June 2021: Opening Brief filed in Ventura Superior Court
Read the Opening Brief HERE.
April 2021: HEARING DATE SET!!!!
On April 8, 2021 - nearly 2 years after filing our lawsuit - we finally have our hearing date!
- June 1, r2021: Deadline for CoLAB to file opening brief
- August 2, 2021: Deadline for County to file opposition briefs
- August 16, 2021: Deadline for Intervenors to file opposition briefs
- September 15, 2021: Deadline for CoLAB to file reply briefs,
- October 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.: Hearing on petition for writ of mandate
We are eager to finish this fight - but we need your help! We must raise an additional $150,000 - $200,000 to cover the costs of this LAST PHASE OF LITIGATION.
Please send your donations to:
Legal Fund - VC CoLAB
1672 Donlon Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Or click the DONATE button on our home page!
HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE WILDLIFE CORRIDOR LEGAL FUND
For more information and updates on the Wildlife Corridor Ordinance please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more technical information.
WHY YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IS NEEDED -
On March 19, 2019, The Ventura County Board of Supervisors passed the Habitat Connectivity Ordinance. This poorly written, confusing and overly complicated ordinance effectively rezoned over 163,000 acres of (mostly privately owned) land. The restrictions in the Ordinance severely limit property owners' ability to secure and utilize their properties and add substantial barriers to property owners' ability to take steps to reduce wildfire risk.
The County refused to conduct any environmental analysis on the Ordinance. The County claimed unprecedented and unsupported EXEMPTIONS to the CEQA process. We are fighting back to protect our members and supporters from increased wildfire risk and other environmental impacts that the County refused to evaluate or consider.
Ventura County Wildlife Corridor Map Adopted 3-19-19
THE VC CoLAB LAWSUIT IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE OPTION TO NULLIFY THE ORDINANCE
The filing deadline for parties to challenge the whole of the ordinance has passed. The Board of Supervisors refused to create an administrative appeal process for property owners to challenge their properties being in the Corridor. The CoLAB lawsuit is the ONLY legal process to try to get the entire Corridor Ordinance overturned.
WE ARE IN IT TO WIN IT - WITH YOUR HELP!
For the lawsuit to be successful, VC CoLAB will need funding of $350,000 to $500,000
We need your help in funding the litigation effort quickly to be able to defend the lawsuit!
For those in the main corridor (HCWC) we are recommending a $5,000-$10,000 donation. For those in the Critical Wildlife Passage Areas (CWPA) we are recommending a $15,000 to 25,000 donation
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