Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Equestrian Trails, Inc. held their National Convention this past weekend at the Los Angeles
Equestrian Center in Burbank.
ETI is a national organization “Dedicated to the Acquisition and Preservation of Trails, Good Horsemanship, and Equine Legislation”
In the West Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, there are numerous chapters, or "corrals" that host social and educational activities and equestrian events for their members. The ETI show circuit is a amatuer competition popular with riders at all levels and disciplines. sponsored the 2013 Convention.
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

As of yesterday, Zev Yaroslavsky intervened to prevent Los Angeles County from enacting a policy to expand the use of the Calabasas Landfill. The question remains: how will the landfill make ends meet without potentially affecting the environment or forcing it's closure prematurely?

Click the link below to see the document prepared by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Department. The document supports a negative impact to the community by increasing the amount of trash being brought into the Calabasas Land fill. Some residents object to the correlating increase of noise, dust, heat, and additional pollution (from the power facility) and view. There is no indication of how much higher the mountain to our East will get, and it allows the continued use of this facility through 2045, It does not take into consideration the possibility that the third gas turbine may be able to be activated with the increase in Methane gas from the additional trash brought into the area from outside the approved Wasteshed area.

This is a self serving document that has not been presented to anybody in the community for comment or approval. In fact they need the trash to keep the facility open and operating on a cost sustaining basis. They are willing to bring trash in from much further than currently allowed. Just where that trash was going prior to now is not mentioned, except to say that some of it may be going to private facilities. They have made assumptions based on historical vehicle traffic, with no justification for the validity of the historical vehicle count. Just because it was once allowed does not make it acceptable, only historical. It was not approved with proper validation then, but somehow has now become the basis for approval now.

What is not discussed in this document is the fact that by bringing in waste from areas outside the current wasteshed it reduces the time that this facility will be available for the current users leaving them with no alternative sometime in the future. I don't think any of the affected parties to this declaration have taken that possibility into consideration. It certainly is not mentioned in this document. Every city, or affected area should be carefully advised of this impact before this negative declaration is approved in its current iteration.

Most of the Agoura area is serviced by Waste Management, not the county. So, all of that trash goes to their facility in Simi Valley. It appears that the problem is not a lack of trash in the area, but rates that are not competitive with Waste Management. If the County had won the bid for this area there would be less reason for changing the rules about the wasteshed area. The best choice for the County might be to sell this facility and get out of the trash collection business all together leaving it to private industry where it is likely that it will be run on a more cost effective basis.

A proper, independent impact study should be done to see the true impact on all parties affected by this facility.

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Biggest Loser van was spotted on Chesebro today.
Is it a stretch to say if you live in Agoura that you'll lose weight? Maybe. Yet Old Agoura residents enjoy access to miles of hiking and riding trail with Chesebro National Park right in their backyard. Nationally syndicated reality show the Biggest Loser is filmed at the King Gillete Ranch in Agoura and the contestants frequently take to the trail in Chesebro Canyon.
New to jogging? Click here for Biggest Loser recommendations on how to start a jogging fitness regimen.

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Thursday, July 04, 2013
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Do you share the sentiments expressed in this letter written by Larry Brown? Most offensive about the sale is the Agoura Hills City Council's secrecy. Just as the community was lulled into thinking that the plan was for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to buy the land, the deal was struck behind their backs. What is to say that the buyer, who has already pressured the city with a lawsuit, won't sue yet again for the right to do whatever they want with the land, regardless of the city's so-called restrictions? The Council's track record is to back down and succumb to the pressures of a lawsuit. They've caved to another developer who sued the city for approval of a project on the corner of Driver and Chesebro. Read the Acorn article by clicking HERE.
Please comment and share!

Dear Denis [Mayor of the City of Agoura Hills],

Speaking as an old friend who wants to communicate to you, as "heart to heart" as is humanly possible , I can not over state how sick to my stomach I am that the council can even consider not going through with the law suit to clear the title to the Heschel land. This is a mistake of cataclysmic proportions.

These [people] are already
acting like they own the place. They are trespassing on people's properties, driving a Mini Cooper and other vehicles all the way back and parking on top of the hill in the middle of fire season, leaving trash all over the place and generally being obtrusive.

Not long ago, Illece Weber told me there was "no deal as of yet", but given what I have personally witnessed, I simply do not believe that anymore. These guys have been back there disturbing the sanctity of the neighborhood for at least 6 weeks and there is no way on earth these guys are going to these lengths unless they believe they have a deal. I am not talking about ink or technicalities. I am talking about what is.

We are dealing with "open space" and not just any open space, but the very most strategic open space from the perspective of the homeowners, from the perspective of the city who requires a buffer, a wildlife corridor, and from the broader perspective who lament excessive development generally. It is my sincere feeling that you are grossly underestimating the value of this land and over estimating the downside should things not go our way. There is always a way to finance a project but once this land is gone, it is gone for good and the quality of life of many of your friends, particularly Ron and Kelly are going to be greatly diminished. It is my understanding that this developer is not trustworthy and has been embroiled in numerous law suits and he has already proven to me that he is a slime ball by playing both ends against the middle, not the tactic of an upstanding businessman.

I am extremely unhappy about this "penny wise, pound foolish" direction the council appears to be taking and all I can tell you is I intend to fight this project, and encourage the community to fight it with every tool at my disposal. We have worked far too long and hard to roll over for these creeps now.

Ironic that on the 10th of July, we will honor some of our locals for "the day of the cowboy". I feel compelled to remind the council that in order for these honors to amount to anything more than a mouth full of empty rhetoric, the council will have to remember what is important to cowboys.

Cowboys are about wide open spaces.

Cowboys do not back down from a fight, even when the odds are difficult.

Cowboys do not roll over, especially when threatened with blackmail.

Cowboys place honor above dollars and cents etc.

I can not place my opposition to this project in stronger terms. This open space is literally priceless and no matter what the numbers are, given the circumstances, they do not even begin to mitigate, no less justify the disgraceful consideration of this wrong headed capitulation.

Denis, I am begging you to rethink this. After coming this far and fighting so many battles, it is crazy to surrender .... and lose the war. Again, I intend to fight this development and to encourage everyone I know to do the same right down to the very end, win, lose or draw.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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Monte Nido 4th of July Parade

The Monte Nido Valley Community Association picked "Then and Now" as the theme for this years parade and picnic.
Starting at 9AM at the Edenwild bridge, exhibitionists of all sorts will march for resident spectators.
There are sure to be classic cars representing the "then" constituency.
The LA County Fire Department usually treats the kids to a light flashing fire engine spectacle.
This year Equestrian Trails, Corral 36 will be marching to promote nearly two decades of service to the Monte Nido community.
The 4th of July parade is a celebration of an old-fashioned, low-tech, rural lifestyle that promotes a peaceful co-existance with nature and animals.
If you are planning to ride a horse, donkey, horse, pony or mule to the parade, don't forget to first sign a waiver and bring it with you to the event so that you're covered under ETI insurance.
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