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Streisand Wants Name Off Marquee

January 14, 2000

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Barbra Streisand wants her name off the marquee of a $15 million estate she donated to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy because the group wants to let tourists in.

When she donated The Streisand Center for Conservancy Studies in 1993, the star intended it as ``a small conference center for scientists, academics and environmentalists,″ she said in a letter Thursday to the California Coastal Commission.

``I am not in agreement with the proposed use of the land, my name will no longer be affiliated with the property.″

The commission delayed until April a decision on whether to grant the conservancy a permit to open its 22 acres to visitors. It has already been renting the grounds for weddings, bar mitzvahs, conferences and tours.

Joseph Edmiston, the conservancy’s executive director, said now is ``a good place to part the way″ with Miss Streisand. Using the property more as a park than an academic center ``fits more of our profile,″ he said.

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