Performance Nursery in Moorpark has been evicted by Southern California Edison! As we are all aware, Tom Lucas, has been a very strong community supporter for Moorpark and it’s residents for almost three decades.
It’s so disappointing that Southern California Edison would take a stance to force eviction – and very quickly – of Performance Nursery, its 32 employees and 460,000 plants. It’s just not a stance by SCE to support our community.
For 28 years Performance has operated on the nearly 42 acres of SCE land from Tierra Rejada Road to the Arroyo Simi, helping the Moorpark community by donating or loaning plants for Moorpark High School’s graduation ceremonies; donating/loaning plants to local Catholic and Lutheran churches for Palm Sunday ceremonies and donating/loaning plants to local Boys and Girls Clubs.
The company also has donated or loaned plants and vehicles to the Rotary Club of Moorpark’s Annual Civil War Reenactment; donated/loaned plants to artists for use in their displays, booths at trade shows, or in their art; donated time, roses and man-hours, and hosted auctions for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
It has donated a venue and hosted wine-tasting events for Women and Children’s groups; and worked with and donated plants and man-hours to Make-A-Wish foundation. There is more.
What is perplexing regarding the SCE demand to quickly vacate is it could result in the destruction of thousands upon thousands of plants, since in the little time allotted the nursery cannot move them all. Is forcing destruction of plants part of SCE’s mission?
Then there’s the loss of jobs to Moorpark, plus the cost to SCE and its rate-payers. If the land is vacated there would be loss of lease income; costs related to weed and graffiti abatement and dust control – all now provided by Performance.
People who live near the land should be mortified. Vacant land there will attract trespassers, vandals, vagrants, off-road vehicles and more. Everyone should contact SCE and the California Public Utilities Commission to put a stop to this tragedy.
You can do your part in helping Performance Nursery by signing this online petition at: https://www.change.org/p/performancenursery