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Dana Point Commission Meetings on Headlands Could Be Televised

September 09, 1997|FRANK MESSINA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

DANA POINT — A proposal to televise Planning Commission meetings involving planned development of the Dana Point Headlands will be considered today by the City Council.

Planning commissioners have said they are against televising the meetings.

"After a lengthy conversation with the planning commissioners, it was [our] unanimous consensus that the hearing should not be televised," Chairman Robert F. Nichols Jr. said in a Sept. 5 letter to the council.

The debate is the latest over the 122-acre site--among the last large undeveloped coastal parcels in Southern California.

Voters in 1994 rejected plans for a 400-room hotel, a commercial center and up to 370 homes at the site. An appellate court upheld the two voter referendums, but said the city had to allow some future development or compensate the landowners.

The property is owned by M.H. Sherman Co. and Chandis Securities Co., a firm that oversees the financial holdings of the Chandler family, a major stockholder in Times Mirror Co., which publishes the Los Angeles Times.

The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be held at City Hall, 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Suite 210. Information: (714) 248-9890.

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