Saturday, January 18, 2020

we support finding "common ground" on Ballona's Future: Let's all talk, not just Bureaucrats in a Locked Room...

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-16/activists-cant-stop-fighting-over-ballona-wetland

https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-12-23/ballona-wetlands-restoration-plan-conservationists-split

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To the Editor, LA Times:

In welcoming bulldozers to Ballona, Jon Christensen (LA Times, 1/16) prioritizes recreation and economic benefit for our human species, while downplaying the damage to what remains of the natural ecosystem.

Massive reconfiguration of the human-degraded landscape might yield bicycle paths, but would that be "restoration"?  Or should we pursue the less intrusive path toward wetlands recovery, "just add water"?

Serious decisions must be made about the recently released Environmental Impact Report, and it's a mistake to dismiss dissident voices.

—Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown serves on the state's Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission

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