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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991
In response to Jeff Ourvan's letter on behalf of Soka University, having run for the new Calabasas City Council in March of this year, I can attest that the university's planned expansion is very unpopular, at least among the voters in the new city of Calabasas. During the three-month campaign, I encountered not one soul who approved or even was neutral on the issue. It was only later that I learned that possibly the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce is amenable to the expansion. Thus, even though the university's lands are situated just outside Calabasas, I do not understand Jeff Ourvan's statements regarding expansion "without causing undue consequences to the surrounding community or environment."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1998
Re "Coastal Commission Consideration of Soka," Feb. 1. Thank you for printing a letter from Jeff Ourvan, PR man for so-called Soka University. I am pleased to have the opportunity to answer Ourvan on behalf of the Coalition to Preserve Las Virgenes. We are dedicated to preserving the public's great investment in public land, which surrounds the Soka-owned property. How did you obtain that land, Mr. Ourvan? The BBC claims your bank account is $125 billion strong. No wonder you were able to outbid the National Park Service.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992
In response to your Aug. 15 article about the Calabasas Taxpayers Committee, Soka University absolutely did not fund even one cent of this committee's campaign. The university was not aware that one of its consultants was involved with this committee until after the Calabasas city election took place in April. Shortly after the university became aware of the committee's campaign, we promptly contacted the mayor pro tem of Calabasas and assured him that Soka University was not involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1992
In response to your Aug. 15 article about the Calabasas Taxpayers Committee, Soka University absolutely did not fund even one cent of this committee's campaign. The university was not aware that one of its consultants was involved with this committee until after the Calabasas city election took place in April. Shortly after the university became aware of the committee's campaign, we promptly contacted the mayor pro tem of Calabasas and assured him that Soka University was not involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991
In response to the article by Alan Miller and Myron Levin, I would like to make a factual correction. Soka University is not facing any "legal problems in Japan," as the article states. I would also like to add that Soka University is a nondenominational school. Admission is open to people of all faiths. It is our policy not to teach or proselytize religion on any of our campuses, including the Calabasas site. Our academic plans call for the establishment of a liberal arts university for American and international students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991
Jeff Ourvan's letter of Aug. 9 totally missed the point of most of the opposition to Soka's planned development. The school wants to construct 84 buildings, create 10 acres of parking, uproot in excess of 4,200 oak trees and have a campus population of about 6,000. If they are allowed to start, who knows what these figures might grow to? The Malibu City Council did not make a snap decision. I was there. The decision was based on one overriding factor--destruction of several hundred acres of a major conservation area in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains.
NEWS
July 25, 1991
We are extremely disappointed that the Malibu City Council has chosen to issue a negative resolution about Soka University. This snap decision totally ignores an established and effective environmental review process designed to clarify traffic and environmental concerns. The council's haste in issuing this resolution is done without important and necessary environmental impact information. At the July 16 Malibu City Council meeting, university representatives respectfully asked the council not to make a snap decision on the university's 25-year development plan until a detailed environmental impact report, specifically addressing many of the Malibu City Council's concerns, had been completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1998
Re "Coastal Commission Consideration of Soka," Feb. 1. Thank you for printing a letter from Jeff Ourvan, PR man for so-called Soka University. I am pleased to have the opportunity to answer Ourvan on behalf of the Coalition to Preserve Las Virgenes. We are dedicated to preserving the public's great investment in public land, which surrounds the Soka-owned property. How did you obtain that land, Mr. Ourvan? The BBC claims your bank account is $125 billion strong. No wonder you were able to outbid the National Park Service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1990
Japan-based Soka University announced Thursday it has purchased 332 acres of land in Calabasas, more than doubling the size of its campus in the Santa Monica Mountains despite state and federal plans to acquire the land for park use. News of the acquisition shocked state and federal park officials, who said they were assured by Soka officials earlier this summer that no more land was being sought for the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1992 | AMY PYLE
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has made its second offer on 244 acres of Soka University's land near Calabasas, the first official step in condemnation proceedings. Soka spokesman Jeff Ourvan said Thursday that the offer was $19.74 million, about $1 million more than the original offer made last month and $2 million more than the university paid for the land in 1986. "I don't see any reason the university would accept that," Ourvan said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991
In response to the article by Alan Miller and Myron Levin, I would like to make a factual correction. Soka University is not facing any "legal problems in Japan," as the article states. I would also like to add that Soka University is a nondenominational school. Admission is open to people of all faiths. It is our policy not to teach or proselytize religion on any of our campuses, including the Calabasas site. Our academic plans call for the establishment of a liberal arts university for American and international students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991
Jeff Ourvan's letter of Aug. 9 totally missed the point of most of the opposition to Soka's planned development. The school wants to construct 84 buildings, create 10 acres of parking, uproot in excess of 4,200 oak trees and have a campus population of about 6,000. If they are allowed to start, who knows what these figures might grow to? The Malibu City Council did not make a snap decision. I was there. The decision was based on one overriding factor--destruction of several hundred acres of a major conservation area in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains.
NEWS
July 25, 1991
We are extremely disappointed that the Malibu City Council has chosen to issue a negative resolution about Soka University. This snap decision totally ignores an established and effective environmental review process designed to clarify traffic and environmental concerns. The council's haste in issuing this resolution is done without important and necessary environmental impact information. At the July 16 Malibu City Council meeting, university representatives respectfully asked the council not to make a snap decision on the university's 25-year development plan until a detailed environmental impact report, specifically addressing many of the Malibu City Council's concerns, had been completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1991
In response to Jeff Ourvan's letter on behalf of Soka University, having run for the new Calabasas City Council in March of this year, I can attest that the university's planned expansion is very unpopular, at least among the voters in the new city of Calabasas. During the three-month campaign, I encountered not one soul who approved or even was neutral on the issue. It was only later that I learned that possibly the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce is amenable to the expansion. Thus, even though the university's lands are situated just outside Calabasas, I do not understand Jeff Ourvan's statements regarding expansion "without causing undue consequences to the surrounding community or environment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1994
A state appeals court on Tuesday cleared the way for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to proceed with its legal fight to seize Soka University's scenic Calabasas campus for use as parkland. Overturning a Ventura County judge's decision, the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled that Soka's objections to the conservancy's legal attack should be raised in formal condemnation proceedings, not in separate court challenges.
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