L.A.'s Most Powerful Unelected Official
"Edmiston is a patient man, but when a mountain property comes up for sale, he can move fast. The history of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is Joe Edmistons historyhes the only boss the 25-year-old organization has ever had. During that time he has brokered, threatened, cajoled, lobbied, networked, orchestrated, and generally outplanned, outthought, and outfought anyone who has stood in the way of the acquisition, restoration, and opening to the public of 55,000 acres of once-private land.
...There are, however, a range of people, from environmentalists to community leaders to property rights activists, who dont see Edmiston as at all Olmstedian. Theyre more likely to compare him to Robert Moses, the youthful idealist who came to exercise almost absolute power in New York City in the middle of the 20th century. Moses reshaped the city, creating thousands of acres of suburban parks but bulldozing entire neighborhoods."
Thanks to Chris Steins