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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1998
Ellen Stern Harris raises legitimate concerns about traffic and air pollution impacts from LAX expansion and Playa Vista (letter, May 16). However, she does the public a disservice by misstating facts regarding the Playa Vista development and the Ballona Wetlands. She calls the wetlands "the proposed site of Playa Vista" and then speaks of Steven Spielberg's "plans to build DreamWorks studios in the wetlands." Neither claim is true. In fact, under the Friends' settlement agreement with Playa Vista, the Ballona Wetlands will not only be saved but restored (to the tune of $12.5 million)
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OPINION
August 1, 2008
Re "Restorations," editorial, July 26 It's no surprise that the Bolsa Chica wetlands are doing so splendidly. Wildlife, literally starved for food sources, will flock to restored wetlands, which are so desperately needed in California. Here at the Ballona Wetlands, where partial restoration has begun, the results are spectacular. At the dunes, we have replaced ice plant and weeds with native vegetation, some of which, no longer smothered by weeds, has popped up on its own after many years of hibernation.
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OPINION
August 23, 2003
Many thanks to The Times for its wise Aug. 15 editorial supporting the state purchase of the Ballona Wetlands. Having worked for 29 years toward the preservation and restoration of this last wetland in Los Angeles County, it is particularly gratifying to Friends of Ballona Wetlands to find our goal within reach at last. A word of caution: We aren't there yet, so it's imperative that we all unite and make sure this happens. We urge everyone who cares (and even some who may never have cared before)
OPINION
August 23, 2003
Many thanks to The Times for its wise Aug. 15 editorial supporting the state purchase of the Ballona Wetlands. Having worked for 29 years toward the preservation and restoration of this last wetland in Los Angeles County, it is particularly gratifying to Friends of Ballona Wetlands to find our goal within reach at last. A word of caution: We aren't there yet, so it's imperative that we all unite and make sure this happens. We urge everyone who cares (and even some who may never have cared before)
OPINION
August 1, 2008
Re "Restorations," editorial, July 26 It's no surprise that the Bolsa Chica wetlands are doing so splendidly. Wildlife, literally starved for food sources, will flock to restored wetlands, which are so desperately needed in California. Here at the Ballona Wetlands, where partial restoration has begun, the results are spectacular. At the dunes, we have replaced ice plant and weeds with native vegetation, some of which, no longer smothered by weeds, has popped up on its own after many years of hibernation.
OPINION
August 29, 1993
Kudos to Marina del Rey lessee and would-be film critic, Jerry Epstein, for never mixing his metaphors ("Playing Playa Vista as Farce," Commentary, Aug. 16), but his review leaves me wondering if he saw the same production I did. For almost 19 years, the organization I head, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, has been the primary advocate for the wetlands, an integral part of the property known as Playa Vista. The previous developer, the Summa Corp., proposed an intensely destructive plan that would have destroyed a vital portion of wetland, replacing it with 10- to 20-story commercial buildings, housing and a golf course.
NEWS
May 16, 1991
Your article May 9 concerning the debate controversy in the Galanter-Gray 6th Council District race mentions my request to both candidates for a debate on environmental issues. Although the information is essentially correct, statements were made which carry an innuendo that I was less than fair with my request. You reported that I had "been on hand to support Galanter at two of her recent news conferences." The implication is I am biased and that these news conferences were campaign-related.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991
Your article (May 10) concerning the debate controversy in the Galanter-Gray 6th Council District race mentions my request to both candidates for a debate on environmental issues. Although the information is essentially correct, statements were made which carry an innuendo that I was less than fair with my request. You reported that I had "been on hand to support Galanter at two of her recent news conferences." The implication is I am biased and that these news conferences were campaign-related.
OPINION
December 15, 1996
It's unfortunate that lies and half-truths told by Playa Vista developers are passed on by well-meaning folks like Rubell Helgeson ("A Phony War to Save the Ballona Wetlands," Commentary, Dec. 6). Indeed, the Ballona Valley is degraded and is invaded by nonnative plants that choke out the native ecological system. The landowners have been contributing to this folly for years. Historically, more than half the land of the current 1,004.8-acre tract was wetlands--part of a lush estuary where the L.A. River met the Pacific Ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Describing the proposed Playa Vista project as either a model community or a colossal boondoggle, several hundred residents and business owners turned out last week for a five-hour public hearing that underscored the smoldering debate over the development--one of the largest in Los Angeles history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1998
Ellen Stern Harris raises legitimate concerns about traffic and air pollution impacts from LAX expansion and Playa Vista (letter, May 16). However, she does the public a disservice by misstating facts regarding the Playa Vista development and the Ballona Wetlands. She calls the wetlands "the proposed site of Playa Vista" and then speaks of Steven Spielberg's "plans to build DreamWorks studios in the wetlands." Neither claim is true. In fact, under the Friends' settlement agreement with Playa Vista, the Ballona Wetlands will not only be saved but restored (to the tune of $12.5 million)
OPINION
December 15, 1996
It's unfortunate that lies and half-truths told by Playa Vista developers are passed on by well-meaning folks like Rubell Helgeson ("A Phony War to Save the Ballona Wetlands," Commentary, Dec. 6). Indeed, the Ballona Valley is degraded and is invaded by nonnative plants that choke out the native ecological system. The landowners have been contributing to this folly for years. Historically, more than half the land of the current 1,004.8-acre tract was wetlands--part of a lush estuary where the L.A. River met the Pacific Ocean.
OPINION
August 29, 1993
Kudos to Marina del Rey lessee and would-be film critic, Jerry Epstein, for never mixing his metaphors ("Playing Playa Vista as Farce," Commentary, Aug. 16), but his review leaves me wondering if he saw the same production I did. For almost 19 years, the organization I head, Friends of Ballona Wetlands, has been the primary advocate for the wetlands, an integral part of the property known as Playa Vista. The previous developer, the Summa Corp., proposed an intensely destructive plan that would have destroyed a vital portion of wetland, replacing it with 10- to 20-story commercial buildings, housing and a golf course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Describing the proposed Playa Vista project as either a model community or a colossal boondoggle, several hundred residents and business owners turned out last week for a five-hour public hearing that underscored the smoldering debate over the development--one of the largest in Los Angeles history.
NEWS
May 16, 1991
Your article May 9 concerning the debate controversy in the Galanter-Gray 6th Council District race mentions my request to both candidates for a debate on environmental issues. Although the information is essentially correct, statements were made which carry an innuendo that I was less than fair with my request. You reported that I had "been on hand to support Galanter at two of her recent news conferences." The implication is I am biased and that these news conferences were campaign-related.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991
Your article (May 10) concerning the debate controversy in the Galanter-Gray 6th Council District race mentions my request to both candidates for a debate on environmental issues. Although the information is essentially correct, statements were made which carry an innuendo that I was less than fair with my request. You reported that I had "been on hand to support Galanter at two of her recent news conferences." The implication is I am biased and that these news conferences were campaign-related.
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