Past Stories
State officials now say it could be the middle of 
next year before they release their Ballona Wetlands restoration plans
Photo by Lisa Fimiani

After Annenberg departure, more waiting

Plans for restoring the Ballona Wetlands are delayed once again with loss of funding for nature center By Gary Walker How last Tuesday’s announcement that the Annenberg Foundation has discontinued its campaign to build a $50-...


Annenberg suspends $50-million Ballona involvement

Controversial plans to build a 46,000-square-foot environmental education center in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve have apparently been shelved, with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announcing late Tuesd...


A female El Segundo Blue deposits her eggs in the flowers of a buckwheat plant. Photo by Patrick Tyrell

Endangered species flutters against the odds

Despite drought-related setbacks, habitat restoration work has the tiny El Segundo Blue Butterfly bouncing back in the Ballona Wetlands By Gary Walker The restoration of the Ballona Wetlands may be mired in seemingly endless de...



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...






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