September 15, 2014

Ventura Supervisor Linda Parks Named Chair of SMMC

 

Malibu, CA—The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) has announced the election of its new officers for 2014. The Honorable Linda Parks, Ventura County Supervisor from the Second District, was elected Chairperson for a one-year term by a unanimous vote of the Members. Jerome C. Daniel, appointee of Los Angeles Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, was appointed Vice Chairperson.

Parks previously served as a Planning Commissioner, City Councilmember and Mayor for the City of Thousand Oaks.

As an open space advocate, she was a champion in the 16-year grassroots effort to preserve what is now Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve (formerly known as Ahmanson Ranch).

Parks’ goal as Chair of the Conservancy in 2014 is to champion the construction of the Liberty Canyon Wildlife Corridor across the 101 Freeway to ensure continuation of threatened species in the Santa Monica Mountains, including mountain lions. Several mountain lions have recently been hit and killed by cars trying to cross roads, including the 101 freeway. Studies have shown a lack of safe road crossings as the primary contributor to loss of the mountain lion species in the Santa Monica Mountains in addition to causing their lack of genetic diversity because of the inability of the lions to roam.

About the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy—Established by the State Legislature in 1980, the SMMC has helped to preserve more than 69,000 acres of parkland in both wilderness and urban settings. Its mission is to strategically buy back, preserve, protect, restore and enhance treasured pieces of Southern California to form an interlinking system of urban, rural and river parks, open space trails, and wildlife habitats that are easily accessible to the general public.