Farmers do not support Measure C — Measure F is for Farmers!

No on Measure C

VCTA recommends a no vote on Ventura County Measure C . The preferred ballot measure on this subject is Measure F. – Measure C is virtually nothing more than a 30 year extension of the existing SOAR ordinance. It is inconceivable that after 16 years of experience there haven’t been any lessons learned that could be incorporated. If SOAR has been so good, why have Farmers found it necessary to support another initiative. – The 30 year extension means that we are making land use decisions for our grandchildren. Thirty years ago AMGEN was just getting started. Will there be a place for another AMGEN? CSUCI did not exist. Reagan Library did not exist. All of these were built before the current SOAR. – None of the proposals made by local representatives from agriculture that would help family farms were adopted into the language of measure C – SOAR policies have limited economic growth, created increased traffic congestion as residents commute out of the County to find jobs and contribute to the slowed economic rebound relative to surrounding Counties – The existing SOAR ordinance does not expire for 4 more years. Now is the time to examine the good and negative outcomes of SOAR to revise the ordinance in a way that works for all of Ventura County. This discussion has never happened and backers don’t want this to happen

Farmers do not support  Measure C

Voters in Ventura County are becoming aware that there are two competing ballot initiatives this year that make claims about helping agriculture. Recently, I saw a video in which Steve Bennett extolled the virtues of SOAR’s  Measure C and how it “saves agriculture.”

Being an ardent supporter of the opposing Measure F for farmers, I was appalled that the opposition would use views of my family farm to promote a measure that we oppose.

One would think a measure claiming to protect agriculture would have the support of local farmers. That is simply not the case. Apparently they have to use footage of farmland belonging to strong Measure F supporters  to spread their misinformation.

Not one farmer filed Measure C. Not one commercial farmer exists on the SOAR board. Not one farmer submitted ballot arguments or rebuttals for Measure C. Not one farmer appears willing to let SOAR use their name and land to promote their initiative . That speaks volumes.

I understand the public wants voter protections against urban sprawl. That’s what’s great about Measure F. No urban development can happen under Measure F without a vote of the people. And Measure Factually includes goals and policies that support farming and local farmers.

Many farm families have been here for well over 100 years. We’d like to stay here and keep farming. A yes on Measure F will help keep farmers farming.

Mary McGrath,Ventura

Yes On Measure F

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