As someone who spent years as part of the community effort to save the Ballona Wetlands as an ecological reserve, I think the Annenberg Foundation's proposed interpretive center is indeed a travesty. I am not opposed to the foundation's plans to build an animal rescue center or even an interpretive center, though providing an interpretive center is already required of the Playa Vista developers as part of their mitigation. Do we need two such buildings?
In any case, why should Annenberg build on rare wetlands? There are acres of land that need re-purposing immediately adjacent to Ballona. That any wealthy organization feels that wetland open space, preserved using taxpayer dollars, is an appropriate location for their buildings is just plain wrong.
This wouldn't serve the taxpayer, the endangered species and other wildlife that live there, the people who benefit from natural space or the fragile wetlands ecosystem.