Not all environmentalists agreed. In 1992, opposed to what they saw as the Amigos' capitulation to developers' interests, some members of the group and others formed the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, which favors complete preservation of the wetlands as open space and has, with various other groups, been at odds with the Amigos ever since.
Recently LaBedz asked the Campaign to Save California Wetlands, a statewide coalition of environmental groups, to remove the Amigos from membership on the grounds that the group "has been taken over by the wetlands developer."
A spokeswoman for the campaign said no decision had yet been made on how to respond.
At the Amigos' annual meeting last month, a group of disgruntled members attempted unsuccessfully to unseat and replace the organization's leadership. And three weeks, ago a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit citing environmental and economic grounds in challenging the project that the Amigos, the county and the developer have so painstakingly attempted to mold.
"Accepting 3,300 homes at Bolsa Chica is not a position congruent with an environmental viewpoint," said Connie Boardman, president of the Land Trust.