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November 4, 1990 | SANTIAGO O'DONNELL
The Ventura City Council on Monday will consider a proposal by Mayor Richard Francis urging the selection committee for a California State University campus in Ventura County to complete an environmental study on the Taylor Ranch site before scratching it as a potential site. Taylor Ranch, west of Ventura, had been the preferred site for the proposed campus until June, when university officials bowed to opposition from environmental groups and reopened the site selection process.
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November 12, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
As a celluloid heartthrob, Robert Taylor donned western boots and jeans to portray a gunslinger in "Billy the Kid" and a lawman in "The Hangman. " He dressed the same off-screen to ride horses on his 112-acre ranch in Mandeville Canyon. Taylor died in 1969, but the Brentwood ranch, with its 12-bedroom house, guest quarters, rolling lawns and wooded hillsides, still bears his name. The estate, extensively remodeled in the 1980s by a rock-radio mogul who turned the stables into offices and apartments while leaving the horseshoe-studded stall doors intact, is slated to be sold at auction Nov. 30. A number of parties have toured the Robert Taylor Ranch, one of the largest residential properties on the Westside and recently listed by Hilton & Hyland at just under $19 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1993
Cynthia Wood, owner of the 30,000-acre Taylor Ranch west of Ventura, arts patron and breeder of champion horses, has died at age 55. Ms. Wood died of brain cancer Jan. 23 in Santa Barbara, friends said Saturday. Ms. Wood, a somewhat reclusive heiress who lived in Santa Barbara, was in the public eye in the late 1980s when Taylor Ranch came under consideration as a site for a Ventura County campus of Cal State University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1997
Clarence "Waho" Necochea, a cowboy and ranch hand who worked on the Taylor Ranch near Ventura for 30 years, died Sunday following a brief illness. He was 86. Necochea was born Sept. 3, 1911, on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Palm Springs. A gifted horseman, he ran cattle on the tribal lands. In the late 1950s--by then married and the father of four children--Necochea moved his family to Ventura. "He wanted a better life for us kids," said his daughter, Millie Edwards of Ventura.
NEWS
December 7, 1989
It's interesting to note that the two most vocal opponents to siting a Cal State campus at Taylor Ranch (Yvon Chouinard and Russ Baggerly) are fortunate to be self-educated, self-made men--an exceptional and commendable achievement worthy of my respect. However, these male "Marie Antoinette" attitudes about the educational and economic needs of their county are extremely unfair to the majority of persons who must have formal education and/or a degree to obtain income. Would they keep their county uneducated, "barefoot and pregnant" for the sake of a comfortable view?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1990 | THIA BELL
The Ojai City Council on Tuesday chose Winifred Hirsch to serve on a committee to advise California State University on building a four-year college at Taylor Ranch. Hirsch supports CSU's choice of Taylor Ranch, a 450-acre parcel north of Ventura. The council itself voted unanimously in January to support the university's efforts to build a campus in the county, without specifically endorsing the Taylor Ranch site.
NEWS
January 11, 1990
As an educator for the past 33 years (27 at Ventura College), I strongly support the development of a CSU campus on the Taylor Ranch property. I am writing this letter as a citizen of this county and as the Ventura College president, but not representing a college or district position. The development of a CSU campus is a higher education opportunity for the region, rather than just for the city of Ventura. The CSU campus will influence the lives and expand the educational opportunities for all Ventura County citizens, especially those residing west and north of the Conejo Grade and particularly those who do not have the resources or the time to commute or relocate to another four-year college campus in the state.
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November 17, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three years of community squabbling over whether California State University should build a campus at the Taylor Ranch west of Ventura, university officials on Friday put the site to final rest. Cal State trustees meeting in Oxnard eliminated the hillside bluff with an ocean view in favor of three less controversial locations: one west of Camarillo, one southeast of Oxnard and one northeast of Ventura.
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June 30, 1988 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
It was to be a college campus destined to rival the most picturesque, a pastoral oceanside bluff from which a student could ponder the majestic islands and shoreline below. But three months after Taylor Ranch had been selected for what many believed would someday be Ventura County's first four-year public university, the celebration was cut short.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1997
Welcome to Ventura, Environmental Defense Center ("A New Chapter in County Eco-Politics," Jan. 9). Now that you're here, we hope that you will learn that there are two (or more) sides to every story, and that you will finally have some intellectual contact with other professionals' expert viewpoints. If you had done so earlier, your history would be different, and your foreseeable future will be, too. Consider: You would have supported the creation of a university on the Taylor Ranch seven years ago. You are interested in the Dos Vientos community, acknowledge that the owners of that property, a pension fund for elderly engineers, donated open space to the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency as part of the contract to entitle the relatively small portion retained.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1994
I can remember the "good old days" when Hoot Bennett, John Conlan, Tom Laubacher, Frank Jewett and a few others--who didn't depend upon a county paycheck for their livelihood--used to make decisions based on what was good for the majority of people living in the county. In the last few years, it seems as if the majority of our Board of Supervisors has caved in to the Ojai squeaky wheels on more issues than I care to remember, starting with Petrochem (ensuring the demise of the local oil industry)
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December 30, 1993 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Taylor Ranch house is one of those buildings only a rodent or a history buff could love. A family of ground squirrels once took over the main room of the century-old house at 737 N. Montebello Blvd., scurrying past the humans sitting at a table. On a windy day, chips of white paint flutter off the building. Add a stiff breeze, and a shard of wood falls away. Time has not been good to the first structure in Montebello equipped with electricity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993
In the Sept. 26 story on my campaign for reelection to the Ventura City Council, it was reported that I opposed the university at Taylor Ranch on environmental grounds. This is incorrect. I did not oppose the Taylor Ranch as the future university site; on the contrary, I wanted it openly evaluated so all interested parties could be certain of having the best possible university site. I argued that hard and fast positions should be withheld until required studies revealed the feasibility of the site for a campus and the attendant benefits and impacts.
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January 31, 1993
Cynthia Wood, owner of the 30,000-acre Taylor Ranch west of Ventura, arts patron and breeder of champion horses, has died at age 55. Ms. Wood died of brain cancer Jan. 23 in Santa Barbara, friends said Saturday. Ms. Wood, a somewhat reclusive heiress who lived in Santa Barbara, was in the public eye in the late 1980s when Taylor Ranch came under consideration as a site for a Ventura County campus of Cal State University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1992
I read with interest Earl Bebout's dilemma regarding access to his property through the popular Ojai Valley Trail ("Mira Monte Resident Battles County Over Trail Fee," Jan. 23). Bebout and his neighbors are justified in demanding this access fee be revoked. The silliness of this fee can be illustrated thus: You can walk or bike the entire 9.5-mile trail from end to end every day for free, but if you want to cross its 10-foot width it will cost you a $100 license fee plus $50 per year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three years of community squabbling over whether California State University should build a campus at the Taylor Ranch west of Ventura, university officials on Friday put the site to final rest. Cal State trustees meeting in Oxnard eliminated the hillside bluff with an ocean view in favor of three less controversial locations: one west of Camarillo, one southeast of Oxnard and one northeast of Ventura.
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