A bill that would set aside $166,500 for Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy grant programs was passed by the state Assembly last week on a 56-18 vote and sent to Gov. George Deukmejian.
Initially, the conservancy requested $1 million for grants, but in late June Deukmejian vetoed that request in the state budget. The conservancy scaled back the proposal to $166,500 for five programs to provide outdoor experiences for poor and handicapped children.
Joseph Edmiston, conservancy executive director, has said the Deukmejian Administration has indicated a willingness to support the revised proposal.
The funds were included in a bill by Assemblyman Gray Davis (D-Los Angeles). Besides the grant funds, Davis had hoped to set aside $2.5 million to purchase 500 more acres along the eastern slope of Malibu Canyon State Park. But because of continuing opposition from the administration, Davis removed that allocation before the bill reached the Assembly floor for final passage.