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September 1, 2011 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
The company town is dead. Long live the company town. Scotia, California's last company town, has voted to become independent, according to preliminary election results released Wednesday. With 147 ballots cast — less than half of the eligible voters — 136 were to make the town an independent community services district, essentially severing the town from the New York hedge fund that owns it. Also in Tuesday's balloting, voters elected a town governing board of five people.
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BUSINESS
May 18, 1994 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maxxam Inc., the Houston-based investment firm headed by Charles E. Hurwitz, agreed in principle Tuesday to pay $52 million to settle lawsuits brought by former shareholders in Pacific Lumber Co., which Hurwitz took over in 1985. In the suits, filed beginning in 1988, the former shareholders alleged that Hurwitz, the former board of Scotia, Calif.-based Pacific Lumber and others used fraud and deception in the acquisition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Lumber Co., a timber giant on California's North Coast for more than 140 years, has filed for bankruptcy, contending that environmental restrictions imposed by the state have made it impossible to log enough to make a profit. After years of threatening bankruptcy, Pacific announced Friday that the company and its subsidiaries had filed for Chapter 11 protection a day earlier in U.S. District Court in Texas. The companies seeking to reorganize are Pacific, Scotia Pacific Co.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | FRANK CLIFFORD, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
With a logging moratorium in the Headwaters Forest set to expire this weekend, government negotiators indicated Thursday that there are still obstacles to a deal to preserve the nation's last stand of privately owned ancient redwood trees. "There are a whole complement of issues yet to resolve," said a spokesman for Gov. Pete Wilson. If a preservation agreement is not reached, Pacific Lumber Co. can begin limited logging operations of old-growth redwoods on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Lumber Co., a timber giant on California's North Coast for more than 140 years, has filed for bankruptcy, contending that environmental restrictions imposed by the state have made it impossible to log enough to make a profit. After years of threatening bankruptcy, Pacific announced Friday that the company and its subsidiaries had filed for Chapter 11 protection a day earlier in U.S. District Court in Texas. The companies seeking to reorganize are Pacific, Scotia Pacific Co.
NEWS
November 30, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Environmental activists and sympathetic politicians rallied to criticize a Los Angeles-based company's plans to cut down the world's largest remaining privately owned virgin redwood forest. Several dozen demonstrators gathered at the Westwood headquarters of Maxxam Corp., which was criticized for over-harvesting redwood forests to pay off debt incurred during its hostile 1986 takeover of the Pacific Lumber Co. At issue is a Humboldt County redwood grove known as the Headwaters Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Pacific Lumber Co. had eviction notices delivered by lumberjacks to logging protesters occupying huge trees near this Humboldt County community. Climbers scaled trees Wednesday to let at least 18 tree-sitters know there is a Superior Court hearing set for Friday. The timber giant wants Judge Dale Reinholtsen to order all tree-sitters to get off the company's property and stop interfering with logging.
NEWS
April 27, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
A temporary restraining order halting clear-cut harvesting of old-growth trees on 700 acres 30 miles southeast of Eureka was issued Tuesday by Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John Buffington. Pending a hearing next week, the Pacific Lumber Co. will halt work at two locations. The harvest plans were challenged on environmental grounds in a legal action filed by the Environmental Protection Information Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
In a case involving Pacific Lumber Co.'s redwood groves, the California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that state water officials have the power to order timber companies to monitor the quality of streams and rivers near logging sites. Pacific Lumber Co. had challenged a state water board order that required it to measure the effects of logging about 700 acres on the south fork of the Elk River in Humboldt County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is poised to allow financially troubled Pacific Lumber Co. to remove special habitat protections on more than 2,000 acres covered by a historic agreement creating the Headwaters Preserve of ancient redwoods in Humboldt County. In exchange, Pacific Lumber has proposed placing the environmental restrictions on an equivalent amount of its land that company and wildlife officials say has superior conservation value.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
A former official of the North Coast timber giant Pacific Lumber Co. contends in a lawsuit that the company's president ordered him to conceal the presence of underground contaminants to avoid a costly cleanup and to expedite construction of sawmill facilities in Humboldt County. A Pacific Lumber spokesman said the allegations were not true and added that the plaintiff's contention that he had been fired also was not true. Humboldt County Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
In a case involving Pacific Lumber Co.'s redwood groves, the California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that state water officials have the power to order timber companies to monitor the quality of streams and rivers near logging sites. Pacific Lumber Co. had challenged a state water board order that required it to measure the effects of logging about 700 acres on the south fork of the Elk River in Humboldt County.
OPINION
February 26, 2005
Re "A Titan of Logging Threatens to Topple," Feb. 21: The current distress of Pacific Lumber Co. has nothing whatsoever to do with "environmental regulations," reasonable or otherwise. The family-owned and -operated company that logged on a sustainable basis, and that practiced reasonable forestry, is no more. The company went public and was bought by an irresponsible individual who began "tree-mining" of old-growth redwoods, at an unsustainable rate, to enrich himself and pay the interest on the junk bonds used for the purchase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2005 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
Timber giant Pacific Lumber Co. has told the Schwarzenegger administration that unless it is allowed to cut more trees, the firm may file for bankruptcy, which it says would likely terminate environmental safeguards promised as part of a $480-million deal struck more than five years ago. The federal and state governments paid the company that money to protect several thousand of acres of ancient redwoods under a 1999 agreement preserving the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
To the dismay of North Coast environmentalists and California lawmakers, a timber firm is attempting to alter key provisions of an agreement that was the cornerstone of a historic deal protecting the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County. Pacific Lumber wants to revise the conservation plan in part so it can push logging closer to several of the rivers and tributaries that cut through its 217,000 acres.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1990 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a May evening in Houston, a mock logger with a real chain saw dismembered a hunk of redwood at the 50th birthday banquet of financier Charles E. Hurwitz. Just a poke in the ribs, Texas-style, for Western environmentalists' most hated foe. Over the decades in Northwest timber country, there have been many objects of environmentalists' scorn.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sierra Club Blasts State OK of Redwoods Logging: The environmental group complained to Gov. Pete Wilson about limited state approval for Pacific Lumber Co. to remove "dead, dying and diseased" trees from the Headwaters Forest, the last old-growth redwood stand in private ownership. "You can either log this forest, or you can save it," said Kathy Bailey, forestry chair for the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Pacific Lumber Co., facing fraud charges over its state-approved plans to cut down giant redwood trees in rural Humboldt County, has poured $229,000 into a recall campaign to oust the elected district attorney who brought the charges. Tuesday's recall race, with a last-minute infusion of cash, is saturating local radio and television airways and stuffing mailboxes with ads that portray Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2004 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
The former director of the California Department of Forestry, bolstering a civil fraud case against Pacific Lumber Co., says he would have withheld approval for the $480-million Headwaters forest deal in 1999 had he known then that the firm had submitted false data on the danger of landslides from its logging operations.
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