Debra Tash of the Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights spoke to the Ventura County Libertarian Party at the Alamo Bar and Grill in Newbury Park, California. She spoke of the land issues being fought in Ventura County, including the contraversial SOAR (Save Open-space and Agricultural Resources) initiative in which environmentalists seek to limit the use of your property. In an excellent article found on FoxAndHoudsDaily.com, SOAR is explained:
In their perfect world, there would be no farming, ranching, mining, housing or even recreation in these wildlands. The project founders divided the region into project areas and went to work. In Ventura County, the wildland project is sometimes referred to as the South Coast Missing Linkages project.
The means by which the proponents of this ideology have sought to accomplish their goal was by use of the Endangered Species Act, critical habitat designations, the California Environmental Quality Act, regional water quality regulations, and a host of local and regional land use planning tools that could serve to eliminate and obliterate the ability of landowners to use their lands for much of anything – including the right to grow food and raise livestock.
In essence, all these efforts have one goal and that is to wrap landowners, including both private property owners and even government entities that own land, such as the federal government, in as much green tape as possible so as to preclude use of the property.
Libertarians stand solidly opposed to such initiatives and have begun working closely to with CAPR to fight the erosion of property rights. Supervisors Steve Bennett and Linda Parks have been big proponents of this initiative and their efforts have resulted in the loss of inalienable rights right here locally in Ventura County.
For more information on property rights issues, please visit Colab-CAPR’s website.