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SOAR: Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation

Every SOAR board member has pledged to support the next generation of SOAR with a planned gift – for example an earmark in a 401k or IRA account, or a bequest in a will or trust. With leadership from SOAR member Van Royce Vibber, we arealready 25% of the way toward our initial goal of
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SOAR Mourns the Loss of Frank Boross and Wolf Breiman

Frank Boross Frank played an invaluable role in the SOAR organization. For decades, aided by his wife Linda, he coordinated the production of our SOAR campaign mailers. His sense of design, his willingness to be there for us day and night during the toughest of campaigns, his patience
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SOAR Salutes Earth Day Award Winners

Recognizing the exceptional work being done to improve the environment throughout the county, the Board of Supervisors presented Earth Day Awards to the following winners who are leading the way to a healthier planet: The Thacher School for such projects as a new 745 kilowatt solar ar
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Keeping the Open Space in Parks

It was a win for open space advocates and democracy when a request by residents to establish an open space protection zone was given the go ahead by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year. The request was to includein the County’s General Plan Update a special openspace zoning for
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A Tale of Two Cities’ Growth Boundaries

It was the smallest of changes, it was the largest of changes. One was easy to decide, the other difficult and years in the making. And so it was that the Commission that determines urban boundaries (LAFCo), voted at its February meeting to reduce Fillmore’s growth boundary by 0.46 ac
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Where We Build Matters

The Thomas Fire was the largest fire in our State’s history,however it was not the most devastating. When compared to Sonoma County where two months earlier the city of Santa Rosa experienced ten times the loss of homes as Ventura, the Thomas Fire while crushing and geographically lar
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SOAR and the Growth of Local Land Trusts

Some have wondered about the purpose and effects of the recent SOAR election victories, and it certainly cannot hurt to be reminded every now and then that theSOAR battles have created real and tangible benefits to the community. The obvious sometimes creates complacency. We have open
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A Note from the Future – I’m a SOAR Baby!

I was born thirty years ago, back in 2016, at a time when grass- roots petitioners stood out in front of grocery stores collecting signatures for a law that saved all this farmland and open space you now see in Ventura County. Our parents and grandparents kept the bulldozers from pavi
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You Meet So Many Nice People…at a SOAR Event!

With so many opportunities to converse with others concerned about Ventura County’s open space, the SOAR campaign brought us together like no other effort. Whether at a clubhouse in Santa Rosa Valley or the Camarillo Library table, a Ventura Hillside concert, at Thousand Oaks trailhea
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