August 16, 1986 |
A hastily drafted bill to remove about 225 acres of land east of Marina del Rey from the state coastal zone and thus circumvent an environmental lawsuit was rejected Friday by the Senate Natural Resources Committee. The legislation was sought by retiring Controller Kenneth Cory in an attempt to speed up the sale of 75 acres that the state received in trust from the estate of Howard Hughes as payment of the late billionaire's inheritance taxes.
January 22, 1987
The county Board of Supervisors has directed the Public Works Department to establish an assessment district to finance construction of a four-lane bypass to relieve traffic congestion in Marina del Rey. Under a plan approved by the board, the county would pay 33% of the cost, Marina del Rey Lessees, a group of developers, would pay 61% and Summa Corp., which plans to build the massive Playa Vista project, would pay 5%. The cost was not immediately available.
October 27, 1985
Tooley & Co. Investment Builders has formed Tooley West Inc. to take responsibility for the development of the new Howard Hughes Center on the Westside and has appointed William T. McGregor, general manager of the center, president of the new entity.
May 17, 1988
Syncor, a Chatsworth chain of 80 nuclear pharmacies, said it has settled for an undisclosed amount an antitrust lawsuit brought against it by Summa Medical Corp. of Albuquerque, N.M. In the lawsuit, filed in February, 1987, Summa claimed Syncor tried to stop it from gaining a stronger position in the nuclear-drug distribution business and tried to discourage manufacturers from doing business with Summa.
December 9, 1990
Milton Bassett's comments on the settlement between Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Maguire Thomas Partners, developer of Playa Vista (Times, Nov. 11), indicate that he doesn't understand the terms of our agreement. I hope I can shed some light on just what the Friends agreed to support and why. Unfortunately, certain trigger words used by Bassett only serve to arouse emotions, while obscuring facts. When he labels the wetlands restoration a "pet project" of the Friends, he denigrates one of the most important ecological assets in Southern California.
September 22, 1985 |
Citing concerns over traffic and building heights, homeowners groups have asked for major changes in plans for Playa Vista, a Summa Corp. development that would bring 18,000 new residents, 3 million square feet of office space and 2,400 hotel rooms to about 900 acres of vacant land near Marina del Rey.
May 27, 1993
Ruth Lansford, a founder of the environmental group Friends of Ballona Wetlands, has won a conservation award from Chevron Corp. for her 15-year effort to save and restore the largest remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles County. Lansford was one of 25 people nationwide chosen to receive this year's Chevron Conservation Awards, which are given in recognition of efforts to find creative and practical solutions to environmental problems.
August 15, 1991
Westchester is being riddled with new development projects. The Planning Department needs to look at the development in the entire community rather than approaching each project in a piecemeal fashion. Neighborhoods are forced to bargain with developers. This is a relationship where the developer sees negotiating as part of the development package and the neighbors spend their discretionary time and money protecting their right to the "peace and enjoyment" of their homes. One place the Planning Department could exercise some vision is in the proposed development of 27 1/2 acres owned by Loyola Marymount University.