CoLAB, Ventura County is a group of agricultural and other business folks who have come together out of frustration with the system. We formed this 501 c (6) non-profit organization to work with public agencies and decision makers in Ventura County to provide regulatory solutions for business and private property owners.
Our goal is to be informed, credible and well-funded as we analyze new and revised land use and other regulations proposed by the agencies. Poorly conceived regulations cause unintended consequences that hamstring businesses, stifle job creation and increase government bureaucracy causing constant pressure for tax increases. Through your membership and contributions we will hire respected professional scientists, attorneys and engineers to critically review guidelines, ordinances, policies and projects and to help agencies draft reasonable regulations. In addition, through our “Newsletter” page we will bring sunshine to the permit processing system by posting real accounts, exposing the consequences of unreasonable rules to our families and businesses in the county.
Hiring respected professionals to analyze complicated regulations is expensive, time consuming and we believe is best accomplished with a coalition of like-minded business members. We know you would rather spend your valuable time running your business. Therefore, we invite you to become a part of our coalition and help fund our efforts to represent your regulatory issues. Please join us and help support our agenda for change!
Don’t put it off – Please join us TODAY!
Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 | 0 Comments
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR SPRING EVENT
Saturday, May 17th at 3:30 pm
Social Time at the Lake | Music by Anthony Ybarra
Full Bar | BBQ Beef Brisket & Mesquite Grilled Chicken
One of A Kind Live Auction | $40 per ticket – On Sale Now!
Posted on 31. Mar, 2014 | 0 Comments
April Newsletter 2014
Southern California Steelhead – Build a Ladder and They Will Come: Did you know that millions of steelhead from northern California were stocked into the Ventura and Santa Clara Rivers from 1887 to 1939? Read about the Recovery Plan for this endangered species…
Lake Piru Release – NMFS Orders Water Released during Drought Crisis: In the midst of the prolonged drought causing a critically diminished water supply, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) ordered a release of precious water from…
Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 | 0 Comments
Read our Comment Letter to NOAA and FWS on the UWCD Freeman Diversion» Read More
Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 | 0 Comments
In a Letter to the Board of Supervisors dated 11-20-13, CoLAB VC opposes the following 3 provisions:
1) Mandatory spay/neuter of all puppies/kittens at 4 months of age,
2) Breeding permits costing $100 per animal per year (litter) requiring consent for inspection of private residences and
3) Ban on sales of commercially bred dogs and cats.
In general, we are opposed to new ordinances that while “well meaning”, cannot be realistically enforced given the resources and practices of the agency, do not solve the problem and will lead to…
Posted on 02. Oct, 2013 | 0 Comments
In a CoLAB Letter to the City of Ventura Council Members we stated: “In summary, we believe that the proposed water in-lieu development fee will be a deterrent to new and expanding business in the City and is counter to the newly adopted Economic Development Strategy of March 11, 2013…”» Read More
Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 | No Comments
Timm Herdt/VC Star/3-6-14: SACRAMENTO — The United Water Conservation District has responded to a complaint filed by environmental groups, rebutting allegations that diverting water from the Santa Clara River harms wildlife and violates the public-trust doctrine embedded in California water rights. (Full Article) United General Manager Michael Solomon said “no credible evidence” supports the allegations in the complaint, according to a letter accompanying the district’s legal response to the State Water Resources Control Board.» Read More
Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 | No Comments
Carol Lawrence/VC Star/3-5-14: Politics has exacerbated the Ventura County agriculture industry’s most critical and urgent issues, driving frustrated growers to automate more of their operations and expand operations out of the state. Growers and a water official united on those issues Wednesday morning as panelists
discussed the state of the county’s $2 billion agriculture industry at an event
hosted by the local Association for Corporate Growth chapter… (Full Article)
Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 | No Comments
Gail Delahant/Western Growers/1-24-16: Bus loads of farmers and farm workers from the Central Valley and the Central Coast descended on the state capitol this morning to take part in a Latino-sponsored water rally as reported by the Sacramento Bee. The purpose of the rally was to bring attention to the state’s severe water shortage and the effect it is having. Shouts of, “No water – no jobs!” rang loud and clear and were accompanied by signs that read, “Sin agua=no ay future” (No water,…» Read More
Posted on 09. Dec, 2013 | No Comments
SAN FRANCISCO (AP)/VC Star/12-9-2013: California Water officials on Monday released a draft of a $24.7 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in part by building two 30-mile underground tunnels to ensure stable water delivery to millions of Californians… Currently, the State Water Project and Central Valley Project pump water from the delta to 25 million people and three million acres of farmland. (Full Article) But that supply has been interrupted in recent years, as salmon and smelt numbers declined in…» Read More
Posted on 24. Sep, 2013 | No Comments
Kathleen Wilson/VC STAR/9-23-13: An effort to resolve a dispute over a bicycle path in Piru farmland has failed. County supervisors rejected the $1 million project 3-2 in August, but there were suggestions after that it was still in flux… (Full Article) But now the project appears to be dead for good with Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales and a county consultant still far apart on the pesticide risks associated with having bicyclists ride through farmland. Gonzales’ objections in a new report confirmed the opinions of the majority…» Read More
Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 | No Comments
Carole Lawrence/VC Star/8-22-13:…”Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales talked about the challenges of the urban interface in Ventura County, referring to agriculture and residential neighborhoods being side by side. He said there was “a disconnect” between the urban community and agriculture, demonstrated in the recent failed proposal to build a bike path would have run across Piru-area farm fields. “That was the idea to bring in something very nice,” Gonzales said. He said it was a great idea, “but when you put that same bike…» Read More
Posted on 13. Aug, 2013 | No Comments
Carol Lawrence/VC Star/7-30-13: The special news out of the 2012 Crop & Livestock Report that tracks Ventura County’s nearly $2 billion agriculture industry is that cilantro became a new member of the Top 10 highest value crops…“We’re just trying to show how things have changed for agriculture, and how that is likely going to always be the case,” Ventura County’s Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales (Full Article) …Agriculture continues to do well in the county, he said, but “water and labor continue to be huge issues for…» Read More
Posted on 26. Jun, 2013 | No Comments
Russell Gold/WSJ/6-25-13: Poorly sealed natural-gas wells, not hydraulic fracturing of shale-rock formations are likely to blame for dissolved gas found in private water wells in Pennsylvania, according to a new study by Duke University (Full Article) …Steve Everley, a spokesman for Energy in Depth, a group funded by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, said the Duke study “is not a smoking gun to say that gas drilling is a problem.”…”There is methane concentration near gas wells, but there is also methane concentrations…» Read More
Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 | No Comments
David Sneed, Julie Lynem/SLO Tribune/6-19-13: Residential wells in North County neighborhoods will continue to dry up, Paso Robles’ wine industry will be in jeopardy, and city water supplies will be threatened unless San Luis Obispo County leaders act soon to stop declining water levels in the Paso Robles groundwater basin (Full Article). Faced with this unprecedented crisis, county officials and stakeholders know immediate steps must be taken to stabilize it.» Read More
Posted on 30. May, 2013 | No Comments
Bettina Boxall/L.A. Times/5-29-13: The state plan to overhaul the hub of California’s water system will cost nearly $25 billion to build and operate, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday. The proposal, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown‘s administration and the Obama administration, calls for habitat restoration and the construction of two enormous tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River and carry it under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southbound pumps… (Full Article)» Read More