Foothills Forever Campaign Receives State Budget Check
Source: Office of Assemblymember Steve Bennett
Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Ventura), Senator Monique Limón (D-Goleta), and Santa Barbara Supervisor Gregg Hart joined the board of the Foothills Forever nonprofit to present a check from the State of California. Bennett and Limón secured $3 million in this year’s State Budget to preserve open space at the San Marcos Preserve.
“This is an especially gratifying moment -- my entire public policy career has been centered on the preservation of open space. I want to thank Governor Newsom, legislative leaders, and Santa Barbara Supervisors, as well as countless individuals, for ensuring that the San Marcos Preserve is maintained as public land,” said Assemblymember Bennett.
“Preserving, protecting and providing access to the public land for future generations is essential. The community has been working together to keep this open space; I am glad that we can support these efforts as state representatives,” said Senator Limón.
“State Senator Limón and Assemblymember Bennett’s tireless advocacy in Sacramento delivered the critical last mile funding necessary to permanently preserve the San Marcos Foothills”, stated Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart. “Their efforts, along with financial contributions from the County of Santa Barbara and thousands of local residents helped preserve this biologically unique cultural treasure for future generations to experience and enjoy.”
The Foothills and the West Mesa Property has historically and continues to serve as a recreational area and respite in natural spaces for local residents and visitors alike. Preserving this ecologically sensitive land is an opportunity to create 300 acres of contiguous wildlife habitat to be restored and maintain an accessible, ideal setting for education and recreation.