THE Town Hall Meeting on September 28th was a huge success!
Read more in the Ventura County Reporter article:
Thank you to all the organizers and panelists including:
Julie Tumamait, local Chumash elder
Hannah-Beth Jackson, CA Senator representing District 19
Steve Sprinkel, local organic farmer, President, Center for Regenerative Agriculture
Annemiek Schilder, Director, UCCE Ventura County/Hansen Agricultural REC
Connor Jones, Permaculturist, East End Eden
Adam Vega, a life long resident of Ventura County and a Community Organizer with Californians for Pesticide Reform, coordinating the Ventura County Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety (VC-CAPS)
Erik Cutter, regnerative farmer, working at the Orange County Great Park with former California Secretary of Agriculture A.G. Kawamura
Jonathon Katz, Ojai citrus grower
Tim Malloy, Professor of Law, Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable Technology and Policy Program
Kathy Nolan, Landscape Architect and Ojai Planning Commissioner
Sneak Preview of clips from the new film “KISS THE GROUND”,
and transitioning Ojai to Regenerative Agriculture.
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.