My name is Kristin Grether Loft. I belong to a farming family that has lived and farmed here 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 is up for renewal on this November’s ballot as Measure C. But there is another measure also appearing on the ballot that wants to change SOAR called Measure F. I have researched and studied both of these measures carefully and determined that we need to keep the real deal in place: Measure C.
The other measure would allow for landowners to be able to rezone and sell off farming and open space parcels near schools by a majority vote of supervisors. It would not be put to a vote of the people as it is now.
Because I am part of a farming family, I do understand the frustrations that come from restrictions and farming regulations that are in place, especially next to schools! Regulation and workable compromise is what needs to be addressed: not having the land rezoned, which then opens the door to selling it off to developers.
We need to keep development to a vote of the people and continue to protect the open space and farmland that we have left.
We need to vote YES on Measure C. It’s the real McCoy.