California ranchers battle tech execs’ plan for new city

Denverton (United States) (AFP) – Solano County’s vast plains are dotted with cows and slowly turning wind turbines, but underneath this visible calm local residents are facing a battle to keep their land. About five years ago, a shadowy Silicon Valley group began buying parcels of land for the “California Forever” project, a futuristic tech city. So far, the company behind this, Flannery Associates, say they’ve acquired more than 50,000 acres. “It just breaks my heart” says Cassandra, a ranch owner in Solano, “it’s going to ruin all of our country.”


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