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2010 Cañada Larga Campaign
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Ventura City Council Approves Westside Plan without Annexation at the April 19, 2011 Meeting

Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation wishes to thank you for your support during our year-long campaign to prevent the annexation of Cañada Larga Valley to the City of Ventura.

By a vote of 6 to 0, on April 19, the City Council voted to move ahead with the Westside Community Plan within the city's boundaries. Cañada Larga and North Avenue will not be annexed.

At the meeting, Diane Underhill, president of Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation, and leader of a coalition of eight organizations, presented an informative power point presentation which we hope to soon have available on our website (www.vchp.org). The Coalition includes the Sierra Club, SOAR, Surfrider Foundation, Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper, Wishtoyo Foundation, VCCool, and the Ventura Audubon Society, EDC and represents hundreds of members.

Residents and members of our coalition filled the Chamber. More than 30 Ventura residents and members of our Coalition provided over 90 minutes of testimony addressing the negative repercussions of the annexation plan. Many people submitted comment cards or sent email comments to Council prior to the meeting.

This was a true example of Democracy in Action. Venturans from all parts of the City worked together for a year to achieve this result. Thanks to all those who sent emails, attended meetings, contributed financially, and followed our progress throughout the year.

A very special thanks is due to the Environmental Defense Center which we were able to retain due to your contributions and the many pro bono hours they gave to our cause. Its letter to the City Planning Department provided expertise we volunteers were lacking.

We appreciate your support and promise to keep you informed on future changes which surface in regard to Cañada Larga Valley, the Hillsides of Ventura, City Council elections in November, and the important discussion of the proposed Ventura River Parkway Plan to restore the Ventura River and make it accessible to all residents. Stay tuned for more to come.

Please share our message with your environmentally concerned friends who would wish to hear from us. They can join our email list. Word-of-mouth is the most effective way for us to increase our supporter list. VCHP does not have membership dues. Your friends would simply receive occasional email alerts when local environmental preservation is threatened. Thank you again for your support.


Diane Underhill, President
Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation



Ventura Citizens for Hillside Preservation
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 665-3820

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