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.”
 
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.
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.
Meet the seven members of the City Council, each elected to a four-year term
2014 State of the City Address Mayor Cheryl Heitmann presented the State of the City address titled -- Leveraging Our Uniqueness-- on February 24, 2014. 
View comprehensive maps and parcel-level non-confidential information and analysis through the new, easy-to-use web based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) VENTURAmaps.