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October 15, 2006
Re "Biologist Bushwhacks His Way to Court," Oct. 11 Roy van de Hoek's attorney asks an excellent question: Why prosecute a man who is working to restore California's disappearing natural heritage in light of the many other challenges that face our city? John Muir wrote of walking across a carpet of wildflowers from Contra Costa County in Northern California to the Sierra. Where are they today? The health of the ocean begins in the nurseries that are our wetlands. Many believe that landscaping with native species not only uses less water but also begins a process of rebuilding a habitat mosaic for disappearing animal species.
June 20, 2002 | KATHY BRYANT
Tonight at 6:30, L.A.'s Natural History Museum presents "From the Hills to the Sea," a discussion on the development plans and ecology of the Westside green corridor, covering Baldwin Hills, Ballona Creek and Ballona Wetlands to the Santa Monica Bay. Speakers include Steve Fleishli of Santa Monica Baykeeper; Kimball Garrett of the Natural History Museum; Roy van de Hoek of the Sierra Club; and Jim Lamm of La Ballona Creek Renaissance. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd.
June 12, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Sierra Club announced Monday that it is filing a legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a case by other environmental groups to stop a portion of the Playa Vista development on Los Angeles' Westside. The Supreme Court has not decided yet whether to hear the petition by the Wetlands Action Network and the California Public Interest Research Group. A U.S. district judge and the U.S.
April 2, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
Jeremy and Fernando Gutierrez descended a staircase to a cove in Laguna Beach for a nighttime lobster dive and almost fell into the ocean. Even in the darkness, the brothers could see what the problem was -- the sand at Treasure Island Beach had all but disappeared, leaving a rugged landscape of rock and a sudden drop-off where the staircase once led gently to the strand. "I couldn't believe it," said Fernando Gutierrez, 26, of Costa Mesa. "There was no beach and a 20-foot drop-off."
June 8, 2004 | Mira Tweti, Special to The Times
A flock of herons has turned a corner of Marina del Rey into a loud, messy bird tenement -- one that some nearby human residents are eager to protect -- in part to save their own homes. The 38 pairs of birds that live in the palm and cypress grove on the edge of the Ballona Wetlands, as close as 7 yards from Villa Venetia apartment balconies, are now rearing chicks. No one would blink at sparrows, but the adult birds stand about 4 feet tall and in flight look like gawky gliders.
Environmentalists delivering a thank-you note Friday to architect Frank Gehry for picking someplace other than Playa Vista for his new design studio said they hope to make the "Spruce Goose" hangar a cornerstone of a future nature center at the site. In urging Gehry to support the conversion of Howard Hughes' old aircraft plant, activists said they want to preserve Hughes' historic and huge Spruce Goose Hangar.
October 21, 2006 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
A biologist and environmentalist charged with vandalism in the Ballona Wetlands reached an agreement in court Friday with the city attorney's office to provide an ecological report and lead field trips of a portion of the wetlands in exchange for prosecutors dropping the charges in 18 months. Roy van de Hoek, well known in conservation circles for his fervor and activism, was charged with cutting down nonnative invasive plants in the wetlands without permission.
March 19, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
A walkway project along the banks of a Ballona Wetlands lagoon may be halted because of a surprisingly robust bloom of an obscure wildflower believed to be close to extinction, Los Angeles public works officials said Thursday. In the midst of recent rains, thousands of Orcutt's yellow pincushions, a dandelion-like plant with bright yellow blossoms, have sprouted in the center of the $400,000, four-acre "recreation and wildlife enhancement" project that includes native-plant landscaping, irrigation systems, fencing and a walkway made of decomposed granite.
October 15, 2003 | Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer
Environmental activists on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to force media magnate A. Jerrold Perenchio to abandon his pitch-and-putt golf course in the heart of Malibu and to stop the alleged practice of discharging pesticides and fertilizer into nearby Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach.
A judge Thursday halted all work on a project to rehabilitate the Grand Canal Wetlands in Venice until an environmentalists' lawsuit is resolved. The order came one week after the same San Francisco Superior Court judge granted a temporary restraining order halting the draining, damming and deepening of the waterway. The project, by the city of Los Angeles and the California Coastal Commission, has been challenged by local and national environmental groups.
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