angling to buy Tejon
Environmentalists seeing purchase as best way to stop development, hoping for Schwarzenegger's help
By VIC POLLARD, Californian Sacramento Bureau
Thursday October 23, 2003
Excerpted from The Bakersfield Californian
SACRAMENTO -- An environmental organization has been quietly exploring the idea of buying all or most of Tejon Ranch to halt development of the sprawling property -- and the group apparently has the ear of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger. Santa Monica-based Environment Now wants to go far beyond plans announced jointly by the ranch company and another environmental group earlier this year to set aside up to 100,000 acres of land as wildlife habitat. That is less than half of the 275,000 acres owned by Tejon Ranch Co.
Environment Now's executive director, Terry Tamminen, said he hopes the ranch will be willing to sell at the right price.
"We're talking about fair compensation for the owner," Tamminen said. "Nobody is looking at a hostile takeover."
Tamminen is serving as the environmental adviser on Schwarzenegger's transition team and played a major role in writing the environmental action plan for Schwarzenegger's official agenda. Tamminen said Tejon Ranch is among the environmental issues he has discussed with Schwarzenegger.
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