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May 25, 1991
The letter by Janice Rubenstein criticizing Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Los Angeles) for supporting the acquisition of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains certainly does not reflect the views of most residents of Encino and other adjacent communities. When developers bulldoze our mountains and recreational areas, all of us suffer the consequences. Although the current budgetary crisis will result in less money being available for park purposes, it would be foolish to abandon all efforts to preserve the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
May 12, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pressed Sunday for a special congressional committee to investigate the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, last year, insisting that questions about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's role remain unanswered. “I don't know what level of scandal, unquote, this rises to, but I know it rises to the level where it requires a full and complete ventilation of these facts,” McCain said on ABC's “This Week.” “We're still uncovering information which frankly contradicts the original line that the administration took.” His comments came after the disclosure that administration emails on talking points about the deadly attack showed that the original CIA document underwent several revisions, including one pushed by the State Department to delete a reference to warnings about the terrorist threat around the facility.
June 17, 1993
A key House subcommittee Tuesday recommended $4 million for land acquisition in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in the 1994 fiscal year--significantly less money than the urban park has received in recent years. The action by the appropriations subcommittee on interior is a crucial first step in the annual appropriations process. The full House follows the panel's lead; the Senate, meanwhile, has usually been less generous in the sums that it earmarks for park purchases.
September 9, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Three hundred farmers and shopkeepers blocked national highway 64 in Dhanaula for several hours on a recent weekday, protesting a planned upgrade they say threatens their farmland and economic livelihood. Government officials say they're only surveying the area and haven't decided on an exact route for the proposed $260-million four-lane freeway. But the locals weren't waiting, fearful they would have little influence once the decision was announced. "If they move this highway, it will pave over good farmland, bankrupt us and turn this into a ghost town," said Jeet Pal Singh, a town councilman.
February 14, 1986 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
Federal parks officials said Thursday they will abolish the local land acquisition office of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and transfer its duties to the San Francisco regional office of the National Park Service. The decision, announced to the national recreation area staff in Woodland Hills, came a week after the Reagan Administration asked Congress to strip the mountain park of the $3.6 million that remains in its 1986 land purchase budget.
August 22, 1985 | MARTHA WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
After a one-year delay, the Federal Aviation Administration has allocated $2.5 million to Burbank Airport to begin acquisition of land for a new terminal building to replace the airport's 55-year-old structure. In another development, airport officials have more than doubled the size of an advisory committee formed to recommend steps to reduce the impact of noise on San Fernando Valley residents.
President Clinton's $1.52-trillion budget unveiled Monday contains $5 million for land acquisition in the Santa Monica Mountain Recreation Area and $184 million for extension of the Metro Rail system to North Hollywood, according to congressional staffers. The proposed parkland funds are particularly welcome because the Administration budgeted no money last year for the purchase of additional property.
August 7, 1986
Philip S. Simmons has been named director of land acquisition for Watt Industries.
December 25, 1988
Costain Homes Inc. of Newport Beach plans to spend $41 million in "an aggressive land acquisition program in Southern California over the next 12 months," said David B. Jackson, the firm's vice president of forward planning and land acquistion. "We're primarily focused on Orange and Riverside counties," he said. "But we are currently looking at projects in San Bernardino, San Diego and Los Angeles counties as well."
April 27, 2003
Re "Conservancy Would Be Good for Santa Ana River; Highway Won't Be," April 20: Fountain Valley City Councilman Gus Ayer has reasonable concerns about extending the Orange Freeway along the Santa Ana River. The costs and consequences must be carefully weighed, especially to those cities along the route. One thing is certain: The extension would provide enormous relief from traffic congestion in central Orange County. Using the existing river corridor, it would require no land acquisition or eminent domain.
The Bush administration on Monday edged away from a Clinton-era proposal to create a national seashore on one of the last undeveloped stretches of Southern California's coast, just north of Santa Barbara. The administration's reaction came during a meeting here to review a National Park Service study to establish a Gaviota National Seashore. Such a designation would protect 46 miles of dramatic cliffs, remote beaches and terraced grasslands.
November 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld the city's method of seizing land for the Clinton Presidential Library on Thursday, eliminating the last legal roadblock in the way of construction. The court, in a 6-0 decision with one abstention, said a Little Rock landowner failed to prove that the $200-million library and archive complex wouldn't be a park as the state defines it. The head of the William J.
December 19, 2000 | BOB HOWARD
Sears, Roebuck & Co. has signed a deal that will put one of its new Great Indoors home decorating stores into Empire Center, a 103-acre development proposed by Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Co. on former Lockheed aerospace property at Empire Avenue and the I-5 Freeway in Burbank. Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears reached an agreement with Zelman Retail Partners Inc.
June 3, 2000 | From Associated Press
White families whose land is threatened with government seizure prepared to abandon their homes Friday ahead of an expected invasion of squatters, farm leaders said. Late Friday, the government announced that the state would immediately begin seizing 804 farms, most of which are white-owned. Farm leaders urged calm in this southern African country, where the government has ignored constitutional ownership rights and laws protecting private property.
October 21, 1999
Claiming the Agoura Hills land is a crucial wildlife corridor, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for more than a decade has tried to acquire five acres north of the Ventura Freeway's Liberty Canyon Road exit. On Wednesday morning conservancy officials, a handful of area politicians and park rangers celebrated the acquisition of the commercially zoned property that connects with more than 10,000 acres of protected public land in the Simi Hills.
April 16, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN
Conservation officials have acquired 31 acres of new parkland in Benedict Canyon as part of an effort to preserve a continuous band of open space for wildlife movement between Griffith Park and Topanga State Park.
April 2, 1989
Following a recent $18.5-million land acquisition in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Erin Madison Ltd. of Newport Beach has begun marketing of sites for its new 300-acre development of Agua Mansa Industrial Center. The property, purchased from Ahmanson Commercial Development Co., is zoned for heavy manufacturing and industry, is the kick-off project for this state-designated enterprise zone. The project is located between U.S. 10 and California 60 and three miles west of Interstate 15.
Walt Disney Co. gave its blessing Monday to the proposed Pointe Anaheim mall and hotel complex near Disneyland, a $500-million project it once denigrated as a tacky, traffic-snarling eyesore. Disneyland is adding a second theme park, hotel and mall of its own across Harbor Boulevard from Pointe Anaheim, elements of which would compete with the project.
The trustee running bankrupt Newport Beach home builder Baldwin Co. has sued the firm's owners, brothers Alfred and James Baldwin, claiming they want to resurrect their development empire by wresting the rights to thousands of acres of valuable land from the business that bears their name. Bankruptcy trustee David Gould argues that the brothers are jeopardizing his efforts to nurse Baldwin Co. through a reorganization and repay more than $250 million in debts.
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