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Ventura Tries to Chain Grannies With Second Units to their Properties

Ventura Tries to Chain Grannies With Second Units to their Properties

    By Camille Harris Venturans already live in fear of being caught in one of Ventura’s minefield of unenforceable codes, and it’s just about to become more stressful for those who have second units on their properties or plan to build them. When unenforceable codes are occasionally enforced due to a complaint caused by a […]

Ventura City Council votes for water restrictions and fines

Ventura City Council votes for water restrictions and fines

By Debra Tash Following the lead of other cities in the State,  Ventura’s Council voted unanimously to enact staff’s recommendations for restricting water use in the city.  Residents were asked to voluntarily cut usage by 10% in February of this year.    In July the State passed mandatory water reductions.             […]

$209,000 Add-on to Water Hikes in Ventura? For plants or patrols?

$209,000 Add-on to Water Hikes in Ventura? For plants or patrols?

By Camille Harris Should Ventura city staff be allowed to spend another $209,000 for additional water/code enforcement personnel and two new vehicles, when citizens already reduced their usage of water by 307,383,652 gallons this past year? The effort to save resources calls for everyone to unite as volunteers, not hire a few more public employees […]

Ventura–City staff digs in its heels on granny flats

Ventura–City staff digs in its heels on granny flats

. By Camille Harris The Granny Flat program proposes to create “Have Nots” while further enriching the “Haves.” To wit, after receiving factually based legal opinions from highly esteemed national law firms, and understanding they are putting Ventura’s coffers at risk, Ventura’s city staff  will still recommend continuing two aberrations of the second unit program […]

City of Ventura to become proactive in Code Enforcement

City of Ventura to become proactive in Code Enforcement

. . . . By Camille Harris Ventura: The recently held enforcement “workshop” on March 24th did not lend itself to discuss or even consider solutions put forward by the public as had been expected. The decision had already been made for code enforcement to return to proactive enforcement. It was similar to a regular […]

Ventura “Granny Flat” Conflict Continues to Citizens’ Appeal

Ventura “Granny Flat” Conflict Continues to Citizens’ Appeal

By Camille Harris Editor’s note: The City of Ventura has attempted to crack down on non-compliant “second units” (rentals and “granny flats”). A compromise was offered and implemented, but many of those affected would/are suffering large financial burdens and/or are tied up in bureaucratic red tape. The attached letter  (AttachmentG.IJ.Letter ) from the Institute for Justice best […]

Second Unit Amnesty Program- Sierra Madre approach relevant to Ventura

Second Unit Amnesty Program- Sierra Madre approach relevant to Ventura

By  Camille Harris Date: Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 8:15 PM Sierra Madre is a city that walks its talk to save existing low income housing and keep people safe in their homes. Sierra Madre’s 2nd unit amnesty program was done with a resolution, like the one written and recommended in the final report of […]