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Resnick Royale -- Renovation of a 7-acre park in the small Kern County community of Lost Hills, near Paramount's headquarters, was completed last month.A cynic might say that the Resnicks are merely engaging in public relations or salving their guilty consciences.Indeed, they have made enemies with their astute and ruthless maneuvering to control vast amounts of water necessary to grow highly profitable pistachios and almonds.Stewart Resnick killed the Fresno-based California Pistachio Commission with a lawsuit challenging mandatory grower fees. And even though they often support liberal causes and politicians -- to the chagrin of conservative farmers -- some of their harshest critics are on the left. Author John Gibler, in a narrative about the Resnicks' relationship with Lost Hills, called the nearly 100% Hispanic community "a twenty-first century company town."

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