Local News in Brief : Public Hearing Set on ‘86 Parkland Spending

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy will hold a public hearing Thursday night in Van Nuys on the agency’s work program for the fiscal year that begins next July 1.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the state office building, 6150 Van Nuys Blvd.

The conservancy staff has proposed spending more than $3.7 million on development of campgrounds, hiking trails and other recreational features in several areas, including Zuma, Solstice and Temescal canyons and Wilacre Park. The improvements would be made during the 1986-87 fiscal year, which extends from July 1, 1986, to June 30, 1987.

Conservancy officials said the improvements are being planned now so they can be included in the budget proposal the agency must submit before the end of this calendar year.

The conservancy is a state agency set up to acquire and develop parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains and in the mountains and foothills that ring the San Fernando Valley.