VENTURA — Although he voted against providing city funding for the homeless in September, Councilman Brian Brennan is now privately attempting to raise money to open a local cold-weather shelter.
Brennan is holding a dinner and auction fund-raiser at his new Celtic restaurant, O'Brien's, at 394 E. Main St., on Dec. 17. He's providing the staff, the space and meals for a reduced rate to Turning Point Foundation, which is sponsoring the event.
Clyde Reynolds, the foundation's executive director, said proceeds from the $25-per-person tickets will go toward several agencies that serve the homeless in Ventura. But the main objective, he said, was to make sure an emergency shelter will be open in Ventura this winter.
"We want to make sure there's enough money to open the shelter," Reynolds said. "At the same time, we're not trying to let the city off the hook. We still think they should provide funding."