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August 24, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
In anticipation of a Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission hearing on the amended Soka University expansion proposal--significantly scaled back from the original--the Calabasas Planning Commission identified some ways the revised plan would impact the community. Calabasas commissioners said the concerns will be investigated and included in the city's comment on the proposal's environmental impact report being prepared for the Sept. 11 hearing.
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November 8, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Soka University of America officials said Friday they will continue their quest to expand the liberal arts campus in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, despite an encounter with a new stumbling block. At a six-hour hearing Thursday of the California Coastal Commission, opponents argued vehemently for the panel to deny Soka's application, reminiscent of earlier public hearings on the project.
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September 3, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soka University administrators announced Wednesday that they will scale back their controversial expansion plans by as much as 40%, but critics of the Tokyo-based school were not mollified. Under the revised plans, the school would increase its enrollment over the next 25 years to between 2,500 and 3,400 students, down from a previous proposed increase to 4,400, Soka spokesman Jeff Ourvan said.
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September 26, 1990 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Administrators at Soka University in Calabasas have invited neighbors to meetings Wednesday and Thursday nights to discuss plans to expand the campus. The Tokyo-based university formally announced in April that it wanted to expand from an 80-student English-language center for Japanese exchange students into a 5,000-student, international liberal arts college.
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February 1, 1998
The California Coastal Commission will decide during the first week of February whether to approve a modest expansion of Soka University's Calabasas campus. The debate over the university's future has been ongoing since 1990, and the commission's approval is the last step in a regulatory process that has largely incorporated the concerns of local residents. The current proposal is supported by a range of groups that include the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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April 28, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's campaign to take over Soka University's scenic Calabasas campus suffered another setback this week when a judge delayed condemnation hearings until an appeals court rules on procedural questions. Monday's ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barnet Cooperman could add more than a year to efforts to condemn Soka's land at Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway.
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June 25, 1994 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear arguments from Soka University, dealing the school yet another setback as it fights to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from condemning its scenic Calabasas campus. Without commenting on the case, justices declined to consider Soka's challenge of a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling in which the conservancy was permitted to proceed with eminent domain proceedings against the school.
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February 7, 1992 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After less than a year on the job, three Calabasas City Council members will face two challengers--one of them married to a Soka University supporter--in the city's first municipal election since incorporation. Council members Karyn Foley, Lesley Devine and Marvin Lopata were elected last March to serve for two years, but because state law requires city elections to take place in even-numbered years, they were forced to cut their terms short.
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November 24, 1994 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a major legal victory for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a judge ruled Wednesday that the agency has the authority to use eminent domain to seize Soka University's scenic Calabasas campus for parkland. After a two-hour hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Barnet Cooperman said it was "only common sense" to interpret state law as giving the conservancy the power to condemn private property for public use.
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March 22, 1995 | AARON CURTISS
Soka University won permission Tuesday to build a 2,500-student liberal arts college in the Orange County community of Aliso Viejo. The Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve Soka's plans to develop the 100-acre campus and school. Soka spokesman Jeff Ourvan said construction could begin as early as this summer.
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