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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990
The most meaningful comment I heard at the LAFCO hearing Sept. 12 was that the Bob Hope land exchange issue is regional, not local. Oak Park, environmentally sensitive, still prefers not having a huge tract in its back yard even if it means losing almost 9 square miles of open space and wildlife habitat somewhere else. This is a local issue. Simi Valley, environmentally sensitive, still prefers not having a huge county dump in its back yard and likes the idea of almost nine square miles of open space and wildlife habitat close by. This is a local issue.
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October 28, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- A former congressman convicted of 17 felonies including extortion, money laundering, bribery and insurance fraud was sentenced Monday to three years in prison. Former Rep. Rick Renzi, a three-term Republican from Flagstaff, Ariz., was convicted in June of using his influence in Congress to profit from a federal land deal and of using clients' insurance premiums to finance his first congressional campaign, the Justice Department said. In 2005, Renzi used his position to promote a land deal that brought millions of dollars to him and a business partner, James W. Sandlin, the Justice Department said in a news release.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1991
Opponents of the proposed Bob Hope-National Park Service land swap are bemoaning a loss of open space that would be "lost" if 750 houses and a golf course are built. But they are clinging to private open space, to which they have no right. This land swap would place much acreage into public hands and that land would truly be public open space. Private open space, which is what Jordan Ranch is now, is of little use to me as a citizen. But the hundreds upon hundreds of acres of public open space that would be acquired if this land exchange is executed would have a most positive impact on the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
A dying man's request is nothing Henry and Wanda Sandoz take lightly. So when the sick and elderly Riley Bembry asked the couple nearly 30 years ago to maintain a memorial and a cross atop a lonely outcropping in the middle of the Mojave Desert long after he was gone, they had to say yes. The Sandozes never anticipated that their stewardship would take them one day to the Supreme Court, nor did they anticipate ever seeing a cross — Bembry's legacy,...
NEWS
October 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A celebration was held Saturday to mark the end of a 6-year effort to protect a 1,031-acre ranch at the scenic northern gateway to Mono Lake from development. Officials from the Trust for Public Land, Mono County and the Bureau of Land Management joined local residents in hailing the purchase of the Conway Ranch, 3 miles north of the lake. In 1998, the trust purchased the ranch to block a controversial 440-unit commercial and residential development approved for the site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN
A San Fernando Valley congressman said Thursday that he will not file legislation this year setting conditions for a land exchange that would trigger development of a huge public trash dump on federal land in Elsmere Canyon. Although he may introduce the bill next year, Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) said in an interview that too little time remains before congressional adjournment Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1990 | ALAN C. MILLER and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which has drawn fire from some environmentalists for its support of a controversial private-for-public land exchange, has used the services of the same Washington law firm as the developers who are pushing the land exchange. The law firm of Cutler & Stanfield is representing Potomac Investment Associates (PIA), which has proposed exchanging private land for federal parkland in Cheeseboro Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1991 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson has stepped into the controversial proposal to exchange 59 acres of federal parkland in the Agoura Hills area for the adjacent Jordan Ranch land owned by entertainer Bob Hope. Wilson met Wednesday with officials of Ventura County, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and an attorney for Hope to urge a quick resolution to the land-swap issue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1994 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U. S. Interior Department, in a letter to the crippled El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, said that it needs four more months to conclude land-swap negotiations that could give the Irvine Co. a large part of the base and set aside 1,100 acres for an ecological preserve. The letter, signed by department special counsel Joseph L. Sax and dated the day before Orange County voters approved Measure A, said the department foresaw negotiations with the Irvine Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
A dying man's request is nothing Henry and Wanda Sandoz take lightly. So when the sick and elderly Riley Bembry asked the couple nearly 30 years ago to maintain a memorial and a cross atop a lonely outcropping in the middle of the Mojave Desert long after he was gone, they had to say yes. The Sandozes never anticipated that their stewardship would take them one day to the Supreme Court, nor did they anticipate ever seeing a cross — Bembry's legacy,...
BUSINESS
August 29, 2006 | Chuck Neubauer, Times Staff Writer
Two public-land advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court Monday in Reno to overturn a land swap between the federal government and Coyote Springs, a controversial Nevada real estate development north of Las Vegas. The groups charged that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental and public-land laws when it agreed to the swap.
NEWS
December 7, 2004 | Charles Duhigg
Whitewater fans in Montana have won new life for a popular run threatened by a dam proposal. A seven-mile portion of the Clark Fork River received protection last week as part of an unusual land exchange that gives the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks ownership of the Alberton Gorge. The river, west of Missoula, draws more than 25,000 rafters and kayakers per year. For a decade, boaters have battled NorthWestern Energy's plans to build a dam on the river.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
Pending a final court decision, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stopped issuing controversial permits that allow landowners to kill endangered species or destroy their habitat in exchange for setting aside land elsewhere. U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan issued a one-page court order Sept. 30 granting a motion by Spirit of the Sage Council and other environmental groups challenging the permits.
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bureau of Land Management has come under fire from government auditors and two watchdog groups for conducting real estate appraisals that benefit private landowners at the expense of taxpayers. Auditors for the Interior Department, which oversees the BLM, found that a senior official may have compromised the agency's integrity by adjusting appraised land values so they would be "acceptable to landowners."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stage is set for a showdown Tuesday that has city leaders facing a choice between long-coveted open space and the possibility of much-needed housing for senior citizens. The Thousand Oaks City Council will consider a complicated development-rights swap that aims to save 180 acres of land known as the Western Plateau, once owned by MGM film studios and now slated for 147 single-family homes.
NEWS
November 13, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court victory by environmentalists has dealt a setback to plans by Los Angeles County to dispose of much of the area's trash by sending it by railroad to an enormous trash dump at an abandoned gold mine on the eastern edge of Imperial County. An appeals court in San Francisco last week nullified a land exchange between Gold Fields Mining Corp. and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that would have allowed creation of an immense trash dump east of the desert hamlet of Glamis.
NEWS
January 6, 1994 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Department of Interior administrative judge has halted a land swap by the Bureau of Land Management that is necessary for the development of a huge garbage dump east of Palm Springs that would serve much of Southern California for 100 years. Judge David L.
NEWS
October 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A celebration was held Saturday to mark the end of a 6-year effort to protect a 1,031-acre ranch at the scenic northern gateway to Mono Lake from development. Officials from the Trust for Public Land, Mono County and the Bureau of Land Management joined local residents in hailing the purchase of the Conway Ranch, 3 miles north of the lake. In 1998, the trust purchased the ranch to block a controversial 440-unit commercial and residential development approved for the site.
NEWS
December 15, 1999 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nothing has actually changed, Ehud Rostoker tries to tell himself. Israel and Syria have not yet made peace, and this scenic, strategic plateau, with its fertile soil and sweeping views, is still firmly in Israel's hands.
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