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June 16, 2002
Re "A Promise to Our Children," Commentary, May 12: Many of us are working as individuals and through coalitions to help government agencies, our representatives and our county supervisors envision what our county will look like 20 years from now We thank Supervisor Tom Wilson for the South County Outreach and Review Effort to get information and input from all facets of community life. Hopefully, this will strengthen the Natural Communities Conservation Plan in making good decisions about land use and watersheds with the Rancho Mission Viejo Co. plan.
December 16, 2001
Re "Ranch Project Will Get Public Review," Dec. 6: Thank you for doing an article on Supervisor Tom Wilson's forum on the Rancho Mission Viejo project. However, the process has already started on the wrong path. As an attendee, I was very surprised and disappointed. I expected an acquisition strategy and not a sprawl strategy. I went to the forum fully expecting our leaders to "think out of the box" and offer strategies for acquiring this land for a state or regional park. Our public officials are the most connected to Sacramento and Washington D.C. and we pay plenty of taxes here in Orange County.
December 24, 2005
The Transportation Corridor Agencies will do anything to build the 16-mile Foothill South extension through the San Mateo Campground and San Onofre State Beach (Dec. 18). This includes ignoring the real transportation needs for south Orange County -- dealing with the 40,000-plus new residents projected for the planned Rancho Mission Viejo development. The alignment that cuts through the San Mateo Watershed was intended to serve new housing once planned for the development's south section.
May 12, 2002 | MARC FRIEDMAN, LORI MCKENZIE and JOHN GELFF, Marc Friedman is with the Rancho Santa Margarita-based CHARM Foundation (which assists critically ill children and their families); Lori McKenzie is a board member of the Trabuco Elementary School PTA; John Gelff is mayor pro tem of San Juan Capistrano.
What happens with the Rancho Mission Viejo property, and in fact, the future of Orange County, is in the hands of all residents of the region. We believe that preserving the county's history and natural landscape is essential to preserving our clean air and water, and our special quality of life.
October 20, 2002
Re "Crowded Future Challenges Imaginations of Planners," Oct. 11: Evan Halper's article on USC's Reality Check on Growth conference provided a good overview of the challenges facing Southern California's continued growth. At the conference, I stressed that we must balance the need for new housing with the need to protect our remaining ecologically sensitive lands, our clean air and water, and our quality of life now and for our children. I am working to achieve a solution for the remaining 23,000 acres of Rancho Mission Viejo in south Orange County.
January 12, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
About 32,000 acres of oak-studded woodlands in southern Orange County, including land that's home to endangered species such as the California gnatcatcher and the arroyo toad, will be set aside as a nature reserve, federal wildlife authorities announced Thursday. Environmental officials have worked for more than a dozen years to preserve the foothills east of Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, cities that have had high growth in recent years.
July 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Becky the buffalo, a popular attraction at the Orange County Fairgrounds Centennial Farm, is back from a four-month excursion in San Juan Capistrano--and she may be pregnant. Handlers transported the Northern American bison to Rancho Mission Viejo in hopes of breeding her, said Erin Hunt, a spokeswoman with the fairgrounds. The bovine gestation period is about nine months. This would be Becky's second calf. She gave birth four years ago to a male, Tatonka, who was later shipped off to a rodeo.
Jay Miller admitted the surf culture was more his scene. But ever since he stared down a crowd of bulls and ran for his life inside an arena in Costa Rica, he has been intrigued by the rodeo scene. And so on Sunday afternoon, Miller and his girlfriend wandered out to Oaks Blenheim Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway to see how real cowboys ride. "This is a little different format than the running of the bulls," said Miller of Costa Mesa.
June 15, 2003 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
After half a century of go-go development, the final build-out of Orange County is underway, with applications in the works by the Irvine Co., Rancho Mission Viejo Co. and major oil companies for massive housing and commercial projects at the county's remnant rural edges. "We're outta land. We don't have any dirt left," said Michelle Wolkoys, a real estate analyst with the Meyers Group in Costa Mesa.
May 23, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
A meeting about the largest private wilderness left in South Orange County and how to preserve it is being presented Tuesday by the Sierra Club. The program, "Our Backyard Wilderness," will feature slides and a discussion of the area between San Clemente and Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park that includes 131,000 acres of pristine oak-filled canyons, rolling hills and threatened plants and animals, according to organizers.
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