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General Plan Agriculture Element Violates SOAR and the Agriculture Guiding Principle

General Plan Agriculture Element Violates SOAR and the Agriculture Guiding Principle

By Lynn Jensen The new “Agriculture Element” of the General Plan violates the principles of the 2016 SOAR ballot measure passed by a majority vote of the people. Through glossy mailers with photos of the green fields tended by our local farmers and ranchers, voters were led to believe they were supporting Ventura County Agriculture. […]

Santa Paula Council: West Expansion Project Approved

Santa Paula Council: West Expansion Project Approved

By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula Business Park West (SPBPW) The SPBPW was previously reviewed by the Planning Commission. Read that report here. The Planning Commission article includes architectural renderings. No Cost/Benefit Analysis According to Director Mason, the EIR makes the following premise: …It is possible to efficiently and effectively expand City services and infrastructure, including […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Pollution, Traffic, Aesthetic Depletion on Prime Ag Land

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Pollution, Traffic, Aesthetic Depletion on Prime Ag Land

By Sheryl Hamlin With a full complement of Commissioners, the item “Santa Paula West Business Park (SPWBP) Specific Plan” was reviewed as presented by Tony Locasio of Meridian Consulting. Below is a summary from the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report). From the staff report: The Specific Plan Area consists of […]

SOAR vs. Measure F

SOAR vs. Measure F

What is the difference between Measure C and Measure F and who are the SOAR people?  Who truly is SOAR? Having lived here about ten years I’ve come to witness and see the changes to Ventura County.  Heck I was involved with discussions back in 2002 about CSUCI when I was attending a CSU sister […]

Fair Political Practices Commission Is Investigating SOAR and Supervisor Steve Bennett For Violations of Political Reform Act

Fair Political Practices Commission Is Investigating SOAR and Supervisor Steve Bennett For Violations of Political Reform Act

    The complaint centers around the fact that Bennett is listed as a controlling officer of the SOAR political committee, and that SOAR did not file pre-election statements leading up to the June 2016 primary election as required by the Political Reform Act when a candidate or elected official is on the ballot and […]

Interview: Kelly Long- candidate for District 3 VC Supervisor

Interview: Kelly Long- candidate for District 3 VC Supervisor

By George Miller Most of us never even heard of Kelly Long until the latter part of last year. Then we heard she was running for Kathy Long’s Ventura County District 3 Supervisor seat. Long has been in office, well, longer than some voters have been alive and is now retiring. I thought, who IS this woman? is she Kathy Long’s daughter […]

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

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 […]

CLU/CERF: Community Conversation on the Effects of SOAR

CLU/CERF: Community Conversation on the Effects of SOAR

The Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF) associated with California Lutheran University (CLU) School of Management hosted a “Community Conversation” about the Effects of the SOAR (Saving Open Space and Agricultural Resources) legislation. The event was held on September 9, 2016 in Oxnard with about 40 in attendance plus three panelists and a moderator. […]

Ventura Farm to Table Event for SOAR

Ventura Farm to Table Event for SOAR

Debate to be Held on Two Competing Countywide Measures Regarding Open Space and Agricultural Lands

Debate to be Held on Two Competing Countywide Measures Regarding Open Space and Agricultural Lands
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