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Both sides of Measures A and B presented at RECORDED Ag Policy Advisory Committee meeting May 11

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The pro and con sides of Measures A and B were presented at the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee, which met on Wednesday, May 11.

The meeting was recorded on Zoom and can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/3LjSJWk

Click on the second arrow with a line in front of it to get to the APAC meeting recording.

 

 

Measures A and B, for the coastal and noncoastal county zoning ordinances, are whether to uphold the Ventura County Board of Supervisors’ vote last year to have modern-day environmental rules for old permits.

A Yes vote on Measures A and B means the Board of Supervisors’ vote on the modern-day review for new wells on old permits will be upheld.

A No vote means the Board of Supervisors’ vote will be overturned.

Merrill Berge of Camarillo, a member of the Ventura County Save Agriculture and Fresh Water for Everybody (VCSAFE)  Committee member, provided an informational presentation on the June 7 ballot measures A & B, which she is supporting.

Ben Oakley of Arroyo Grande, manager with the Western States Petroleum Association, provided an informational presentation measures A & B, which he is opposing.

The oil industry has, so far, donated $6 million to defeat Measures A and B and Patagonia has donated almost $500,000 in support of Measures A and B. 

The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee reviews Land Conservation Act Program applications, zoning and building regulations affecting agriculture, and all matters having direct, indirect and cumulative effects on the county’s agricultural economy. 

The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

To view the full meeting agenda, visit: https://bit.ly/3kSS6Z9 

The questions on the ballot for Measures and and B read:

— MEASURE “A”:

“Shall Ordinance No. 4567, an ordinance of the County of Ventura repealing and reenacting Division 8, Chapter 1.1, Sections  8175-5.7 of the Ventura County Ordinance Code, to amend the Coastal Zoning Ordinance regulating oil  and gas exploration and production, be adopted?”

 
— MEASURE “B”: 

“Shall Ordinance No. 4568, an ordinance of the County of Ventura repealing and reenacting Division 8, Chapter 1.1, Sections 8107-5 of the Ventura County Ordinance Code, to amend the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance regulating oil and gas exploration and production, be adopted?”

Last year, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted, as part of the Ventura County General Plan, for new oil and gas drilling projects in the county to have modern-day environmental review.

An area oil company paid to gather signatures for the question to be on the June  7 primary ballot to overturn  the Board of Supervisors’ decision.

 

 

 
 

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