Lockwood Valley residents score big win — Ventura Co. commissioners agree wildlife corridor should bypass Lockwood

  • [photos by Katy Penland and Chris Collier]

    [photos by Katy Penland and Chris Collier]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

The longest hearing in the history of the Ventura County Planning Commission featured Lockwood Valley residents in a starring role January 31. Over 300 concerned rural residents arrived at 8:30 a.m. to comment on the county’s proposed Wildlife Corridor. The hearing did not adjourn until 8:30 p.m. that night.

Lockwood Valley residents were well prepared. They wore red shirts, as a “scarlet wave of resistance,” with speakers organized to cover a wide range of issues they hoped to impress on the commissioners. They spoke about the history of the area, reminding the commission of the national forest and wilderness areas surrounding Lockwood Valley—specifically intended to…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Well over 300 people, including alarmed residents of Lockwood Valley, filled the conference room, lobby, and overflow rooms January 31 at the Ventura County Planning Commission’s Wildlife Corridor hearing.

Stan McCuen goes over the maps of Lockwood Valley to show reporters what brought property owners out in droves to speak with Ventura County planning commissioners. They have another challenge ahead to convince supervisors in March.

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This is part of the February 8, 2019 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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