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JAN.-JUN. 2012 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, Updated July 10, 2012

We did a search of local newspaper websites for articles related to the missions of the RMC and its three Joint Powers Authorities. The articles are listed in reverse chronological order; most recent at the top.Click on a title to read the complete article on the newspaper website.

Most state parks will stay open
06/28/2012
SAN FRANCISCO - With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated to close Sunday due to budget cuts will remain open....

Newly repaved San Gabriel River bike path dedicated
06/28/2012
The San Gabriel River bike path, one of the most heavily used bike trail systems in the area and a vital link to the coastal environment, was recently resurfaced in the City of Long Beach and the City of Seal Beach.....

Larry Wilson: A canyon known for Eaton hikers
06/26/2012
I suppose I should take heart in the fact that, for some reason, summer is hiking season, and that, from all the helicopter traffic in and out of Eaton Canyon, people are still hiking....

Leftover grant money awarded to Los Cerritos Wetlands restoration
06/26/2012
LONG BEACH — Unspent grants awarded to two other Southern California environmental projects will boost efforts to restore the Los Cerritos Wetlands....

Seal Beach DWP site plan gets nod, with strings attached
06/26/2012
SEAL BEACH — The Seal Beach City Council moved closer to a deal Tuesday on a proposed development at a former Department of Water and Power property after embracing a controversial environmental impact review for a scaled-back subdivision....

Scouts fix up Cobb Estate entrance in Altadena
06/23/2012
ALTADENA - The Cobb Estate, the local gateway for hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, now has a spruced-up entryway courtesy of a group working on an Eagle Scout project....

Whittier lifts deed restriction on oil land - draws ire of Department of Justice
06/20/2012
WHITTIER - The City Council took urgent action Tuesday night to erase what the city's attorney called "a defect in the city's project" to drill for oil in the Whittier Hills. The move - which opponents say is sure to spark another legal battle - removes a deed restriction prohibiting development on a key piece of property in the oil and gas project....

Our View: Saving Pio Pico Park
06/15/2012
DOZENS of California's state parks are faced with the prospect of closure because of Sacramento's ongoing budget crisis....

Small East San Gabriel Valley water district embarks on historic water purchase
06/09/2012
For decades, residents of Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and nearby communities have relied on water that comes from some 600 miles away, as do many people across Southern California....

Judge says Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy cannot intervene against Whittier oil project
06/06/2012
LOS ANGELES - A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's motion to join an environmental group's lawsuit against the Whittier oil project....

Environmental groups, state conservancies say Whittier oil project could open other preserves to oil drilling
06/02/2012
Environmental groups are lining up against the Whittier oil and gas project, saying the precedent-setting case could have repercussions for other preservation lands and parks established as a result of voter-approved state bonds....

National Park Service new park gains county support
06/02/2012
Support for making the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers and the Puente-Chino Hills into a National Recreation Area received a huge boost in April from two powerful local agencies....

Environmental groups, state conservancies say Whittier oil project could open other preserves to oil drilling
06/02/2012
Environmental groups are lining up against the Whittier oil and gas project, saying the precedent-setting case could have repercussions for other preservation lands and parks established as a result of voter-approved state bonds....

In new film, UCI prof warns of water crisis
05/ 25/2012
Water supplies are dwindling around the world, and a rapidly changing climate will likely make the situation far worse in coming decades....

Forest Service ordered to re-examine key wilderness areas in four Southern California forests
05/20/2012
After losing a lawsuit brought by the state and several environmental groups, the U.S. Forest Service is under court order to re-evaluate how it manages about one million acres in four Southern California forests - including the local Angeles National Forest....

Steve Scauzillo: Friends of Peck Road Park - A year of restoration05/12/2012
"You know what I'd like to be doing? Restoration. You know, returning this whole area to what it was," said Bob Ginn of South Arcadia, talking to me about Peck Road Water Conservation Park...

11 companies add $6.6 million to Superfund cleanup in South El Monte
05/15/2012
SOUTH EL MONTE - Eleven companies and landowners blamed for polluting a portion of the San Gabriel Valley groundwater basin below Monterey Park, Rosemead and South El Monte will pay about $6.6 million to clean up the contamination....

Steve Scauzillo: Friends of Peck Road Park - A year of restoration
05/12/2012
"You know what I'd like to be doing? Restoration. You know, returning this whole area to what it was," said Bob Ginn of South Arcadia, talking to me about Peck Road Water Conservation Park....

Our View: Think small at Whittier Narrows
05/11/2012
FOLLOW the money is never bad advice for a reporter looking into a story....

Oil helped shape Whittier
05/09/2012
WHITTIER - For more than 100 years, oil wells and even derricks dotted the landscape in the Whittier hills. Then, there was a 20-year hiatus after Chevron Oil Corp. and Unocal pulled out....

Cerritos council to consider payment for its portion of water pollution study
05/08/2012
CERRITOS - The City Council will consider an agreement Thursday for the city's $284,461 portion of a multiyear study looking at ways to control and reduce the amount of copper, lead and zinc draining into and polluting Coyote Creek and the San Gabriel River....

Discovery Center at Whittier Narrows picks up new opposition
05/07/2012
MONROVIA - Opposition against a proposed $22 million water and nature museum at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center expanded Monday to include a member of the board overseeing the project....

Time is not on the side of aging water plants that treat pollution
05/07/2012
Back in 2000, Congress agreed to kick in a small amount of funding to help restore the polluted portions of the San Gabriel Basin aquifer laced with cancer-causing chemicals and organ-damaging rocket fuel....

Swath of forest above San Dimas has colorful scientific history
04/29/2012
High in the mountains above San Dimas, nearly hidden by brush, scrub and trees, is a dimly lit tunnel hundreds of feet long, filled with scientific equipment abandoned many decades ago....

Washington pocket park a wonder in Diamond Bar
04/27/2012
It may be only a pocket park, but the city of Diamond Bar has certainly managed to stuff an amazing amount into the new Washington Park....

Four cities begin regional bike plan effort; bike commuters to benefit
04/21/2012
It took a bunch of bicycle-minded young people from the fledgling group Bike SGV to convince four local cities to ignore city borders and begin a multi-city bicycle master plan....

Tour Sunday of Dominguez Gap wetlands
04/19/2012
LONG BEACH -- The Wrigley Area Neighborhood Alliance will play host to the fifth annual Dominguez Gap Wetlands Guided Tour, Sunday....

Imported water prices: Up 96 percent since 2006
04/15/2012
So, last week, after much wrangling and teeth-gnashing, the mighty Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved a 5 percent rate hike for next year, and another 5 percent rate hike for the year after that....

Reforestation not taking root in Station Fire area
04/08/2012
An ambitious reforestation plan for areas scorched by Southern California's devastating Station Fire has been slow to take root, with most of the 900,000 seedlings dying in the year since they were planted....

Long Beach gets $5.3M in state grants for parks
04/07/2012
An East Village project to turn one of the city's most dangerous intersections into a park will now be funded with state grants, city officials said Friday....

Schabarum Park to get new horse stables
04/06/2012
Exactly 10 years since a crowd of angry horse owners complained about poor conditions at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights, the barn is getting a complete makeover....

Friends of Pio Pico vow to keep historic homestead open
03/31/2012
WHITTIER - There will be no reprieve this time around for the Pio Pico State Historic Park. Although it has been saved from closure the past three years, the former homestead of California's last governor under Mexican rule, will be closed July 1....

Whittier receives $554,000 grant for Greenway Trail
03/29/2012
The city has received a four-year $554,000 grant from Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority for new directional signs and landscaping....

Grant to go to Colorado Lagoon's restoration
03/27/2012
LONG BEACH - The San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) awarded the city a $500,000 grant to support the restoration of the Colorado Lagoon....

Colorado Lagoon Restoration Dredging On Schedule
03/15/2012
Restoration of the Colorado Lagoon through a massive dredging project has reached full tilt these last couple weeks....

Council candidates debate impact of Whittier hills project
03/15/2012
WHITTIER - The oil drilling project was again a key subject dividing incumbents and challengers running for three seats on the City Council during a candidates' forum Wednesday....

Los Cerritos Wetlands Restoration Complex, Costly, Possible
03/14/2012
As early restoration plans for the Los Cerritos Wetlands progress, experts began to release more details that illustrate just how complex and potentially wondrous a rehabilitated area could be....

San Gabriel River bike path upgrades planned
03/14/2012
The heavily used San Gabriel River bike path is scheduled to be resurfaced, beginning Monday....

City officials look for money to pay for additional amenities for Greenway Trail
03/10/2012
WHITTIER - When the City Council last week approved a contract for a new parking lot to serve the Greenway Trail, it was another of those small amenities the city has been adding since it opened the 4.5-mile path in August 2008....

Hundreds commemorate Gibson Mariposa Park grand opening with community celebration
03/10/2012
EL MONTE - A once desolate vacant lot here was jumping with activity and laughter Saturday as hundreds of children climbed jungle gyms, squealed running through a water play area and explored the newest addition to El Monte....

Coastal panel to hear proposal for limited Los Cerritos wetlands restoration
03/07/2012
LONG BEACH - The state Coastal Commission staff is recommending that plans to restore a portion of Los Cerritos wetlands ecosystem be scaled back....

Proposed change at Whittier Narrows Equestrian Center has horse owners spooked
03/07/2012
Families who board horses at the county's Whittier Narrows Equestrian Center are worried a scheduled project to completely overhaul the facility will price them out of the stables....

More bike lanes, paths planned for county; three key projects planned for San Gabriel Valley
03/06/2012
More than 830 new miles of bikeways could be added to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County - including several new dedicated bike paths in the San Gabriel Valley - under a 20-year plan approved by the Board of Supervisors last week....

Rosemead parks to receive new fitness upgrades
03/04/2012
ROSEMEAD - Mornings and evenings at Rosemead Park are bustling with activity as locals get their dose of exercise. Residents say the park is particularly popular because of the 1/2-mile all-weather walking trail and adjacent fitness equipment stations....

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority sues Whittier, challenging right to allow oil drilling in Whittier hills
03/02/2012
WHITTIER - A third lawsuit has been filed against the city, challenging its right to allow oil drilling in the Whittier hills....

Shore Patrol: Plans progressing on the Chavez-Drake Greenway project
03/01/2012
In 2003, Long Beach announced plans to use a $6 million grant to purchase 7.27 acres of land along the Los Angeles River, linking Cesar E. Chavez Park with Drake Park to create a riverside greenway....

Deal In Works To Sell Will J. Reid Scout Park
02/28/ 2012
A private nonprofit group, the Trust for Public Land, has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Will J. Reid Scout Park from the Long Beach Area Council of Boy Scouts....

Plans approved to use closed school site for a park in San Gabriel
02/24/2012
SAN GABRIEL - John Marshall Elementary School closed in June but the city has approved a plan for Marshall Community Park that will increase the park's area and public operation hours....

12% of Pacific species threatened?
02/23/2012
Twelve percent of marine species in the eastern tropical Pacific are facing the threat of extinction, among them a commercial fish species once common off Southern California, according to a new study by a global conservation group....

SGV board backs completion of Highway 39 to Wrightwood
02/19/2012
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments voted unanimously last week to oppose Caltrans' abandonment of 27 miles of Highway 39 from Azusa to Crystal Lake....

Monrovia Wilderness Preserve to open
02/17/2012
MONROVIA - Nearly 12 years after residents voted to save the hillsides from development, the City Council has cleared the way to open a 1,416-acre wilderness preserve to the public for the first time....

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy close to La Vina land takeover agreement
02/14/2012
ALTADENA - Effectively ending years of bitter litigation over public access and open space issues, homeowners in the luxury 220-acre La Vina development have voted to transfer land surrounding the property to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy....

Steve Scauzillo: Former owner of 605 Duck Farm now a Paso Robles vintner
02/11/2012
I got an email this week from Papaduck86. He's Richard Woodland, the last owner of Woodland Farms, aka, the "infamously known" duck farm, a place you might recall by sight or, more likely, by pungent smell that stretched along the 605 Freeway in Bassett for 40 years....

Steve Scauzillo: SoCal loses out to NoCal on green dollars
02/04/2012
THESE are fighting words. Brian Sheridan, the thoughtful development and marketing manager with the Council for Watershed Health in Los Angeles, did an admittedly non-scientific study of green cash - cash for environmental causes - in California....

Industry scooping up 30 acres of wilderness in Orange County
01/25/2012
INDUSTRY - While cities across California are struggling to pay their bills in the wake of the demise of redevelopment agencies, Industry today will likely buy 30 acres of vacant canyon land in Orange County....

Shore Patrol: Time for birdwatching at Los Cerritos Wetlands
01/20/2012
White-tailed kites, red-tailed hawks, northern shovelers, mallards, shore birds, songbirds, sparrows, herons and egrets. Exotic, some might say....

Will Laguna tax itself $20M to pay for open land?
01/09/2012
LAGUNA BEACH – With its waves of grassland and rocky slopes of sage scrub, the open space of Laguna Canyon is a pastoral buffer between Laguna Beach and the rest of Orange County....

Montebello hills may soon be alive with bulldozers
01/06/2012
After starts and stops that included political drama and the restoration of hundreds of acres of rare-bird habitat, it looks like the development of the Montebello Hills Community may finally begin....


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