Streisand OK with California selling donated estate

Posted May 31, 2011, at 10:53 p.m.

Barbra Streisand says she understands that California might have to sell her donated 22.5-acre Malibu ranch to help balance the state budget but she hopes the buyer will preserve its “special habitat.” Ramirez Canyon Park, which the singer donated in 1993, is on the list of state-owned properties that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to put up for sale despite fierce opposition. The property contains meadows, gardens, a creek and three homes that Streisand customized with a wealth of architectural detail ranging from Art Deco metal panels to Douglas fir framing on a Craftsman-style house. It was valued at $15 million when Streisand gave it to the state and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state agency that Brown established in 1980 during his first stint as governor.

But the property “does not serve any essential state function,” Brown’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Ashford, told the Los Angeles Times. “The state should not be the landlord for a place that hosts mountain retreats.”

“I understand Governor Brown’s tough decision given the severe budget shortfalls that California is facing,” Streisand said in a recent statement. “I only hope that there is little disruption to the residents of Ramirez Canyon through this potential transition and that whatever entity does purchase the land and the homes on it will preserve its special habitat.” … DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. USA Today reported on its website Tuesday that the comics publisher will launch upward of more than 50 issues, all starting at No. 1, in September, with Justice League No. 1, written by the company’s chief creative officer Geoff Johns and illustrated by co-publisher Jim Lee. The newspaper reports that that book will reunite the classic lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern. The move is part of DC’s efforts to reflect current themes and events and will feature characters with costumes redesigned by Lee.

 

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