Bill Watkins is the chief economist for CERF at California Lutheran University. Each year, he produces an economic forecast for Ventura County. He gives us a mid-year update on Ventura County’s 2012 economic picture.

Cheryl Heitmann is a challenger for the Ventura City Council. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ventura Music Festival. We discuss the challenges she sees facing Ventura and her platform to address those challenges.

Bill Watkins, Executive Director of the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting and an associate professor of economics, forecasts a meager 0.1% growth for Ventura County. Ventura will lag behind the rest of the United States in growth in the next quarter.