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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Late 2008 L.A. County Mountain Wildlife Habitat Purchases and Developments


Taken from the agendas of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Highlights include:

--Alamos Canyon purchase on west side of Simi Valley

--Development of 2 housing tracts totaling 527 acres on north side of Santa Clarita Valley

--A 36 acre wetland purchase in Thousand Oaks

--Development at the Crummer Site at Malibu Cyn and PCH and a purchase of a 46-acre link of parcels for the Coastal Slope Trail

--A ton of land purchase project maps on 12/2/2008 SMMC agenda

--8.5 acre purchase in Verdugo Hills

--15 acre Trancas Lagoon purchase

--320 acre purchase in Soledad Canyon

--151 acres purchase in the Antelope Valley (11/5/2008 MRCA agenda)

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HOW TO READ THE SHADING:

Development Projects are in red

Land Preservation purchases are in green

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9/22/2008 SMMC

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Simi Valley regarding Mitigated Negative Declaration pd-s-0997/tp-s-0650 for a 167,417 square foot industrial park located at 13 acres at the Alamos Creek and Arroyo Simi confluence. [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Comment Letter] Mentions Nature Conservancy’s likely purchase of lower Alamos Canyon


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Los Angles on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 14.4 acre Metro Universal Project (sch No. 2007061078), Universal City. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Comment Letter]


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Los Angeles on Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 3.3 acre New Leaf Hills Master Plan (sch No. 2007-2769-eaf), Laurel Canyon. [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Comment Letter]


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 452 acre Copper Creek North project, vttm No. 47760, (sch No. 2004-071-030), Bouquet Canyon area, unincorporated Los Angeles, County. [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Resolution] [Comment Letter]


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 75 acre Copper Creek South project, vttm No. 43589, (sch No. 99101054), Bouquet Canyon area, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map 1] [Map 2] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Resolution] [Comment Letter]


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to County of Ventura on Notice of Proposed Project for principal dwelling unit and associated development, 10 acres on Cotharin Road, Project No. LU08-0088, Little Sycamore Canyon and Deer Canyon watersheds. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map]


Consideration of resolution authorizing the addition of Compton Creek - North of 91 Freeway and South of Greenleaf Boulevard to the Conservancy Acquisition Workprogram to allow Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to provide Proposition A Excess Funds to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority for acquisitions and improvements within said project area, Compton. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2]


Consideration of resolution amending Resolution No. 07-100 to further assign the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to be the Conservancy’s designee to implement Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Project Agreement No. 58A1-94-0132 to acquire property within the Escondido Canyon Watershed, Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

Consideration of resolution authorizing an augmentation to Grant No. smm-0798 to complete the acquisition of the 650-acre Rancho Corral acquisition, Corral Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Resolution] [Map] [Staff Report]


Consideration of resolution authorizing adoption of project plan for protection of the 36 acre Borchard Wetlands, Thousand Oaks. [Project Plan] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2]

Consideration of resolution authorizing the acquisition of apn 662-0-010-030 in the City of Thousand Oaks, and entering into agreements with public and private entities to complete said acquisition, Ventura County. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Section 11126 Subdivision (c)(7)(A) of the Government Code.) [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution]

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SMMC 10/20/2008


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to City of Malibu on Notice of Preparation for Environmental Impact Report No. 08-003 for the 24 acre Crummer Site Subdivision, 24120 Pacific Coast Highway. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Attachment 3]


Consideration of resolution authorizing both fee simple and easement transfer of Transfer of Jurisdiction Nos. 1505-02-01, 1509-01-09, 48060-01-01 and 48067-01-01 to the City Calabasas and retention of a conservation easement on all parcels if transferred in fee simple, Valley Circle Boulevard and 101 Freeway Interchange,Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2]


Consideration of resolution authorizing an augmentation to np-0797 for Los Angeles River Feasiblity Study, 17 acre Studio City Golf Course site. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]


Consideration of resolution authorizing grant smmc-05-054 to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in augmentation of West Mulholland (Trailhead) Watershed Improvement Project, Woodland Hills. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

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SMMC 11/10/2008


Consideration of resolution adopting a project plan for the 3.4 acre Sunnynook Los Angeles River Project, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]


Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Los Angeles County Draft General Plan: Planning Tomorrow's Great Places 2008. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Staff Report

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Calabasas on the 15 acre Parksouth Subdivision, near Parksouth Street and Mulholland Highway, Stokes Canyon watershed. [Resolution] [Attachment] [Staff Report] [Map]

Consideration of resolution adopting 46 acre purchase of parcels along the Coastal Slope Trail - Kanan Dume Road to Latigo Canyon Road Segment - Project Plan. [Project Plan] [Resolution] [Map]

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SMMC 12/2/2008

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Calabasas on 15 acre Parksouth Subdivision, 1 lot split into 2, near Parksouth Street and Mulholland Highway, Stokes Canyon watershed. [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map] [Comment Letter]

Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on the Los Angeles County Draft General Plan: Planning Tomorrow's Great Places 2008. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Staff Report]

Consideration of resolution in augmentation of the amount in Resolution No. 07-11 awarding a total of $4,200,000 to the City of Pasadena for acquisition of approximately 21 acres, Annandale project, City of Pasadena. [Staff Report] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2]


Consideration of resolution approving smmc Annual Report 07-08 and previous years. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Eastern Rim of The Valley Workprogram Map 1] [Eastern Rim of The Valley Workprogram Map 2] [Western Rim of the Valley Workprogram Map] [Western Santa Monica Mountains Map] [Eastern Santa Monica Mountains Workprogram Map] [Simi Hills Workprogram Map] [Urban-River Workprogram Map] [Annual Report PART 1] [Annual Report PART 2] [Annual Report PART 3] [Annual Report PART 4]

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MRCA 10/1/2008

Consideration of resolution authorizing the acceptance of the following offers to dedicate scenic easements: Omata/5-87-914, located in Malibu, Los Angeles County; Moses/5-88-056, located in Malibu, Los Angeles County; and Menken/5-88-017, located in Topanga, Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6]


Consideration of resolution ratifying the acceptance and recordation of the following offer to dedicate a scenic easement: Talbot Partners/5-87-875, located in Malibu, Los Angeles County.

[Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) acceptance of the following parcels:

3.7 acres located along the west side of Topanga State Park both east and west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard as part of the California Coastal Commission’s Transfer of Development Credit program, and (b) acceptance of funding to cover transfer and monitoring costs, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map 1] [Map 3] [Attachment] [Map 2] [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) entering into a Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to acquire approximately 3.99 acres along Compton Creek (Portion of APN 7318-003-026 and all of APN 7318-003-032) using Proposition A Excess Funds; (b) acquisition of said parcels, and (c) transfer of said properties to the City of Compton. Negotiators: Joseph T. Edmiston and Mark Kelegian. Under consideration: price and terms. (This item may be heard in closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8) [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) entering into a Project Agreement with the Los Angeles Regional Park and Open Space District to acquire APN 2572-028-029 (approximately 8.5 acres) and (b) acquisition of said parcel using 5th District Proposition A Excess Funds, in the Barras and La Tuna Canyon watershed divide adjacent to the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, Los Angeles. [Map] [Resolution] [Staff Report]


Consideration of resolution authorizing entering into an agreement with California State Parks to transfer in lieu mitigation fees and associated responsibility for restoration of the berm removal project in lower Topanga Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Attachment] [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration or resolution authorizing the acceptance of a donation of both a 16 acre conservation easement and fee simple transfer of portions of APN 4455-058-004 in the Cold Creek and Stokes Canyon Watersheds, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2]

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MRCA 11/5/2008


Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of a conservation easement on APN 4386-010-010, 13140 Mulholland Drive, City of Los Angeles. [Map] [Staff Report] [Attachment] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing the use of mitigation funds to supplement Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy acquisition of four surplus Caltrans-owned parcels in the vicinity of the Valley Circle Boulevard - 101 Freeway interchange. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]


Consideration of resolution (a) approving the application for grant funds for the California River Parkways Grant Program under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84); (b) authorizing entering into a grant agreement; and (c) authorizing acceptance of said funds for the 3 acre Aliso Creek and Los Angeles River Confluence Park project. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3]


Consideration of resolution authorizing the sale of APNs 5549-013-900 and 901 to the adjacent owner and retaining a conservation easement over both parcels, Castilian Drive and Outpost Drive area, Los Angeles. [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) the application or co-application for grant funds from the California River Parkways Grant Program under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) for the 15 acre Trancas Lagoon Acquisition Project; (b)entering into a grant agreement; (c) acceptance of said funds and other public and private funds; (d) acquisition of said property; and (e) authorizing property transfer to the National Park Service, Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) the application for grant funds from the California River Parkways Grant Program under the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) for the 1.25 acre Big Tujunga Wash – Oro Vista Acquisition Project; (b)entering into a grant agreement; (c) acceptance of said funds; and (d) acquisition of said property, Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing funding Chapter 8 Agreement numbers 2566, 2567, 2568 and 2569 for the Desert and Mountain Conservation Authority using in-lieu-fee mitigation funds to acquire 151 acres in parcels in the Antelope Valley. [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] [Map 5] [Map 6] [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of development related donations and in-lieu mitigation fees up to $4,000,000 for habitat restoration and land acquisition purposes. [Staff Report] [Resolution]


Consideration of resolution authorizing the sale of an easement to Southern California Edison for underground electrical lines and necessary above ground fixtures and equipment over portions of Sage Ranch and adjacent MRCA owned properties along Box Canyon Motorway (APNs 685-0-051-080, 649-0-320-120, and 649-0-020-080), unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment] [Map 1] [Map 2]

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MRCA 12/3/2008


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) entering into a grant agreement with the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for the Soledad Canyon Conceptual Area Protection Plan and (b) acceptance of grant funds from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhoods, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2002, the Water, Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002, and the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).

[Staff Report]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) application for grant funds for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program under Section 164.56 of the Streets and Highways Code for the acquisition of the Alamos Canyon wildlife corridor property, (b) entering into a grant agreement, and (c) acceptance of said funds.

[Staff Report]


Consideration of resolution authorizing (a) entering into a modified Project Agreement with the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District that adds APNs 3210-002-012, 3210-003-007, 008, and 009 to Project Agreement No. 58L2-06-2091 for the 270 acre Agua Dulce - Soledad Canyon area; (b) payment of said funds into escrow held by the Riverside Land Conservancy, and (c) acquisition of said parcels. [Map] [Staff Report]


XI. Consideration of resolution authorizing the release of in lieu fee mitigation funding to the City of Santa Clarita (Open Space District) to be applied to the acquisition and/or restoration of the 51.5 acre Robin’s Nest property (APNs 3209-008-012, 3209-008-013, 3209-008-016 in upper Soledad Canyon, in exchange for funding applied towards the acquisition of APNs 3210-002-012, 3210-003-007, 008, and 009 unincorporated Los Angeles County.

[Map] [Staff Report]


XII. Consideration of resolution authorizing: (a) the bargain sale acquisition of APNs 2277-018-014, 015, 016, 017; 2277-019-003, 004, 005, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011, 012; 2277-020-001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006; 2278-001-004, 005, 006, 007, 008, totaling 5 acres in the Hopevale-Pacheco Canyon Area using funds from the Santa Monica Mountains Open Space Preservation Assessment District No. 1; (b) acceptance of a maintenance endowment from private entities, and (c) allowance for permanent placement of an acknowledgment plaque, Sherman Oaks. [Map] [Staff Report


XIII. Consideration of resolution authorizing the acceptance of an approximately 10-acre dedication in the Cold Creek watershed (APN 4455-008-013) unincorporated Los Angeles County.

[Map] [Staff Report]

1 comment:

Cindy Crawford, Long Beach CA said...

Regarding Los Cerritos Wetlands Land swap, have you heard the latest on LCW? A portion of it was leveled by bulldozers removing 10' of earth and destroying wildlife...this also happened to be an old landfill...a city dump from back in the 1950's now exposed releasing methane gases and other toxins endangering not only the environment but now hurting people too. See www.caopenspace.org/lcwdestruction.html for videos, links to news articles, photo sites and more. Thanks!