Wildfire Policy Reform Meeting

On April 12, Gov. Newsom released a proposed roadmap – created by the strike team he assembled in February – that examines key actions the state must take to address wildfire threats, protect California’s economy and help meet the state’s clean energy goals.

You can read the Governor’s report here:
Governor’s report

Gov. Newsom has asked the legislature to take action on the findings from this report before the July 12 recess.

Additionally, the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, established by 2018’s Senate Bill 901, will be hosting a meeting in the community of Ventura on April 29 to explore and provide recommendations on various wildfire policy reforms. As the first meeting following the release of the strike team report, the Commission is expected to examine its findings and proposals. The live stream link can be found on the Commission’s website the day of the meeting.

Your continued engagement with your elected leaders on these proposed solutions will be essential to a fair and positive outcome. We look forward to keeping you informed of actions you can take to stay engaged and support practical policy solutions that address the wildfire issue.

[The full text of this post is copied from a letter composed by Chris Thompson, Vice President, Local Public Affairs, Southern California Edison ]  

Public Hearing 10/29/18 RE: Historic Montalvo Land Use Designations


The City Council will be hearing the General Plan Refinement as it pertains to their direction to change the land use designation for the R-1-6 and R-1-1AC properties that currently have the Neighborhood Medium General Plan Designation.  Below is the public notice that went out to the surrounding property owners.


DATE:  Monday – 10/29/2018   TIME:  6:00 PM

PLACE: City Hall Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura CA

PROJECT:  PROJ-12142     APPLICANT:  City of Ventura, Community Development Dept.

FOR INFORMATION CALL:      Iain Holt, AICP, (805) 654-7752 / iholt@cityofventura.ca.gov

PURPOSE:  The City Council of the City of San Buenaventura (Ventura) will conduct a public hearing to consider a General Plan Amendment to change the General Plan Designation from Neighborhood Medium to Neighborhood Low for properties currently zoned R-1-6 and R-1-1AC along Alameda Avenue, Grand Avenue, James Avenue, Bristol Road, Bell Street, Clara Street, Katherine Avenue, Geneva Street, and Montalvo Drive, within the Montalvo Community and update the General Plan Figure 3-1 Infill Areas, Figure 3-3 Planning Communities and Figure 3-5 General Plan Diagram to reflect previously approved City Council General Plan Amendments and LAFCo Sphere of Influence actions.

Thank you,
Iain Holt, AICP
Principal Planner
Community Development Dept.
City of Ventura
(805) 654-7752 phone
(805) 654-7560 fax

“Collaborating with our Neighbors to Create a Thriving, Prosperous, Safe and Sustainable Ventura.”

District 6 Candidate Forums


The MCC will host two candidate forums for the 2018 election cycle.   As a reminder, citizens will ONLY vote for the City Council seat representing their own district.

Tuesday, September 25, 7-8:30pm
Saturday, October 6, 10-11:30am

Lighthouse Foursquare Church, 6200 Montalvo Dr., Ventura, CA 93003

What you need to know about electing Ventura City Council members in November.

District 6 candidates

Please comment below with any questions you’d like the candidates to field at these forums.

Water Bill Increase

Did you notice a big jump in your water bill???  The time has finally come.  The Montalvo Community Services District voted in December 2014, to shut down its small sewer treatment plant and for the neighborhood to be hooked up to city sewer service.
Read the details here.

The final phase of the agreement began on July 1, 2018. The City is now responsible for directly billing all properties within MCSD for sewer services. Historically, MCSD customers paid for sewer service provided by MSCD through their property tax bill.
See the Ventura Water site for more info and FAQs.

You can find previous blog posts on this subject below:
Public Hearing
Rate increase
MCSD Status




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