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.
SOAR has as its fundamental policy goal to Save Our (Ventura County’s) Agricultural Resources. It won 63 percent of the vote countywide in 1998. There are SOAR policies in eight of 10 cities in Ventura County. The SOAR proposal on the November 2016 ballot offers the voters an opportun
SustainVC removes SOAR protections on over 1,000 acres of farmland. The backers of SustainVC say removing these protections will “help” agriculture. The “help” they are offering, however, is to let owners of agricultural land convert the land from agriculture to urban.
Opponents of the original SOAR effort campaigned heavily in 1998 to defeat us. Fortunately, SOAR withstood their expensive and deceptive tactics and won with a resounding 63% of the vote. This time around, these same opponents are trying a new strategy – to divide support...