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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1992
I am deeply concerned about the possibility that a natural resource as unique as the Big Tujunga Wash is about to be scarred by a golf course. This area has been designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Area and once it is destroyed--buried under 2.8 million cubic yards of fill dirt and the cement to construct channels--it can never be reclaimed. In the short time it takes to unload those 2.8 million cubic yards of dirt a precious ecological resource that evolved over millions of years will be obliterated.
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NEWS
April 15, 1994 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal wildlife officials have ruled that a proposal by a controversial Japanese developer to build a championship golf course in Big Tujunga Wash, one of urban Los Angeles' most environmentally sensitive areas, would jeopardize endangered wildflowers found in the rugged stream course. The long-awaited decision by the Fish & Wildlife Service deals a blow to plans of Cosmo World Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A developer planning to create a golf course in Big Tujunga Wash has rejected a $3.5-million offer for the environmentally sensitive land made earlier this week by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state parklands agency. In a letter sent to members of the Los Angeles City Council, Mark Armbruster, an attorney representing Foothill Golf Development Corp., said the bid was too low and the corporation still wants the council to approve permits for the golf course.
NEWS
October 23, 1993 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An unprecedented threat by a golf course developer to destroy a penny-sized wildflower has suddenly, if unintentionally, put the fate of rugged Big Tujunga Wash on the map. Since 1987, developer Cosmo World Corp. has fought a quiet, behind-the-scenes battle with a handful of homeowner activists and bureaucrats to build a private, championship golf course on a 355-acre parcel in the wash.
NEWS
July 5, 1993 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japanese golf tycoon Minoru Isutani may have been vanquished at Pebble Beach, but now he's back. Contrary to rumors of his financial demise, Isutani's corporate entity, Cosmo World, is still twitching in Los Angeles, where the controversial developer is forging ahead with plans to carve a championship golf course out of an ecologically sensitive wetlands tract. He is also fresh in the mind of the FBI, which is investigating Isutani for money laundering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997
A week after the Los Angeles City Council rejected plans to build a golf course in the Big Tujunga Wash, the developer Thursday filed a $215-million claim against the city, charging that the project was illegally rejected. The claim, which sets the stage for a lawsuit, accuses the council of opposing the project because of pressure from an influential labor union--the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 11--instead of basing its decision on the merits of the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1997
In the latest turn of a long-running dispute, the Los Angeles City Council decided Tuesday to explore all options for resolving a multimillion-dollar lawsuit brought by developers who sought to build a golf course in the Big Tujunga Wash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The Los Angeles City Council will vote today on whether to give its final approval to a controversial plan to build an 18-hole golf course in Big Tujunga Wash. The $12-million proposal by Glendale-based Foothills Golf Development Group won an important victory in June when the council's Land Use Management Committee recommended full council approval. The recommendation came after Councilman Joel Wachs, whose district contains the wash, endorsed the plan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1997
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is offering $3.5 million to buy and preserve 352 acres of environmentally sensitive land along the banks of the Big Tujunga Wash where a developer wants to build an 18-hole golf course. But a spokesman for the developer dismissed the offer Tuesday as too low, saying it would not even cover what has been spent on designing and planning the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1992
The Los Angeles Planning Commission has postponed until Oct. 22 a hearing on a controversial proposal to build a private 18-hole golf club in the environmentally sensitive Big Tujunga Wash. It had been set for Oct. 8. Commission Secretary Ramona Haro said the commissioners also are considering holding the hearing at the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, near Sunland, where the golf project is planned. Usually the commission holds San Fernando Valley hearings at the Van Nuys Woman's Club.
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