May 22, 2012 |
The words "government efficiency" may seem like an oxymoron, but not in the case of the new Santa Monica Mountains interagency visitor center, set to open June 9 at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. The new headquarters for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will also house the various agencies, all in one place, that manage the sprawling mountain range. Now that's efficient. Hikers, riders, campers and other outdoor lovers of the Santa Monica Mountains will have a bigger and better visitor center smack dab in the middle of the mountains and closer to some of the Santa Monicas' prime recreation spots.
April 19, 2012 |
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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October 5, 2011 |
A mountain lion found dead in the western Santa Monica Mountains was killed and mutilated by poachers, according to state fish and game wardens who are seeking tips in the case. "We're going to have to get lucky on this. There's virtually no forensic evidence," said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Game. Investigators, he added, are hoping a member of the public will hear "somebody bragging about how they killed a mountain lion, and they'll call us" at (800)
September 23, 2011
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August 24, 2011
If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound? More to the point, if you roll past a stop sign in the woods and nobody is there to see it, do you get a ticket? You do if you're in one of the three Santa Monica Mountains parks overseen by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority where stop-sign scofflaws are on candid camera. The authority has set traps for unsuspecting motorists by installing video cameras at stop signs and mailing citations to those who fail to come to a complete halt.
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August 21, 2011 |
The city of Los Angeles has ended its controversial red-light camera program, but motorists in the Santa Monica Mountains had better beware: Enforcement cameras are rolling on those leafy park roads. A traffic surveillance system installed at the behest of a little-known government body called the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority has generated thousands of traffic citations for visitors at Franklin Canyon Park, Temescal Gateway Park and the Top of Topanga Overlook.
HOME & GARDEN
July 5, 2011 |
Philanthropist Barbara Davis, the widow of billionaire Marvin Davis, has listed her Wilshire Corridor condominium for sale at $1,885,000. The unit, with views of the Santa Monica Mountains, has a direct entrance from a private elevator. A butler's pantry, a laundry room, two bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms lie within in 2,527 square feet. Amenities at the 97-unit building called the Wilshire, built in 1991, include 24-hour valet, doormen, security, a gym and a pool. Barbara Davis chairs the Carousel of Hope Gala in Beverly Hills, held every two years, which raises money for childhood diabetes.
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May 8, 2011 |
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.
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April 29, 2011 |
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.
March 27, 2011 |
Tranquility with a touch of whimsy can be found in a contemporary-style home in Pacific Palisades that features an entertainment deck and swimming pool underneath stretched sailboat sails, which serve as a shade cover. The Upper Riviera-area home, built for an artist and her family, is surrounded by gardens of bamboo, red flax, ginkgo trees and Japanese maples with fountains throughout. The back of the house opens to an unobstructed view of Rustic Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains.