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WHO TO WATCH – JANICE LEE

WHO TO WATCH – JANICE LEE

Calabasas City Council member, pollution-hater, hell-on-heels By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – February 6, 2003 Because she has been a staunch Ahmanson Ranch opponent and strikes fear into the hearts of Washington Mutual lackeys. Because she has sounded the alarm over the Calabasas Landfill that shows evidence of being polluted by […]

SUITED UP

SUITED UP

Anti-Ahmanson Forces Contest Ventura County By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – January 23, 2003 The five Los County Board of Supervisors sat impassively, January 14th, as an attorney representing the Ahmanson Ranch project pleaded for them not to sue the County of Ventura for signing off on the massive Ahmanson Ranch […]

DON’T BANK ON IT

WaMu will forge ahead on Ahmanson despite massive litigation By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – December 26, 2002 Last Thursday the Ventura County Board of Supervisors reasserted the 1992 board’s 4-1 vote, signing off on the Ahmanson Ranch’s supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR) and approval of the Phase A […]

Battleground Ahmanson Ranch

BATTLEGROUND AHMANSON RANCH

On day one, pro and anti-development forces face off in Ventura By Michael Collins (Ventura County Reporter – December 12, 2002) Over two hundred people crowded the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room and two overflow quarters in the Hall of Administration on Dec.10 as the long and arduous battle […]

ROCKETDYNE RANCH

ROCKETDYNE RANCH

The battle over the massive Ahmanson Ranch housing development heats up amid growing concerns about possible water and soil contamination from nearby Rocketdyne. By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – December 12, 2002 July 1959. Eastern Ventura County. Simi Valley folks squirmed uncomfortably in their chairs as they watched their flickering […]

EARTHLY SECRETS

EARTHLY SECRETS

Ahmanson foes want ground-water tests By Michael Collins LA Weekly – June 12, 2002 Elizabeth Crawford sits astride her black thoroughbred Rufus under a live oak on Ahmanson Ranch in eastern Ventura County, and gazes toward thousands of acres of golden hills. Seattle-based Washington Mutual‘s Ahmanson Land Company (ALC) wants […]

AHMANSON RANCH ENDGAME

AHMANSON RANCH ENDGAME

‘CityBeat’ contributor Michael Collins wins a 2003 Los Angeles Press Club award for coverage of toxics issues that lead to a new state park at Ahmanson Ranch. By Dean Kuipers Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – December 31, 2003 A little over 18 months ago, freelance journalist Michael Collins published a story […]

REAL HOT PROPERTY

REAL HOT PROPERTY

A popular Brentwood dog park on Veterans Administration property is build over an old radioactive waste dump that may soon be unearthed by proposed development. by Michael Collins EnviroReporter.com – May 18, 2006 SUVs and luxury sedans glide into the Barrington Dog Park parking lot just south of Sunset Boulevard […]

WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED

WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED

Brentwood dump contains radioactive remains from decades of animal and human tests By Michael Collins EnviroReporter.com – May 25, 2006 During the 1950 and 60s, both UCLA and the Veteran’s Administration were deeply engaged in the Atomic Age, doing their part for the Cold War by performing radiation experiments on […]

DIGGING UP THE DIRT

‘CityBeat’ expose on Brentwood nuke dump inspires calls for new investigations by local and federal officials by Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – June 29, 2006 CityBeat’s five-year investigation into a nuclear and chemical dump on the northern reaches of Brentwood’s sprawling Veterans Administration campus has sparked widespread calls for […]

NUCLEAR REACTIONS

NUCLEAR REACTIONS

Veterans Administration begins testing for radioactive waste beneath popular dog park and surrounding areas including Brentwood School By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat – December 7, 2006 In direct response to a five-year CityBeat and EnviroReporter.com investigation into a biomedical nuclear waste dump in Brentwood, the Veterans Administration has begun […]

HIDE AND SEEK

HIDE AND SEEK

Brentwood School study finds no radiation on campus land leased from the VA, but bigger questions remain unanswered By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat — February 22, 2007 In a January 30 letter to the parents of students at Brentwood School, headmaster Dr. Michael D. Pratt revealed that the exclusive […]

NUKE ‘EM HIGH

NUKE ‘EM HIGH

Unearthing the VA dump’s dirty secrets raises more questions than answers By Michael Collins Los Angeles CityBeat — August 16, 2007 On August 8, after months of wrangling, Congressman Henry Waxman finally released nearly 6,000 pages of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) documents related to the Brentwood nuclear and chemical […]

VA Nuclear Dump Documents

VA Nuclear Dump Documents

December 17, 2009 – VA Statement on Barrington Park Environmental Study After refusing to answer detailed questions about the soldiers’ tombstones in the biomedical nuclear and chemical dump, West LA VA director Donna Beiter claims grave markers treated appropriately. Bieter goes on to say that the $1 million testing in […]

REINING IN RUNKLE

REINING IN RUNKLE

Read the Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat “Street” article on the Simi Valley City Council temporarily halting KB Homes grading plans for Runkle Canyon, and asking the U.S. EPA, California Department of Health Services, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to evaluate our revelations that the development area has tested […]

WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS

Runkle Canyon is poised to be Simi Valley’s newest neighborhood. But did the city misinterpret the risk of radioactive material in the ground? By Michael Collins Ventura County Reporter – March 17, 2005 Cattle graze on verdant hills as winter winds whip through the branches of centuries-old oaks on Runkle […]