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July 23, 1995
"Koll Agrees to Sell 75% of Wetlands Site" (July 8) doesn't sound like music to some ears, but to those of us who have worked and dreamed of a real wetlands ecosystem for future generations to study or simply, and importantly, experience, it is not only music, it is Mozart! But this is just the first movement. The next is the attainment of the mesa--home of the hawk, osprey and peregrine falcon. Now we must move to preserve it all. MARY ALLEN Huntington Beach Your article on the Bolsa Chica wetlands agreement stated "the plan was applauded by people on virtually all sides of the issue."
December 3, 2002 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
More than a year's worth of talks aimed at preserving the vast Hearst Ranch along California's scenic Central Coast have broken down, even as negotiators were finalizing the details of what would have been a landmark settlement. But Hearst Corp. officials said Monday that they have entered talks with another environmental partner and fully expect the new negotiations to succeed. "I remain confident that we will be able to preserve the beauty of the ranch forever," said Stephen T.
May 26, 2003 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
When Hearst Corp. released a road map for preserving its magnificent coastal ranch from development last year, the plan was greeted with headlines and widespread praise from environmentalists and politicians. Six months later, negotiators are finding out that it takes more than a road map to get where you're going, especially with the kids in the back seat clamoring, "Are we there yet?"
September 22, 2001
It's easy to look at a seaside bluff and demand preservation. What cities need are visionary leaders who look at trashy and tumbleweed-strewn wasteland and see children sprinting over lawns and families picnicking under trees. Until recently, most politicians in Northeast Los Angeles looked at Taylor Yard, an old railroad switching yard, and envisioned the big-box industrial development that already encroaches on neighborhoods on this flat stretch between Elysian Park and Mt. Washington.
May 12, 2003
Driving north of Los Angeles on U.S. 395, the first great view of the High Sierra may be the best of all -- from just south of the town of Lone Pine looking up toward the jagged crest crowned by the 14,494-foot summit of Mt. Whitney. That's the scene in the Ansel Adams sunrise photograph, with the Alabama Hills and a grazing horse in the shaded foreground. (Whitney lies shyly in the center-rear of the photo; many mistake the hulk of the closer Lone Pine Peak on the left for Whitney.
A company planning to build an industrial project on land the governor and others hoped would become part of a proposed state park along the Los Angeles River has offered to sell the 30-acre parcel to an environmental group. Urban park advocates who had been fighting the project near Dodger Stadium for years hailed the decision by Lennar Partners, saying it would provide an invaluable parcel for the long-awaited 103-acre park just northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
December 4, 2002 | Kenneth R. Weiss and John Johnson, Times Staff Writers
The Hearst Corp. is considering a $100-million conservation deal that would forsake previous development plans for its historic family ranch and deed virtually all of its oceanfront acreage -- the ranchland west of California Highway 1 -- to the state, sources said Tuesday. At the same time, the family would like to hold on to a few private beaches along its 18 miles of spectacular coastline and retain the option to build homes on 27 different lots for future Hearst generations, sources said.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation completed a $43-million deal Thursday to purchase 1,659 acres in lower Topanga Canyon, extending the reach of Topanga State Park from the San Fernando Valley all the way to the sea. State officials bought the property from LAACO Ltd., owner of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, in an arrangement brokered by the American Land Conservancy in San Francisco. "It's such a wonderful purchase," said Harriet Burgess, the conservancy's president.
May 1, 2000
In the past, a state parks bond issue on the ballot might trigger thoughts of misty North Coast redwoods, oceanside campgrounds, the vast desert tract of Anza Borrego, distant wildlife preserves and a historic site like Sutter's Fort in Sacramento. But this year's state bond issue, approved by voters in March, is significantly different. Of the $2.1 billion in bonds listed in Proposition 12, nearly half will go to local governments and nonprofit groups.
November 18, 2000 | From Associated Press
Residents of this Central Coast community of about 6,000 held hands Friday along the mile-long trail their fund-raising--and state parks bond money--has preserved forever. The $11.1-million purchase of the 417-acre East-West Ranch is one of the first major land buys made possible by Proposition 12, a $2.1-billion parks bond California voters approved in March, said state Sen. Jack O'Connell (D-San Luis Obispo).
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