The California State Assembly has moved forward a bill by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago, Assembly Bill 943. The bill, as originally drafted, would have required a 55% vote for any citizen initiative that would expressly stop development or construction within the city, county, or ci
The California Assembly has moved a bill forward that was introduced by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago and co-authored by Senator Scott Wilk, called AB 943, that will threaten the future renewal of SOAR. The bill would require citizen initiatives to receive 55% of the vote if the ini
I belong to a farming family that has lived and farmed in Ventura County for over 90 years. Thanks to SOAR, our county farming culture has been better protected from development since the initiative passed over 18 years ago.
As many of our readers and fans have read over the past couple of weeks, Measure F removes SOAR protections from a number of farmland parcels adjacent to schools, without limits to the size of the parcels. Supporters of Measure F say removing these protections will “help” agriculture.
These Ventura County farmers are dedicated to keeping their farmland as just that - farmland. They support SOAR for the greater voter protection it provides, for the conservation benefits it brings, and for the legacy it provides to future generations.
There has been no shortage in the supply of economic forecasts in Ventura County leading up to the election for SOAR. The half-dozen or so economic conferences put on for real estate, banking and business groups have hammered the same theme...