Ventura council OKs leasing city land to grow row crops, avocados

Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 | No Comments

Ventura council OKs leasing city land to grow row crops, avocados

Arlene Martinez/VC Star/4-16-13: …On Monday night, the City Council voted to accept a joint proposal submitted by Williams/Bookwalter, Finch Farms and Rutledge Farms. The three, all with farming operations in Ventura County, plan to grow 78 acres of organic row crops and eight acres of Haas avocado trees. The 10-year lease, which starts at $43,500 for the first year and grows every year, will bring in just under $1.6 million over the term of the contract… (Full Article)

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United Water won’t release September groundwater for first time since 1989

Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 | No Comments

United Water won’t release September groundwater for first time since 1989

Carol Lawrence/VC Star/4-17-13: Residents and growers in several Ventura County cities will likely see water in their wells drop and pumping charges rise in September because a yearly release of groundwater will not happen this year for the first time since 1989. Last winter’s light rainfall dried the Santa Clara river to dirt in several places and did not fill Lake Piru enough for the United Water Conservation District…(Full Article)

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Jerry Brown starts push to revamp California’s environmental law

Posted on 18. Apr, 2013 | No Comments

Jerry Brown starts push to revamp California’s environmental law

Evan Halper/LA Times/4-17-13: The governor is restrained in his expectations, however, acknowledging that the appetite for such change ‘is bigger outside the state Capitol than it is inside.’ As Gov. Jerry Brown toured China over the last week, he repeatedly contrasted that nation’s speedy construction of modern transportation systems and other key public works with what he characterized as a lack of vision back home (Full Article).

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No pesticide exposure found in Somis case after 9-month probe

Posted on 10. Apr, 2013 | No Comments

No pesticide exposure found in Somis case after 9-month probe

Kathleen Wilson/VC Star/4-4-13: After a nine-month investigation, county inspectors say they are unable to determine whether a Somis couple reporting numerous health problems were exposed to pesticides…“Claims of exposure have been consistent regardless of whether any application has occurred and regardless of how far away the applications were that did occur,” the report stated..(Full Article)

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Fishing for Wildlife Lawsuits

Posted on 14. Mar, 2013 | No Comments

Fishing for Wildlife Lawsuits

Review & Outlook/WSJ/3-10-13: The Interior Department’s Fish and Wildlife Service has resurrected a Clinton-era tactic known as “sue and settle.” With this strategy, outside green groups friendly to the Administration sue the government, demanding a particular regulatory action (Full Article)… Businesses and property owners most hurt by the settlement are barred from the talks; the public gets no input. Is this a great country or what?

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Abuse pollutes state environmental law

Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 | No Comments

Abuse pollutes state environmental law

George Skelton/LA Times/3-11-2013: The California Environmental Quality Act, signed into law by Gov. Ronald Reagan, is being used for unintended purposes and needs fixing (Full Article)…State Sen. Jerry Hill grew up in San Francisco…Hill wants to return CEQA to what it originally was: a check on environmental degradation. It gradually veered out of control as various interests learned to use the landmark law for their own non-environmental agendas…

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Immigration Poison Pill: Big Labor’s ‘commission’ to kill a guest-worker program

Posted on 22. Feb, 2013 | No Comments

Immigration Poison Pill: Big Labor’s ‘commission’ to kill a guest-worker program

Review & Outlook/WSJ/2-21-13: The AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released a set of immigration reform principles, and the press is calling it a breakthrough. But don’t be fooled. The real story is that the backroom talks failed, and Big Labor is still holding out for a political commission to run any new guest-worker program (Full Article).

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Dodge Ram – Paul Harvey – God Made a Farmer

Posted on 06. Feb, 2013 | No Comments

Dodge Ram – Paul Harvey – God Made a Farmer

 God Made a Farmer

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Pesticides trigger rift between Somis residents and farm

Posted on 05. Feb, 2013 | No Comments

Pesticides trigger rift between Somis residents and farm

Jennifer Letzer, Kathleen Wilson/VC Star/2-2-13: …Petersen and Flores are among close to a dozen Somis residents who presented complaints about pesticide exposure at the Ventura County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last month… Marz officials say there is no possibility the pesticides being used could cause the problems cited by the neighbors, although the county report will address whether laws designed to protect public health have been violated…(Full Article) The grower has made accommodations, such as installing a plastic barrier and switching to organic formulations…

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Letter to the VC Star: Balance is necessary

Posted on 21. Jan, 2013 | No Comments

Letter to the VC Star: Balance is necessary

Bud Sloan/VC STAR/1-21-13: Re: your Jan. 10 article, “Land use, pension reform are key issues”: Our nonprofit organization was founded in 2010… Contrary to the article’s implication, we are not “frequently at odds with the board majority.” The Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (VC-COLAB) provides necessary balance and as a matter of record, the board has considered our input and made substantive changes to reflect such… (Full Article) We are nonpartisan and endorsed Bob Roper for supervisor because of his…

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