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By Charles Cooper | September 7, 2007
The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has called on the city of Los Angeles to require a full environmental impact report for the proposed condominium development on the site of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. In a letter to planning director Gail Goodwin, conservancy chair Elizabeth Cheadle said, ?The proposed development of a high density residential project on the site the northwest corner of Tujunga Canyon Boulevard and La Tuna Canyon Road would unequivocally result in unavoidable significant adverse ecological and visual impacts within the Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor zone.
NEWS
April 18, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Residents are invited to a dedication of the "Ultimate Destination" trail in Cherry Canyon at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The open trail has sweeping views of the San Gabriel Valley Mountains on the upper slopes of Cherry Canyon. The trail can be reached by foot or vehicle through the Hampstead Drive fire road entrance. Parking at the site is limited, and a shuttle service will be provided from the Hampstead Drive entrance.
NEWS
November 26, 1999
Buck Wargo CITY HALL - The Glendale City Council is accepting applications and has set the schedule for interviewing candidates to serve on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Advisory Committee. The council voted Tuesday to make applications due Dec. 7. It will interview candidates on Dec. 14. Council members weighed in Tuesday on what type of person they want to be selected to the committee that works with the board of directors for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
NEWS
February 20, 2002
Karen S. Kim NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- A state bond measure facing voters on March 5 could bring Glendale more money for urban parks and bring the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy bounds closer to purchasing the Oakmont V property. Proposition 40, the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act, would provide a bond issue of $2.6 billion to protect rivers, lakes, streams, beaches, air quality, open space, historical and cultural resources, parks and wildlife.
NEWS
December 13, 2002
NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- When the sale of the 238-acre Oakmont View V hillside property is over and done in April, Glendale wants to make sure it retains some ownership of the land. But the way the agreement is phrased now, it won't. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, an environmental agency that is chipping in $12 million of the $25.25 million Glendale has agreed to pay for the property, would have title to the land at the end of the sale. The City Council announced at the meeting Tuesday it would like to be included on the title.
NEWS
March 13, 2003
OAKMONT PAYMENT WHAT HAPPENED The council approved the final payment of $10.25 million for the purchase of the 224-acre hillside Oakmont View V property. The city manager was also authorized to execute a conservation easement, right of first refusal, memorandum of understanding and purchase agreement between the city of Glendale, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservations Authority. WHAT IT MEANS The property will be transferred to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to ensure the land remains recreational open space.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | April 25, 2007
MONTROSE — In hopes of preserving the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, Crescenta Valley activists are proposing that four public agencies pool resources and buy the property from the owner, a Calabasas-based developer. Situated in the northern-most part of the city of Los Angeles, less than a mile from the Glendale border and just west of unincorporated Los Angeles County, the course is used by residents from all three areas. And if the course is to be purchased for preservation, all three jurisdictions should share the financial burden, said Richard Toyon, co-founder of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course Committee.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- The passage of statewide measure Proposition 40 could mean a significant shot in the arm for Glendale's need for park space and for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's ability to purchase the Oakmont V property. The $2.6-billion bond measure, called the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act, was passed by 56.8% of the voters statewide Tuesday. Glendale could receive about $1.57 million under the bond measure for the acquisition, creation and maintenance of urban parks, city officials estimated Wednesday.
NEWS
November 1, 2003
Robert Chacon With one of the city's major hiking trails badly damaged, the City Council is hoping to boost its chances of winning a grant that would fund its repair. The La Canada Flintridge City Council on Monday will discuss allocating $15,000 in general funds toward the matching amount of a Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy grant. The amount will be added to the $75,000 the city already proposed including toward matching funds, along with $160,000 allocated by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
NEWS
March 10, 2003
Janine Marnien Paying for Hall Beckley Canyon just got a lot easier. Now all the city of La Canada Flintridge has to do is secure the rights to buy it. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy has awarded the city a $600,000 grant for the purchase of the property and its preservation as open space. The five-acre parcel is in the upper Palm Drive area, and hikers and equestrians frequent easements on the property. The property's owner, Sundera Ariathurai, has submitted plans to build a house on the lot. It is pending review.
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NEWS
February 20, 2013
State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La CaƱada Flintridge) introduced legislation Tuesday to increase cooperation between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Angeles National Forest. Liu's bill, SB 238, would allow the superintendent of the Angeles National Forest to vote as a conservancy board member on projects located in or adjacent to the forest and projects that would substantially affect the forest. Currently, forest superintendent Thomas Contreras is a non-voting board member of the conservancy.
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By Ruth Longoria | April 17, 2009
Crescenta Valley Clean and Green co-founder Paul Rabinov has a new way to promote the importance of protecting and preserving the environment. Rabinov was elected last month by the Crescenta Valley Town Council to represent Crescenta Valley and Altadena on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Rabinov was elected to the position in a vote of 6 to 2, over Councilman Charles Beatty. Beatty previously held the two-year conservancy position; however, every other term an Altadena designee holds the position.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | September 12, 2008
The Los Angeles board of supervisors Tuesday approved the acquisition of 8.95 acres of Verdugo Mountain property adjacent to the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, as part of an ongoing effort by L.A. city and county to buy open space in the La Tuna Canyon area. The goal of the two authorities and of local supporters is to acquire the property on which the golf course is located and retain the 18-hole course, making it a focal point for a regional park. MWH Development is pressing its project to build over 200 housing units, though company officials say they would be prepared to entertain offers for the 58-acre parcel, which they purchased for $12 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2008
Barnes & Noble Children?s Department staff will read a variety of children?s books at 11 a.m. on the third Floor of Barnes & Noble at The Americana, 210 Americana Way, Glendale. Call (818) 545-9146. ? Central Library offers children the Catch the Reading Bug Summer Reading Program that runs until Aug. 2. Children all ages through eighth grade can sign up in the Children?s Room, read eight books and comeback and choose a prize book to take home. The Los Angeles Dodgers will help reward finishers with a special parade inside Dodger Stadium before the afternoon Dodgers/Brewers game on Aug. 17. Children can sign up in the Children?
NEWS
May 30, 2008
Glendale Mayor John Drayman has asked city staff to prepare a status report on the Mountain Oaks property, 40 acres of largely open space next to Crescenta Valley Park. Drayman said he understands the property owners, M. Jorjezian Investments, want to sell the land, and that the county and Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy have expressed interest. The mayor said a potential design for use of the property has been dropped off at the city planning department but no project application or other details have been forthcoming.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | May 17, 2008
BURBANK — Rep. Adam Schiff and other regional leaders pressed for the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study, which President Bush signed into law last week, to move forward as they also explained the virtues of the measure to community activists and officials Friday at Burbank’s Stough Canyon Nature Center. “This is the culmination of seven years of effort to get Congress to take the first step in creating a coordinated plan to create the environmental treasures around us, the Rim of the Valley Corridor,” said Schiff, the architect of the plan.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | January 4, 2008
GLENDALE — Protected open space in north Glendale will grow an additional 175 acres after the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority on Thursday announced the donation from local developers Sal Gangi and John Gregg. Open-space advocates and city officials hailed the no-strings-attached donation as a significant gift to the community, especially since all three parcels adjoin existing protected areas or parkland in the Verdugo Mountains and San Rafael Hills. “They deserve the respect and the honor of this community for a really generous donation,” said Laurie Collins, chief staff counsel for the authority.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 26, 2007
Glendale will pursue a three-part strategy in efforts to preserve Mountain Oaks in La Crescenta as open space, the Glendale City Council decided Tuesday. The 40-acre property, which adjoins Crescenta Valley Park, has been the object of community concerns since plans were announced to develop 15 acres of it into a school and condominium development. The land was purchased by a Canadian company, M. Jorjezian Investments Inc. A group known as Friends of Mountain Oaks, led by local resident Dave Meyers, has been campaigning to have the city buy the land for open space.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | September 18, 2007
CITY HALL ? The City Council is scheduled to discuss a preliminary report during a special meeting today on how to acquire open space ? a discussion that is expected to include a controversial 48-acre swath of vacant land in the Verdugo Mountains. Neighbors of the Mountain Oaks property have been pushing the city to acquire the land as a way to preserve it from development, especially after a developer proposed to use 15 acres of it to build a condominium complex and a high school before ceding the rest of it to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which has expressed interest in acquiring it. Open-space advocates fear that the property will be vulnerable to developers as long as it is privately owned, even though any private development would face significant hurdles in gaining the approval of the land?
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | September 14, 2007
The city of Los Angeles will require the owner of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course to prepare an environmental impact report on a proposed condominium development on the property, local activist Richard Toyon said Tuesday. Toyon spoke to the Glendale City Council, urging the city to support the call for the EIR, already supported by Supervisor Mike Antonovich and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Owners MWH Investments and Snowball West Investments have proposed removing the course and building 229 condominiums on the site.
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