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December 11, 1995 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An ambitious plan to protect the Santa Clara River has become bogged down by missed deadlines and the overwhelming task of finding consensus among 25 people with conflicting interests along the river's banks. But amid the sometimes contentious rounds of meetings among farmers, aggregate miners, environmentalists, local officials and regulators, there is hope, even determination, that the plan will succeed.
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September 26, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
The proposed Newhall Ranch residential development project received another setback this week when a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary ruling that supported concerns raised by environmentalists. Developers seek to eventually house about 60,000 residents along a six-mile stretch of the Santa Clara River. Environmentalists argue that the development would harm the waterway, destroy wildlife habitat and despoil Native American cultural sites. The project has languished for years amid heavy opposition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1998
Thank you for "A Sellout for Local Control," your June 21 editorial on the Santa Clara River, which laments the action of Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon of Santa Clarita in attempting to shoot down selection of the Santa Clara as an American Heritage River. Fortunately, it is not too late to counter this special-interest sellout. The Santa Clara is still in the running as one of 20 rivers picked by a selection committee and apparently was only eliminated from the final 10 after McKeon's letter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Environmental groups are accusing Six Flags Magic Mountain of polluting the Santa Clara River with huge volumes of contaminated water and allowing trash with its logos to spill into the Southern California waterway and toward the ocean. The allegations were made in a letter sent to the Valencia theme park last week by a coalition of environmental groups, whose investigators say they found alarming levels of pollutants in water sloshing out of the facility's storm water outfalls into the nearby waterway during rainstorms.
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July 27, 1997
A brush fire in the Santa Clara River bottom burned about 1 1/2 acres Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. The blaze started shortly before 2 p.m. near South Mountain Road and the 12th Street bridge, just outside Santa Paula city limits. It took about 20 firefighters and more than 10 vehicles, including a helicopter, to put out the blaze. "The bamboo is really deep, and it requires quite a bit of mop-up," Santa Paula Fire Capt. Dan Campos said. Firefighters finished the job about 4 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER
A state agency that regulates surface and ground water quality agreed Monday to relax proposed standards for waste water discharge into the Santa Clara River. The agency also backed away from stricter standards for treated sewage discharged into holding ponds that can trickle into the ground-water supply. The proposed standards would have reduced the level of two pollutants that Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru sewage treatment plants can release in their treated waste water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A family festival titled the "Last River Benefit Concert" will be held Sunday at Libbey Bowl in Ojai to raise money for Friends of the Santa Clara River. The event will include performances by Dave Mason, John McEuen, Cowboy Celtic and Papa Doo Run Run. The concert will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Tickets for bleacher seating are $40; lawn seating is $15 for adults and $5 for children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1988
Los Angeles sheriff's deputies--some driving pickup trucks and some riding horses--raided a large, annual party in the Santa Clara River bottom in Valencia and arrested 27 people, authorities said Sunday. The party-goers, seven of whom were juveniles, were released after their arrest Saturday night on suspicion of trespassing. The party was held Saturday on land owned by Newhall Land & Farming Co. near the Golden State Freeway, Sgt. Howard Fairchild said.
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April 26, 1994 | JOANNA M. MILLER
Residents of Ventura and Los Angeles counties interested in the Santa Clara River and the threats to its future are invited to a daylong seminar May 7 sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Santa Clara River. The river, which runs about 100 miles from its headwaters in the hills above Acton in Los Angeles County to the ocean in Oxnard, faces threats from development, oil spills, sand and gravel mining, street runoff and other sources.
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June 17, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A federal panel Tuesday declined to include the Santa Clara River on its list of finalists for the American Heritage River designation and a local environmental group blamed Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon for the exclusion. In a June 3 letter to the federal Council on Environmental Quality, McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) requested that the Los Angeles County portion of the river be excluded from the initiative.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against Los Angeles County, claiming the county's decision to allow the development of a massive residential project along the Santa Clara River would harm the waterway, destroy wildlife habitat and despoil cultural sites. According to the suit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the county would allow irreversible damage by approving the first phase of the Newhall Ranch development. Construction would also involve unearthing and desecrating American Indian burial sites and would threaten the California condor and the rare San Fernando Valley spineflower, the suit alleges.
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March 11, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a victory for environmental groups, a federal appeals court panel has found Los Angeles County and the county flood control district responsible for discharging polluted storm runoff that flows down the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers to the Pacific Ocean. An opinion Thursday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Santa Monica Baykeeper, which argued that the county should be liable for allowing billions of gallons of heavily polluted stormwater to flow untreated each year into the region's rivers and eventually to the ocean, where it can sicken swimmers and surfers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2007 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County commuters and traveling motorists will get a break this summer when widening of the Santa Clara River bridge on U.S. 101 is completed, a project that officials hope will eliminate what for years has been one of the worst traffic bottlenecks north of Los Angeles. Congestion at the bridge is usually at its peak during rush hours or on weekends, with traffic often backing up for miles in both directions. Local commuters have suffered the most.
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April 13, 2005 | Daryl Kelley, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Clara River, which snakes 84 miles from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Ventura County coast, is one of two California waterways that rank among the nation's most threatened for 2005, according to an environmental group that annually compiles a list of endangered rivers.
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September 30, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Balancing growth with protecting the Santa Clara River, the last free-flowing river in Southern California, is the goal of an $8.2-million study by a partnership that includes Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Plans for the four-year study were announced Wednesday at a news conference held under a canopy of oaks in the Santa Clara River Valley and attended by Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers.
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August 10, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
Commuters on the Ventura Freeway in Ventura County may find their drive a bit easier now that Caltrans has opened a completed portion of the new Santa Clara River bridge to northbound traffic. The rerouting is part of a five-year, $100-million improvement project on the freeway, at the Santa Clara River between Ventura and Oxnard.
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February 19, 2004 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists are expected to continue their fight against the 20,885-home Newhall Ranch subdivision with a rally today decrying proposed changes to the river that runs through the site. As part of its project, developer Newhall Land & Farming Co. hopes to build flood-prevention banks along the Santa Clara River, as well as utility crossings and other features that require a federal environmental permit. The permit application is being reviewed by the U.S.
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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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