See Also: "Annenberg Foundation Can't Grasp Disgust Over Its Wetlands 'Interpretive Center' and Dog Pound" Environmentalists raised angry questions this week about whether lobbyists and PR people for Annenberg Foundation should be sitting on Westchester/Playa Neighborhood Council -- a new twist in ... More >>
Read the full story "Save Ballona or Pave Ballona?" here. Heiress Wallis Annenberg's dream of erecting a 46,000-square-foot visitor center/animal adoption facility at the Ballona Wetlands is under fire from several environmental groups and activists -- a backlash that has fueled a growing debate ab ... More >>
Read L.A. Weekly's "The Battle for Malibu Lagoon." Beware state politicians and UCLA professor Mark Gold, surfers and environmentalists are planning to crash your ribbon cutting ceremony at the controversial Malibu Lagoon restoration project on Friday. "We are not happy with what happened," Ballo ... More >>
So the super rich Annenberg Foundation wants to dump a 46,000-square-foot "interpretive center" on the Ballona Wetlands -- one of the last major wetlands areas in Los Angeles. Some folks think it's a great idea. Ballona Institute co-director Marcia Hanscom, who's been fighting to protect the wetland ... More >>
As she campaigns for mayor, Wendy Greuel has repeatedly stressed one thing that distinguishes her from her top two rivals: She has private-sector experience.Indeed, Greuel's resume includes a four-year stint at DreamWorks -- something that neither Jan Perry nor Eric Garcetti can claim -- which says ... More >>
Steve Soboroff falsely said the chopped trees were dying, sick
The unshakeable activists who've been fighting the Malibu Lagoon "restoration" project since it was proposed 20 years ago have always been passionate. But have some waxed a bit overzealous? LA Observed reported this morning the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors "notified county official ... More >>
Local Spiccolis turn city against lagoon dredging
Redo of fragile ecosystem is on after much acrimony
By Hillel Aron Malibu Lagoon will be dredged and remade.Gentleman, start your bulldozers. Malibu Lagoon is getting a facelift. In San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith ruled against the Wetlands Defense Fund, Access For All, and the Coastal Law Enforcement Action Network in ... More >>
Should humans destroy Mother Nature in order to save it?
Ballona Wetlands: Please don't bulldoze me‚ÄčIn 2003, it felt like victory: after fighting 30 years to protect Ballona Wetlands near Marina Del Rey and Playa Del Rey, environmentalists saved 600 acres, halting plans by developers for thousands of apartments and big shopping centers. With taxpayer h ... More >>
In killing Proposition 23, residents choose to pay more for energy, use less
Tibby RothmanStart your bulldozers Updated Wednesday afternoon with unanimous vote by Coastal Commission. When Heal the Bay waded into Malibu Lagoon to devise a way to "restore" the rebuilt-by-man lagoon, they probably weren't thinking their blue chip environmental credentials might get bogg ... More >>
Once-Disgusting Venice Grand Canal is a living wetland again
War of words erupts when data show tiny ridership won't help jammed L.A. or Westside
Now that Mayor Villaraigosa has selected Michael LoGrande to become director of planning, we've asked activists from around the city to give LoGrande advice: How should he approach the job? First up, Marcia Hanscom, Playa del Rey environmentalist.
The last L.A. beach town and dunes still standing have a developer drooling
Marcia Hanscom, the influential, grassroots environmentalist who successfully won the battle to save a major portion of the Ballona Wetlands, has raised a red flag alert to her supporters, writing that bureaucrats at the California State Lands Commission are holding a hearing this morning to possibl ... More >>
Activists leave the street-fighting to the little guys
L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant unequivocally rapped the California Coastal Commission on the knuckles today by tossing out its 2007 ex-post facto approval of horse boarding along Stokes Canyon Creek. Chalfant's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the Coastal Law Enforcement Actio ... More >>
Downtown's long-promised central park has few trees. "Ugly" doesn't cover it
An environmental unlove story
Can Marcia Mayeda save county animal control?
This police chief also looks like a one-termer
Like it or not, Playa Vista is getting built
Antonovich invites the gun lobby in ó at taxpayersí expense
DreamWorks, the critics now tell us, is okay by them
...Some MTA officials have had the audacity to refer to the new coaches as "clean diesel." There is no such thing as "clean diesel," only dirty diesel and less dirty diesel. Both produce cancer-causing emissions...
Development proceeds despite federal court order