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March 20, 1990 | LESLIE HERZOG
City officials tonight will discuss asking the state for money to acquire the 200-acre DeWitt/Platz site in Laguna Canyon and 245 other acres, all by eminent domain. Laguna Beach was allocated $10 million under the California Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act, which provides grants for acquisition of natural lands. Thus far, Laguna Beach has spent $3 million of that. Formal application is required to the state for the remaining funds.
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February 25, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A Los Angeles City Council committee took a first step Tuesday toward banning hydraulic fracturing and other disputed practices tied to oil extraction, winning cheers and applause from a packed auditorium. "Fracking and other unconventional drilling is happening here in Los Angeles, and without the oversight and review to keep our neighborhoods safe," Councilman Mike Bonin told the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The panel decided to pass the matter along to the council after hearing from dozens of supporters.  “We can't allow the safety of our neighborhoods that we represent to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling,” Bonin said.
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BUSINESS
November 23, 2009 | By Jonathan Birchall
It is a few years since Tesco, the British supermarket group, had a tricky encounter with a population of burrowing owls in California. The small endangered birds were cited in a legal challenge to the construction of a huge distribution center east of Los Angeles that now supplies Tesco's U.S. chain of Fresh & Easy grocery stores. The suit, eventually defeated, was seen as the work not of concerned owl lovers but of an informal alliance between the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and local supermarket businesses -- both threatened by Tesco's U.S. debut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
County planning officials recommended Wednesday that operators of Los Angeles International Airport give more consideration to opponents of a $652-million runway move that business leaders say is essential for handling future growth in travel and cargo. The Airport Land Use Commission, which oversees aviation-related projects in the region, however, rejected a request by runway opponents to issue an order requiring the Los Angeles City Council to reconsider its approval of an entire $4.75-billion package of LAX improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1993 | AARON CURTISS
The Calabasas City Council tonight will discuss amending land-use rules to clear the way for a controversial housing project in the Las Virgenes Valley. Micor Ventures had city approval to build 250 luxury homes east of Las Virgenes Road, but those plans were scotched in December when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John O'Brien ruled that the city erred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1990
Concerned that UCLA's long-range development plans would cause additional congestion in a crowded neighborhood, Los Angeles City Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky has asked school officials to grant the city binding power to approve new building on the Westwood campus. In a letter to university officials released Monday, Yaroslavsky conceded that as "a state institution . . . (UCLA) is exempt from local land use regulation."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
The Camarillo City Council has appointed 13 residents to a committee to study whether the city's General Plan reflects the council's goal to discourage development on existing farmland. Councilmen Stanley J. Daily and Michael Morgan selected the committee, making a special effort to choose people who are already active in civic affairs and who represent different groups in the city, Daily said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1999 | PATRICK McGREEVY
The City Council directed the Los Angeles Planning Department on Friday to conduct hearings in the San Fernando Valley on any subdivisions proposed in the Valley. Councilman Hal Bernson proposed the change, saying it does not make sense that the advisory agency of the Planning Department has been holding all hearings downtown, even though half of the projects are in the Valley. Bernson was absent Friday, but his colleagues supported the change.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The City Council this week created advisory committees to study economic development in the area surrounding John Wayne Airport and along Mariners Mile on West Coast Highway. The two panels, council members said, will look closely at land-use patterns in those areas to maximize their revenue-generating efficiency and potential.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2008 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A Disney-backed ballot initiative that would essentially strip the Anaheim City Council of its authority to make land use decisions in the city's resort district apparently will still go before Anaheim voters in June. Mayor Curt Pringle asked the council to bypass the ballot and instead adopt the initiative outright, saving taxpayers about $250,000 in election costs. But a majority of the five-member council has indicated a desire to see the anti-housing measure remain on the June 3 ballot.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - In a decision bolstering private property rights, the Supreme Court ruled that a Florida landowner could sue a local government agency for denying him a building permit because he refused to pay for improvements on public property several miles away. The 5-4 decision expanded the ability of property owners to claim that government requirements attached to land-use permits amount to an improper "taking" under the Constitution. The 5th Amendment says private property can not be taken for public use without "just compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to uphold municipal bans against medical marijuana dispensaries. Meeting for oral arguments, the state high court considered the legality of a ban on dispensaries by the city of Riverside. Several justices noted that the state Constitution gives cities wide policing power over land use and suggested that the state's medical marijuana laws have not undercut that authority. "The Legislature knows how to say 'Thou Shall Not Ban Dispensaries,' " Justice Ming W. Chin said.
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December 5, 2012 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral and City Council candidates should address air, soil, water and energy problems in their campaigns and the winners should push for specific measures to meet those challenges, UCLA researchers said in a report released Tuesday. The report aims to ignite debate among candidates over their commitment to confronting environmental issues, including constrained water supplies, greenhouse gas emissions and tighter government budgets. "We're hoping that candidate debates from 2013 to 2021 will be loaded with questions derived from our plan," said Mark Gold, associate director of UCLA's Institute of Environment and Sustainability.
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September 9, 2012 | By Abby Sewell and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Mammoth Lakes hardly fits the profile of other cities that have recently plunged into bankruptcy. It was not pensions or plummeting property values or questionable accounting practices that pushed the tiny mountain resort town over the edge: It was a $43-million court judgment in a lawsuit brought by a developer after the town tried to back out of an agreement. The town finally reached a tentative settlement agreement in the case last month, but not before filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
The morning talk on Wildcat Canyon Road has turned from rattlesnakes to tarantulas. Neighbors stand in the shade of the oaks and sycamores that arch over the cul-de-sac. It's an impromptu gathering on a summer day when there is no great rush to be at work. Summer, they say, is snake season, which overlaps tarantula season in the fall. Already, tarantula hawks - the orange-winged wasps that capture the spiders to feed their larva - are out hunting. One resident, Steve Kerrigan, has lived on this road for 14 years; another, Chay Peterson, for 25 years.
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July 11, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Santa Barbara County supervisors Tuesday handed the Chumash tribe a land-use victory that, according to some neighbors, may set a precedent for much larger fights to come. At issue was a 6.9-acre parcel owned by the tribe across Highway 246 from its busy Santa Ynez casino. Rejecting a request from anti-casino community groups, the supervisors chose not to appeal a federal ruling allowing annexation of the land to the Chumash reservation. Opponents feared a tribal win on 6.9 acres would pave the way for the reservation's proposed annexation of the 1,400-acre property known as Camp Four.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1994 | MIMI KO
City Council members this week voted 4 to 1 to deny Brethren Christian School's request to use a vacant parcel of land for a temporary school and sports field. Council members said they don't think it would be an appropriate use for the 8.2-acre lot on the southwest corner of Cerritos Avenue and Walker Street, which is owned by First Church of the Nazarene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1995 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Concerned that the MacArthur Boulevard area near John Wayne Airport is becoming cluttered with rental-car lots and freight depots, the City Council instructed Assistant City Manager Ken Delino this week to study the situation and present a report in October. Delino had asked for a moratorium on auto service facilities in Newport Beach near the airport. "It's apparent what's happening to the area," Delino told the council Monday.
SPORTS
May 4, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers' new owners will pay $14 million per year to rent the parking lots from an entity half-owned by Frank McCourt, according to land-use documents intended to "facilitate the orderly development" of the property surrounding Dodger Stadium. The potential uses for the property include shops and restaurants, homes and offices, and another sports venue, according to documents obtained Friday by The Times. The documents also discuss the possibility of parking structures on the land.
SPORTS
April 11, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should be required to disclose the conditions that govern land use around Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Times argued in a court filing Wednesday. The Dodgers have asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to file those conditions under seal, citing the "sensitive non-public commercial information" within. Attorneys for The Times argued that the Dodgers have not provided any evidence to support that claim or shown why it should outweigh "the well-established presumption of public access to judicial records.
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