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Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Ventura County Sprawl Fighters Not Resting on their Accomplishments

http://soarusa.org/

Between 1995 and 2000, voters in Ventura County overwhelmingly approved a series of ballot measures – the SOAR initiatives – which effectively created the most comprehensive protection against urban sprawl of any county in the United States.


In contrast to Los Angeles and Orange counties, Ventura County has not turned into a single large urban mass. Our cities remain distinct, each with a unique sense of identity and place, defined in no small measure by the intact expanses of open space and farmland that surround them.

Analysis by the countywide SOAR organization determined that today, one in four acres of open space and agricultural land is at risk of sprawl development within the next 10 to 20 years, and much more will be at risk if the SOAR boundaries are allowed to expire.

To read the full 32-page report, go to http://soarusa.org/and click on the "At Risk Report" link






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Is the NFL Finally Coming Back to L.A. at the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor?

News from http://hillsforeveryone.org

If you have kept up with the newspapers you know that the City of Industry, in its long standing and traditional partnership with Majestic Realty are attempting to push through a NFL stadium at the juncture of the 57/60 freeways on the undeveloped hills there. The stadium will also, of course, be a venue for concerts, etc. Walnut residents are hopping mad - so you may want to show up to this meeting to let Majestic know how you, as residents of the area, feel.


http://www.cityofdiamondbar.com/Index.aspx?page=771

If you are opposed to this project, follow the link: http://www.nonflstadium.com


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Bankruptcy Afflicts 33,000 Acre Country Club/Housing Tract on East Side of Mount Hamilton, West of Modesto


http://www.sacbee.com/103/story/1307281.html

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/real_estate/archives/016072.html


3 posh projects go bust as Valley dreams bite the dust

By Dale Kasler and Jim Wasserman, Sacramento Bee

Oct. 12, 2008 | Page 22A

In the Central Valley these days, the bankruptcies and foreclosures don't just affect individual homeowners.

They swallow entire developments – and the people who conceive them....

Diablo Grande is located between the Mount Hamilton natural area and Modesto


Donald Panoz – pharmaceutical executive, land developer and owner of an auto-racing business – endured eight years of environmental lawsuits and spent $120 million bringing Diablo Grande to life.

His goal: a luxury hideaway in the dusty hills west of Patterson, the self-proclaimed "apricot capital of the world." A vineyard and winery, plus two 18-hole courses, became part of the vision.

But the 33,000-acre site was also geared to the Bay Area transplants flocking to Valley towns in search of cheaper housing.

That made it vulnerable. Once housing prices softened in the Bay Area, buying a home in the Valley made less sense, said Dean Wehrli of Sullivan Group Real Estate Advisors in Elk Grove.

Diablo Grande "was absolutely ripe to be hit hard by the downturn," he said.

More than 450 houses were built when the project sputtered earlier this year. Both golf courses closed temporarily. A Chapter 11 filing came in March.

The project is trying to get back on its feet. A Los Angeles developer named World International LLC bought it for $20 million and pledged to build a resort spa, equestrian center and Spanish-style shopping village. It said last week it plans to rename the development to give it "a fresh start."

Meanwhile, a rash of foreclosures among the finished houses lured bargain hunters.

East Bay couple Karen Cinfio and David Rose bought a million-dollar home with panoramic views out of foreclosure for $375,000.

"I kind of refer to the people who lived here first, they were kind of like the Donner Party," Cinfio said as she stood by her backyard pool. "They paved the trail."

Friday, November 28, 2008


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URGENT: Concord Naval Weapons Station City Council Meetings - Let your voice be heard!

December 1st, 2008 and January 12th, 2009

The Concord Council will continue to hear from the public about all aspects of the two alternatives before them. Thanks to those who attended the meeting on November 17 - we packed the room and 208 people attended. We need people to attend on Monday, December 1 and on Monday, January 12th, both meetings at 6:30 pm at the Baldwin Park Concord Senior Center at 2727 Parkside Circle. Both upcoming Council meetings are important; the city could decide to hold just one meeting. The conclusion will be that the city chooses a preferred plan and makes its recommendation to the Navy for a Reuse Plan.

It's important that they hear from the public that we would like:

-- increased open space--80% of the 5100 acre site.
-- a wider linear park along the boundary with existing neighborhoods.
-- solid guarantees that the open space will be transferred to EBRPD as a public benefit conveyance (so that it will cost the public the least) as a new regional park.

Save Mount Diablo is a member of the Community Coalition for a Sustainable Concord, http://www.ebho.org/artman2/publish/concord/CCSC.shtml. We will have flyers with additional information at the meeting and Community Coalition stickers that we hope you will wear, identifying yourself as a supporter.

other info sites:
http://www.savemountdiablo.org/home.htm

http://www.concordreuseproject.org/



Thursday, November 27, 2008

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13 New State Parks are Proposed for the Central Valley



the Sacramento River



The draft “Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan” is a twenty-year plan that focuses on meeting the public’s recreation needs in the Central Valley.

To read the report, go to: http://parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23483

It is a 12 megabyte file.

Please submit your comments and suggestions to us at centralvalleyvision@parks.ca.gov or mail to the address below by December 15, 2008.

The lawyers say: “This document is for long-range planning purposes only and does not imply a land acquisition or development commitment. The maps and text indicate potential land uses and suggests ways in which the plan may be carried out. Funds to implement most of the plan’s recommendations are not yet available. Many proposals, especially those that are not high priorities, may not occur for many years. If lands are to be acquired, they will be purchased only from willing sellers. Development proposals will be subject to full environmental review and regulatory approvals prior to moving forward.”

When implemented, the Central Valley Vision initiatives will enhance outdoor recreation opportunities by:

• Almost tripling the number of campsites, from 1,200 to 3,200.

• More than doubling the number of picnic sites, from almost 900 to almost 2,000 sites.

• Almost doubling the acres of state parks land in the Valley, from about 110,000 to over 200,000 acres.

Add 13 new parks to the California State Park System:

• six new parks in the San Joaquin Valley and Tulare Basin to provide recreation for rapidly growing and underserved populations and protect special resources;

• two new parks in the northern Sacramento River Valley near Red Bluff , to link existing Sacramento River parks to Redding recreation areas;

• two new museums in Sacramento and two new parks in Yolo County—four new park areas to serve the State Capital’s growing metropolitan region; and

• one new park in Solano County that will help link other conserved areas to the Delta.

Also recommended are five heritage corridors to interpret the Valley’s history and culture and boating trails to link outdoor recreation areas on rivers and waterways.


The 5 Proposed Heritage Corridors:

The California Delta Heritage Corridor would link historic Delta towns, recreation sites, nature areas and farm stands. Highlights: Historic communities such as Rio Vista and Locke; recreation areas such as Big Break; wildlife and fish habitats such as Woodbridge Ecological Reserve; agri-tourism attractions such as “U-pick” fruit orchards and festivals; trails such as parts of the American Discovery Trail; and Delta excursion boats.

Th e Cross-California Ecological Corridor (already a heritage corridor) links natural areas and other examples of California ecosystems. Highlights: Rivers and their riparian habitats; marshes and wildlife-friendly rice farms; public recreation land such as Sutter National Refuge; public recreation land such as South Yuba River State Park; and wildlife areas.

The Black Gold Heritage Corridor would connect sites associated with oil development in Kern and Kings counties. Highlights: Important oil fields such as Elk Hills; Bakersfield refineries; museums such as the Kern County Museum; and events such as “Bakersfield sound” performances at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

The Central Valley Farm Trails Heritage Corridor would link Highway 99 and Interstate 5 to local farm trails and other agricultural sites. Highlights: Local farm trails and “u-pick” farms; agri-tourism sites; historic farms, ranches and farm communities such as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park; farm history museums; farm labor history sites; water facilities such as reservoirs; and state and county rodeos and charreadas, cook-off s and festivals.

Echoes of Our Ancestors Corridor: The Great Central Valley has been home to many diverse cultural groups, beginning with California Indians. This heritage corridor take aspects of the history of California’s rich ethnic diversity and links them together.

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Proposed parks. The thirteen proposed new parks are (from north to south):

• Anderson-Sacramento

Big Bend

Blue Ridge

Upper Elkhorn Basin

California Indian Heritage

Center

California State Railroad

Technology Museum

• Barker Slough

• Dos Rios

San Joaquin River Parkway

Kings River

• Rocky Hill at Exeter

• Deer Creek

• Tejon Ranch

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In Shasta and Tehama Counties:

• Two new state parks linking Redding and Red Bluff recreation areas

• The addition of 5,200-5,800 acres of land, 140-160 campsites and 150-180 picnic sites, and restoration of about 200 acres

Shasta SHP

• Protect the viewshed by securing about 165 acres from BLM.

Anderson-Sacramento River (proposed)

• Acquire about 225 acres of riverfront property.

• Develop 25 campsites, 50 picnic sites, trails, angling access, boating facilities and an interpretive program.

Big Bend (proposed)

• Acquire about 2,000 acres of riverfront property.

• Develop about 100 campsites, 2 group campsites, 125 picnic sites, trails, angling access, boating facilities and an interpretive program.

Woodson Bridge SRA

• Accept the 700 acre Kopta Slough property.

• Restore about 180 acres of wildlife habitat.

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In Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter and Yuba Counties:

• Develop 350-400 campsites and 80-100 picnic sites, protect an additional 7,800- 8,300 acres and restore about 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat at state parks.

Colusa-Sacramento River SRA

• Acquire about 13 acres and restore about 140 acres of wildlife habitat.

State Park at Sutter Buttes

• Acquire about 1,000 acres.

• Develop about 150 campsites (outside of Peace Valley), 50 picnic sites, trails, and interpretation.

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In Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo Counties

• Acquire 2,800-3,000 acres of land and restore 1,300-1,500 acres of wildlife habitat.

• Develop 180-210 campsites and 80-110 picnic sites.

Blue Ridge (proposed)

• Acquire about 1,500 acres in Capay Valley for a new State Park.

Upper Elkhorn Basin (proposed)

• Partner with local landowners along the Sacramento River to acquire about 1,500 acres.

California Indian Heritage Center (proposed)

• Acquire 68 acres.

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In Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Solano Counties:

• Develop 300-340 campsites, about 160 picnic sites and 700- 750 acres of land; restore about 500 acres of wildlife habitat.

Delta Meadows (CSP property)

• Acquire about 230 acres

Barker Slough (proposed)

• Acquire about 500 acres.

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In Calaveras, Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties:

Caswell Memorial SP

• Acquire about 200 acres and restore about 100 acres of wildlife habitat.

Dos Rios (proposed)

• Acquire about 1,600 acres and restore 500 acres of wildlife habitat to create a new State Park at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne Rivers, and would provide a recreation area near Modesto.

Turlock Lake SRA

• Acquire about 1,650 acres to expand access to the Tuolumne River.

McConnell SRA

• Acquire about 200 acres.

San Joaquin River Parkway (proposed)

• Accept about 1,250 acres of existing public land in new park.

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In Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare Counties:

Develop three new proposed parks—Exeter Rocky Hill, a Native American rock art site; Tejon Ranch, a 60,000 acre park south of Bakersfield; and Kings River, near Fresno.

Kings River (proposed)

• Create a new park to provide recreation and a water trail on the Kings River.

• Partner with Fresno County Parks, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kings River Conservancy to acquire 500 acres on Kings River.

Rocky Hill at Exeter (proposed)

• Acquire about 2,300 acres to create a new park that celebrates Native American culture.

Deer Creek (proposed)

• Acquire a new park of about 1,000 acres.

Tule Elk SNR

• Acquire about 420 acres and restore about 300 acres of wildlife habitat.

Tejon Ranch (proposed)

• Cooperate with partners to acquire 60,000 acres to establish a new park at the south end of the Central Valley.

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Central Valley State Park Milestones

1914 Property acquired for first Central Valley State Park, Sutter’s Fort SHP.

1928 Frederick Law Olmsted’s plan for State Park System recommends state parks on Sacramento River from Solano to Sutter counties.

1958 Folsom Lake SRA, the most popular Central Valley State Park, opens.

1973 Governor Reagan’s administration prioritizes 35 new or expanded Central Valley state parks.

1981 Clay Pit SVRA, first Central Valley Off -Highway Vehicle Area, opens.

2003 Property for the State Park at Sutter Buttes acquired (the first new Central Valley State Park in 20 years).

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357 Acres in Sonoma and East S.F. Bay Up for Purchase by Coastal Conservancy



AGENDA
LOCATION: City of Oakley – Chambers Room
3231 Main Street, Oakley, CA
DATE: Thursday, December 4, 2008
TIME: 1:00 pm

6. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $1,500,000 to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, toward the acquisition of the 283-acre Sonoma Mountain Ranch, Sonoma County, for the protection of open space, natural resources and for public access consistent with those purposes. http://www.scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/0812bb/0812Board06_Sonoma_Mountain_Ranch.pdf


9. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $600,000 to the Tri-Valley Conservancy to acquire the 74-acre Bobba property, located in the South Livermore Valley Area of eastern Alameda County, for the purpose of providing public access and protecting scenic and open space values and preserving agricultural uses. http://www.scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/0812bb/0812Board09_Bobba_Property.pdf

16. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department to prepare a feasibility analysis and environmental documentation for coastal trail access through the Timber Cove area in northern Sonoma County. http://www.scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/sccbb/0812bb/0812Board16_Timber_Cove_Coastal_Trail.pdf

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]