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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1993
I hope that the media and the people following the Soka University issue can see that Soka has been the victim of a tirade of unfair investigations and lies hurled at them by the likes of Joe Edmiston, Terry Friedman and Tom Hayden. Assemblyman Friedman charged that Soka University secretly backed candidates for the Calabasas City Council. He demanded an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Soka was cleared. Sen. Hayden charged that Soka University did not deserve its tax-exempt status.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Let's have yet another round of applause for the fabulous, long-running Malibu morality play starring the eco-conscious U2 guitarist and international humanitarian who calls himself The Edge. After five years, it just keeps getting better. In the latest act, The Edge's considerable entourage of lawyers, lobbyists, flacks and assorted rabble have struck a sweet deal with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy that has the locals in a dither. In 2009, the conservancy acted as a noble steward of the public interest when it slammed the colony that The Edge and his associates want to build atop a prominent undeveloped ridgeline near Malibu.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1993
I live right across the street from Soka University. Perhaps more than anyone, my family will be affected by whatever happens to that land. My wife and I are totally against condemnation of that property on behalf of the National Park Service. We don't want to see it become another Yosemite Valley. We would rather have it reasonably developed as a school. I moved to this area almost four years ago to give my children a rural environment in which to grow. I was aware of Soka's development plans at that time, and I am also aware of the service cutbacks to the parks in the neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995
Why does Joe Edmiston, director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, point to the Reseda Ridge project in Tarzana as an example of the best, boldest and quickest kind of "people improvements" the conservancy can make? The conservancy was set up to protect public health by conserving land in its undeveloped state that provided the purest air and watershed in the region. It was supposed to work cooperatively with citizens and property holders to create a contiguous national recreation area that would conserve plant and animal life in its most natural state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992
I wish Joe Edmiston of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy would back off and let the National Park Service provide the public with its plans for the Soka University property. The park service should have to provide the same kind of information, and be under the same scrutiny, that has been required of Soka University. Condemnation must not be a solution to land-use controversies, even when it's applied for the alleged sake of environmentalism. The public should decide, and all the facts be available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1988
The voters in June approved Proposition 70, which was sold to the electorate as a state parks and recreation program for our future. However, Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Conservancy, seems to think (Letters, July 29) that most of the $770 million in taxpayer dollars authorized (plus $1.5 billion interest costs) should go to finance open-space land grabs. No active parks for inner-city people. No recreational facilities for metropolitan-area citizens. But millions of dollars to buy land for wilderness wanderers, horse owners and hikers who live next door to the refuge areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1995
Your Dec. 18 editorial "Conservancy Should Keep Its Focus Local" exhibits incredible xenophobia. This xenophobia only seems to be apparent to those of us Los Angeles County residents who live along the Santa Susana Mountains or the western edge of the San Gabriel Mountains. If the editorial writers would take that time to attend a conservancy meeting they would learn that these areas are within the purview of the conservancy by law. Furthermore, the funds that are used to purchase lands in these areas, including the Santa Monica Mountains, are taxes and bonds paid for by citizens all over the state and the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1995
Why does Joe Edmiston, director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, point to the Reseda Ridge project in Tarzana as an example of the best, boldest and quickest kind of "people improvements" the conservancy can make? The conservancy was set up to protect public health by conserving land in its undeveloped state that provided the purest air and watershed in the region. It was supposed to work cooperatively with citizens and property holders to create a contiguous national recreation area that would conserve plant and animal life in its most natural state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1990
Serving on the board of Save Open Space, I feel compelled to explain my reasons for voting to request the removal of Joe Edmiston from the directorship of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. I believe Edmiston has abused the powers of his office and has acted in direct violation of the state Legislature, which established the conservancy. Edmiston's job is to uphold the Santa Monica Mountains Comprehensive Plan, protecting lands within the Santa Monica Mountains Zone as a single ecosystem, to be held in trust for present and future generations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
There is great irony in the picture that accompanied William Wells' cowardly attack on Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (letters to the editor, Jan. 21). That picture was taken as Edmiston faced down the professional auctioneer at the Broome Ranch auction in 1993. It was one of Edmiston's greatest triumphs--the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy ultimately bought this beautiful property for several million dollars less than the so-called minimum bid. Those of us at the auction were stunned by his audacity--but it paid off for the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show ("Director of Mountains Conservancy Holds Onto His Turf," Jan. 10) while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deal in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monicas. The public has found itself fighting the very agency established to do the job. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's history in the upper Malibu Creek watershed tells the tale, starting with the Baldwin deal, which was so egregious that one county supervisor stated, "It is offensive to find the conservancy so deeply in bed with a developer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
There is great irony in the picture that accompanied William Wells' cowardly attack on Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (letters to the editor, Jan. 21). That picture was taken as Edmiston faced down the professional auctioneer at the Broome Ranch auction in 1993. It was one of Edmiston's greatest triumphs--the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy ultimately bought this beautiful property for several million dollars less than the so-called minimum bid. Those of us at the auction were stunned by his audacity--but it paid off for the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deals in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. The conservancy under Mr. Edmiston's leadership has crafted deal after deal in which it supports exemptions to the county general plan or the coastal plan, giving developers a greatly increased number of buildings in exchange for donations of land that usually could not have been developed anyway because of the geologic constraints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1995
Your Dec. 18 editorial "Conservancy Should Keep Its Focus Local" exhibits incredible xenophobia. This xenophobia only seems to be apparent to those of us Los Angeles County residents who live along the Santa Susana Mountains or the western edge of the San Gabriel Mountains. If the editorial writers would take that time to attend a conservancy meeting they would learn that these areas are within the purview of the conservancy by law. Furthermore, the funds that are used to purchase lands in these areas, including the Santa Monica Mountains, are taxes and bonds paid for by citizens all over the state and the county.
NEWS
January 13, 1994 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First there were the sparse domestic budgets of the Reagan-Bush years. Then came the deficit-reduction fever of the Clinton Administration. It hasn't been a picnic for those who would acquire public parkland, not even for a wheeler-dealer such as Joseph T. Edmiston. But as the only executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the state agency created in 1980 to acquire parkland in the mountains, Edmiston has thrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1993
I hope that the media and the people following the Soka University issue can see that Soka has been the victim of a tirade of unfair investigations and lies hurled at them by the likes of Joe Edmiston, Terry Friedman and Tom Hayden. Assemblyman Friedman charged that Soka University secretly backed candidates for the Calabasas City Council. He demanded an investigation by the California Fair Political Practices Commission. Soka was cleared. Sen. Hayden charged that Soka University did not deserve its tax-exempt status.
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February 28, 1987 | ANDREW S. DOCTOROFF, Times Staff Writer
Months of squabbling between two state agencies officially ended Friday when authorities paid $5.85 million for a scenic ridge-top tract in the Santa Monica Mountains. At his Hollywood district office, state Sen. David A. Roberti (D-Los Angeles) delivered a king-sized check to the Boy Scouts of America, previous owner of the parkland known as Circle X Ranch, located south of Newbury Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deals in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. The conservancy under Mr. Edmiston's leadership has crafted deal after deal in which it supports exemptions to the county general plan or the coastal plan, giving developers a greatly increased number of buildings in exchange for donations of land that usually could not have been developed anyway because of the geologic constraints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1993
I live right across the street from Soka University. Perhaps more than anyone, my family will be affected by whatever happens to that land. My wife and I are totally against condemnation of that property on behalf of the National Park Service. We don't want to see it become another Yosemite Valley. We would rather have it reasonably developed as a school. I moved to this area almost four years ago to give my children a rural environment in which to grow. I was aware of Soka's development plans at that time, and I am also aware of the service cutbacks to the parks in the neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 1992
I wish Joe Edmiston of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy would back off and let the National Park Service provide the public with its plans for the Soka University property. The park service should have to provide the same kind of information, and be under the same scrutiny, that has been required of Soka University. Condemnation must not be a solution to land-use controversies, even when it's applied for the alleged sake of environmentalism. The public should decide, and all the facts be available.
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