Jackie Martenson

Why are you running for Council?

I am running for City Council to represent more reflectively the people of Ventura. I hope to be their voice and bring innovative and self-sufficient ideas to the platform.

What has prepared you for the job of Council member?

I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the school of communications. I know the outline and dynamics of how government works. I have also been a production manager/coordinator for 10 years; having experience working with budgets and unions.

What major goals are you hoping to achieve in your term on council?

I hope to “green” Ventura. I would like to see solar and wind energy brought here. I would like to help our farmlands to be more water conscious and configured in a permaculture way to be able to sustain our food needs.

How will your contribution benefit citizens?

I am a citizen. I am a blue-collar worker of Ventura and my needs are your needs. I will put in the time and research and care it takes to make the most informed decision(s) on behalf of the community.

What are your thoughts on the state of local businesses in the city?

We are down in job growth. I would like to give bigger tax incentives for those who’d like to start a local business. I am proud of the businesses that we have, I think they represent Ventura well, but there is always room for change.

What are your thoughts on current public safety issues?

As with any city, there are safety concerns. I live in the Pierpont area, and I can say that I am very impressed and satisfied with the structure put in place and described by the local police on intentions implemented. We need to continue to adapt to our ever-changing city in terms of diversity and reflecting this in our force so that our officers not only serve communities but are a part of the community.

What are your thoughts on the housing shortage in the city?

This needs to be addressed. We are pricing middle-class families out of Ventura. We need more affordable housing and keep Ventura a family community.

Does the city need more lower-cost housing? Does it need executive housing?

I believe the city needs more lower-cost housing.

How important are the city’s natural resources to you and what are you doing about it?

The city’s natural resources are one of the main reasons I am running for City Council. We need to make Ventura more self-sufficient. We need to use our farmlands for local food while addressing drought issues and climate crisis. I feel we should solarize and move to wind energy now to ensure the health and sustainability of our communities for generations to come.

How do you feel about changes to the city’s Charter, election of a mayor, Council by district and term limits?

I feel it is time for change to the city’s Charter. I would like the election of the mayor to be chosen from a more diverse City Council. I think both council by district and term limits are needed.