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December 21, 1994 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County supervisors Tuesday approved a regional system of bikeways and hiking paths, but exempted the Santa Clara River Valley from the master plan because of farmers' fears that their property values and businesses would be hurt. The Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 0 to approve the plan, which proposes to link most of the county's cities through a system of trails that would be built over the next 20 years.
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February 6, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County is expected to join in an $8.2-million study aimed at developing flood, water protection and other environmental policies to better deal with growth in the Santa Clara River Valley watershed. Local officials would partner with Los Angeles County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the three-year study, which would also focus on erosion, sedimentation problems and wildlife habitats.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1995 | JEFF McDONALD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
By early next century, old-style steam engines will take modern-day tourists on a trip through time, rumbling through working orange groves, stopping in historic old downtowns of Ventura County and dropping millions of tourist dollars on the local economy along the way. Shoppers and tourists, ferried by the slow-moving railroad cars winding through the Santa Clara River Valley, might meander through refurbished downtowns in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Ventura.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2002 | Massie Ritsch, Times Staff Writer
A key connector between Moorpark and the Santa Clara River Valley reopened Monday, nearly five years after El Nino storms washed part of it away. The redesigned three-mile stretch of Balcom Canyon Road cost nearly $3 million. Most of the funding came in the form of disaster relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In February 1998, mudslides and the collapse of 200 feet of road forced the Balcom Canyon connector to close.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2004 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County is expected to join in an $8.2-million study aimed at developing flood, water protection and other environmental policies to better deal with growth in the Santa Clara River Valley watershed. Local officials would partner with Los Angeles County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the three-year study, which would also focus on erosion, sedimentation problems and wildlife habitats.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000
Election time is almost upon us. I am writing to strongly endorse incumbent Kathy Long for county supervisor, 3rd District. I have had occasion to work with Long in numerous capacities, including a term as public member of the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission and as a member of the Agriculture Policy Working Group, which she co-chaired with Supervisors [John] Flynn and [Judy] Mikels. Although Kathy opposed the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiatives, she strongly supported the recommendations of the APWG, which in some respects are more stringent than SOAR and included the establishment of five new greenbelts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1996
Ventura County's Santa Clara River Valley is Southern California's last largely undeveloped river corridor. For most of its length, the Santa Clara River flows through natural and agricultural landscapes, including some of the region's best remaining river woodlands. Newhall Land & Farming Co. is about to change all this with its proposal for a new city of 70,000 people, larger than Camarillo, on five miles of Ventura County's border. Residents of Ventura County must either respond to this challenge or face losing this unique and beautiful valley to sprawling urban development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Ventura County could have a say in the proposed Newhall Ranch development if its review of deeds and land surveys is correct, a county memo says. According to a memo by a county committee released Thursday, a review of deeds and surveys filed by the developers indicates some of the property for the proposed development may extend into Ventura County. In that case, the memo says, Ventura County may have the authority to grant permits to subdivide some of the property for the proposed Newhall Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1999
Re "Newhall Ranch Project," Ventura County letters, May 16. John Bergamo's letter stating that legal bribes in the guise of campaign contributions were the key to the approval of the Newhall Ranch mega-project by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is right on. Newhall Land & Farming Co.'s largess has been generous to the political players involved. A description of the corrupting influence of such payments is right there in the Bible, Deuteronomy 16:18: "You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality; and you shall not take a bribe [substitute "campaign contribution"]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000
Re "Newhall Ranch: The Fundamental Stall Tactics Apply, as Time Goes By," July 9 The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was designed to facilitate a dialogue between the public, the government and the developer. CEQA would define a system of development planning. It was intended to find an environmental balance. However, just as in our national political system, the influence of money took over. Newhall Land & Farming Co. has been generous to politicians with its largesse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000
I have known Kathy Long for almost four years and have worked directly with her on the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission and on the Agriculture Policy Working Group. I strongly support her for 3rd District county supervisor. Long has devoted much time and effort to maintaining the rural character of the Santa Clara River Valley through her support of a new greenbelt east of Fillmore. She and Supervisor John Flynn have led the fight against Newhall Ranch, a project that directly threatens area agricultural base and Ventura County's water supply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2000 | GARY POLAKOVIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key stretch of the Santa Clara River could be taken out of private hands and run by the government to promote wildlife and nature parks under an ambitious environmental recovery plan unveiled Monday. The proposal, conceived nearly a decade ago and now pushed closer to reality by the California Coastal Conservancy, seeks to acquire and restore 6,400 acres of some of the best remaining stream-side habitat in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2000
Re "Newhall Ranch: The Fundamental Stall Tactics Apply, as Time Goes By," July 9 The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was designed to facilitate a dialogue between the public, the government and the developer. CEQA would define a system of development planning. It was intended to find an environmental balance. However, just as in our national political system, the influence of money took over. Newhall Land & Farming Co. has been generous to politicians with its largesse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2000
Election time is almost upon us. I am writing to strongly endorse incumbent Kathy Long for county supervisor, 3rd District. I have had occasion to work with Long in numerous capacities, including a term as public member of the Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission and as a member of the Agriculture Policy Working Group, which she co-chaired with Supervisors [John] Flynn and [Judy] Mikels. Although Kathy opposed the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources initiatives, she strongly supported the recommendations of the APWG, which in some respects are more stringent than SOAR and included the establishment of five new greenbelts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1999
Re "Newhall Ranch Project," Ventura County letters, May 16. John Bergamo's letter stating that legal bribes in the guise of campaign contributions were the key to the approval of the Newhall Ranch mega-project by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is right on. Newhall Land & Farming Co.'s largess has been generous to the political players involved. A description of the corrupting influence of such payments is right there in the Bible, Deuteronomy 16:18: "You shall not pervert justice; you shall not show partiality; and you shall not take a bribe [substitute "campaign contribution"]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999
Supervisor Kathy Long's comments regarding her opposition to the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan ("County Line Defines a Debate About Growth," April 11) reflect misunderstanding of the terms and conditions of Los Angeles County's approval of the plan. Contrary to her statements, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave serious consideration to Ventura County's concerns regarding ground water, affordable housing and traffic. Our board's approval of the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan did not approve the issuance of a single building permit or allow for any massive grading or other use of the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1999
Supervisor Kathy Long's comments regarding her opposition to the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan ("County Line Defines a Debate About Growth," April 11) reflect misunderstanding of the terms and conditions of Los Angeles County's approval of the plan. Contrary to her statements, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave serious consideration to Ventura County's concerns regarding ground water, affordable housing and traffic. Our board's approval of the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan did not approve the issuance of a single building permit or allow for any massive grading or other use of the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000
I have known Kathy Long for almost four years and have worked directly with her on the Ventura Local Agency Formation Commission and on the Agriculture Policy Working Group. I strongly support her for 3rd District county supervisor. Long has devoted much time and effort to maintaining the rural character of the Santa Clara River Valley through her support of a new greenbelt east of Fillmore. She and Supervisor John Flynn have led the fight against Newhall Ranch, a project that directly threatens area agricultural base and Ventura County's water supply.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999
The Times' recent editorial regarding the board's approval of Newhall Ranch ("Stand Firm on Newhall Ranch," March 28) fails to acknowledge the many concessions made by the Board of Supervisors to address the legitimate concerns of Ventura County. Besides adding environmental safeguards to protect the Santa Clara River, the "high country" and neighboring land in Ventura County, the board added several conditions in response to Ventura County's concerns regarding protection of the ground water basin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1998
The true friends of agriculture in Ventura County should stand up and take notice. The agriculture industry is facing a proposal that could contribute to its demise. The Santa Paula Branch Line Trail, a 32-mile swath proposed to be cut right through the middle of productive Santa Clara River Valley cropland, is being studied, considered seriously and even pursued heavily by the Ventura County Transportation Commission. Under the guise of a "transportation corridor," VCTC proposes to add to an existing public rail corridor a bike and hiking trail that would run from Montalvo to east of Piru.
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