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Showdown At The Hearst Ranch Corral [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Wolcott
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The evolution of conservancy for preservation of open lands is not widely understood. Hearst corporation was paid $95,000,000 to give up all future development rights to the family Ranch at San Simeon, an amount less than a third of the market value. Opposition in the region wanted the Ranch as a gift. Dispute exploded into battles, splitting the environmental community in a nasty public divorce from one another.
In addition, it wasn’t enough for the Opposition to accept the gift of 13 miles of coastline property. They demanded free access to the property itself despite that it is a large, active cattle business, ranched today as it has been for 150 years.
For three generations since Citizen Kane, the opposition remained suspicious. What was Steve Hearst not saying? What was he hiding? Was it a gift or Trojan horse? What is he getting out of it that we don’t know?
It’s an improbable story about a sixth generation Californian Hearst and a feisty rancher elected as County Supervisor—first enemies, then becoming good friends. He, an iconic maverick cowboy, at home in the saddle as much as his offices. She, old enough to be his mother and having a caustic wit sharp enough to snap barbed wire. Most of all, it’s the modern history of a people loving the land and putting everything they had into ensuring some of the most valuable acres in California would be preserved forever.

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  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413QMUY
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for the Women! November 27, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is and was amazing to see what a group of women could do in the political arena. It gives one courage to know that one person can make a difference, if you are not too timid and have a good grasp of the background of an issue. I can not imagine living on the Central Coast without this open beautiful land known as Hearst property. What a great story of political intrigue. I love it that "Right" won out. I also enjoyed reading about people I know and respect.
Thank you Barbara Wolcott for a historical book about the preservation of the Central Coast..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild West Lives Again November 1, 2010
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I found this book a great read because it is an exciting, suspenseful story. It is of great interest for people like myself who live on the coast of Central California and enjoy the scenic drive through the area that was fought over in the story. It should also be of special interest and an inspiration to anyone involved in a development/conservation arguments. It shows the little guys can prevail.

This story shows how the wild west still lives on in spirit. First we have the big, bad landowners and their team of lawyers who want to develop the scenic coast into a high-end resort. An uprising of locals who are led by a feisty housewife-rancher, turned activist, turned local politician, defeats the developers. Then, the enlightened heir to the land takes over and both sides work to preserve the land forever. They develop a preservation agreement which uses public funds to buy the development rights while allowing 80,000 acres of property to be operated as a cattle ranch.

Instead of an Indian attack, in the story we have a new class of destructive terrorist enemy appear, the eco-jihadists. They are misguided by the eciopathic idea, their truth, that only they are entitled to decide what should be done with the land. Instead of arrows they use terrorist "IUDs" of misinformation bombs which they detonate in every public office associated with the approval of the project. They use the media to amplify the misinformation.

Through heroic efforts, the group of housewives and ranchers succeed in dowsing the fires of misinformation with facts. In the end, truth prevails, the land is preserved, and everyone celebrates. The good guys win.

I highly recommend the book.
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