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March 19, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Some communities boast that "George Washington slept here." Box Canyon, a rocky hideaway west of Chatsworth, is doing its best to forget that mass murderer Charles Manson spent time there. Actually, Manson was just passing through in the late 1960s, freeloading for three days off a religious cult that fed and sheltered transients.
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October 10, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Creating a new roadblock for the Ahmanson Ranch development, the Los Angeles City Council rejected a plan Tuesday to open a stretch of Victory Boulevard that is vital to the construction and operation of the 3,050-home project. The road, which dead-ends at the city limits, is seen as a major access point for construction vehicles, and will be needed as an alternative to the crowded Ventura Freeway when residents move in.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the mud flats at the mouth of the Santa Clara River, cowbirds and gulls and other waterfowl gather at low tide for a ritual as old as the river itself. At the wildlife sanctuary, where the freshwater river meets the saltwater sea, the winged creatures settle as they always have on the sandbar-studded wetlands to feed and rest undisturbed. But this tranquil setting belies Ventura County's intensifying struggle to pluck birds, beasts and fish from the brink of extinction.
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August 12, 2001 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A strange sight appeared in the languorous Ojai Valley hamlet of Meiners Oaks earlier this summer. In a community that is too small to have its own post office, the main road was suddenly decorated with a handful of "Grand Opening" signs. The biggest business in town, Meiners Oaks Hardware, has expanded into a new, 10,000-foot space. A Latino food market and a thrift store have new owners. A new meat and barbecue shop is flourishing, as is the new organic grocery and cafe.
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November 14, 1987 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has selected 100 acres of donated land in a rural area of eastern Ventura County as the site for the proposed $30-million Reagan presidential library and public policy research center, it was announced Friday.
BUSINESS
June 2, 1992 | JACK SEARLES
Expansion of the Oxnard plant of Procter & Gamble Paper Products Co. is 40% complete and should be finished ahead of schedule by early 1993, according to company spokesman Bob Paulger. "We've probably saved two months and about $2 million in costs because of the efficiency of city personnel who processed our permits," Paulger said. The number of employees expected to be hired as part of the expansion has been raised 10%, to 220, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2000 | DAVID KELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 72,000-acre swath of avocado fields, citrus and open land between Fillmore and the Los Angeles County line will become Ventura County's newest and biggest greenbelt if approved Tuesday. The deal has been in the works for more than a year and if passed by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will dwarf the region's current largest greenbelt, a 34,000-acre patch between Fillmore and Santa Paula.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2000 | CATHERINE BLAKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Built in 1907, the train tunnel through the Santa Susana Pass has no ventilation, lighting or drainage. Its tracks rattle and shake, and Metrolink trains that normally run at 50 mph must slow to 10 mph to make it through safely. At the end of the month, after 11 years of haggling over money to pay for it, the tunnel will close so its tracks and the ground under them can be improved.
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January 31, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Ahmanson Land Co. ended years of negotiations Friday when it closed a deal with entertainer Bob Hope, securing the last two properties needed before construction can begin on a $1-billion mini-city. After almost a decade of on-again, off-again discussions, Home Savings of America, Ahmanson's parent company, has purchased Hope's 4,369-acre Runkle Ranch near Simi Valley and 339-acre Corral Canyon parcel near Malibu.
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December 2, 1997 | LEO SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dirt-moving machines have barely broken ground on the speculative Grande Vista Business Park in Thousand Oaks, but already six of the planned 22 units are in or about to go into escrow, and negotiations are in process for two more. For William Burke, a partner in the Burke Real Estate Group, which owns the 11-acre industrial site, the high level of interest illustrates the improved state of the Ventura County-Conejo Valley real estate market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Oxnard manufacturing executive Mike Conway flies out of Los Angeles International Airport on business every other week, and like many air travelers he would like to see a regional airport closer to home. Mike Beck, a Ventura resident and theatrical designer, dreads the clogged freeways and irritating flight delays that often accompany his trips to LAX. He would fly from Ventura County if commercial jets landed there, and he believes other people would too. "Absolutely," he said.
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June 4, 2001 | STEVE CHAWKINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of bitter neighborhood opposition to a proposed McDonald's, Ventura officials are considering an eight-month ban of most commercial development in a portion of the city's east side. The City Council will consider a measure tonight barring large-scale commercial projects on a stretch of Telephone Road between Johnson Drive and Saticoy Avenue until Jan. 31.
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April 13, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The planned move of a youth jobs program to a field near Camarillo is facing opposition from homeowners nervous about the young workers and slow-growth supporters demanding more information about the project. Officials with the California Conservation Corps say they would like to move to a 10-acre complex near Beardsley and Wright roads in mid-2003. The 48,000-square-foot campus would be built adjacent to the California Youth Authority on state land, officials said.
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March 12, 2001 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stage is set for a showdown Tuesday that has city leaders facing a choice between long-coveted open space and the possibility of much-needed housing for senior citizens. The Thousand Oaks City Council will consider a complicated development-rights swap that aims to save 180 acres of land known as the Western Plateau, once owned by MGM film studios and now slated for 147 single-family homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of San Fernando Valley civic leaders has organized a new lobbying group to pressure Sacramento to come through with $500 million in transportation improvements promised by Gov. Gray Davis and other agencies for the Valley. The new group is co-chaired by David Fleming, who heads the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and former Assemblyman Richard Katz, who heads a transportation committee for the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
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February 7, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ahmanson Ranch developers were dealt another setback Tuesday when an international arbitration panel ruled that project critics can continue to operate Web sites using the Ahmanson name. Company officials are now considering whether to file a lawsuit in federal court to take control of those domain names.
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October 22, 1992 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two dozen critics of the proposed $1-billion Ahmanson Ranch project told the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday that an environmental study of the new mini-city is seriously flawed and that the development should not be built in the rolling hills near Calabasas. But an equal number of speakers at the four-hour hearing supported the Ahmanson Land Co.'s plan to build a 3,050-dwelling golf course community on 2,800 acres at the Los Angeles County line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1992 | AARON CURTISS and MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The huge Ahmanson Ranch development proposed for the hills of eastern Ventura County would add more than 37,500 cars a day to the streets in and near the southwest San Fernando Valley, increasing traffic on some roads by almost 2,000%, according to a draft environmental impact report released Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to the state energy crisis, Southern California Edison has halted the sale of 307 acres of coastal land near the Ormond Beach and Mandalay power plants and is considering the sites for new generating facilities. The move scuttles, at least temporarily, plans to preserve the areas as wetlands and could derail a huge redevelopment project in south Oxnard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2001 | MARGARET TALEV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe McClure's job was to lure businesses to Ventura County by portraying it as a great place to raise a family. His marketing campaign focused on the county's reputation for good schools, safe neighborhoods, beautiful weather and uncrowded beaches. "Ventura County: For your life's work," went the pitch. But now the head of the county's Economic Development Collaborative is taking his large family--including eight children--and heading to Montana.
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