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Ventura County SOAR

Wolf Breiman, Ventura

SOAR ruse 

Re: your Feb. 20 story, “Effort to rival SOAR launched”: It was entirely incorrect to refer to the filing by “agricultural interests” as “an alternative proposal for the renewal of the SOAR measures.” Their aim is exactly and transparently the opposite, as it has been from the day SOAR arose as a countywide issue in 1997.

They wish to bury SOAR, not improve it.

First on their list of “renewal” items is removal of the authority to rezone agriculture and open space from the voters, where SOAR initiatives placed it. Where? As far from the direct influence of voters as possible.

In this controversy, control of zoning is the overriding issue. Other items on their wish list may have some relevance but are peripheral and negotiable with regard to specific conditions. Some are simply irrelevant to the role of SOAR and intended solely as loopholes to provide various means to challenge and infringe on the SOAR ordinances.

I urge voters of Ventura County to respond to this blatant effort to reject our authority with an overwhelming no to their petition called “Stop Sprawl With Sustainable Agriculture.”

SOAR is now circulating petitions to place SOAR on the ballot in November for renewal to 2050. Please look for the opportunity to sign that petition. It’s critical to the future of SOAR and our well-being.

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