In the days leading up to the California Primary, 2020 Oxnard Leadership Program participants went behind-the-scenes with City of Oxnard and County of Ventura officials to gain a better understanding of our local government. The day was coordinated by Tom Cady, a Lifetime Director on the Oxnard Chamber Board of Directors. The day began at the Ventura County Government Center with a comprehensive overview of California's government structure from Cady.
John Zaragoza, 5th District Supervisor for Ventura County, explained how the Board of Supervisors collaborates to work on behalf of the county. He explained in detail the accomplishments in District 5, specifically the programs created to assist disadvantaged communities.
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Ventura County Chief Executive Officer Mike Powers provided a thorough breakdown of the county, including roles and responsibilities, as well as resources the county provides, and programs available. He also highlighted the ways in which Ventura County is a national leader in its use of technology.
Darin Kettle, Executive Director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, discussed transportation related issues as it pertains to climate change, traffic, and funding infrastructure.
The afternoon was focused on the City of Oxnard. Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn welcomed Oxnard Leadership Participants. He talked about how he became passionate about public service and the path that led him to become mayor. He also discussed challenges the city has faced and what they are doing to address them.
Oxnard City Manager Alex Nguyen discussed the quality team that has been put together to tackle Oxnard's biggest challenges including homelessness, housing, and economic redevelopment to revitalize the community. He also discussed the Oxnard Employee Pipeline.
Jeff Lambert (on the right), Director of Development Services, City of Oxnard, closed the day with a discussion about current and future projects in the city, including important updates on how the city is streamlining its permitting process. They are working diligently to make sure people know that Oxnard is open for business when it comes to attracting and retaining great companies and creating a path for economic growth and sustainability.