Category Archives: History

Comments needed by December 4th to opposed hotel plan that would block historic Calabasas trail

The city of Calabasas is pushing plans for the building of the Rondell Oasis Hotel that would block access to the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail (“DeAnza Trail”). The trail is designated as a National Historic Trail and got … Continue reading

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Native American sites plundered in parks

‘Devastating’ looting hits Native American archaeological sites Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2015 State parks officials and Native American leaders are decrying what they say has been a devastating spate of vandalism and looting at … Continue reading

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Santa Susana Field Lab Petition for National Monument

A movement asking President Barack Obama to designate a portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as a national monument has the attention of NASA, which has deferred the impending demolition of a historic rocket test stand at the site … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters: The Creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Source of this article: KCET.org, June 25, 2015 The public is so often chastised for not really hanging in to achieve action on a particular cause. This reaffirms the need for really hanging in. All those people who worked — … Continue reading

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Giant swath of open space protected in Calabasas

A Stokes Canyon landowner has donated a conservation easement on 298 acres of pristine habitat to the MRCA. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, February 12, 2015 The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) preserves and manages open … Continue reading

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Ormond Beach and its humble guardian

‘I found my spot,’ says Walter Fuller Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014 It began with an albino parakeet named Whitey. As a child, Walter Fuller would play Johnny Cash on the record player in … Continue reading

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John Muir’s legacy questioned as centennial of his death nears

Critics say that 100 years of population growth, urban sprawl, demographic shifts, climate change make John Muir irrelevant Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2014 ohn Muir is the patron saint of environmentalism, an epic figure … Continue reading

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Rindge Dam closes to the public

Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek will be closed to the public starting Aug. 21. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 21, 2014 California State Parks officials say the 88-year-old dam is being closed for a variety of … Continue reading

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Santa Susana toxic cleanup effort is a mess

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory site is one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state, possibly the country. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2014 Any way you cut it, the situation at the … Continue reading

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Community recalls a real trailblazer – Sept. 29 event will celebrate the work of late Linda Palmer

Linda Palmer of Calabasas, a longtime advocate for the Santa Monica Mountains, died from cancer June 22 at the age of 80. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 12, 2013 Palmer’s many contributions to the protection and … Continue reading

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