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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1988
The following evening after reading your editorial, I chanced to see "The Milagro Beanfield War." The film depicts the initially hesitant but then gradual flood of opposition by demoralized, impoverished residents of a beautiful valley to a scheme that would turn their lands into a lucrative recreational area. Seeing this celluloid fantasy underscored the point of the editorial in a graphic way. The culprit in our drama is not a greedy land developer; it is a newly appointed director of the state Parks and Recreation Department, who readily admitted that he plans to reopen Anza-Borrego to all-terrain vehicles in response to demands by owners of these "recreational" vehicles.
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September 9, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
Saying he hopes that "there will be no further misunderstanding," state Parks and Recreation Director Henry R. Agonia on Friday apologized for his suggestion that the line separating church and state should never have been drawn. Agonia's apology came one day after Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) called on Gov. George Deukmejian to fire Agonia for the remarks made in an article he wrote titled, "Religion & Recreation: Erasing the Barrier."
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NEWS
September 8, 1989 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) on Thursday urged Gov. George Deukmejian to fire state Parks and Recreation Director Henry Agonia because of Agonia's written statement that "it is time to erase the line that separates church and state, a line that should never have been drawn." In a letter to the governor, Bane said: "By calling for the elimination of the constitutional separation of church and state, Mr. Agonia is no longer qualified to continue" as parks director.
NEWS
September 8, 1989 | MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) on Thursday urged Gov. George Deukmejian to fire state Parks and Recreation Director Henry Agonia because of Agonia's written statement that "it is time to erase the line that separates church and state, a line that should never have been drawn." In a letter to the governor, Bane said: "By calling for the elimination of the constitutional separation of church and state, Mr. Agonia is no longer qualified to continue" as parks director.
NEWS
September 9, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
Saying he hopes that "there will be no further misunderstanding," state Parks and Recreation Director Henry R. Agonia on Friday apologized for his suggestion that the line separating church and state should never have been drawn. Agonia's apology came one day after Assemblyman Tom Bane (D-Tarzana) called on Gov. George Deukmejian to fire Agonia for the remarks made in an article he wrote titled, "Religion & Recreation: Erasing the Barrier."
NEWS
September 13, 1987
Bowing to public pressure, state parks Director Henry Agonia has set aside plans to chop down 80 acres of eucalyptus trees on Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. The trees were to be cut beginning Monday, but Agonia reversed the order after hearing objections by Sen. Milton Marks (D-San Francisco), other lawmakers and an environmentalist group trying to save the blue gum variety Australian-native trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 1991
About 291 acres of wildlife habitat officially was added to Malibu Creek State Park at a ceremony Tuesday attended by California Secretary of Resources Douglas Wheeler and state parks officials. The Malibu property, which includes spectacular views of Malibu Canyon and the Pacific Ocean, is in the process of being transferred to the state Department of Parks and Recreation by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which acquires mountain property for state and federal parks agencies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1991
City officials on Friday announced six finalists for the job of general manager of Los Angeles' Department of Recreation and Parks. The Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners is expected to make a final selection in January, when James Hadaway, 62, is scheduled to retire after 16 years with the department, which has an annual budget of $96 million.
NEWS
December 13, 1990
The Mountains Restoration Trust has been named a recipient of a Take Pride in California award from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for its efforts in helping preserve the Santa Monica Mountains. The trust, which is a private, nonprofit land trust that helps acquire private land for public parkland, was among 37 groups and individuals given the award this month by state Parks Director Henry Agonia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1989 | NANCY RAY, Times Staff Writer
Off-road enthusiasts Tuesday lost their bid to gain access to the vast Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the extreme eastern part of San Diego County. After a daylong session, members of a state Senate committee failed to approve the bill during an evening session. State Sen. Cecil Greene (D-Norwalk) introduced the bill, which would have allowed off-roaders to use trails in the 600,000-acre park by permit only, but environmental groups led by the Sierra Club mounted a campaign against the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1988
The following evening after reading your editorial, I chanced to see "The Milagro Beanfield War." The film depicts the initially hesitant but then gradual flood of opposition by demoralized, impoverished residents of a beautiful valley to a scheme that would turn their lands into a lucrative recreational area. Seeing this celluloid fantasy underscored the point of the editorial in a graphic way. The culprit in our drama is not a greedy land developer; it is a newly appointed director of the state Parks and Recreation Department, who readily admitted that he plans to reopen Anza-Borrego to all-terrain vehicles in response to demands by owners of these "recreational" vehicles.
NEWS
December 18, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
Donald W. Murphy, the superintendent of the state's Big Sur park district, was named Tuesday by Gov. Pete Wilson to head the financially troubled California Parks and Recreation Department. A 12-year veteran in the department, Murphy becomes chief administrator of the state's vast park system as it faces tough times.
NEWS
March 31, 1988
The state Senate next week is expected to confirm Gov. George Deukmejian's appointment of Henry R. Agonia, formerly director of the Glendale Parks and Recreation Department, as state parks director. The Senate rules committee last week endorsed Agonia's appointment by a 4-0 vote. A vote on the recommendation was postponed in February after Sen. Henry J. Mello (D-Watsonville) requested more time to study Agonia's plans for parks within Mello's Northern California district.
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