At least one open space on the periphery of the city can sleep soundly tonight: today the City Council approved the transfer of 277.5 acres of open space from the Angeles National Golf Club to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. The transfer means that the acreage, which includes the Big Tujunga Wash, will be protected from future development. The land transfer has been in the works since the tenure of Councilmember Joel Wachs (he served until 2001), and was required in the golf course's title (the golf course, by the way, is the first and only Nicklaus Design course in the county). Various wildlife and environmental law complications have postponed the transfer until now.
The 277.5 acres stretch from the golf course into the Angeles National Forest. As part of the agreement, the golf club's owners will spend $42,000 a year for 25 years for trail maintenance, $15,000 for signage for the land, and $250,000 on equestrian trails in the foothills.
The MRCA, a partnership between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, will manage the land once the transfer is complete (probably next Tuesday).
· 9401 Foothill Boulevard [City File 09-1481]