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parks and open space in the news - 2014

Community Editorial: Dangerous Project Being Considered in Brea 04-15-14
Voice of OC - Hills For Everyone and its appellant team has outlined numerous reasons why the project should be denied (unstable slopes, extreme fire hazard, reduced public safety, no economic benefits to the city, etc.). Will the City Council listen?

Coyote Hills Land Deal Establishes Path to Acquire Property 04-15-14
Fullerton Observer - Chevron, Friends of Coyote Hills, the City of Fullerton and the Trust for Public Land are working to preserve all or a portion of the coveted 510 acre Coyote Hills property.

Costa Mesa Proposes New Trail 03-17-14
Costa Mesa Website - The City, working with the Orange County Transportation Authority, received $1.7M to fund a one-mile long bike trail.

Brown Appoints Democrat to Fair Board 03-04-14
Daily Pilot - Governor Brown appointed Barbara Bagneris to fill the vacancy of former Director Dave Ellis. She has extensive experience in finance and business.

Community Editorial: TCA Can't Blame Enviros For Its Woes 03-03-14
Voice of OC - Environmental activist Jerry Collamer rebuts the Transportation Corridor Agency Chair Lisa Bartlett's claim that the agency's secret contracts with lobbyists were because of the environmental extremists, like him.

Toll Road Agency Chair' Stripped of Authority to Approve Contracts 02-14-14
Voice of OC - After concerns about hidden contracts, the Transportation Corridor Agency's Chair, Lisa Bartlett (Mayor Dana Point) was stripped of her authority to sign contracts behind closed doors.

California Drought - 02-07-14
NASA Science - California is in the middle of the state's worst drought in decades. NASA has posted images of California from space showing the lack of rainfall.

US Government to Spend $30M on Forest Restoration 02-06-14
ABC News - The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $30 million on forest restoration projects to reduce the threat of wildfires, protect water quality and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species. The plan focuses on private lands not forest lands.

Mesinger to Meet WIth Officials About Trails - 01-31-14
Daily Pilot - Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger plans to meet with representatives of the US Fish and Wildlife Service about the two decomposed granite trails that mysteriously appeared without City permission atop endangered species habitat.

Reclaiming the Alleys of South LA for Parklets 01-30-14
LA Observed - The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is working with residents to close down alleys and convert them to small parks, called parklets. Over the last few years, TPL has garnered support from residents to this end.

Great Park Land Removed From Superfund Hazard Site List - 01-29-14
Los Angeles Times - More than 1,900 acres of land considered to be one of the worst toxic sites in the nation has been clean up and removed from the list. The US Navy and local water agencie spent $165 million cleaning the site up.

Planners in Orange Raise Concerns About Housing Project - 01-28-14
Voice of OC - Members of the Orange Planning Commission raised a series of pointed questions Monday night about a proposal to build single-family homes and senior housing on a former sand and gravel mine.

Mountain Biker vs. Equestrians: An Explanation of Horses to Bikers - Written by a Biker - 01-26-14
Horse and Man - This thoughtful blog by the Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (an affiliate of the Internation Mountain Biking Association) outlines proper etiquette and trail use between mountain bikers and equestrians.

WIldfires: San Diego's Ecological Elephant in the Room - 01-24-14
San Diego Free Press - The article points out that San Diego was saved because the wind shifted and helped snuff out the mega-fires in 2007. Let's not risk more lives and property by hoping new yet-to-be-invented or purchased technology can save communities built in fire-prone areas.

Community Editorial: Heed the "Sustainable Community Strategy" - 01-21-14
Voice of OC - Activist Gloria Sefton write about how we need to do better meeting state mandated sustainability strategies. She calls the Madrona project a tipping point on sprawl development.

Mountain Lions in Santa Monica Need More Room, Experts Say 01-09-14
Los Angeles Times - One consequence of unconnected habitat areas is inbreeding. This Los Angeles Times article recognizes the need for more habitat and connections between habitat areas.

Celebrating Proposition 12
In 2000 the California voters passed Proposition 12, the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, and Coastal Protection Bond Act. It included a $12.5 million designated line item to support the parks and preserves in the south coast wilderness in coastal Orange County and was allocated to the California Coastal Conservancy. These California Coastal Conservancy grants were given to help educate the public, acquire more parkland and provide coastal access.

 

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