Marina Del Rey

 
"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it."
Robert Swan, Polar Explorer and Inspirational Speaker
 
Marina del Rey Small Boat Harbor and Recreation Area was chiseled out of 950 acres of Ballona Wetlands located in Venice, California in 1954 by U.S. Congress Public Laws 389 and 780. Law 780 requires reasonable rates with equal access for all.
PROPOSED BOAT CENTRAL 2015_0_size320.pngActivist Action: PROPOSED BOAT CENTRAL Request Hearing US Army Corps of Engineers about Boat Central  in Marina Del Rey Dec2015.pdf  will be 8 stories high, project 92 feet into Boat Basin H, and eliminate free existing parking lot used by bicyclists, fishfisherman, whale watchers, hikers, runners and boaters. Polluted water flowing from Basin H under Fiji Way into the Ballona Wetlands will further compromise the wetlands.
Activist Action: WETLAND MEADOW PARCEL 9U on Via Marina. Send a comment via USPS letter to: Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, 320 W. 4th Street, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Attn. 401 Certification Unit. Proposed project would reduce wetland size, bring polluted salt water into a fresh water site, create two hotels and an apartment building, in a rare place for herons and other birds.
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Important items to consider:
1. Public Hearings on Fiji Way's Basin H Free Public Parking Lot 52, Parcel FF, Parcel 9U, Pier 44 and Fisherman's Village offer a rare opportunity to publicly define current recreational needs of Los Angeles County. 
2. Public Hearings on the 2016 Local Coastal Plan Amendment offer a once in five years opportunity to identify the Environmental Impacts of pollutants from proposed expansion  so close to the Ballona Wetlands.
3. Los Angeles County spent 2 million dollars of taxpayer money lobbying the California Coastal Commission to Amend the last Local Coastal Plan to change the ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area) designation that protected mature trees, Monarch Butterflies and Heron Rookeries. We need to correct this at the Coastal Commission this year.
4. The Ballona Watershed flood plain covers large areas of the Marina. Sea level rise, a tsunami, or a huge storm event could flood the lower Ballona Watershed creating wide-spread property damage, road closures and loss of life. Tsunami warnings are posted in the Marina. 
5. Ownership of these 950 acres of Marina del Rey Land has been contentious. Hotels, condos, apartments, stores, boat slips and yacht clubs are all on long-term land leases of 50-60 years. The County continues to eliminate parking lots / park set asides for development.

6. Some have expired, some have been renewed, and others are in contention.6. Opposition to Proposed Development Projects has grown among residents, recreational boaters, bicyclists, bird watchers, fisherman, walkers, runners and environmentalist.
7. Millions of dollars in public funds were spent to acquire land, dredge the channel, widen our beach 450 feet for 5.5 miles, create a small craft harbor, provide fishing, swimming, recreation and wildlife opportunities for the people of LA. Funding was provided U.S. Congress U.S. Congress, Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County in almost equal parts.
8. U.S. Congress Documents 389 and 780 defined Oxford Lagoon Bird Sanctuary as 41.9 acres. Only 10.7 acres were actually set aside.
9. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged the Channel and the 12 small craft harbor basins. Funding for continual maintenance of the Channel is appropriated by U.S. Congress.

10. Water sustains all life, without it all living things perish. 90% of all our wetlands in Southern California have been built on or paved over. We have done this at our peril.
11. Over development threatens Via Marina, Fiji Way and Admiralty Way: Wetland Meadow Parcel 9U, Mariners Village old growth trees, cormorants and heron rookery on Via Marina; Dock 52, Parcel FF, and Fisherman's Village on Fiji Way; and, Pier 44 on Admiralty Way.
12. Los Angeles imports around 85% of its water from over 200 miles away. It uses 30% of its state electrical power to deliver this water.

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The Ballona Watershed Flows South From Mullholland Drive

Since even before the late 1980’s the public has been keenly devoted to the protection and restoration of Ballona Wetlands, here in Los Angeles. Hundreds of visionary volunteers have given up blocks of their lifetimes to work in the most extraordinary David and Goliath battle defending a steadfast goal to protect and preserve for all of America --a vanishing peace and wonderment found in this remnant, endangered ecosystem.Storm Drain System in the Ballona Watershed . . .

Safety of the Southern California Gas Company Gas Storage Facility in Playa del Rey Complaint Case dated October 14, 2005 to the California Public Utilities Commission

BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Rita Boppana, Complainant,

vs.

Southern California Gas Company, Defendant.

Case 00-05-010 (Filed May 11, 2000)

OPPOSITION TO THE MOTION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY (U 904 G) TO FORECLOSE ADDITIONAL "EXPERT" TESTIMONY OR, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, TO SUSPEND PROCEDURAL SCHEDULE AND FOR AN ORDER SHORTENING TIME IN WHICH TO RESPOND

 

Grassroots Coalition Press Release: Grassroots Coalition believes in open government and full disclosure of health and safety issues

Loretta Lynch, Former President of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), implied that despite warnings from environmentalists about gas explosion hazards beneath the development, big money behind Playa Vista was determined to make it happen.

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