Stop the Ban

On August 26, 2014 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to consider the recently modified Land Use Plan (LUP) for the Santa Monica Mountains. If approved in its present form, the LUP will ban new vineyards and forever change farming in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The 1976 California Coastal Act prioritizes agricultural land use over all other forms of land use along the California Coast.

  • Vineyards are agriculture and help preserve the natural beauty and rural character of the land.
  • Vineyards attract visitors to the Santa Monica Mountains to enjoy the beauty of the vineyards in their natural setting every year.
  • Vineyards create local jobs and commerce.
  • Vineyards protect human life and property, serving as natural fire breaks.
  • Vineyards and their extensive root systems help stabilize hillsides and prevent erosion.
  • Vineyards use significantly less water than other types of crop-based agriculture.
  • Vineyards are planted by local citizens who live in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • Vineyards help reduce greenhouse gases by breaking down CO2 and storing carbon.

It is ironic that the Federal Government has recently recognized the Santa Monica Mountains with its own Malibu Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area) when at the same time the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is attempting to ban vineyards from the very same area.

We need your help! Write to your Supervisor and let them know that you enjoy the vineyards and want the ban on vineyards removed from the LUP. Go to the LA County Board of Supervisors website to find the name and contact information for your supervisor.

We hope you’ll join us at the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting on August 26, at 9:30 am and voice your support of vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains.