About Ventura

Welcome to the City of Ventura, one of America’s most livable communities. We’re located between Malibu and Santa Barbara on the blue Pacific Ocean, overlooking Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.
 
Come visit us!  Directions on How To Get To Ventura City Hall, 501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA 93001 from north of Ventura (Santa Barbara) and south (Los Angeles).
 
People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousand years. San Buenaventura was founded in 1782 by Father Junipero Serra, the ninth of the California missions. He named it after the Italian St. Bonaventure, hence the nickname that Ventura is the “city of good fortune.”
 
Ventura was named one of The 10 Best Places to Live Now, see the Men's Journal article here, March/April 2015
"Start a business, surf on your lunch break, buy your dream home -- here are 10 cities and towns where life is good."
Ventura County was named the "most naturally beautiful county in the country" by the USDA.  Read the California County News article, "US Dept. of Agriculture Ranks Counties by Natural Beauty, California Wins"  8/17/15
View and print our City of Ventura Resources Directory for a list of helpful City phone numbers, departments, services and contacts.

We are matching our financial resources with goals that are clearer and more open to the public - and can be measured to work better, cost less and put citizen priorities first.
Meet the seven members of the City Council, each elected to a four-year term
Ventura is one of America’s most livable communities. We’re located between Malibu and Santa Barbara on the blue Pacific Ocean, overlooking Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands.  People have lived along this stretch of the California coast for at least ten thousands years.
2017 State of the City Address "Sunrise in Ventura" painting by Hilda Hilpatrick-Freyre   Mayor Erik Nasarenko presented the State of the City address titled -- Ventura: Growing Stronger While Keeping Its Charm -- on February 13, 2017 at 6pm, in the Ventura City Hall Council Chambers. To watch Mayor Nasarenko's 2017 State of the City speech in its entirety click the video link here. Ventura: Growing Stronger While Keeping Its Charm Ventura is a charming location with a b
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The City of Ventura... a focus on excellence in people, programs and services The City of Ventura is a highly accomplished customer-focused organization with professional, caring and responsive staff members delivering vital, diverse and innovative programs and benefits to our residents and business owners. Let us introduce ourselves so you can get to know us better.