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For Veterans Living in Ventura County

Are you a veteran living in Ventura County? Please make sure you're aware of all the federal, state and local benefits you are eligible for. The County's Veteran Services Agency is a great resource to visit. You can access their website here:, and thank you for your service to our nation.

California Lawmakers Reject Proposal to Curb Well-Drilling Where Nearby Wells Could Run Dry

Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Ventura), who introduced the bill, said it was intended to address a significant loophole in California’s groundwater law. The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, passed in 2014, created local agencies tasked with developing plans for curbing overpumping in many areas of the state, but left counties in charge of issuing permits for new wells.

Water Works: $17M in State Grants to Fund Several VC Water Projects

Mike Barber is board president of the Garden Acres Mutual Water Company serving the unincorporated community of Nyeland Acres next to the 101 Freeway. He is probably better known, however, as the person who rescued a huge Santa Claus statue slated for demolition in Carpinteria, moving it to its new home on water district property near Oxnard in 2003. He’s also the founder of the Santa to the Sea Half Marathon.

On Friday, May 17, Barber’s tiny utility serving around half the homes in Nyeland Acres hosted a news conference detailing how $17.6 million in state funding will be spent on several projects across Ventura County, while also honoring the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) grant funding recipients.

Assemblymember Bennett Named CAFF Pete Price Farm Policy Champion

Thank you to California Alliance of Family Farmers (@caff_famfarms) for recognizing me as your 2024 Pete Price Farm Policy Champion of the Year. Last year, we introduced AB 2313 to create a regional farm equipment sharing program, and we are continuing to push the bill forward. I look forward to our continued collaboration. Thank you for this kind recognition.

Thank You to the California Salmon & Steelhead Coalition

Thank you to the California Salmon & Steelhead Coalition for recognizing our work to protect and restore California's iconic species, particularly our salmonid monitoring bill, AB 809. We learned important history from Karuk Tribal Council Vice Chairman Kenneth Brink and Yurok Tribal Council Vice Chairman Frankie Myers on the longstanding relationship California native peoples share with the salmon and steelhead.

Asm. Steve Bennett Introduces Bill Targeting State's Single-Use Plastic Consumption

(Sacramento, CA) - Assemblymember Steve Bennett introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 2648, which tackles California’s ambitious goals to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Specifically, AB 2648 will phase out the purchase and sale of single-use plastic bottles by state agencies. AB 2648 does not apply to the average consumer.