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May 2, 1997 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
After several months of searching for an archeological firm to reevaluate the importance of identified archeological sites on the Hellman Ranch property, the city this week hired KEA Environmental of San Diego. The decision will allow the city to proceed with the public comment period for the recently released environmental impact report for the Hellman property, for which development is proposed. The city Environmental Quality Control Board will meet Tuesday to hear public input.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State officials have halted construction of a gated community in Seal Beach after the discovery of the remains of at least 18 Native Americans on land a local tribe considers a sacred burial ground. The cease-and-desist order by the California Coastal Commission is the latest twist in the 21-year history of the Hellman Ranch, a 196-acre property between the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station and the San Gabriel River.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1996 | RUSS LOAR
An archeological survey of the 183-acre Hellman Ranch property has turned up what may be the ruins of a prehistoric house, which would be a rare find. But researchers caution that it might turn out to be nothing more than impressions in the earth left by a water tank. "We don't know if it's a prehistoric house, but if it turns out to be one, it's a very, very unique find," archeologist E. Gary Stickel told City Council members Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission approved a permit Tuesday for a 70-home gated community on Hellman Ranch in Seal Beach, a site so controversial for two decades that local leaders once received death threats over proposed development there. But the approval came only after a rancorous discussion in which representatives for developer Hellman Properties LLC derided a commission proposal that the individual homeowners be required to landscape with only plants native to Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1997 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Native Americans and archeologists are calling for a more thorough study of the Hellman Ranch property, contending a dozen identified archeological sites there are threatened by proposed development. The comments came during a public meeting this week before a city-appointed Archeological Advisory Committee that is considering excavation plans for the site.
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June 26, 1990 | TED JOHNSON and CHRISTOPHER ADAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After four years of heated debate, the City Council late Monday denied a developer's request to build a residential housing tract on 149 acres of the Hellman Ranch property. The 3-2 vote appeared to mark an end, at least temporarily, to the Mola Development Corp.'s quest to build 329 single-family homes in northwest Seal Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
The future of the Hellman Ranch development, a project expected to bring an 18-hole golf course, 70 homes and dozens of acres of saltwater wetland restoration to a 231-acre parcel on Seal Beach Boulevard, could be in jeopardy. City Councilwoman Gwen Forsythe said Monday that she has been told the California Coastal Commission could deny the project because it wants more freshwater and saltwater marsh restoration on the site. The developer could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
Ten residents and a representative of area property owners will form an advisory committee for the revision of the Hellman Ranch specific plan, the City Council decided this week. Council members, who discussed forming the committee at Monday's meeting, are expected to select and appoint residents from their respective districts to the committee in the next two months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN
Despite emotional pleas from Native American groups anxious to stop construction of the controversial Hellman Ranch project, the proposed golf course and custom home development moved a step closer to reality this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1997 | CATHY WERBLIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With no last-minute debate and before only a handful of residents, the Seal Beach City Council on Monday unanimously approved the exceptionally controversial plan to develop the 231-acre Hellman Ranch. Mayor Marilyn Hastings and Council member Gwen Forsythe simply shook hands after the vote and quietly thanked the project's representatives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last year's controversial Coastal Commission approval of a golf course that would destroy nearly 18 acres of wetlands in Seal Beach has been sidestepped by a legal settlement, officials said Tuesday. Environmentalists, the site's developer and an attorney for the state commission have agreed to send the Hellman Ranch development back for approval--without the golf course. "It's a compromise that makes the best of the situation that we have," said attorney D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what conservationists say is a crucial battle to protect California's fast-disappearing coastal wetlands, three groups on Monday filed two separate lawsuits challenging the state Coastal Commission's vote allowing 18 acres of Seal Beach wetlands to be filled to build a golf course. The two suits attempt to overturn the panel's hotly contested approval of 70 luxury homes, restored wetlands and an 18-hole golf course on the Hellman Ranch property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that has angered activists, a state panel is scheduled to decide the fate of the controversial Hellman Ranch development in far-off Eureka, 700 miles north of the Seal Beach wetlands that have sparked a spirited environmental tug of war. Due to a tangle of deadlines and geography, the California Coastal Commission will vote on the project the second week in September, when it convenes in the far northwest corner of the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The buses were to pull out of Orange County shortly after dawn today, headed for Santa Barbara and an emotional showdown over the future of one of Seal Beach's last remaining pieces of open space. Two buses were to carry project supporters prepared to tell the California Coastal Commission why it should approve the building of 70 luxury homes, an 18-hole golf course and restored wetlands at Hellman Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS and DEBORAH SCHOCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The state Coastal Commission staff has dramatically changed its stance on the Hellman Ranch project in Seal Beach, drawing cheers from environmentalists but harsh criticism from the developer, who warned the change could doom the project. Although the commission staff initially agreed to the plan, it now says that replacing wetlands with an 18-hole golf course flies in the face of state Coastal Act policies intended to protect the fast-vanishing marshes along the California coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS
A lawsuit challenging the city's efforts to preserve remnants of a prehistoric Native American civilization buried on the Hellman Ranch property should be resolved within two weeks, a judge said Friday. At issue is whether state law requires the city to devise a plan to preserve prehistoric bones and relics buried on the ranch before, or after, the Hellman family begins building a golf course and 70 luxury homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
Mola Development Corp.'s plan to build 329 houses on the old Hellman Ranch property was rejected by the current City Council and defeated by the voters, but the project is far from dead. This week, the City Council selected a consultant to compile a new environmental impact report on the proposed development. The city plans to hire P&D Technologies of Orange to conduct the study, and Mola will pick up the $220,000 tab.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998 | PHIL DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All that's left of the sprawling saltwater marsh and rolling grasslands on the Hellman Ranch property in Seal Beach is a 196-acre triangle of weed-choked pasture and worn-out wetlands where birds nest in abandoned light fixtures. Once a vast marsh that dominated the area less than a century ago, the land has been transformed into its state of blight by oil production, cattle ranching and the dumping of thousands of tons of San Gabriel River dredge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1998 | CATHY WERBLIN
The future of the Hellman Ranch development, a project expected to bring an 18-hole golf course, 70 homes and dozens of acres of saltwater wetland restoration to a 231-acre parcel on Seal Beach Boulevard, could be in jeopardy. City Councilwoman Gwen Forsythe said Monday that she has been told the California Coastal Commission could deny the project because it wants more freshwater and saltwater marsh restoration on the site. The developer could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
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