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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End of 2016 LA Parkland update

New L.A. County Park Space in 2016


SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS:

Addition to Antonovich park: 27.15 ACRES (now APN 2821-008-908 ) in Browns Canyon purchased by L.A. County in 2015
located at 12080 Browns Canyon Rd.  for the purchase price of $2,340,000
(Board of Supervisors File # 14-5675)


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SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS:

at the existing 40 year-old  650 acre Malibu Golf Club in upper Trancas Canyon:
--in 2014, County politicians OK'd conversion to Resort/golf/retreat center development; 450 acres to be dedicated as permanently preserved parkland, 20 acres will feature a cluster of 40 bungalows and meeting and sports related buildings
--This is the Regional Planning Commission's Approval Package for the project: http://planning.lacounty.gov/assets/upl/case/tr071735_rpc-package-20141119.pdf.
--This was the project website: http://themalibuinstitute.com/index.asp.
--At a public hearing in August 2014, the Board of Supervisors certified the project’s
Environmental Impact Report.
http://patch.com/california/malibu/supes-clear-way-for-major-renovation-at-malibu-golf-club

--3/11/2015: Golf Course owners file for bankruptcy: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-malibu-golf-club-chapter-11-20150311-story.html
http://la.curbed.com/2015/4/10/9972374/dick-fuld-lehman-brothers-malibu-golf-club

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2/7/2013: 20 acres at Topanga's Rocky Ledge saved, saved land there now totals 120 acres
http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5844

http://www.topangamessenger.com/story_detail.php?SectionID=&ArticleID=5026
locals seek to buy another 6 acres (in red border in map below)


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MRCA (parks agency)  buys 525 acre Ladyface OS and 86 acres on Latigo Canyon rd
http://malibusurfsidenews-blog.blogspot.com/2013/03/mcra-acquires-612-new-acres-of-parkland.html
Trail map: https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/a/3/0/highres_433779472.jpeg




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EAST L.A. HILLS:

37 acres “Flat Top” bought by Northeast Trees group from Foursquare Church of Echo Park with county $$ run through MRCA. Land is eventually to be owned by LA City
http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2014/10/montecito-heights-hilltop-to-become-parkland/


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SAN JOSE HILLS:

61 acres in Walnut Creek, unincorporated LA county surrounded by San Dimas, bought by Rivers and Mountains Conservancy for $9.4 million 6/2011 with prop 84 $
http://bondaccountability.resources.ca.gov/Project.aspx?ProjectPK=7793&PropositionPK=4
MAP: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/wca/pages/78/attachments/original/1427418063/Walnut_Creek_Map_REV1-Low_Res.jpg?1427418063

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PALOS VERDES PENINSULA:

1/13/2015--Trump gives conservation easement to PVP Land Conservancy over 11.5 acres at Trump's Rancho Palos Verdes golf course; the land is currently used as driving range, had permits for 16 homes
http://pvplc.org/_news/docs/releases/TrumpConEasementEDNoQuote.pdf

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LOS CERRITOS WETLANDS:

http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20150906/oil-company-hopes-to-swap-land-in-los-cerritos-wetlands-for-new-drilling-operations

Synergy Oil & Gas, which has had oil extraction operations on property near the Long Beach-Seal Beach line, wants to drill 60 oil wells on 5 acres of land currently owned by the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority. In exchange, Synergy has offered to give the agency 76 acres of its current oil field as a mitigation bank

The agency would also get 4 acres of land, currently the site of Synergy’s offices, to be used as a visitors center at the wetlands, according to agency documents.

The deal would also involve Synergy ultimately giving the wetlands authority an additional 72 acres of wetlands where Synergy would remove 58 oil wells as petroleum extraction operations are phased in at other locations.

Synergy currently owns about 156 acres in eastern Long Beach bounded by Pacific Coast Highway, Second Street, the Los Cerritos Channel and Studebaker Road. The nearby 5-acre parcel that Synergy would acquire in the trade is northeast of the intersection of Second Street and Studebaker Road
MORE DETAILS: http://lcwetlands.org/board/2016-05-05/Item_7_SynergyUpdate_smallfile.pdf


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CONNECTOR BETWEEN GRIFFITH PARK AND ELYSIAN PARK:

Feb 14, 2016: 10 acre Corralitas Red Car property to be bought with around $1.5 million from L.A. City, County and SMMC; adjacent to the LA River:
http://www.losfelizledger.com/article/red-car-property-to-become-wildlife-reserve/

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2007/01/development-history.html

https://redcarproperty.blogspot.com/2016/10/corralitas-red-car-property-49-unit.html
TPL drops exclusive option to buy the land


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SAN FERNANDO VALLEY CREEKS:

Reseda River Loop project at the confluence with the Los Angeles River and Aliso Creek: The new 2-acre park, located behind the West Valley YMCA, will create active and passive recreation and include a refurbished 1-mile trail connecting neighborhoods for nearby residents. Trail improvements will include a new pedestrian bridge to cross Aliso Creek, native plants, shaded benches, entry gates, interpretive signage and rest areas for cyclists and pedestrians.
http://sd27.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd27.senate.ca.gov/files/outreach/sd27-201408-enewsletter.php

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CATALINA ISLAND:


27 miles of hiking trails added to existing 37 mile trans-Catalina system
http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/10/14/65621/catalina-island-expands-network-of-hiking-paths/




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