Category Archives: Politics

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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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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California Drying: Households, industries and farmers wrestle over water

What to do when a resource is scarce? Jerry Brown takes command and issues conservation orders. He could do much more with free-market pricing of water. Source of this article: Barron’s, April 13, 2015 CALIFORNIA IS HAVING ANOTHER BAD drought, … Continue reading

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In California, rights to water exceed the supply

Water rights exceed average natural runoff on 16 major rivers, UC Davis researchers found Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015 It’s arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly … Continue reading

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Malibu wine growers feel squeeze of coastal protection plan

Proposed ban on new vineyards in Santa Monica Mountains worries Malibu growers Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2014 The red-lava rock hills over Malibu are no stranger to squabbles. This time, the fight is over … Continue reading

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NPS seeks greater control of surrounding hillsides

Rim of the Valley study now in fifth year Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, April 18, 2013 The mountains encircling the Conejo and Simi valleys may soon become part of the U.S. National Park Service. The Conejo … Continue reading

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Water demand to exceed supply

The federal report predicts a drier future for the seven states that rely on the Colorado for water. A range of solutions, some impractical, are proposed. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2012 Water demand in … Continue reading

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Koch-funded climate change skeptic reverses course

A Berkely professor makes a surprise ‘total turnaround’ in a study funded by doubters of global warming. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2012 WASHINGTON – The verdict is in: Global warming is occurring and emissions … Continue reading

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Margot Feuer dies at 89; helped create Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

The threat of development led Margot Feuer to be one of ‘the founding mothers’ of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2012 By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times … Continue reading

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Bill would keep controversial ‘no-otter zone’ in place

The bill, backed by House Republicans, would retain the zone south of Point Conception until wildlife officials develop a plan ensuring that the threatened marine mammals and endangered abalone recover and that the commercial shellfish harvest stays at current levels. … Continue reading

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