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July 13, 2000 | MAIJA-LIISA NAGARAJAN
The Conejo Valley Unified School District will redraw the boundaries for Lang Ranch Elementary School to exclude children living in two apartment complexes and two new home developments. New students from the Knolls and Westlake Canyon apartments and North Pointe and Signature subdivisions will attend Ladera Elementary School instead of Lang Ranch beginning this fall, the school board voted unanimously Tuesday.
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June 1, 2002 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Lang Ranch Dam project in Thousand Oaks is necessary to protect homeowners and wildlife habitat in the event of a massive storm, states a Ventura County Grand Jury report released this week. After hearing complaints about the dam at a Board of Supervisors meeting, the panel investigated the $5-million project by meeting with various city and county leaders and visiting the site, which is off Westlake Boulevard.
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March 22, 2000
Re "If Plant Halts a Dam, Can It Stop Flood Too?" (Ventura County Perspective, March 5). I am a 17-year-old junior at Westlake High School. I could not help but respond to the outrageous view expressed in this article. I am in advanced placement environmental science, and have somewhat of a background on our community's natural habitat (or what is left of it). Beverly Kelley's article struck a deeply bitter rage in me due to its utter ignorance and lack of compassion for our city.
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April 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Redding construction firm will be paid $3.8 million to build the Lang Ranch Dam. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved a contract with Ladd and Associates to build the 66 1/2-foot-high embankment with detention and debris basins. Ventura County flood control officials maintain that the dam is needed to protect residents downstream in the event of a catastrophic storm.
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January 19, 1997
Re Lyn Meyer's letter Jan. 12. Lang Ranch was originally slated for development in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, Thousand Oaks City Council action to restrict the development, following the passage of Measure A , resulted in a major lawsuit. The city lost, and a judge made the final determination about Lang Ranch's size and density years ago. The "pro-business" City Council had nothing to do with any of it. I agree that the result is a tragedy, but please, let's look at facts before placing blame where it doesn't belong.
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May 15, 1997 | CHRIS CHI
A troubled Orange County company has sold undeveloped lots in Lang Ranch to a developer that plans to resume the stalled housing project. The Baldwin Co. earlier this month sold 135 home lots in the Eagle Ridge portion of Lang Ranch to developer Standard Pacific Ventura, according to Steve Boggs, president of Standard Pacific Ventura in Westlake Village. Boggs said the company will begin home construction in the portion of Lang Ranch off Westlake Boulevard within a few weeks.
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January 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
About 40 oak trees that are to be cut in the next few weeks to make way for the Lang Ranch dam could get a reprieve while a county supervisor studies critics' concerns. Supervisor Kathy Long on Tuesday asked that plans be put on hold until she can review the project with public works officials. Her request came after dam opponents asked the Board of Supervisors to consider their concerns about the dam's size and location.
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October 8, 1997 | LISA FERNANDEZ
With hopes of opening a new elementary school by next fall, Conejo Valley officials will select a construction firm hours after they symbolically break ground Thursday on the district's 20th elementary school. The Lang Ranch Elementary School, expected to be completed by September 1998, will host about 600 students, now crowded in classrooms at Park Oaks and Ladera elementary schools. "We know it's an ambitious construction schedule," said Sean Corrigan, director of planning and facilities.
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July 12, 1990 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Plans for a new elementary school within the Lang Ranch development in Thousand Oaks will be considered tonight by Conejo Valley school board members. The school, to be built at Knightsbridge Avenue and Whitechapel Place, has been planned since 1986 to accommodate 600 students from the development. The plans call for 52,000 square feet of floor space in a U-shaped configuration, with 21 self-contained classrooms and a central courtyard.
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September 24, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Moist air and light winds aided firefighters Monday afternoon in quickly quashing a seven-acre brush fire in the Lang Ranch section of Thousand Oaks. No structures were threatened and no one was injured in the blaze, which began at 2:30 p.m., County Fire Department Capt. Kelly Richeson said. Richeson credited the department's weed abatement program--in which homeowners chop down dry, brittle brush--with eliminating any threat to structures.
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February 11, 2002 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Waving placards in a howling wind and chanting various rallying cries, several dozen people turned out Sunday in Thousand Oaks to protest the removal of 40 ancient oak trees sitting in the path of a proposed $5-million dam. The afternoon rally on Westlake Boulevard was held at a trailhead about 200 yards from where Ventura County work crews on Saturday trimmed the limbs off a dozen oaks. Cutting will resume at 7 this morning.
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February 9, 2002 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The trees will come down and the dam will be built. That was a Ventura County judge's decision Friday in a bitter feud between Thousand Oaks homeowners and the county over a controversial dam that will be built in their upscale neighborhood. Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Hutchins' decision effectively clears the way for the county's Flood Control District to cut down 40 aging trees and start construction of the dam in the Lang Ranch subdivision.
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January 9, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
About 40 oak trees that are to be cut in the next few weeks to make way for the Lang Ranch dam could get a reprieve while a county supervisor studies critics' concerns. Supervisor Kathy Long on Tuesday asked that plans be put on hold until she can review the project with public works officials. Her request came after dam opponents asked the Board of Supervisors to consider their concerns about the dam's size and location.
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December 27, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Gerry Langer can remember protesting anything, it was the Vietnam War while he was a student at Brooklyn College. Three decades later, Langer is a 52-year-old clinical psychologist with an upscale tract home in Thousand Oaks, and his cause has modified accordingly. At noon Saturday, Langer plans to lead a parade of angry neighbors down Westlake Boulevard, marching to save a grove of ancient oak trees targeted to be cut next month to make way for the $5-million Lang Ranch dam.
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November 18, 2001
Re "Scouts Gather Acorns Amid Controversy Over Oak Grove," Nov. 13: Boy Scouts harvesting acorns from Lang Ranch's doomed ancient oaks may like to know how for thousands of years the Chumash Indians prized those trees because their acorns were unusually large and nutritious. One archeologist who studied Lang Ranch even suggested that the Indians planted and cultivated oaks there over many generations for the special acorns. Chumash settlements overlooking the ancient oak grove dated back 9,000 years.
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May 3, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County supervisors moved their meeting to Thousand Oaks this week hoping to hear from more east county residents--and they got an earful. About 45 people asked to address supervisors Tuesday night, a sharp increase from the half dozen or so who typically come before the board during regular Tuesday morning meetings in Ventura. Twenty-seven made it to the lectern before the meeting ended after midnight.
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October 28, 1988 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
A group of Thousand Oaks residents filed a lawsuit Thursday asking that the city be forced to re-evaluate a huge housing development approved for the 2,500-acre Lang Ranch. The Westlake North Property Owners Assn., which filed the suit in Ventura County Superior Court, says the city violated its 1980 growth-control ordinance by approving the 2,257-unit development. The ordinance limits new housing construction to 500 units per year.
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October 28, 1986 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Developers of the 2,500-acre Lang Ranch in Thousand Oaks agreed Monday to drop a $67-million suit against the city in exchange for exemption of the massive housing project from local growth controls. The Lang Ranch Co. will build 2,257 single-family homes, condominiums and apartments on its property during the next seven years in the negotiated settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian.
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April 29, 2001 | TRENT VALLADARES, Trent Valladares is a Thousand Oaks resident
My wife and I live just up the street from Lang Ranch Elementary School. Along with countless others, we voiced our sincere concern regarding this school even before it was built because the site was obviously too small and did not have adequate access without disrupting the surrounding neighborhood--our neighborhood. But as is often the case, our voices were ignored and the school was built. I have now watched for three years as more and more houses were squeezed into the Lang Ranch community.
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March 21, 2001 | NANCY KINSEY NEEDHAM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hundreds of students in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo got to put down their pencils and books Tuesday to take an up-close and personal look at something a little scarier--a poisonous South American tarantula and a 6-foot boa constrictor. The exotic visitors to Lang Ranch Elementary School in Thousand Oaks and Los Altos Intermediate School in Camarillo were from the Animal Action show at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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