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October 20, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Canyon Hills gated subdivision in Sunland-Tujunga was approved Wednesday by the City Council on a 13-0 vote. Plans call for 221 homes to be built on the northern flank of the Verdugo Mountains, north of the 210 Freeway. The developer, Rick Percell, agreed to donate 608 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
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May 13, 2012 | By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times
Authorities launched Burbank's largest manhunt in 20 years in search of a missing FBI agent who was believed to be suicidal and possibly carrying a handgun, officials said Saturday. More than 150 law enforcement personnel joined in a search that began Friday and fanned through the rugged Verdugo Mountains and other parts of Los Angeles County looking for Stephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security affairs. He was last seen Friday at his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road in Burbank.
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March 19, 1993 | ED BOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A city park in the Verdugo Mountains, once overgrown and marred by graffiti, has been honored with the California Park and Recreation Society's special park planning award because of a dramatic transformation made possible by a $1-million state grant. The Wildwood Canyon Park now has hiking trails cleared with well-marked entrances, stonework, a guard at the front gate, rustic picnic areas, limited parking, repaved roads and restroom facilities, said Mary J.
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August 10, 2010 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
Thanks to the help of four Glendale volunteers, a group of seedlings in the Verdugo Mountains have a better chance to survive. Part-time naturalist Dave Moreno and three Glendale residents carried five-gallon water bottles up and down a mountain for almost three hours Saturday morning as part of a program to maintain the trees that were planted after a fire in 2005. The bimonthly tree maintenance, spearheaded by Moreno, has been underway for three years now. But the project, he says, is an extension of a more than 50-year-old experiment to introduce nonnative, but noninvasive, tree species to those mountains.
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December 17, 1987 | GREG BRAXTON, Times Staff Writer
The Burbank City Council has approved a controversial housing development proposed for the Verdugo Mountains, but reduced the number of homes that can be built in it. The council acted on the proposal by developer Sherman Whitmore, who has been fighting Burbank over development in the mountains for eight years. The decision followed a marathon meeting Tuesday night attended by an overflow crowd that seemed evenly divided on the project.
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May 13, 1989 | JOHN McKINNEY
The mountains took their name from Jose Maria Verdugo, who in 1784 received one of the earliest Spanish land grants in California. Rancho de Los Verdugo was a cattle ranch that took in land between Mission San Gabriel and Mission San Fernando. Conservationists, primarily Small Wilderness Area Preservation, rallied to halt a proposed scenic parkway at the crest of the Verdugos, prevented the subdivision of the mountaintops and preserved a portion of the mountains as parklands. La Tuna Canyon Trail visits some quiet oak- and sycamore-lined canyons and ascends to the range's principal feature and its main attraction for hikers: its ridge top, which extends the length of the range.
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October 12, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At twilight, from a campsite high atop the Verdugo Mountains, trailblazer Erick Madrid feels he's worlds away from the twinkling lights and the endless procession of cars below. But this is hardly the wilderness. "You can hear the city. You can feel it hum," said the 26-year-old Mammoth Lakes resident last week as he surveyed the expanse of Los Angeles and the hazy outline of Catalina Island beyond it. "It looks pretty chaotic down there, and I think I would go nuts."
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August 17, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
Glendale police confiscated $10 million worth of marijuana from a sophisticated outdoor growing operation in the Verdugo Mountains that tapped into a city water tank designated for emergency use during brush fires. The growers watered their crops by illegally hooking a drip-irrigation system into a 10,000-gallon cistern in themountains, which are prone to summer and fall brush fires. Glendale fire officials said half of the water tank had been drained.
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May 13, 2012 | By Brittany Levine, Los Angeles Times
Authorities launched Burbank's largest manhunt in 20 years in search of a missing FBI agent who was believed to be suicidal and possibly carrying a handgun, officials said Saturday. More than 150 law enforcement personnel joined in a search that began Friday and fanned through the rugged Verdugo Mountains and other parts of Los Angeles County looking for Stephen Ivens, 35, a Los Angeles-based agent specializing in national security affairs. He was last seen Friday at his home in the 1700 block of Scott Road in Burbank.
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July 15, 1991 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Annette C. Baecker was hailed as a hero over the weekend, as a David who is bravely facing up to a vengeful Goliath. But the accolades barely soothed Baecker's fears of being caught in a legal nightmare that might never end. Baecker is a soft-spoken but occasionally fiery advocate for maintaining the beauty and natural environment of the hillsides of Burbank in the face of increasing residential development.
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January 5, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Two developers who battled the city of Glendale for more than a decade over hillside development in the Verdugo Mountains have donated 175 acres of land worth millions of dollars to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, officials announced this week. Developers John Gregg and Sal Gangi, whose plans to put more than 500 homes on the slopes of the Verdugos sparked lawsuits and public outcry, ceded the last of their major hillside properties last month.
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August 17, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writers
Glendale police confiscated $10 million worth of marijuana from a sophisticated outdoor growing operation in the Verdugo Mountains that tapped into a city water tank designated for emergency use during brush fires. The growers watered their crops by illegally hooking a drip-irrigation system into a 10,000-gallon cistern in themountains, which are prone to summer and fall brush fires. Glendale fire officials said half of the water tank had been drained.
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February 25, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Surrounded on all sides by urban sprawl, the Verdugo Mountains in the northeast corner of Los Angeles are one of the last remnants of wilderness in that section of the city, where coyotes, raccoons and lizards still live in dense brush and chaparral. For years, developers have thought of the Verdugos as ripe for new homes.
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October 20, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
The Canyon Hills gated subdivision in Sunland-Tujunga was approved Wednesday by the City Council on a 13-0 vote. Plans call for 221 homes to be built on the northern flank of the Verdugo Mountains, north of the 210 Freeway. The developer, Rick Percell, agreed to donate 608 acres to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
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October 2, 2005 | Bob Pool and Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writers
They had wrapped up three days in Ventura County on the front lines of a 24,175-acre fire when the visiting firefighters got the bad news. Instead of heading home, fire crews from Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Brea, Newport Beach and Fullerton were told Saturday to detour to Burbank to help fight a 1,100-acre wildfire there. There were groans from among some on the Brea Fire Department pumper truck. "We were released from the Topanga fire and on our way home," said firefighter Kyle Houk.
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December 20, 2003 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to protect prominent ridgelines in the Verdugo Mountains, making it illegal to build on them. The scenic preservation plan, pushed by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, would keep development and grading off the dramatic slopes that rise above the communities of Shadow Hills, Lake View Terrace and Tujunga. "Christmas comes a little early this year for the scenic northern part of my district," Greuel said in a statement.
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June 11, 1987
The Burbank City Council on Tuesday approved spending $554,375 to help purchase hillside property in the Verdugo Mountains that the city wants to preserve as a greenbelt. The money will be matched with state funds designated for parklands and channeled through the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The city will buy the property, appraised at $1.1 million, from developer Sherman Whitmore.
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August 8, 1985
Hillside property in the Verdugo Mountains once earmarked for a landfill will be purchased next month by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy for use as open space and hiking trails. The conservancy board on Tuesday night approved the purchase of 1,010 acres in La Tuna Canyon, west of Sun Valley, for $1.25 million. The land is being sold by BBK Corp., which bought the property in 1978 for use as a landfill. BBK abandoned the landfill plan when it ran into strenuous opposition from neighbors.
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June 22, 2003 | Nita Lelyveld, Times Staff Writer
On a recent Sunday afternoon, Justin Ryan Jones left a party on a Wilshire Boulevard rooftop carrying two things: a large white laundry bag overflowing with camp supplies and a bright yellow Creamsicle, which was leaving its sticky mark across his cheeks. Justin, who is 9, was thrilled about the Creamsicle. His mother was much more thrilled by the bag.
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September 11, 2002 | WENDY THERMOS and RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Low winds and steady help from water-dropping aircraft allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on a stubborn brush fire that burned for a second day along the steep slopes of the Verdugo Mountains above Glendale, fire officials said Tuesday. "The fire isn't heading anywhere," Glendale Fire Capt. Thomas Marchant said. "It's just a matter of getting around what's burning at this point."
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