More than 2,000 energy workers in Ventura County are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of regulations recently approved by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The new laws amend the County’s zoning ordinances and will shut down responsible local oil and natural gas production.

Working Families for Jobs and Energy Independence is a broad coalition that is working to protect those jobs and the tens of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue the industry provides for critical county services like healthcare, education and public safety. The coalition is referring the zoning ordinances through the petition process so voters can choose to support important head of household jobs and vital tax revenues.


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The referenda will protect more than 2,000 local jobs and $50 million in annual tax revenues

Oil and gas producers in Ventura County employ thousands of people and contribute tens of millions in tax dollars that support critical County services like healthcare, public safety and education.

The oil and gas industry employs one of the most diverse workforces in Ventura County – single moms, second chancers, veterans, union members and immigrants – who set an example by producing the safe, affordable and reliable energy supply we need.

The referenda will ensure an affordable and reliable energy supply

If we don’t produce oil locally, we are forced to import more from foreign countries which impacts the reliability and affordability of our energy supply. This means higher costs for gasoline.

Local oil and gas are produced under the most stringent standards in the world

More than two dozen federal, state and local agencies oversee the planning, permitting and operation of all oil and gas projects in Ventura County. This means local oil and gas workers produce the energy we need in a way that safeguards public health, safety and the environment.

Locally produced oil and gas are the environmentally responsible choice

What we don’t produce locally, we are forced to import from foreign countries with limited protections for workers and the environment. It is the sound environmental and economic choice to support responsible local production working in tandem with other forms of energy like renewables.

The pandemic is causing economic uncertainty and we cannot risk shutting down major taxpayers in the County

We are still in the middle of a global pandemic which is causing economic uncertainty for Ventura County. Every tax dollar is precious and should be spent on economic recovery.

Protects the rights of royalty owners, many of whom are seniors and rely on oil and gas payments to help pay for food, rent and healthcare

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has violated long standing property rights which expose County and taxpayers to lawsuits that could cost millions of dollars. Ventura County is already facing multiple lawsuits over their updated General Plan. Royalty owners may have no choice but to sue the county.

Referenda Against The Coastal And Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinances Passed By The Ventura County Board Of Supervisors

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