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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

L.A. Mountain park purchases and developments for 11/2010...

Expansion of Rim of the Valley park sought

And other agenda items by park-creating agency in L.A.



11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing scoping comments to the National Park Service Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study. [Letter] [Resolution]

More info:

http://www.nps.gov/pwro/rimofthevalley/

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IN SANTA CLARITA VALLEY:

11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on Vista Canyon Santa Clara River project, Tentative Tract Map 69164, Ancillary Annexation Area, sch No. 2007071039, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attch4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6] [Attachment 7] [Attachment 8] [Attachment 9] [Map ] [Attachment 10] [Attachment 11] [Comment Letter]

11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to Los Angeles County on Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 061105, Draft Environmental Impact Report (sch No. 2005051143), Newhall Ranch Specific Plan Area, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4]

11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Santa Clarita on Draft One Valley One Vision General Plan and Draft Program Environmental Impact Report, Santa Clarita and unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map] [Attachment] [Comment Letter] [Resolution]

12/1/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing: (a) acceptance of dedication of all or a portion of APNs 3208-009-003 and 3208-009-007; (b) if necessary to enter into an agreement with parcel donor to allow retention of mitigation rights, and (c) acceptance of processing fees, Bobcat Canyon tributary of Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]

Consideration of resolution authorizing: (a) acceptance of dedication of all or a portion of APN 3208-045-212; (b) if necessary to enter into an agreement with parcel donor to allow retention of mitigation rights, and (c) acceptance of processing fees, Acton area of Soledad Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2]
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IN THE L.A. PORTION OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution approving the City of Los Angeles’ use of Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Trust Fund funds for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s acquisition of six parcels located at the southwest corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Mulholland Drive, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report]

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IN TOPANGA: 20 ACRE PURCHASE

11/8/2010 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to use the Coastal Habitat Impact Mitigation Fund for acquisition of apns 4448-018-023, 024, 025, 026, 041, comprised of 20.66 acres, Topanga Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2]

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IN MALIBU:

11/3/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of the offer to dedicate trail easement associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-88-659 (Pepperdine University), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map]

11/3/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution entering into a grant agreement with the State Coastal Conservancy and acceptance of the grant funds for construction of the Malibu Road Public Access project. [Staff Report] [Resolution]

12/1/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit Nos. 5-89-1149 (Thorne), 5-90-217 (McGovern), 5-88-231 (Wentzel), 5-89-324 (Moss), 5-88-489 (Busch), 5-89-514 (Robertson), 5-85-773-A (Fridolfs), 5-87-684 (Eckleyton), 5-87-974 (Saddle Peak Assoc.), 5-89-325 (Lerner), 5-89-1101 (Rebello), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] [Map 5] [Map 6] [Map 7]

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IN THE SIMI HILLS:

12/1/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing an extended Temporary Right of Entry permit to the Boeing Company for ongoing restoration at former Rockwell employee gun range, Sage Ranch Park. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]
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IN THE EAST SAN FERNANDO VALLEY:

12/1/2010 MRCA--La Tuna Canyon--Canyon Hills development--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of a grant of conservation easement, City of Los Angeles. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map] [Map 2]

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IN CENTRAL AND WEST LA.:

12/1/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing a grant to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps for demolition and site preparation for the Compton Creek-Washington Elementary School Natural Park. [Staff Report] [Resolution]

11/3/2010 MRCA--Mt. Washington--Consideration of resolution amending Resolution No. 09-69 to increase property to be conveyed to approximately 386 sq. feet. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

11/3/2010 MRCA--Consideration of resolution approving the plans and specifications for the Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path Improvement (Phase I) and Ballona Creek to Parks Connection Loop projects. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment]

SF portion of Bay Ridge trail misses the peaks....

SF Trail Users Looking for a better View

11/24/2010--SF Examiner

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/bay-area/2010/11/trail-users-looking-better-view

Catching a glimpse of the water surrounding The City can be challenging at times with tall buildings blocking the view.

Seven miles of trails snake through San Francisco streets and open space, offering plenty of unobstructed views of the Bay and ocean. Not all portions of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through The City, though, accomplish this goal.

The area along Aquavista Way, on the west side of Twin Peaks, doesn’t offer sights that live up to its name. It is an oversight the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is working to change.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail is 400 consecutive miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use created two decades ago to expose residents to the Bay in all surrounding counties. But the highest point of The City’s seven-mile portion of the trail misses the mark.

According to Bern Smith, South Bay trail director with the council, when the trail was created, organizers decided to avoid the peaks, which would have offered a 360-degree view but also a steeper climb.

“You’re walking right on the side,” he said, “not one or two blocks from Twin Peaks.”

Though changes may be years off, Smith said, discussions could propel the project forward. Smith said ideas include improving existing trails and creating one lane of pavement for vehicles while opening a second to foot traffic.

San Francisco’s portion of the trail begins at Fort Funston and winds north through city streets — around Twin Peaks — and many parks. North of Twin Peaks, hikers and bikers are led through Buena Vista Park, the Panhandle and along Arguello Boulevard to the Presidio and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Craig Dawson, executive director of the Mount Sutro Stewards, said increasing access for city-dwellers to their favorite open space is part of the goal.

“The conceptual idea goes back a decade,” he said. “Now, though, there is a movement to gain greater connectivity in green corridors and off urban streets. We’re on the rise again.”


Have a peek:

* 7 Miles of trail in San Francisco
* 400 Consecutive miles on Bay Ridge Trail
* 910 Feet Twin Peaks is above sea level
* Starts at the Golden Gate Bridge
* Ends at Fort Funston
* Stays in greenbelts as much as possible
* Stays on streets around Twin Peaks
* Provides 360-degree view

Source: Bay Ridge Trail Council

Still planning for paving in North L.A. County...

Welcome to SCOPE's first monthly email:


11/28/2010
http://scope.org

Santa Clarita Valley, North Los Angeles County


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A Holiday Gift from our Planning Agencies?
  
Every year as the holidays approach it seems that the number of large projects moving through the City and the County public planning process increase in number. One can only surmise that this phenomena is due to a hope on the part of developers that the public will be busy with friends, family and holiday cheer and thus not paying attention to local politics and land use planning.
This year is no exception. The City has just begun the public process for the Vista Canyon http://www.santa-clarita.com/Index.aspx?page=672 project in the Sand Canyon area.  Although the County would only allow 700 units in its jurisdiction for this project, the City is proposing to annex it and nearly double the number of units to 1350. So much for the City’s line that it is the County that continues to approve so many housing units. Comments on the draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) were due by Dec. 3, 2010.  The hearings themselves will continue into next year.
This project will fill the flood plan and requires a general plan amendment at the very time the City is updating its general plan. Why is a project that requires a general plan amendment being rushed through right before this extensive plan revision? One can only wonder.
Mission Village, the 4400 unit second tract in Newhall Ranch received its first hearing on Wednesday, Nov.10th. Landmark Village, the 1444 unit first phase has still not been approved, and neither project has received permission to alter the Santa Clara River in this sensitive area west of I-5, but the county is moving forward. The comment period was extended to Jan 4th, with a final hearing scheduled for March 16th.
One Valley One Vision, (which really must not be one valley or one vision because there are two gigantic and separate planning documents), is also underway. With hearings set before both the City (comment period previously closed Dec 22nd, but the Planning Commission extended the comment period for another 45 days after our request at its Tuesday hearing that lasted until after midnight )  and the County (comment period closes Jan 24th, hearing Dec 8th) on these two separate plans. The public is expected to review thousands of pages in each document.  The City will give you a free disc of the Plan and Draft Environmental Impact report for your holiday reading pleasure, available upon request at City Hall.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was written to ensure the public’s knowledge, views and concerns would be included in the planning process. Undisclosed problems brought to the attention of the decision-makers and requirements that would reduce impacts of new development on the environment and the community have resulted in better projects because of this law.
It appears that between these four projects, the public is expected to review some 60,000 to 70,000 pages immediately before and during the holiday period. Because of the importance of public involvement in the planning process, Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment (SCOPE) has asked both the City and County to extend the comment period on these four projects into the new year.  
If you would like to help us participate in any of these project reveiws, just send an email to exec@scope.org.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mapping Out essential USA wildlife + parks connectors

The "big picture" of Park links in the USA:

It's a large file to download, 13.8 megabytes, but it's interesting reading for fans of connected wildlife corridors across the USA

http://www.wildlandsnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Wild%20LifeLines%20White%20Paper.pdf