10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch celebration

Politicians, celebrities and residents celebrated the 10th anniversary of Ahamanson Ranch at the Ahmanson Ranch House in Calabasas on Nov. 17. Now known as Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, thousands of acres are open to the public to enjoy. Read Sylvie Belmond’s story in The Acorn: Community celebrating 10-year anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers OPEN SPACE - Volunteers from the Mounted Volunteer Patrol and the Mountain Bike Unit stop for a chat along the Mary Wiesbrock loop trail in the former Ahmanson Ranch on Nov. 17.

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OPEN SPACE – Volunteers from the Mounted Volunteer Patrol and the Mountain Bike Unit stop for a chat along the Mary Wiesbrock loop trail in the former Ahmanson Ranch on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers OPEN SPACE - A deer runs across the open landscape near the Mary Wiesbrock loop trail in the former Ahmanson Ranch on Nov. 17.

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OPEN SPACE – A deer runs across the open landscape near the Mary Wiesbrock loop trail in the former Ahmanson Ranch on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REFLECTION - Samantha Berley of Woodland Hills enjoys the view from the ranch house during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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REFLECTION – Samantha Berley of Woodland Hills enjoys the view from the ranch house during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT - Actor and activist Rob Reiner acted as emcee during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENT – Actor and activist Rob Reiner acted as emcee during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ANNIVERSARY - Former Gov. Gray Davis talks to the crowd about the fight for Ahamanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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ANNIVERSARY – Former Gov. Gray Davis talks to the crowd about the fight for Ahamanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers REMEMBERING THE BATTLE - Dozens of people including former Gov. Gray Davis and actor Rob Reiner came to the ranch house at the former Ahamanson Ranch for a 10th anniversary celebration on Nov. 17.

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REMEMBERING THE BATTLE – Dozens of people including former Gov. Gray Davis and actor Rob Reiner came to the Ranch House at the former Ahamanson Ranch for a 10th anniversary celebration on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky talks to the crowd  during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky talks to the crowd during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers KEY FIGURES IN THE BATTLE - Mary Wiesbrock, left, and Joe Behar hug during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17. Wiesbrock announced the naming of a trail in honor of Behar during the ceremony.

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KEY FIGURES IN THE BATTLE – Mary Wiesbrock, left, and Joe Behar hug during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17. Wiesbrock announced the naming of a trail in honor of Behar during the ceremony.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers FOR THE NEXT ANNIVERSARY - Ruskin Hartley, CEO of Heal the Bay, signs a commemorative board during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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FOR THE NEXT ANNIVERSARY – Ruskin Hartley, CEO of Heal the Bay, signs a commemorative board during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers TIME LINE - Visitors browse the history of the fight for Ahamanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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TIME LINE – Visitors browse the history of the fight for Ahamanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Mounted Volunteer Patrol Jeffrey Davidson, right, talks to hikers along the  Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on Nov. 17.

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Mounted Volunteer Patrol Jeffrey Davidson, right, talks to hikers along the Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Joe Peters, left, and Sandi Gray of Oak Park walk along the  Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on Nov. 17.

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Joe Peters, left, and Sandi Gray of Oak Park walk along the Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail in the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve on Nov. 17.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers The Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail overlooks what is now known as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

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The Mary Wiesbrock Loop Trail overlooks what is now known as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers Mary Wiesbrock talks about battle to prevent Washington Mutual Bank from building more than 3,000 homes in Ahmanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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Mary Wiesbrock talks about battle to prevent Washington Mutual Bank from building more than 3,000 homes in Ahmanson Ranch during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas on Nov. 17.

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