Appointments made to Ventura Harbor’s Board of Port Commission

Ventura Harbor Board of Port Commission
Jim Friedman (left) and Chris Stephens (right) were appointed as Ventura Port District’s Board of Port Commissioners. Friedman was re-appointed, and Stephens replaced Commissioner Bruce Smith. (Ventura Port District photo)

The Ventura City Council appointed Chris Stephens and reappointed Jim Friedman to Ventura Port District’s Board of Port Commission, July 1. Each will serve a four-year term through June 30, 2021.

Friedman currently serves the commission as secretary alongside Brian Brennan (vice-chair) and Everard Ashworth (chair). Commissioner Nikos Valance and newly appointed Commissioner Stephens complete the five-member governing body for the Ventura Port District.

“I am extremely pleased that Chris Stephens is now a part of the commission,” Friedman told The Log. “He has a lot of experience in the county. He’s a real pleasant guy, and I think he will be a great addition to the port commission.”

A bio on each port commissioner is available online at

Waterfront projects have been approved by the commission and are moving forward in Ventura Harbor. Development plans include an apartment complex, retail space, a new marina, a boutique hotel, an adventure lodge and new restaurant.

Harbor Village “is in the process of doing some ADA improvements and some substantial cosmetic hardscape improvements at the same time,” Friedman said.

“There is so much happening on the harbor,” Friedman continued. “It just seems like everything is happening at once.”

The improvements being made are to benefit residents and visitors, according to Friedman.

“We and the residents of the city of Ventura are very lucky in that we are one of the few cities in California that actually have a harbor, so we want to make it the best it can possibly be for our residents and for visitors,” Friedman stated.


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