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November 28, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW and DOUGLAS ALGER, Jonathan Gaw is a Times staff writer. Douglas Alger is a correspondent
For 21 years she toiled at the County Administration Building, virtually unknown to the general public. But Los Angeles County might not have turned out the same without her. As head of the agency governing incorporations, Ruth Benell has acted as midwife to the birth of a dozen cities, including Agoura Hills, Lancaster, Santa Clarita and Calabasas. Critics say she was a reluctant midwife, one who tried to stifle home-rule efforts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1993 | JONATHAN GAW and DOUGLAS ALGER, Jonathan Gaw is a Times staff writer. Douglas Alger is a correspondent
For 21 years she toiled at the County Administration Building, virtually unknown to the general public. But Los Angeles County might not have turned out the same without her. As head of the agency governing incorporations, Ruth Benell has acted as midwife to the birth of a dozen cities, including Agoura Hills, Lancaster, Santa Clarita and Calabasas. Critics say she was a reluctant midwife, one who tried to stifle home-rule efforts.
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NEWS
February 3, 1985
Marina del Rey is on its way to becoming an incorporated city. First steps were taken by the Marina Cityhood Assn. in October, 1984, when it filed for municipal incorporation with the secretary of state. "The people of Marina del Rey," said association President Hy Tucker, "want a choice in the decisions that affect their economic and political security." Leading the list of issues that concern them is the exorbitant rents now being charged to many boat and apartment dwellers. An informational letter from the Marina Cityhood Assn.
NEWS
February 3, 1985
Marina del Rey is on its way to becoming an incorporated city. First steps were taken by the Marina Cityhood Assn. in October, 1984, when it filed for municipal incorporation with the secretary of state. "The people of Marina del Rey," said association President Hy Tucker, "want a choice in the decisions that affect their economic and political security." Leading the list of issues that concern them is the exorbitant rents now being charged to many boat and apartment dwellers. An informational letter from the Marina Cityhood Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1988
The executive officer of the county Local Agency Formation Commission has certified that enough valid signatures were collected to qualify a petition seeking incorporation for a proposed city of Malibu. A review of names on the required application for incorporation shows that at least 25% of the 8,347 registered voters in the area had signed the petition, Ruth Benell said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1988
Leaders of the Malibu incorporation drive have launched a lobbying effort to persuade the Local Agency Formation Commission to approve cityhood for the coastal community. Officials from the Malibu Committee for Incorporation have initiated a letter-writing campaign to commission members and begun meeting privately with them this week.
NEWS
July 23, 1987
Incorporation of a 14-square-mile section of Calabasas was approved by a Los Angeles County agency that oversees the creation of new cities. The Local Agency Formation Commission rejected a prediction by the panel's executive officer, Ruth Benell, that Calabasas residents would spend $1 million more than they would take in during their city's first year of operation. Instead, taxes generated by Calabasas' local economy will more than make up any shortfall, commissioners said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1990
The chief administrator of the government agency that oversees creation of new cities recommended Monday that Calabasas be allowed to incorporate, giving a major boost to those who back cityhood for the affluent community at the west end of the San Fernando Valley. The report to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) reverses recommendations made two years ago, when a Calabasas cityhood movement failed after LAFCO's staff concluded that such a city could not support itself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1992 | AMY PYLE
Annexation of nearly 1,000 acres of unincorporated land by the city of Calabasas is scheduled to be considered Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission. More than 900 acres of the proposed annexation are covered by a development agreement between the city and Micor Ventures Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1993
The board of the agency that oversees city incorporations in Los Angeles County on Wednesday chose a replacement for its outgoing executive officer, appointing the current head of Orange County's corresponding agency. James J. Colangelo, 34, will take over the reins of the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission at the start of next year, when Ruth Benell will retire after 21 years as LAFCO's executive officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1988
The residents of rural Acton, long accustomed to reining in horses, have decided it's time to lasso a few developers. By a unanimous show of hands at a town meeting, more than 100 residents voted to lobby the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to enact strict growth and design ordinances in the town 46 miles north of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1986
The Santa Clarita City Formation Committee will conduct the first in a series of public forums on cityhood at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at 21616 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Spokeswoman Connie Worden said cityhood backers will continue to hold the forums the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month because its members "recognize the need to get more information out to the public."
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