Ventura


2021 Sperry Ave. #9
Ventura, CA  93003

Alex Garcia
Organizer
(805) 419-3249
alex@causenow.org


Ventura is the oldest city in Ventura County, with over 100,000 residents, which has become over 40% people of color, a resilient diverse community despite a history of racial exclusion and demolition of historic communities of color.  Reflecting an old Mission town that boomed through the oil industry, the historic Westside along Ventura Avenue is now predominantly a working-class immigrant neighborhood, which has struggled for representation and resources.  Small rural communities like Montalvo and Saticoy were absorbed into the city’s suburban sprawl to the east as citrus farms were sold for development, and also continue to struggle for an equitable voice in the city.  As Ventura becomes more desirable for tourists and house hunters looking for coastal real estate and a bargain alternative to nearby Santa Barbara, home prices have risen and gentrification is looming, with potential to push out working-class and immigrant families.  CAUSE has worked in Ventura to preserve bus service, expand affordable housing, and build a community park on the Westside, while fighting to ensure all parts of the city are represented fairly.