Ventura on Track to Enter Orange Tier Next Week

Earlier this week, the State of California announced that the County of Ventura has met requirements for the State’s Orange Tier for the first week of the two-week required time frame.

If the County continues to meet requirements at the next review on April 6, it will County will be able to move to Orange Tier on April 7 at 12:01 am.

In the orange tier, bars will be able to reopen outdoors, even if no food is served. Wineries, breweries, and distilleries can resume indoor activities at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. Restaurants and bars that serve food can expand indoor dining to 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is lower.

Other expansions include all retail businesses being able to open to full indoor capacity with modifications still in place, as well as gyms and fitness centers expanding indoor capacity to 25%. Indoor pools will be able to reopen as well.
Keeping Parks Safe and Clean during COVID-19

Easter weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year to be outdoors.

Because of this, it is up to all of us to reaffirm our commitment to being stewards of the environment and keep parks clean for all who use them.

Helping out is easy. If you plan to visit a park or beach, please prepare for crowds, keep safety in mind and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

Please do your part to help keep the area clean, properly dispose of trash and clean up after pets.
Ventura Water proposes water and wastewater rate adjustments
 
The Ventura City Council approved to move forward with five-year water and wastewater rate adjustments by authorizing the City to proceed with a Public Notice, informing customers of the proposed rate increases. 

Ventura must invest in its water and wastewater system to secure water supply, improve water quality, replace and repair aging infrastructure, and meet regulatory requirements.
 
“Safe, clean, and reliable water and wastewater services are vital to life, the local economy, and our community. Moving forward on these rate adjustments, as proposed by the Water Commission, is an important step in ensuring a sustainable and resilient future for our community,” said Mayor Sofia Rubalcava.”
Homeless Services in Ventura

The City's Safe & Clean website is dedicated to keeping the public updated with all the latest programs and initiatives to help address homelessness in our community.

The Safe & Clean Initiative is also committed to maintaining healthy open spaces for the public to enjoy.

Meet Meredith Hart, the Safe & Clean Program Manager who works with City staff and community partners to provide a wide range of programs and services.
New Police Officers Join Ventura Police Department

Eight recruits and one lateral officer received their badges this week and pledged their commitment to protecting and serving our community as police officers.

Congratulations to David Anderson, Jerred Bartmann, Justin Fernandez, Nicholas Gendreau, David De La Garrigue, Chris Gomez, Joseph Hernandez, Joshua Ming, and Liliana Zarate.

After being sworn in on April 1, 2021, each trainee is required to complete an additional six-month Field Training Program.
Where's Wendy
Public Art Tour

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy more outdoor adventures. Grab your bike and join Wendy on a self-guided bike tour, featuring more than 2 dozen pieces of public art throughout Ventura.

Download a Bicycle Route Guide (PDF) for turn-by-turn direction to use on this outdoor adventure!
Apply for Habitat for Humanity's Home Repair Program

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is looking for applicants for its Home Repair Program. This program assists low-income homeowners for repairs such as accessibility improvements, walk-in showers and grab-bars, safety improvements such as smoke detectors, and critical electrical and plumbing repairs.
 
For more information or to apply for home repair services, visit www.habitatventura.org/homerepairs.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Available

Beginning April 8, 2021, applications will be available for the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG), administered by the SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance.

Qualified live venue operators, performing arts organizations, motion picture theater operators, cultural institutions, and other eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.
This grant provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19. This funding does not need to be repaid. It can be used for specific expenses, such as payroll, rent, utilities, and other costs.

Please review the SBA’s extensive Frequently Asked Questions document here.