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BOOST Participant–City of Ventura

Beacon Participant Profile

About Ventura:

  • Population: 106,433 (2010)
  • Location: Ventura County
  • Area: 32.25 square miles
  • Disadvantaged community:Westside Ventura
  • Poverty rate: 11.2%
  • Median household income: $72,859
  • Language other than English spoken at home: 27.4%

BOOST Activities:

  • Provide education and consultation to inform the city’s public engagement approach for upcoming planning efforts, which may include General Plan Update, Local Coastal Plan and/or Climate Action and Resilience Plan
  • Provide grant application support to identify and craft competitive grants for the city’s local planning efforts indirect potable water use project, housing and other climate and resilience projects.
  • Conduct research to better understand air quality issues and identify best practices and opportunities to address any disparities. 
  • Promote the city’s efforts to become more energy efficient, climate-ready and resilient community. 

BOOST Successes:

ILG helped Ventura develop five grant proposals, which led to more than $1 million in funding to support the city’s comprehensive planning efforts. The funding included a $200,000 grant from the Prop. 84 Wildfire Resiliency and Recovery Planning Grant Program to develop a Climate Action and Resilience Plan, which will help the city prepare, respond and recover from increasing wildfire threats. Through BOOST, ILG connected Ventura with the non-profit advocacy group, CAUSE, which will help inform public engagement efforts through the planning process to ensure voices of vulnerable populations are integrated into these plans.

Case Story

City of Ventura Poised to Take on Climate Change

In December 2017, the Thomas Fire swept through the City of Ventura causing more than $2.2 billion in damages and taking a huge toll on the city’s residents and staff. Two and a half years later, the community is ready to undertake a massive planning effort, which will define future development, protect critical infrastructure and prepare Ventura for the increasing threats of climate change.

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