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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1999
Your Jan. 3 editorial, "Trabuco Deal is Doable," in which you concluded that the Saddleback Meadows "problem" should be settled without lawsuits, is about a month too late. When the board voted for 299 homes instead of insisting on continued negotiations, everything necessarily crumbled. There is no question that a lawsuit will be filed. Unfortunate as that may be, this remains the last means by which the public, St. Michael's Abbey and the Ramakrishna Monastery may protect their interests and the environment.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2000
Red flags have flown for decades around proposals to develop a lovely but geologically shaky property in Trabuco Canyon known as Saddleback Meadows. This week an Orange County judge threw the latest wrench into the machinery. This is one of two recent examples of how the county needs to be a more active participant in open-space preservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County judge handed a victory Wednesday to environmentalists and two religious groups battling to protect a portion of a wildlife corridor from development. Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert E. Thomas ruled there were procedural flaws in the county's 1998 approval of the Saddleback Meadows development. Unless overturned on appeal, his ruling could mean years of delay for the controversial proposal to build 299 homes on 222 acres that adjoin wildlife reserves in Trabuco Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County supervisors were named as defendants in two lawsuits for approving a zone change in the controversial 299-home Saddleback Meadows development, an area in Trabuco Canyon that has been called a "critically important" wildlife corridor by state and federal wildlife officials. The lawsuits, filed Friday by St. Michael's Abbey and the Ramakrishna monastery and several environmental groups, alleges the Board of Supervisors on Dec.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1998 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite pleas that the monastic lifestyle of two nearby religious retreats will be ruined, the Board of Supervisors approved construction Tuesday of up to 299 single-family homes on a controversial parcel of undeveloped land near Trabuco Canyon. Supervisor Todd Spitzer said he had nothing to show except frustration after nine months of negotiations but voted in favor of Saddleback Meadows, a housing project originally approved 20 years ago for 705 manufactured homes.
OPINION
November 17, 2002
Re "Saddleback OKd for Development," Nov. 6: When will we stop developing the precious little land that remains? There comes a point when development of land (yes, even private land) is a crime against the environment. Even small developments within a wildlife corridor cause significant habitat damage. And what about the first time a coyote kills a pet? There will be outrage and a demand for the removal of the very wildlife that the people sought out before they moved there. What starts out as a small development becomes a large one. Humans cannot live in harmony with nature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1996 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After grappling for hours with one of the most highly charged political decisions since the bankruptcy, county supervisors on Tuesday vetoed a controversial Trabuco Canyon housing development at a tense meeting that opened with one supervisor staging an unexpected walkout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1996 | H.G. REZA and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For almost two decades, it's been the development project that wouldn't die. As many as six attempts have been made to develop 232 acres of steeply wooded hills, and each has fallen through, some entailing political scandals or bankruptcies, and all ending in dashed hopes and hard feelings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2001 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Saddleback Meadows project, thought dead because of a court decision last year, breathed new life last week when county officials agreed to reconsider plans to build 299 homes in the pristine wilderness area. First appearing on the Board of Supervisors agenda in 1978, the project was approved in 1980 on a 3-2 vote for 705 mobile homes. The Trabuco Canyon development has been mired in controversy ever since. In 1996, developer Aradi Inc.
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September 9, 1996 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sherry Baerg and her daughters are rarities in California, where nobody seems to sit still. They're fifth- and sixth-generation natives of woodsy Trabuco Canyon, which Baerg calls "its own state of mind." "Out here," Baerg said, "family really means something." Baerg's photo albums bear the likenesses of ancestors who did not move west from Kansas or Virginia or emigrate from Asia or Europe. They are all from Orange County.
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