Restoration: Since December 2000, the Land Trust has held its monthly Ballona Stewards restoration day to bring this land back to life. The Land Trust is also an active member of an interim restoration committee overseen by the California Coastal Conservancy (a state agency).
Litigation: Unfortunately, Phase 1 of the Playa Vista project was approved and is in construction, but there are still 200 acres of undeveloped land. The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has joined with the City of Santa Monica, the Surfrider Foundation, the Ballona Ecosystem Education Project (BEEP) and representatives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno Native Americans in litigation against the City of Los Angeles challenging the approval of Phase 2. We will be in the Appellate Court April 17th, 2010 where our case will be heard. Our case challenges that the City of L.A. did not sufficiently study the environmental effects of the development before permitting the project to move forward. Click here for more detail on our efforts please click here
Acquisition: Concurrently, we are working to encourage the emergence of a willing seller of the remaining 200 acres — Area D (South of Ballona Creek and east of Lincoln), and to identify public funds for acquisition of this land.
Our plans for 2007
• Litigate the City’s approval of the expansion of the Playa Vista development (Phase 2). We will be in court April 17th, 2010. A decision will be handed down as early as May of this year.
• Educate the community about our vision for a treatment wetland on the remaining 200 acres at Ballona Southeast (east of Lincoln, south of Jefferson) and why it is important to support protecting this vital part of Ballona.
- Tabling at community events and farmers’ markets to educate residents and seek financial support and volunteer time.
- Meeting with elected officials to seek support for public acquisition of Ballona Southeast.
- Identifying and advocating for public funds from the City, State and Federal Governments.
• Expanding our Ballona Stewards Restoration program to include other areas of Ballona that are now protected and to involve more members of the community who worked for so many years to protect this land from development.