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March 22, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Years of uncertainty over the future of Orange County's most historic coastal community is likely to be partially resolved today as members of the California Coastal Conservancy meet to discuss the fate of the cottages at Crystal Cove. At issue: whether the state will provide $2 million to buy out a would-be developer, thereby stopping a luxury resort at the site.
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May 2, 2011 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
When Ellen Stern Harris died of cancer five years ago at age 76, the pugnacious conservationist left a vast and chaotic collection of letters, research files, photos and publications. Last Wednesday,, a UCLA van pulled up to a chilly storage warehouse in West Los Angeles to pick up 28 cartons of materials, carefully organized by an archivist hired through Craigslist. Over the coming months, UCLA plans to digitize the contents to make them available online to scholars and others interested in California's political and environmental history.
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NEWS
June 21, 1985
Joseph E. Petrillo has resigned as executive officer of the California Coastal Conservancy, effective Aug. 15. Petrillo, 45, said he was leaving his $50,000-a-year post to enter private law practice in San Francisco specializing in coastal matters. Petrillo has been executive officer of the conservancy since 1977. The conservancy is responsible for acquiring coastal lands for public use and restoring degraded coastal wetlands and access ways.
NEWS
October 25, 2005
What emblem best sums up California's coast? A variety of designs are being considered for signs that will designate the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail. Coastwalk, a nonprofit organization that favors a continuous coastal hiking route from Mexico to Canada, is collecting comments to pass on to the California Coastal Conservancy. To weigh in on the decision, which is expected by the end of the year, stop in at a presentation Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
NEWS
October 25, 2005
What emblem best sums up California's coast? A variety of designs are being considered for signs that will designate the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail. Coastwalk, a nonprofit organization that favors a continuous coastal hiking route from Mexico to Canada, is collecting comments to pass on to the California Coastal Conservancy. To weigh in on the decision, which is expected by the end of the year, stop in at a presentation Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1996
The outlook appears bright for the long-awaited restoration of the Ballona Lagoon in Venice. The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday approved a plan to revitalize the wetlands. The plan was submitted by the Ballona Lagoon Marine Preserve, a nonprofit Venice group leading the restoration effort, the city of Los Angeles, and the California Coastal Conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1988
WETLANDS WORKSHOP: A workshop for nonprofit groups along the Southern California coast working on wetlands projects will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Main Library. The event, sponsored by the California Coastal Conservancy, is designed to provide these groups with information and advanced training and to set up an informal network that will allow them to exchange information more easily.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1988
A project to line the dilapidated canals in Venice with mesh-like concrete mats is being studied by city engineers as a way to preserve wetland habitat while controlling further erosion of the canal banks. The waterways, built in the early 1900s by a developer who wanted to re-create Italy's Venice in Southern California, have fallen into disrepair. But neighborhood feuds over how the canals should be restored have for years delayed any work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2001
Hooray for "A Line in the Public Sand," your Nov. 3 editorial regarding the public right to the seashore. Everyone in our wonderful country should have access to the beach. How can the wealthy, who can afford beachfront homes, maintain the selfish notion that it is theirs alone? We must fight, fight, fight for the freedom of access. There appears to be a conflict of interest here. People with wealth, power and celebrity have far easier access to influence government policies and decisions than most of us have.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
Joan Irvine Smith and her mother, Athalie R. Clarke, have given $100,000 to the California Coastal Conservancy to help rehabilitate the San Joaquin Marsh, the largest fresh-water wetlands in Orange County and a seasonal home to endangered and threatened birds. Smith and Clarke have been donating large sums to environmental, educational and other causes since receiving a total of $255.8 million last year from the Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Within five years, hikers may be able to walk along the ocean from Sea Ranch to Bodega Bay as a 40-mile stretch of the California Coastal Trail emerges along the Sonoma County coast. It also may be possible to walk along 20 miles of inland meadow and forest trails from the coast to Occidental before 2010. The trail is being expanded through a series of land acquisitions by the county Open Space District and funding pledges by the state Coastal Conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The state Coastal Conservancy has approved what environmentalists hope is the final block of financial support assuring the long-awaited restoration of Huntington Beach's Bolsa Chica wetlands. "We certainly now have enough to get started and go full bore," said Dick Wayman, a conservancy spokesman. "Our aim is to restore [the wetlands] to what it was more than 100 years ago." The agency voted Thursday at a meeting in Laguna Beach to allocate $10 million for the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2003 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
Committing one-tenth of its remaining bond money to a single Ventura County project, the state Coastal Conservancy moved Thursday to restore one of Southern California's largest seaside wetlands by earmarking $23 million to buy at least 500 acres at Ormond Beach near Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The state Coastal Conservancy, its budget enriched by voter-approved bonds, doled out $11 million to expand parkland and preserve wildlife habitat along California's coastline, Gov. Gray Davis announced Friday. "This funding will support the purchase of more than 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat and parklands, reduce water pollution and improve parks," the governor said.
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July 21, 2002 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than any other agency, the state Coastal Conservancy has emerged as a force in Ventura County's environmental preservation movement--a big spender with big plans that are quickly becoming reality. After years of preparation, the conservancy has received a $490-million windfall from California voters through two huge parkland bond measures passed since 2000. And it plans to spend a sizable chunk of that to preserve or restore Ventura County wildlife habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Coastal Conservancy reversed course Thursday and agreed to help open dozens of planned public walkways to the beach, especially those that cut between oceanfront mansions whose owners have been most opposed to the expanded access. The policy adopted unanimously was revised from an earlier version that had prompted coastal activists to accuse the conservancy of backsliding on its mandate to expand beach access.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1994 | IRA E. STOLL
Four governmental agencies will help decide what to do with the crumbling oceanside bicycle path near Seaside Park in Ventura, Assistant City Manager Steve Chase said this week. The path has been eaten away by the ocean and tangled in jurisdictional disputes among the city, state parks, California Coastal Commission and the County Fair Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials announced Monday that they have reached agreement on a $17-million deal to acquire some of the best remaining coastal wetlands in Oxnard and Huntington Beach. The agreement concludes months of negotiations by the California Coastal Conservancy, backed by environmental groups, to secure environmentally sensitive lands that once were buffer zones for Southern California Edison power plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2001
Hooray for "A Line in the Public Sand," your Nov. 3 editorial regarding the public right to the seashore. Everyone in our wonderful country should have access to the beach. How can the wealthy, who can afford beachfront homes, maintain the selfish notion that it is theirs alone? We must fight, fight, fight for the freedom of access. There appears to be a conflict of interest here. People with wealth, power and celebrity have far easier access to influence government policies and decisions than most of us have.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2001 | KENNETH R. WEISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Coastal Conservancy edged away Thursday from a policy to open every potential public walkway to California beaches, including many in exclusive oceanfront neighborhoods where resistance is often strongest. The conservancy agreed two years ago to ensure public access to the most contentious beach easements, according to officials of its sister agency, the California Coastal Commission.
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