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Bolsa Chica and Who Controls It

September 06, 1987

I commend state Sen. Marian Bergeson (R-Newport Beach) for her withdrawing, albeit temporarily, SB 1517, the Bolsa Chica bill. This measure clearly deserves further study and ultimate rejection.

One has only to know the recent past to see that Signal Landmark would not make a good government at Bolsa Chica. In 1984, Signal was embroiled in a dispute in Newport Shores when the company tried to force a 20-times increase in rent upon the people who leased their land from Signal.

A judge decided the fair increase was six-times the current rent. What would Signal do at Bolsa Chica where it would have the power to assess taxes, fees, and charges, and condemn land through eminent domain?

The people around here do not want a Signal Landmark-dominated feudal government at Bolsa Chica that ultimately would not be too concerned about the restoration of wetlands, nor sensitive to public input in the way that elected representatives are (or should be).

JAN D. VANDERSLOOT

Huntington Beach

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