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Bill Fulton was a member of the Ventura City Council from 2003 to 2011 and Mayor from 2009 to 2011. He is now Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University (http://kinder.rice.edu).
Bill was elected to the Ventura City Council in 2003, culminating many years of professional experience and community involvement in local government affairs. He was re-elected in 2007 and selected Deputy Mayor by his colleagues. In December of 2009, he was selected by the council as Mayor for a two-year term.
In his professional life, Bill is a well-known author and urban planning analyst. Bill is the author of four books, including THE RELUCTANT METROPOLIS: THE POLITICS OF URBAN GROWTH IN LOS ANGELES, which was a Los Angeles Times best-seller, and GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA PLANNING, the standard textbook on urban planning used in college courses throughout the state. His most recent book is ROMANCING THE SMOKESTACK: HOW CITIES AND STATES PURSUE PROSPERITY [https://www.createspace.com/3477293]
In his professional life, he blogs at www.cp-dr.com/blog