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Anthony Beilenson, "Father of the Santa Monica Mountains, Dies

 

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10-TERM CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN ANTHONY BEILENSON DEAD AT 84

Anthony C. Beilenson, an environmental protection champion considered the "father of the Santa Monica Mountains," died on Sunday.

Beilenson, who had been recovering from a heart attack in February, passed away at his home in Westwood. 

Beilenson spent 30 years in office: from 1963-1967 as a California Assemblyman, from 1967-1976 as a CA Senator, and from 1977-1993 representing CA's 23rd district in the US House of Represetatives.

One of Beilenson's biggest achievements was sponsoring the legislation that created the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area in 1978. The legislation created a wilderness protection area spanning more than 150,000 acres spanning from the Hollywood Hills to Point Mugu.

The LA Times' Matt Hamilton has more on Beilenson's life and legacy. Read more here.

 

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