Fleet & Facilities
PRESERVING VENTURA’S PUBLIC AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Facilities Maintenance is responsible for the maintenance and repair of public and historic buildings – its infrastructure, equipment, amenities, and furnishings to provide safe, comfortable and aesthetic environments for public use. The Facilities team takes care of over 700,000 square feet of space in 75 city-owned buildings including historic City Hall, Ventura Pier, Olivas Adobe, Police and Fire stations, Maintenance Yard, Park restrooms, West Park Gym and Avenue Adult Center, and Ventura Water buildings. Services are provided through scheduled maintenance programs for HVAC, security, janitorial services, utilities, and renovation projects. Facilities Management works to protect the integrity of the building structure, meet all regulatory requirements, ensure accessible, functional, healthy and safe buildings and facilities to support customer operations and intended public use. We maintain sustainable facilities operations by adhering to green building standards, energy and water conservation, recycling, reusing and reducing adverse impacts to the environment.
GRAFFITI ABATEMENT PROGRAM
For prompt removal of Graffiti, please call the City of Ventura’s Graffiti Hotline at
(805) 654-7805. The line is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. You may also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . If using a Smart phone, sending a picture helps identify the graffiti and ensures a quicker response for abatement.
The City’s Public Works Graffiti Abatement team strives to remove all graffiti within 24 to 48 hours from the time we receive your call or observation to promote clean and safe environments for residents and visitors. The Graffiti staff checks the Hotline and the emails regularly to schedule the graffiti abatement.
The City of Ventura is committed to prompt removal of graffiti from public areas visible in the public right-of-ways. Experience has shown that removing graffiti as soon as it occurs is the best prevention against future graffiti and crime. The graffiti program consists of 1.5 dedicated employees who mobilize in response to Graffiti Hotline alerts and routinely patrol most commonly abused public spaces. Depending on the type of surface, graffiti removal is performed by using recycled paint, chemical solvents, or sandblasting.
The success of the program lies with community partnerships, business owners, and all City departments and with other agencies to identify repeat locations/offenders and remove the worst of the graffiti as soon as possible. Generally, private property owners are asked to remove graffiti within their property lines where Public Works does not provide maintenance. The graffiti team collaborates closely with the Police Department to assist in documenting the graffiti. Over the last three years, the team has removed graffiti within 24 hours of notification in over 95% of the incidences. Some locations require special treatment in order to mitigate the damage and, therefore, may take longer than the 24-hour target.
Union Pacific Railroad Bridge Trestle at Highway 101 and California Street
In 2012, Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), CalTrans, and the City entered into a 50 year franchise agreement to remove graffiti from the UPRR bridge trestle at Highway 101 and California Street off ramp. The agreement clearly defines the process for accessing the bridge for graffiti abatement, which requires a UPRR flagger, CalTrans, California Highway Patrol, and City or Contractor personnel to safely remove the graffiti on the bridge trestle. Due to coordination with other agencies, the graffiti may take a week or more to abate.
The Public Works Fleet Division is responsible for the acquisition, maintenance and repair of city-owned 404 vehicles and 186 pieces of equipment, which includes public safety vehicles, heavy construction equipment, hybrid electric vehicles, and the City’s back-up emergency generators. The Fleet team manages the City’s parts supply and inventory warehouse, hazardous waste disposal, and the purchase and inventory of over 225,000 gallons of fuel for all City vehicles, equipment, and emergency generators. Fleet also ensures the City complies with all Federal and State emissions regulations and promotes environmentally friendly practices.
Named #1 Fleet in the Nation by Government Fleet Magazine, June 2015 (Recognized for its excellent performance in fleet innovation and leadership...)