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CAUSE began working with residents of Ventura’s Westside community in October 2010 to address restoring transportation service inadequacies to the Gold Coast Transit, No. 6 bus line. While addressing these transit needs through door-to-door outreach, in churches and schools, CAUSE found that residents considered creating a new park on the Westside community a priority.
CAUSE has also worked to preserve the pool fund for the Westside community through strategic outreach to community leaders. From these efforts CAUSE created the Ventura Avenue United Leadership Team (VAULT) to work directly with residents to help them improve the quality of their neighborhood.
CAUSE was also involved in the A LEAN VC Coalition, which was awarded the Kaiser Permanente $1 Million grant. (Ventura County Star Article about this grant) The VAULT and the Westside Community Council have been collaborating to help bring more community enhancement and civic engagement opportunities. Ventura’s Parks and Recreations Commision is applauded for their leadership in addressing the lack of park space in the Westside community of Ventura.
A wildly successful flashmob action orchestrated by CAUSE organizers resulted in nearly 100 supporters gathering near identified open space at the corner of Kellogg and Ventura Avenue. (See Ventura County Star Coverage of this action here).
Watch YouTube video of Flash Mob action in support of the park:
There is currently no neighborhood park within walking distance of the Westside community.
With that in mind, CAUSE worked to organize residents of the Westside community and supporters to voice their concerns for the need of park space in their community and urge the city council to pursue purchasing a 2-acre vacant lot to address community park needs.
CAUSE has organized hundreds of residents to participate in community planning meetings and to speak out during public comment at City Council meetings. Those advocacy efforts have resulted in the unanimous support of the Ventura City Council to move forward with plans to purchase the property for a park in the Westside community. This is one of many key victories in that community. (Read the Ventura County Star’s coverage of this victory).
Listen to radio coverage of this victory: Here