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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1997
Re: County Vows to Fight Massive Newhall Project, 2/5/97. The supervisors for Ventura County should take a lesson from their own county attorneys. Suing large developments because of "environmental concerns" won't work. Just ask Los Angeles County, the county which sued Ventura County over its environmentally destructive Ahmanson Ranch development. But, as the old saying goes, "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it." VINCE CURTIS, Director, Friends of Ahmanson Ranch, Oak Park
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000
Re "Approval of Project Is a Mishap," Ventura County Perspective, Dec. 26. If Washington Mutual wants to develop the 5,400-acre Ahmanson Ranch, it should pay back the $26 million the public paid for open space to facilitate the deal. Five open-space parcels needed to become publicly owned before Washington Mutual could start developing the Ahmanson Ranch. All well and good. But opponents were told that the owners would "buy and donate" these five parcels. Apparently not so. Not only did they not keep to their promise, the public paid more than $26 million in federal money so that Washington Mutual could make millions from the development.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
I was outraged to hear that the Sierra Club recommended an extension for the Ahmanson Ranch development agreement in the West Valley. Who voted? I surely did not. As an active hiker and biker, I have traveled on all of the lands involved in this short-sighted agreement, and can say without a doubt the Ahmanson Ranch is the most beautiful, pristine, valuable and accessible parcel of land to the public for day hikes and excursions. Runkle Ranch, Jordan Ranch and Liberty Canyon are not easily accessible and will never be seen by the majority of the people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
Re: Frank Schillo's Ahmanson trial balloon: I used to think Vince Curtis did not have a snowball's chance in Phoenix to get elected to Schillo's seat on the Board of Supervisors. But after reading Schillo's logic I'm starting to think he has a good chance. While City Councilman Steve Bennett of Ventura and Councilwoman Linda Parks of Thousand Oaks are working hard on SOAR, an initiative to put huge land zoning in the hands of the public, Schillo is weaseling out on inadequate mitigation and displaying his ignorance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000
Re "Approval of Project Is a Mishap," Ventura County Perspective, Dec. 26. If Washington Mutual wants to develop the 5,400-acre Ahmanson Ranch, it should pay back the $26 million the public paid for open space to facilitate the deal. Five open-space parcels needed to become publicly owned before Washington Mutual could start developing the Ahmanson Ranch. All well and good. But opponents were told that the owners would "buy and donate" these five parcels. Apparently not so. Not only did they not keep to their promise, the public paid more than $26 million in federal money so that Washington Mutual could make millions from the development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1996
For your information, Lenora Kirby (Letters, April 27) is an employee of Ahmanson Land Co., developers of Home Savings' Ahmanson Ranch. She is also one of the main proponents of the proposed development on Ahmanson Ranch. It appears Ms. Kirby wants the location of the Bat Caves to be kept a secret not so much to protect them from vandalism (or our purpose on the Earth Day event--to clean them up) but out of a desire to ensure that Home Savings does not receive any bad press once the word gets out that the area surrounding the Bat Caves will be destroyed forever with tract homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997
Re: Frank Schillo's Ahmanson trial balloon: I used to think Vince Curtis did not have a snowball's chance in Phoenix to get elected to Schillo's seat on the Board of Supervisors. But after reading Schillo's logic I'm starting to think he has a good chance. While City Councilman Steve Bennett of Ventura and Councilwoman Linda Parks of Thousand Oaks are working hard on SOAR, an initiative to put huge land zoning in the hands of the public, Schillo is weaseling out on inadequate mitigation and displaying his ignorance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re: Supervisor Frank Schillo's idea to downsize the Ahmanson Ranch project: Any idea to downsize the proposed 3,050-home Ahmanson Ranch development is simply H.F. Ahmanson (a.k.a. Home Savings, the owners of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer-deal-maker-turned-environmentalist Supervisor Frank Schillo in weaseling its way out of its commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon) which had to come into public hands before the development on Ahmanson Ranch may begin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1995
I find Lee Grissom's recent letter amusing. In it he states that Calabasas "does not provide for linking city streets to the approved Ahmanson Ranch Specific Plan." As director of the governor's Office of Planning and Research, hasn't he researched how this proposed development will adversely affect the neighboring communities? And why should this project warrant the governor's attention? Why are the bordering cities of Malibu, Los Angeles, Calabasas and the bordering county of Los Angeles mutual plaintiffs against this development?
SPORTS
June 17, 1989 | Vince Kowalick
Gary Curtis, a man with a price on his head, finally was blasted dead in his tracks last week at Ventura Raceway. Figuratively speaking. Bounty hunter Rock Ake of Moorpark ended Curtis' stranglehold on the Mini Stock competition by posting a main-event victory June 9 in the 25-lap oval main event. Not only did Ake pocket the first-place prize of $60, he claimed the $100 incentive bonus track promoter Jim Naylor offered to anyone who beat Curtis to the checkered flag. "Back in the '30s and '40s, bounties were quite popular," Naylor said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1997
Re: Supervisor Frank Schillo's idea to downsize the Ahmanson Ranch project: Any idea to downsize the proposed 3,050-home Ahmanson Ranch development is simply H.F. Ahmanson (a.k.a. Home Savings, the owners of the ranch) working through its political pawn and developer-deal-maker-turned-environmentalist Supervisor Frank Schillo in weaseling its way out of its commitments to purchase the two Hope properties (Runkle Ranch and Corral Canyon) which had to come into public hands before the development on Ahmanson Ranch may begin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 1997 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thwarted in court, opponents of the massive Ahmanson Ranch housing project are turning to the political arena and fielding a candidate in next year's Ventura County supervisor's race in their latest bid to wrest control of the east county development. Oak Park resident Vince Curtis, a longtime opponent of the 3,050-dwelling project, said his chief goal if elected would be to ensure that the developer sticks to its original development agreement with the county or risk losing its right to build.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1997
Re: County Vows to Fight Massive Newhall Project, 2/5/97. The supervisors for Ventura County should take a lesson from their own county attorneys. Suing large developments because of "environmental concerns" won't work. Just ask Los Angeles County, the county which sued Ventura County over its environmentally destructive Ahmanson Ranch development. But, as the old saying goes, "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it." VINCE CURTIS, Director, Friends of Ahmanson Ranch, Oak Park
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1996
For your information, Lenora Kirby (Letters, April 27) is an employee of Ahmanson Land Co., developers of Home Savings' Ahmanson Ranch. She is also one of the main proponents of the proposed development on Ahmanson Ranch. It appears Ms. Kirby wants the location of the Bat Caves to be kept a secret not so much to protect them from vandalism (or our purpose on the Earth Day event--to clean them up) but out of a desire to ensure that Home Savings does not receive any bad press once the word gets out that the area surrounding the Bat Caves will be destroyed forever with tract homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1995
I find Lee Grissom's recent letter amusing. In it he states that Calabasas "does not provide for linking city streets to the approved Ahmanson Ranch Specific Plan." As director of the governor's Office of Planning and Research, hasn't he researched how this proposed development will adversely affect the neighboring communities? And why should this project warrant the governor's attention? Why are the bordering cities of Malibu, Los Angeles, Calabasas and the bordering county of Los Angeles mutual plaintiffs against this development?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1994
I was outraged to hear that the Sierra Club recommended an extension for the Ahmanson Ranch development agreement in the West Valley. Who voted? I surely did not. As an active hiker and biker, I have traveled on all of the lands involved in this short-sighted agreement, and can say without a doubt the Ahmanson Ranch is the most beautiful, pristine, valuable and accessible parcel of land to the public for day hikes and excursions. Runkle Ranch, Jordan Ranch and Liberty Canyon are not easily accessible and will never be seen by the majority of the people.
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