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April 19, 1992
I was amazed to read the April 10 article "Development Could Stop Soka Campus Expansion" by Myron Levin and Aaron Curtiss. Doesn't the L.A. Times feel any sense of environmental or community responsibility? Aside from Soka officials and lobbyists, most area residents oppose the Soka expansion and the widening of Las Virgenes Road. Why write a blueprint for facilitating such an expansion? Why bother writing the article at all? Next time, just call Soka and sell them the info.
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November 5, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
Estonian is a language dominated by overlong phonetic sounds. Double letters and umlauts are common. The Estonian name of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, which appeared at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on Sunday afternoon, is Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. It was led by its artistic director and principal conductor, Neeme Järvi. The first piece was by Arvo Pärt. These are not names meant to trip off the tongue but to be allowed to resonate generously in the vocal cavity.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
In the recent barrage of articles regarding the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's attempt to acquire the Soka property by eminent domain, we have lost sight of the reasons why this is happening. Six years ago, a foreign-based religious organization came here and knowingly outbid our National Park Service for a piece of property that had been earmarked as a top-priority acquisition for 20 years. They purchased this property knowing that it did not have the zoning rights they would need for their intended use, to build a 4,000-student private-university campus.
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May 30, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
A two-year effort to bring Italian opera to south Orange County will come to fruition Wednesday with the opening of the three-night Tuscia Operafestival at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo. Organizers of the festival, an annual summer event in Viterbo, Italy, first announced in 2010 that they hoped to present a three-week festival that September at a harbor-front park in Dana Point. Logistical and funding problems ensued, and the focus shifted to Soka University, where a new 1,034-seat performing arts center opened last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1994
Disney's recent decision not to build a theme park next to the Civil War battleground of Manassas is a lesson that Soka (University) should take to heart. Disney was finally persuaded that its project simply didn't belong at that location. No one claimed that Disney was not entitled to build a theme park--just that it shouldn't be built at that specific site. Disney has not abandoned the project but will relocate it. Soka's plan to build a college campus at Gillette Ranch is a perfect analogue to Disney's plan to build at Manassas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1995
For the last four years, Soka told us it would never abandon the plan to build a university in the Santa Monica Mountains. It told us that the Gillette Ranch site was uniquely suited to its needs, that no other site could compare. It told us that we, their opponents, were at best NIMBYs and at worst racists. It spent thousands of dollars to advance the development, in the face of an unprecedented outcry by neighbors, conservationists and government officials. Now Soka has done a complete about-face, announcing that it will build a university in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1995
There is great irony in the picture that accompanied William Wells' cowardly attack on Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (letters to the editor, Jan. 21). That picture was taken as Edmiston faced down the professional auctioneer at the Broome Ranch auction in 1993. It was one of Edmiston's greatest triumphs--the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy ultimately bought this beautiful property for several million dollars less than the so-called minimum bid. Those of us at the auction were stunned by his audacity--but it paid off for the public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1995
I read Joan Kay's letter ("Just Say 'No Deal' to Soka University," Oct. 9) with fascination. Kay does not have a single constituent and is dictating the course of action for all. Many voters in the community have expressed their displeasure with procedures that jeopardize the rights of property owners. When the word tolerate is used, it belies prejudicial sentiment, which is an integral part of Kay's position. One cannot help but wonder what personal anger drives her to attack an educational institution that would benefit the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1995
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was established to acquire parkland through negotiation with willing sellers of suitable land. The attempt to acquire the Soka property through condemnation was not its mandate, and to proceed with the cost of such litigation is not what the taxpayers envisioned, as clearly expressed in their rejection of Proposition 180. The idea of selling several parcels of existing parkland, which the conservancy was once...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 1995
Your Nov. 3 article, "Conservancy's Land Buy May Kill Its Soka Bid," wrongly assumes that the Topanga Canyon, Canyon Oaks Estates development-versus-parkland issue has finally come to an end. This issue is far from over. Our organization, Taxpayers United for Fairness has filed a writ of mandate which asks the Superior Court to review the deal between the Disney family trust, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Los Angeles County for the purchase of 662 acres of land. Our writ requests the court to substantially lower the price paid by the conservancy for the land.
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April 30, 2012 | By David Ng
The new season at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County will feature appearances by the Warsaw Philharmonic, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Vancouver Symphony, as well as by pianists Jeremy Denk and Joyce Yang, and cellist Alisa Weilerstein. The venue, which is the newest classical hall in Southern California, opened last year at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. The 2012-13 season is set to begin in September. Soka's symphony series will include the Warsaw Philharmonic, with pianist Yulianna Avdeeva (Nov.
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September 17, 2011
Soka Performing Arts Center Where: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo When: Opens 8 p.m. Saturday with Pacific Symphony concert Full schedule and ticket information: http://www.performingarts.soka.edu
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September 17, 2011 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
There is something new under the South Orange County sun. The Soka Performing Arts Center, which opens Saturday night with a gala concert by the Pacific Symphony, may seem but a modestly budgeted $73-million facility at a small, little-known 10-year-old private liberal arts college The facility at Soka University of America, tucked away in the hills of Aliso Viejo, consists of a multipurpose hall of about 1,000 seats and a black box named Nelson...
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August 6, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
The new Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo will debut Sept. 17, offering what appear to be by far the lowest major-venue ticket prices in the region, for its opening season of 23 shows. The 1,034-seat hall features acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, famed for his work on such projects as Walt Disney Concert Hall. Jazz, classical music and world music will be the main fare at the $73-million auditorium and arts classroom complex on the Orange County campus of Soka University, a small liberal arts institution affiliated with the Tokyo-based Buddhist movement Soka Gakkai.
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February 2, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
What the San Fernando Valley is celebrating this week ? the debut of a major performing arts center that figures to be a source of enjoyment and pride for an area that had been short on cultural bragging rights ? is on the agenda for southern Orange County too. In Aliso Viejo, a small but wealthy private school, Soka University of America, has begun the countdown toward October, when it expects the first public notes to sound in its Soka Performing Arts Center. Construction has been completed on the 1,034-seat auditorium that, together with a companion building for arts classrooms, studios and offices, cost $73 million (the Valley Performing Arts Center, at 1,700 seats plus an educational building, cost $125 million)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2008 | David Haldane
The former finance director and chief investment officer of Soka University of America has pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzling nearly $1.8 million in university funds, authorities said Wednesday. Kiyoshi Hatanaka, 52, faces up to 10 years in federal prison at his sentencing Aug. 25. As the school's financing director from 1999 to 2006, prosecutors say, Hatanaka transferred the money from university banking and investment accounts to accounts he had created at California Bank and Trust.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1994
In her attack on the Sierra Club (Letters, Jan. 2), Soka supporter Alexis Byfuglin claims that the Sierra Club "did not stand up to, and even praised" previous big developments such as Baldwin, Micor and Ahmanson Ranch. She is wrong on all three counts. The Sierra Club came out in opposition to the Baldwin development when it was first proposed in 1987. That opposition helped reduce the development from 1,507 homes, 1.5 million square feet of commercial space and a very costly highway to 550 homes, 200,000 commercial square feet, no road and a 640-acre park donation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1994
Susan Genelin's commentary regarding Ahmanson's proposed development between Thousand Oaks and the west San Fernando Valley was right on target. It is a prime example of a developer's total disregard for anything but the dollar. The daily traffic created by this behemoth would destroy the quality of life on North Las Virgenes Road and beyond for the hundreds of families that live in the condos and houses of that area. If Las Virgenes Road is burdened by Ahmanson's automobile traffic, plus a large proposed commercial development at Las Virgenes Road and the Ventura Freeway plus Soka's proposed development that would be larger than Topanga Plaza, we can kiss our rural life goodby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Ending a 30-year quest, public officials announced Saturday the purchase of Soka University's 588-acre swath of mostly pristine woodlands in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains for use as parkland. The $35-million deal closed escrow Friday, marking both a major environmental achievement and the last chapter in an often bitter legal battle that in recent years pitted the Buddhist university's leadership against conservationists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2004 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
After rejecting several purchase offers through the years for its 600-acre site at the gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Soka University of America is considering selling the pristine parcel for parkland, officials said Thursday. As the geographic center of the mountain range with abundant natural resources, the site near Calabasas has long been considered by environmentalists the crown jewel of the Santa Monica Mountains.
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