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May 22, 1998 | REGINA HONG
Moorpark is a step closer to creating ballot measures that compete with the local Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiative, a measure that requires voter approval for growth beyond city limits. Council members on Wednesday agreed to allow a committee to craft a trio of measures that would challenge Moorpark's SOAR measure in November. The council will consider the measures again June 17.
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August 2, 1998 | NEIL A. MOYER, Neil A. Moyer of Ventura is president of the Environmental Coalition
Last year, various prognosticators forecasted dire threats and destruction from El Nino-driven weather. Instead, Ventura County's waterways, wetlands, shoreline and other water resources have been under unremitting and relentless assault from unconscionable events perpetrated by local public agencies.
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September 16, 1998 | ANDY SAMUELSON
Opponents of the largest housing proposal in Moorpark history complain that backers of the 3,221-home Hidden Creek Ranch have recently harassed those gathering signatures against the project. "This is dirty politics, and it doesn't belong in Moorpark," said Roseann Mikos, who co-wrote that city's version of the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiative. She said the sign of one member of her group was torn up by a Hidden Creek supporter.
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January 12, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
For years, debate has raged over what to do with 87 acres of lemon groves the city owns in east Ventura, off Telegraph Road and Petit Avenue. Many in the community say debate over the fate of the aging groves triggered the save-the-greenbelt movement in Ventura and became the catalyst that led to the passage of the Save Our Agricultural Resources initiative in November 1995. On Monday night, the City Council will continue the discussion of what to do with the 87 acres.
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May 11, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ojai City Council is pressing forward with plans for a greenbelt ordinance that would further protect farmland and open space surrounding the Ojai Valley. Council members voted unanimously this week to schedule public meetings on the proposed greenbelt. But they stopped short of asking the city attorney to draft an ordinance, saying they wanted to hear from property owners and farmers first. "My biggest concern is not wanting to rush this," said Councilwoman Sue Horgan.
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August 8, 1998 | JASON TAKENOUCHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wading into Moorpark's contentious battle over open-space initiatives, a judge threw out a city lawsuit Friday that accused slow-growth advocates of using "false or misleading" language in a fall ballot argument. The suit accused backers of the slow-growth Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiative of incorrectly referring to council members who backed a city-sponsored alternative measure as "pro-growth."
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September 25, 1998 | ANDY SAMUELSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A special election will be held in January on whether the 3,221-home Hidden Creek Ranch development should go forward, city officials said Thursday. Meanwhile, an environmental group has filed suit over the project, contending that an environmental review was inadequate. Supporters of the referendum--many of whom are involved in the city's SOAR initiative--submitted petitions with 2,441 signatures Sept. 16.
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