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San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone (415) 445-8975
Fax (415) 445-8974

The California Regional Network

Ventura County Civic Alliance

Website: http://www.vccf.org/civicalliance

Ventura County Civic AllianceFirst and foremost, the Alliance is a forum for regional dialogue, providing a table for public discourse on important community issues, and convening civic organizations and citizens with diverse perspectives for information sharing, education and dialogue. One of the goals of the Ventura County Civic Alliance is to inform the public debate through policy papers and reports. VCCA recently released its first publication, State of the Region--Ventura County 2002. During the past 18 months, the Alliance has conducted diagnostic research that will give the people of the region a better sense of the status of a number of regional issues.

Region Served: The County of Ventura, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles County, Kern County, and Santa Barbara County. The Las Padres National Forest comprises most of the northern half of the county, Lakes Casitas and Piru are situated at east and west ends of the county.

Population: The County's population is now approaching 800,000 inhabitants. This figure is growing at between 1.5% and 2% per year -approximately the same as the five-county, Southern California region and the state as a whole.

Size of Region: 1,873 square miles: Public beaches cover nearly 7.5 miles of the county's shoreline, while state beach parks cover 411 acres

Strategic Partners: The Cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura

Established: 2000

Overview

During its 2003-2005 program cycle the Alliance will focus its efforts on three program goals and objectives:

  • Regional Growth and Sustainability
  • Civic Engagement and Education
  • Research

The Alliance has several products, including The State of the Region: Ventura County 2002, which is an extensive quality-of-life Indicators Survey report, and The Civic Resource Map for Ventura County, which is an ongoing process for identification of local civic engagement organizations in the county whose members are working on environmental, economic, or social equity issues. Through this process, the electorate and public sector will be engaged, educated, and mobilized to solve common regional issues.

The Alliance also serves, when needed, as a think tank on community issues, enlightening community dialogue by contributing objective research, issue papers and thoughtful analysis to the public debate.

Finally, the Alliance is a vigorous champion of the value of balancing the "3 E's" of sustainable community, geographic representation of east and west Ventura County citizens, and representation of all ten of the county's cities in all public policy discourse that affects the future of our region.