September 2019 BOARD MEETING

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Housing Trust Fund Ventura County

Mission

To support more housing choices, by generating and leveraging financial resources, working in partnership with the public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout Ventura County. 


The Housing Trust Fund Model

In this era of limited resources, HTFs are able to attract capital from sources not traditionally dedicated to housing. They leverage these funds by combining private resources with foundation and public agency funds to build a revolving loan fund dedicated to expanding affordable and workforce housing. HTF loans often are made early in the development cycle, before traditional funding is available and thus provide financial support necessary to attract other money.  

Bio: Linda Braunschweiger

Linda Braunschweiger has spent over thirty years in finance, affordable housing development, non-profit management and business. She spent many years in public affairs and lobbying at the federal, state and local levels. Early in her career, Ms. Braunschweiger worked in Washington D.C. for the White House and U.S. Senate. Then after years in the corporate environment (primarily banking and finance), Ms. Braunschweiger launched Braunschweiger & Associates (B&A) in 1999. Her firm assists clients with affordable housing policy strategies and financing, strategic planning, and nonprofit management. Braunschweiger & Associates has represented financial institutions, non-profits, local municipalities, housing authorities, and industry trade organizations. Over the years, Ms. Braunschweiger has sat on numerous nonprofit Boards. Today, she is the Vice Chair of House Farm Workers!; Chair, Camarillo Work Force Housing Committee; Member Ventura County Continuum of Care; and Board Member of Young Life Camarillo. Ms. Braunschweiger has a BA in Speech Communications and Industrial Psychology and an MBA with a focus in Public Policy. She lives in Camarillo with her three teenage children. 

September 2019 POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

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The Ventura Shellfish Enterprise

With new federal grant funds recently allotted to the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE), Brian Pendleton gives an overview of the Ventura Shellfish Enterprise (VSE) Project, which would establish a commercial offshore bivalve aquaculture operation based from the Ventura Harbor. VSE will provide many regional and economic benefits to the community including, but not limited to: providing a supply of safe, sustainably produced, and locally-grown shellfish; supporting the local economy; providing local producers a streamlined pathway to participate in shellfish aquaculture; promoting community collaboration; and advancing scientific knowledge through research and innovation. 

Bio: Brian Pendleton

Brian Pendleton serves as the new General Manager of the Ventura Port District. Pendleton joined the Ventura Port District in 2015 as the Business Operations Manager, responsible for management, supervision and oversight of District finances, facilities, marinas, property and risk management. In 2018, due to his successes at the Port, the Board of Commissioners promoted Pendleton to Deputy General Manager to perform asset management duties for a diversified portfolio of real estate holdings including Ventura Harbor Village, hotels, marinas, boatyards, and rental housing. Pendleton’s holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and is a licensed real estate professional in California. He and his wife, Arlene and three children Matt, Shane and Melissa, are longtime Ventura County residents. 

August 2019 BOARD MEETING

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State of the Region Report 2019

Every two years, the Ventura County Civic Alliance releases its State of the Region Report, an in-depth look at the statistics and trends that shape the quality of life in Ventura County. Tony Biasotti, the report’s author, provides a summary of highlights of the 2019 report.

Bio: Tony Biasotti

Tony Biasotti  is the author of the Ventura County Civic Alliance’s State of the Region report. He is a freelance journalist in Ventura and a former staff writer with the Ventura County Star.

JULY 2019 POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

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Action for Wildfire Resiliency

The safety, health and livelihood of our communities depends on how we address the growing threat of California wildfires.

Action for Wildfire Resiliency was created to provide diverse constituencies throughout the state a unified voice to advocate for a package of policies to help California better prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from the increased frequency and severity of the threat of wildfires.

Bio: Rudy Gonzales

Rudy Gonzales serves Edison as the company’s management representative for cities in western Los Angeles County, Ventura County, the San Joaquin Valley and the eastern Sierras. He represents the Company to external stakeholders, including local elected officials, customers, business, media and community organizations. Throughout his career, Rudy has served on the boards of many non-profit, business and community organizations, including El Concilio, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Ventura County Leadership Academy (again), Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Chamber, Calabasas Chamber and the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. Rudy is a proud graduate of California Lutheran University, where he earned his B.S. in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Leadership Southern California Class V and Ventura County Leadership Academy Class II. Rudy resides in Thousand Oaks and enjoys golf and running his chocolate lab, Lincoln. Along with his wife, Nathalie, he enjoys raising his two teen-aged daughters, one an aspiring dancer and the other an aspiring actress and singer.

JULY 2019 BOARD MEETING

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Ventura Port District

The Ventura Port District is poised to oversee the completion of several major enterprises in the months ahead inclusive of the $4.6 million Ventura Harbor Village Marina Dock Improvement Project; the 2020 opening of the Portside Ventura, a coastal 300-unit mixed-used development; and a refresh face-lift of Ventura Harbor Village. In addition, Ventura Port District continues to explore an offshore aquaculture project working with Ventura Shellfish Enterprise, a proposed “blue economy” off of Ventura Harbor.

Bio: Brian Pendleton

Brian Pendleton serves as the new General Manager of the Ventura Port District. Pendleton joined the Ventura Port District in 2015 as the Business Operations Manager, responsible for management, supervision and oversight of District finances, facilities, marinas, property and risk management. In 2018, due to his successes at the Port, the Board of Commissioners promoted Pendleton to Deputy General Manager to perform asset management duties for a diversified portfolio of real estate holdings including Ventura Harbor Village, hotels, marinas, boatyards, and rental housing. Pendleton’s holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California and is a licensed real estate professional in California. He and his wife, Arlene and three children Matt, Shane and Melissa, are longtime Ventura County residents. 

JUNE 2019 POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

PROJECT 34: Perserves For Future Public-City Use

Building on its legacy as Greenest US Port, the Port of Hueneme is looking to make this project possible in order to grow local jobs and its financial viability so it can continue to invest funds in environmental initiatives and programs. The Port has filed a Special Use Permit (SUP) with the City of Oxnard to operate a temporary vehicle storage lot for 3 years with an optional 2-year extension. The site is strategically located along the Port’s designated primary corridor from the Port to the 101 on Hueneme Road. The location of the 34 acres is private land and zoned appropriately as light industrial’ it will service as a relief valve for auto cargo, and will consolidate cars from other parts of the County. For more information, visit www.portofh.org/greenproject34.

Presenter: Cameron Spencer

MAY 2019 BOARD MEETING

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Economic Vitality Strategic Plan Progress Report

Bio: Michael Powers

Michael Powers became the County Executive Officer for Ventura County in April of 2011. In this role he oversees a budget of $1.7 billion, and over 8,000 employees in 27 agencies and departments. He is responsible for overseeing and supporting all major county functions and services including budget, finance, legislation, human resources, labor relations, economic development and information technology. As CEO Mike's focus is on quality public service, fiscal discipline and investing in both our community and County workforce. Prior to his appointment, Mike was the Director of the Health Care Agency (HCA) where he oversaw the operation and management of the County's health departments. At HCA, Mike also served as Hospital Administrator, Physician Services Director, Compliance Officer and Deputy Director. Mike has served on a number of community boards, including Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation; United Way of Ventura County, and American Red Cross, Ventura County Chapter. Mike feels it is a privilege to work alongside the talented, passionate and high caliber people who form the County Family. He was born and raised in Ventura, where he resides with his wife Erin, and two sons Charlie and Zackary.

APRIL 2019 BOARD MEETING

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Regional Plan Implementation (RPI) Grant: Businesses Services & Workforce Study

An online survey was conducted with 125 Ventura County business executives who were responsible for their businesses growth and development. The sample was a representative mix of businesses by location, industry, and number of employees. All businesses included in the survey were privately held.


 How is this Information Helpful Going Forward? 

  

Clarify how businesses perceive “Business Transition” as a highly valuable and most utilized service. 


Consider focusing future outreach on programs identified as most important and utilized including: Business Transition, Start-up/Expansion, Business Consulting, International Trade and Recruitment.


Build on the recognition of Ventura County Grows Business as a platform/resource for business support information outreach.


Investigate potential partnerships with VCEDA membership to communicate business support resources.


Explore avenues to Expand Regional Contracting, Assist with Local Regulations and Expand Access to Capital


Gain a better understanding of how workforce development support can assist in reducing employee turnover.

Presenter: Heidi Hayes

MARCH 2019 BOARD MEETING

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2020 Ventura County Census Outreach

The stakes are big in the 2020 Census, and so are the obstacles. Ventura County has a high risk of undercounting residents, based on the number of hard-to-reach areas and the limited funds for outreach. Ventura County has been identified as one of the most at-risk counties in the nation for an undercount in the 2020 Census (59th out of over 3,000). Each person that is not counted is a loss of $2,000 per person/per year for ten years. That means a potential loss of millions of dollars in federal funding for key services over 10 years. Included are health care and nutritional programs, business loans and services for seniors and disabled people. Statewide, the figure also affects the number of seats California has in the U.S. House of Representatives. Find out what is being done to address this most pressing issue in our community and the vital role you play in ensuring a complete and accurate count.

Bio: Vanessa Bechtel

 Vanessa Bechtel is honored to serve as Ventura County Community Foundation’s President & CEO. Prior to her

arrival in February 2015, Bechtel served as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation where she more than doubled the annual fundraising. As a founder of a wealth management company, she has been named Business Woman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and for the past two years has made the list of Top Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times. As an active volunteer, Bechtel has served as a Board Member for the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, an Ambassador to the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, was a Trustee of the Santa Barbara County Retirement Board and Treasurer of the State Association of County Retirement Systems. She is a Past President of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Santa Barbara Rotary North.  A Sonoma County native, Bechtel graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001. In August 2016, she received her Master of Business Administration from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She also received her Master’s Certificate from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Onati, Spain.

FEBRUARY 2019 BOARD MEETING

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Clean Power Alliance

Do you know about the Clean Power Alliance (CPA) and how it could affect your business? CPA is the new electricity provider in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties that gives customers a chance to choose their energy sources for their electricity. You may have already selected your service provider for your home but did you know service to eligible business customers will begin in May 2019? Pre-enrollment notifications will arrive in March and this presentation will be your opportunity to ask questions about CPA and the new choices businesses are able to choose between for their source of energy along with their applicable rates.

Bio: Ted Bardacke

Ted Bardacke is Executive Director for Clean Power Alliance, California’s new, locally-operated, electricity provider for 31 communities and approximately one million eligible customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Ted brings a unique background to the organization that includes broad experience in the public sector, renewable energy planning, sustainability program design, customer service, journalism, education, and non-profit leadership. Ted comes to Clean Power Alliance from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he was Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Sustainability Office. Prior to that, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA, and in the 1990s served as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok. Ted holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University and has taught at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs for the past 10 years. 

FEBRUARY 2019 POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING

Alexandria Wright

VCCCD Workforce Development

Alexandria Wright presented on workforce development and provided clear direction on how industry can advocate to ensure that employers in the region have a steady pipeline of local talent.

Bio: Dr. Alexandria Wright

Alexandria M. Wright is the director for VCCCD's Economic & Workforce Development Division. She provides leadership and strategic direction for District initiatives involving economic and workforce development, corporate training and grants. An economist by trade, Wright joined the District with a decade of experience in economic and workforce development, working with educators, communities and business leaders in northern Arizona.


A native of Pasadena, she is happy to return to California after 18 years to assist in creating economic opportunity for community members and firms throughout Ventura County.