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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1994 | CYNTHIA H. CRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the result of some behind-the-scenes state budget maneuvering, the San Fernando Valley moved a step closer Friday to receiving its first long-term, subsidized housing for battered women. At the same time, Gov. Pete Wilson's blue pencil spelled out bad news for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which was dealt a blow when Wilson vetoed more than $7 million for funding and programs outside the mountain ranges rimming the Valley.
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April 19, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Timothy Regler, an executive producer with "Judge Judy," has listed his house in Studio City at $4.495 million. The Mediterranean-style home, built in 2006, sits on a knoll in the Fryman Estates area and backs up to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The 5,454-square-foot home, which has an Old World ambience, features five en suite bedrooms, two additional bathrooms, a wine cellar, four fireplaces, a den, a family room and an elevator. The third-acre lot includes a swimming pool and a patio fireplace.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1994 | AARON CURTISS
The California Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear arguments from Soka University, dealing the school yet another setback as it fights to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from condemning its scenic Calabasas campus. Without commenting on the case, justices declined to consider Soka's challenge of a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling in which the conservancy was permitted to proceed with eminent domain proceedings against the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2011 | Steve Lopez
Let's have yet another round of applause for the fabulous, long-running Malibu morality play starring the eco-conscious U2 guitarist and international humanitarian who calls himself The Edge. After five years, it just keeps getting better. In the latest act, The Edge's considerable entourage of lawyers, lobbyists, flacks and assorted rabble have struck a sweet deal with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy that has the locals in a dither. In 2009, the conservancy acted as a noble steward of the public interest when it slammed the colony that The Edge and his associates want to build atop a prominent undeveloped ridgeline near Malibu.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1994
As you say in your editorial "Conservancy Should Keep Its Focus Local" (Dec. 18), the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy should put its own house in order before spending money elsewhere: The conservancy's surprising expenditure of $3.9 million on the north edge of the Valley at the very time it is crying poverty at home raises enough questions to fill a book. Claiming it did not have enough money to buy the Soka property, the executive director recommended a compromise so onerous that the public turned out in droves to express outrage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1993 | KURT PITZER
In a move to provide better access to the Santa Monica Mountains, the state agency that manages parkland on the mountain range plans to build the San Fernando Valley's only drive-in access to the more than 18,000 acres of open space there. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy plans to authorize the use of a $175,000 grant from the California Transportation Commission for a park on about 15 acres at the south end of Reseda Boulevard, conservancy project analyst Carolyn Barr said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From money to study San Fernando Valley secession to cash for new parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, the $81-billion state budget signed Tuesday by Gov. Gray Davis provides funding for an array of area projects. As expected, Davis did not cut out the $1.8 million the Legislature had placed in the 1999-2000 spending plan to cover 80% of the secession study, probably ending a lengthy dispute over who should pay for the unprecedented analysis of breaking up Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1990 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As environmentalists and city and state officials kept watch against bulldozers at scenic Fryman Canyon in Studio City on Tuesday, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy made a bid to purchase the area to save it from development. Joseph T. Edmiston, director of the conservancy, offered developer Fred Sahadi an undisclosed amount of money for the 63-acre canyon in a bid to save its mature oak trees, year-round stream and dozens of species of plants and wildlife.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1991 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Declaring that the Santa Monica Mountains have helped shape "the California character," Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday proposed earmarking $48 million for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to buy parkland in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The money would be included in a $628-million bond measure, which Wilson described during an Earth Day address as the centerpiece of a sweeping environmental initiative.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
The state planning agency that oversees open space in the Santa Monica Mountains will drop its opposition to a controversial bid by U2 guitarist the Edge to build a compound of homes above Malibu in exchange for more than $1 million in funding, consulting services and dedicated open space from the musician and his partners. In a deal with the rocker narrowly approved this week, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy agreed to take a neutral position on the high-profile project in exchange for a $750,000 payment, $250,000 worth of work by a consultant who works for the musician, 97 acres of conservation easements, and development restrictions around the homes that would eventually allow a short length of trail to be built through a sliver of the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2009 | Martha Groves
Over the strong objections of residents concerned about wildfires, the California Coastal Commission has voted 12 to 0 to approve a plan by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to extend trails and allow overnight camping in coastal parks in Malibu. The commission also voted unanimously Wednesday to deny a request by the city of Malibu to outlaw camping within its borders. The conservancy's plan calls for creating 29 campsites and adding 3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2009 | Martha Groves
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled against a group of Malibu homeowners and two taxpayer groups that had sought to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from using studies funded by state bond money to prepare a plan to increase public access to parks.
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February 2, 2009 | April Smith, April Smith is a television writer/producer and the author of the FBI Special Agent Ana Grey mysteries. Her most recent book is "Judas Horse." www.aprilsmith.net.
We can now add another beloved Los Angeles institution to the list of the disappeared. On Jan. 8, the Palisades-Malibu YMCA Temescal Canyon swimming pool was buried under tons of pea gravel, despite passionate community protest. For half a century, the Palisades-Malibu Y had leased the pool from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for $1 a year. In return, the Y provided a unique outdoor aquatics center. It was funky, but we liked it that way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2006 | Stephen Clark, Times Staff Writer
The ongoing clash between landowners and environmentalists over the largely undeveloped hills of Northeast Los Angeles intensified recently when the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy jumped into the fray. Last month, the state agency unveiled its latest preservation plans: the purchase of as many as possible of the city's last big empty parcels in six hilltop areas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2002 | STEPHANIE STASSEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Whitney Canyon, 442 pristine acres in Newhall once considered for an off-road vehicle park and a housing subdivision, was purchased Tuesday by the city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for public hiking and mountain bike riding. Developer Ray Watt and his partners in Whitney Ranch Associates were paid $4.89 million for the land with funds from the state, the city of Santa Clarita and Proposition 12, the $2.1-billion parks bond approved by voters in 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1991 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a lengthy debate, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has postponed action on a proposal to forbid its top executive to engage in unauthorized lobbying in favor of developers who agree to sell or give land for public parks. By a 5-2 vote, conservancy board members Monday delayed a vote on restrictions aimed at Executive Director Joseph T.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1992 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A plant ecologist hired by Ahmanson Land Co. has become a sharp critic of the firm's plans for a huge residential and golf course development in eastern Ventura County, saying the project would destroy a prime remnant of the state's vanishing grassland prairies. Jon E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From money to study San Fernando Valley secession to cash for new parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains, the $81-billion state budget signed Tuesday by Gov. Gray Davis provides funding for an array of area projects. As expected, Davis did not cut out the $1.8 million the Legislature had placed in the 1999-2000 spending plan to cover 80% of the secession study, probably ending a lengthy dispute over who should pay for the unprecedented analysis of breaking up Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, at risk of running out of funds for the first time in nearly 20 years, was saved Friday by a $326,000 state grant from Gov. Gray Davis. The money will allow the organization to continue preserving land in the environmentally sensitive region for at least another year. "This is great news," said Joseph T. Edmiston, head of the agency. "Without this money, we would have had to close our doors.
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