The Voice of Downtown

The nonprofit Downtown Ventura Business Improvement District (PBID) has been serving Ventura’s historic core for 10 years. We lead with a clear mission: To make Downtown as clean and safe and economically viable as possible. We step in to support or address particular needs above what the City can do. And the success of our Downtown is based upon partnership.

To guide the PBID for the next 10 years, the Downtown Ventura Partners board has developed a new Management Plan that responds to today’s market opportunities and District challenges.

Downtown property owners have started a petition to renew and expand the PBID that would run Jan. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2029 and provide greater services, focus and energy to emerging neighborhoods.

We held two Community Meetings in February to go over the details, lay out Downtown’s plan and answer questions. But we are happy to do more, if you would like for our Executive Director Kevin Clerici to come address your group.

Under the proposed expansion, the rate structure will be simplified to 2 Zones — Core Zone and Perimeter Zone. Properties in the Core Zone will be assessed at a rate of roughly 10 cents per square foot. Properties in the Perimeter Zone will be assessed at just under 7 cents per square foot.

Below are a series of documents to provide information on Downtown’s plan. If you have any questions, please contact DVP Executive Director Kevin Clerici at 805-302-1660 or at

DVP Management District Plan 2020-2029

DVP Proposed Expansion Zones with Current Boundary

Expansion Map 2020-2029

FAQS about DVP

About Downtown Ventura Partners

Downtown Ventura is a unique urban neighborhood spanning nearly 30 blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment/cultural uses. The PBID 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.

2018-19 Board of Directors (3-year terms)

President: David Armstrong, Smith-Hobson, LLC.

Vice President: Douglas 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

Ashley Smith, Coordinator

Steve Caramihai, Operations Manager

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 (10 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.