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.

Carmen Ramirez

Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez – Commission Chair
City of Oxnard

305 W. Third St.
Oxnard, CA 93030
(805) 890-7088
carmen4oxnard@gmail.com

Suza Francina

Mayor Pro Tem Suza Francina – Vice Chair
City of Ojai

401 S. Ventura Street
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 805-646-5581
suzaojaicitycouncil@gmail.com

Steve Bennett

Supervisor Steve Bennett – Council Member
Ventura County Supervisor

800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
(805) 654-2703
steve.bennett@ventura.org

Kevin Kildee

Mayor Kevin Kildee – Council Member
City of Camarillo

601 Carmen Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 482-2124
kevinkildee@gmail.com

Dee Dee Cavanaugh

Mayor Pro Tem Dee Dee Cavanaugh – Council Member
City of Simi Valley

2929 Tapo Canyon Road
Simi Valley, CA 93063
(805) 583-6701
dcavanaugh@simivalley.org

Chris Enegren

Chris Enegren – Council Member 
City of Moorpark

799 Moorpark Ave.
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 517-6200
cenegren@moorparkca.gov

Steven Gama

Steven Gama – Council Member
City of Port Huemene

250 North Ventura Road
Port Hueneme, CA 93041
(805) 986 – 6501
SGama@cityofporthueneme.org

Jim Friedman

Jim Friedman – Council Member
City of Ventura

501 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 654-7827
jfriedman@cityofventura.ca.gov

Diane McCall

Mayor Diane McCall – Council Member 
City of Fillmore

250 Central Ave
Fillmore, CA 93015
(805) 524-3701
dmccall@ci.fillmore.ca.us

Ventura County Animal Services Commission Documents

Due to COVID-19 and in accordance with the California Governor’s order to limit indoor operations, as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19, VCAS Commission meetings will be held online via Zoom and streamed live for public viewing via YouTube.  Commission meetings begin at 9:00 a.m.  Those who wish to participate in the meetings during the Public Comment section, please click here for detailed instructions.

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Public Comment Instructions

IN RESPONSE TO THE DECLARED STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCIES DUE TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S RECENT ORDER TO LIMIT INDOOR OPERATIONS AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19, THE CAMARILLO ANIMAL SHELTER IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR CASUAL VISITS AND WALKING AROUND. IF YOU WISH TO ELECTRONICALLY ATTEND THE VENTURA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES COMMISSION MEETING AND/OR PROVIDE PUBLIC COMMENT, PLEASE REFER TO THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

OBSERVING THE MEETING

VCAS Commission Meetings will be streamed live via YouTube at www.YouTube.com/VCAnimalServices.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

This is an opportunity for members of the public to address the VCAS Commission in connection with one or more agenda or non-agenda items. Public comments may be submitted via email or U.S. Mail and read into record by the Recording Secretary. Public comments may also be submitted live via Zoom or telephone. Please continue reading below to ensure your comments are heard.

Submit Comment via email:

If you wish to submit a written comment via email, please email your comment to the Recording Secretary at Sandra.Ropes@ventura.org no later than 12:00pm on the day prior to the Commission Meeting. If your comment is in response to a specific agenda item, please indicate the Agenda Item number (i.e. Item No. 9) in the email. Your comment will be read into the record by the Recording Secretary. Please ensure your comment takes 3 minutes or less to read when read at a leisurely pace. If your comment appears to take longer than 3 minutes to read, the Recording Secretary may advise you to submit a rewrite. Your comment may be truncated or not be read into the record if your rewrite is not received by 12:00pm on the day prior to the Commission Meeting.

Submit Comment via U.S. Mail:

If you wish to submit a written comment via U.S. Mail, please mail your comment to:

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

Your comment must arrive no later than 12:00pm on the day prior to the Commission Meeting. If your comment is in response to an agenda item, please indicate the Agenda Item number (i.e. Item No. 9) in the letter. Your comment will be read into the record by the Recording Secretary. Please ensure your comment takes 3 minutes or less to read when read at a leisurely pace. If your comment appears to take longer than 3 minutes to read, the Recording Secretary will advise you to submit a rewrite. Given the slow nature of U.S. Mail, your comment may be truncated or not be read into record if your rewrite is not received by 12:00pm on the day prior to the Commission Meeting. You may submit the rewrite via email at Sandra.Ropes@ventura.org.

Submit Comment Live via Zoom:

If you wish to address the VCAS Commission live via Zoom, please email the Recording Secretary Sandra.Ropes@ventura.org, no later than 12:00 p.m. the day prior to the Commission Meeting. Please include your name and email address when requesting to address the VCAS Commission Live. You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom meeting video link by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. Please do not share this link as it may cause issues with your ability to join the meeting.  Separate requests must be made for each individual interested in addressing the VCAS Commission.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Click on the link provided in the Zoom email and a clerk will place you in a digital waiting room until it is time for public comments. Please type your full name into the conversation area so the clerk knows you are present. While in the waiting room, you will not be seen or heard in the Zoom meeting nor will you be able to hear or see anyone in the Zoom session. Please follow the Board Meeting live via YouTube at www.YouTube.com/VCAnimalServices so you are prepared when your name is called for you to deliver your comment. When your name is called, you will be moved from the waiting room into the Zoom conference. Please mute the YouTube live stream when you are addressing the VCAS Commission. You do not have to transmit video when using Zoom. You will have 3 minutes to deliver your comment. We suggest writing down your comment and practicing it to ensure it takes 3 minutes or less to deliver.

Ventura County staff is unable to provide technical support or assistance if you experience issues using your computer.

Submit Comment Live via Telephone:

If you wish to address the VCAS Commission live via telephone, please email the Recording Secretary Sandra.Ropes@ventura.org, no later than 12:00 p.m. the day prior to the Commission meeting. Please provide your name, email address and the telephone number from which you will be calling to the Recording Secretary in your email. You will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom meeting information which contains a telephone number by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. The participation information sent to you is unique, please do not share as it may cause issues with your ability to join the meeting.

When you call into the meeting, your audio will remain muted and you will not be able to hear the meeting via Zoom. until the Recording Secretary calls your name to make your comment. Please follow the Board Meeting via YouTube at www.YouTube.com/VCAnimalServices so you are prepared when your name is called for you to deliver your comment. When your name is called, you will hear a tone and the clerk will call you by name and indicate you have the floor to speak. Please mute the YouTube live stream when you are addressing the VCAS Commission on Zoom. You will have 3 minutes to deliver your comment. We suggest writing down your comment and practicing it to ensure it takes 3 minutes or less to deliver.

Commission Agenda

The VCAS Commission Meeting agenda is posted for viewing 72 hours prior to the meeting at www.vcas.us/vcas-commission.

Zoom Installation/Support

Participants using a computer are encouraged to, in advance of the meeting, install the Zoom software and conduct a pre-test of Zoom by going here: https://zoom.us/test. Ventura County staff is unable to provide technical assistance if you experience issues using your computer. You will be prompted to enable webcam and/or microphone when entering a Zoom session, but you do not need to show video in order to make a live public comment via Zoom.

If you do not receive an email confirmation by 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting, please email the Recording Secretary at Sandra.Ropes@ventura.org. Please check your spam folder to assure you did not miss the confirmation.

Ventura County staff is unable to provide technical assistance or support if you experience issues. Please make sure all other audio is muted when speaking live to the VCAS Commission.

Thank you,