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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2000
Re "Ahmanson Ranch Foes Demand New Environmental Report," Feb. 27. Many wild accusations were made about the Ahmanson Ranch development during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hearing on Feb. 26 covered in this article. However, there is not one shred of evidence that suggests the development would have significant effects that could and would not be fixed. In the planning process, the Las Virgenes Institute was created to assure compliance with an environmental program for the site.
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August 3, 1999 | MICHAEL GOTTLIEB
The Thousand Oaks City Council has gone on record as opposed to the proposed Ahmanson Ranch housing development. A letter signed by all five members to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, dated July 23, states that the city opposes the proposed 5,433-acre, 3,050-unit project because it would be built about seven miles east of Oak Park in an area that should be classified only for rural, very low-intensity uses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999
Re "Ahmanson Ranch Project," letters, Aug. 29. Wake up, Washington Mutual, and make the right decision by selling this ecological treasure as critically needed open space for the park-poor Los Angeles area! Preserving Ahmanson Ranch as open space as it was zoned would provide around 20 miles of accessible hiking, biking and jogging trails. The ranch could continue to be available as a wilderness for filming and would help keep the film industry in West Valley. Historical scenes from "Gone With the Wind" were filmed here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
Sensible growth in our valleys is a wonderful thing, but not before we consider the effect on our over-burdened freeways. ("Critics Shoot Down Schillo's Trial Balloon," Dec. 14). Since the development of Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, traveling the freeway, especially the 101, is getting intolerable. What we need is a moratorium on all large developments until we can solve our local freeway transportation problems. I wonder who is deciding our future growth?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1995
In regard to the Valley Newswatch item Oct. 6, "Good Plan," the Ahmanson Ranch project: The theme for a recent Santa Barbara planning association convention was "Redefining Paradise." No wonder Ahmanson Ranch won! Never mind the pending lawsuits against the project. Never mind that Ahmanson (owned by Home Savings) and Bob Hope reneged on a deal that cost the public $28 million. This was a group of planners in a hurry to take the wine tour. Funny though that a bunch of experts would plant a big kiss on the ugliest, meanest kid on the block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1996
Re "Ahmanson Adds 14 Feet to Road," Aug. 22. How can this be? Why is an L.A. County judge forcing the city of Calabasas to let Ahmanson extend Las Virgenes / Malibu Canyon Road to the proposed Ahmanson development in Ventura County? The traffic from this will gridlock commuters on the Ventura Freeway. No mitigation was required of Ahmanson to ease this burden on commuters. Residents of the Conejo, Las Virgenes and West San Fernando valleys appear to be losing out in the courts. The Ahmanson Ranch is owned by powerful Home Savings of America.
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February 23, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
A public hearing Saturday on the proposed Ahmanson Ranch development is expected to attract many eager to share their opinions about the controversial project. The Army Corps of Engineers will consider public testimony in deciding whether to approve the portion of the development that would impact waterways and wetlands, particularly East Las Virgenes Creek. "We want to get some information from folks to see what's concerning them," said Herb Nesmith, spokesman for the corps.
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