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October 31, 1999
Try to imagine the wildly popular wall that bears the Thousand Oaks copper curtain replicated, and then plunked into a precious ancient oak grove. This is exactly, for appearance and size, the Lang Ranch Dam in the video simulation presented to the Thousand Oaks City Council. What a gift for the new millennium! Even crazier than what this project debut presented is what it left out. The entire debris basin on the east side of Westlake Boulevard, for one thing. That is the concrete pit--600 or nearly 1,000 feet long, depending on which document you believe--that hapless homeowners will get in their backyards.
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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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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 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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April 2, 2000
Re "Why Build Dam? There's a Better Way," Ventura County Perspective, March 19. At no time in the recent City Council meeting on the proposed Lang Ranch Dam were the most basic issues explained to citizens of Thousand Oaks: What are the specific land use and storm intensity criteria that would prompt such a huge project? What exactly is a 100-year storm? When was the last 100-year storm here, or is it all theoretical statistics? If there has been such a storm, what was its effect in the Lang Creek watershed?
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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2002
Two City Council members will ask colleagues Tuesday to support their effort to halt the cutting of 40 oak trees scheduled to make way for the Lang Ranch dam. Mayor Ed Masry and Councilwoman Linda Parks want to direct the Ventura County Flood Control District to delay the cutting--slated for late January or early February--until the county receives all the permits it needs to begin building the dam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2002
Opponents of the Lang Ranch dam project won their first court battle Friday, persuading a judge to spare 40 oak trees at the Thousand Oaks site--at least for two weeks. After hearing arguments from the Save Lang Oaks Fund, Judge Thomas J. Hutchins in Ventura County Superior Court agreed to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the county's plans to cut the trees on Monday to make way for the 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2000
Re "Why Build Dam? There's a Better Way," Ventura County Perspective, March 19. At no time in the recent City Council meeting on the proposed Lang Ranch Dam were the most basic issues explained to citizens of Thousand Oaks: What are the specific land use and storm intensity criteria that would prompt such a huge project? What exactly is a 100-year storm? When was the last 100-year storm here, or is it all theoretical statistics? If there has been such a storm, what was its effect in the Lang Creek watershed?
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March 12, 2000
Re "If Plant Halts a Dam, Can It Stop Flood Too?" Ventura County Perspective, March 5. Beverly Kelley's column on the Lang Ranch dam is suffused with an aura of reasonableness. Gosh, doesn't it seem silly to halt an important public works project for a little plant? Like all good propaganda, Kelley's piece is also suffused with a hint of us-versus-them and character assassination. Note the subtle disparaging of Lang Ranch residents and their "Monopoly game piece" homes. Councilwoman Linda Parks is "crazy" about trees.
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