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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Watch Out Santa Clarita! Here Comes Joe Edmiston!

We've detailed before the shadow government that is the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the odd stepchild of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Doug McIntyre of KABC Radio has an excellent treatise not only on how this un-elected, seemingly un-accountable agency works, but on a near bogus election they conducted to tax property owners from Griffith Park to Calabasas.

Key to the functioning of the MRCA is the Joint Powers Act, that allows obscure government agencies to partner, giving them the power to tax, aquire land (including through eminent domain) and all kinds of fun stuff in the name of the very worthy goal of "open space preservation." One of the less than stellar projects of SMMC was to receive as a "gift" the former estate of Barbra Streisand, and giving her a tax break of a far greater amount than the market value of the property (which had sat unsold at that price).

Joe Edmiston is the Executive Director of both the MCRA and its parent body, the SMMC. Joe has his own police force, carries a gun, dresses like Mr. Ranger Sir and can take your house if you look at him wrong. As we reported before, Santa Clarita, Joe is coming to your town.

This morning, Edmiston - with an oak savannah as his backdrop - will join with County Supervisor Mike "I'm supposed to be a Republican" Antonovich and local Santa Clarita leaders to announce the formation of the Newhall Ranch High Country Recreation and Conservation Authority, a joint powers authority between the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Clarita and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (since when is Santa Clarita in the Santa Monica Mountains?). This will give Edmiston, county bureaucrats and Santa Clarita city officials (note: the area is OUTSIDE the borders of the City) wide ranging authority over the new community of Newhall Ranch.

The land "aquired" by the NRHCRCA will be "managed" by the Center for Natural Lands Management, funded by a small "assessment" on Newhall Ranch homeowners.

Watch your wallet!



Blogger Matt said:

It's not a sphere of influence, but it's a start. And apparently Antonovich is on board.

June 29, 2006 3:19 AM  

Blogger Matt said:

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June 29, 2006 3:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt you unlettered slug, didn't you catch that Mayor sam was SLAMMING Antonovich for agreeing to this scheme??? Go back to pretending you're important, moron.

June 29, 2006 9:02 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Good to see "Borg" McIntyre picking on someone from his own side of town for a change!

June 29, 2006 9:51 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

9:02 am - Get off criticizing people and putting others down while hiding behind anonymous do we?

Matt doesn't "pretend" to be anything. He puts his heart and soul into what he believes and has the courage to post his opinions under his own name.

Your disgraceful lack of common courtesy shows you to be lower than whale droppings on the evolutional food chain.

Your attacking while hiding behind anonymous show you to be an immense coward.

Now go ahead and attack me anonymously. It shows maturity.

June 29, 2006 1:42 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


You chide 9:02 AM for insulting others while anonymous, yet you think you're graceful when you deride others just because the posters on this blog know who you are.

Thank god the Laborer's wife beat you, and spared us of your antics in the State Assembly. You truly are 'special' like some here say.

June 29, 2006 2:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a great audio ad from Chef Tony, Mayor Sam! This wonder knife that slices through rock hard frozen food is a miracle!

It's miraculously stopping me from coming to this stupid fucking site again!

June 29, 2006 2:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mayor Sam has to pay the bills somehow asshole. But we know you'll be back. We know what you do when you read Mayor Sam.

June 29, 2006 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Forget Alger, Matt, cutting knives, etc. What Mayor Sam is bringing us here is important. As a homeowner in Stevenson Ranch I am greatly concerned that the MRCA could easily take my home or tax me unfairly. Its not a sexy issue like Hooters, but its important. Wonder what Cameron Smythe thinks about this government boondoggle? Obviously Antonovich is drinking the Kool-Aid.

June 29, 2006 4:46 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

9:02: I understand that MS isn't a fan of Antonovich's move, but I think that "Mayor Mike" is getting a little more reasonable about development in the unincorporated areas. I could have a grand old time dumping on Antonovich, but this was a decent move. My comment is what's sometimes called "independent thought."

4:46: A speaker this week at the SC Council meeting slammed all 5 of them (including Cameron) for their support of eminent domain, especially transfer to private entities. So if you're really worried about SMMC taking your house, then I imagine you should worry about Cameron going to Sacramento.

By the way, how exactly is this a boondoggle?

June 29, 2006 5:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Matt, "Mayor" Antonovich ain't getting more reasonable about development, he just knows how to flap along with the breeze. That's how he's managed to stay in office for 6,000 years -- it just so happens actual human beings now outnumber developers in his fiefdom.

This whole issue has come about because "Da Mayor" pushed for 20,000+ homes at Newhall Ranch in exchange for an expanse of open space larger than Griffith Park. Who is supposed to maintain this new park now, lazy County bureaucrats? I'd rather have Ranger Joe out there.

Folks in Stevenson Ranch shoudn't be worried, no one is going to take their tacky pink castles for a park. "Da Mayor" approved that disgrace of a development a long time ago, the landscape is already runied beyond repair.

Yeah, the City loves eminent domain...that's a sure way to get the pesky Mexicans out of Newhall and replace them with yuppies. No one cares about property rights in the SCV, that is unless Wal-Mart or Home Depot is involved.

June 29, 2006 8:27 PM  

Blogger Matt said:

That's how he's managed to stay in office for 6,000 years -- it just so happens actual human beings now outnumber developers in his fiefdom.

Ouch. Well put. If you added building contractors, appraisers, real-estate agents, and "flippers" into the equation, it probably would be near 50/50 up here.

Yeah, the City loves eminent domain...that's a sure way to get the pesky Mexicans out of Newhall and replace them with yuppies.

I'm not a big defender of our local government, or the barely-concealed racism that often passes for civic dialog up here. But establishing the first "sphere of influence"-like agreement up here is a step towards, at a minimum, a little bit less disastrous planning.

June 29, 2006 11:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Joint-powers authorities are great for building infrastructure projects like the Alameda Corridor, but having an authority controlling land use is really sketchy. Land use decisions should be made by publicly accountable bodies, be they directly elected commissions (which are easily corrupted and therefore not that great) or boards with members nominated by the executive and approved by legislators (a little better).

Oh, wait. Counties in California have a unified executive and legislative in the form of boards of supervisors. Way to go, state Constitution!

June 30, 2006 12:57 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger and his supporters regularly attacked those who question his abilities and his credentials. He and his supporters regularly attacked, on this blog, his opposition under the anonymous banner.

Matt keep blogging, Alger shut up.

June 30, 2006 7:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

People beware because eniment domain is coming to your community soon. In Hollywood it already has taken long time businesses away, the Eastside is seeing tons of homes taken by eniment domain for new LAUSD schools, businesses along 1st Street will be taken because of rich developers, and it won't stop.

June 30, 2006 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny. It looks like Hilfenhaus read Matt's post about how they shouldn't send Smyth to the assembly, so he praises Matt and tells Alger to shut up.

I'll stay home in the 38th this year.

June 30, 2006 9:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anon 9:13 blogging when most people are at work.

Must be Alger again.

Alger get a job and shut up!

June 30, 2006 5:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Thank god the Laborer's wife beat you"... Only one person calls Shaw a "Laborers wife" and that is the Hilfenasshole himself.

How many times do we have to tell you? If your gonna post in here so obviously put your name on it you fat fucking slob!

July 01, 2006 2:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Kind of funny, the Hilfenhaus having no desire to run a campaign still chooses to engage Alger who has long moved on to other things.

You guys like burning bridges don't you?

When you get your asses kicked in November because you ran no campaign at all you will have shown what good democrats you are.

July 01, 2006 2:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger get a job........

July 01, 2006 6:08 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

First of all at 9 am yesterday I was on an airplane flying a sick child to receive medical treatment in Arizona what productive activity were you involved in? Oh, that's right... insulting people on Mayor Sam.

But I have a question.

Tell me, why is it your so obsessed with my current employment status?

The election is over, cheap political points are no longer there to be scored, not that this ever really succeeded in the first place.

Has your life deteriorated to such a point that you must lash out and attempt to insult others by displaying your own immense lack of knowledge?

Are you really so pathetic a creature as to find solace in instigating an argument with someone with whom your lack of knowledge of is only surpassed by your overall display of ignorance?

Didn't your mother ever teach you that blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make yours shine any brighter?

No, indeed you have shown yourself to be quite a misinformed dim bulb who doesn't have the courage to say a single word directly to me (or anyone else for that matter). They have a word for people such as yourself. Coward.

If you wish to engage in a rational discussion, or even debate over political issues fine.

Until then, go play on the freeway.

July 01, 2006 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger this is the way you play this game. You and your band made vicious untruthful attacks against Shaw and anybody else you did not like under the Anonymous banner. Many of the attacks were likely made by you.

By the way I do not have time to play in traffic because I have a job or better yet a career. You should try it. When you get a job you will finally have something in common with the average voter. What a concept.

Alger get a job!

July 01, 2006 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hmmm... Alger was making untruthful attacks under "anonymous" huh? How do you know if it was anonymous???


On the other hand you idiots bashed Alger every chance you got and never once said why anyone should vote for Williams-Shaw-Hilfenhaus.

The best you can come up with is Alger get a job? You guys are sad.

Alger HAS a job and it isn't running around with a leather purse acting as if he is important.

He forgot to mention his employment to you? oh pity that your not "in the loop".

Seriously, to accuse Jim Alger of sitting on Mayor Sam when 90% of the time his whereabouts were well accounted for was hysterical.

You morons haven't even a clue.

Oh, and when Alger called you a coward... you just proved yourself to be one. A pathetic limp dick coward.

Oops... did I just spill the beans?

July 01, 2006 1:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Alger cares for his two elderly parents, one an alzheimers patient, and his son and you sorry ass lowlifes are seriously trying to hit him for that?

I know that Hilfenhaus was pissed as all getout that Alger had time to go into the district and she didn't but never once did I ever see Alger attack Shaw-Hilfenhaus. Sure some people in here did but I never saw HIM do it, UNLIKE Jim Hilfenhaus, Stuart Waldman, Cassie Robinson, Marilyn Grunwald and countless other people in the Shaw camp.

Now, after you guys win the election by 4 points you are complaining? SHOULDN'T YOU BE RUNNING A CAMPAIGN?

Oh, wait, I'm sorry. You got the Centreal Committee and now can stack it. The voters can go to hell.

July 01, 2006 2:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I heard that Alger was going to endorse Smyth for the 38th AD.

Maybe that is why the Hilfenhaus crew is attacking Alger again?

Nice way to mend fences, attack Alger. A man who by your own admission has alot of free time, excellent web and communications skills and a bad ass autiodialer system.

I am no genius, but I am thinking that is a pretty fucking stupid ass move.

July 01, 2006 2:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just for clarification, Alger was ON THE RECEIVING END of most of the attacks.

July 01, 2006 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger and his multiple personalities have returned to Mayor Sam's and none of them have a job....

July 01, 2006 5:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

and why do you care if he has a job or not?

or is it just a way to try and take a shot at him like the PUSSY you are?

July 01, 2006 7:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Proponents of eminent domain, I hope they take your house.

More info:

September 05, 2007 9:00 AM  

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