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August 4, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As family and friends mourned the deaths of two farm workers, investigators determined Thursday that the tragedy at Sespe Ranch just outside the city was an industrial accident, not the result of foul play. Exactly how Oxnard residents Miguel Lopez, 43, and Palemon Rangel Yanez, 44, died is still a mystery to authorities, who are continuing to search for clues. The men's bodies were found Wednesday afternoon floating in a tank of fertilizer they had been told to clean.
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September 17, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
In a political season teeming with cinematic activism, Ojai filmmaker Dulanie Ellis is about to add her voice to the mix. The Hollywood veteran tonight will play host at the premiere of her documentary on farmland preservation and smart growth, a film designed in part to influence Ventura County voters as they weigh a November ballot measure aimed at protecting open space.
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June 21, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
As senior vice president of the Ventura County Farm Bureau, rancher Tom Pecht has learned at least one truth: "Farmers are noted for telling what's on their minds." And it's the Farm Bureau's job to listen. Now in its 77th year, the Ventura County Farm Bureau has launched an all-out membership drive to boost its ranks--and thereby enhance its political clout.
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July 15, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Someone is swiping pesticides from growers on the Oxnard Plain, stirring concerns that Ventura County's agricultural industry has become a prime target for prowlers. Bandits have committed four large-scale burglaries of farm chemicals since the start of the year, including a heist last week in which thieves stole $50,000 in insecticides and fungicides from an Oxnard-area warehouse.
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October 16, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A force of up to 200 Ventura County farm families is being organized this week for a door-to-door campaign in the San Fernando Valley as part of a statewide effort to block passage of the "Big Green" initiative on the November ballot. The Ventura County Farm Bureau and state organizers are recruiting the local farm families to walk the suburban Los Angeles neighborhoods on the weekend of Oct. 27.
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December 17, 1994 | MATTHEW MOSK
The county's unemployment rate rose only slightly from October to November, as a modest increase in retail jobs was offset by a sharp decline in agricultural positions, according to a report released Friday by the state employment department. Economists said the unemployment rate of 7.7%, up from 7.6% in October, was a sign that Ventura County is continuing to recover from the recession that has plagued Southern California.
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March 22, 1998 | RICHARD PIDDUCK, Richard Pidduck is president of the Ventura County Farm Bureau
The Ventura County Farm Bureau is very active on the local land-use front, promoting at every opportunity our new land-use policy adopted last year. This stance has been a notable change as we are "for" something rather than being cast defensively as "against." Although this switch has the benefit of confusing those who would like to count on our opposition to create publicity, its less visible nature has concerned even some of our own members.
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March 19, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials agreed Thursday to extend emergency aid to Ventura County field workers left jobless by a severe pre-Christmas freeze, expanding a disaster declaration that had previously only applied to seven counties in the Central Valley.
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April 19, 1998
Whether or not SOAR flies at the ballot box in November, the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources campaign is casting a growing shadow on the political landscape. Ventura County has spent decades lamenting the dwindling of its farmland even as it has done a better-than-average job of keeping development under control. This is a crucial year in which controls on growth are likely to become tighter, one way or another.
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August 3, 1997
The Ventura City Council did the right thing when it approved building 198 homes on a 42-acre lemon orchard at the corner of Kimball and Telegraph roads. But a mere seven miles away, Oxnard's plan to replace cropland with houses is exactly the wrong thing to do. What's the difference? As they say in real estate: location, location, location. The Oxnard proposal involves 815 acres of farmland between Rice and Rose avenues, stretching from 5th Street south to Pacific Coast Highway.
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January 28, 2001 | DOUG ADRIANSON, Doug Adrianson is editorial page editor of The Times Ventura County Edition
Mayhem or magic? I figured we were headed for one or the other when I saw who showed up for the first meeting of the Ag Futures Alliance, the latest effort to resolve disputes that have dogged Ventura County agriculture for decades. There in the parlor of the graceful old Faulkner Farm house last January were two dozen people I knew to be passionate about farming, one way or another.
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August 4, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As family and friends mourned the deaths of two farm workers, investigators determined Thursday that the tragedy at Sespe Ranch just outside the city was an industrial accident, not the result of foul play. Exactly how Oxnard residents Miguel Lopez, 43, and Palemon Rangel Yanez, 44, died is still a mystery to authorities, who are continuing to search for clues. The men's bodies were found Wednesday afternoon floating in a tank of fertilizer they had been told to clean.
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March 19, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials agreed Thursday to extend emergency aid to Ventura County field workers left jobless by a severe pre-Christmas freeze, expanding a disaster declaration that had previously only applied to seven counties in the Central Valley.
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March 19, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials agreed Thursday to extend emergency aid to Ventura County field workers left jobless by a severe pre-Christmas freeze, expanding a disaster declaration that had previously only applied to seven counties in the Central Valley.
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December 27, 1998
The landscape of Ventura County changed in 1998 in ways that begin to make conservation of local agriculture more likely. The land use initiatives passed easily, though perhaps not due to any great interest in agriculture but to the citizens' interest in preserving the fine quality of life enjoyed here. Although we in agriculture are proud to provide the open-space amenities, we now look to the other side of the bargain. Our urban neighbors must be willing to provide us with the environment needed for viable long-term agriculture, and must allow us access to the necessary cultural tools that enable us to be competitive in the new reality of global sourcing and markets.
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October 25, 1998 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the SOAR campaign to preserve agriculture and control growth appears to represent the perfect union of farmers and environmentalists concerned about the future of the earth. The truth is different. Any alliance is more wishful thinking than fact. Most farmers oppose the controversial ballot initiative. And they are suspicious of the sudden courtship of environmentalists who have long been critical of agricultural practices.
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July 15, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Someone is swiping pesticides from growers on the Oxnard Plain, stirring concerns that Ventura County's agricultural industry has become a prime target for prowlers. Bandits have committed four large-scale burglaries of farm chemicals since the start of the year, including a heist last week in which thieves stole $50,000 in insecticides and fungicides from an Oxnard-area warehouse.
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January 28, 2001 | DOUG ADRIANSON, Doug Adrianson is editorial page editor of The Times Ventura County Edition
Mayhem or magic? I figured we were headed for one or the other when I saw who showed up for the first meeting of the Ag Futures Alliance, the latest effort to resolve disputes that have dogged Ventura County agriculture for decades. There in the parlor of the graceful old Faulkner Farm house last January were two dozen people I knew to be passionate about farming, one way or another.
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October 25, 1998
It makes great bumper stickers: Save the farms. Stop sprawl. Stick it to developers. It sounds so simple--and that's precisely our problem with the SOAR initiatives: Balancing Ventura County residents' unanimous desire to preserve our green vistas against the need to be fair, flexible and responsive to future needs for jobs and housing is anything but simple.
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August 1, 1998 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To those who whiz past the Arundell Farm along the Ventura Freeway every morning, the 277-acre mixed vegetable field is probably just another patch of agricultural eye candy. But to Larry Rose of the Ventura County Agricultural Land Trust, the farm is much more--it represents a critical backstop ensuring that the farmland between Oxnard and Ventura isn't gobbled up by development and that the two cities never blend.
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