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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of San BuenaventuraCandidate for City Council

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Jackie Martenson

Parent/Holistic Therapist
4,521 votes (4.23%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Solarizing Ventura- Bringing solar power to the community; providing not only clean, renewable energy but adding job growth and increased revenue to the city.
  • Housing- Cap vacation rentals; no on O. Make Ventura affordable for middle to low income families. Provide low income housing. Increase art around the city to show pride. Provide homeless with care and/or rehabilitation per individual needs.
  • Community Outreach- Make the police force more intertwined with community. ("coffee with a cop, etc.), kids involved in community issues: help with homeliness, leader/ brainstorming about city issues, events in communities other than own.



University of Central Florida Bachelor's , Journalism (2002)

Community Activities

Green Party Volunteer Coordinator Southern California, Green Party (2016–current)


Graduate from The University of Central Florida in Communitcations; school of Arts and Sciences; Bachelor's degree.

Worked in the Production industry for 10 years as a Production Coordinator and Manager; handeling tasks from balancing budgets, payroll, hiring, scheduling, equipment ordering, etc.



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Evolve California
  • Our Revolution
  • Green Party

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Political Philosophy

Every citizen should be allowed to vote for whomever they choose regardless of political affiliaton past or present. 

Voters have the right to a fair, unbaised and unsurpressed election.



Position Papers

Self-Sustainability and Job Growth through 'Greening' Ventura.


Details of how and why candidate feels the importance to move Ventura more quickly and efficiently towards clean renewable energy. 

I am running particularly on a ‘green' agenda. This platform will serve not only to move Ventura into a more self-sufficient city but, at the same time, will create job growth and a stronger infrastructure. 

Firstly, I oppose Measure O. Of course the city needs more revenue but we are already pricing average middle class households out of Ventura. An added sales tax would further hurt the families whom I’d like to be a voice for. And this tax would increase what the average Ventura citizen already pays by $170/year. The median household for Ventura is $66,485/year. 

Fiscally, the City’s growth is on coarse to replenish itself. Lastly, and possibly most important, the accountability of where this money will be spent is unanswered. The Council sees fit as to where the money is spent with an oversight committee in place; however, this committee is appointed by the Council. I don’t want to give anyone a blank check; even myself.

Next, the drought. This is a complicated issue; however, the answer is not the state. We cannot become reliant on sources that at any time can cut us off; leaving us worse off than before given the false reality this additional water can give at the time in terms of growth for Ventura. 

Ventura is unique in that all of our water comes from local grounds. It is something to be proud of and why Ventura should be at the forefront of creating a sustainable local solution for earthly problems. 

Additional resources should be given to water conservation and reuse. The city has already enacted the successful “Green Street Project”. We can further this and partner with other projects, such as Surfrider Foundation’s “Ocean Friendly Gardens”, which teach how to capture and reuse yard water that otherwise would run-off into the ocean. We need to work with farmers and their land to utilize our precious water in the most efficient and effective means. This can be done by implementing a permaculture design to our farmlands. This means the possible restructuring and lay-out of the farmlands in a way that works with the land to create a more sustainable, self-sufficient and permanent agriculture. 

To increase infrastructure, revenue and job growth, I propose ‘solarizing’ Ventura. At least three farms closed last year. If the land cannot, at this time, be reconstructed into farmable land, then there is a space where a solar farm could be applied. Other cities from here east are contracting with solar energy companies to put solar panels on all homes in their city; thus, not only creating revenue for the city, but dropping the average household energy bill by 75%.

Additionally, Ventura should invest in wind energy. We have the wind and we need the power. Echoes throughout the City call for more tech companies. What better way to bring that type of job growth in than to be at the forefront of sustainable energy.


There are seven seats on the Council. I would like to see a more diverse representation of the people and their voice. Businessmen, lawyers and the blue collar worker. We may not have all the answers yet, but at least now we’re discussing new and innovative ideas. Let’s work together to find the solutions for us, our kids, and generations to come. I look forward to serving you and preserving our home, San Buenaventura.

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