NEWS FROM ZEV YAROSLAVSKY
Contact: Joel Bellman Date: 6/11/10
Telephone: (213) 974-3333 http://zev.lacounty.gov
- MEDIA ADVISORY – MEDIA ADVISORY –
WHO: Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; State Sen. Fran Pavley; Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; Fred Sands, Realtor/Developer; others
WHAT: Will dedicate nearly 200 acres of newly acquired wilderness open space known as “Firehouse Hill,” outside the City of Calabasas
WHEN: Saturday, June 12, 2010
WHERE: Las Virgenes Canyon Road and Mureau Road
Near 5215 Las Virgenes Road
Thomas Guide p. 558 H-5
DIRECTIONS: 101 Freeway to Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Exit; event site is about 1000 feet north of the freeway. Rangers and signs will direct to parking and event.
The $6.25 million acquisition of this parcel, previously owned by realtor/developer Fred Sands, caps more than a decade of effort by Yaroslavsky and a coalition of parks agencies and environmentalists seeking to preserve the nearly 200-acre property as an important wildlife corridor and plant habitat. The property acts as an unofficial gateway to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, visible to some 184,000 motorists who pass by daily on the 101 Freeway. The purchase was made possible in part through tipping fees paid by waste haulers utilizing the nearby Calabasas Landfill, along with revenue from a “gas-to-energy” program there. The site will be maintained by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority—a Joint-Powers Authority comprising the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District—which will open it to the public starting Saturday.
For more information call (323) 221-9944 x181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.