October 25, 2006

Contact: Ed Wilson
Don Drysdale
Carrie Reinsimar
(916) 323-1886

Additional Comments About
the Williamson Act Easement Exchange Project in Lathrop

State Senator Michael J. Machado, a family farmer in Linden who chairs the Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation and Senate Subcommittee on Delta Resources: "The richness of the Central Valley is a reflection of its agricultural tradition. The preservation of farmland enhances our economic vitality, as well as our quality of life."

Assemblymember Barbara Matthews, a resident of Tracy who chairs the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and the Assembly Select Committee on the Future of Farming in California: “The resolution reached in Lathrop not only addresses the city’s plans but also permanently shields some outstanding farmland from future development. I hope to see more outcomes like this in the future.”

Richland Planned Communities Senior Vice President Stephen Thurtle: “Our aim here was to be responsible citizens and good neighbors. There was tremendous communication and cooperation from all parties involved, and we’re very pleased with the way things worked out.”

Lathrop Vice Mayor Kristy Sayles: “I am happy anytime that more land is preserved than developed. I wish more communities understood the importance of preserving agricultural land.”

Lathrop Community Development Director Marilyn Ponton: “The City of Lathrop is pleased to be a part of this historic event. This is a win-win situation for both the developer and the community.”

Central Valley Farmland Trust Executive Director Bill Martin: “The easement placed on the Mainstone property and held by the Central Valley Farmland Trust is significant in several ways: First, it’s our first easement in San Joaquin County. Second, it’s the result of a monumental effort by multiple individuals, entities, jurisdictions and agencies. And third, it’s the largest Williamson Act easement exchange of record. We’re also pleased that the money remains in San Joaquin County versus going to the state general fund with no farmland preservation provided.”