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County of Ventura | Internal Audit Division receives highest opinion from peer review

County of Ventura | Internal Audit Division receives highest opinion from peer review

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura Auditor-Controller’s Internal Audit Division (IAD) received the highest possible opinion from a recent peer review conducted for the five-year period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2019.  Specifically, the peer reviewers found that the IAD’s internal quality control system was suitably designed and operating effectively to provide reasonable […]

County partners with Google to keep drivers informed via Waze app

County partners with Google to keep drivers informed via Waze app

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved the County’s Information Technology Services Department partnership with Google and its “Waze Connected Citizens Program.” Waze is Google’s navigation service which provides real-time traffic incident, road hazard and road closure information generated by drivers and is one of the most widely used navigation […]

County opens recruitment for position on Retirement Board

County opens recruitment for position on Retirement Board

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura has begun the recruiting process for one public seat on the board of directors for the Ventura County Employees’ Retirement Association (VCERA). The association is responsible for providing retirement, death and disability benefits to its members and their beneficiaries. The open position is for one of the four […]

County of Ventura | Assessment Appeals Board Member Recruitment

County of Ventura | Assessment Appeals Board Member Recruitment

The County of Ventura is accepting applications to fill two Board Member vacancies on Assessment Appeals Board No. 1 (AAB). The AAB is a quasi-judicial body which hears assessment appeals at a public hearing where evidence is submitted by both parties, the applicant or their authorized representative, and the Assessor’s Office. Evidence supports the applicant’s […]

Farmworker Resource Program Celebrates Program Launch

Farmworker Resource Program Celebrates Program Launch

OXNARD, Calif. – On Thursday, August 22 the County of Ventura’s Farmworker Resource Program hosted a reception in celebration of the launch of the program and to introduce the community to the staff and services available to both farmworkers and growers in the region. The reception, which hosted 200 guests, was held at the program’s […]

Board of Supervisors hears progress in county’s economic vitality

Board of Supervisors hears progress in county’s economic vitality

VENTURA, Calif. – The Board of Supervisors received a report in June on the implementation of the County of Ventura Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP). The plan provides a framework to support the county’s long-term economic vitality. “The County’s Economic Vitality Plan is intended to leverage the existing business support organizations, such as Economic Development […]

Ventura County Taxpayers Association August 1 Meeting

Ventura County Taxpayers Association August 1 Meeting

Investigate, Advocate, and Inform Citizens on Critical Issues Facing Ventura County June 18, 2019 Newsletter of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association Join us for the 2019 State of the County. Register HERE. About the Ventura County Taxpayers Association (VCTA) The Ventura County Taxpayer’s Association (VCTA) is a non-partisan 501(C)(4) organization emphasizing issues that affect Ventura County. We […]

Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder and Attempted Murder

Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder and Attempted Murder

On June 17, 2019, Brandon Scott Ellis (DOB 01/24/86), formerly of Ojai, was sentenced to 72 years to life in prison by Judge Anthony Sabo. On May 24, 2019, Ellis pled guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of Douglas Blasher and premeditated attempted murder of Alexa Payne.  Ellis also admitted that he personally discharged […]

Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

Supervisors Should Contribute to Pensions

    Recently, the Board of Supervisors laudably eliminated a loophole allowing for elected Supervisors to receive compensation for serving on the Board of Retirement and Assessment Appeals Board.  However, the Supervisors continue to benefit from a highly unusual and lucrative “supplemental pay” that applies only to them, in clear violation of the intent of […]

Environmental Health Division supervisor assumes lead role in statewide association

Environmental Health Division supervisor assumes lead role in statewide association

VENTURA, Calif. – Graciela Garcia, a registered environmental health specialist with the Environmental Health Department, was sworn in as the President of the California Environmental Health Association at the 68th Annual Educational Symposium held this year in Ventura. She has served for the past five years as the appointed CEHA representative on the California Department […]