SIMI VALLEY : Discussions Planned on Jordan Ranch

The Simi Valley City Council on Monday appointed Mayor Greg Stratton and Councilman Glen McAdoo to meet with Thousand Oaks officials to discuss which of the two cities is better suited to annex entertainer Bob Hope's Jordan Ranch.

Stratton and McAdoo will join Thousand Oaks City Councilmen Lawrence E. Horner and Frank Schillo in a meeting to be held in the near future, officials said.

Last month, the Simi Valley City Council voted to petition county planners for a tentative ruling on whether the annexation of Hope's Jordan Ranch is feasible for the city. However, Stratton suggested that it might be more practical for nearby Thousand Oaks to annex the 2,308-acre parcel because it would be better able to provide services to a 75-unit housing development and golf course planned for the area.

Simi Valley is separated from the ranch by a series of hills to the south, which would make it difficult for the city to provide services to the area, considered essential for annexation to occur.

Thousand Oaks Mayor Alex Fiore has said he adamantly opposes annexing Jordan Ranch. Fiore said his city would receive little revenue from annexing the property because it does not include commercial or industrial developments.

In addition to his Jordan Ranch property, Hope has asked the city of Simi Valley to annex 3,495 acres of his Runkle Ranch property northeast of the city.

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