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VCAS Commission

The Ventura County Animal Services Commission was brought together as an ad hoc committee in 1978 to allow for continued Animal Control Services throughout the County during severe budget cuts to the Department.  Today, the VCAS Commission is comprised of representatives from each of our contracting cities and a member of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

The Commission meets quarterly to serve as a policy level Commission regarding contract Animal Services to the cities of Ventura County and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.  They make recommendations to the Animal Services Director and the Ventura County Board of Supervisors regarding Animal Services policies, programs, service levels and fees.  Additionally, they facilitate communication and collaboration among the County and contract cities on Animal Services issues, including such matters as city and county ordinances, services and the support of or opposition to State legislation.

Matt LaVere – Board of Supervisors – Chair
County of Ventura

800 S. Victoria Ave. L#1900
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2703

matt.lavere@ventura.org

Dee Dee Cavanaugh

Mayor Pro Tem Dee Dee Cavanaugh – Vice Chair
City of Simi Valley

2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 583-6701

dcavanaugh@simivalley.org

Tony Trembley – Councilmember
City of Camarillo

601 Carmen Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 388-5300

ttrembley@cityofcamarillo.org

Mark Austin – Councilmember
City of Fillmore

250 Central Avenue
Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-3701

maustin@ci.fillmore.ca.us

Renee Delgado – Councilmember 
City of Moorpark

799 Moorpark Ave.
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 517-6200

rdelgado@moorparkca.gov

Mayor Pro Tem Suza Francina
City of Ojai

401 S. Ventura Street
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 805-646-5581

suzaojaicitycouncil@gmail.com

John Zaragoza – Councilmember 
City of Oxnard

214 South C. Street
Ventura, CA 93030
(805) 385-7435

john.zaragoza@oxnard.org

Steven Gama

Steven Gama – Councilmember
City of Port Huemene

250 North Ventura Road
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
(805) 986 – 6501

SGama@cityofporthueneme.org

Liz Campos – Councilmember
City of Ventura

501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 275-8447

lcampos@cityofventura.ca.gov

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Public comment is the opportunity for members of the public to participate in meetings by addressing the VCAS Commission in connection with one or more agenda or non-agenda items.  Public comments by a member of the public at a single meeting are limited to three (3) minutes unless the time allotment is increased or decreased by the Chair depending on the number of speakers.

To maintain a public meeting environment conducive and welcoming to receiving public comments from all members of the public, the audience is discouraged from engaging in displays of support or opposition to staff reports or public comments, including clapping, yelling, booing, hissing, or cheering, that may create a disruptive environment for members of the public wishing to participate.  Any person who disrupts or impedes the orderly conduct of a meeting will be instructed to cease the disruptive conduct.  Failure to do so may result in that person being removed from the meeting.

If you would like to address the VCAS Commission with a public comment, please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.  You must check in with the Recording Secretary of the Board to complete a Public Comment Card.  Your name will be called during the public comment section of the agenda.

Public Comments for VCAS Commission Meetings

IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54953(e)(1)(A) AND IN RESPONSE TO THE DECLARED STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCIES DUE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS AND LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER RECOMMENDATION REGARDING SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES’ CONFERENCE ROOM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.  THE VCAS COMMISSION IS HOLDING MEETINGS ELECTRONICALLY WHICH ARE ACCESSIBLE ONLINE HERE AT WWW.VCAS.US/VCAS-COMMISSION.

The following information is provided to help with understanding on how to follow and participate in the Commission meeting electronically.

Documents, including staff materials, comment emails and letters, photos, etc., distributed to the VCAS Commission regarding any agenda item during an open session or after the meeting concluded, are posted online and made available for public inspection below.  County staff attempts to redact personal contact information, other than the name, identified in written public comments before posting online but cannot guarantee all information will be redacted.  Since these documents are public records and subject to disclosure, an unredacted version is made available when records are requested by a Public Records Act request.  Please do not submit personal contact information you do not want made public.

Public Comments – Public comment is the opportunity for members of the public to participate in meetings by addressing the VCAS Commission in connection with one or more agenda or non-agenda items on subjects that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the County.

Public comments may be provided using one of the following options.

Written Public Comments via E-Mail or Mail-in:

If you wish to make a written comment on a specific agenda item by email or U.S. mail, please submit your comment no later than 12:00 p.m. on the day prior to the VCAS Commission meeting to the Recording Secretary at Sandra.ropes@ventura.org or mail to:

Ventura County Animal Services
Sandra Ropes, Recording Secretary
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010

Please indicate in the Subject Line the Agenda item number (e.g., Item No. 9) on which you are commenting. Your email or written comment will be distributed to the VCAS Commission and placed into the item’s record of the Commission meeting.

Comment using Zoom Video:

If you would like to provide a verbal comment via video during the meeting, click on the meeting link below.  Requests to make live public comments on an agenda item will be accepted until the public comment period for each agenda item is complete.  If you wish to make comments, you must be connected to the meeting via Zoom prior to the close of the public comment period.

During the meeting, click on the link below, and a clerk will connect you to the Meeting room when you are prompted to provide public comment. Please review the below instructions for how to connect during the meeting.

County staff are unable to provide technical assistance if you experience issues using your computer.

Comment Using Zoom via Phone:

If you would like to provide a verbal comment via telephone during the meeting, call the phone number listed below and enter the Meeting ID#.  Requests to make live public comment on an agenda item will be accepted until the public comment period for each agenda item is complete.  If you wish to make comments, you must be called into the meeting prior to the close of the public comment period.

During the meeting, call the phone number listed below, enter the Meeting ID# and the clerk will connect you to the Meeting room when you are prompted to provide public comment.  Please review the instructions below on how to connect during the meeting.

  • Raise Hand:  When asked to raise your hand, press * then 9 on your telephone keypad to raise your hand.
  • Unmute: When called on, press * then 6 on your telephone keypad to unmute yourself.

County staff are unable to provide technical assistance if you experience any issues.

CONNECT DURING THE MEETING

Observe the meeting LIVE at www.YouTube.com/VCAnimalServices

Provide Public Comments via Zoom:

MEETING LINK:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/4631046010
MEETING ID463 104 6010

  • Participate and Provide Public Comment via Telephone:
    • Dial 1 (253) 215-8782.
    • Enter the Meeting ID above followed by # when prompted.
    • Press # to continue when prompted.

Zoom Installation/Support

Participants using a computer may, in advance of the meeting, install the Zoom software and conduct a pre-test of Zoom by going here: https://zoom.us/test 

County staff is unable to provide technical assistance if you experience issues using your computer. If you do not receive the E-Mail, please check your spam folder.

VCAS Commission Documents

Agendas and Minutes

Ventura County Animal Services Commission meetings typically begin at 9:00am unless otherwise announced and are held at the Ventura County Fire Department VCFD Conference Room at 165 Durley Avenue, Camarillo, CA 93010

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TRANSLATE DISCLAIMER

The VCAS.US website has been translated by Google Translate. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace human translators. Translations are provided as a service to users of the VCAS.US website, and are provided “as is.” No warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, is made as to the accuracy, reliability, or correctness of any translations made from English into any other language. Some content (such as images, videos, Flash, etc.) may not be accurately translated due to the limitations of the translation software.

The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version of the website which is the official version. Ventura County Animal Services employs bilingual staff who are able to provide assistance.  Please call (805) 388-4341 or email info@vcas.us.

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