Welcome To Ventura!

Ventura is the people’s neighborhood. Traditionally, Palo Alto’s most affordable neighborhood, Ventura boasts an eclectic mix of home owners, apartment dwellers and vehicle dwellers. Ventura is  the home of Palo Alto’s historic African American community as well as traditional home to Palo Alto’s thriving trades and artist community.  With the changing demographics in Palo Alto, Ventura has experienced an influx of new families and new pressures from development in the California Avenue/Business District.

We want to bring Venturans together to discuss issues of mutual interest and to share views and come to consensus as much as possible as to how we want Ventura to thrive.

Our official borders are: Page Mill, Alma/Tracks, Meadow and El Camino to the West.  Click here to see the City’s official map of Ventura.


Our Neighborhood, Our City – Let’s Shape Them Together

New Association Committee Forming to  Track and Influence Development Impacting Ventura – headed up by Ken Joye

The Ventura Neighborhood Association has formed a committee to look into how residents of the neighborhood can best influence the city as it makes development plans for our neighborhood. We want to ensure that our neighborhood residents are aware of all the opportunities available for us to help shape the future of, for example:

  • the Fry’s property;
  • El Camino;
  • the railroad easements and crossings;
  • and our own private properties.

We welcome diverse views, and have so far discussed our visions for:

  • mixed-use development,
  • walkable neighborhoods,
  • community-centered retail,
  • traffic and parking mitigation,
  • public space that is welcoming to residents.

If you have a vision for our neighborhood, or are interested in joining us, please come to the Ventura Neighborhood Association meeting (at Ventura Community Center’s multipurpose room, 1:30 pm, usually the first Sunday of each month)  or email Ken kmjoye@gmail.com.


Meeting Dates  2017 – 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/2 ,5/7, 6/4, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, 12/3
Annual Ice Cream Social – Sunday, September 17


Emergency Preparedness – 2017 Focus Area

Perhaps the most important reason to have a neighborhood association is in case of emergency!    We want to be as ready as possible.  The City has a fantastic plan in place and our neighborhood already has leaders that have stepped up to help, but they need our help in order to succeed.  Go to the Emergency Prep page to learn more!

 Advocacy 101 – To get what we want, we help others make it easy to say “yes”

Click here to see Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s Tips for Successful Advocacy

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