Life after Measure F…Where do we go from here?

Life after Measure F…Where do we go from here?

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By: Matt Guthrie 

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mattelectionsThe following is the story of Measure F, our hopes, challenges, results and a reason for optimism for the VC CoLAB organization going forward.

When the SOAR organization announced that the 2016 General Election ballot would include

FCGMA: New Consultant – Same Unrealistic Schedule

FCGMA: New Consultant – Same Unrealistic Schedule

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By: Lynn Jensen 

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fcgma-map-imageThe Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA) is well ahead of schedule as compared to many California groundwater agencies in drafting their Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP). But, the FCGMA Board is hindering progress and compromising quality, credibility

SUSTAIN VC Will be on the November Ballot as Measure “F” for Farmers!

SUSTAIN VC Will be on the November Ballot as Measure “F” for Farmers!

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By: Lynn Jensen 

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measureFgroupIn a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 21st, SUSTAIN VC was placed on the ballot, clearing a final hurdle, allowing the voters a choice on November 8th. This

Managing Risk in the Oil Transport Business

Managing Risk in the Oil Transport Business

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By: Lynn Jensen 

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Crimson PipeTransportation of oil and gas, whether by ship, train, tanker truck or pipeline, is a critically important part of supplying energy to consumers in California. And given the options, pipelines are generally considered the safest way to

Circle the Wagons Forum “Dares to Dream” about Expanded Food Processing in Ventura County

Circle the Wagons Forum “Dares to Dream” about Expanded Food Processing in Ventura County

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Processing Forum Pic By: Lynn Jensen 

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Our July Circle the Wagons forum was funded by the VC CoLAB Foundation to educate our members and supporters on potential opportunities for expanded agricultural processing in Ventura County. The “Dare to Dream” conference expressed hope that

With Petition Qualified, SUSTAIN VC Prepares for the Next Phase

With Petition Qualified, SUSTAIN VC Prepares for the Next Phase

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By: Matt Guthrie

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IMG_0599After submitting 30,300 signatures to the Ventura County Elections Division on May 27th, we were notified on June 9th that our petition qualified, marking an epic milestone in the SUSTAIN VC campaign.

We thank

New Labor Laws turn Employees into Robots and Robots into Employees

New Labor Laws turn Employees into Robots and Robots into Employees

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By: Lynn Jensen  

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KioskCalifornia legislators have been busy passing a rash of labor bills this year. The most significant is Senate Bill 3, signed into law on March 31, 2016, gradually increasing the statewide minimum wage until it reaches $15

Drought Challenged Farmers Collaborate to Sustain Local Groundwater Resources

Drought Challenged Farmers Collaborate to Sustain Local Groundwater Resources

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By: Lynn Jensen  

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Vector schematic representation of the water cycle in nature

Vector schematic representation of the water cycle in nature

A disappointing lack of rainfall from the much anticipated El Niño has further challenged Ventura County farmers who are being tested by an increasing number of circumstances beyond

Will 2016 be the Year that Voters Defy Career Politicians?

Will 2016 be the Year that Voters Defy Career Politicians?

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By: Lynn Jensen  

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VC votersNotwithstanding the state of presidential politics, our country is experiencing a whole new level of political dysfunction. While there has always been division within and between political parties on how to resolve the important issues of the