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Read more about the Montalvo Safe Routes to School Project

City celebrates Montalvo project with a ribbon-cutting event

The Montalvo Safe Routes to School Project is a great example of how the community and public agencies can work together to improve safety and accessibility for everyone.

Thanks to $1 million from Measure O and a $1.38 million Caltrans grant, the project included a range of critical enhancements:

  • 2+ miles of continuous sidewalks
  • 1 mile of new bike lanes
  • 12 new curb ramps
  • 26 reconstructed curb ramps
  • 27 new pedestrian and bike crossings
  • New landmark sign for the Montalvo neighborhood
Register for Mulch Giving Event 

This Saturday: Mulch & Compost giveaway event!

Get ready for a green thumbs up! Join us for a Mulch and Compost giveaway event on Saturday, November 18, hosted between 8:30 am and 11:00 am, at West Park, located at 450 W Harrison Ave.

This free event will guide participants in enhancing their gardening skills using nutrient-rich compost and weed-controlling mulch. Learn how to:

🌱 Enhance soil health

🌧️ Retain moisture

🌞 Regulate temperature

🌼 Beautify your garden

To boost your garden's vitality, book a 15-minute spot today!

Learn more about the Foul Weather Shelter Program 

Help support the Foul Weather Shelter Program

You can help those in need by volunteering or donating supplies to the City of Ventura for its Foul Weather Shelter Program.

Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Volunteer during shelter activations
  • Donate through the Amazon Wishlist
  • Drop off in-person donations

The Program provides stay-warm parks and temporary shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness during severe weather events such as severe rain, wind, or low temperatures.

Last season, 45 nights of temporary shelter were provided, over 250 individuals and families were assisted, more than 3,000 meals were provided, and 150 stay-warm packs were distributed.

Ventura Police Officers grow beards to raise funds for cancer research

It's incredibly rare to see Ventura Police Officers sporting full facial hair!

This month, VPD has joined the No Shave November challenge with the goal of raising $2,500 to support cancer prevention, research, and education.

To join us in supporting Team Ventura PD, make a donation today!

Donate to Team Ventura PD

Applications for Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship are now open

The Ventura County Community Foundation Scholarship Application is open through Friday, January 19, 2024.

Over 470 scholarship opportunities are available to students, with over $1.4 million available in scholarship awards.

Learn more about scholarship guidelines at

Visit the website to learn more

Now hiring VYBA Officials 🏀

We're looking for people to serve as officials at our local youth basketball games.

Games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning January 13 through March 24. 

Officials must be 14 or older, and attend upcoming trainings in November or early December.

To apply online, visit under "Recreation Leader I/II & Specialist."

Once you've applied, send us an email to confirm at:



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