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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1991
In regard to Gov. Pete Wilson's "unusual intervention" in the proposed Jordan Ranch development, what an understatement! Wilson says "No one is being strong-armed." He says "The Jordan Ranch project is far more preferred than something that might come down the pike 10 years from now." Wilson, according to aide Richard Sybert, "is not trying to circumvent local control over the project." Then what exactly is Wilson doing? Perhaps he should take care of state business, where he should be an interested party.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1995
Hasn't Gov. Wilson learned his lesson? In 1991, Wilson supported swapping 59 acres of a local national park so comedian Bob Hope could develop his environmentally sensitive Jordan Ranch. Wilson was criticized for trying to set a precedent of trading public parkland to support rich developers. After Hope was lambasted in the press and public, Jordan Ranch was saved--paid for by a federal fund (Land and Water Conservation Fund) set up to pay for such properties. Jordan Ranch was rescued despite Wilson.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1990
Through the Jordan Ranch project there is a good chance that we can get a lot of open space donated to the Santa Monica Mountains for public use if we act as responsible people instead of selfish people who have all they want. I have lived in the Conejo Valley for 20 years and have seen a lot of wonderful growth. Some of the growth has been less than acceptable. Through the years we have learned what is good and what is abused. The Jordan Ranch development is by far one of the best land uses I have seen.
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
April 3, 1991
Having followed the Jordan Ranch drama for the past three years, I find it quite amusing to see the latest character to enter the scene, Gov. Pete Wilson, mouthing arguments that other proponents abandoned years ago. I refer in particular to the one that goes "if we don't allow this development to go ahead, a far worse one might happen in the future." What pathetic poppycock! If Bob Hope, the Professional Golfers Assn., the Washington-based and well-connected Potomac Investment Associates, the director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Secretary of the Interior Manuel Lujan and Pete Wilson himself can't get their way with Jordan Ranch, then what ordinary mortal developer would even bother to try in the future?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1991
I recently went on a tour of the Jordan Ranch property and I was quite surprised by the amount of good, developable land that is being offered as an exchange for the Park Service land that would be necessary to make a safe and effective road into the developed area. As part of the tour, we also visited Cheeseboro Canyon, via its current entrance and also its proposed entrance, and I can assure you that the current entrance is quite inferior to the entrance and amenities being proposed in the land swap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1991 | MAIA DAVIS
More than 100 people crowded into the meeting of the Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council Tuesday night for what may be their last chance to speak publicly about the Jordan Ranch development before an upcoming vote by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The council treated the discussion as a continuation of the public meeting held about Jordan Ranch three weeks ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1990 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Simi Valley City Council on Monday appointed Mayor Greg Stratton and Councilman Glen McAdoo to meet with Thousand Oaks officials to discuss which of the two cities is better suited to annex entertainer Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch. Stratton and McAdoo will join Thousand Oaks City Councilmen Lawrence E. Horner and Frank Schillo in a meeting to be held in the near future, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 1991
A Ventura County panel reviewing an environmental report on the proposed Jordan Ranch project near the Los Angeles and Ventura county border decided Wednesday to delay a decision on the report for a month. After more than an hour of testimony, the county's Environmental Report Review Committee voted unanimously to postpone until Oct. 2 a decision on whether the environmental impact report on the project is adequate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1990 | CARLOS V. LOZANO and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks officials said Wednesday they plan to meet to discuss which of the two cities is the most logical choice to annex entertainer Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch, the site of a proposed 750-house subdivision. The latest twist in the maneuvering over Jordan Ranch raised the prospect that both of eastern Ventura County's largest cities might be interested in annexing the project, but officials suggested otherwise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
I was outraged to hear that the Sierra Club recommended an extension for the Ahmanson Ranch development agreement in the West Valley. Who voted? I surely did not. As an active hiker and biker, I have traveled on all of the lands involved in this short-sighted agreement, and can say without a doubt the Ahmanson Ranch is the most beautiful, pristine, valuable and accessible parcel of land to the public for day hikes and excursions. Runkle Ranch, Jordan Ranch and Liberty Canyon are not easily accessible and will never be seen by the majority of the people.
NEWS
April 3, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of hikers and equestrians gathered at Palo Comado Canyon ineastern Ventura County on Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the former cattle ranch--once slated for luxury homes and a PGA golf course--as federal parkland. Politicians and environmental activists also showed up in force to take credit for the acquisition of the 2,329-acre tract, formerly known as Jordan Ranch.
NEWS
April 3, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of people gathered at Palo Comado Canyon in eastern Ventura County on Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the former cattle ranch--once slated for luxury homes and a PGA golf course--as federal parkland. Along with dozens of hikers, bikers and equestrians, politicians and environmental activists showed up in force to take credit for the acquisition of the 2,329-acre tract, formerly known as Jordan Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fires in Ventura County have postponed indefinitely Sunday's scheduled dedication of the 2,308-acre Palo Comado Canyon near Thousand Oaks as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, officials said. The tract, better known as the Jordan Ranch, has remained untouched by flames. But more than 37,000 acres of state and federal parkland have been scorched in eastern Ventura County since the fires began Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Artists and photographers can get a sneak preview of the newest National Park Service acquisition, Palo Comado Canyon on Jordan Ranch, during an "Autumn Paint-Out" Thursday. The oak-studded tract, which runs parallel to Cheeseboro and Las Virgenes canyons, will officially open Oct. 31. But park rangers are inviting artists to visit the 2,329-acre ranch early so that they can paint the grassy meadows, sandstone cliffs and oak valleys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The price tag paid recently by the National Park Service for Bob Hope's 2,300-acre Jordan Ranch property near Thousand Oaks was $16.7 million. But that didn't include the cows. For years, the sprawling ranch has been home to about 200 head of cattle, overseen by caretaker Terry Boardman. After the ranch was purchased June 3, both the owner of the cattle and Boardman were given 90 days' notice to vacate the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council has delayed making a recommendation to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on the proposed Jordan Ranch development until officials can meet with the developer. The council, an advisory board to the supervisors, postponed making a recommendation after a four-hour public hearing on the proposed housing development and golf course at Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch. The development would be connected to the adjacent Oak Park by one of two access roads.
OPINION
June 20, 1993
The addition of Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (June 4) was a tremendously satisfying climax to a struggle that the Wilderness Society and others have waged for five years. Hope's property features spectacular valley oaks and important wildlife habitat. We hope that this success has driven home the importance of acquiring large parcels for this unique park. When Congress created the National Recreation Area in 1978, the goal was to assemble 36,000 acres for federal management by 1983.
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