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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1991
Why bother to put laws on the books to protect San Diego's few remaining canyons and hillsides from the bulldozers if our City Council is always willing to exempt projects from such laws? A case in point is the council's recent approval of a major development project along a portion of the Carroll Canyon Creek. The Planning Department strongly recommended against approval because it violated the ordinance protecting steep slopes, because of unmitigable environmental impacts and because of possible ground-water contamination from fertilizers and pesticides used by the project.
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January 5, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Two developers who battled the city of Glendale for more than a decade over hillside development in the Verdugo Mountains have donated 175 acres of land worth millions of dollars to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, officials announced this week. Developers John Gregg and Sal Gangi, whose plans to put more than 500 homes on the slopes of the Verdugos sparked lawsuits and public outcry, ceded the last of their major hillside properties last month.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992
The Regional Planning Commission has voted to reconsider a scaled-back version of the La Vina project, a controversial hillside housing development on the grounds of a former tuberculosis sanitarium in Altadena. The commission rejected the plan in November, citing concerns about earthquakes and fires. Some commissioners also criticized the proposed clearing of the 220-acre site, most of which lies within Angeles National Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2003 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Bill Fulton, a nationally recognized urban planning expert who joined in a successful campaign against a hillside development initiative in Ventura in November, announced his candidacy for City Council on Tuesday. Standing on the steps of Ventura City Hall and flanked by supporters, Fulton vowed to continue the fight to preserve the city's hillsides if he is victorious in November. "I believe it's time for stronger, more creative leadership," said Fulton, 47, a former hillside resident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Canyon dwellers packed a neighborhood meeting at Sherman Oaks Elementary School to get a peek at preliminary plans for a luxury home development proposed for Deervale Canyon. Judging from the red "Stop This Project" stickers most of the 200 attendees wore at the Thursday night meeting and their pointed questions about mudslides and habitat destruction, few were impressed.
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June 24, 1993 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another lawsuit has been filed in opposition to Glendale's new hillside development ordinance, adopted in March to protect ridge lines and preserve open space. In their complaint filed last week, prominent hillside developer Salvatori Gangi and his partners charge that the city improperly adopted the ordinance without considering the protests of landowners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1990 | STEVE McCORMICK, Steve McCormick is an associate project director at Richardson Nagy Martin, a Newport Beach-based architectural and planning firm. and
As Orange County's population increases and housing prices soar ever upward, developers are building on more and more hillsides in order to meet the huge demand for housing. Many residents are justifiably concerned about hillside development. They want to protect the value of existing properties and preserve many remaining hillsides as open space and visual relief in our increasingly congested region.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1994
What a pleasure it was reading Jon D. Markman's interesting and informative article "A New Push for Hillside Homes Emerges" (Nov. 21). It was the best-written article I have read on the subject since I began working with attorney Eric F. Edmunds, whom you quoted in your article. As Mr. Edmunds' secretary, I see a large volume of news articles and communication pertaining to the Santa Monica Mountains land development and conservation efforts cross my desk regularly. I usually scan a few sentences to keep abreast of how the situation is evolving, then file the material away.
REAL ESTATE
February 16, 2003 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
"It's monstrous." Enid Steckler surveyed the concrete behemoth and shook her head. Dwarfed by the 50-foot-high double walls, the diminutive Viewmont Drive resident stood with her neighbors before the recently erected structure towering above them and shook her head again. "It's monstrous." China has its Great Wall; Jerusalem, the Western Wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2002 | Jenifer Ragland, Times Staff Writer
Traffic has emerged as the hot-button issue in the Measure A campaign over future growth on Ventura's hillsides, prompting the release of dueling reports this week. But the contradictory findings of the studies -- released less than two weeks before the Nov. 5 election -- may end up causing more confusion for Ventura voters, who must decide how their city will grow over the next 20 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2002 | ANICA BUTLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura's city attorney has completed an analysis of a proposed hillside development initiative, which opponents criticized Wednesday as an inadequate review that does little to help voters sort out the issues. "Whether it's intentional or unintentional, because of what [the analysis] leaves out, it misleads the voters," said county Supervisor Steve Bennett, a former councilman and an architect of the city's growth-control laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2002 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Glendale Planning Commission has recommended that the City Council reject a long-debated plan to build 572 luxury homes in the Verdugo Mountains. The commission voted 5 to 0 against the development after a marathon public hearing that stretched into the early morning hours Thursday. The council will vote on the Oakmont View V project on Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2002 | ANDREA PERERA and KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As Glendale environmental planners approved a consultant's report detailing increases in traffic and pollution that a proposed housing development would bring, homeowners and environmentalists argued that alternatives to Oakmont View V were given short shrift or ignored altogether. "There's a strong appearance of favoritism toward the applicant," said Steve Larson, who spoke on behalf of the Oakmont Woods Homeowners Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV and HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ventura voters Tuesday overwhelmingly embraced a ballot initiative giving them control over future hillside development, and reelected three of four City Council members. Mayor Sandy Smith and Council members Jim Monahan and Brian Brennan were the top vote-getters in a field of 12 candidates. Management consultant Neal Andrews received the largest number of votes for a fourth seat, knocking out incumbent Donna DePaola, who placed seventh.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From an incumbent who touts his environmental commitment to a challenger who says the city is "boring" and needs a casino, strip club and offshore oil drilling, voters will find no shortage of choices in next month's Ventura City Council race. Incumbents Brian Brennan, Donna DePaola, Jim Monahan and Mayor Sandy Smith face seven challengers in the Nov. 6 election, the only city council race this year in Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the development of thousands of rugged acres at stake, Ventura residents in November will weigh a ballot measure requiring a public vote before water, sewer and other services can be extended to the hillsides bordering the city. The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved placing the measure on the fall ballot.
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