Bi-weekly news for Ventura community members

Become a Santa to a Senior

Donate a new, unwrapped gift from our official Santa to a Senior wish list and deliver it to one of the designated drop-off locations by December 14.

Help bring holiday cheer to seniors aged 60 and above, affiliated with the Ventura Avenue Adult Center’s Senior Nutrition Program. This program caters to seniors through both in-person meals and homebound deliveries.

Details: Santa to a Senior



December 1: Help us Stuff-a-Sleigh

Lend a helping hand to those in need by bringing an unwrapped toy, sporting good, book, or nonperishable food item to Ventura's inaugural Stuff-a-Sleigh toy and food drive this Friday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Ventura.

December 6: Your questions, our answers at Cocoa with a Cop

Join Ventura PD for a jolly good time at Cocoa with a Cop on Wednesday, December 6, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. at Lovewell Tea & Coffee! Enjoy a cup of cocoa, chat with Chief Schindler, meet officers, and build a safer community!

Check out the interviews

Our Ventura TV interviews

In a recent interview with Our Ventura TV, Gina Dorrington, Ventura Water General Manager, and Phil Nelson, Public Works Director, shared insights into their roles in safeguarding the community.

ο»ΏGina highlighted Ventura Water's mission to provide essential water and wastewater services, emphasizing the need for a diverse water portfolio. Phil discussed Public Works' responsibilities, from roads and buildings to environmental programs.

Both interviews are available online for those interested in understanding the concerted efforts to ensure the well-being of the City of Ventura.


60 Thanksgiving meals delivered to local families

We're thankful for the Ventura Community Partners Foundation, who collaborated with our Parks and Recreation team to sponsor 60 full Thanksgiving Meal Baskets for local families in need.

We also thanked project partner WinCo Foods for their support in managing and prioritizing this large order (from the turkey to the pumpkin pie) during the busy holiday season.

Gold Coast Transit Survey

Share your input with Gold Coast Transit

The Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD) is working on a new Short Range Transit Plan with the goal of improving mobility and quality of life in our region.

GCTD wants to hear from Ventura residents, whether or not you ride the bus, about the condition of the existing transit system and where they should focus improvement efforts. Take the survey through December 31 at

Complete the survey for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and a 31-day bus pass.


*Live Spanish interpretation services are offered at all City Council meetings.

December meetings

December City Council Meetings and winter shutdown

Mark your calendars for City Council meetings* happening in December:

  • December 4, 11, 18

Download agendas from our complete list of public meetings and check out the event calendar to stay involved. Watch recordings of all live-streamed meetings on our YouTube channel.

We remind you that we will be closed for the annual winter shutdown starting Monday, December 25, and reopening on Tuesday, January 2. Our public safety and water staff remain available for 24/7 emergency response.



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