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2014 California Coastal Commission Letter to Playa Capital and California Department Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) about Two Unpermitted Drains (Coastal Act Violation) in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve

2014 California Coastal Commission Letter from Andrew Willis, Coastal Commission Enforcement Officer, to Playa Capital and California Department Fish & Wildlife (CDFW). 

Grassroots Coalition (GC) later sued Playa Capital, LLC and CDFW and prevailed in order to enforce the Coastal Commission's request which later became an order. 

Alleged Clean Water Act Violation: Playa Vista; CA Department of Fish & Wildlife; and, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission's 2013 emails establish they knew of Illegal Drains that allowed contaminated Channel Water to flow into Ballona Wetlands.

Alleged Clean Water Act Violation: Leadership of Playa Vista; CA Department of Fish & Wildlife ; Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC) , Bay Foundation; Friends of Ballona emails (2013) establish they were all aware of the Illegal Drains allowing contaminated Ballona Channel water to flow into Ballona Wetlands. 

How to Drain a Wetland & Get Away With It: The Betrayal Of The Public's Trust! Ballona

THEN...
 
As is seen below in the photos from 1952 and 1997 Ballona ponds during the rainy season when allowed to do so, even with the presence of the Army Corp/ LA County built - Ballona Channel.
Playa Vista developers have always argued that their mega-development was not on a wetland, which is countered by their own internal e-mails to Los Angeles Building & Safety Department - 6/8/99 Playa Vista email to LADBS. 
 

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