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January 17, 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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2000
Joe Edmiston "There will be a continuous strip of publicly owned property going all the way from the Santa Susanas down to the Pacific Ocean." Name: Joseph T. Edmiston Age: 52 Home: Pacific Palisades Profession: Executive director of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Latest Accomplishment: The conservancy recently bought a scenic 240-acre parcel at Little Sycamore Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1988
While Myron Levin's article in today's Valley Section correctly reports on Gov. Deukmejian's veto of $10 million for the Santa Susana Mountains project, the real story lies in his support for the full $30-million appropriation of Proposition 70 money specifically earmarked for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. This action signals that the governor is moving ahead to implement the will of the voters when they resoundingly approved Prop. 70 on June 7. Indeed we were disappointed by the Santa Susana Mountains project veto.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2000 | LEE CONDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's a sign posted along Placerita Canyon Road announcing plans to build hundreds of homes on a mountainside just east of Santa Clarita. Someone has spray-painted the words "No Way" over the posting. It's an indication of the frustration some feel about the flurry of new development in an area where the population has grown by about 21% in 10 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1991
A complex transaction between a parks agency and a bank has all but assured the preservation of Paramount Ranch in Agoura, the former Renaissance Faire site long threatened with development, officials said. Under the deal concluded last week, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy purchased delinquent loans on the 314-acre tract and will foreclose on a development firm that is millions of dollars in arrears. In effect, the conservancy will be paying Brea-based Union Federal Savings Bank $17.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1993
Finally, someone has the guts to stand-up to Joseph T. Edmiston and his abusive use of unchecked power ("Land Use Suit Names Singer, Agency," April 28). What irony that Edmiston reacts "angrily to the lawsuit" filed by Richard, Jean, and Adam Siegler. Perhaps, Edmiston cannot take a taste of his own medicine. Just peruse the newsletters of the Santa Monica Conservancy someday (any day, as it's ongoing), and you'll find this agency in the grips of dozens of lawsuits and in the process of perking up new ones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1989
Corral Canyon in Malibu is the last undeveloped canyon with a year-round free-flowing stream in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. As such its protection is of the highest priority. Your coverage of the development proposed for this beautiful canyon has been excellent, but the Aug.18 story about the County Planning Commission's vote to approve the "Malibu Country Club" is slightly misleading when it says that there is a shortage of funds preventing the National Park Service from buying it. While Corral Canyon is on the Congressional priority list for funding starting October 1, 1989, it is the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy--a state agency--that has been trying to purchase the canyon for public use. There is no shortage of funds to acquire this property for its appraised value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2000
Joe Edmiston "There will be a continuous strip of publicly owned property going all the way from the Santa Susanas down to the Pacific Ocean." Name: Joseph T. Edmiston Age: 52 Home: Pacific Palisades Profession: Executive director of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Latest Accomplishment: The conservancy recently bought a scenic 240-acre parcel at Little Sycamore Canyon Road and Mulholland Highway.
NEWS
May 16, 1993
I was quoted out of context in your May 6 story on Escondido Canyon access problems, with the result that my views are seriously misrepresented. The context of my "racism" reference was only that one individual objected to school bus access over Winding Way, by saying: "You bring them in from East L.A., don't you?" Indeed, the conservancy's Recreational Transit Program does bring children and seniors from throughout Los Angeles County to the Santa Monica Mountains. We are proud of this and it is part of our legal charter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1985
Doug Shuit's article (Jan. 20) shows how much we need more parkland, but it doesn't tell the whole story about Gov. George Deukmejian's budget request. The Santa Monica Mountains and adjacent areas provide the last real recreation opportunities for residents of the Los Angeles Basin. While the state park system is the largest recreation provider in state government, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has taken the lead in acquiring new land and developing new facilities right at the doorstep of millions of Southern Californians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1999 | BOB RECTOR, Bob Rector is an opinion page editor for the Ventura County and San Fernando Valley editions of The Times
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has always led a sort of hand-to-mouth existence, scrambling to find money to purchase environmentally sensitive land in the midst of a mushrooming megalopolis. This year has been no exception. But once again, Joseph T. Edmiston, conservancy director, has managed to pull a financial rabbit out of a hat, securing funding to keep the conservancy's work going at least for the short term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | GREG RIPPEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A state parklands agency has expressed interest in buying--or at least helping to buy--238 acres of mountainside property that a developer wants to subdivide into the largest hillside housing tract ever erected here. By a unanimous vote Monday night, the governing board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy added the Oakmont View property in north Glendale to its already crowded list for acquisitions in the undeveloped lands ringing the north San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1995 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established by the state Legislature to help the National Park Service acquire parkland for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. The agency's turf expanded when lawmakers directed it to acquire parks and trails throughout the hills and mountains encircling the San Fernando Valley, the area known as the Rim of the Valley Corridor.
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March 11, 1994 | KURT PITZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The nearly 16-year battle over what was ultimately called the Canyon Oaks Estates drew dozens, perhaps hundreds, into the political fray: from ex-hippie homeowners to union construction workers; from wildlife activists to Walt Disney's daughter. Here are a few of the players who shaped the discourse and helped fashion the surprise deal that may preserve as open space the 257-acre property and more than 400 surrounding acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 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
January 16, 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 executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the state agency created in 1980 to acquire parkland in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, Edmiston has thrived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1997 | GREG RIPPEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A state parklands agency has expressed interest in buying--or at least helping to buy--238 acres of mountainside property that a developer wants to subdivide into the largest hillside housing tract ever erected here. By a unanimous vote Monday night, the governing board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy added the Oakmont View property in north Glendale to its already crowded list for acquisitions in the undeveloped lands ringing the north San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1990
My concerns about purchasing Fred Sahadi's proposed development in Fryman Canyon are not "last-minute misgivings" as characterized in Sunday's story. Everyone at the conservancy has known from the beginning how extraordinarily expensive it is to correct a mistaken subdivision approval by buying out the developer. The July 23, 1990, resolution of the conservancy, confirmed on Oct. 1, 1990, paints a consistent picture of our concern over the cost of this project. The conservancy has insisted upon: A new appraisal, approved by the state of California, to assure that the total cost is not above market value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN and CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
State officials are seeking assurances that the Malibu estate Barbra Streisand has donated for an environmental research and conference center can be put to other uses or even sold if the entertainer's vision for the site proves unworkable. The state Department of Finance has asked the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the recipient of the gift, to make sure it is free to use the property as it sees fit should the conference center plan fall through. The request was triggered by strong objections from the 60-member Ramirez Canyon Assn.
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