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July 25, 1989 | LORI SILVER, Times Staff Writer
Under a provision adopted Monday by a Senate subcommittee, the National Park Service would receive $12 million to purchase land in the Santa Monica Mountains to expand the national recreation area there. Although the amount, approved by the Senate Interior appropriations subcommittee, falls well short of the $21.5 million requested by the Bush Administration, the funds represent the most money appropriated for the area in recent years. Last year, Congress gave $10 million to the park.
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June 29, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
After Margot Feuer moved to the hills of Malibu in 1965, she was "catapulted into community action" by the threat of development in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The terrifying proposals included building a nuclear power plant in an isolated canyon and a freeway through Malibu Canyon. "I looked around at what I was in the middle of," she later said, "and I figured, gosh, the idea of a park is a beautiful idea. " Hundreds would join her in the movement to create a national park in Los Angeles, but only Feuer and two other activists would be recognized as "the founding mothers" of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which won federal approval in 1978.
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May 8, 1987 | TERRY B. FRIEDMAN and MARIAN W. La FOLLETTE, Terry B. Friedman (D-Los Angeles) and Marian W. La Follette (R-Northridge) are members of the California Assembly.
Los Angeles is facing an enormous trash-disposal crisis. As solutions are explored, it is of paramount importance to ensure that neither valuable recreational areas nor residential communities are destroyed by the placement of landfills.
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December 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Robert S. Chandler, who dealt with complex problems as superintendent of many of the country's largest national parks and took the lead in implementing the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in the late 1970s and early '80s, has died. He was 74. Chandler, a resident of Tehachapi, Calif., died Dec. 23 of multiple myeloma at a hospital in Bakersfield, said his son, Alan Chandler. In a 38-year career with the National Park Service that began in 1958 and included serving as superintendent of the Grand Canyon, Olympic and Everglades national parks, Chandler was known as an effective leader who worked with local communities and state and government officials on tough issues.
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May 20, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an annual ritual, Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) has asked a House subcommittee for $20 million in the 1994 fiscal year to buy additional parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains. But this year's request may face additional obstacles because of the escalating struggle over Soka University's scenic mountain campus that has spilled into the halls of Congress and the upper reaches of the Clinton Administration.
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August 22, 1988 | AMY STEVENS, Times Staff Writer
For a quarter of a century the annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura attracted thousands of Southern Californians to its Elizabethan-style grog houses and craft shows, its bawdy pageants and Shakespeare plays. Located in a tree-shaded glade near West San Fernando Valley hills where bandit Joaquin Murrieta died and actor Gary Cooper performed his "High Noon" gun battles, the faire told Olde English themes in the free-wheeling style of the 1960s.
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May 14, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an annual ritual, Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) asked a House subcommittee Thursday for $20 million in the 1994 fiscal year to buy additional parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains. But this year's request may face additional obstacles because of the escalating struggle over Soka University's scenic mountain campus that has spilled into the halls of Congress and the upper reaches of the Clinton Administration.
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December 20, 1991 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Animosity between Soka University and Santa Monica Mountains park officials flared again this week when Soka officials went over the heads of park agencies in Los Angeles to request details about government plans for the Soka property. The university says it was simply appealing the decision made by officials in Los Angeles. But California park officials contend Soka had another purpose. "Don't believe for one moment they're trying to get the information," said Joseph T.
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April 29, 1999 | PENELOPE G. O'MALLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you ran into Melanie Beck on the trail, you would probably mistake her for a junior ranger on patrol. Don't be fooled by the shy and guarded exterior. The 36-year-old Thousand Oaks resident is turning into one of the more feared environmental warriors in Southern California. Her detective work while researching her college master's thesis helped uncover the massive development occurring in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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May 27, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt will meet with proponents of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles next week to discuss priority properties for the park, including the Soka University land that park officials are seeking to acquire. Babbitt, along with Reps. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) and Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City), is expected to visit one or more of the sites that the recreation area hopes to purchase.
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August 17, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wedged between the Pacific Ocean and a swelling metropolis, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is already the country's largest urban preserve. Now, in a move that could deliver millions of federal dollars for parkland in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, local members from both sides of the congressional aisle want to more than double the size of the 235-square-mile recreation area.
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March 17, 2001
The deadline to comment on the draft management plan for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has been extended to May 31, officials said. The original deadline was the end of February, but National Park Service officials said there were printing delays for the draft plan and the public asked for extra time. It has been nearly two decades since the plan has been revised.
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April 29, 1999 | PENELOPE G. O'MALLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you ran into Melanie Beck on the trail, you would probably mistake her for a junior ranger on patrol. Don't be fooled by the shy and guarded exterior. The 36-year-old Thousand Oaks resident is turning into one of the more feared environmental warriors in Southern California. Her detective work while researching her college master's thesis helped uncover the massive development occurring in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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June 19, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A $1.86-million renovation to half of the old City Hall complex should begin about Aug. 1, according to city officials who said the work finalizes a deal that will allow Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area employees to move in this fall. The 18,000-square-foot building, used recently as a haven for teenagers who left behind trash and empty beer cans, will have its first professional occupant in nine years.
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March 30, 1995 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson asked Congress on Wednesday to provide $4.3 million to $8 million for continued expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Beilenson's request, the first step in the congressional budget process, exceeds the $3 million in land acquisition funding that President Clinton included in his 1996 budget request last month.
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May 27, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt will meet with proponents of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles next week to discuss priority properties for the park, including the Soka University land that park officials are seeking to acquire. Babbitt, along with Reps. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) and Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City), is expected to visit one or more of the sites that the recreation area hopes to purchase.
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May 27, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Assembly committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected legislation intended to limit the amount of money taxpayers would have to spend to acquire valuable Soka University land in the Calabasas area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Assembly Judiciary Committee squashed a measure introduced by Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman (D-Brentwood) on behalf of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation.
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May 18, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt met with Soka University representatives last month to learn more about the bitter dispute over the group's mountain property, it apparently came as a surprise to advocates for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
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May 27, 1993 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Assembly committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected legislation intended to limit the amount of money taxpayers would have to spend to acquire valuable Soka University land in the Calabasas area of the Santa Monica Mountains. The Assembly Judiciary Committee squashed a measure introduced by Assemblyman Terry B. Friedman (D-Brentwood) on behalf of the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation.
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May 20, 1993 | ALAN C. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an annual ritual, Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills) has asked a House subcommittee for $20 million in the 1994 fiscal year to buy additional parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains. But this year's request may face additional obstacles because of the escalating struggle over Soka University's scenic mountain campus that has spilled into the halls of Congress and the upper reaches of the Clinton Administration.
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