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.
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.email@example.com 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 ID: 463 104 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.
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