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Minutes from 6 February 2013

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013
This last month's meeting touched on a lot of different things:  an update on the park at Kellogg, a visit from State Assemblyman Das William's office, and a plan to paint the Avenue!

  1. Initial Business (10 minutes: 6:50-7:00 p.m.)
    1. Introductions

    1. Approval of Minutes General Meeting January 2, 2013
Minutes – Suz Montgomery moved, Lori Steinhauer provided second. Approved.
    1. Treasurer Report (Catherine Stanley) -- $2500.94
      1. NOTE: The 2012 donation from Pete and Peggy Marriott covered 6 months of rent at $40/month - $240 total. Thank you, Pete and Peggy!

  1. Updates (10 minutes: 7:00-7:10 p.m.)
    1. Patrol Watch, Ventura Police Department Commander Tim Turner
      1. Residential burglaries on rise – Ramona and Avenue gang-related stabbing and shooting in this past week. In another unrelated incident, a private helicopter pilot spotted a suspect lighting a fire in the river bottom and followed him, and suspect was arrested at Seneca.
        1. Questions or Reports? Call VPD.
            1. Sgt. Brunk, 805-339-4323
            2. Sgt. Fournell, 805-339-4470
            3. General # 805-339-4400
              1. Corporal Corbin, 805-339-4400, x1163
              2. Corporal Hixon, 805-339, 4400, x1166

    1. Code Enforcement.
        1. Debris Removal & Graffiti Hotline (trash, debris, etc.) 805-677-3999
        2. For information contact Jamie Arnold, Senior Preservation Inspector, Code Enforcement, 805-654-7825,

    1. Park Committee – Kellogg Property / Pool / Kaiser Grant update- Committee Chair Jackie Pierce and Kellogg Property Owner Representative Dawn Dyer provided updates. Park is in process of becoming a reality. The City and Trust for Public Lands are working together to make that happen. Dawn Dyer reported that the sale plan needed court approval. Yesterday court approved sale and escrow officially opened. Jackie thanked community partners CAUSE and VAULT for their tireless efforts . Youth Tomas Luna Jr. presented a letter and flowers to WCC Vice Chair and City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Suz Montgomery. ”I am sure my friends and I and the rest of the neighborhood appreciates your excellent job in our community.”

    1. Hill Slide Committee: Theresa Satterfield reported that committee still is working with private owners toward resolution.

    1. Announcement – Sam Tovar – Has business on Ventura Avenue. Wants to paint Ventura Avenue from Main Street to Bell Arts, making all the houses and businesses different colors with goal of making street exciting. Sam stated that he was responsible for the Mermaid art at Marina Park. For information Sam Povar, Ventura Now, 805-573-4887,,

  1. New Business (30 minutes: 7:10-7:50 p.m.)
    1. Westside Plan Committee – Westside Plan and Code (10 minutes, 7:10-7:20 p.m.)Suz Montgomery and Lori Steinhauer reported that in follow-up to position paper that came out November 2012, March 6 meeting will be presentation of taking the WCC vision for the Westside’ to the next level and addressing concerns about the plan to the city. Please encourage neighbors and friends to attend.

    1. Habitat for Humanity/Sustainability, Felipe Flores, Habitat for Humanity, and Morris Wills, Surfrider (15 min., 7:20-735 p.m.)
Neighborhood revitalization and sustainability efforts are combining. Efforts include painting facades and home improvements and want to be partner. The new Habitat project at 227 Prospect will be a model example. Collaborative efforts include helping people be stable in home, helping keep environment stable, reduce pollution. Feb. 16 will be working at Dan Long’s house in Midtown and walk the neighborhood and do same thing at Prospect house. Capturing rain water and doing drought-tolerant landscaping. Jim Rice noted that Bell Arts is getting involved with this effort, too. Working too on reducing pesticides among these efforts. Program of Surfrider Foundation is called Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFGs) – with goal of applying CPR or Conservation with properly spaced native and climate-appropriate plants; Permeability of healthy soil, mulch, and hardscape; and Retention of rainwater.

    1. VC Public Health and Kaiser updates, Letty Alvarez (5 minutes, 7:35-7:40 p.m.)
Letty reported that HEAL Zone, Healthy Eating Active Living includes $3 million over next 3 years. 11-12p 2/8 fruits and vegetables giveaway at West Park. Sheridan Way Women’s Breakfast also great outreach. School district wakability and bikeability audit is taking place – examines where we need bike paths and walking paths. COALITION meeting. 2nd Wed. VC Cool pursuing Cedar to Poli safety. Deadline approaching for part-time job promoting healthy food options at Ventura Avenue restaurants. English/Spanish $22/hour.

    1. State Assemblyman Das Williams’ Office update, Amisha DeYoung-Dominguez (5 min., 7:40-7:45 p.m.)
Amisha provided update re. Gov. Brown budget Budget2013-2014 – budget reserves are looking good – approximately $1 billion. Have balanced budget through cuts in funding. General fund spending at lowest since 1972-73. Das meeting with school districts on what that means. AB29 – Das on higher education- introducing – he is chair of higher education committee. For info:, 805-276-7774.

    1. Announcements/Comments/Correspondence (5 minutes, 7:45-7:50 p.m.)
      1. Jim Rice announced that next First Friday open art studios event on Ventura Avenue is March 1st. It will feature “street art” by people who were once tagging and now are channeling their art into actual artist careers.

    1. Art Troll announced that new WCC meeting time is: Doors open at 6 p.m. meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

    1. Art Troll reported that April 27 is Westside Community Cleanup. Bring Ewaste, batteries, tires, reusable items for boys and girls club to Ventura UnifiedSchool District offices on Stanley. Westside Community Development Corp. sponsors.

    1. Art Troll recommended a banner at Kellogg Park site noting This is Future Park.

    1. Art Troll lauded WCC’s prior beautification efforts at Stanley and Highway 33 and noted that efforts need to continue.

    1. Sonya Kroth reported that through April 13 volunteer income tax assistance is available in English and Spanish. Call 211 for details.

    1. Adjourn. Suz Montgomery moved adjournment. Art Troll seconded. Adjourned.

Art Troll, WCC Chair Suz Montgomery, WCC Vice Chair
Catherine Stanley, WCC Treasurer Lori Steinhauer, WCC Secretary; WCC Westside Plan Committee, Chair
Stephen DeBaun, WCC Outreach & Communications Chair Hilda Cordova Ayala, WCC Latino Community Representative
Virgil Nelson, WCC Hill Slide Committee Chair Theresa Satterfield, WCC Hill Slide Committee Chair Representative
Jackie Pearce, WCC Parks Committee Chair Letty Alvarez, Ventura County Public Health
Jeff Lambert, Community Development Director, City of Ventura Tim Turner, Watch Commander, Ventura PD
Amisha DeYoung, Office of State Assemblyman Das Williams Arlene Martinez, Ventura County Star
Annette Hines Araceli Carbajal
Arcana Hill Arlene Martinez
Blanco Espinosa Carol Johnstone
Claudia Castaneda Dawn Dyer
Donna Bloom Donna O’Neil
Eloise O’Shields Eric Nordstrom
Eric Warbolowski Felipe Flores, Habitat for Humanity
Jayne Tucker Jim Duran, Project Understanding
Jim Rice, Bell Arts Factory John Kilburn, Resident
Juan Tejada Kaye Ford
Leopaldo Meta Letty Alvarez
Marcus Van Maria Perez
Markistre Mjrj Bauleke
Mary Kay Williams Miguel Rodriguez
Monica Perez Morrie Wills, Resident
Peiter Turley Pete Marriott
Peter Miller Reina Rodriguez
Robin Roger Case
Sabrriee Selrofer Sam Tovar
Shayna Sherry Cargnino
Sonia Kroth Susan Aquino, Resident
Tomas Luna Tomas Luna, Jr.
72 people, translation, 6 kids, Ramona Street group for Park Thanks – 12. Thanks to all!!!

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