Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Duh!

Developer Group Laments the Lack of Developable Land in Coastal Counties


Maybe because they've developed it all??

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-orange-county-housing-shortage-20150330-story.html

"developable land is growing sparse along the coast"

...“The era of big master-planned communities is not quite over, but it’s ending,” he said

One Commenter: Interesting how the problem is always labeled as a housing shortage rather than overpopulation.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

From the Angeles Sierra Club blog, Oct. 2014 to March 2015.....

An Update on the Few Unsettled Eco Hot-Spots Left in L.A. and Orange County


IN ORANGE COUNTY:

BANNING RANCH IN NEWPORT BEACH: one of the last unsettled development battles in the OC

3/2015
Removal of native habitat at Banning Ranch halted
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/removal_native_habitat_banning_ranch_halted

2/2015
You can help save Banning Ranch in Orange County
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/02/you_can_help_save_banning_ranch_orange_county


12/2014
Sierra Club urging Coastal Commission to protect Banning Ranch
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/12/sierra_club_urging_coastal_commission_protect_banning_ranch
Violations of the California Coastal Act is damaging one of the last coastal open space sites in Orange County.

http://www.banningranchconservancy.org/habitat.html

MAP: http://banningranchconservancy.org/geofeatures.html

http://banningranchconservancy.org/development-Plan.html
(the land owners propose to build 1375 homes and a 75 room hotel/resort plus 75,000 square feet of commercial space on 97.5 acres out of the 401 total acres site. The remaining 300 acres would be preserved as open space)

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3/2015
A long-awaited (and deserved) land victory in Orange County. Who cares why it happened?
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/long_awaited_and_deserved_land_victory_orange_county_who_cares_why_it_happened
On the end of Irvine Ranch Company's plans for East Orange and Gypsum Canyon

MORE ON THIS ISSUE:
http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/2014/08/irvine-company-donates-2400-acres-to.html



1/2015
Sign our petition to protect Aliso Canyon in O.C.
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/01/sign_our_petition_protect_aliso_canyon_oc
Help us protect Aliso Canyon and open the promised Trail to the Sea.


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IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

3/2015
Do you want to keep Griffith Park wild? New shuttle plan reopens roads in the park
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2015/03/do_you_want_keep_griffith_park_wild_new_shuttle_plan_reopens_roads_park

12/2014
What's at stake if U2 musician is allowed to trash Malibu hillside
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/12/whats_stake_if_u2_musician_allowed_trash_malibu_hillside
David Evans, a.k.a. the Edge, wants to build five mansions in a sensitive coastal area. Why is he tone deaf to the environmental impact?


10/2014
What's included in the new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument?
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/10/whats_included_new_san_gabriel_mountains_national_monument
The 346,177-acre designation covers a little more than half of Angeles National Forest. Here's how you can help the new monument along.

10/2014
California's San Gabriel Mountains to be preserved as national monument
http://angeles2.sierraclub.org/news/blog/2014/10/californias_san_gabriel_mountains_be_preserved_national_monument


Monday, March 30, 2015

Santa Susana Mountains park grows

Santa Clarita buys more open space


http://www.signalscv.com/m/section/36/article/134837/

By Luke Money
Signal Staff Writer
March 29, 2015


City Council members have approved another boost to Santa Clarita’s open space by agreeing to buy about 173 acres of vacant land near the Newhall Pass. (SEE MAP ABOVE:  from right to left: AIDLIN PARCELS, Taylor Property, and Gateway Ranch)
The council signed off on purchasing the property for about $1.91 million at its most recent meeting last Tuesday 3/24/15.
The property, approximately 173.54 acres in all, is near Newhall Pass and west of other city-owned open space in Towsley Canyon.
Purchase of the property “will enhance the city’s on-going efforts to preserve open space lands and improve trail connectivity throughout the Newhall Pass,” the agenda from last week reads.
The property will also create an additional link from the Santa Susana Mountains to the San Gabriel Mountains and enhance Santa Clarita’s greenbelt west of Interstate 5, city officials say.

The city has purchased several parcels recently to expand its Open Space Preservation District in Newhall Pass.
In October, city officials dedicated the 302-acre Gateway Ranch property in Newhall Pass as open space. http://scvnews.com/2014/10/29/city-officials-cut-the-ribbon-on-gateway-ranch-open-space/

That land was once proposed to be part of the massive Las Lomas development project — a controversial plan that called for a 5,500-home community with 2 million square feet of commercial space and a 300-room hotel on the northeastern side of Interstate 5 just above the junction with Highway 14.
http://hikesantaclarita.com/where-to-go/gateway-ranch/


Also last year, city officials dedicated the Taylor Open Space, which covers 114 acres and is located in Lyons Canyon west of The Old Road and north of the city-owned Rivendale Park (which is in Towsley Canyon). http://www.signalscv.com/archives/128098/

http://scvnews.com/2014/09/22/council-tuesday-city-could-buy-never-built-lyons-canyon-ranch/

http://hikesantaclarita.com/where-to-go/taylor/

BELOW: the Taylor Open Space


park lovers need parking lots...

Griffith Park at the Heart of L.A. gets More Car traffic (temporarily?)


3/30/2015
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-hollywood-sign-20150330-story.html
L.A. opens 1.1-mile stretch of Mt. Hollywood Drive to help (lazy) tourists seeking closer views of the Hollywood sign

(EDITOR"S NOTE: these roads in the heart of Griffith Park were closed to cars 20 years ago)

Meanwhile, the City is studying a plan to link the park to the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains park system using 180 acres of city water department land:
http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/11/25/48280/proposed-trails-would-cross-where-mountain-lion-p/


more on wildlife migration at Griffith Park:
http://gpconnectivity.blogspot.com/

http://www.friendsofgriffithpark.org/



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tejon Ranch and Onyx Ranch update

Urban Sprawl and Industrialization of Wilderness vs. Condors and other birds: the battle continues...

By Rex Frankel,

Dear Readers:

An issue we have followed very closely in the past has been attempts to connect the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles with the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento metropolises. Most active has been the desert and oil field County of Kern, home to Bakersfield.

The two largest landholdings at play in Kern are the 270,000 acre Tejon ranch and the 68,000 acre Onyx Ranch. I have covered them both quite extensively:

http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Tejon%20Ranch

http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search/label/Onyx%20Ranch




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Tejon's owners want to build around 30,000 homes in the mountains east of Frazier Park along the 5 freeway (the Grapevine) in three separate projects which straddle the San Andreas Fault. Two are in Kern County and the largest is proposed in L.A. County. The two Kern county projects have faced unanimous approval by Kern County's elected politicians. The L.A. County project, called Centennial, faces a less certain future. So far, the economic likelihood of the housing projects going up at Tejon is very low, as the far north L.A. County economy has yet to recover from the end of the Cold War in the 1990's.

Onyx Ranch, on the other hand, is a desolate desert wilderness east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains which is now going to be split between windmill farms on the south half and an off-road vehicle park on the north, surrounded by an existing federal dune buggy and motorcycle play zone called Jawbone.

Here is the latest on these projects from the web:


TEJON: 

7/17/2014
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/california-condor-07-17-2014.html
Condor advocates, conservationists and American Indians this week notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service they intend to sue over the agency’s approval of a “habitat conservation plan” that will destroy 14,000 acres of designated critical habitat for the California condor, one of the world’s most endangered birds. The habitat is entirely located on Tejon Ranch, north of Los Angeles, and will be destroyed by the development of the proposed Tejon Mountain Village resort project. Tejon Ranch encompasses some of the most important and essential foraging habitat for condors, much of it protected since 1977.

MORE INFO:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/save_tejon_ranch/condor_controversy_history.html
                          
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ONYX:

12/31/2014
Eastern Kern County Property Acquisition complete by State Parks Department for Off-Roader Park

BELOW: parcels in red were purchased by the State Parks Department. The parcels in gray to the south were kept by the landowner to be developed as windmill farms.


By Susan Barr / excerpted from the Kern Valley Sun


... the OHMVR Division hoped to acquire was approximately 28,275 privately-owned acres in eastern Kern County. The 59 parcels proposed for acquisition were largely interspersed in a checkerboard fashion, with the bulk of the land owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), with some parcels adjoining the Sequoia National Forest or lands under other private or public ownership. (See Parcel Map.) The proposed project parcels were used primarily for off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation, grazing, camping, wildlife viewing/birding, and other activities.


Motorized travel, including OHV recreation, occurs throughout much of the area, largely on designated roads and trails. A few of the project parcels were within the Jawbone Canyon open area, in which vehicles are not restricted to designated routes.
By acquiring the parcels, the OHMVR Division would be able to improve overall management of the area as land managers would have complete access to manage and support the recreational uses, protect sensitive resources, and restore and rehabilitate damaged areas...


Dan Canfield, Manager - Planning Office, OHMVR Division, out of Sacramento, confirmed yesterday in a telephone interview with the Sun, that the exchange of funds has taken place and escrow has been completed with regards to payment for land acquired for the East Kern Land Acquisition Project. The largest land owner was the Renewable Resources Group (RRG).

Canfield clarified that the process of Eminent Domain was not utilized, despite the fact that lengthy negotiations were required to come to a purchase price agreement with some of the land owners.


Canfield stated that he anticipates a seamless transition and that the focus will now be on assuring how lands in the acquisition can be conserved for future generations, while continuing recreational use as it has existed in the past. He added that the public should not expect to see new roads or trails becoming available.


http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27211
http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/pages/25010/files/nod_ekca-final-eir.pdf
Final approval document, 10/4/2013

http://www.jawbone.org/foj/



MORE ON THE NATURAL VALUES OF ONYX RANCH:

http://traenviro.com/experience/representative-projects/eastern-kern-county-property-acquisition-eir/
From east to west, the lands rise from the high floor of the western Mojave Desert into the southern Sierra Nevada and Piute Mountains. In general, the area is rugged and dominated by desert scrub habitat in the east and by woodland in the west. Unique biological resources include Butterbredt Spring, a significant migratory bird stopover site, habitat for listed species such as the desert tortoise, and a raptor migratory corridor between the Kern River Valley and the Mojave River. The lands are also rich in cultural resources. The area is used for motorized recreation, open range grazing, camping, wildlife viewing/birding, and other activities

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Critter Parks...

CA Wildlife Board Funds Purchase of 18,175 acres of Habitat and Buys 13,333 Acres of Development Rights

Taken from the Agendas for the California Wildlife Conservation Board for November 2014 to March 2015.... http://wcb.ca.gov


ON THE NORTH COAST:

Blue Creek, Humboldt/Del Norte County $5,035,000
--grant to Western Rivers Forestry for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy, Wyss Foundation, the Yurok Tribe and the New Market Tax Credit Program to acquire 6,479± acres of land near the town of Klamath, and traversing both Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. WCB 11/20/2014 and 3/12/2015

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Viera/Perley) $882,500
--acquire 260± acres located in the Diablo Mountain Range, about 6 miles southeast of the Town of Clayton in Contra Costa County. WCB 2/25/2015

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CENTRAL VALLEY AND SIERRAS:


Granite Chief Wilderness--American River Headwaters, Placer County $3,500,000
--grant to American River Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Natural Resources Agency and private donations to acquire 9,955± acres of land to help preserve alpine forests on the headwaters of the Middle and North Forks of the American River in Placer County. WCB 2/25/2015
Mt. Shasta Headwaters Forest, Hancock Phase I (Town Block), Siskiyou/Shasta County
$9,090,000
--grant to the Pacific Forest Trust for a cooperative project with the California Department of Transportation to acquire a forest conservation easement over 12,644± acres of land covering a
significant portion of the upper watershed of the McCloud River, located near the town of McCloud and transversing both Siskiyou and Shasta Counties. WCB 11/20/2014

Little Shasta Valley Conservation Easement, Fogg Gulch, Siskiyou County, $53,000
--grant to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to acquire a conservation easement over 645± acres of land. WCB 11/20/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 50-56, Tulare County, $0.00
--acquisition of 8 separate parcels of land totaling 12.98+/- acres. The funding source is being
provided by the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund. WCB 11/20/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 57, Tulare County $0.00
--acquisition of two separate parcels totaling four± acres of land. WCB 2/25/2015
Barry Point Fire Forest Restoration, Modoc County $2,500,000
--grant to the Pacific Forest Trust for a cooperative project with the landowner to restore forest habitat within the privately-owned Collins Timber Company’s 32,686-acre Lakeview Tract, located just west of Goose Lake, approximately 30 miles north of the city of Alturas in Modoc County. WCB 11/20/2014

San Joaquin Wetlands Associates Settlement (MID Eminent Domain) Stanislaus County $0.00
--accept a perpetual conservation easement over 44± acres of natural and managed wetlands, upland
habitats, and riparian areas on 12 privately-owned parcels in western Stanislaus County as part of a Settlement Agreement related to the Modesto Irrigation District’s Westley to Rosemore Transmission Line Project. WCB 2/25/2015
East Sacramento County Blue Oak Legacy Area, Expansion 3 (Graves) $810,000
--grant to the Sacramento Valley Conservancy to acquire 100± acres approximately six miles south of the city of Folsom and three miles north of the community of Rancho Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
San Joaquin River Parkway, Jenco Farms , Fresno County, $911,400
--acquisition of 23± acres, WCB 2/25/2015
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CENTRAL COAST:

Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve, SLC Lease Amendment, Santa Barbara County, $0.00
-- adding 175± acres of land currently under the jurisdiction of the California State Lands Commission. WCB 2/25/2015
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, Los Angeles County $650,000
--grant to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains for a cooperative project with Caltrans, Los Angeles County, a private landowner, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to enhance an existing undercrossing to allow wildlife to cross Highway
101, located approximately nine miles east of Thousand Oaks in Los Angeles County.
WCB 11/20/2014

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

Western Riverside - Monte Cristo, $60,800
--acquire 21± acres of land near the community of Murrieta. WCB 11/20/2014

Western Riverside - Oldar, $95,000
--acquire 157± acres of land near the community of Temecula. WCB 11/20/2014

Western Riverside, Evandel – Wilson, $146,200
--acquire 80± acres of land near the community of Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
Western Riverside, Evandel – Bergstein, $218,565
--acquire 108± acres near the community of Murrieta. WCB 2/25/2015
MAP: https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/SouthernCaliforniaNewParks#6141417031356621218

Metcalf Meadow, Recovery Land Acquisition Grant (2013), San Bernardino County $570,000
--grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust to acquire14± acres located within the city of Big Bear. WCB 11/20/2014

Puma Canyon, Expansion 5 (Saylor) San Bernardino County $44,000
--grant to Transition Habitat Conservancy to acquire six± acres of land, to conserve lower montane chaparral and woodland habitat for the benefit of deer, mountain lion and other wildlife species, located in Puma Canyon on the lower northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains, near the community of Pinon Hills in San Bernardino County. WCB 2/25/2015
County of San Diego (PWRG) San Diego County, $227,090
--grant to the Endangered Habitat Conservancy (EHC) to acquire fee title to 79± acres and then transfer the property to the State CDFW, located near El Cajon. WCB 2/25/2015
County of San Diego, $1,625,295
--grant to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy to acquire a total of 634± acres from three separate landowners near the city of El Cajon.WCB 2/25/2015
City of Carlsbad (Cielo del Norte, Phase ll) San Diego County, $10,000
--grant to The Escondido Creek Conservancy to acquire fee title to 242+/- acres of land
for the protection of California gnatcatcher habitat in San Diego County. WCB 2/25/2015
MAP: https://picasaweb.google.com/rexfrankel/SouthernCaliforniaNewParks#6141416904924666994

Big Forest Saved up North

2 Huge Parkland Purchases on the Northern CA Coast

and others from the Coastal Conservancy Agendas
for December 2014, and January and March of 2015





(click on map to enlarge)

State Taxpayers Contribute $7 million to Protect Forests and Enlarge Indian Tribal Lands Near Redwood National Park

6479 ACRES: disburse up to $2,000,000 to the Western Rivers Conservancy to acquire approximately 2400 acres in Bear Creek and 4,000 acres in the Blue Creek watershed in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for the purposes of preserving and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. Another $5 million is coming from the State's Wildlife Conservation Board, and the remaining $2.9 million is coming from private sources. Coastal Conservancy 12/4/2014

Previously, the Yurok tribe purchased over 22,000 acres of forest lands along the lower Klamath River in 2011 with help from state taxpayers and the WRC. The total purchase is planned to total 47,000 acres from the Green Diamond Resources Inc. timber firm (formerly called Simpson Timber)




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MORE ON THE NORTH COAST:

(NOTE: some of these web addresses only work with Internet Explorer)


2419 ACRES: disburse up to $960,000 of these funds to The Nature Conservancy to acquire a working forest easement over the 2,419 acre Parker Ranch, located adjacent to the Ten Mile River, Mendocino County, to preserve open space and fish and wildlife habitat and for sustainable timber production. Coastal Conservancy 1/29/2015

1.8 ACRES: disburse up to $65,000 to the City of Point Arena for the acquisition of the 1.8 acre Point Arena Cove Property, located in Point Arena, Mendocino County, for the purposes of open space, habitat protection, and public access. Coastal Conservancy 12/4/2014

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY:

21 ACRES: disburse up to $450,000 to the Peninsula Open Space Trust to acquire the 21-acre Thompson property on Pillar Point Bluff, just north of Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, to provide public access and preserve the property’s natural resources. Coastal Conservancy 1/29/2015
STAFF REPORT:

approval of the Pedro Point Headlands Implementation Plan and authorization: 1) to transfer three parcels owned by the State on behalf of the Conservancy at Pedro Point Headlands, City of Pacifica, to San Mateo County for open space preservation, natural resource protection and public access; 2) to reserve from that transfer approximately 0.6 acres for sale at fair market value to an adjacent private landowner to settle an encroachment dispute; and 3)for its Executive Officer to take all necessary steps to implement the transfer and sale. Coastal Conservancy 3/26/2015

44 ACRES: disburse up to $262,500 to the Muir Heritage Land Trust for acquisition of the West Hills Farm property near the City of Martinez and adjacent to the John Muir National Historic Site in Contra Costa County. Coastal Conservancy 1/29/2015
STAFF REPORT:

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CENTRAL COAST:

82 ACRES: disburse up to $646,500, including $510,222 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program, to the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District to acquire, and prepare a restoration plan for,the 82-acre Morrissey Ranch located along lower Los Osos Creek in the Morro Bay watershed in San Luis Obispo County. Coastal Conservancy 1/29/2015
STAFF REPORT:

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

disburse up to $1,000,000 to the California Department of Transportation for environmental assessment and design of a wildlife crossing near the interchange of U.S. 101 and Liberty Canyon Road in the City of Agoura Hills, and to enter into a joint powers agreement with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Coastal Conservancy 1/29/2015






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

L.A. Parkland Deals for Sept 2014 to March 2015

300 Acres Saved in Stokes Canyon North of Malibu



PLUS: AN INDEX OF PARKLAND DEALS FROM 9/10/2014 TO 3/4/2015
by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority



click on map to enlarge


“The easement is the largest, by far, ever handled by the MRCA,” said Paul Edelman, chief of natural resources and planning for the agency. “The average easement is only about five acres.”
Under the arrangement, Boudreau still owns the property but gives away his right to place any commercial buildings there. The land will remain open space.
“We’re thrilled,” said Boudreau spokesperson Beth Palmer. “We’ve always tried to find a way to make this happen . . . at no cost to the public.

Stokes Canyon--acceptance of a 300-acre conservation easement over portions of APNs 4455-012-004, 4455-014-037, 4455-014-038, 4455-015-005, 4455-043-003, and 4455-043-007, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/5/2014


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS—L.A.CITY PORTION:

waiving public parking fee at Wilacre Park, Studio City, contingent upon replacement funding agreement with County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 10/27/2014

conditional waiver of first right of refusal on apn 5565-026-900, Willow Glen Road, pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 33207(b), Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] SMMC 10/27/2014

(a) entering into an agreement to acquire conservation easements and fee simple parcels by 8149 Willow Glen Drive contingent upon the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy waiving its first right of refusal on APN 5565-026-900; (b) acceptance of conservation easements on APN 5565-026-015, and (c) acceptance of APNs 5565-026-003 and 5565-027-010, Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Map] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 9/10/2014

acceptance of a conservation easement over a portion of APN 4382-006-001 (2850 Benedict Canyon Drive), approximately 0.05 acres, for wildlife movement purposes, in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, Benedict Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 10/1/2014

acceptance of donation of 13 properties, with a combined acreage of approximately 1.73 acres, APNs 4371-016-024; 4371-017-013; 4371-032-020; 4371-033-008, 010, 014; 4371-039-002; 4371-040-015; 4371-046-004; 4379-032-005; 4380-017-009, 022, and 032 in the Beverly Glen Canyon watershed, acceptance of donation of an approximately 0.15-acre property, APN 5407-002-022, in central City, and payment of property taxes due in the current year for said properties partially using Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 1 funds, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/5/2014

(a) the addition of APNs 4380-021-019, 020, 021, 022, 023, 024 and 025, to the Final Engineer’s Report for Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 1; (b) and the use of Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 1 funds to acquire said parcels, approximately 0.40 acres combined, and (c) acceptance of private funds toward this acquisition, Beverly Glen Canyon, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Martin Reiner. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Government Code § 54956.8). [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/4/2015

acceptance of donation of multiple parcels, approximately 0.43 acres combined, APNs 4371-015-013, and 020; 4371-016-025; 4371-024-004; 4371-041-012, and 019; and 4380-030-010, throughout Beverly Glen Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/4/2015

agreement with and the receipt of funds from Los Angeles County to implement the Mission Canyon Trailhead Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/3/2014

acceptance of conservation easement(s) over portions of APN 2292-022-014 (3423 Standish Drive), approximately one acre total, adjacent Westridge Canyonback Wilderness Park, in the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] MRCA 11/5/2014

design services for the Caballero Creek and Los Angeles River Confluence Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 11/5/2014


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MALIBU AND WESTERN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for 3121 Old Topanga Canyon Road (sch No. 2014061010), Dry Creek Canyon watershed. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 9/22/2014

comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Canyon Oaks Project, 4790 Las Virgenes Road. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/23/2015

acquisition of Liberty Canyon wildlife corridor properties, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 2/23/2015

project agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to acquire Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor parcels and acquisition of said parcels, Agoura Hills and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/4/2015

partially fund one or more parcels of the donation of apns 4448-029-026, 027, and 028 in Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 1/26/2015

(a) authorizing acceptance of a direct dedication of trail easements over APNs 4438-039-014 and 4438-033-012; (b) authorizing the extinguishment of all or portions of existing trail easements on said two parcels contingent upon recordation of adequate replacement of trail easements, and (c) authorizing acceptance of up to 30 acres of fee simple watershed land, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/5/2014

acceptance of a donation of APNs 4448-029-026, 027, and 028, and the expenditure of Coastal Habitat Impact Mitigation Fund to partially fund one or more of said donation parcels, Las Flores Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/5/2014

acceptance of a 2.5 acre conservation easement from Los Angeles County over APNs 4471-004-903 and 4471-004-905, upper Zuma Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/10/2014

acceptance of six parcels APNs 4452-020-086, 4452-020-101, 4461-009-034, 4461-009-037, 4461-011-024, 4461-018-035 totaling approximately 10.9 acres in Latigo Canyon and at Sweetwater Mesa from the Mountains Restoration Trust, City of Malibu and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/5/2014

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SIMI HILLS:

project planning and design grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for the Eastern Simi Hills – Upper Los Angeles River Watershed area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 9/22/2014 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 9/10/2014

acceptance of donation of a 5.06-acre property, APN 679-0-181-115, Thousand Oaks, County of Ventura. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] MRCA 2/4/2015

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

(a) acceptance of a portion of APN 2819-010-013 from Presidio Chatsworth Partners, LLC (“Presidio”); (b) granting of grading easement over a portion of APN 2819-011-904 to Presidio; (c) acceptance of dedication of additional fee title and/or conservation easement interests from Presidio, and (d) amendment of promissory note held by MRCA, Browns Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 9/10/2014

granting a 10” wide easement to Southern California Edison Company for the construction, maintenance, and operation of overhead and underground electrical supply systems and communication systems over portions of APNs 2821-003-902, 2821-003-903, 2821-003-904, and 2821-002-902, Browns Canyon, Chatsworth. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 11/5/2014

project agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District for Devil and Browns Canyon parcels, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 3/4/2015


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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

comment letter to Los Angeles County on Notice of Preparation for “Aidlin Hills” project, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 52796, Pico Canyon, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 10/27/2014

comment letter to Los Angeles County on the proposed Tapia Ranch Project, Tapia Canyon, unincorporated Castaic area. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] SMMC 1/26/2015

Technical amendments to Resolution No. 13-148 regarding the Agua Dulce – State Route 14 Wildlife Corridor Project Proposition A grant application, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 9/10/2014

acceptance of 72 acres of conservation easements over APNs 3271-001-049, 3271-005-032, 3271-005-033, 3271-028-106 and associated management and monitoring funds in Val Verde, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 10/1/2014

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EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Notice of Preparation for the Canyon Park Homes project (env-2014-3225-eir), 12400 North Big Tujunga Canyon Road, Big Tujunga Canyon. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 1/26/2015

acceptance of donation of approximately 23 acres of land in the San Rafael Hills (APN’s 5659-023-001; 5659-023-008; and 5659-025-004), Glendale. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 2/4/2015

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ANTELOPE VALLEY:

acceptance of donation of an approximately 81-acre property on Adobe Mountain, APN 3334-020-009, Antelope Valley, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/5/2014

sale of APN 3265-002-900 to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Antelope Valley. [Staff Report] MRCA 1/7/2015—item was postponed to a later date


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RIVERS AND CREEKS

project planning and design of the Upper Los Angeles River Watershed Regional Multi-benefit Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 10/27/2014

comment letter to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding a study of the Recreational Use Reassessment (recur) of the Engineered Channels of the Los Angeles River Watershed, Part II: Assessment and Staff Recommendations. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] MRCA 11/5/2014

comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the Enhanced Watershed Management Program, Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] SMMC 2/23/2015