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Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Important Trends Post-COVID-19 🦠

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government |  Important Trends Post-COVID-19 🦠

“ Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” —Henry David Thoreau   We’re living through unprecedented times. No one knows how events will develop as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Yet there are specific unmistakable trends to watch. We want you to be aware of the trends and to look out for the critical […]

COMMUNITY | The Decade In Review from Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government

COMMUNITY | The Decade In Review from Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government

“  Do not suffer your good nature…to say yes when you ought to say no. ” —George Washington As the 21st century teeters between the 2010s and the 2020s, it’s a perfect time to take stock of an eventful decade. Over the last ten years, several key events changed Ventura forever.  Let’s look at what happened and the […]

Do You Know The Truth About Ventura’s Conference Spending?

Do You Know The Truth About Ventura’s Conference Spending?

  “  Three groups spend other people’s money:  children, thieves and politicians.  All three need supervision. ” —Dick Armey The cost and benefit of every spending decision by Ventura’s City Council is magnified as the city faces budgetary losses for the next five years. The city is projecting to have a $10-$25 million shortfall during that time, […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Retirement Pensions Are Our #1 Problem (And What You Need To Know About It)

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Retirement Pensions Are Our #1 Problem  (And What You Need To Know About It)

“It’s not what we don’t know that hurts. It’s what we know that ain’t so. ” —Will Rogers America’s significant retirement pension funds are underfunded by an unfathomable $4.2 Trillion, according to an August 6 Wall Street Journal article. Ventura mirrors this phenomenon. Ventura workers participate in the state pension fund, CalPERS—the largest in the country. CalPERS […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Shocking News About The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) ♻️ Vote

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Shocking News About The Clean Power Alliance (CPA) ♻️ Vote

“ When in doubt, don’t.” —Benjamin Franklin Thank the Councilmembers Cheryl Heitmann, Christy Weir, Lorrie Brown and Sofia Rubalcava for higher electrical costs, higher water, and wastewater rates. Also thank them for less police protection, fire safety and street paving, all so the City Council can save face and make all residents’ environmental champions.   Every […]

Ventura | Can This Coming Change Be Breaking Precedent?

Ventura | Can This Coming Change Be Breaking Precedent?

“ A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” —Lao Tzu For the most part, nobody noticed the change. Ventura voters paid little attention to the City Council’s revamped process for committees and commissions. That’s too bad because the new process is the first step towards improving the city.   Voters elected a […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | What You Missed In The Ventura 2019 State-Of-The-City Speech

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | What You Missed In The Ventura 2019 State-Of-The-City Speech

“ The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie…but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” —John F. Kennedy Mayor Matt LaVere filled his 2019 State-of-the-City address with images of a utopian Ventura. Unfortunately, it lacked specifics on addressing Ventura’s most pressing issues.   The mayor laid out his seven goals for 2019-2020. […]

5 Ways To Update Practices At Ventura Water

5 Ways To Update Practices At Ventura Water

“ The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. ” —George Bernard Shaw In Ventura, the city staff uses the Brown Act to do precisely the opposite of what lawmakers created it to do.   The California Brown Act guarantees the public’s right to attend and take part in meetings of […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | 2018 In Review

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | 2018 In Review

“Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”  —Winston Churchill Last year was a most transformational year in Ventura’s history. Every aspect of life in Ventura was affected. The city was in the national spotlight, twice. Leadership changed but at a high price. Old ways of doing business didn’t change, though. […]

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Acity in Flux

Venturans for Responsible & Efficient Government | Acity in Flux

As of this week, Ventura’s new City Manager, Alex McIntyre, started his new position and will begin getting acquainted with staff, community leaders and the city at large. Mr. McIntyre is no stranger to managing municipalities so it goes without saying that he will become intricately familiar with Ventura’s budget and various legal agreements over […]

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