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The promise of a balanced future for the Santa Monica Mountains
The promise of a balanced future for the Santa Monica Mountains

The coastal range of the Santa Monica Mountains is a vast regional treasure. Malibu Canyon cuts through the hills, its sides rising more than 2,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Groves of oaks and sycamores dot rolling waves of chaparral. Hundreds of species of plants and animals inhabit the 52,000 acres that stretch from the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles to the Ventura County line. It abuts Los Angeles and yet feels a world away, serene and quiet. Half of those 52,000 acres are in public hands, much of it thanks to the farsighted work of then-Congressman Anthony Beilenson and others in the 1970s. But the other half is divided among about 8,000 parcels, some owned by vintners and...

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