Get Out the Vote


Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is election day!  As we, your MCC, continue in our efforts to protect Montalvo, it’s important that we have a City Council that is supportive of our mission.  Please get to know the candidates and be sure to vote!

You can find out more about the candidates by reading their answers to a VC Star questionnaire here

or watching this forum:

Description of candidates in 20 words or less can be found at 0:04:00
Two minute summary statements by each candidate can be found at 1:10:00


Save Our Montalvo!


The MCC is very pleased to announce that on Monday, 9/12/16, the Ventura City Council voted to “incorporate MCC recommendations” into the General Plan refinement.  All of our requests will be granted.  We could not be more pleased with this outcome.  After years of negotiating, countless hours of work, and much compromise, the agreement that has been met between the City Planners and the MCC will insure that our historic single family neighborhood will be protected from overdevelopment.

You can see your neighbors address the Council on this video at 4:13:00 and 4:40:00.

To learn more about our recommendations, read the full letter submitted by the MCC here:
Montalvo General Plan Refinement Form Letter 08-18-16 FINAL DRAFT

cityhallThe City Council will meet on Monday, September 12 to review the final draft of the General Plan.  Our neighborhood has the potential to be greatly impacted.  You can read more details here, and in older posts on this blog.  If you’d like to protect Montalvo from further “over-development,” please email the City Council at

Your email might look something like this:

As a resident of Montalvo I would like to express my concerns about several issues in the new City of Ventura General Plan.  I am very apprehensive about the possibility of a 45+ foot building looming over my home, and shading my yard and house.  A building that tall would be out of scale for our neighborhood, and would feel overwhelming and invasive. Any limitations that can be put in place to limit the height of new construction would be greatly appreciated.  Also, regarding the industrial and commercial zones in our neighborhood, I would like to request exclusions for Adult Oriented Businesses, Hazardous Waste facilities, or any type of business that generates excessive noise or harmful fumes to the neighboring residents.  Montalvo is a beautiful community, with charming 1950s homes.  I ask that the City Council make every effort to protect our historic neighborhood.

Building Heights

Are you curious as to why the MCC is so concerned about limiting the heights of any new buildings in and around our neighborhood?  Take a look at the photos below, and notice how out of scale this new two-story building looks next to an existing single story residence.  Can you imagine another story on top of that?


More importantly, check out the view from inside the office building.  The MCC is concerned about the intrusive nature of this kind of construction.


Here are two more examples of ominous and imposing structures encroaching upon single family residences in Saticoy.  The buildings below are both 3 stories in height.


If you want to have a say in the future of Montalvo, find out more about how you can help here: General Plan Refinement

General Plan Refinement

The future of our Montalvo neighborhood is in jeopardy!  We are facing potential development along Victoria Ave, at the Bristol shopping center, and in the commercial and industrial zones on the South end of Grand Ave (near the post office, Carbide Saw, storage units, etc). Refinements to the General Plan will go before the City Council on

Monday, 9/12/2016 at 6pm

The MCC has poured over the section of the general plan which directly affects Montalvo, and boiled it down to the following issues:
Building height limitations for any new construction in and around our neighborhood
-Protection of privacy for single family homes
-Protection of access to sunlight
-Protection against adult-oriented businesses
-Protection against hazardous waste, and/or excessive noise

The MCC Board has drafted a very specific letter to the City Council making clear their requests for height limitations, and other important issues.  You can read their full letter here:


If you’d like to voice your concerns please postmark, email, or deliver your individual letter to the City Council no later than
Thursday, August 25th, 2016.
You may use the sample letter below, or write your own.  Please contact the council if you would like an editable version of the sample letter

SAMPLE LETTER: ResidentSampleLetter

Councilmembers may be contacted via
telephone at 805-654-7827
mail     501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001

A great way to help our cause is to show up to the Council Meeting on Monday, September 12th to:
   – Sit in the audience
   – Fill out a pink Comment Form
   – Fill out a green Speaker Form to speak to the Council yourself
   – Fill out a green Speaker Form to donate your speaking time to another speaker

If you have questions or concerns please contact the MCC or comment below.

If you’d like to contact a councilmember directly, see their email addresses below
Mayor Erik Nasarenko
Deputy Mayor Neal Andrews
Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann
Councilmember James Monahan
Councilmember Carl Morehouse
Councilmember Mike Tracy
Councilmember Christy Weir