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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September Purchases by Coastal Conservancy

State Coastal Conservancy to Help Save Over 23,000 Acres in Napa and Mendocino


http://scc.ca.gov/2017/09/15/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-fort-bragg-september-28/

$1 million to The Nature Conservancy to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 23,000 acres of the Lyme Redwood Forest Company property within the Ten Mile River watershed in Mendocino County (Total cost: $17.2 million, $12 million of that from State taxpayers, another $4 million in private contributions)
STAFF REPORT: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2017/1709/20170928Board06_Ten_Mile_River_South_Fork_Conservation_Easement.pdf
MAP: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2017/1709/20170928Board06_Ten_Mile_River_South_Fork_Conservation_Easement_Ex1.pdf


$400,000 to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District for acquisition of the final 298 acres of the 709-acre Suscol Headwaters Preserve, which will close a gap of more than five miles in the Bay Area Ridge Trail and protect steelhead spawning habitat in Suscol Creek. (Total Cost: $2.6 million, with $2.1 million provided by State taxpayers, and $500,000 from Napa County)
STAFF REPORT: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2017/1709/20170928Board14_Suscol_Headwaters_Preserve_Acquisition.pdf
MAP: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2017/1709/20170928Board14_Suscol_Headwaters_Preserve_Acquisition_Ex1.pdf

more land saved for wildlife

August: Several Small Land Purchases Ok'd by State Wildlife Conservation Board

http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=148414&inline%20Final%20Agenda

MAPS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/lHyTCgDNAb5AWjfj1



40 acres at Roddy Home Ranch in Contra Costa County
320 acres in East Contra Costa County

39 acres in the Coachella Valley area of Riverside County

40 acres at Rancho Jamul in San Diego County

12 acres at San Vicente Highlands in San Diego County

6 acres at Wheeler Ridge near Mammoth Lakes in Mono County

9 acres at Taylor Yard along the Los Angeles River

0.4 acres in Hope Valley in Alpine County transferred to a private owner for $20,000 to resolve some encroachments into the State's land

Thursday, June 8, 2017

More CA Park and habitat Land purchases

Projects Funded by CA Wildlife Conservation Board 5/25/2017

AGENDA: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=144652&inline
MAPS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ygXD1NM134rcKzkV2

Rainbow Ridge, 597 acre conservation easement in Siskiyou County, for $40,000

Simi Hills, purchase of 213 Acres owned by WG Realty, in Ventura County, $600,000

North Shore Ranch, 76 acre purchase in Palm Springs area, Riverside County, $407,000

Maillard Ranch, 11,240 acre conservation easement in Mendocino County, $4.7 million

Carpenter Valley, 600 acre purchase in Nevada County, $3.5 million

Suisun Marsh (Garibaldi) land swap, 278 acres of state land traded for 298 acres now owned by Pacific Flyway Fund, in Solano County, $440,000

Latest CA Coastline Projects

From Coastal Conservancy Agendas in April and June, 2017

disburse up to $350,000 to the City of Carpinteria to acquire a 21.2-acre coastal bluff parcel commonly known as Carpinteria Bluffs III in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County. Coastal Conservancy 4/27/2017


authorization for the Conservancy to serve as a third-party beneficiary with enforcement rights in a conservation easement on the 2,000-acre MK Ranch in northern San Luis Obispo County to be donated to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County. Coastal Conservancy 6/15/2017


disburse up to $4,000,000 to the City of Los Angeles for design, implementation and monitoring of the San Fernando Valley Stormwater Capture Project at five sites in the San Fernando Valley in the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County. Coastal Conservancy 6/15/2017


New LA Mountain Parks

From SMMC and MRCA Agendas for April thru June of 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:

LAND PRESERVED:
40 Acres at Ballard Mountain in north Malibu
60 Acres in Solstice Canyon, Malibu
124 Acres in Vasquez Canyon, east Santa Clarita
45 Acres in Pico Canyon, southwest Santa Clarita
5 Acres in Liberty Canyon, north of 101 freeway
5 Acres in Dayton Canyon, Simi Hills

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MALIBU/WEST SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

purchase 40 acres at Ballard Mountain, near Kanan-Dume Road, APN 2058-008-023, Lobo Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 4/5/2017

purchase 60 acres in Solstice Canyon: acquire fee simple interest in, or conservation easement for APNs 4461-005-009 and 4461-006-019, in Solstice Canyon, unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

purchase 2.83 acres in Escondido Canyon, APNs 4460-014-008, 010, and 011 , City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/7/2017

donation of 0.36 acres, APN 4444-026-024, Topanga Canyon,
unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map] MRCA 4/5/2017

acceptance of offers to dedicate trail easements and open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 5-89-1227 (Cavalleri), 5-89-025 (Andrews), 5-90-327 (Javid), 5-90-685 (Pascotto), 5-88-273 (Kanan Properties), P-81-7701 (Western Estates), 5-81-011 (Jack Martin, Co.), 5-90-846 (Askew/Dix), 5-91-095 (Raphael, Gabriel), 5-89-216 (Zumirez Malibu Partnership), 5-90-058 (Williams), and 5-91-755 (Preferred Financial), city of Malibu, county of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

payment of fee to Ventura County Public Works in the amount of $35,000 for processing transfer of a Carlisle Road paper street alignment for trail purposes. [Staff Report] MRCA 5/3/2017, POSTPONED TO LATER MEETING


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EASTERN SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS (IN LA CITY):


purchase of 17.38 acre Laurel Canyon Watershed Acquisition Project, $1 million grant, for apn 5562-006-020, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/27/2017

Blueprints for Thirteen Year-Round Water Sources in the Eastern Santa Monica Mountains, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/27/2017

purchase of 2.6 acres in Tarzana, Edleen Drive, exercising first right of refusal on surplus City of Los Angeles properties (apns 2176-026-900, 901, 902, 903, 904, 905), [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 4/27/2017

purchase of 0.1 acre, Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon: exercising first right of refusal pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 33207(b) on proposed sale of City of Los Angeles property (apn 5562-001-902), City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 4/27/2017

Wilacre Park Improvements, Studio City. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Attachment 2] SMMC 5/22/2017; [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/3/2017

pre-engineered restroom and storage structures for Wilacre Park Improvements. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 6/7/2017

donation of 0.18 acres in Dixie Canyon: APN 2386-030-033, adjacent to Dixie Canyon Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/3/2017

Trail Access to 500 acres west of 405 freeway in Sepulveda Pass: contract with IEC Group, Inc. for environmental services for the Mission Canyon Trailhead. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 6/7/2017

donation of development rights on 2 acres in Beverly Glen canyon: acceptance of conservation easement(s), on portions of APN 2274-021-028 (3460 and 3490 Beverly Glen Boulevard), in Mulholland Scenic Corridor, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/7/2017


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LA RIVER:

augmentation of Proposition 84 funds to grant np-50-1357 for the L.A. River Greenway project by Community Conservation Solutions. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2]
SMMC 3/27/2017

Development proposed on 16 acres in Studio City: opposition to proposed zone change of the Weddington Golf and Tennis property (apn 2375-018-020) adjacent to the Upper Los Angeles River, (b) support of Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s (Council District 2) efforts to preserve said property as public open space, and (c) the use of the Conservancy name and logo on relevant sign-on letters and related materials, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 4/27/2017
[Resolution] [Map] [Staff Report] MRCA 4/5/2017

Development proposed on 5.7 acres at intersection of LA River and 2 Freeway: comment letter to City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning on Initial Study and Notice of Preparation for Bow Tie Yard Lofts Project (Case No. env-2016-2862-eir). [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 3/27/2017

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EAST LA HILLS:

Park creation in development project: 3.87 acres in Boyle Heights: grant of Proposition 84 funds to the California Coastal Conservancy for the Natural Park at Ramona Gardens Project [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/27/2017

Use of 12.5 acres owned by City next to LA River in Glassell Park: acquisition of a multipurpose easement for habitat restoration, environmental remediation, public access, recreation, and open space purposes from the City of Los Angeles over an approximately 12.5 acre portion of apn 5442-002-823, owned by the City of Los Angeles, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 4/27/2017; [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 5/22/2017; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/3/2017; [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 5/3/2017
grant agreement with the California Wildlife Conservation Board [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map (Same Map for Item 10)] SMMC 4/27/2017

Development proposed on 5 acres in El Sereno: comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding the re-circulated Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Eastern Avenue-El Sereno Project, a proposed 42-lot subdivision (Case No. Env-2015-1918-mnd, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 73531, apce 2015-2048-zc-zad) in El Sereno, Northeast Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 5/22/2017

land acquisition and trail and public access improvements at Elephant Hill. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 4/5/2017

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY AND ANTELOPE VALLEY:


Development proposed on hills west of Castaic Lake; comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report for Northlake Specific Plan Project (vtt Map No. tr073336 sch No. 2015031080), unincorporated Castaic area. [Comment Letter] [Attachment] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 5/22/2017

Donation of development rights on 3 acres in Lancaster, acceptance of a conservation easement over a portion of APN 3137-007-020; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/5/2017

Donation of development rights on 124 acres in Vazquez Canyon, acceptance of conservation easements over APNs 2813-015-011, 012 and 2813-016-013, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/5/2017

Donation of development rights on 45 acres in Pico Canyon: acceptance of conservation easements over APNs 2826-020-025, 026 and 029, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

purchase of 41 acres: option payments for the acquisition of Stickleback Ranch, APNs 3210-009-013 and 014, Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:


Joughin Ranch Improvements by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/27/2017

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SIMI HILLS:

purchase of 5 acres, Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor, apn 2052-013-040, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 3/27/2017
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/5/2017
[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 5/22/2017
Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

donation of 5 acres in Dayton Canyon: either an undivided 50 percent interest, or full interest, APN 2017-010-008, in unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/7/2017

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SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-FOOTHILLS AND PUENTE HILLS:

Donation of 4.12 acres : accepting transfer of APN 5762-002-005, from the Sierra Madre Conservancy. [Staff Report] [Staff Report] MRCA 4/5/2017 POSTPONED TO A LATER MEETING

purchase of 2 acres in Puente Hills Wildlife Corridor east of Colima Road ; contract with the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority for pre-acquisition and acquisition services, in County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 4/5/2017

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VENTURA COUNTY:

Oxnard beach and harbor: acceptance of offers to dedicate fee title and public access easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. A-4-OXN-00-172 (SunCal) and A-4-OXN-0-249 (Baruck), city of Oxnard, Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 6/7/2017

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LA COUNTYWIDE:

comment letter to County of Los Angeles on Draft Significant Ecological Areas Ordinance. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Attachment 2] SMMC 5/22/2017


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CA Coastal Land preserves grow

Land Preserves Funded by the CA Coastal Conservancy in Late 2016-Early 2017
ON VENTURA COUNTY'S SANTA CLARA RIVER: Augmentation of the Conservancy’s October 21, 2010 authorization to include the acquisition of 50.17 acres of property commonly known as “A.C. Growers” to implement the Santa Clara River Parkway project in Ventura County. Coastal Conservancy 2/2/2017


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IN CARMEL: disburse up to $2 million to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District for acquisition of approximately 170 acres of the Rancho CaƱada Golf Club along the Carmel River and dedication of instream water rights in Carmel, Monterey County. Coastal Conservancy 12/1/2016


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IN SANTA CRUZ: disburse up to $200,000 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to acquire fee title to a portion of the170-acre Marywood Property in Scotts Valley and to acquire a conservation easement over the remainder of the property, to protect a wildlife corridor, to enable future establishment of a wildlife undercrossing of Highway 17, and to preserve and enhance the natural resources of the property, Santa Cruz County. Coastal Conservancy 12/1/2016

Monday, March 20, 2017

Latest L.A. Mountain Park Land Deals

More Puzzle Pieces in L.A. Park System Being Purchased

taken from agendas for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the MRCA from December 2016 to March 22, 2017



SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS: IN LA CITY

resolution adopting Eastern Santa Monica Mountains Habitat Linkage Planning Map, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 1/23/2017

10 acres Between Trebek and Runyan Canyon: agreement with the Trust for Public land to accept a conservation easement totaling approximately 10.2 acres over portions of APN 5571-025-042 in Curson Canyon watershed and authorizing acceptance of said conservation easement, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Attachment] [Map] [Resolution] MRCA 12/7/2016

17 acres in Laurel Canyon: acquisition of APN 5562-006-020 approximately 17.38 acres; Laurel Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 3/1/2017 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/1/2017

0.1 acres acquisition of APN 4378-002-012 in Hoag Canyon, 2471 Nalin Drive, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map] MRCA 3/1/2017

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:


51 acres: grant of Proposition 1 funds to the Trust for Public Land to acquire the Robin’s Nest property, approximately 51 acres (apns 3209-008-012, -013, -016), Upper Santa Clara River. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 12/12/2016

comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Recirculated Environmental Impact Report for the Mission Village Project, Santa Clara River, SCH No. 2005051143. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5]
SMMC 12/12/2016
resolution to augment December 2016 comment letter. [Staff Report] [Map] [Attachment ] [Attachment 2] SMMC 2/27/17

resolution authorizing a) entering into a grant agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Board, and b) the contingent advance of funds for non-refundable payment for the acquisition of APNs 3210-009-013 and 014, Stickleback Ranch, approximately 41 acres, Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 3/1/2017
[Resolution] [Staff Report] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 2/1/2017


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS: MALIBU, LA COUNTY:

acquisition of ten parcels totaling approximately 95 acres (apns 2072-024-005, -019, -020, 2072-025-014, -015, -016, 2072-027, -004 -005, -006, 2072-030-010) Dry Creek Canyon, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Letters of Support]
SMMC 12/12/2016 . [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment] MRCA 12/7/2016

comment letter to City of Malibu on the Malibu Memorial Park Project, Initial Study No. 16-002, Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 16-001, Coastal Development Permit No. 15-028, and associated requests, 4000 Malibu Canyon Road. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Comment Letter] SMMC 2/27/17

Escondido Falls trail parking lot: acceptance of title to APN 4460-007-900, Malibu from L.A. County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/7/2016

33 acres west of Balch Ranch: acceptance of a donation of approximately 33 acres, APN 2057-027-003 and a portion of APN 2057-027-009, in Triunfo Canyon, Westlake Village. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/7/2016

purchase of APN 2052-013-040, approximately 5 acres, Liberty Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/1/2017

61 acres between Charmlee and Leo Carrillo parks: acceptance of a donation of Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 4472-030-005, 4472-030-006, 4472-024-017, and 4472-024-018, comprising approximately 61 acres of property in the proximity of Decker Canyon Road, Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/1/2017

acceptance of donation of approximately 5 acres, APN 4464-020=055, Bulldog Motorway vicinity, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 2/1/2017

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VENTURA COUNTY:

resolution adopting Rim of the Valley Trail Corridor map to include areas around City of Moorpark and authorize filing with Secretary of State. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 2/27/17

resolution authorizing addition of Conejo Mountain area into the Conservancy Workprogram. unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 2/27/17

acceptance of a donation of approximately 9.06 acres, APN 619-0-110-045, Simi Valley, Ventura County, California and transfer to the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/7/2016 [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/1/2017

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EAST LA HILLS:

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the proposed The Abode at Glassell Park Project (Case no. env-2015-2354-eir, sch no. 2015101077) in Walnut Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Comment Letter] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] SMMC 2/27/17

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS AND SIMI HILLS:

resolution authorizing potential amendments to Deerlake Ranch and related Deerlake Highlands agreements, Devil and Browns Canyon watersheds, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] MRCA 12/7/2016

Sherman Way at Bell Creek: acceptance of fee simple open space, conservation easements, and trail easements from Vesting Tentative Tract Map Nos. VTT-73714-SL (APNs 2026-001-017, 019) and VTT-73814-SL (APN 2026-001-135) alongside Bell Creek, and entering into agreements as necessary, West Hills, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/7/2016

Joughin Ranch road Improvements. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/22/2017
[Resolution] [Staff Report] MRCA 3/22/2017

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resolution authorizing entering into a Chapter 8 Agreement with Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector to acquire parcels removed from the 2016B public auction. [Staff Report] [Resolution]
[Map 1) [Map 2] Kagel Canyon
[Map 3] Glassell Park
[Map 4] Hollywood Hills
MRCA 2/1/2017




Thursday, February 9, 2017

CA Wildlife Board buys for 2/2017

Two Really Important Wildlife Linkages to be Saved by State $$ in February

Notice of Meeting: WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD
February 23, 2017 10:00 a.m. State Capitol, Room 112 Sacramento, California 95814


AGENDA: http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=137510&inline
MAPS: https://photos.app.goo.gl/llQT2JgXBnP0DPG53




12,710 ACRES IN LOS PADRES FOREST, SAN LUIS OBISPO: Avenales Ranch; $2,395,000 grant to the California Rangeland Trust for a cooperative project with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to acquire conservation easements over 12,710± acres located near the community of Pozo. (Total price: $4 million)

TOPO MAP: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/Avenales%20Ranch/?lat=35.1789&lon=-120.1789&zoom=12&layer=GaiaTopoRasterFeet

10 page report on Avenales easement purchase:
https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=91079

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NORTH LOS ANGELES: Valley Vista; $1,010,000 grant to the City of Santa Clarita to acquire fee title to 232 acres south of Santa Clarita, a key parcel in the Rim of the Valley park system. Total price: $3.475 million

http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectPK=11386&PropositionPK=4

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HUMBOLDT: Mad River Hatchery Lot Line Adjustment: $40,000
acquisition in fee of 1.6± acres near the city of Blue Lake

CONTRA COSTA: Campos; $236,200 to acquire 80± acres in unincorporated Byron.

CONTRA COSTA: Viera North Peak; $437,000 to acquire 165± acres approximately three miles southeast of the City of Clayton.

RIVERSIDE: McLaughlin; $589,750 to acquire in fee 476± acres near Hemet.

RIVERSIDE: Coachella Valley Stormwater Channel and Delta Area - MRBL Property; $463,775 to acquire in fee 370± acres located southeast of the city of Indio, in the unincorporated community of Mecca.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End of 2016 LA Parkland update

New L.A. County Park Space in 2016


SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

Addition to Antonovich park: 27.15 ACRES (now APN 2821-008-908 ) in Browns Canyon purchased by L.A. County in 2015
located at 12080 Browns Canyon Rd.  for the purchase price of $2,340,000
(Board of Supervisors File # 14-5675)


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

at the existing 40 year-old  650 acre Malibu Golf Club in upper Trancas Canyon:
--in 2014, County politicians OK'd conversion to Resort/golf/retreat center development; 450 acres to be dedicated as permanently preserved parkland, 20 acres will feature a cluster of 40 bungalows and meeting and sports related buildings
--This is the Regional Planning Commission's Approval Package for the project: http://planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/case/tr071735_rpc-package-20141119.pdf.
--This was the project website: http://themalibuinstitute.com/index.asp.
--At a public hearing in August 2014, the Board of Supervisors certified the project’s
Environmental Impact Report.
http://patch.com/california/malibu/supes-clear-way-for-major-renovation-at-malibu-golf-club

--3/11/2015: Golf Course owners file for bankruptcy: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-malibu-golf-club-chapter-11-20150311-story.html
http://la.curbed.com/2015/4/10/9972374/dick-fuld-lehman-brothers-malibu-golf-club

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2/7/2013: 20 acres at Topanga's Rocky Ledge saved, saved land there now totals 120 acres
http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5844

http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5026
locals seek to buy another 6 acres (in red border in map below)


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MRCA (parks agency)  buys 525 acre Ladyface OS and 86 acres on Latigo Canyon rd
http://malibusurfsidenews-blog.blogspot.com/2013/03/mcra-acquires-612-new-acres-of-parkland.html
Trail map: https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/a/3/0/highres_433779472.jpeg




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EAST L.A. HILLS:

37 acres “Flat Top” bought by Northeast Trees group from Foursquare Church of Echo Park with county $$ run through MRCA. Land is eventually to be owned by LA City
http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2014/10/montecito-heights-hilltop-to-become-parkland/


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SAN JOSE HILLS:

61 acres in Walnut Creek, unincorporated LA county surrounded by San Dimas, bought by Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for $9.4 million 6/2011 with prop 84 $
http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectPK=7793&PropositionPK=4
MAP: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/wca/pages/78/attachments/original/1427418063/Walnut_Creek_Map_REV1-Low_Res.jpg?1427418063

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PALOS VERDES PENINSULA:

1/13/2015--Trump gives conservation easement to PVP Land Conservancy over 11.5 acres at Trump's Rancho Palos Verdes golf course; the land is currently used as driving range, had permits for 16 homes
http://pvplc.org/_news/docs/releases/TrumpConEasementEDNoQuote.pdf

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LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS:

http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20150906/oil-company-hopes-to-swap-land-in-los-cerritos-wetlands-for-new-drilling-operations

Synergy Oil & Gas, which has had oil extraction operations on property near the Long Beach-Seal Beach line, wants to drill 60 oil wells on 5 acres of land currently owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. In exchange, Synergy has offered to give the agency 76 acres of its current oil field as a mitigation bank

The agency would also get 4 acres of land, currently the site of Synergy’s offices, to be used as a visitors center at the wetlands, according to agency documents.

The deal would also involve Synergy ultimately giving the wetlands authority an additional 72 acres of wetlands where Synergy would remove 58 oil wells as petroleum extraction operations are phased in at other locations.

Synergy currently owns about 156 acres in eastern Long Beach bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, Second Street, the Los Cerritos Channel and Studebaker Road. The nearby 5-acre parcel that Synergy would acquire in the trade is northeast of the intersection of Second Street and Studebaker Road
MORE DETAILS: http://lcwetlands.org/board/2016-05-05/Item_7_SynergyUpdate_smallfile.pdf


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CONNECTOR BETWEEN GRIFFITH PARK AND ELYSIAN PARK:

Feb 14, 2016: 10 acre Corralitas Red Car property to be bought with around $1.5 million from L.A. City, County and SMMC; adjacent to the LA River:
http://www.losfelizledger.com/article/red-car-property-to-become-wildlife-reserve/

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2007/01/development-history.html

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2016/10/corralitas-red-car-property-49-unit.html
TPL drops exclusive option to buy the land


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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CREEKS:

Reseda River Loop project at the confluence with the Los Angeles River and Aliso Creek: The new 2-acre park, located behind the West Valley YMCA, will create active and passive recreation and include a refurbished 1-mile trail connecting neighborhoods for nearby residents. Trail improvements will include a new pedestrian bridge to cross Aliso Creek, native plants, shaded benches, entry gates, interpretive signage and rest areas for cyclists and pedestrians.
http://sd27.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd27.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd27-201408-enewsletter.php

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CATALINA ISLAND:


27 miles of hiking trails added to existing 37 mile trans-Catalina system
http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/10/14/65621/catalina-island-expands-network-of-hiking-paths/




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016 So Calif Land Deals

ORANGE COUNTY:
11 acres will be bought by Bolsa Chica Land Trust from Signal Landmark and Goodell to settle lawsuit; price is being determined


RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES:

Projects that will receive $$:
--16 acres in City of Colton
--up to 4823 acres in the Coachella Valley
--1025 acres in Riverside County
--56 acres in the Chino Hills
--land in the Horseshoe Pebble Plain of the San Bernardino Mountains (SEE 9/10/2014 POST)
 
Feb 27, 2016

9/15/2016—600,000 acres in federal lands in the Amargosa Basin saved from solar project development as part of the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan

Feb 12, 2016

 
Feb 26, 2016
MDLT just transferred 820 acres in the Old Woman Mountains to protect access and ecosystem value #LWCF #Outdoors4all


SAN DIEGO COUNTY:

Jan 8 , 2016
Caltrans buys large chunk of Manchester Ave. strawberry fields http://www.encinitasadvocate.com/news/2016/jan/06/caltrans-buys-strawberry-fields/
@encinitasadvocate

10 Dec 2015
Lucky 5 Ranch purchase--KEY LAND PURCHASE CONNECTS STATE PARKS CONSER... http://fb.me/7BtS3PRK6