CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2000
In a case closely watched by environmentalists and builders, a divided California Coastal Commission agreed Tuesday to let a developer pave a small, debris-filled wetland to build townhomes and duplexes in Huntington Beach. Commissioners, voting 7 to 5 after a contentious four-hour public hearing, rejected staff recommendations to preserve the 0.7-acre patch of brackish freshwater wetland near Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Boulevard.
April 9, 2000 |
Forged in the sweat of farm workers, this once rural Santa Barbara County town is being reshaped into a suburban mecca by newcomers seeking affordable homes along California's pricey Central Coast. Housing tracts are being hastily constructed within earshot of strawberry workers bent to load trays in nearby fields. New cul-de-sacs are suddenly sprouting sport utility vehicles and portable basketball hoops.