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April 8, 2010
Friends of Ballona Wetlands docents will host a Spring Open House at the state-owned reserve. Tour at 10 a.m. Sat. Ballona Wetlands, Jefferson at Lincoln boulevards, Playa del Rey. Open house at 1 p.m. Sat. at access point near 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. Free; reservations requested. (310) 306-5994.
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OPINION
September 20, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It's not surprising that the Annenberg Foundation's plans for an expansive interpretive center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve has stirred controversy. The cherished 640-acre reserve that stretches from Westchester to Marina del Rey has passionate advocates who often disagree on the best course for its restoration. One element of the Annenberg plan that has come under fire is an animal adoption and care facility. That would be a welcome service in almost any other location in the Los Angeles area, but it doesn't fit into a preservation scheme for Ballona and should not be part of a final design plan.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
I wish to thank any and everyone who has helped to preserve the Ballona wetlands. Recently, while driving to school, I saw a belted kingfisher, a red-tailed hawk and a great blue heron. It is so nice to have this piece of wilderness in the midst of Los Angeles County. DEANNA R. HARRIS Playa del Rey
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Martha Groves
The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to force resolution of a months-long dispute over access to records related to the Annenberg Foundation's proposal to build an interpretive center in a portion of the Ballona Wetlands. The suit alleges the agency violated the spirit and intent of the state Public Records Act by "willfully avoiding possession of critical project documents and allowing the private foundation to retain sole possession of those documents in order to circumvent its responsibility to keep the public informed," the nonprofit land trust said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2001
Re "Sale Offer by Builder May Save Wetland," Aug. 9: With the offer from the Playa Vista developers to grant an option for the purchase of the Ballona Wetlands, it's a great day for the thousands of Westside homeowners like myself who dread the prospect of overwhelming gridlock that would be imminent with this development. There is now the possibility of this area being preserved as much-needed parkland. Let's hope that the California Parks and Recreation Department steps up and acquires the land at a reasonable price that is not tied to the developers' hopes of a windfall profit and that this area is saved for the benefit of all L.A.s' citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge has ordered work stopped on a city project that involves dredging the Grand Canal area of the contentious Ballona wetlands. The order, by a San Francisco Superior Court judge, came two days after the Wetlands Action Network filed a lawsuit against the city and the San Francisco-based California Coastal Commission, which approved the project in November. The group contends the project would wipe out fish and marine invertebrates in the canal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
In a first step toward restoring one of Southern California's few remaining wetlands and opening it to the public, the state has approved spending $6.5 million for planning a massive restoration of the degraded Ballona Wetlands — but conservationists are at odds over what that means for the future of the site. Though construction is still years away, the question of how drastically to alter the existing landscape in order to revive the remaining 600 acres of the Ballona Wetlands is polarizing conservationists who fought for three decades to protect the site from the sort of development that ate up most of it. "It's going to be a delicate balancing act," said Lisa Fimiani, executive director of Friends of Ballona Wetlands and a cautious supporter of restoration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1998
Friends of Ballona Wetlands is sponsoring monthly interpretive nature walks and volunteer cleanups of the 300-acre saltwater marsh. The events are part of the organization's outreach program teaching residents the importance of restoring and protecting the marsh, said Mary Thomson, the group's volunteer director. Birds inhabiting the wetlands include the great blue heron, the California least tern, the great egret and the snowy egret, Thomson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997
Alexander Cockburn's Jan. 9 Column Left, "Ballona and the Folly of Wealthy Men," keeps pushing the false idea that Maguire Thomas Partners construction will "wipe out the last remaining large wetland complex in Los Angeles County . . . 1,000 more acres of California's rapidly disappearing wetlands will vanish under concrete." In fact, there are only 188 acres of delineated wetlands at Ballona. Not a thousand. There never were. There never will be. Maguire Thomas has agreed to restore and protect 190 acres of salt marsh, 34 acres of freshwater marsh, 25 acres of riparian habitat in a corridor along Centinela Creek and 48 acres of upland and bluff-side dunes.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What can a high school kid teach you about L.A.'s wetlands? Plenty at free open houses at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Marina del Rey. Students who recently completed a 10-week junior ranger program about the wetlands will be on hand to share their knowledge about this coastal remnant of a much larger margin where land meets sea. The deal: The 600-acre reserve runs along part of Ballona Creek and inland from Dockweiler State...
OPINION
May 2, 2013
Re "A deep divide at Malibu Lagoon," April 30 California's "restoration" of the Malibu Lagoon has turned a nature preserve into what one activist called a "manufactured wetland theme park. " Part of the reason for the restoration was to eliminate pollution ostensibly caused by human waste. However, a study by the U.S. Geological Survey found no evidence of such pollution. Rather, much of the pollution in the lagoon is caused by droppings deposited by the thousands of birds that hold conventions there each day. This will not change.
OPINION
February 8, 2013
Re "What kind of wetlands?," Editorial, Feb. 5 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?
OPINION
February 5, 2013
Over the course of two centuries, the Ballona Wetlands have, more or less, survived grazing cattle, Howard Hughes and Marina del Rey. Now, nearly a decade after the state acquired the 640 acres of the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve that stretch from Westchester to the marina, the cherished preserve may finally be getting the substantial restoration it needs and deserves. The Annenberg Foundation has agreed to put up at least $50 million to build an interpretive center in the wetlands and help with the restoration of the land around the center.
OPINION
February 2, 2013
On any given issue, it's rare for letters sent to The Times to line up decisively on one side of the debate. But that's exactly what happened this week, when three controversial topics made headlines: a proposed interpretive center in the Ballona Wetlands, gun control and the priest sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Times published two letters opposing the Ballona Wetlands construction. And the preponderance of letters we published on the sex abuse scandal and gun control also took one side.
OPINION
January 30, 2013
Re "Coming back to life after the Holocaust," Opinion, Jan. 27 Thanks to Allan Chernoff's Op-Ed article, we learned about the United Nations declaring Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As Chernoff notes, the United Nations urged its member states "to develop educational programs that will inculcate future generations with the lessons of the Holocaust in order to help to prevent future acts of genocide. " After World War II, the cry arose, "Never again. " But it's happening again.
OPINION
January 30, 2013
Re "Stellar, but short of spectacular," Jan. 28 Being of the opinion that Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the best secretaries of State, I was completely taken aback by the article's finding that although she is very well thought of by the American public and the president, many so-called foreign policy experts don't think too highly of her performance. Why should anyone pay attention to what these "experts" think? It happens that she has been dealing with many difficult and diverse problems, and she has come through very well.
OPINION
January 30, 2013
Re "Nature's classroom planned," Jan. 28 Building a center for education in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, which sits between Marina del Rey and Westchester, is reminiscent of the U.S. military official during the Vietnam War who told Associated Press reporter Peter Arnett, "It became necessary to destroy the town to save it. " What's left of the Ballona Wetlands should be restored, not bulldozed. Frances Longmire Los Angeles The Annenberg Foundation's proposed museum does not belong in an environmentally sensitive area.
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