Oil Industry Spending Big in Ventura County Third District Board of Supervisors Race

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Friday, October 14, 2016                                                                                        (661) 241-3828

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Oil Industry Spending Big in Ventura County Third District Board of Supervisors Race
Corporate interest spending nears $60,000 in local election

CAMARILLO –  Carla Castilla’s Campaign was recently notified that big oil has launched an independent expenditure campaign spending nearly $60,000 to influence the election in favor of her opponent, Kelly Long, in the race for Third District Supervisor in Ventura County. The California Independent Petroleum Industry Political Action Committee, whose major donor is Chevron Oil, is the largest contributor to the “Keep Ventura County Working” Committee, and they are willing to spend thousands of dollars to elect their hand-picked candidate.  Kelly Long, who is no relation to Supervisor Kathy Long, is opposed to the SOAR initiative and has publicly expressed her strong support for fracking and the oil industry, claiming that “fracking is very environmentally friendly and human safe,” at a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum in Santa Paula on October 5, 2016.

Carla Castilla has a long history of fighting to preserve the environment. During Castilla’s tenure with Congresswoman Lois Capps and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, Castilla has repeatedly worked to listen to the community and uphold federal, state, and local public safety and environmental standards. Castilla worked to oppose the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Deepwater Port Project off of Oxnard’s coastline, advocated for complete cleanup of the Halaco Superfund Site located at Ormond Beach Wetlands within the Third District, and has voiced her opposition to Mission Rock Energy Facility in Santa Paula.

“I’m not surprised that the oil industry is making this big investment in a local race. This seat will directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the County. I’ve spent years fighting to protect the people of Ventura County and our environment. They know that I put worker safety and community health first and support responsible land use policies that allow voters to have a say in how we develop open space.” said Castilla. “The next Third District County Supervisor should serve the people of Ventura County, not the corporate interest of big oil.”

Castilla is supported by environmental leaders like Supervisors’ Steve Bennett, Linda Parks, and Kathy Long as well as State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Sierra Club, SOAR author Richard Francis, and CAUSE Action Fund.

“Oil is toxic, it is a carcinogen, and it is unsafe for our environment. So is oil money, as the industry tries to increase its influence at the local level.  We need an environmental champion like Carla Castilla who works hard to protect our air and water, our coast and beaches, our local national forest — which are all about our quality of life. Ventura County does not want — and cannot afford — an oil disaster within its borders,” said State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

Supervisor Steve Bennett feels strongly about decreasing the role of money in politics. Along with Supervisor Kathy Long, Bennett authored one of the State of California’s toughest campaign finance reform laws for the City of Ventura as well as the County of Ventura.

“I have fought to limit the influence of money in politics, it is unquestionable that we need an independent leader who can’t be bought by corporate interests. The County of Ventura has a responsibility to protect public health and safety. The oil industry’s spending in support of a candidate is reason enough to scrutinize that candidate’s record on the environment and public health,” said Supervisor Steve Bennett.

Ventura County is the third largest oil-producing county in the State, with hundreds of miles of crude oil pipelines of various sizes and types. The County of Ventura plays a vital role in land use permitting over pipelines and associated facilities. The Sierra Club advocates for a world with clean, abundant, affordable energy.

“Fracking poses unacceptable risks to our communities, our environment, and our climate. And it is unacceptable to elect representatives that will be a rubber stamp for the fossil fuel industry. There is clear evidence that natural gas and oil extracted by fracking are major greenhouse gas contributors, have contaminated drinking water, and devastated thousands of square miles of open space that is important to people and wildlife,” said David Gold, Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club

Third district voters received the first of what could be many expensive glossy direct mail pieces that are paid for by the oil industry in the guise of “Keep Ventura County Working.”  It’s not always easy to follow the money behind independent expenditures, but voters can read it for themselves in the attached independent expenditure forms 496 and 1275 filed by the committee “Keep Ventura County Working” on October 7, 2016.

For more information on how the oil industry can influence a candidate, take a moment to watch a clip from the Santa Paula forumhttps://vimeo.com/187103760

 

For those that believe in the future of our county, healthy communities, clean air, and clean water and help fight back against big oil, visitwww.carlacastilla.com


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