Laetitia Winery makes California sparkling wines (i.e. if we were in France we could call it champagne). It lies on the 101 and backwards into the Upper Los Berros canyon area with access from Dana Foothill and the freeway. Their attractive vineyards stud the rolling hills. It’s a lovely site.
Yet for Laetitia, that wasn’t enough. Growth was the plan. And growth far beyond wine. They want a dude rance, hundreds of homes on one-acre parcels, and many amenities that tax the local water supply. So far, their plan to go forward has been stymied by the SLO County administrators who’ve rejected each application and have not been impressed with their Environmental Impact Reports or their efforts to mitigate the huge water loss this project will create. Yet they are still appealing.
Why does it matter? They share the same aquifer as Rim Rock Road and regions south of their enormous operation. So while they densely plant the vineyard, they consume enormous amounts of water while the ordinary household, some here much longer than the winery, are run dry and forced to truck in water.
What can you do? First, oppose their project: the next Laetitia meeting at the Government Center is
Notice how little regard this multi-national conglomerate has for locals and their homes.