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January 31, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The City Council recently approved a study of Las Virgenes Creek that will investigate how development is affecting the watercourse and also incorporate residents' ideas about how to better protect it. The $29,000 study will be performed by graduate landscape architecture students from Cal Poly Pomona and should be completed by mid-June. The students will take aerial photographs, meet with residents and prepare a history of the creek, said Heather Merenda, the city's storm water program manager.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2001
Re: the June 30 article, Babbitt Hails Ahmanson Ranch: The Ahmanson Ranch developers can't address Heal the Bay's watershed concerns. Without public disclosure, the Ahmanson developers grabbed the water rights to Las Virgenes Creek in 1998. Many of the responsible agencies believe that Las Virgenes Creek was to be "non-impacted" as shown in the environmental documentation. It's like the children's book "The Emperor Has No Clothes." Heal the Bay board members now being lobbied need to be told that the developer is not saving Las Virgenes Creek.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Residents are invited to a community workshop Saturday to offer input on ways to protect and use Las Virgenes Creek. Their ideas will be used to develop a Las Virgenes Creek Watershed Management Plan, and the workshop will include a walk along a portion of the creek, said Heather Merenda, the city's storm-water program manager. "It's so we have a good feel of public opinion before we go before the City Council members and planning commissioners," Merenda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Students' trips to and from school will soon be a little safer in Calabasas and Glendale, which are among 13 Los Angeles-area cities splitting $6 million in "safe routes" grants announced by Gov. Gray Davis this week. In Calabasas, $225,000 will go toward construction of a new footbridge over Las Virgenes Creek, which runs behind A.E. Wright Middle School at 4029 N. Las Virgenes Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sharp smell of turpentine was the first sign something was wrong. Then the water quickly turned cloudier and the smell grew stronger. It was probably paint that was being washed into Las Virgenes Creek. "Oh God, this is exactly the problem," said Heather Lea Merenda, storm-water program manager for Calabasas. "I can't believe it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2001
Re: the June 30 article, Babbitt Hails Ahmanson Ranch: The Ahmanson Ranch developers can't address Heal the Bay's watershed concerns. Without public disclosure, the Ahmanson developers grabbed the water rights to Las Virgenes Creek in 1998. Many of the responsible agencies believe that Las Virgenes Creek was to be "non-impacted" as shown in the environmental documentation. It's like the children's book "The Emperor Has No Clothes." Heal the Bay board members now being lobbied need to be told that the developer is not saving Las Virgenes Creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1995
I guess the Ahmanson Land Co. is taking a cue from NBC's current hit "Friends" regarding its proposed development on Ahmanson Ranch in the west San Fernando Valley. It appears that the only way to push through their development is to contact their high-placed friend Gov. Wilson to put pressure on the city of Calabasas. I hope the current elected officials in Calabasas see this threat from Gov. Wilson for what it is and stick to their guns. Our community doesn't need another housing tract, especially one that would be located on the headwaters of Las Virgenes Creek and Malibu Creek.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1993 | PEGGY Y. LEE
On the one-year anniversary of Nancy Huter's disappearance, a private investigator and Huter's friends unsuccessfully searched Malibu Creek State Park on Wednesday for the missing woman. Huter, a 36-year-old saleswoman and Bible study teacher from Thousand Oaks, was last seen walking along Mulholland Highway near Las Virgenes Road in Los Angeles County. Her car was abandoned, and a pair of her muddy boots were found on the banks of Las Virgenes Creek, but no body has been located.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Students' trips to and from school will soon be a little safer in Calabasas and Glendale, which are among 13 Los Angeles-area cities splitting $6 million in "safe routes" grants announced by Gov. Gray Davis this week. In Calabasas, $225,000 will go toward construction of a new footbridge over Las Virgenes Creek, which runs behind A.E. Wright Middle School at 4029 N. Las Virgenes Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show ("Director of Mountains Conservancy Holds Onto His Turf," Jan. 10) while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deal in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monicas. The public has found itself fighting the very agency established to do the job. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's history in the upper Malibu Creek watershed tells the tale, starting with the Baldwin deal, which was so egregious that one county supervisor stated, "It is offensive to find the conservancy so deeply in bed with a developer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sharp smell of turpentine was the first sign something was wrong. Then the water quickly turned cloudier and the smell grew stronger. It was probably paint that was being washed into Las Virgenes Creek. "Oh God, this is exactly the problem," said Heather Lea Merenda, storm-water program manager for Calabasas. "I can't believe it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
Residents are invited to a community workshop Saturday to offer input on ways to protect and use Las Virgenes Creek. Their ideas will be used to develop a Las Virgenes Creek Watershed Management Plan, and the workshop will include a walk along a portion of the creek, said Heather Merenda, the city's storm-water program manager. "It's so we have a good feel of public opinion before we go before the City Council members and planning commissioners," Merenda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO
The City Council recently approved a study of Las Virgenes Creek that will investigate how development is affecting the watercourse and also incorporate residents' ideas about how to better protect it. The $29,000 study will be performed by graduate landscape architecture students from Cal Poly Pomona and should be completed by mid-June. The students will take aerial photographs, meet with residents and prepare a history of the creek, said Heather Merenda, the city's storm water program manager.
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June 25, 1998
7pm / Opera The Bel Canto Opera, with a cast headed by Marya Basaraba, Adrien Raynier, Carlo Mancini and Zenon Kesik, will perform Verdi's "Aida" out-of-doors at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Kay Otani conducts and Bill di Donato is stage director. * "Aida," John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, off the 101 Freeway, north of the Hollywood Bowl. $35. (213) 461-3673.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1997 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Bullard eyed the sky nervously last weekend, wondering whether a few days of hard rain would wash away three years' work. Instead, the El Nino-linked storm vindicated her plan to turn a slice of Las Virgenes Creek into a sort of ecologically correct flood-control channel: natural enough to deserve its name, but strong enough to withstand the scouring rush of flood waters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1995
I guess the Ahmanson Land Co. is taking a cue from NBC's current hit "Friends" regarding its proposed development on Ahmanson Ranch in the west San Fernando Valley. It appears that the only way to push through their development is to contact their high-placed friend Gov. Wilson to put pressure on the city of Calabasas. I hope the current elected officials in Calabasas see this threat from Gov. Wilson for what it is and stick to their guns. Our community doesn't need another housing tract, especially one that would be located on the headwaters of Las Virgenes Creek and Malibu Creek.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1998
7pm / Opera The Bel Canto Opera, with a cast headed by Marya Basaraba, Adrien Raynier, Carlo Mancini and Zenon Kesik, will perform Verdi's "Aida" out-of-doors at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Kay Otani conducts and Bill di Donato is stage director. * "Aida," John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, off the 101 Freeway, north of the Hollywood Bowl. $35. (213) 461-3673.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deals in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. The conservancy under Mr. Edmiston's leadership has crafted deal after deal in which it supports exemptions to the county general plan or the coastal plan, giving developers a greatly increased number of buildings in exchange for donations of land that usually could not have been developed anyway because of the geologic constraints.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show ("Director of Mountains Conservancy Holds Onto His Turf," Jan. 10) while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deal in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monicas. The public has found itself fighting the very agency established to do the job. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's history in the upper Malibu Creek watershed tells the tale, starting with the Baldwin deal, which was so egregious that one county supervisor stated, "It is offensive to find the conservancy so deeply in bed with a developer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1995
Joe Edmiston continues his dog and pony show while the public is forced to take extraordinary measures to counteract the conservancy's deals in order to ensure protection for parklands and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. The conservancy under Mr. Edmiston's leadership has crafted deal after deal in which it supports exemptions to the county general plan or the coastal plan, giving developers a greatly increased number of buildings in exchange for donations of land that usually could not have been developed anyway because of the geologic constraints.
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