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Minutes from 5 June 2013

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013
In our June meeting, we thanked Avenue businesses for the new flags on the avenue, and Ventura Police Department presented maps showing accident and crime on the Westside.



  
  1. Initial Business (10 minutes:  6:30-6:40 p.m.)
    1. Introductions
Chair Troll welcomed everyone.
    1. Approval of Minutes General Meeting May 1, 2013 
Jackie Pearce proposed the minutes be approved with the following correction and Hilda Cordova-Ayala made a second to the motion an the minutes were approved with the correction to the May 1 minutes indicating that the new Kellogg Park meetings are 5p  the last Wednesday of the month.
    1. Treasurer Report , Catherine Stanley
Treasurer Catherine Stanley reported that there is$2460.68 in treasury.
  
  1. New Business (35 minutes:  6:40-7:15 p.m.)
    1. WCC, Westside Businesses Brings New Flags to Ventura Ave. led by Councilman Monahan, Pete Marriott
Chairman Art Troll thanked WCC member Pete Marriott for taking the initiative and leading the charge to raise the $525 to have new, crisp American flags line Ventura Avenue starting this Independence Day. A community initiative, the flags fly on July 4th and other key holidays along Ventura Avenue. The old flags have been in use since 2011, and show significant wear and tear. Heavy winds and the corrosive ocean air take their toll on the fabric. Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan, also a Westside property owner, provided support to the project. Four businesses and one individual rallied to the cause: Contributors included Marriott Properties, OST Trucks and Cranes, Avenue Trailer Town, R & R Pumping Unit Repair & Service, and an anonymous donor. Originally donated by community members and businesses, the old flags flew every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Now that their tour of duty is over, they were to be given to Veterans Home of California, in Saticoy.   There, they will be properly disposed of in an annual ceremony held by Veterans Home.
    1. Safety  -- General/Traffic/Pedest/Bike  (Ventura PD Watch Cmdr Tim Turner, VUSD Nancy Maxson)
Ventura Poice Watch Cmdr Tim Turner and Sgt. Ryan Weeks, Ryan showed maps with accidents related to pedestrians and bikes. INATTENTION is the primary cause, so sometimes speed may be involved but is not the primary reason for accident. This is from drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists not paying enough attention and bicyclists going the wrong way. 80% on sidewalk going wrong way. Avenue collisions reflect stats on other thoroughfares throughout city but with less traffic on Avenue  than another main thorough fares.

As for crime rates, they are highest downtown. On Westside, around near West View housing project,  with area looked at bound by Warner, Flint, Snow Court and Olive Street, recent rates at West View were relatively low, said Watch Cmdr Turner. There were 8 reported crimes in the area 7 were burglary and theft and other property crimes played a part. In bigger area across the street from West View there 70 crimes and 62 property crimes.
Nancy Maxson, Ventura Unified School District, presented findings from the Safe Routes to School Nationa Partnership and the Community Walk Audits of Kaiser Permanent HEAL Zones (West Ventura). The audit was earlier this year along Ventura Avenue. The information includes figures from 2008-2010. It shows that in comparison, Ventura Avenue and West Ventura have had far higher rate of collisions involving bicycle or pedestrians than have other areas in city, county, California, and nation. In West Ventura 41% of collisions involve a bicycle or pedestrian. Unsafe speeds account for 28% of collisions. Some solutions are being sought from the Complete Streets Movement, traffic calming measures; goal of getting sidewalks compliant with federal Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.
  
    1. Friends of the Ventura River Picnic June 8 and Ventura River Parkway, Kathy Bremer
Kathy Bremer reported that everyone is invited to the June 8 Friends of the Ventura River picnic for the Ventura River Parkway plan. It celebrates the river and its relationship to the Westside and especially in the early years. Early residents from the old Tortilla Flats neighborhood families and those involved in the Tortilla Flats mural will be on hand to speak to the significance of the river to Ventura overall and the Westside of the community. The Elders of the Westside will tell the story of the Westside, which is especially significant since today there is no easy linkage between the River and the community so many people don’t  know the Ventura River is in their backyard. Property has been acquired for significant sections of the Ventura River Parkway, and the land has been cleared of debris, and homeless people living in the river bottom have been relocated. The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new Ventura River Parkway maps will be available in English and Spanish. Tours will be provided.
  
    1. 2013 State of the Region Report, Ventura County Civic Alliance, Robert Warnagieris, Ed.D.
Robert Warnagieris, provided the 2013 State of the Region Report of the Ventura County Civic Alliance, which includes reports about the Westside, the city, and the region on social and policy issues ranging from how kids are doing in our local schools to how the local economy is doing, to the environment, walk-ability, affordable housing, transportation, security, land use; work force education, and more. The state of the region report comes out every 2 years. It is a great resource for grant writing, campaigns to local government, and more, Bob stated.
  
  1. Updates (15 minutes:  7:15-7:30 p.m.)
    1. Patrol Watch, Ventura Police Department Commander Tim Turner (See above)
Questions or Reports? Call VPD.
      1. General # 805-339-4400
      2. Sgt. Harbert, 805-339-4429
      3. Sgt. Fournell, 805-339-4470
      4. Corporal Corbin, 805-339-4400, x1163
      5. Corporal Hixon, 805-339, 4400, x1166
  
    1. Community Preservation (Code Enforcement), Andrew  Stuffler, Chief Building Official
Followed up on 12 reports on Westside  standard amount received. Sue Taylor retiring Friday, 3:30 retirement after many years. Chair Troll noted that Sue did miraculous work with some horrible landlords on the Westside and is to be commended. Complaints can be submitted and anonymously if needed, and Community Preservation team can make outreach before formalizing a complaint. (Updated Note: Art Troll reported that he and wife Sharon at Sue’s retirement party presented Sue with 33 roses (1 for each year she worked) along with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Westside Community Council as a thank-you for all of the improvements Sue helped make on the Westside.)

Need to contact Community Preservation:
        1. Debris Removal Hotline (trash, debris, etc.) 805-677-3999
        2. For information contact Jamie Arnold, Senior Preservation Inspector, Code Enforcement, 805-654-7825, jarnold@cityofventura.net
        3. Graffiti Hotline805-654-7805
  
    1. Park Committee – Kellogg Property/Pool, Jackie Micaela Pearce/Suz Montgomery/Jim Rice
Kellogg Park working group has met. Meets the last Wednesday of the month from 5-630 at City Hall in Santa Cruz Conference Room. Talked about timeline for completion – 2015. Fundraising ongoing, and temporary usage options being explored with goal of starting this summer. Initiate community design November to april 2014. Design approval next summer. Continue fundraising. 2015. Build park. $450,000 left to raise to purchase land. Hope to report on a $500,000 request.
  
    1. Hill Slide Committee (Hill Slide/Mission Aqueduct), Virgil Nelson, Theresa Satterfield
Jackie Pearce reported on behalf of the committee that committee members met w Selby Corp, and the group agreed to change name to Selby Open Space group. Looking at how to gain open space access and remedy hill slide and make safe for all. City and County at table.
  
    1. Wside Planning/Revite Comm – Wside Vision (Eng/Sp), General Plan, Westview, Art Troll, Lori Steinhauer
The committee will be working with the city to move forward on the Westside Vision. Also, Sherry Cargnino wil be the committee secretary. Welcome and thank you to Sherry!
  
    1. Communications and Outreach, Stephen DeBaun
The committee will be meeting next week.
  
    1. Arts Updates – and Westside First Friday June 7, Jim Rice
A citywide Art Walk will be held in July. It will include a “bowl project” to benefit Project Understanding. Also, Bell Arts is partnering with Project Understanding and serving healthy and organic food for movie nights, with the second one held in May. Bell Arts also is partnering with Restore in efforts to grow food on the Westside. There is new artwork going in at the garden at Westpark. The First Friday at Bell Arts features artists with autism and benefits the Autism Society. It includes a documentary film on autism.
  
    1. Latino Community Updates (VAULT), Hilda Cordova-Ayala
VAULT is focused on keeping the Westside community and streets clean and safe, want more information about when the sweeper machine comes each month so people can clear cars from the street to get the full benefit. Also, building Westside pool is a top priority.
  
    1. W Vta HEAL Zone, Ventura County Public Health, Maria Perez, Letty Alvarez, VC Public Health
June 12 from 6-8p Heal Zone meeting. Maria has been the representative for West Ventura HEAL Zone at  the regional convening in Los Angeles.
  
    1. Habitat for Humanity, Felipe Flores
See Westside Devleopment Corp below for partnership details.
  
    1. Project Understanding, Jim Duran
Budgeting and resume help is being provided to community members. 94 homeless people were placed into housing the past several months. Food drive started. Bring cans to WCC meetings.
  
    1. State Assemblyman Das Williams’ Office update, Amisha De Young (not present)
No updates.
  
    1. Westside Development Corp (WDC), Curtis Cormane
Curtis reported that the WDC has been funded in its partnership with Habitat on house next door to the first Prospect Street house they rehabilitated. Also, the international Habitat organization is coming to look at the model of the first Prospect Street house – a great model of what Habitat aims to do.

Another project in the works in conjunction with the Rotary Club is a weatherization project for homes on the Westside.
  
    1. Community Cleanup Day 2014, Art Troll
Moving back to block cleanups and working with Habitat, WDC, WCC collaboration for 2014. This had been successful approach in past.
  
    1. Announcements/Comments/Correspondence
  • Jim Monahan  VC Fair parade is Aug. 3. WCC entry challenge for fair parade – Jim is announcer.
  • Ron Whitehurst and Jan Dietrick – Westside garden project and Green Art People, EP Foster Library and other location -- events just occurred and are in the coming week – demo gardens,. showing.Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas, info on genetically engineered food, health risks and food and sourcing.

  

  1. Initial Business (10 minutes: 6:30-6:40 p.m.)
    1. Introductions
Chair Troll welcomed everyone.
    1. Approval of Minutes General Meeting May 1, 2013
Jackie Pearce proposed the minutes be approved with the following correction and Hilda Cordova-Ayala made a second to the motion an the minutes were approved with the correction to the May 1 minutes indicating that the new Kellogg Park meetings are 5p the last Wednesday of the month.
    1. Treasurer Report , Catherine Stanley
Treasurer Catherine Stanley reported that there is$2460.68 in treasury.

  1. New Business (35 minutes: 6:40-7:15 p.m.)
    1. WCC, Westside Businesses Brings New Flags to Ventura Ave. led by Councilman Monahan, Pete Marriott
Chairman Art Troll thanked WCC member Pete Marriott for taking the initiative and leading the charge to raise the $525 to have new, crisp American flags line Ventura Avenue starting this Independence Day. A community initiative, the flags fly on July 4th and other key holidays along Ventura Avenue. The old flags have been in use since 2011, and show significant wear and tear. Heavy winds and the corrosive ocean air take their toll on the fabric. Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan, also a Westside property owner, provided support to the project. Four businesses and one individual rallied to the cause: Contributors included Marriott Properties, OST Trucks and Cranes, Avenue Trailer Town, R & R Pumping Unit Repair & Service, and an anonymous donor. Originally donated by community members and businesses, the old flags flew every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Now that their tour of duty is over, they were to be given to Veterans Home of California, in Saticoy.  There, they will be properly disposed of in an annual ceremony held by Veterans Home.
    1. Safety -- General/Traffic/Pedest/Bike (Ventura PD Watch Cmdr Tim Turner, VUSD Nancy Maxson)
Ventura Poice Watch Cmdr Tim Turner and Sgt. Ryan Weeks, Ryan showed maps with accidents related to pedestrians and bikes. INATTENTION is the primary cause, so sometimes speed may be involved but is not the primary reason for accident. This is from drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists not paying enough attention and bicyclists going the wrong way. 80% on sidewalk going wrong way. Avenue collisions reflect stats on other thoroughfares throughout city but with less traffic on Avenue than another main thorough fares.

As for crime rates, they are highest downtown. On Westside, around near West View housing project, with area looked at bound by Warner, Flint, Snow Court and Olive Street, recent rates at West View were relatively low, said Watch Cmdr Turner. There were 8 reported crimes in the area 7 were burglary and theft and other property crimes played a part. In bigger area across the street from West View there 70 crimes and 62 property crimes.
Nancy Maxson, Ventura Unified School District, presented findings from the Safe Routes to School Nationa Partnership and the Community Walk Audits of Kaiser Permanent HEAL Zones (West Ventura). The audit was earlier this year along Ventura Avenue. The information includes figures from 2008-2010. It shows that in comparison, Ventura Avenue and West Ventura have had far higher rate of collisions involving bicycle or pedestrians than have other areas in city, county, California, and nation. In West Ventura 41% of collisions involve a bicycle or pedestrian. Unsafe speeds account for 28% of collisions. Some solutions are being sought from the Complete Streets Movement, traffic calming measures; goal of getting sidewalks compliant with federal Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.

    1. Friends of the Ventura River Picnic June 8 and Ventura River Parkway, Kathy Bremer
Kathy Bremer reported that everyone is invited to the June 8 Friends of the Ventura River picnic for the Ventura River Parkway plan. It celebrates the river and its relationship to the Westside and especially in the early years. Early residents from the old Tortilla Flats neighborhood families and those involved in the Tortilla Flats mural will be on hand to speak to the significance of the river to Ventura overall and the Westside of the community. The Elders of the Westside will tell the story of the Westside, which is especially significant since today there is no easy linkage between the River and the community so many people don’t know the Ventura River is in their backyard. Property has been acquired for significant sections of the Ventura River Parkway, and the land has been cleared of debris, and homeless people living in the river bottom have been relocated. The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new Ventura River Parkway maps will be available in English and Spanish. Tours will be provided.

    1. 2013 State of the Region Report, Ventura County Civic Alliance, Robert Warnagieris, Ed.D.
Robert Warnagieris, provided the 2013 State of the Region Report of the Ventura County Civic Alliance, which includes reports about the Westside, the city, and the region on social and policy issues ranging from how kids are doing in our local schools to how the local economy is doing, to the environment, walk-ability, affordable housing, transportation, security, land use; work force education, and more. The state of the region report comes out every 2 years. It is a great resource for grant writing, campaigns to local government, and more, Bob stated.

  1. Updates (15 minutes: 7:15-7:30 p.m.)
    1. Patrol Watch, Ventura Police Department Commander Tim Turner (See above)
Questions or Reports? Call VPD.
    1. General # 805-339-4400
    2. Sgt. Harbert, 805-339-4429
    3. Sgt. Fournell, 805-339-4470
    4. Corporal Corbin, 805-339-4400, x1163
    5. Corporal Hixon, 805-339, 4400, x1166

    1. Community Preservation (Code Enforcement), Andrew Stuffler, Chief Building Official
Followed up on 12 reports on Westside standard amount received. Sue Taylor retiring Friday, 3:30 retirement after many years. Chair Troll noted that Sue did miraculous work with some horrible landlords on the Westside and is to be commended. Complaints can be submitted and anonymously if needed, and Community Preservation team can make outreach before formalizing a complaint. (Updated Note: Art Troll reported that he and wife Sharon at Sue’s retirement party presented Sue with 33 roses (1 for each year she worked) along with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Westside Community Council as a thank-you for all of the improvements Sue helped make on the Westside.)

Need to contact Community Preservation:
      1. Debris Removal Hotline (trash, debris, etc.) 805-677-3999
      2. For information contact Jamie Arnold, Senior Preservation Inspector, Code Enforcement, 805-654-7825, jarnold@cityofventura.net
      3. Graffiti Hotline805-654-7805

    1. Park Committee – Kellogg Property/Pool, Jackie Micaela Pearce/Suz Montgomery/Jim Rice
Kellogg Park working group has met. Meets the last Wednesday of the month from 5-630 at City Hall in Santa Cruz Conference Room. Talked about timeline for completion – 2015. Fundraising ongoing, and temporary usage options being explored with goal of starting this summer. Initiate community design November to april 2014. Design approval next summer. Continue fundraising. 2015. Build park. $450,000 left to raise to purchase land. Hope to report on a $500,000 request.

    1. Hill Slide Committee (Hill Slide/Mission Aqueduct), Virgil Nelson, Theresa Satterfield
Jackie Pearce reported on behalf of the committee that committee members met w Selby Corp, and the group agreed to change name to Selby Open Space group. Looking at how to gain open space access and remedy hill slide and make safe for all. City and County at table.

    1. Wside Planning/Revite Comm – Wside Vision (Eng/Sp), General Plan, Westview, Art Troll, Lori Steinhauer
The committee will be working with the city to move forward on the Westside Vision. Also, Sherry Cargnino wil be the committee secretary. Welcome and thank you to Sherry!

    1. Communications and Outreach, Stephen DeBaun
The committee will be meeting next week.

    1. Arts Updates – and Westside First Friday June 7, Jim Rice
A citywide Art Walk will be held in July. It will include a “bowl project” to benefit Project Understanding. Also, Bell Arts is partnering with Project Understanding and serving healthy and organic food for movie nights, with the second one held in May. Bell Arts also is partnering with Restore in efforts to grow food on the Westside. There is new artwork going in at the garden at Westpark. The First Friday at Bell Arts features artists with autism and benefits the Autism Society. It includes a documentary film on autism.

    1. Latino Community Updates (VAULT), Hilda Cordova-Ayala
VAULT is focused on keeping the Westside community and streets clean and safe, want more information about when the sweeper machine comes each month so people can clear cars from the street to get the full benefit. Also, building Westside pool is a top priority.

    1. W Vta HEAL Zone, Ventura County Public Health, Maria Perez, Letty Alvarez, VC Public Health
June 12 from 6-8p Heal Zone meeting. Maria has been the representative for West Ventura HEAL Zone at the regional convening in Los Angeles.

    1. Habitat for Humanity, Felipe Flores
See Westside Devleopment Corp below for partnership details.

    1. Project Understanding, Jim Duran
Budgeting and resume help is being provided to community members. 94 homeless people were placed into housing the past several months. Food drive started. Bring cans to WCC meetings.

    1. State Assemblyman Das Williams’ Office update, Amisha De Young (not present)
No updates.

    1. Westside Development Corp (WDC), Curtis Cormane
Curtis reported that the WDC has been funded in its partnership with Habitat on house next door to the first Prospect Street house they rehabilitated. Also, the international Habitat organization is coming to look at the model of the first Prospect Street house – a great model of what Habitat aims to do.

Another project in the works in conjunction with the Rotary Club is a weatherization project for homes on the Westside.

    1. Community Cleanup Day 2014, Art Troll
Moving back to block cleanups and working with Habitat, WDC, WCC collaboration for 2014. This had been successful approach in past.

Announcements/Comments/Correspondence
  • Jim Monahan VC Fair parade is Aug. 3. WCC entry challenge for fair parade – Jim is announcer.
  • Ron Whitehurst and Jan Dietrick – Westside garden project and Green Art People, EP Foster Library and other location -- events just occurred and are in the coming week – demo gardens,. showing.Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas, info on genetically engineered food, health risks and food and sourcing.




Attendees
ATTENDEES AT JUNE 5, 2013 WCC MEETING
Art Troll, WCC Chair Suz Montgomery, WCC Vice Chair
Catherine Stanley, WCC Treasurer Lori Steinhauer, WCC Secretary; WCC WestsideRevite/Planning Committee, Chair
Jackie Pearce, WCC Parks Committee Chair Hilda Cordova-Ayala, WCC Latino Community Representative
Jim Rice, WCC Arts Representative (Bell Arts Factory) Stephen DeBaun, Outreach & Communications Chair
Jim Monahan, Ventura Councilman Brian Brennan, City Councilman
Tim Turner, Watch Commander, Ventura PD Ryan Weeks, Sgt, Ventura PD
Andrew Stuffler, Chief Building Official, Ventura Community Preservation Claudia Castaneda, Ventura County Public Health
Curtis Cormane, Westside Community Development Corp Letty Alvarez, Ventura County Public Health
Arlene Martinez, Ventura County Star Christine – translator
Bob Bastian Bob Warnagieris, Ventura County Civic Alliance
Colleen Smith Dan Hardy, City of San Buenaventura Housing Authority
Donnet Montanez Eileen Tracy, CORE Volunteer, Oxnard
Eloise O’Shields, Homeowner Jan Dietrick
Jim Duran, Project Understanding John Hankins
Kathy Bremer Kaye Ford, Resident
Lorena Cuevas, Resident Lori Baggs
Mara Petrick, Resident Maria Perez, West Vta HEAL Zone Co-Chair
Mary Yurchisin Mary Jane Bauleke
Michael Baggs Nancy Maxson, Ventura Unified School District
Pete Marriot Richard Bauleke
Ron Whitehurst Ruben Cuevas, Resident
Sergio and kids Shayna Metzner
Sherry Cargnino Susan Aquino
Tomas Luna, VAULT Westside Gardens
50 people, translation in Spanish, City Council Members Brian Brennan and Jim Monahan. Thanks, all!


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