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September 12, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS
Long gone are the soldiers who kept watch at an Army facility in the Santa Monica Mountains, searching the skies for Soviet planes that might soar in from the Pacific to bomb Los Angeles. Their weather-battered guard shack off a gravelly road in the steep hills behind Encino now has rusted window frames and a hole in one wall. Only the radar tower still stands tall.
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March 17, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Matt Stevens, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that hit near Westwood on Monday morning was 900 times weaker than the 6.7 Northridge earthquake in 1994 and lasted only a fraction of a second, Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson said. The Northridge quake killed 57 people and lasted up to eight seconds, Hauksson said. Monday's quake struck the northern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains, an area that has not seen much recent seismological activity.  LIVE BLOG: 4.4 earthquake strikes Los Angeles “The location is somewhat surprising.
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NEWS
May 9, 1985
The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday launched a move to develop recreational facilities and programs at Tapia Regional County Park. The county is seeking a private company to design, develop and manage an "environmentally compatible" recreational facility at the park site. The park, on Las Virgenes Road four miles north of Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains, is largely undeveloped. Proposals for leasing and developing the site are due by July 8, county officials said.
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March 12, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal biologists clad in waders and armed with long-handled nets this week moved hundreds of red-legged frog eggs from a San Fernando Valley stream to carefully selected wetlands 10 miles away in the first attempt to expand the threatened species' range in Southern California. Five hundred eggs transported from the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to the Santa Monica Mountains are expected to hatch any day. When they do, they will reintroduce red-legged frog tadpoles to historic haunts that are free of predatory fish, snails and crayfish that could tear them apart.
SCIENCE
November 29, 2012 | By Julie Cart
The cause of the death of a young mountain lion found by hikers last month in the Santa Monica Mountains remains a mystery after inconclusive laboratory tests. The necropsy did reveal the young female lion was exposed to rodenticides, although at low levels. “Unfortunately, we'll never know exactly why this animal died,” said Dr. Seth Riley, an expert on urban wildlife with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. “Mountain lions in this region face a number of challenges to survive, and rodenticide exposure is certainly a common - and entirely preventable - health risk for local wildlife.” Tests conducted by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory and UC Davis detected exposure to two anticoagulant compounds commonly found in rodent poison.
SCIENCE
December 17, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
You'll know it's springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort ever attempted in Southern California. Biologists are gearing up to transfer fragile batches of California red-legged frog eggs from a tiny, isolated population in the nearby Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to separate streams in the Santa Monicas where the species has not been seen in nearly half a century.
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April 18, 2010 | By Ann M. Simmons
Armed with small plastic vials and insect nets, a group of youngsters and some accompanying adults trudged through an area of the Santa Monica Mountains on Saturday, turning over rocks, picking through long grass and rustling bushes. They were looking for spiders. "He's found one!" someone yelled as 5-year-old Austin Weske showed off the first capture of the day: a dull brown creature. Researcher Anna Holden, leading the expedition, said it was a wolf spider, a species known to be a good hunter that runs along the ground in search of prey.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010 | By Barbara Thornburg >>>
It was your typical 1960s stucco home -- like thousands of others just like it on the streets of Southern California. What sold Sascha Jovanovic was not the home itself, but its breathtaking view. "I knew I could fix the house," Jovanovic says, "but you can't install a view." So he bought the Brentwood house, which steps down a Santa Monica Mountains hillside and opens to Malibu-to-Palos Verdes views, and he lived with uninspired architecture and an insufficient carport for five years before calling L.A. architect Lorcan O'Herlihy.
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July 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Authorities say they have removed about 3,500 marijuana plants found growing in sensitive parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains. The National Park Service said Wednesday that trash, pipes, camping equipment, fertilizer and pesticides also were removed Tuesday from three plantations. Two were in Malibu Creek State Park and one in the Zuma-Trancas Canyon area.
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March 30, 2010 | By Jill Leovy
They're nearly always pregnant, like the mythical tribbles of "Star Trek" fame. They pass through gullets of fish unfazed. And they could bring disaster to native bugs, frogs and steelhead restoration efforts in the Santa Monica Mountains. New Zealand mudsnails have taken over four watersheds in the Santa Monica Mountains and are spreading fast, expanding from the first confirmed sample in Medea Creek in Agoura Hills to nearly 30 other stream sites in four years. The invasive species, found in many waterways in the U.S. West, the Great Lakes and Canada, reproduces asexually, so "it just takes one to infest a water body," said Mark Abramson, a stream restoration expert for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.
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March 8, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Kim Gutierrez needs help keeping a growing population of homeless men from chasing down customers at her Studio City doughnut shop. A few miles north, Alma Dellafuente is frustrated having to wait weeks - sometimes months - for specialized care at the county-run San Fernando Health Center. And in Sherman Oaks, retiree Hal Schneider and his wife, Rose, worry about taxes going up to pay for mass transit that may never reach their part of the San Fernando Valley. In years past, all could take their concerns to longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
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February 26, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Ari Bloomekatz
The two 10-month-old mountain lion cubs caught by a remote camera feeding on a mule deer carcass in Malibu Creek State Park last week provided welcome relief to researchers who hadn't seen them since they were just 3 weeks old. Biologist Jeff  Sikich  with the National Park Service called the cubs, designated P-30 and P-28, "nice and fat. " "Mom seems to be finding deer and prey for them," he said. Four years ago, "mom" was hailed by  the Park Service as an unknown mountain lion discovered in the Hidden Valley area of the Santa Monica Mountains.
SCIENCE
December 17, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
You'll know it's springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort ever attempted in Southern California. Biologists are gearing up to transfer fragile batches of California red-legged frog eggs from a tiny, isolated population in the nearby Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to separate streams in the Santa Monicas where the species has not been seen in nearly half a century.
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October 4, 2013 | By Martha Groves
For more than a year and a half, the solitary mountain lion known as P-22 has made himself right at home in Griffith Park within view of Hollywood's Capitol Records building. By night, he cruises the chaparral-covered canyons, dining on mule deer, raccoon and coyote. By day, while tots ride the Travel Town train and hikers hit the trails, he hunkers down amid dense vegetation. To researchers' knowledge, the 125-pound 4-year-old is the most urban mountain lion in Southern California and possibly beyond - surviving and thriving in a small patch of habitat surrounded by freeways and densely packed human beings that he reached, somewhat miraculously, by crossing the 101 and 405 freeways.
TRAVEL
September 22, 2013
Thanks for the great articles in "Their Happy Place" [Sept. 15]. I often slip off to peaceful places, both in the middle of stressful times and, fortunately, to my favorite place just minutes away: the Santa Monica Mountains. Every chance I get I like to either hike or mountain bike in our amazing backyard. As much as I love Yosemite and the few other national parks I've seen … I can't wait to get back to our chaparral-covered mountains. There are so many trails, and every year I hear about new ones.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Jada Pinkett and Will Smith say that, despite rumors to the contrary, they are not selling their Calabasas-adjacent home, which they took seven years to build and have lived in for two. A "whisper listing" turned up a $42-million asking price, the Real Estalker claimed . Word of a possible sale revived talk of the couple divorcing. But a representative of the Smiths told the Daily Mail there had been no whispers, and the couple was staying put . The September 2011 issue of Architectural Digest featured the 25,000-square-foot home, calling it a "deeply personal" project for the pair.
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April 9, 1993 | MYRON LEVIN
The National Park Service will hold a meeting Saturday on construction of a new Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa on Potrero Road in Newbury Park near the Wendy Drive exit of the Ventura Freeway. Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system.
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June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Matt Stevens
FURNACE CREEK, Calif.  -- The National Weather Service forecast for Death Valley National Park on Sunday is a scorcher, with the mercury expected to soar to around 130 degrees for the first time in nearly a century. “It hasn't been that hot in Death Valley - or anywhere else in the United States - since July 13, 1913,” said Chris Stachelksi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office, which tracks the park's weather. Saturday's high temperature of 128 at Furnace Creek, in the heart of Death Valley, tied the record for the month of June.
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May 13, 2013 | By Jason La
In the Santa Monica Mountains, this tree managed to escape the flames of the Springs fire that scorched tens of thousands of acres in Ventura County. Sandeep Kumar took this photo May 3 with a Canon EOS 7D. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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