The time has come, fellow Venturans, to take a stand for the preservation of our city. In the November election you expressed a desire for controlled and managed growth. Your vote showed an overwhelming desire to slow development in Ventura. As we walked precincts, many of you voters told us you were in favor of a university in the county, but not at the Taylor Ranch site.
Unfortunately, the largest development push in the history of Ventura is now before us. The state wants to develop Taylor Ranch into a university that will eventually hold 15,000 full-time equivalency students, which translates into more than 20,000 students.
With these 20,000 students will come increased traffic and further degradation of air quality for the city of Ventura. The way you use land determines your air pollution, traffic and water needs. We cannot have it both ways. We need direction from you. Either you want a city with managed growth in order to sustain the quality of life or a university.
If we have a university, we will have to provide housing, not only for the students but for a large support group of administrators, teachers, clerical workers, maintenance workers, etc. The university will cause a housing crisis, which will transform the "Avenue area" and much of Ventura into student rentals and new housing developments.