About Downtown Ventura Partners
Downtown Ventura is a unique urban neighborhood spanning nearly 30 blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment/cultural uses. The District is managed by the Downtown Ventura Partners, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation established in 2008. In the spring of 2014, the District was renewed until 2019 with 85% of voters in favor.
Our mission is to promote Downtown Ventura as a vibrant commercial and cultural destination. This is achieved through strategic capital improvements, enhanced maintenance and security, effective marketing and promotions, historic preservation education, and effective administration. This includes:
1. A clean, safe, well-lit, and inviting appearance, both day and night;
2. Appealing storefronts occupied with an eclectic variety of inviting and interesting retail and service businesses;
3. Activities that will attract and benefit area residents, businesses and visitors;
4. Historic architecture preservation and adaptive reuse that offers visual unity and quality experiences;
5. A healthy mix of retail, restaurant, entertainment and service businesses and to be known as having a reputation
for welcoming and supporting new businesses, and;
6. Creative and lively places where people will shop, enjoy, remember and return.
2017 Board of Directors (3-year terms)
President: David Armstrong, Smith-Hobson, LLC.
Vice President: Doug Wood, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel
Treasurer: Yvonne Besvold, Patagonia
Secretary: Mark Hartley, The Fitzgerald Hartley Co.
David Comden, The VC Reporter
Emily DeArkLand, OFI Management
Debbie Fox, Fox Fine Jewelry
Angie Hecht, Sespe Consulting
Mike Merewether, Plaza Park, LLC
Jeff Smith, Smith-Hobson, LLC
Christy Weir, Ventura City Council (appointed by City Council)
Kevin Clerici, Executive Director
Meredith Hart, Deputy Director
What is a Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID)?
The International Downtown Association estimates that more than 1,000 property-based business improvement districts (PBIDs) currently operate throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe.
A PBID provides enhanced improvements and activities, such as security, maintenance, marketing and economic development in addition to those provided by local government. A PBID is based upon the “mutual benefit” concept. Assessments are collected on properties within a specific geographic district, with the proceeds directed back to the district to provide services that benefit the district. California law does not allow discrimination based upon use. In other words, residential property within the district is assessed in the same manner as commercial and government property.
Some other attributes of a PBID are:
- It is designed and created by those who will pay the assessment;
- It is established through petition and ballot process by the property owners who will pay the proposed assessments;
- It is governed and implemented by those who pay through a 501c6 non-profit, private sector management organization that manages the day-to-day operations;
- It provides for a set term of existence (5 years) and requires a new petition process, by those who pay, to renew the assessment district;
- It allows a wide range of service options, including security, maintenance, marketing, economic development, special events, parking improvements, access improvements;
- In California, all PBIDs are subject to the Brown Act and all meetings are open to the public.