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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.
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HEALTH
December 27, 2013 | Charles Fleming
This Studio City walking area is popular with hikers, joggers, runners, dog owners and families. Go early to get a space in the parking lot and to heighten that get-away feeling. Begin at Wilacre Park, off Fryman Road, one block west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Start walking uphill on a paved road into a stretch of land that is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, enjoying the shade of oaks and conifers as you gain altitude and leave the canyon. The asphalt will give way to dirt road.
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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
November 6, 2013 | By Martha Groves
A mountain lion killed last month by a motorist on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills was a visitor from the north that would have brought new genetic material to the isolated cougar population in the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service said Wednesday. His death spotlights the importance of creating a wildlife corridor at Liberty Canyon that would enable mountain lions, bobcats and other animals to safely pass under one of the region's busiest highways, said Seth Riley, a specialist in urban wildlife with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.
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
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.
NEWS
September 6, 1990 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for the proposed developer of Fryman Canyon contends that a lawsuit filed by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is a bid to depress the value of his client's 63-acre property in the hills above Studio City. Attorney Ben Reznik said the long-expected lawsuit is "part of a pattern of attempts to drive down the price of Mr. (Fred) Sahadi's property."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the 640-acre Broome Ranch near Thousand Oaks is considering two new offers made for the tract, including one from a state park agency that appears to have the best shot at acquiring the property, officials said Monday.
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.
NEWS
January 10, 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
October 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Environmentalists lauded Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for his decision the day before to sign a bill that will prohibit commercial trapping of bobcats in California in areas adjacent to national and state parks, national monuments or wildlife refuges in which trapping is currently prohibited. Assemblyman Richard H. Bloom (D-Santa-Monica) introduced the measure after a group of residents near Joshua Tree National Park complained about trappers killing bobcats just outside the park boundaries.
BUSINESS
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.
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
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
May 19, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
In a heavily trafficked city crisscrossed with freeways, where do you put the pastoral trails for furry commuters and nature-loving city dwellers? Well, you put half a mile of it alongside the big condo development proposed on Riverside Drive in Silver Lake, says the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, aggressive fighters for open space in the city. No, you put trails near the Los Angeles River, argues City Councilman Tom LaBonge, avid hiker and protector of Griffith Park who finds himself in an unusual battle with the conservancy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2009 | Martha Groves
The city of Malibu has sued the California Coastal Commission, seeking to force the agency to rescind its approval of a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy plan to allow camping at three canyon parks. The city had proposed an amendment to its local coastal program that would have banned overnight camping, but the commission rejected that idea in favor of the conservancy's proposal. Many Malibu residents say the conservancy's plan -- aimed at increasing public access to Ramirez, Escondido and Corral canyon parks, in part by promoting overnight camping -- would increase the risk of wildfires.
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
July 29, 1995 | JON D. MARKMAN and KAY HWANGBO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A neighborhood environmental group won a preliminary injunction Friday to stop construction of a park in the Santa Monica Mountains, the latest twist in a bitter battle over control of recreation in the hills.
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.
OPINION
April 9, 2009
Re "Malibu residents lose park suit," April 4 As a Malibu resident who has lived through her share of fires, I find it incomprehensible that the near-bankrupt state would give money to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy so it can bring more camping visitors to our parks who will burn down our homes. Malibu welcomes millions of visitors every year to its beaches and hiking trails. The conservancy wants to punish wealthy landowners (celebrities). In fact, most of us are older, retired and barely scraping by. Corral Canyon's 53 homes were lost because of careless people who started a fire in a canyon.
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