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Homeowners Seek to Curb Traffic to Streisand Center

October 06, 1998

A group of homeowners has sued the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, saying that the state agency has no business using a residential road to bring guests and catering vans to its facilities.

In a complaint filed in Santa Monica Superior Court, about 30 property owners in Ramirez Canyon say that they want a halt to what they say is noisy and dangerous commercial use of a residential road.

Residents along the canyon road say that the conservancy's Streisand Center for Conservancy Studies, formed after actress Barbra Streisand donated her property to the state in 1993, is being used nearly every weekend for weddings, parties and other large events.

The events constitute an improper commercial use of residential Ramirez Canyon Road, plaintiffs say.

Laurie Collins, staff counsel for the Conservancy, said Monday that she could not comment on the lawsuit because she had not seen a copy of it.

Collins said all events held at the Streisand Center are limited to a total of 15 cars, which results in less traffic than would occur if the property were privately owned.

"We try our best to be good neighbors," Collins said.

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