The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) honored the memory of “a trailblazing leader and beloved friend” – the late Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez – by putting forward a proclamation to posthumously confer the honorary title of Regional Council President, In Memoriam, and rename an annual scholarship after her.
Ms. Ramirez, who served as SCAG’s Regional Council First Vice President, was tragically killed on Aug. 12, 2022, in a pedestrian-vehicle accident in Oxnard. She previously served on the Oxnard City Council before being elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2020. She was the first Latina to serve on the Board and was Chair at the time of her death.
According to the presented at SCAG’s Regional Council meeting on Sept. 1, Ms. Ramirez will receive the posthumous title of Regional Council President, In Memoriam, in 2023-2024 – the year she would have served in the position. In addition, the annual SCAG Scholarship awarded in Ventura County will be renamed the “Carmen Ramirez Memorial Scholarship.”
The proclamation notes that Ms. Ramirez “spent her life in dedicated service to her community, championing sustainability, mobility and equity, and tirelessly supporting numerous local civic organizations.” Among those groups were the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, Ventura County Community Foundation, Ventura County Transportation Commission, Camarillo and Oxnard Airport Authorities, and the Center for Civic Education.
At SCAG, Ms. Ramirez was a long-time member of the Regional Council and served on the Energy and Environment Committee, where she made significant contributions to the coordination of regional planning issues to improve quality of life for the region’s residents.