Citing the state's ongoing drought, Los Angeles
The supervisors last year -- over the objection of vineyard owners -- passed a development plan that would ban new vineyards in an 81-square-mile coastal area near Malibu. The new temporary ban covers a 32-square-mile area north of the coastal zone.
A handful of local vineyard owners voiced opposition to the plan.
Vintner Dan Fredman said that vineyard owners are being "singled out" and that other activities use more water.
"I realize it's difficult to get much sympathy for people who live in Malibu," he said. "But the reality is, most of the people who are working with farming, we're out there doing it ourselves."
"No, vineyards did not cause the drought," Kuehl said. "I didn't cause the drought, either, by using too much water. But the point is: the aggregate of everybody's actions is contributing or helping."
The supervisors voted 4 to 1, with Supervisor