City of Ventura logoAs a community member, have you ever wondered what’s happening in Ventura and how can you stay informed on hot topics or upcoming projects? The City of Ventura is proud to launch a new podcast series designed to connect residents, businesses, and community members to important conversations with City staff and community leaders.

Ventura Voices offers a convenient, on-the-go way for people to stay informed about the latest developments, projects, and initiatives. Each month, the City will release new episodes tackling a different topic that impacts Ventura, such as housing, homelessness, water, golf, parking, roads, and more. Listeners can find the latest episodes on Spotify or watch the podcast video version on the City’s YouTube channel.

“Topics of interest become clearer through meaningful conversations. We know that the City’s work impacts people, and we want to dive deeper into complex projects, programs, and services,” said Heather Sumagaysay, City Communications Manager and podcast co-host. “Ventura Voices aims to provide direct access to City leaders and subject matter experts who can talk about the initiatives shaping Ventura’s future as well as help people understand the municipal decision-making process.”

The first episode features an interview with City Manager Bill Ayub. Ayub shares his journey from law enforcement to city management, emphasizing the importance of leadership in uplifting communities and motivating employees. During the conversation, Ayub delves into the City Council’s goal-setting process, addressing how the City explores financial opportunities, tenant protections, homelessness, sustainability, enhancing public services, VenturaWaterPure, and more.

The Ventura Voices podcast is accessible on any mobile device, tablet, or computer and is another way to learn more about City programs and services from the people who deliver them.

Stay tuned for new monthly episodes and conversations with City staff and community leaders. To learn more, listen to featured episodes, or suggest ideas for future podcasts, visit