (pages 16-20)

There is only one major UN-resolved concern in the Staff Report (pg. 16)
As currently proposed, the commercial building height cold be as high as 45’+ along Victoria Ave. with the properties that share a rear property with the Alameda Ave. property owners. Any future building heights above 36′ would have a significant impact on privacy and sunlight for these existing single story homes. This is our only chance to protect them. See our 2016 shade study graphics for reference.


General Plan Amendment Case No. GPA-2-18-43787 Public Hearing Date of 04/11/18 6pm

  1. ATTEND the Planning Commission Meeting Wednesday April 11,2018  6pm
    Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street. Meeting Agenda Can Be Found Here
    ~ BE THERE to support your community and council for the things we ARE getting
    and to ensure that those promised items stay in the document until ratified by the
    city council.                              &
    ~ FILL OUT a comment card to address the Commissioners
    ~ FILL OUT a speaker card to address the Commissioners
  2. WRITE your Planning Commissioners; Deadline April 11, 2018 5:00p,
    -2 pages maximum (including exhibits); Number of copies to be submitted (15)
     Address: 501 Poli St,. Council Chambers, Ventura, CA 93001
    -eMail them at pc@cityofventura.ca.gov
  3. CALL your Planning Commissioners; Deadline April 11, 2018 5:00p,
    -Phone: 805-654-7893
  4. (Bonus way! Share this info with your neighbors ASAP!!)
    you do not to be in the Montalvo boundaries!
The Planning Commission has adopted Protocols for how their meetings are run. These Protocols are available at: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8414

If you want to avoid this type of living situation, do one or all 3 of the aboveIMG_3670

The MCC has submitted a letter (below) and will speak at the Planning Commission Meeting this Wednesday.  If you are a concerned resident, please join us to make your feelings known.  This will be the final opportunity for public comment before the General Plan will be adopted. -Thank you!

Your MCC Board submitted this letter today (04/09/18)

Ventura City Planning Commission Councilmembers
City Hall 501 Poli St
Ventura, CA 93001

RE: General Plan Refinement Project No: 12142
General Plan Amendment Case No. GPA-2-18-43787
Public Hearing Date of 04/11/18


Dear Planning Commission Councilmembers and Planning Staff,

The Montalvo Community Council has reviewed the latest iteration of the General Plan Refinement, Public Comment Letters and Staff Report before you. We are thankful to the Planning staff for multiple meetings with our board and assisting in community engagement during this long multi-year process.  We feel that the Council and Staff have honored our community concerns related to the heights of future neighboring commerce buildings along the Victoria Corridor.  We look forward to future development that is compatible with our neighboring Single Family Residential homes.

When the City of Ventura adopted the 2005 General Plan, followed by the Victoria Avenue Corridor Plan & Development Code in April 2009, a portion of the Victoria Corridor and neighboring Montalvo was still part of the unincorporated area under county jurisdiction. During these planning phases, the Montalvo residents were not a part of the planning/development conversations for this area. It was only after the Montalvo area became incorporated into the city in September 2012, that the area residents became familiar with The Ventura General Plan & The Victoria Corridor plan and their respective proposals for our little community. Since then, the citizens of the Montalvo area have been working with the city Planning staff and councils to remedy the General Plan for future growth to be congruent with our little 65+ year old neighborhood.

At the meeting on September 12, 2016 the City Council voted 5-1 to approve staff recommendations for the general plan refinement with amendments. One important amendment made to item number 5 was to “incorporate the Montalvo Community Council’s recommendations.” We want to thank the staff for following the council’s instructions and making our community’s requested changes.

We (and the community we serve) are most pleased and grateful for the majority of the changes made to the General Plan during this refinement process. We felt compelled to address the recent resulting public comments and staff report now before this agency.

1) Building Heights along the T4.5 Victoria Ave. within the Moon Drive Overlay area.

We agree with the staff report that a 24′ overall building height limitation would be limiting to commercial development.  “2 ½ story structures with a maximum height of 30 feet.”  overall height limit, matching the neighboring R-1 zoning description, would be acceptable for future development.  We also do not object to a 15′ minimum ground floor height as long as the overall building height does not exceed 30′.  Our goal is to mitigate privacy and sunlight concerns for the R-1 Alameda Ave. property-owners and residents. The community would like to see any future development on the portion of Victoria Ave. that shares a property line with those on Alameda Ave., be compatible with one another, rather than looming over them. Even with a 30’ height limitation, roofing pitch, elevator bulkheads and other rooftop mounted equipment atop commercial buildings will add significant height and shadowing well above the 30’ limit that will affect the Alameda properties. Our primary intent for the General Plan in this area is to mitigate that building heights be compatible with current single story homes in the area. Please see attached Exhibits A-C that express our sunlight and privacy concerns. The current Moon Drive Overlay Resolution 84-85, required alley widths of 20’ and setbacks of 5’ also aid in mitigating these concerns.

2) Kim Ingram (IS-MND) Comment Letter Dated 03/09/18

On 01/24/2017, Mr. Kim was kind enough to attend our public MCC community meeting and presented/lead a discussion with the attendees about his future plans for developing his three Alameda Ave. property parcels into a future Senior Care facility. Most in attendance were engaged in the discussion and generally supportive of Mr. Ingram’s plans for his parcel and welcomed the idea of this type of facility in our neighborhood.

The community is supportive of Mr. Ingram’s project and understands the impact that the current proposed General Plan Refinement would have on his future development plans.  We did not take his project into consideration during our back and forth with the city. We would have no issue with the Planning Commission making amendments for these parcels of the Moon Drive Overlay to accommodate Mr. Ingram’s requests and defer to the Planning Commission’s judgment on this matter. We would ask that a 3-Story limitation be applied, as was in Mr. Ingram’s proposal to our community last year. Our hope for this area has always been to actas a transitional area bridging the Commercial and Island View Apartments adjacent to single family residences.

We do not object to future commercial development along Victoria Ave. We just want to ensure that what will come in the future is compatible with its neighbors who have been here much longer.

It’s been a long process working with the different agencies assisting us in our transition since our little community was annexed into the city back in 2012. We as a community would like to express our sincere thanks to City Planning Staff (especially Mr. Holt, Mr. Lambert & Mr. Ward), the City Council General Plan Refinement Ad hoc Committee, the City Planning Commission and the City Council (past and current members) for working with us to refine the General Plan to a document that promotes thoughtful and reasonable growth while remaining sensitive to our 65+ year old community.

Respectfully submitted on behalf the MCC Board.

Central Ventura County Fire Safe Announces Dates for Free Chipper Days

Yard Waste Flyer

Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council
Contact: Jenise Wagar-Hernandez, 805.804.7735
For Immediate Release – March 28, 2018
Central Ventura County Fire Safe Announces Dates for Free Chipper Days
The Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council (CVCFSC) is pleased to share the calendar for 17 Chipper Day events that will assist homeowners throughout western Ventura County with a free and easy way to create defensible space around their homes.

Funding is provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. The CVCFSC is working with the Ventura County Fire Protection District, and Fire Departments from the cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore to implement the project.

According to CVCFSC Project Manager Charlotte Crocker, “We are honored to receive this
federal grant to expand our fire mitigation and education efforts . This project gives us a unique opportunity to collaborate with local Ventura County fire agencies. In light of the recent Thomas Fire we are proud to be able to offer such a valuable service to residents, supporting them in their efforts to make their property fire-safe”. Sustained high temperatures and drought conditions over the past five years have created dangerous fire conditions and chipping is a great way to clear your property of potential fire hazards. In addition, the grant provides funding for a community education and outreach campaign designed to teach residents ways to keep their property safe and to mitigate damage from potential fires. Youth workshops are currently underway through a partnership with the City of Ventura at Montalvo Elementary, DATA and Westpark Community Center and sessions are being planned in Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula in
conjunction with the Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club.

The dates for the Chipper Days are available on the CVCFSC website at www.cvcfiresafe.org

Two types of Chipper Days will be offered:
Curbside– Residents are asked to pile yard waste in a location easily accessible by the chipping vehicle. Residents must pre-register for free timeslot at www.cvcfiresafe.org
Drop-off- Simply drop off eligible yard waste at the location designated. Residents are asked to sign up for a time slot at www.cvcfiresafe.org. The first 25 to sign up on-line will receive a free homeowner toolkit backpack.

There are specific requirements related to the type of material that can be chipped, so residents are encouraged to visit the website for details. Residents may call 805.402.6092 for more information.

Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project) UPDATE

At the last MCC public meeting we mentioned we would share the latest on this project.
Any questions, please reach out to Don Nielsen directly.

From: Nielsen, Don [mailto:dnielsen@cityofventura.ca.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:36 AM
To: John Richey
Cc: Dejarme, Chris; Holt, Iain
Subject: (External):RE: Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project)

Hello John,

You are correct in your assessment that many of the City’s projects were put on hold due to the Thomas Fire, which has resulted in us not being able to make substantial progress on the project; this in term resulted in no new updates being sent out. At this time, the approval document is still being updated to incorporate the changes as required by the hearing officer and pending the revised site plan. I do know that Public Works did go to the City Council to request the funds for the project – this does not mean any building permits have been issued, it is just funding.

In terms of the noise issue, the Administrative Hearing Officer placed a new condition on the project which requires that the project demonstrates compliance with the City’s Noise Ordinance (SBMC Ch. 10) and the Industrial Performance Standards (SBMC Sec. 24.470), and which ever one is the most restrictive shall apply.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Donald Nielsen

Associate Planner
City of Ventura
805.654.7560 f

From: John Richey
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 10:52 AM
To: Nielsen, Don
Cc: Dejarme, Chris; Holt, Iain
Subject: Mound Well No. 3 (Montalvo Project)

Good Morning Don,

I was hoping you could give us any updates we can share with the Montalvo Community in regards to any updates or the questions/concerns raised during the public comment portion in the Administrative Hearing for Mound Well No. 3 At City Hall 10/17/2017. I imagine and understand that the Thomas Fire has possibly tabled many projects for a time.

I was in attendance at that meeting, and sound concerns for the pump (not addressed in the 2017 CEQA Report) were raised to staff at that time with no answers available at that time. We were advised that if we wanted updates concerning the pump noise levels, updated CEQA report, etc, we could reach out to you. I have your card in hand from that meeting. I was also told by some residents who made requests to you post meeting, they have yet to be updated. I am requesting that I be added to that information distribution list for this project, and that if you can, please share any updates/findings so we can keep our concerned community updated. Nor can I find a recording of that meeting on the city site to share.

We’ve had no new info to share since September 2017: https://montalvocc.wordpress.com/2017/09/

Thank you,

John Richey

MCC Community Meeting (3/20/18)

03-20-18 MCC Agenda
MCC Community Meeting (Open to the public and neighboring communities)
6:30pm – 8:15pm
(**not our usual Four-Square Church meeting place**)
Seed Communities Church 2734 Johnson Dr., Ventura, CA 93003

6:30p Welcome
6:35p-7:00p Ventura Police Department Presentation/Update
– District 6 Crime Report  (SEE BELOW)
7:00p-7:30 Ventura City Council Member Speaker – Christy Weir
– Various issues, including New Voting Districts (Montalvo District 6) & in Pipeline Projects in our district (Johnson Dr.)
7:30-7:50p Discussion on Future Montalvo Community Council Boundary Expansion
based upon the New 2018 Ventura District-Based Election Map
7:50-8:00p Upcoming General Plan Changes  It’s finally here!
-Discuss highlights the proposed General Plan Refinement updates for the Victoria Corridor & Montalvo Adoption By Ventura Planning Commission/City Council
Coming This Spring!
Please read the MCC response to the upcoming
2018 Ventura General Plan Refinement
8:00-8:05p Montalvo Recycling Fundraiser – Dan Farmer
Montalvo Recycled Aluminum Drive (MRAD)
8:05p-8:15p Wrap Up
May 1st Next MCC Public Meeting (Tentative)
MCC Zone 6
New Ventura Election Map Zone 6 (& proposed Montalvo Community Council boundaries)