Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Irvine Company Donates 2400 acres to Orange County

Whether it's philanthropy or extreme wildfire risk... the Irvine Company Gives up on two huge long-planned developments in East Orange County Foothills
 
8/12/2014--good news for nature lovers in Orange County--the Irvine Company is giving its last 2 development sites in the wildlands to the park system, a total of 2500 acres and will not build 5500 homes... http://www.ocregister.com/articles/irvine-631386-land-homes.html

their press release: http://www.irvinecompany.com/irvine-company-completes-open-space-master-plan-with-gift-of-additional-2-500-acres-brings-preserved-irvine-ranch-lands-to-55-000-acres?y=2014 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Politicians pack new Dam bill with park purchase pork

Proposition 1: Water Bond on November Ballot Promises almost $300 million to Local Parks Purchase Agencies

By Rex Frankel....
In this $7.5 billion spending proposal, $2.7 billion is for new reservoirs and other storage projects (I don't know what "new" water they intend to store in these new projects.....given that every drop of water in this state is claimed by some user already.) http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-california-water-rights-20140819-story.html

However, to woo environmentally-conscious voters, they are throwing 5% of the money into buying new parks.

Careful what you wish for. More water storage projects usually means there is more water (on paper) available for real estate developers. And this makes the value of their wildlife packed, fire-prone and geologically unstable land zoom up. Will added land value due to more "paper" water eat up the added $300 million in the park purchase budget, thereby getting us no more land than we could buy today at lower prices without the water bond?

read more:
http://www.redding.com/news/wire-news/bond-funds-conservancies-with-unclear-water-role

for text of the ballot measure:
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/pdf/ab-1471-chapter-188.pdf
see page 20 of this pdf

TOTALS:
$10 million for the Baldwin Hills
$30 million for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
$15 million for the Lake Tahoe area and $25 million for the Sierra Nevadas
$10 million for the Palm Springs area
$50 million for the Sacramento/San Joaquin river deltas
$10 million for the San Joaquin River
$17 million for the San Diego River area
and $100 million that can be spent virtually anywhere near the coastline including the inland areas around the San Francisco Bay

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 L.A. Parks News Blast, #3


Rare Earth News publisher falls asleep in front of TV, His readers miss news about all these big deals....

Dear Readers,
From October of 2013 until July 2014 I was swamped with work and could not churn out my supply of good hiking news for you. I'm back and here's all the news that piled up in my in-box, cut down to the basics with e-links so you can find out more info. If your email box fills up with all this, I apologize. From mine to yours.
....enjoy...Rex

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Taken from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for October 2013 to August 2014


Consideration of resolution adopting FY 14/15 MRCA Workprogram. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014  GREAT MAP!!!!!

(wish list for new parkland in red shading, if only the $$$ was available)

SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:


PURCHASE OF 232 ACRES IN NEWHALL PASS—FORMERLY A PROPOSED 5000 HOME DEVELOPMENT:

We covered this project extensively until the L.A. City Council wisely decided that this was no place for more urban sprawl: read more here http://rare-earth-news.blogspot.com/search?q=Las+Lomas

Assignment of the right to apply for 5th District Specified Excess Funds to the Trust for Public Land for the acquisition of Newhall Pass properties east of Interstate 5, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 11/4/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 10/2/2013
--matching grant of Proposition 84 funds to the City of Santa Clarita for acquisition of Valley Vista project, approximately 232 acres (former Las Lomas project) in the Newhall Pass wildlife habitat linkage, apn’s 2827-030-011,-012,013; 2827-029-008; 2827-031-002, and -007, Santa Clarita. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 11/4/2013

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BROWNS CANYON: DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL CALLED HIDDEN CREEK ESTATES; AND ADDITIONAL LAND PURCHASES:

resolution opposing the proposed Hidden Creeks Estates Project (cpc-2005-6656-ad-gpa-zc-cu-da-zad/env-2005-6657-eir) and authorizing a comment letter to the City of Los Angeles regarding said project in Browns Canyon watershed, County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Comment Letter] SMMC 11/4/2013

resolution opposing the proposed Hidden Creeks Estates Project (CPC-2005-6656-AD-GPA-ZC-CU-DA-ZAD/VTT-68724/ENV-2005-6657-EIR), and, in the event that a project is approved, conditionally authorizing the acceptance of trail easements, conservation easements, and fee simple open space related to the project, Browns Canyon watershed, Chatsworth and Porter Ranch areas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 11/6/2013

Browns canyon/Pinkerton property: acquisition of APNs 2821-003-012 and 013 totaling approximately 80 acres in the Browns Canyon watershed using Proposition A funds and non-Corps related mitigation funds, unincorporated Chatsworth area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013

Browns canyon road: roadway improvements at Michael D. Antonovich Regional Park at Joughin Ranch. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 3/13/2014

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TOWSLEY CANYON PARK: augmentation of Grant No. smm-40-1267 for additional closing costs to settle Towsley Canyon purchase agreement, Santa Clarita Woodlands, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 11/4/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/2/2013

SIMI VALLEY AT KEUHNER DRIVE: comment letter to the City of Simi Valley on Royal Oaks Hummingbird Creek development proposal. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 8/25/2014

PICO AND SALT CANYONS: donation of approximately 80 acres of land in the Santa Clarita Woodlands area, APN’s 2826-014-052 and -053, north slope of Santa Susana Mountains. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/4/2014

CHATSWORTH—JOHNSON MOTORWAY TRAIL: dedication of trail easements to Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation over a portion of APNs 2821-010-905 and 2821-027-902, Rocky Peak Park and Indian Springs Open Space, Chatsworth. [Staff Report] [Map] [Resolution] MRCA 11/6/2013

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SIMI HILLS:

DAYTON AND WOOLSEY CANYONS IN WEST HILLS: (a) entering into an agreement with Centex Homes regarding Sterling at West Hills project (TT Map No. 52866); (b) acceptance of a minimum 250-acre open space dedication, various small conservation easements, and public access easements, and (c) acceptance of open space maintenance funding, Dayton and Woolsey Canyons, City of Los Angeles and incorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

NORTH CHATSWORTH PEAK: authorizing the use of mitigation funds to acquire APN 648-0-270-325, conditionally from Ballona Ecosystem Education Project, comprised of approximately 118 acres on the north slope of Chatsworth Peak, unincorporated Ventura County. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Rex Frankel. Under consideration: price and terms. (This matter may be heard in closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54856.8.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/4/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

WEST HILLS: acceptance of a donation of APNs 2031-015-001 and 2031-001-006 totaling 22.8 acres, with partial consideration of agency campground use for the Girl Scouts of America, El Escorpion Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/4/2014

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SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

comment letter to Los Angeles County on Notice of Preparation for the 3600 home Newhall Ranch-Homestead South project (vtt Map No. 060678), on 2535 acres near the Santa Clara River, unincorporated Santa Clarita area. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] SMMC 7/28/2014

acceptance of an approximately 2.69-acre conservation easement and processing funds over portions of APNs 2836-003-010, 017, 018, 019, 2836-002-038, and 047 in Soledad Canyon, Santa Clarita. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

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AGUA DULCE:

Project Agreement for the 118 acre Agua Dulce – State Route 14 Wildlife Corridor Project, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/4/2013

acquire APN 3212-004-017 approximately 5.8 acres in Agua Dulce Canyon, immediately northwest of Agua Dulce Road and 14 FWY interchange, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/2/2014

acquire parcels totaling 40.88 acres in the northeast corner of the Agua Dulce Canyon Road and State Route 14 Interchange, APNs 3212-004-010 and 014, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014
acquisition of Agua Dulce Canyon Wildlife corridor parcels, incorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 8/25/2014 (mentions that another 56 acres west of Agua Dulce Road was purchased by MRCA in June 2014)

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SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, VERDUGO MOUNTAINS AND SAN RAFAEL HILLS:


Arroyo Seco Bike and Pedestrian Trail. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 2/24/2014

transfer of a conservation easement over Whitebird/Canyon Hills housing tract’s open space from the MRCA to the Desert and Mountain Conservation Authority (DMCA) and simultaneous transfer of fee ownership from DMCA to the MRCA, over the following APNs: 2401-032-003, 005, 006, 007, and 008; 2401-034-003; 2561-007-007, 010, 012, 013, 016, 018, 019, 021, and 022; 2545-018-002, 004, and 005; 2546-010-009; 2561-009-005, 006, 007, 010, 012, 013, 015, and 016; 2561-031-004; 2561-033-001, 002, and 003; 2562-003-012 (portion) and 015; 2562-004-006 (portion), 008, 011, and 014; 2562-005-003, 004, 006, and 007; and 2562-006-005 and 008, La Tuna Canyon, Verdugo Mountains, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 10/2/2013

Consideration of resolution authorizing a professional services contract with MIG, Inc., for design services for the Pacoima Wash Greenway - El Dorado Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013

constructing trails on the La ViƱa dedication, Altadena. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 1/15/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment] SMMC 1/27/2014

engineering and design services for the Lopez Canyon Park improvement project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 2/5/2014

acceptance of conservation easements totaling approximately 42 acres surrounding portions of housing Tract in San Gabriel Canyon, City of Azusa, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/6/2014

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the 1.6 acre, 8 home proposed project at 5370 Mount Royal Drive (case no. TT-71245), on the south slope of the San Rafael Hills south of the 134 freeway, City of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 4/28/2014

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VENTURA COUNTY:

734 acre purchase: grant to The Nature Conservancy for the acquisition of the Alamos Canyon habitat linkage property either side of the 118 freeway, incorporated and unincorporated Simi Valley area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] SMMC 2/24/2014

Presentation on lesser known inter-mountain range habitat linkages in the Ventura County portion of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Zone, Callegus Creek, and Santa Clara River [Presentation] SMMC 7/28/2014

comment letter to the City of Camarillo on the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Conejo Creek Specific (development) Plan (on southeast corner of city). [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Attachment] SMMC 8/25/2014

acceptance of a conservation easement over APN's 500-0-291-455, 500-0-291-475, 637-0-070-340 and maintenance funding, Arroyo Simi, City of Simi Valley. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

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ASSORTED:

Presentation on locations of protected and actually constructed Rim of the Valley Trail alignment and alignment adaptations. [Staff Report] SMMC 4/28/2014 (report presented orally)


Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 L.A. Parks News Blast, #2


Rare Earth News publisher falls asleep in front of TV, His readers miss news about all these big deals....

Dear Readers,
From October of 2013 until July 2014 I was swamped with work and could not churn out my supply of good hiking news for you. I'm back and here's all the news that piled up in my in-box, cut down to the basics with e-links so you can find out more info. If your email box fills up with all this, I apologize. From mine to yours.
....enjoy...Rex

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Taken from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for October 2013 to August 2014

L.A. RIVER:

11 MILE RESTORATION PROJECT:

comment letter to United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study along 11 miles of the Los Angeles River, in the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 11/4/2013; [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 11/6/2013

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TAYLOR YARD:

comment letter to the Department of Toxic Substances Control on the Draft Remedial Action Plan for the Taylor Yard (G2 site). [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 11/4/2013

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (mnd/is) for the Taylor Yard River Parcel G2 project, Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 8/25/2014

grant to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a non-profit organization for Phase 2 of project planning and design for the Taylor Yard (G-2 site), Upper Los Angeles River Watershed. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 12/9/2013

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Presentation by Community Conservation Solutions on Green Solution Project: Upper Los Angeles River Watershed, Phase IV. [Staff Report] SMMC 3/24/2014
--grant of Proposition 84 funds to Community Conservation Solutions for the Green Solution Project: Upper Los Angeles River Watershed, Phase IV. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] SMMC 3/24/2014

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comment letter to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding a draft study of the Recreational Use Reassessment (recur) of the Engineered Channels of the Los Angeles River Watershed. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/24/2014

grant of Proposition 50 funds to the Nature Conservancy for the Los Angeles River Revitalization and Restoration Study. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 2/24/2014

grant of Proposition 50 funds to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, a non-profit organization, for project planning of the Los Angeles River Greenway, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] SMMC 4/28/2014

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EAST L.A. HILLS:

adopting Elephant Hill, Monterey Hills, South Pasadena Baseline Wildlife Corridor Map. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 1/27/2014

BOYLE HEIGHTS: grant of Proposition 84 funds to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization, for project planning and design of Blueberry Hill, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 4/28/2014

MONTECITO HEIGHTS: assignment of right to apply for Specified Excess Funds to Northeast Trees for the acquisition of 36 acre Mount Olympus/Flattop property, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 8/6/2014

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BALLONA CREEK AND WETLANDS AREA:

MILTON STREET GREENWAY:
approving the plans and specifications for the Milton Street Park and Green Street project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 3/13/2014

adopting findings that the Milton Street Park and Green Street construction project is substantially complex and to increase the retention amount from 5% to 10%. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 3/13/2014

acceptance of 1.2 acres (APNs: 4221-024-907, 4221-024-908, 4221-024-909, 4221-024-910) from the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

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augmentation of the contract with Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC) for design/build services for the Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path Improvement Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/4/2013

easement agreement with the Mar Vista Family Center for water line installation and maintenance for the Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path Improvement Project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/4/2013

accepting $15,000 from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation for maintenance work at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 8/6/2014

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DOWNTOWN L.A.:

1.3 acres--Vertical Park Project in Chinatown. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 4/2/2014

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SOUTH L.A.

Quitclaim of APN 8124-004-901 in Pico Rivera to the Watershed Conservation Authority. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 3/13/2014

Fall 2013 to Summer 2014 L.A. Parks News Blast, #1


Rare Earth News publisher falls asleep in front of TV, His readers miss news about all these big deals....

Dear Readers,
From October of 2013 until July 2014 I was swamped with work and could not churn out my supply of good hiking news for you. I'm back and here's all the news that piled up in my in-box, cut down to the basics with e-links so you can find out more info. If your email box fills up with all this, I apologize. From mine to yours.
....enjoy...Rex
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Taken from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for October 2013 to August 2014

MALIBU AND L.A. COUNTY PORTIONS OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:


SEVERAL LARGE PURCHASES:

416 ACRES IN DECKER CANYON:

acquisition of approximately 416 acres in Decker Canyon, APNs 4472-018-007, 4472-023-007 and 008, 4472-024-005, 007 and 008, 4473-004-002 and 003, west of Decker Canyon Road, incorporated and unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 11/4/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 12/9/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013


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703 ACRE PUERCO CANYON PURCHASE (NEXT CANYON WEST OF PEPPERDINE):

Puerco Canyon Coastal Core Habitat properties, for the following 24 APNs: 4457-004-056 through 072, 4457-005-012, 015, 017, 027, 028; 4458-031-001 and 002, unincorporated Malibu area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]SMMC 4/28/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/2/2014; accept grant funds from the Wildlife Conservation Board. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4/2/2014; accept grant funds from the State Coastal Conservancy [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4/2/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 4/2/2014


license or easement agreement for the use of APN 4457-005-911 by Earthship Productions, Inc. for ingress and egress over a portion of Puerco Canyon Motorway, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 7/2/2014

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LIBERTY CANYON AND WILDLIFE BRIDGE OVER 101 FREEWAY:

development of a Caltrans Project Study Report and subsequent environmental review for wildlife crossing structures at the 101 freeway at Liberty Canyon, incorporated and unincorporated Agoura Hills area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 2/24/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/5/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 2/5/2014

South of 101 freeway and west of Liberty Canyon road: amending resolution No. 08-29 to include APNs 2064-006-902 and 905, Liberty Canyon, City of Agoura Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] MRCA 2/5/2014

south side of the 101 freeway corridor, east of Liberty Canyon road: acceptance of fee simple or conservation easement interests on APNs 2064-005-011 (27.43 acres) and 2064-005-015 (2.62 acres),  and associated funding in cooperation with the City of Calabasas, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 4/2/2014

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ZUMA CANYON:

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 8/6/2014

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RAMIREZ CANYON PURCHASES:

acquisition of APN 4465-004-045, approximately 56 acres in Ramirez Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013

grant funds for purchase of 48 acres in upper Ramirez canyon to Trust for Public Land; APN 4465-004-084; unincorporated Los Angeles County. Staff Report [Attachment 3] SMMC 7/28/2014

Consideration of resolution (a) decertifying those portions of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the previously approved Malibu Parks Public Access Enhancement Plan Public Works Plan relating to the Ramirez Canyon Park area, as defined, located in the City of Malibu and in unincorporated Los Angeles County, and (b) vacating those portions of the previously approved Malibu Parks Public Access Enhancement Plan Public Works Plan relating to the Ramirez Canyon Park area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 12/9/2013;
[Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/4/2013

joint application with the City of Malibu for a coastal development permit for uses and programs at Ramirez Canyon Park. [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 12/9/2013; [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 12/4/2013

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ESCONDIDO CANYON:

acquisition of Stone properties, apn's 4465-004-053 and 4465-005-006 totaling 77.43 acres, Escondido Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 3/24/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 4/28/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] SMMC 4/28/2014

comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on the Notice of Preparation for “Escondido Falls” Malitex Residential Project (pm071073-[3]), 5700 block of northerly end of paved portion of Murphy Way, Escondido Canyon and Ramirez Canyon watersheds. [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Resolution] [Comment Letter] SMMC 1/27/2014


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LECHUZA BEACH:

Project Planning and Design services for the Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements Project, City of Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map ] MRCA 3/13/2014; [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 3/24/2014

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WEST OF MALIBU:

donation of APN 694-0-181-500 totaling 33.96 acres in the Carlisle Creek watershed east of Sandstone Peak, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

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CITY OF CALABASAS:

comment letter to the City of Calabasas on proposed Broadway Trust Residence on 10 acres, 3121 and 3111 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Dry Creek Canyon watershed. [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Map] [Comment Letter] [Resolution] SMMC 1/27/2014

comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the Notice of Preparation for the 77 acre Canyon Oaks Project, 4790 Las Virgenes Road, City of Calabasas. Proposal includes 138 houses, 8 condos and a hotel  [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] SMMC 7/28/2014

acceptance of conservation easements over portions of APNS 2069-065-001, 002, and 003 totaling approximately 10.5 acres to preserve narrow wildlife corridor connecting Headwaters Corner Park and Stokes Canyon,   surrounding 3 new homes along Mulholland Highway, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 10/2/2013

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TOPANGA:

acquisition of 37 acre Steers parcel, APN 4434-008-007 AND 4434-001-004 in the Santa Maria and Garapito subwatersheds of northeastern Topanga Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 8/25/2014;. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

grant funds for purchase of 80 acres in Old Topanga Canyon to Mountains Restoration Trust’s Cold Creek to Old Topanga/Sisson Acquisition project; unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] SMMC 7/28/2014

acquire approximately 6.28-acre parcel APN 4448-018-018 (1809 Tuna Canyon Road), adjacent Rocky Ledge, Topanga Canyon watershed, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 12/9/2013

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SADDLE PEAK, COLD CREEK, STOKES CANYON, DARK CANYON:

acceptance of a donation of an approximately 10 acre parcel (APN 4455-008-012) in the Cold Creek watershed, between Calabasas Peak and Mulholland Hwy, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 12/4/2013

Knipe property: exchange of an approximately 1.2- acre area with an existing horse rink either in fee simple or easement and an easement for ingress and egress over a historic dirt road on APN 4456-013-904 for an approximately 13-acre fee simple portion of APN 4456-037-037, Piuma road, Dark Canyon watershed, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2] MRCA 6/4/2014

acceptance of a donation of either fee simple or conservation easement interests in APN 4455-058-004 of approximately 12 acres, Stokes and Cold Creek Canyon watersheds east of King Gillette Ranch park, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 6/4/2014

acceptance of an approximately 2.29-acre conservation easement dedication and processing funds over a portion of APN 4455-011-013 in Stokes Canyon, on Dry Canyon Cold Creek Road, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

granting easements to the County of Los Angeles for the construction, maintenance, and operation of culverts and drains over a portion of APN 4453-003-902, along Schueren Road, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013

Carbon Canyon East Segment Property of the Coastal Slope Trail. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

acquisition of an approximately 8-acre parcel (APN 4448-029-022) in Las Flores Canyon using Proposition A funds, unincorporated Los Angeles County. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston; Celine Rickards; Michelle Hennesy, and Manon Hennesy. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

Sweetwater Mesa: amendment to an open space easement over portions of APNs 4452-025-021, 023, 025, 027, and 028, located in the City of Malibu and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] MRCA 2/5/2014

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CITY OF MALIBU:

comment letter to the City of Malibu on the Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Rancho Malibu Hotel Project (sch #2012051035), 4000 Malibu Canyon Road, Malibu. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] SMMC 11/4/2013

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NEAR MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK:

grant funds for purchase of 47 acres in Triunfo creek area, west of Bulldog motorway,  to Trust for Public Land’s Malibu Creek Watershed Phase II acquisition project; [Staff Report] Attachment 2 SMMC 7/28/2014

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ASSORTED GIVING UP OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS:

acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 4-92-091 (Cold Canyon LP), 4-92-090 (Toberman), 5-89-1218 (Goeglein), 4-92-158 (Bennett), and 5-91-027 (Kelso), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 10/2/2013

Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 5-91-865 (Imhof), 4-01-123 (Kaplan), 5-90-755 (Harvest Corporation), 5-89-1064 (Assael), 5-90-065 (Lewis), 4-93-178 (Stroeber) and 5-90-368-A (Berger), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 3/13/2014

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ASSORTED SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS PLANNING DOCUMENTS:

comment letter to the County of Los Angeles on proposed Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Program. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] SMMC 1/27/2014

Planning for Malibu Coastal Access Public Works Plan and associated California Environmental Quality Act documents. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment] MRCA 10/2/2013

engineering work for the Malibu Coastal Access Public Works Plan. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/15/2014

landscape architect work for the Malibu Coastal Access Public Works Plan. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/5/2014

support letter to California Coastal Commission on Los Angeles County Local Implementation Plan No. LCP-4-LAC-14-0109-4 (Santa Monica Mountains Local Implementation Plan). [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 7/2/2014

comment letter to County of Los Angeles on draft (a) General Plan, (b) Significant Ecological Areas Ordinance, (c) Hillside Management Area Ordinance, and (d) related documents. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] SMMC 6/2/2014

comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Los Angeles County General Plan Update. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] SMMC 7/28/2014


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L.A. CITY PORTION OF SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

FROM TOPANGA CANYON BLVD. TO CAHUENGA PASS: project planning and design for the Mulholland Drive Scenic Corridor in the upper Los Angeles River watershed, Santa Monica Mountains, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Map] SMMC 6/2/2014;  [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

EAST OF 405 FREEWAY: adopting Engineer’s Report, confirming the annual levy of maintenance assessment for fiscal year 2014-2015 and directing related actions for the Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 1, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 7/2/2014

WEST OF 405 FREEWAY: adopting Engineer’s Report, confirming the annual levy of maintenance assessment for fiscal year 2014-2015 and directing related actions for the Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 2, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] MRCA 7/2/2014

STUDIO CITY: comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Harvard-Westlake School Parking Improvement Plan Project (sch #2013041033, env-2013-0150-eir), 3700-3701 N. Coldwater Canyon Avenue, [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] SMMC 11/4/2013

STUDIO CITY: transfer of 1/3rd of an acre,  (a portion of APN 2385-018-904) to adjacent property owner; Coldwater Canyon area. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 5/7/2014

STUDIO CITY: approximately 0.5-acres, acceptance of conservation easements over portions of APNs 2381-031-009 and 010 (8220 Mulholland Terrace), adjacent to National Park Service-owned Fryman Canyon Park, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] MRCA 3/13/2014

HOLLYWOOD HILLS: acceptance of conservation easements on APNs 2425-015-030, 031, 032, 033 and 034 on Multiview Drive in the Cahuenga Pass area, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 11/6/2013

HOLLYWOOD HILLS: assignment of right to purchase APN 5565-003-036 located at Laurel Canyon and Mulholland to the City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 1/15/2014
-- authorizing: (a) amendments to option agreement for Laurel Canyon and Mulholland properties; (b) contingent reduction of square footage of existing conservation easements on APNs 5565-003-040 and 041; (3) contingent granting of access easement over APN 5565-003-900, and (d) contingent sale of APN 5565-003-900, City of Los Angeles. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Lawrence Lazar. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8.) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] MRCA 2/5/2014

SHERMAN OAKS: 1.6 acres, acquisition of apn 2274-018-014, Oak Forest Canyon wildlife corridor. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] SMMC 11/4/2013

BRENTWOOD: Farivar/Canyonback Restoration project for damage to 0.9 acres of public parkland. [Staff Report]]MRCA 1/22/2014

BEL AIR: acceptance of conservation easements over portions of APN 4379-030-020 (14730 Mulholland Drive), approximately 3.96-acres combined, in Upper Stone Canyon, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 4/2/2014

PACIFIC PALISADES: sale of an underground utility easement across APN 4416-002-903 to benefit APN 4416-002-015, and authorizing potential acceptance of conservation easements or deed restrictions on APNs 4416-002-015 and 4416-002-016, [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 12/4/2013

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Famed director sells Malibu ranch to parks dept.

State and L.A. County Pool Resources for Land Preservation

June 2014-- In May, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a $6 million allocation to assist in purchasing land in Malibu's Puerco Canyon, currently owned by film director James Cameron. This allocation augments dedicated state funding of $4.5 million from the Wildlife Conservation Board and $1.5 million from the California State Coastal Conservancy. State and county funds will go toward purchasing the 703-acre property in the Santa Monica Mountains.


This acquisition connects popular recreation trails from the neighboring 1,000-acre Corral Canyon Park and the 7,000 acre Malibu Creek State Park. The property will contribute to completing the new Coastal Slope Trail from Topanga State Park to Point Mugu State Park. Equally important will be the preservation of a rare chaparral ecosystem that supports native vegetation and wildlife, ranging from mountain lions to desert cottontails.
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) will be the property caretaker working towards open space preservation and habitat and resource protection. MRCA will set a date for public access once the land purchase is finalized.

http://sd27.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd27.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd27-201406-enewsletter.php

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

$300 million for Bay open spaces


West SF Bay Measure AA Victorious as Voters say “Yes for Open Space” 
Final count: Historic open space measure wins with more than 67 percent of the vote
 
 

June 9, 2014....Palo Alto, Calif. – Measure AA, the Peninsula’s historic open space preservation measure, officially claimed victory today, winning more than 67 percent of the vote throughout the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, better known as “Midpen.” The measure needed 66.7 percent to pass.
 
Voter approval of Measure AA now authorizes Midpen to issue bonds of up to $300 million to add 200 miles of new trails, increase recreational access for residents of all ages and preserve and restore thousands of acres of open spaces, forests, watersheds and farmlands throughout the Midpen district, which stretches 550 square miles from Los Gatos and East Palo Alto to north of Half Moon Bay.
 
“Peninsula residents have just made an incredible investment in the future, preserving the beautiful open spaces that make this region so special,” said Walter Moore, president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, which, along with the Sempervirens Fund, served as Measure AA’s chief sponsor. “It is terrific to live in a place that puts such a high value on protecting our scarce natural areas for future generations, and we’re incredibly grateful to this community’s strong support.”
The funding approved by Measure AA will support 25 key projects identified through an extensive public planning process as providing the broadest public benefits. An independent oversight committee will ensure that funds are spent as promised.

Support for Measure AA was widespread and included nearly all the elected officials, community groups, chambers of commerce and housing advocates on the peninsula, as well as more than a dozen local newspapers and media outlets. Representatives said overwhelming community support and help from committed volunteers brought this measure over the challenging two-thirds majority needed to pass.
"We want to thank the thousands who shaped the Vision Plan and supported Measure AA--those who visit the preserves and use the trails, conservationists, parents, educators, employers and many, many others, who voted for the health of our environment and the health of our community,” said Steve Abbors, Midpen General Manager, “Now it’s our turn, we're hitting the ground running, and we look forward to the day in the near future when we come together again to celebrate the completion of the first Measure AA-funded project."
 
For a complete list of the 25 top open space projects that will benefit from this measure, click here. For details about Midpen, visit www.openspace.org.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Summertime at the L.A. park agency meetings...


Developments and Park Purchases in the L.A. and Ventura County Mountains

From park agency agendas for July to September of 2013

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Harvard-Westlake School Parking Improvement Plan Project (env-2013-0150-eir), 3700-3701 N. Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Studio City. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Comment Letter] SMMC 9/23/2013

comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on Revised Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Curtis School Project (env-2009-836-mnd), 15871 and 15801 Mulholland Drive and 15800 and 15850 Mulholland Place, Encino.  [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] [Attachment 8] [Attachment 9] [REVISED Comment Letter] SMMC 9/23/2013

establishment of a Mulholland Scenic Parkway Core Trail Fund and entering into agreements with the City of Los Angeles regarding said fund. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] MRCA 9/4/2013

acceptance of 54.4 acre open space dedication in the Triunfo Canyon watershed associated with PM 071223, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] MRCA 9/4/2013

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SIMI VALLEY:

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Simi Valley regarding All Valley RV Storage project, cp-s-591-mod#1, Arroyo Simi and Alamos Canyon. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] SMMC 8/26/2013

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SIMI HILLS:

comment letter on NASA Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Demolition and Environmental Cleanup Activities at Santa Susana Field Laboratory, Ventura County. [ [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] ] SMMC 9/23/2013

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SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

comment letter to United States Army Corps of Engineers regarding the proposed Hidden Creeks Residential Development Project (Application No. SPL-2013-00425-AOA) in Browns and Mormon Canyons, unincorporated County of Los Angeles. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Map 1] [Map 2] SMMC 9/23/2013

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LOS ANGELES RIVER:

Presentation by United States Army Corps of Engineers on the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study. [Staff Report] [ACE Presentation] SMMC 9/23/2013