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April 30, 1990 | GABE FUENTES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Runkle Ranch, a rugged 4,400-acre expanse of hidden canyons, jutting rock formations and shady meadows in the Santa Susana Mountains in eastern Ventura County, is the centerpiece of lands acquired by a state agency this month in a complicated property swap with entertainer Bob Hope.
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August 15, 1999
To the homeowners on Highpoint Place who appeared at the Simi Valley City Council meeting on the development at Runkle Ranch: You don't want to lose your view or your way of life. I've lived on Fitzgerald Road for 30 years and your houses stand in my view. Enjoy your view while you can. The bulldozers are already on their way. LOIS SHOEMAKER Simi Valley
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999
To the homeowners on Highpoint Place who appeared at the Simi Valley City Council meeting on the development at Runkle Ranch: You don't want to lose your view or your way of life. I've lived on Fitzgerald Road for 30 years and your houses stand in my view. Enjoy your view while you can. The bulldozers are already on their way. LOIS SHOEMAKER Simi Valley
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1998
"Ease Land Requirement, Ahmanson Says," Jan. 16. Every so often a person who has been in the public eye has a chance to become immortal in several ways. Such is the case with Bob Hope. Hope owns the properties at Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon. The Ahmanson Land Co. is trying to purchase these properties so they may continue their quest to destroy some of the most beautiful, virgin open space in Ventura County. Their destruction is all in the name of greed. Fortunately, Hope holds the key to stalling and perhaps stopping the carnage that Ahmanson wants to perpetrate upon this land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
I was outraged to hear that the Sierra Club recommended an extension for the Ahmanson Ranch development agreement in the West Valley. Who voted? I surely did not. As an active hiker and biker, I have traveled on all of the lands involved in this short-sighted agreement, and can say without a doubt the Ahmanson Ranch is the most beautiful, pristine, valuable and accessible parcel of land to the public for day hikes and excursions. Runkle Ranch, Jordan Ranch and Liberty Canyon are not easily accessible and will never be seen by the majority of the people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1990 | GABE FUENTES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Runkle Ranch, a rugged 4,400-acre expanse of hidden canyons, jutting rock formations and shady meadows in the Santa Susana Mountains northwest of the city of Los Angeles, is the centerpiece of lands acquired by a state agency this month in a complicated property swap with entertainer Bob Hope. Acquisition of the ranch is viewed by some wildlife experts as a major step toward safeguarding a 35-mile wildlife corridor from the Santa Susanas to the Santa Monicas and the sea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re "Ahmanson Need Not Buy Land," Dec. 10. Any idea to downsize the proposed Ahmanson Ranch development is simply HF Ahmanson (aka Home Savings, the owner of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer deal maker turned environmentalist, [Ventura County] Supervisor Frank Schillo, to weasel out of commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon). We at Save Open Space look forward to the day we again can sue to stop this project, albeit downsized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 1991
Reports on the Jordan Ranch/Bob Hope land swap repeatedly indicate the $10 million being offered for Runkle Ranch is "below market value." The proponents of the swap have represented $10 million as being less than the ranch is worth and the press, like a bunch of parrots, has repeated this unfounded assertion as though it were the gospel truth. When Runkle Ranch was originally brought into the deal, its $20-million price tag was represented to be "below market value." The rationale offered was that the sanitation district had offered Hope $30 million for the property and intended to use it as a landfill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1998
"Ease Land Requirement, Ahmanson Says," Jan. 16. Every so often a person who has been in the public eye has a chance to become immortal in several ways. Such is the case with Bob Hope. Hope owns the properties at Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon. The Ahmanson Land Co. is trying to purchase these properties so they may continue their quest to destroy some of the most beautiful, virgin open space in Ventura County. Their destruction is all in the name of greed. Fortunately, Hope holds the key to stalling and perhaps stopping the carnage that Ahmanson wants to perpetrate upon this land.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1990
Shouldn't the organization Save Open Space really be called Save Open Space In My Back Yard? If it were really interested in saving open space, how could it not support a land swap that would trade 59 acres of open space for 5,700 acres of open space. Especially since the 59-acre sliver of parkland is steep goat country. The value to SOSIMBY's members, of course, is that it's close to them in old Agoura. They couldn't care less if 1,100 acres of China Flat were opened up to the public forever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite swift rejection of the idea by Ventura County leaders, the Ahmanson Land Co. has formally asked county planners to scrap a requirement that the developer dedicate certain land as open space. Ahmanson's application asks county officials for permission to amend portions of the development agreement and Specific Plan for the mini-city planned along the Los Angeles County border in eastern Ventura County. Specifically, Ahmanson would like to eliminate provisions that require the company to acquire more than 4,708 acres of land at Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon--the linchpin to the original deal backed by Gov. Pete Wilson five years ago. In lieu of the land, Ahmanson proposes establishing a fund in an amount equivalent to the value of the properties--estimated at about $30 million--to be used by the county for future open space acquisitions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re: Supervisor Frank Schillo's idea to downsize the Ahmanson Ranch project: Any idea to downsize the proposed 3,050-home Ahmanson Ranch development is simply H.F. Ahmanson (a.k.a. Home Savings, the owners of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer-deal-maker-turned-environmentalist Supervisor Frank Schillo in weaseling its way out of its commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon) which had to come into public hands before the development on Ahmanson Ranch may begin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re "Ahmanson Need Not Buy Land," Dec. 10. Any idea to downsize the proposed Ahmanson Ranch development is simply HF Ahmanson (aka Home Savings, the owner of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer deal maker turned environmentalist, [Ventura County] Supervisor Frank Schillo, to weasel out of commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon). We at Save Open Space look forward to the day we again can sue to stop this project, albeit downsized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
I was outraged to hear that the Sierra Club recommended an extension for the Ahmanson Ranch development agreement in the West Valley. Who voted? I surely did not. As an active hiker and biker, I have traveled on all of the lands involved in this short-sighted agreement, and can say without a doubt the Ahmanson Ranch is the most beautiful, pristine, valuable and accessible parcel of land to the public for day hikes and excursions. Runkle Ranch, Jordan Ranch and Liberty Canyon are not easily accessible and will never be seen by the majority of the people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ahmanson Land Co. officials, who agreed to convert 10,000 mountainous acres into public parkland before beginning construction of a mini-city in the Simi Hills, said Thursday they may not be able to hold up their end of the bargain. To purchase Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon for parkland, and proceed with their development, Ahmanson attorneys said they might need help from the county or parks agencies.
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August 27, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ahmanson Land Co., required to donate 10,000 acres for public parkland before starting construction on a mini-city in the Simi Hills, will ask the county for three more years to complete the open-space acquisition. When county supervisors approved the massive Ahmanson Ranch project nearly two years ago, they said the developer could begin building the golf-course community only after deeding four mountain properties to the public. And they set a deadline of December, 1995, for Ahmanson to convert the privately owned parcels into public open space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re: Supervisor Frank Schillo's idea to downsize the Ahmanson Ranch project: Any idea to downsize the proposed 3,050-home Ahmanson Ranch development is simply H.F. Ahmanson (a.k.a. Home Savings, the owners of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer-deal-maker-turned-environmentalist Supervisor Frank Schillo in weaseling its way out of its commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon) which had to come into public hands before the development on Ahmanson Ranch may begin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
I was a supporter of the proposed Jordan Ranch project prior to its consolidation with the Ahmanson Ranch community because I felt it was a well-planned, environmentally sound project. I am a supporter of the present proposal for the same reasons. We have an opportunity to gain thousands of acres of open space to be protected forever from development. Some of the people who opposed the Jordan Ranch project said they just wanted to see the ranch preserved with all its beauty and its oak forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state park agency decided Wednesday to work out a backup plan to buy first rights to Bob Hope's Runkle Ranch property if the $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch deal falls through. In a related matter, National Park Service officials did not disclose whether they would carry out their threat to withdraw today the $19.5 million set aside to purchase thousands of acres of parkland as part of the Ahmanson Ranch deal.
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