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County to Probe Las Lomas Ownership

Posted: February 13, 2008 4:49 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the green light for top planners to find the legal owners of the Las Lomas property during a board meeting Tuesday.
The motion issued by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as a supplemental agenda item directs the chief executive officer, assessor, County Counsel and the director of planning to determine the legal owner of 555 acres referred to as the proposed Las Lomas land development project.
The motion was passed quickly and without debate.
Paul Novak, planning deputy for the supervisor, said Antonovich is "concerned about the integrity of the (land) application process."
Papers filed with the county list the developer as the sole owner of the 555 acres, which are proposed as a mini-community to be located in the Newhall Pass. In November, the Las Lomas Land Co. applied to the county to reconfigure 14 parcels of land in an effort to treat them as one unit.
On Friday, The Signal reported that at least eight of the 14 parcels located off The Old Road in the Newhall Pass are owned by the Las Lomas Land Co., LLC but that others own the remaining lots.
Other owners identified by planners of both the county and the city of Santa Clarita include: R. Fred McHaddad, Newhall Calgrove Estates Limited Partnership, Carole Bergin and Samuel R. Biggs and the Trustee of Ralph Thomas Flora Trust.
Samuel R. Biggs is the managing partner of Biggs & Company based in Santa Monica, specializing in corporate reorganization, insolvency and litigation support.
The Signal contacted his office Tuesday following the Board of Supervisors meeting and asked about the Las Lomas property identified by county planners.
"He sold it a year ago to a Dan Palmer," said a receptionist who consulted Biggs regarding inquiries made about the land. Dan S. Palmer Jr.'s Palmer Investments is the parent company of Las Lomas.
McHaddad, 77, who lives in Van Nuys, owns seven parcels with his wife, Janet, on the east side of The Old Road, six of which are inside the planned Las Lomas area.
McHaddad had said last week that he was unable to reach Palmer, but on Tuesday he said he had a good working relationship with Palmer and that the breakdown in communication was due to a computer glitch.
McHaddad gave Palmer an option to buy the property years ago, pledging his commitment to the Las Lomas project, empowering the developer in a letter to do what is necessary to secure the necessary permits and entitlements to make the Las Lomas development a reality, including bids for annexation.
But he said last week that he hadn't sold the property to Palmer.


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