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Groups sue to stop Tejon Ranch project

November 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Environmentalists have filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the development of a 5,000-acre resort community on the massive Tejon Ranch property about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.The lawsuit filed Thursday argues that Kern County officials ignored the project's potential impact on the endangered California condor and also discounted flaws in its water-use plan and air pollution problems from increased traffic in the area.

Kern County supervisors last month unanimously approved the Tejon Mountain Village project, which includes 3,500 homes, two golf courses and resort hotels in the Tehachapi Mountains. The development would be located along Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and the southern San Joaquin Valley.

A spokesman for the developer, Tejon Mountain Village LLC, said officials were right to approve the project that met high standards for conservation and sustainable development.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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