We have an opportunity to ask Supervisor Bennett to support the protection of the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains that lie in the Coastal Zone from rodent poisons and pesticides.
- If you are able to attend the December 4th (Tuesday at 8:30am), 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, please e-mail me. We can carpool from Ojai.
- Please consider sending an e-mail to Supervisor Bennett similar to this:
Dear Supervisor Bennett,
I am writing to ask you to support the protection of the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains that lie in the Coastal Zone from rodent poisons and pesticides.
Los Angeles County protected the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains in the Coastal Zone in October 2014, and we are asking Ventura County to do the same thing.
All the details are at https://vcrma.org/ventura-county-local-coastal-program-update
The current language of the LCP is as follows:
Santa Monica Mountains (M) Overlay Zone: Development shall be prohibited that includes the use of rodenticides, insecticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemical substances that have the potential to significantly degrade biological resources, except where necessary to protect or enhance the habitat itself, such as the eradication of invasive plant species or habitat restoration, and where there is no feasible alternative that would result in fewer adverse effects to ESHA.
This sounds good, but the problem is that the word “Development” in there mean it only applies to NEW DEVELOPMENT. This is totally useless, because new development will be insignificant in that region. It must apply to new AND THE EXISTING development. Furthermore, this is in direct contrast to what Los Angeles County did just next door in its portion of the Santa Monica Mountains. It has a clause applying to NEW AND EXISTING DEVELOPMENT, to any use of pesticides.
Thank you for your consideration on this important matter.
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This year, we are privileged to have Vandana Shiva speaking the Ojai Earth Day event at Oak Grove School. 2:30pm. For more info: Vandana Shiva at Ojai Earth Day!
Transition to Organics will have a booth at the event. Please stop by!
Also at Ojai Earth Day: Shannon Biggs, Community Rights Advocate, will be speaking 1:25pm-1:40pm at the main stage. She will share her experiences coordinating community rights initiatives across the country, and consider the options for community action against involuntary exposure to agrochemicals.
Shannon will be leading a Community Rights Training Workshop at 3:30pm in a classroom at Oak Grove. Come on by Transition to Organics booth for more info.
Info on Shannon’s work: http://movementrights.org/aboutus.html
There will also be a Community Rights Workshop at Ojai Grange sometime in May. Date TBD:
Transition to Organics is a non-profit organization, working in cooperation with the Blackbird Foundation, including members from various communities who share an interest in supporting and promoting non-toxic, Earth-friendly methods for landscaping, gardening and farming.
We include gardeners, landscapers, farmers, families, artists, medical professionals, technology experts, office workers and other folks from all walks of life. We invite like minded residents to join us, to learn about safe, non-toxic alternatives, and to contribute to this cause. At this time, we have chapters in Ojai Valley, Carpinteria and Malibu and Coachella Valley. We welcome other communities to join in.
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