May Somos Vecinos Newsletter

May 21 Complete Count Meeting Follow-Up

Thank you to everyone who could join us on Zoom for the May 21 Complete Count Committee Meeting!
Here are the resources and follow-up items from today’s meeting.
 

Plus, a big shout out to Lourdes Gonzales from Translate Ventura who was able to provide live Spanish interpretation!

Here is the link to the recording of today’s Zoom meeting complete with chat text:

Click here to view all of the PowerPoint slides, including the slides from Matt Carroll on the response rates in Ventura County and Census PDI.

Additionally, here is the list of resources and link below to the MICOP PSAs that Genevieve Flores-Haro from MICOP provided in today’s chat.
Thank you, Genevieve!!

Ideas for Census Outreach from Others

Phonebanking

A number of partners throughout the State are phonebanking with their own client phone lists and contacts. These types of calls are generally more friendly and welcomed than cold calls. Here are scripts and best practices in phonebanking from our parters at United Way Bay Area.

If interested, please email us!

Click here to access Phonebanking Training

Virtual QACs/QAKs

Are you a Community Based Organization that was looking to host a QAC or QAK? One idea is to move the QACs/QAKs to a virtual setting! You can host a dedicated phone line with your volunteers ready to answer Census-related questions. Our friends at the United Way of Bay Area have put together a few trainings and resources to get started.

If interested, please email us!

View Virtual QAC Training Slides

View Virtual QAC Webinar

CDR Census Challenge!

Child Development Resources is challengeing everyone to complete their 2020 Census form. Share your census photos and video clips to CDR’s Census 2020 Outreach Specialist at: Luis.Guereca@cdrv.org They will update their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your images and stories. Everyone who participants will be entered into a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. Deadline is July 31, 2020.

Viral Videos from Delta Sigma Theta

The amazing Kelly Owens of the Ventura County Alumnae Chapter (VCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority put together some incredible videos on the Census.

Please click the links below to view the videos and share, share, share!

Counting On My Sistahs – video

DoThisNowChallenge – video

Social Media Toolkit

Our Region’s marketing partner, JPMarketing, has created a great social media template with ideas for content that you can share on various platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and so on.

Click here to access the Toolkit

Click here to for the full-sized graphics

Census Caravans

Our partners in Kern County recently put together a Census Caravan where they decorated their cars with magnets and Census flyers and drove through different neighborhoods.

Click here to watch the KGET News clip about the parade!

More Ideas:

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  • Facemasks with Census info modeled here by Suki Sir from Turning Point Foundation!
  • Post bilingual yard signs
  • Place banners in visible places
  • Flyer inserts with delivered meals
  • Utility bill inserts
  • Flyers at grocery stores
  • Engage trusted messengers to connect with their community via phone banking, text, and email
  • Flyers at grocery stores

Can We Count On You?!

Census Updated Timeline Impacts

COVID-19 and shelter-in-place measures have impacted the Census timeline, which has been extended until October 31. Here are a few updates from our speakers about how this timeline change will impact our Census outreach:

Justine Fischer, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, shared that the Camarillo Census Office is projected to open around June 1, pending approval from the County. Also, in-person enumeration should begin mid-August and will follow strict health guidelines.

Patricia Vazquez Topete, our Region 5 Program Manager, discussed how the extended timeline will impact Update Leave and provided this Guidance. Also, talking points for social media in English and Spanish are on their way. Given that the Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) period has been extended from August 14 to October 31, many partners will be impacted. The State Complete Count Office will share plans for this extension based on feedback they receive from the NRFU report.

Dr. Gabino Aguirre, our Region 5 Census Coordinator, shared that the third round of Census funding has been put on hold during shelter-in-place, but the application period will be open soon as the restrictions are lifted.

Breakout Discussion Questions

COVID-19 and shelter-in-place measures have impacted the Census timeline, which has been extended until October 31. Here are a few updates from our speakers about how this timeline change will impact our Census outreach:

Justine Fischer, Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, shared that the Camarillo Census Office is projected to open around June 1, pending approval from the County. Also, in-person enumeration should begin mid-August and will follow strict health guidelines.

Patricia Vazquez Topete, our Region 5 Program Manager, discussed how the extended timeline will impact Update Leave and provided this Guidance. Also, talking points for social media in English and Spanish are on their way. Given that the Non-Response Follow-Up (NRFU) period has been extended from August 14 to October 31, many partners will be impacted. The State Complete Count Office will share plans for this extension based on feedback they receive from the NRFU report.

Dr. Gabino Aguirre, our Region 5 Census Coordinator, shared that the third round of Census funding has been put on hold during shelter-in-place, but the application period will be open soon as the restrictions are lifted.

February Somos Vecinos Newsletter

Next Complete Count Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 12, 9-11am
NEW LOCATION at VCOE

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Next Complete Count Meeting
lease join us at the next Ventura County 2020 Census Complete
Count Committee meeting on
Thursday, March 12 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
VCOE Conference and Educational Services Center
Salons A, B, and C
5100 Adolfo Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
 
~ Please note NEW LOCATION ~

Jan. 16 CCC Meeting Follow-Up

Thanks to all Complete Count Committee members for attending the meeting on January 16!
Here are a few items from that meeting:

Videos from Somos Vecinos

QAC/QAK Guidelines

Census Volunteer Website: www.countingtogether.site

SwORD Activity Report

Save the Date! Census Kick-Off Event

Join us as we celebrate the official Census Day!

 
 
Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 5pm to 7:30pm
Location: The Palazzio Event Center,
814 E Main St, Santa Paula, CA

 

Third Round of Funding Applications Due Feb. 29

~ Two Ways to Apply ~

Click below to apply for funding for community-based organizations. Funding requests will also be considered for private businesses and individuals through this link. 
 
The deadline to apply is January 15.
The application for Subcommittees to apply for funding for their specific outreach efforts is now available online. Please click the button below to follow the link. 
 
The deadline to apply is January 15.

We are grateful for the work and commitment of our first and second round grantees!
Click here to read more.

Reminder: CBO Grantees Training Sessions

For all CBO Grantees, be sure to join us on March 11 at VCCF from 9am to 11 am for our next Coordination Meeting.

Resource Updates

First 5 Ventura County
Census Resources

First 5 Ventura County has created census materials
geared towards families with children age 0-5.

Census Toolkit
for Business Owners
ReadyNation created a toolkit for business owners to share information about the Census with their employees and customers.
 
View Small Business Toolkit Resources
(under Complete Count Committees)

Community Highlight: Animal Census Days at America's Teaching Zoo

On Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College and the City of Moorpark’s 2020
Census Complete Count Committee held Animal Census Days where children could learn about the U.S. Census by helping the zoo count its animals and learn why we all count!

Committee Member Spotlights

Somos Vecinos. We Are neighbors.

Natalie Harnandez, Chair of PR & Marketing Subcommittee, Assistant Public Information Officer, County of Ventura. Natalie Hernández is the Assistant Public Information Officer for the County of Ventura, specializing in bilingual communications that extend the County’s outreach into Spanish-speaking communities and supports the County’s overall public information program throughout its 25 agencies. Natalie manages communications with Latino media, as well as supports digital communications and key messaging to Spanish-speaking residents. She serves as the Public Relations & Marketing Sub-committee Chair for the Ventura County Complete County Committee and manages the marketing and awareness campaign for local Census outreach. 

Natalie has more than eight years of domestic and international marketing and public relations experience in the nonprofit and corporate sector, as well as over a decade of experience in translating, transcribing and interpreting from English to Spanish and vice versa. 

She holds a BA in Spanish from Azusa Pacific University and an MA in Latin American and Iberian studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ken Maryanski, Partnership Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau in Ventura County. Ken is a former longtime journalist now putting his communications skills to work on the 2020 Census. As a newspaper reporter and editor in the Bay Area, he covered the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Hills fire, and yes, the 1990 Census before landing an editing job 20 years ago at the Ventura County Star.

He led The Star’s coverage of breaking news, education, courts, business and just about everything else at various times. Most recently he served as the news organization’s opinion editor, writing editorials and the Pa Ventura column. When The Star downsized in 2019, he was grateful to land a job with the Census Bureau.

Journalism is, above all else, a public service that informs and educates the public, and Ken believes the same is true for his new job. Helping Ventura County understand the complex undertaking and importance of the 2020 Census is both challenging and rewarding for him. “Some people consider participating in the census as important as voting,” the Census Bureau wrote more than 20 years ago. “But, unlike voting, the census touches everyone living in the United States – regardless of age or citizenship status.”

December Somos Vecinos Census 2020 Newsletter

Next Complete Count Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 9-11am

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Next Complete Count Meeting
Be sure to join us at the next Ventura County 2020 Census Complete
Count Committee meeting on

Thursday, January 16 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
VCCF, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd in Camarillo.

Second Round of Funding Applications Due Jan. 15

~ Two Ways to Apply ~

Click below to apply for funding for community-based organizations. Funding requests will also be considered for private businesses and individuals through this link. 
 
The deadline to apply is January 15.
The application for Subcommittees to apply for funding for their specific outreach efforts is now available online. Please click the button below to follow the link. 
 
The deadline to apply is January 15.

We are grateful for the work and commitment of our first round grantees!

Read more about VCCF funding

CBO Training Schedule

For all CBO Grantees, please see the following dates for Grantee Orientation:
 

January 9, 9-11 am – CBO Orientation Session

February 11, 9-11 am – CBO Coordinating Meeting

March 11, 9-11 am – CBO Coordinating Meeting

VCCF, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd in Camarillo.

Resource Updates

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NALEO Webinar & Policy Brief on
Hispanic Question in Census 2020

Recently, the NALEO Educational Fund created a webinar and policy brief providing context and a comprehensive overview of the Hispanic origin and race questions in the Census.
 
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US Census Bureau Group Quarter
and Transitory Location Information
The United States Census Bureau has created several one pagers to explain the operations and key dates for the Group Quarter and Transitory Location enumeration process. 
 
View Resources (under Specific Populations)

New Census Volunteer Sign Up Tool

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During our Complete Count Committee meeting, we unveiled our new Volunteer Sign-Up Tool: CountingTogether.site. Right now, this tool is set up for volunteer registration, but starting in January, this tool will help with volunteer coordination, event organization, and become a one-stop-shop for sourcing materials.
 
Be sure to sign-up if you haven’t yet! And contact Joe De La Cerda with any questions.

Committee Member Spotlights

Somos Vecinos. We Are neighbors.

Gloria Massey Chinea, Chair of Faith-Based Subcommittee Ventura County Counts Wife, mother, grandmother, and resident of Ventura County, Gloria Massey Chinea also has an extensive professional and educational background. She has a Masters in Public Health and has retired from her administrator position at SJRMC and was an Oxnard College and CSUN University Profession. She is also a POV Founding Member, EIPCa Ventura County Coordinator, Residential Care administrator and an active Public Notary.

She is spiritually driven, involved with her local parish ministry, and her passions include providing education to people in our community and facilitating services to the community with simple processes, the truth and integrity.

Gloria joined the Ventura County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee as Chair for the Faith-Based Subcommittee because she believes it is important that everyone will be counted in Ventura County. “It is my personal believe that the faith-based community leaders are the “trusted messengers” in the process of all residents of Ventura County being counted, said Gloria. 

Join us in the endeavor of being counted. We all Count, We all are Neighbors! ¡Todos Contamos, Somos Vecinos!

Justine Fischer, Partnership Specialist for the 2020 Census in Ventura County.  Justine is an ardent community advocate and has a background of working with and for children and youth, especially those in under-served and vulnerable communities. 

She has hones skills in leadership development, non-profit management, stakeholder engagement, creating welcoming environments, volunteer engagement and storytelling for advocacy. She has spent her life working in the non-profit world both professionally and as a volunteer. She is a Past-President of California State PTA, splitting her time between her home in Ventura County and Sacramento. Spending time in schools and being an advocate for students and families. 

She was the Director of Religious Education for the Conejo Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for fifteen years. Part of her responsibilities included outreach and service to the Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project (MICOP), the Children’s Service Auxiliary (foster care), the LGBTQ+ population and children with disabilities.

She is passionate about the 2020 Census. She knows from personal and professional experience Census data touches all the services, programs, public institutions and common use areas, like freeways throughout the county.  Ventura County is her home and she feels everyone living here is her neighbor. She is working to ensure that everyone here in the county knows they count!

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Census for All
California’s Partner Portal

Finally, be sure to sure to sign up with California’s Census for All Partner Portal to access communication and marketing materials from the State.
 

Ventura County Counts September Newsletter

Last Meeting Update

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Be sure to join us at the next Ventura County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee meeting on
Wednesday, October 9 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at VCCF, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd in Camarillo.

Ventura County 2020 Census Implementation Planning Workshop Thursday, October 10, 4-8pm

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We invite you to join us for the Ventura County 2020 Census Implementation Planning Workshop.
This workshop is critical as it will help create a shared understanding of Census priorities, approaches, strategies, roles and
responsibilities to ensure an accurate, complete and inclusive count of all Ventura County residents.
 
Thursday, October 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm
VCCF, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd in Camarillo.

New Census Volunteer Sign Up Tool

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As mentioned in the August 27 Complete Count Committee meeting, Matter Labs (special thanks to them!) has developed a new online platform that will help us to better coordinate volunteer activities and share information. Please sign up today by clicking on the link below. Also, please share with everyone you know is interested in joining the Census outreach.

Committee Member Spotlights

Somos Vecinos. We Are neighbors. 

Zubi Ruth Olin , Partnership Specialist with the United States Census

Zubi Ruth Olin Zubi Ruth Olin, Partnership Specialist with the United States Census will be aiding Ventura, Santa Barbara and SLO counties with regional outreach. Prior to working for the Federal Government, Zubi, a Cal Lutheran graduate worked for the Los Angeles Kings and LA Dodgers fundraising for their local foundations. Zubi and her fellow Partnership Specialists Ken Maryanski, Justine Fischer and Dianna Guevara are here to assist all CCC committee members with events, speaking engagements and planning meetings. Throughout the year the team will be working with local school districts, businesses, non-profits and more to spread the word about the Census. Please reach out to Zubi and her fellow partnership specialists with any needs you have
 

Miguel Orozco, President of Nueva Vista Media, Inc.

Miguel OrozcoMiguel started his career in Washington, DC on the Hill as a U.S. Senate staffer. He’s held various program analyst and management positions at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Chicago Job Corps Center and the National Office of Job Corps in Washington, DC.  Miguel obtained a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2019, Miguel Orozco received an MFA in creative writing from Mount Saint Mary’s University. In 2007, Miguel launched Nueva Vista Media, a digital media company that develops outreach strategies and multi-platform campaigns for diverse communities.  Nueva Vista Media has created local and national outreach campaigns for The California Endowment, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a National Parent Engagement Campaign sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Ad Council.  In 2016, Miguel founded Ánimo Film + Theatre, a non-profit organization to produce films and plays to increase cultural awareness of diverse communities.  Recently, Miguel wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning short film “Mixteco Boy” (Ojai and Oaxaca Film Festivals), directed and produced the award-winning short documentary, American Migrant Stories, and produced and directed the theatre play, “El Bracero – A Mariachi Opera.”

Ben Suber, GIS Manager for Schmitz & Associates in Agoura Hills

Ben Suber Ben Suber, who is part of the Complete Count Committee, is the GIS Manager for Schmitz & Associates in Agoura Hills. A Tempe, Arizona native and an Eagle Scout, Ben earned a BS in Regional Development from the University of Arizona in 2009 and earned two Master’s Degrees, including an MPP from Pepperdine University in 2012 and an MS in GIS & Technology from USC in 2017. Ben joined the Complete Count Committee in August 2019 through the recommendation of Pepperdine University Davenport Institute Executive Director Ashley Labosier. His GIS experience & enthusiasm will come in handy for the Complete Count Committee in instructing the public on how to use web maps for Census 2020, advise on demographic trends and even the use of GIS to pinpoint outreach opportunities for Hard-to-Count Census Tracts And Blocks.

Sub-Committee Highlights

Community Based Organizations & HHS
Cynder Sinclair, Community Action
Sonia Kroth, Co. of Ventura Human Services
Meetings: Last Monday of month, 10:00 a.m. VCCF: Founders
Conference Room
 
Business/Economic Groups
Rebecca Evans, Ventura County Workforce Development Board
Gary Cushing, Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
Meetings: Not established
 
Faith-Based Organizations
Susan Seale
Gloria Massey Chinea
 Meetings: Not established
 
Education & Outreach
Jack Hinojosa, Child Development Resources
Heather Cousin, City of Thousand Oaks
Meetings: 3rd Thursday of month
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
CDR: Conference Rooms A&B
 
Everybody Counts
Genevieve Flores-Haro, MICOP
Meetings: Established monthly
 
Government Coordination
Trevor Zierhut, Zierhut Consulting
Betsy Patterson, League of Women
Voters-VC
Meetings: 2nd Thursday of month
3:30-5:00 p.m. Camarillo City Hall:
Central Conf. Rm.
 
PR, Marketing & Media Co-chair
Natalie Hernandez, County of Ventura
Meetings: Not established
 
Philanthropic Coordination
Claudia Armann
McCune Foundation
Meetings: Not established

Interested in joining a subcommittee? Please reach out by filling out the contact form below and select “Subcommittee.”

A Lot Riding on 2020 Census

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On Sunday, Sept 15 the Ventura County Star published an editorial by Rebecca Evans and Vanessa Bechtel discussing that there’s “A lot riding on the 2020 Census.”
 
“Ventura County has a population of about 850,000. An estimated 251,000 are at risk of not being counted. Out of the over 3,000 counties in the U.S., Ventura County ranks as 59th most at-risk of an undercount in the 2020 Census. Close to $2 billion or more in funding for our community over the next 10 years is projected to be lost due to an undercount — that is, if we fail to take action as a community…” 
 
Read the full article below.

Why the 2020 Census is Good for Latino Small Business

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The Latino Community Foundation recently released an important blog on how Latino small-business owners can ensure an accurate count in the #2020Census. 

Census Discussions in the Community

If you would like to request a presentation, please reach out by filling out the contact form below and select “Request a Speaker.”

Ventura County Counts July Newsletter

"Somos Vecinos": A Message from our Region 5 Coordinator, Dr. Gabino Aguirre
(Pictured here with Director of the California Complete Count Office, Ditas Katague)

gabino and another female personFriends and Community Members,
Thank you for your time and efforts thus far in helping us ensure a complete and accurate count of Ventura County residents in 2020! Our outreach plan includes encouraging individuals to participate in the census through a neighbor-to-neighbor strategy, or “Somos Vecinos” (We Are Neighbors). In many societies, “vecino” is a term that refers to a particular residential relationship but also encapsulates the notion of personal familiarity social connection. This strategy will be operationalized by local trusted messengers from hard-to-count populations and geographic areas.
The concept behind this strategy includes not only the notion of “residential ”vecinos”, i.e. individuals and families living next door to each other, but also “social” neighbors which incorporates other both formal and informal social networks that hard-to-count individuals regularly engage in and trust. Community members will be contacted in environments where they feel safe: their churches and faith communities, in homes and personal social environments, and at neighborhood businesses. “Somos Vecinos” also includes individuals who are “digital neighbors” utilizing social media platforms for connection and communication purposes.
With the 2020 Census count fast approaching, we hope that you will keep the “Somos Vecinos” strategy and spirit top of mind. We at Ventura County Community Foundation believe that the task at hand is a intersectional, bipartisan issue and that we have the opportunity to come together as a strong, unified community. We all have a vested interested to be sure everyone is counted, to ensure a thriving and healthy Ventura County.
I count. You count. We ALL count.
¡Somos Vecinos!
-Dr. Gabino Aguirre, Region 5 Coordinator

Meet Our Members

Jack Hinojosa and Heather Cousin, Co-chairs of the Education Sub-committee

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Jack Hinojosa is the Chief Executive Officer of Child Development Resources (CDR) of Ventura County, Inc. The mission of CDR, is to provide the foundation to build promising futures for children. CDR collaborates with parents and the community to deliver high-quality programs that enrich lives.

Since the formation of the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee Taskforce Jack Hinojosa has served as Co-Chair of the Education & Outreach Subcommittee, along with Heather Cousin, Library Services Director, City of Thousand Oaks, to facilitate census awareness for local schools from prekindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as postsecondary education, community college and university institutions in Ventura County.”

Rosario Castañeda, Member representing Lideres Campesinas

rosario headshotOrganización en California de Líderes Campesinas, Inc represents a culmination of decades of work by farm working women (Campesinas). Farmworker women have been the leaders of many grassroots and mobilizing efforts to improve the lives of farmworker communities. Líderes Campesinas provides these long-time leaders and activists with the opportunity to coordinate their work statewide and has built collectives so that Campesinas may become agents of change and be a more effective unified voice.
Mi nombre es Rosario Castañeda y soy Miembra Delegada de la Organización en California Líderes Campesias de California desde hace más de cuatro años.   Nuestra organización lleva treinta años trabajando con la comunidad campesina e indígena. Trabajamos en crear educación, prevención y concientización de los diferentes tipos de abuso y promover la capacitación a las agencias de temas relevantes de la comunidad campesina. Apoyamos el enforzar leyes, vigilias, marchas y educación por medio de arte. Esto ayuda a las sobrevivientes en la resiliencia y en procesar el impacto del trauma. Me involucré en el censo por que tengo interés que seamos contados para que nuestros jóvenes y niñas tengan una buena educación porque ellos son el presente y el futuro. Todos como seres humanos tenemos derechos a ser contados. Queremos que nuestras voces se escuchen.

Sub-Committee Updates

All subcommittees continue to meet as we await the hiring of a media consultant who will develop state-sanctioned materials and resources. These will be made available to us and we will be localizing/customizing for maximum relevance and impact. A great tool available to subcommittees is the survey document developed and being distributed by the HHS/CBO Sub-Committee.

Region 5 Updates

  • All Region 5 counties (Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz) have organized their Complete Count Committees and are scheduling workshops for developing their Implementation Plans.
  • Training is being scheduled on the SwORD and PDI outreach and reporting software.
  • Our Region 5 Coordinator, Dr. Gabino Aguirre, has been traveling to other counties in the region to assist with coordination and census presentations.  

Strategic Plan

The Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) was selected by the State of California to be the Administrative Community Based Organization (ACBO) for Region 5. Region 5 includes the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, and San Benito. These documents outline the strategic plan that was put forth by VCCF and was accepted by the State of California.