California Watch: Fund to protect farmland, open space facing end

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to end state funding for a program designed to protect farmland and open spaces has reignited a decades-old controversy over the law’s effectiveness.

The recommendation to cut $10 million from the program has led to an outcry from the state’s agricultural and environmentalist communities. Jenesse Miller, communications director for the California League of Conservation Voters called the Williamson Act an “exceptional program” and said removing state funding for it would be a “major and painful loss” . . . (more)