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Campaign To Save Some Scenic South Coast Foothills From Development Hits First Major Milestone

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A campaign to save some scenic San Marcos Pass bluffs from development has hit its first major mileston, with $5 million dollars pledged

A campaign to try to save some scenic foothills on the South Coast has reached its first key fundraising milestone, with five million dollars committed to the effort.

What’s called the “Forever Foothills” campaign kicked off two weeks ago with an ambitious goal: To raise 18 million dollars in 90 days to buy, and preserve just over 100 acres of undeveloped land just off of Highway 154 at the base of San Marcos Pass.

The Chadmar Group has the key permits to build eight luxury homes on a section of the property. But, the developers have agreed to give the community a chance to buy, and presere the land.

To get permission for the project, the Chadmar Group had already donated 200 acres of land to the community to create the San Marcos Foothills preserve.

The campaign hit its first goal; To have five million dollars committed for the purchase by March 25th. But, the campaign must raise the entire $18 million dollars by June second.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.