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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996
Re "Panel Approves Soka Campus Expansion Plan," Sept. 25. Your article contained the misleading report that "only about 15 people spoke against the downsized plan" proposed by Soka University in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens oppose Soka's plans. The Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, represents about 65,000 members. The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation represents over 20 homeowner associations in the Las Virgenes Valley, where the proposed university will be sited.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1998
The California Coastal Commission has the opportunity Thursday to end a long and bitter fight over plans to expand a university campus in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas. By approving Soka University's proposal, the commission can guarantee the public dedication of nearly 400 acres of ecologically sensitive land and prevent excessive development in one of Southern California's most beautiful canyons.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991
The article on Soka Gakkai was most interesting. It should put an end to the idea that anyone who opposes Soka University that would be located on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road is a racist, xenophobe or is anti-religion. It is hard to believe that one organization could be involved in so many unsavory activities. The statement by Bernetta Reade, Soka University spokesperson, that Soka Gakkai and Soka University are "separate corporate entities" is irrelevant. They are both branches of the same tree and everyone knows it. WILLIAM P. WELLS Calabasas
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
Soka University of America officials said Friday they will continue their quest to expand the liberal arts campus in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, despite an encounter with a new stumbling block. At a six-hour hearing Thursday of the California Coastal Commission, opponents argued vehemently for the panel to deny Soka's application, reminiscent of earlier public hearings on the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Ventura County judge dealt a potentially fatal blow Tuesday to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's attempts to condemn Soka University's scenic Calabasas campus, long coveted by state and federal agencies as the site for a national park headquarters. Superior Court Judge Barbara A.
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March 14, 1996 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state park agency appears to be on the brink of settling a bitter three-year legal fight to condemn Soka University's scenic campus here after two local lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would limit the school's size and create hundreds of acres of public open space. The proposal by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Rep. Anthony C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1994 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear arguments from Soka University, dealing the school yet another setback as it fights to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from condemning its scenic Calabasas campus. Without commenting on the case, justices declined to consider Soka's challenge of a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling in which the conservancy was permitted to proceed with eminent domain proceedings against the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1992 | AMY PYLE
A disabled attorney who is also a world-class athlete will speak at Soka University in Calabasas on Oct. 28 in the first of a series of human rights lectures at the school. Doug Heir, paralyzed by a diving accident when he was an 18-year-old lifeguard, will speak about the impact of national legislation affecting the disabled. Heir has worked with thousands of people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. Heir will hold his seminar at 7 p.m. at the Soka campus, 26800 W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1993
I live two miles from the Soka campus and I take exception to ALfred Balitzer's letter Jan. 4 regarding neighbors backing the school. There is overwhelming neighborhood opposition to the planned development of Soka University at the corner of Las Virgenes Road and Mulholland Highway. It doesn't matter that it is Soka that is planning the development. It is the development of such density that the neighborhood overwhelmingly objects to. Soka has complained that the planned density that the national park proposes would be 30,000 people per year, whereas their density would be 5,000 full-time students and staff members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1991
Assemblyman Tom Hayden (D-Santa Monica) said Thursday that he has asked state and federal tax officials to consider revoking the tax-exempt status of Soka University of Calabasas. Hayden, who is opposed to Soka's plans to build a 4,400-student campus on 580 acres it owns in the Santa Monica Mountains, also said he will introduce legislation to prevent Soka from calling itself a university.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The California Coastal Commission ended its first of four days of meetings this week with a tour of Soka University of America, whose application for expansion is to be heard at the commission's meeting today. A dozen commissioners were driven up to Claretville Hill Summit, where university representatives gave them an overview of where the proposed buildings would be and a look at the mountains surrounding the campus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1996
Re "Panel Approves Soka Campus Expansion Plan," Sept. 25. Your article contained the misleading report that "only about 15 people spoke against the downsized plan" proposed by Soka University in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens oppose Soka's plans. The Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, represents about 65,000 members. The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation represents over 20 homeowner associations in the Las Virgenes Valley, where the proposed university will be sited.
NEWS
March 14, 1996 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state park agency appears to be on the brink of settling a bitter three-year legal fight to condemn Soka University's scenic campus here after two local lawmakers Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would limit the school's size and create hundreds of acres of public open space. The proposal by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Rep. Anthony C.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1995 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The kids who tag along with Mary Montes on her nature walks at Soka University near Calabasas might stumble across anything from deer tracks to gopher holes to the plant with that oh-so-cool name kids love--the sticky monkey flower. Montes leads these 90-minute family walks once a month on the secluded university campus, tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Creek State Park. She'll be out there Saturday, binoculars around her neck, for a walk that starts at 9:30 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1994 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After nearly two years of preliminary skirmishes, a judge this week cleared the way for Soka University and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to face off in a key fight over the school's scenic Calabasas campus. The two sides meet Nov. 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court to argue whether the conservancy has the right to condemn a part of Soka's campus at Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes Road. "The hearing in November is the prize fight," Soka spokesman Jeff Ourvan said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1994 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear arguments from Soka University, dealing the school yet another setback as it fights to prevent the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy from condemning its scenic Calabasas campus. Without commenting on the case, justices declined to consider Soka's challenge of a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling in which the conservancy was permitted to proceed with eminent domain proceedings against the school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1993
I live right across the street from Soka University. Perhaps more than anyone, my family will be affected by whatever happens to that land. My wife and I are totally against condemnation of that property on behalf of the National Park Service. We don't want to see it become another Yosemite Valley. We would rather have it reasonably developed as a school. I moved to this area almost four years ago to give my children a rural environment in which to grow. I was aware of Soka's development plans at that time, and I am also aware of the service cutbacks to the parks in the neighborhood.
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