Past Stories
Remnants of a Ballona Wetlands encampment west of Lincoln Boulevard and south of Fiji Way, as photographed on Nov. 19. Photo by Jonathan Coffin

Police target Ballona Wetlands bike theft ring

Sweep turns up four guns and leads to multiple arrests, but Sheriff’s Dept. says more work and resources are needed By Gary Walker                           &nb...


Scientists and officials explore the Ballona Wetlands Overlook in Westchester

Climate change a factor in Ballona restoration effort

A visit by the EPA focuses on how wetlands can help reverse global warming By Gary Walker                   With state officials saying they may need another six months or more to dr...


Activists hold off name change challenge: Knabe tables opposition to calling the 90 the Ballona Freeway

By Gary Walker Proponents of changing the name of the Marina (90) Freeway to the Ballona Freeway in honor of the wetlands it runs along came to the Dec. 17 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting ready for a…



A rendering of how the Annenberg Foundation’s proposed nature education and pet adoption center would look after a restoration of the Ballona Wetlands

Tussle over wetlands heads to court: Group claims state is holding out on records about controversial animal adoption and nature center plan

                              By Gary Walker A group that opposes the Annenberg Foundation’s plan for an animal adoption and nature education center i...


FULL HOUSE: Councilman Mike Bonin told the audience at the Mar Vista Recreation Center that he is strongly opposed to a medical marijuana dispensary opening near the corner of Centinela Avenue and Palms Boulevard.

Mar Vista rallies against proposed pot clinic

                      By Gary Walker More than 200 people gathered Tuesday in an attempt to keep a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in Mar Vista, but it remains un...


Ballona Wetlands restoration plan for ecological reserve pushed back again until 2014

By Gary Walker Facing yet another postponement of the long-planned restoration of the Ballona Wetlands, local environmentalists are shaking their heads in frustration over the fifth delay of the state-sponsored restoration effo...



SOME LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS are wary that the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will not hold public scoping meetings after the comment period ends. After the notice of preparation was released in July, “an open house forum” was offered instead of a scoping meeting.

Ballona Wetlands: Comment period for environmental analysis extended until March 15

By Gary Walker The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended the time for the public to engage with state officials on the environmental process for the Ballona Wetlands, but not to the satisfaction of some local envir...


Ballona Wetlands: Environmental review revised to include nature center

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, previously the California Department of Fish and Game, has issued a revised notice of preparation for an environmental impact report (EIR) to inform applicable public agencies and...


Wetlands birds like these could soon be sharing a section of Area C of the Ballona 
Wetlands with an interpretive nature center funded by the Annenberg Foundation.

Ballona Wetlands: Proposed center in ecological reserve widens rift between state agencies and some environmental groups

By Gary Walker                               News of an interpretive center planned for the Ballona Wetlands is the latest point of disagreement between...



REX FRANKEL of the Ballona Ecosystem Education Project showed his organization’s alternative for the Ballona Wetlands restoration at an Aug. 16 event.

Ballona Wetlands: Time for public input on wetlands restoration alternatives to end soon

By Gary Walker The next step towards what method should be used in rehabilitating the Ballona Wetlands is on the horizon with the deadline for public remarks on the project set for Tuesday, Oct. 23. The long-awaited restoration...