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March 2, 2017

Ventura County Medical Center Accreditation Status

The Ventura County 2016-2017 Grand Jury has issued a report on the accreditation status of the Ventura County Medical Center. Accreditation is a condition for hospital licensure in California and for reimbursement by the Federal Government for services provided to patients insured under Medicare or Medi-Cal. Without accreditation a hospital would have to close. The report includes the Medical Center, Santa Paula Hospital, and related outpatient facilities. Basic accreditation is by the Joint Commission, formerly known as the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. (more)


February 1, 2017

Ventura County Grand Jury Announces Open House March 9, 2017

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA. (more)


January 12, 2017

Ventura County Grand Jury Announces 2017/2018 Applications

Ventura County residents have an opportunity to provide a valuable community service while learning about local government by serving on the Ventura County Grand Jury. Applications are now available for the 2017/2018 Grand Jury at: www.ventura.org/grand-jury. (more)


December 7, 2016

Campaign Contributions Transparency

The Grand Jury received a public complaint regarding access to records of monetary contributions received by candidates for public office throughout Ventura County.
The California Political Reform Act of 1974 requires all local government agencies to report these monetary contributions and make the information accessible to the public.
The complete report may be accessed at: http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury; click on the Annual Reports tab and consult “Fiscal Year 2016-2017.”. (more)


November 10, 2016

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE VENTURA COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY?

Is your organization interested in learning about the local civil Grand Jury? There is a Speakers Bureau available to educate the public on what the Grand Jury does and how to become a member. Foreperson Pam Riss is also available to give radio or television interviews. To learn more, or to book a speaker, please call the Grand Jury at 805-477-1600. For additional information, refer to: http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. (more)


October 13, 2016

Ventura County Grand Jury Posts Responses to 2015-2016 Reports

The Ventura County Grand Jury has finalized its 2015-2016 year by posting responses received to the eight reports it issued during the year. The Grand Jury is mandated by the California State Constitution and various laws to serve as a voice of the people and a conscience of the community – a “government watchdog.”
Reports with their responses, as well as those of prior years, may be accessed on the Grand Jury website: http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. (more)


August 2, 2016

GRAND JURY SPEAKERS BUREAU

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies in our community. Is your organization interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures? The Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public in its endeavors as the “public watchdog” for Ventura County. To learn more or schedule a date for a presentation, please call the Grand Jury at 805-477-1600. For additional information, you may also refer to its website, http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. (more)


June 10, 2016

PUBLIC ACCESS TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST CODES

Do you know where to find the Conflict of Interest Code for Ventura County and its incorporated cities?

The 2015-2016 Ventura County Grand Jury investigated two key questions regarding conflict of interest standards: First, have Ventura County and the 10 cities within the County, each established a Conflict of Interest Code with standards consistent with the California Political Reform Act? Second, have the County and the 10 cities provided transparency by establishing user-friendly access to their respective Conflict of Interest Codes? (more)


June 6, 2016

CAMARILLO CONGREGATE MEAL PROGRAM

Is the City of Camarillo recognizing and addressing the needs of its senior population? According to California Department of Finance estimates, Ventura County seniors, those 60 and older, will make up 29% of the population by 2030. The challenge today is to meet the needs of this growing segment of society.(more)


June 3, 2016

EXEMPT EMPLOYEES AND ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Is Ventura County denying employees overtime pay? The 2015-2016 Ventura County Grand Jury received a complaint alleging the improper classification of certain Ventura County employees as “exempt” employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA). Additionally, the complaint alleged abuse of the County’s “Administrative Leave Policy” by some exempt employees. After opening an investigation, the Grand Jury read applicable portions of the FLSA, reviewed various websites intended to give employers guidance in correctly applying FLSA provisions, examined various County documents, and interviewed County personnel. (more)


May 31, 2016

ANNUAL DETENTION FACILITIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES

What did the Ventura County Grand Jury discover during its annual detention facilities inspection? Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 919(b), the 2015-2016 Ventura County Grand Jury “inquired into the condition and management” of the detention facilities in Ventura County. The Grand Jury inspected the Pre-Trial Detention Facility (Main Jail), Todd Road Jail, the East Valley Jail, all nine police/Sheriff’s holding facilities, and the two juvenile facilities.(more)


May 9, 2016

RIVERBED HAZARDOUS INVASIVE VEGITATION

Are our bridges, levies and personal property at risk? The 2015-2016 Ventura County Grand Jury noted an increasing level of vegetation growing in the Ventura and Santa Clara riverbeds. Investigation also revealed that smaller tributaries are similarly overgrown. (more)


May 6, 2016

CITY OF SAN BUENAVENTURA FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Is the City of San Buenaventura responding to public requests for information? The Freedom of Information Act, established in 1967, is a law that gives every citizen the right to obtain information from the federal government. This law allows for the full or partial disclosure of information from the federal government. (more)


May 4, 2016

PHOENIX SCHOOL SAFETY

How safe are Ventura County’s Special Education Schools? Are School Resource Officers necessary? When parents send their children to school in the morning, they trust their children will have a productive day of learning in a safe environment. Similarly, when teachers report to work they hope to focus their efforts on teaching without fear for their safety and that of their students. Unfortunately, with the increase in school violence over the past several years, children, parents, and teachers no longer feel as safe as they once did. (more)


April 18, 2016

VENTURA COUNTY CRUDE OIL PIPELINES

“May 2015 - Oil Spill – Refugio Beach – Santa Barbara County” This recent oil spill raises the obvious questions: Could this happen in Ventura County? What are the safeguards, checks and balances, and processes at work in the arena of crude oil pipeline safety? (more)


January 22, 2016

VENTURA COUNTY GRAND JURY ANNOUNCES OPEN HOUSE MARCH 10

On March 10, 2016 the Grand Jury will host an open house for prospective jurors and interested members of the Ventura County community. Please join the current Grand Jury along with public officials from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Jury Chambers at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. (more)


January 14, 2016

VENTURA COUNTY GRAND JURY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Are you interested in providing a service for your community while learning about local government operations? Service on the Ventura County [Civil] Grand Jury provides that opportunity. (more)


October 20, 2015

GRAND JURY SPEAKERS BUREAU

The County of Ventura Grand Jury is an all-volunteer group serving as an independent agent of the public to investigate complaints from the public pertaining to government agencies in our community. Is your organization interested in hearing about these investigative duties and procedures? The Grand Jury Speakers Bureau is available to educate the public in its endeavors as the “public watchdog” for Ventura County. To learn more or schedule a date for a presentation, please call the Grand Jury at 805-477-1800. For additional information, you may also refer to its website, http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. (more)


October 20, 2015

VENTURA COUNTY GRAND JURY POSTS RESPONSES to 2014-2015 REPORTS

The Ventura County Grand Jury has finalized its 2014-2015 year by posting responses received to the twelve reports it issued during the year. The Grand Jury is mandated by the California State Constitution and various laws to serve as a voice of the people and a conscience of the community – a “government watchdog.” (more)


June 25, 2015

GRAND JURY'S CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Consolidated Annual Report of the 2014-2015 Ventura County Grand Jury is now available online at http://www.ventura.org/grand-jury. The consolidated report contains results of 12 investigations… (more)


June 17, 2015

GETTING HIRED BY THE COUNTY: THE GRAND JURY LOOKS AT WHAT IT TAKES

The Ventura County government is the second-largest employer in the county—after the US military—with more than 8,000 people working in numerous locations… (more)


June 17, 2015

GRAND JURY FINDS RISKS DURING ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD IMPLEMENTATION AT COUNTY HOSPITALS

Lack of sufficient planning, staffing, and expert oversight led to significant unforeseen glitches and potential patient-care issues during and after the County Health Care Agency’s rollout of its new electronic health record (EHR) system … (more)


June 10, 2015

COUNTY GRAND JURY LOOKS AT FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION PROCESS

How are children placed into foster care in Ventura County?… (more)


June 9, 2015

GRAND JURY REPORTS ON COUNTY’S PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROCESS

“Plan your work and work your plan.” So goes one of the truisms of successful organizations. Properly planning projects to successfully deliver them… (more)


June 5, 2015

LATEST GRAND JURY REPORT FOCUSES ON PANHANDLING AND CHARITY SOLICITING

“Brother, can you spare a dime?” So goes the song popularized by Bing Crosby in 1932 lamenting the fate of an American Everyman… (more)


June 5, 2015

COUNTY GRAND JURY RELEASES REPORT ON DETENTION FACILITIES AND RELATED ISSUES

Following a state mandate, the 2014-2015 Ventura County Grand Jury has completed its yearly inspection of all 15 facilities in Ventura County where persons are placed into custody… (more)


June 4, 2015

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIXING CRACKED, BROKEN, AND RAISED SIDEWALKS?

Who is responsible for the condition of the sidewalks in front of our houses?… (more)


June 3, 2015

COUNTYWIDE BICYCLE SAFETY IS FOCUS OF LATEST GRAND JURY REPORT

How safe is riding a bicycle in Ventura County? The inquiring minds of the 2014-2015 Ventura County Grand Jury wanted to know… (more)


April 27, 2015

COUNTY GRAND JURY REVIEWS PT. HUENEME POLICE RESPONSES TO CALL REQUESTS

When members of the public contact the police to “call for service,” report a crime or file a complaint, they expect a response… (more)


April 7, 2015

DEADLINE FOR CIVIL GRAND JURY APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO APRIL 24

The Ventura County Superior Court has just extended the deadline for applications to the county’s civil grand jury to Friday, April 24… (more)


April 3, 2015

GRAND JURY WEIGHS IN ON OXNARD’S WATER RECYCLING EFFORTS

Will Ventura County have a “continuous and adequate water supply” moving into the future?… (more)


March 27, 2015

HOW GREEN IS OUR COUNTY? GRAND JURY ISSUES REPORT ON PURCHASING POLICY

Ten years ago the County of Ventura’s General Services Agency (GSA), which oversees purchasing for 27 agencies and departments, developed a policy… (more)


March 26, 2015

THERE'S STILL TIME TO APPLY TO CIVIL GRAND JURY

The Ventura County Civil Grand Jury is still accepting applications for new jurors to serve from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016… (more)


March 10, 2015

GRAND JURY RELEASES REPORT ON NOVEMBER ’14 ELECTIONS PROCESS

The 2014-2015 Ventura County Grand Jury has released its first report of the current fiscal year, titled “Elections and Polling Place Observations.”… (more)


March 5, 2015

PUBLIC WATCHDOG PANEL SEEKS APPLICANTS

The Ventura County Grand Jury is now accepting applications for new jurors to serve from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016… (more)


February 24, 2015

FREE SEMINAR MARCH 4: “MEET YOUR CIVIL GRAND JURY”

The Ventura County Grand Jury will hold a free seminar on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Board Room of the Ventura County Community Foundation… (more)


February 5, 2015

GRAND JURY TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE MARCH 18

The Ventura County (Civil) Grand Jury invites prospective jurors and interested members of the public to an open house… (more)


December 18, 2014

LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING ‘ENCORE’ OPPORTUNITY?

Are you retired but still eager to contribute? Would you like to serve your community in a challenging and high-impact fashion? Be part of a committed, caring team?… (more)


December 4, 2014

ALL RESPONSES TO 2013-2014 GRAND JURY REPORTS NOW POSTED

As of today, involved officials and agencies have submitted all required written responses to reports by the 2013-2014 Ventura County Grand Jury… (more)


November 19, 2014

GOT A COMPLAINT ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT? TELL THE GRAND JURY

Did you know that there is a body of volunteers dedicated to investigating public complaints about county agencies, local city governments and special districts… (more)


October 30, 2014

GRAND JURY REPORTS HAVE POSITIVE IMPACTS

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors and other involved officials and agencies have now submitted required written responses to reports by the 2013-2014 Ventura County Grand Jury... (more)


September 2, 2014

GOT A COMPLAINT ABOUT LOCAL GOVERNMENT? CONSIDER THE GRAND JURY

Are you dissatisfied with some aspect of local government? If so, did you know that there is a body of volunteers dedicated to investigating public complaints... (more)


September 2, 2014

MOORPARK MAKES CHANGES BASED ON GRAND JURY REPORT

Moorpark Mayor Janice Parvin and the city council, city manager and community development director have responded to a report published June 16 by the 2013-2014 Ventura County Grand Jury titled “Moorpark Zoning Compliance, Tracking, and Reporting.”... (more)


July 29, 2014

GRAND JURY INVITES COMMUNITY GROUPS TO REQUEST SPEAKERS

Do you belong to a group that invites speakers to its meetings? The Ventura County Grand Jury conducts an ongoing speakers’ bureau and outreach program. Service organizations, teachers, librarians, and community groups are invited to request a presentation... (more)


July 17, 2014

GRAND JURY’S ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Consolidated Annual Report of the 2013-2014 Ventura County Grand Jury is now available online at http://grandjury.countyofventura.org. The consolidated report contains results of 12 investigations into policies, processes and practices of various county or city governmental agencies, boards or departments… (more)

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