SACRAMENTO — The state Senate on Tuesday passed by a wide margin a bill to extend the life of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy until July, 1995.
The measure, by Sen. Herschel Rosenthal (D-Los Angeles), now goes to the Assembly.
In arguing for passage, Rosenthal said the conservancy has protected sensitive land from growth and development, especially in areas where open space is scarce.
Rosenthal said his aim is to help the conservancy "complete high priority parkland expansion."
Since the agency, championed by then-Assemblyman Howard Berman (D-Panorama City), was established in 1979, it has purchased or helped pay for the acquisition of about 10,000 acres of open space and parkland at a cost of about $38 million, according to conservancy figures.
The life of the agency has been extended twice before, in 1981 and 1986. It is currently scheduled to go out of business in 1990.