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Under the law in California, (the California Coastal Act), the Ballona Wetlands cannot be developed, only restored.
Here's a pretty long article on the question of what the word "restoration" means:
From High Country News, May 11, 2015
The chief spokesperson for the massive bulldozing scheme is quoted:
"historical ecology is “only a snapshot,” she says, and she doesn’t believe the wetlands have to be returned to what they were in 1850 for a restoration to be meaningful."
Luckily, this is not what the law says.