Thursday, November 6, 2014

Land Trust buys Humboldt Coast land with State Help

State Funds Purchase of 14 acres in North Humboldt


From Coastal Conservancy meeting of October 2, 2014

Price is $85,000 and sale is by Green Diamond Resources, one of the largest timberland owners on the North Coast. The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust will own the new preserve.

STAFF REPORT: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2014/1410/20141002Board3F_Little_River_Acquisition.pdf

MAP: http://scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/2014/1410/20141002Board3F_Little_River_Acquisition_Ex1.pdf

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coastal Conservancy deals for late 2013 and early 2014

Round-up of Coastal Land Purchases Funded by the State from June 2013 to August 2014


(NOTE: some of the links in the staff reports do not work in the Firefox web browser, but do work in Internet Explorer)

6/2013 meeting—no purchases
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10/2013 Meeting:

HUMBOLDT COUNTY-McKay Forest: accept $1,000,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and disburse up to $950,000 to Humboldt County to acquire 1,005 acres in the Ryan Creek watershed, tributary to Humboldt Bay, for public access, habitat protection, and sustainable timber production. Coastal Conservancy 10/2013

SONOMA COUNTY: disburse up to $353,711 to the Sonoma Land Trust for the acquisition of the Haire Ranch, a 1,091-acre hay farm located on Skaggs Island within the Napa-Sonoma Marsh Complex. Coastal Conservancy 10/2013
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: disburse: 1) up to $1,900,000 to the Save the Redwoods League to acquire a conservation and public access easement over the 8,532-acre Cemex Redwoods property near the town of Davenport, and 2) up to $100,000 to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to develop a public access plan for the property. Coastal Conservancy 10/2013

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12/2013 Meeting:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY-Ramirez Canyon: disburse up to $200,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for acquisition of approximately 104 acres of undeveloped land in Ramirez Canyon for open space, habitat and resource preservation and public access, Santa Monica Mountains. Coastal Conservancy 12/2013

MONTEREY COUNTY-Big Sur: accept high bids ($75,000 and $50,000) for the purchase of two Kasler Point Transfer of Development Credits (TDCs), request that the Department of General Services assist in the conveyance of the two TDCs, and authorization for the Executive Officer to negotiate and enter into agreement for and to complete the sale of the Conservancy’s property at Victorine Ranch and to retain the services of a real estate broker to assist in the marketing and sale of the Victorine Ranch property. Coastal Conservancy 12/2013
SONOMA COUNTY: disburse up to $350,000 to the Sonoma Land Trust for the acquisition of the approximately 238-acre Pole Mountain property in western Sonoma County. Coastal Conservancy 12/2013

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January, February and March 2014 meetings—no purchases

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5/2014 Meeting:

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY: disburse up to $4,000,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for the acquisition of the Pismo Preserve property located adjacent to the City of Pismo Beach. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014
SANTA CLARA COUNTY: disburse up to $1,000,000 to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority to acquire the 1,831-acre UTC Coyote Ridge Property, Santa Clara County. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014
SAN MATEO COUNTY: disburse up to $500,000 to San Mateo County Department of Parks to acquire the 174-acre Loma Mar property adjacent to Memorial County Park, for open space, habitat and resource preservation, and public access in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014
VENTURA COUNTY: disburse up to $843,000 to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy to acquire and complete a stewardship plan for the 29.38 acre Hatton property along the Ventura River. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: disburse up to $297,000 to Community Conservation Solutions for the Green Solution Project: Upper LA River Watershed, Phase IV to evaluate the storm water capture and water quality improvement projects identified in previous phases of the Project by quantifying and incorporating these projects’ water supply, energy savings, and greenhouse gas emission reduction benefits in Los Angeles County. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014

LOS ANGELES COUNTY-Malibu: authorization to disburse up to $1,500,000 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to acquire 703 acres of undeveloped land in Puerco Canyon, for open space, habitat and resource preservation, and public access in the Santa Monica Mountains. Coastal Conservancy 5/2014

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7/2014 meeting no purchases

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Big Deals from the State Wildlife Conservation Board


82,000 Acres of Wildlife Habitat was Saved with Our Tax Dollars Through the CA Wildlife Board in last 12 Months


TOTAL LAND PRESERVED WITH WCB FUNDING FROM SEPTEMBER 2013 TO AUGUST 2014:

FULL OWNERSHIP (called “in fee”): 13,035 acres
CONSERVATION EASEMENTS (also called development rights): 69,050

Detailed information can be found at the Board's website, http://wcb.ca.gov


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

RIVERSIDE COUNTY:

Nelson, Western Riverside County, $88,000
acquire in fee 119± acres north of the City of Wildomar . WCB 9/2013

Palo Verde ecological reserve exp 3, Riverside County, $420,000
acquisition of 36± acres near the City of Blythe . WCB 9/2013

Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve, Expansion 1, Suzanne Adams Trust Donation, Riverside County, $10,000
-- donation from the Trust of Suzanne Adams of 100 +/- acres of land in fee title located southeast of the City of Palm Desert, on the lower eastern slopes of the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County. WCB 2/2014

Western Riverside County Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (2012) – Berger,
Riverside County, $71,000
acquire 10± acres of land.  WCB 5/2014

Western Riverside County Multi Species Habitat Conservation Plan (2012) – Fuller,
Riverside County, $78,500
acquire 20± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

Coachella Valley Natural Community Conservation Plan, Shadowrock, Riverside County, $786,750
-- subgrant federal funds to the Friends of the Palm Spring Mountains (FOPSM) and to consider a Wildlife Conservation Board grant to FOPSM, for a cooperative project with the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy to acquire 352.82± acres located along the lower elevations of the San Jacinto mountains, near the northwest border of the city of Palm Springs. WCB 5/2014

North Peak El Toro, Western Riverside County, $95,000
acquire in fee 47± acres. WCB 8/2014

Patterson, Western Riverside County, $160,500
Acquire in fee 29 acres. WCB 8/2014

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY:

Puma Canyon exp. 3 & 4, San Bernardino County, $558,000
grant to the Transition Habitat Conservancy for a cooperative project with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response to acquire two separate properties totaling 137± acres in Puma Canyon on the lower northern slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains, near the community of Pinon Hills. WCB 9/2013

Sawmill Pebble Plain Ecological Preserve, San Bernardino County, $2,015,000
--grant to the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust to acquire 166+/- acres of very rare and endangered pebble plain habitat, supporting a wide variety of endemic plant species, located just south of Big Bear Lake, in the San Bernardino Mountains. WCB 2/2014

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY:

San Diego River/Palmer, San Diego County, $676,000
acquire in fee 9± acres near the community of Alpine, in central San Diego County. . WCB 9/2013

San Felipe Valley Wildlife Area, Expansion 5 (Thompson) San Diego County, $230,000
-- acquisition in fee of 174+/- acres of land. WCB 2/2014

San Diego County Multi Species Conservation Plan (Bonfils), $208,500
acquisition of 256+/- acres of land located near the community of Lakeside. WCB 5/2014

San Diego County Multi Species Conservation Plan HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (multiple parcels), San Diego County, $685,250
-- subgrant federal funds to the Endangered Habitats Conservancy (EHC) and to consider five Wildlife Conservation Board grants to EHC to acquire a total of 142+/- acres from five individual landowners near the city of El Cajon. WCB 5/2014

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY:

Malaga Canyon-Rancho Palos Verdes--Ocean Trails HCPLA 2009 (Ya Yi May and Angeles LLC Properties) Los Angeles County, $607,250 (USFWS is paying the other $607,000)
-- two grants to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes (City) plus federal funds to acquire two separate properties, 16± acres and 42± acres in size, in Malaga Canyon. The Property has been appraised as having a fair market value of $1,114,500.. Specifically, the Angeles LLC property has an appraised fair market value of $659,500 and the Ya Yi May property has an appraised fair market value of $455,000. The Property owners have each agreed to sell their Property for its approved appraised fair market value. .WCB 11/2013

Puerco Canyon in Malibu, Los Angeles County, $4,505,000
-- grant to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and the County of Los Angeles to acquire 703± acres. WCB 5/2014

Gateway Ranch, North Los Angeles County, $1,660,000
A $1.6 million grant to the Trust for Public Land for a cooperative project with the City of Santa Clarita to acquire approximately 302 acres of land to provide corridors linking separate habitat areas to prevent habitat fragmentation, . WCB 8/2014

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EASTERN SIERRAS:

Burcham and Wheeler Flat exp. 1 (Winter), Mono County, $225,000
fee title acquisition of 75± acres 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, near the intersection of U.S. 395 and S.R. 108, commonly referred to as Sonora Junction in unincorporated Mono County. WCB 9/2013

Sinnamon Meadows Conservation Easement, Mono County, $630,000
-- grant to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 1,240± acres near the community of Bridgeport. WCB 5/2014

Amargosa - Tecopa Hot Springs, Inyo County, $56,750
acquire 80± acres of land for the protection of wetland and upland habitat areas and linkages supporting the State and federally-listed endangered Amargosa vole and the Amargosa niterwort, located just north of the community of Tecopa Hot Springs. WCB 11/2013  

Round Valley Pine Creek Unit, Inyo County, $1,674,250
acquisition of 100± acres of land located 10 miles north of Bishop in the unincorporated community of Rovana in Inyo County. WCB 2/2014

Amargosa Tecopa Hot Springs, exp. 1-3, Inyo County, $29,550
acquisition of 4+/- acres and a conservation easement over 2+/- acres. WCB 8/2014

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CENTRAL COAST:

San Vicente Redwoods (Cemex) Forest conservation easement, Santa Cruz County
A $10 million grant to Save the Redwoods League for a cooperative project with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sempervirens Fund and the State Coastal Conservancy to acquire a forest conservation easement over approximately 8,532 acres of working forest lands, forest reserve areas and habitat linkages near the town of Davenport in Santa Cruz County. WCB 8/2014
MAPS:

Santa Cruz Sandhills, Zayante (Dowd and Dumas) Santa Cruz County, $772,600
grant to the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County (LTSCC) plus federal funds to acquire in fee 14± acres of land and a separate 37± acre conservation easement, located in the City of Ben Lomond in Santa Cruz County. WCB 11/2013

Santa Cruz long-toed salamander (King), Santa Cruz County, $40,000
acquisition of a 329± acre conservation easement located southeast of the City of Aptos. WCB 8/2014

Pismo Preserve, San Luis Obispo County, $4,010,000
A grant to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and others to acquire in fee approximately 879 acres near Pismo Beach. WCB 8/2014

Careaga Canyon ranch conservation easement, Santa Barbara County, $1,383,000
--401 acres near the city of Santa Maria. WCB 8/2014
--WITHDRAWN FROM AGENDA

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CENTRAL VALLEY:

San Joaquin River, Hidden Valley Ranch, Stanislaus County. $3 million
to acquire in fee approximately 466 acres located approximately 10 miles west of the City of Modesto, just south of the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin rivers. WCB 9/2013

Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve Access Easement Exchange, southern Sacramento County, $2,500
exchange of an administrative access easement with The Nature Conservancy property at the Cosumnes River Ecological Reserve. WCB 11/2013
MAP:

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 28, Tulare County, $9,000
acquisition of 7± acres of land by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the protection and expansion of habitat near the City of Earlimart, west of State Route 99, in Tulare County. WCB 11/2013
MAP:

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 28, Tulare County, $0
acquisition of 7+/- acres of land near the city of Earlimart, west of State Route 99, in Tulare County. All of the funding for this project will be reimbursed from the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund assigned to CDFW. WCB 2/2014

Allensworth Ecological Reserve, Expansion 29 – 40, Tulare County, $0
-- acquisition of 22 separate parcels of land totaling 33.4+/- acres near the city of Earlimart in Tulare County. the proposed funding source is being provided by the California Department of Correction’s Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund assigned to CDFW. WCB 5/2014

Allensworth Ecological Preserve, exp 41-49, Tulare County, $0
acquisition of 12 separate parcels of land totaling 29+/- acres near the city of Earlimart, funding source, which is being provided by the California Department of Corrections Statewide Electric Fence Project mitigation fund. WCB 8/2014

Canebrake Ecological Reserve, Cap Canyon Unit, Expansion 3, Kern County, $332,000
acquisition of 360± acres of land in the southern Sierra mountains, approximately 20 miles east of Lake Isabella, in Kern County. WCB 11/2013

Goose Lake Legacy Project, Kern County, $2,348,836
grant to the California Waterfowl Association to acquire 1,670± acres of land for the purpose of protecting wetlands and associated upland habitat areas in the Goose Lake watershed, , south of the City of Wasco in Kern County. .WCB 11/2013

Cow Creek Conservation Area, Expansion 3, Triple B Ranch,  Shasta County, $650,000
-- a grant to the Shasta Land Trust (SLT) to acquire a conservation easement over 600 +/- acres of land, located north of State Highway 44 about 10 miles east of the City of Redding in Shasta County. WCB 2/2014

Red Bank, Conservation Easement Expansion, (Burrows Ranch), Tehama County, $57,000
-- grant to the Northern California Regional Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 170± acres located approximately 20 miles northwest of the City of Red Bluff. WCB 5/2014

Dry Creek Ranch Conservation Easement, Recovery Land Acquisition Grant (2010),
Merced County, $2,068,000
--subgrant federal funds to the California Rangeland Trust, and to consider a Wildlife Conservation Board grant to the California Rangeland Trust acquire a conservation easement over 4,417± acres located near the community of Snelling in Merced County. WCB 5/2014

Swiss ranch conservation easement exp 5, Calaveras County, $500,000
acquisition of a 329± acre conservation easement. WCB 8/2014

American Basin Conservation Easement (High Ridge Ranch), Yuba County
An $805,000 grant to the California Waterfowl Association to acquire a conservation easement over approximately 226 acres. WCB 8/2014.

El Dorado Ranch 1B, El Dorado County
A $4.8 million grant to the American River Conservancy to acquire in fee approximately 1,059 acres fronting the Cosumnes River in El Dorado County.  WCB 8/2014

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA:

East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Roddy Ranch) $4,846,875
acquire 1,885± acres of land located in the Diablo Mountain Range, above the City of Antioch . WCB 11/2013

East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Anna Smith) Contra Costa County, $2,424,200
acquire 960± acres of land, located in the Diablo Mountain Range, west of the City of Brentwood in Contra Costa County. WCB 2/2014

Pole Mountain, Sonoma County, $655,000
--grant to the Sonoma Land Trust for a cooperative project with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Packard Foundation, and the California State Coastal Conservancy, to acquire 238± acres located near the community of Jenner. WCB 5/2014

Mark West Creek (McCullough II), Sonoma County, $2,510,000
Acquire 275 acres in fee northeast of Santa Rosa in the Mayacamas Mountains. WCB 8/2014

Martinelli Ranch Conservation Easement, Marin County, $1,510,000
--Grant to MALT to buy a conservation easement over 238 acres located west of Bolinas Lagoon. WCB 8/2014

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NORTH COAST:

Usal Forest Conservation Easement Transfer, Mendocino County, $0
-- assignment of a conservation easement by the Conservation Fund to CALFIRE over 49,500 +/- acres in Mendocino County pursuant to the California Forest Legacy Program Act of 2007. WCB 2/2014

Humboldt County Community Forest, McKay Tract, Humboldt County, $4,510,000
acquire 1,000± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

Lost Coast Redwood and Salmon Initiative, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties
$3,210,000
-- a grant to Sanctuary Forest Land Trust to acquire a conservation easement over 2,612± acres of land located near the community of Whitehorn. WCB 5/2014

Brush Creek Conservation Easement, Mendocino County, $1,675,000
-- grant to the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) to acquire a conservation easement over 2,018 ± acres of land. WCB 5/2014

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 



BACKGROUND:

6/30/2008: https://www.cp-dr.com/node/2062
Project wins at appeals court

9/28/2005: http://articles.latimes.com/2005/sep/28/local/me-eastorange28

10/23/1991: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-10-23/news/mn-296_1_anaheim-city-council

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