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June 6, 1993
I see that the long arm and considerable influence of Soka University has already made its way into the offices of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt (Times, May 20). In that article, reporter Alan Miller quotes Jay Ziegler, spokesman for Secretary Babbitt, as saying that his boss was "trying on many of these park-adjacent issues, to get a feel for what all the concerns are. . . . He's trying to get a better sense of the lay of the land." I would like to offer the secretary some help in that area.
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December 19, 1993 | AARON CURTISS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a rare display of public discord, three state appeals court justices appeared to disagree Thursday over how the laws apply to the attempt by state park authorities to seize Soka University's scenic campus in the Santa Monica Mountains. Justices of the 2nd District Court of Appeal seemed split over whether to dismiss the case on procedural grounds or whether to attack more substantial questions raised by lawyers for the university and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1993
In regard to the letter saying that neighbors of Soka University are not opposed to its expansion, I would like to know who they are. I live adjacent to the Soka University property and I personally don't know one. When we talk about neighbors, I would like to know how far that encompasses. I know someone who is possibly considered a neighbor who is on the Soka payroll and, of course, is pro-Soka. I am a member of the Calabasas Homeowners Assn. and the Las Virgenes Federation of Homeowners, which has 20 associations as members, and all are opposed to the Soka property becoming a mini-city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1993
On behalf of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, I would like to respond to comments contained in Deborah Brenner's letter on the Soka University issue (June 9). Brenner characterizes the Soka site as "beautiful" and "lush" and refers to the property across the street, presumably Malibu Creek State Park, in less-flattering terms. State parks spends approximately $60,000 per year locally to eradicate weeds, which we define as non-native plants, such as annual grasses, mustard and eucalyptus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1993
Soka's joint-use proposal to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has been rejected as well it should be. With dwindling funds and rising costs of land, our government agencies have lost prime park property to developers. The area was targeted as headquarters for the Santa Monica National Recreation area to serve all citizens, not a semi-private, semi-restricted park on Soka property. The main beneficiaries would be their proposed student body and the neighbors aware of their existence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993
As the executive director of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the public agency currently attempting to acquire the Soka property adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park, I concur wholeheartedly with Dave Brown's articulate explanation (Commentary, May 16) of the importance of public purchase of the property to protect for all time its spectacular natural and historic resources. Many in the community would also agree with Mr. Brown that the Soka property should ultimately serve as a central visitors' center and headquarters in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1991
When I read of the recent controversy over the Soka property, I was tempted to write on their behalf. Anyone who knew the site prior to their purchase would be amazed at the difference. They have done a wonderful job of restoring the whole property to something of its original grandeur. They even allow curious strangers free access. No one else would have. I feel good about them owning it. Now comes the Yosemite Park and Curry Co. deal, which has the new owners being pilloried by no less than the Interior secretary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
As a representative of many trail users--hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, dog-walkers, nature-lovers--I attended the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the Soka property. It seems to most of us that Soka University chose an improper location for its expansion. The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority has always wanted the location to be the center of its operations when the area becomes a national park. The Times used the word "seize" in an inflammatory manner--as though Soka will be ousted without remuneration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1993
On behalf of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, I would like to respond to comments contained in Deborah Brenner's letter on the Soka University issue (June 9). Brenner characterizes the Soka site as "beautiful" and "lush" and refers to the property across the street, presumably Malibu Creek State Park, in less-flattering terms. State parks spends approximately $60,000 per year locally to eradicate weeds, which we define as non-native plants, such as annual grasses, mustard and eucalyptus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1992 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy voted Monday night to attempt to use condemnation proceedings--for the first time--to seize 244 acres of prime property near Calabasas owned by Soka University. The 14-year-old conservancy, a state agency formed to amass and protect parkland in the mountains around Los Angeles, voted 6 to 1 to seek permission from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to begin eminent domain proceedings against the university property.
NEWS
June 6, 1993
I see that the long arm and considerable influence of Soka University has already made its way into the offices of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt (Times, May 20). In that article, reporter Alan Miller quotes Jay Ziegler, spokesman for Secretary Babbitt, as saying that his boss was "trying on many of these park-adjacent issues, to get a feel for what all the concerns are. . . . He's trying to get a better sense of the lay of the land." I would like to offer the secretary some help in that area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1993
As the executive director of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the public agency currently attempting to acquire the Soka property adjacent to Malibu Creek State Park, I concur wholeheartedly with Dave Brown's articulate explanation (Commentary, May 16) of the importance of public purchase of the property to protect for all time its spectacular natural and historic resources. Many in the community would also agree with Mr. Brown that the Soka property should ultimately serve as a central visitors' center and headquarters in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1993 | DAVE BROWN, Dave Brown is a former chairman of the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club and is an associate professor of history at Valley College in Van Nuys.
Take the Ventura Freeway west out of the Valley, turn off at the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit, and you will soon find yourself heading through an unspoiled rural valley flanked by oak-covered hills. In the distance, the valley ends abruptly in a jumble of peaks and buttes backed by a 2,000-foot mountain wall. Look closely and you stand a good chance of seeing browsing deer on the slopes near the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1993
Soka's joint-use proposal to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has been rejected as well it should be. With dwindling funds and rising costs of land, our government agencies have lost prime park property to developers. The area was targeted as headquarters for the Santa Monica National Recreation area to serve all citizens, not a semi-private, semi-restricted park on Soka property. The main beneficiaries would be their proposed student body and the neighbors aware of their existence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1993
In regard to the letter saying that neighbors of Soka University are not opposed to its expansion, I would like to know who they are. I live adjacent to the Soka University property and I personally don't know one. When we talk about neighbors, I would like to know how far that encompasses. I know someone who is possibly considered a neighbor who is on the Soka payroll and, of course, is pro-Soka. I am a member of the Calabasas Homeowners Assn. and the Las Virgenes Federation of Homeowners, which has 20 associations as members, and all are opposed to the Soka property becoming a mini-city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1992 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A regional park agency, faced with a New Year's Eve deadline that would complicate a campaign to take possession of part of the Soka University campus near Calabasas, met Tuesday night to decide whether to condemn the land. Dozens of speakers on both sides voiced their opinions at a meeting of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority at the Las Virgenes Unified School District headquarters in Calabasas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1993 | DAVE BROWN, Dave Brown is a former chairman of the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club and is an associate professor of history at Valley College in Van Nuys.
Take the Ventura Freeway west out of the Valley, turn off at the Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon exit, and you will soon find yourself heading through an unspoiled rural valley flanked by oak-covered hills. In the distance, the valley ends abruptly in a jumble of peaks and buttes backed by a 2,000-foot mountain wall. Look closely and you stand a good chance of seeing browsing deer on the slopes near the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992
As a representative of many trail users--hikers, equestrians, bird-watchers, dog-walkers, nature-lovers--I attended the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the Soka property. It seems to most of us that Soka University chose an improper location for its expansion. The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority has always wanted the location to be the center of its operations when the area becomes a national park. The Times used the word "seize" in an inflammatory manner--as though Soka will be ousted without remuneration.
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