Politics Trumped the Mission

Re: “Happy Birthday, Heal the Bay,” opinion, April 30

It was actually one tenacious man, Howard Bennett, assisting another tenacious man, Rim Fay, who got the ball rolling on healing the bay 30 years ago — not Dorothy Green.

Howard initially recruited Dorothy to help Rim fight the waiver that the city of Los Angeles had sought to allow first-stage treated sewage to be discharged from the Hyperion Treatment Plant into Santa Monica Bay. You can read about it in “Dirty Water” by Bill Sharpsteen. My father, Dr. Rimmon C. Fay, helped my grandfather, Rimmon Loraine Fay, fight the first Hyperion battle in the 1940s when the pioneering Ocean Fish Protection Association was formed.

Rim Fay started the legal challenge to stop dumping DDT and PCB dumping into the sewer system and ocean off Palos Verdes, and he was the pioneer of fighting once-through cooling systems that kill billions of marine life forms daily. He ran against Ruth Galanter for L.A. City Council because he felt she would not adequately protect the environment.

When Heal the Bay got started, Dorothy would call Rim daily to ask for advice. But eventually she hired nonprofit leaders who allowed the goal of healing the bay to fade into bowing to political pressure and pollution as usual.

Heal the Bay leadership refused to support the fight to save the Oxford Basin Lagoon bird conservation area, which will soon become a recreational park and water feature built by another of L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe’s favored developers. The water recycling component for the Oxford Lagoon also got dropped. So much for Heal the Bay’s water management plan being comprehensive and protecting what you love.

I’ve stated for years that wastewater and runoff need to be captured, treated, recycled and reused within the municipalities where it is created, not dumped into Rim’s Bay at Hyperion. If this comprehensive regional approach is not fulfilled prior to a major earthquake, an epic environmental disaster could occur.

Will I be paying $500 a ticket for Thursday’s gala event? Absolutely not!

Douglas Fay, Santa Monica
Tired of Being in the Dark

Despite repeated protests to Los Angeles County officials about inadequate noticing of public meetings in Marina del Rey, the county continues to flout provisions of California’s Brown Act.

The county and its Department of Beaches and Harbors have consistently withheld essential information from the public prior to Small Craft Harbors Commission meetings, leaving us completely in the dark.

This is a longstanding problem that’s only grown worse under the current makeup of the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Division.

The most recent Small Craft Harbors Commission meeting was a particularly egregious example, because prior notice said there would be a presentation on an environmental process without any indication of what it was. The Brown Act states that a brief summary is to be provided, and this was not done.

Why does the county and its agents consider it their right to break state law with it comes to their “mis”-management of the publicly owned marina?

Jon Nahas

The Boating Coalition, Marina del Rey

FROM THE WEB

Re: “Housing at our future’s expense,” letters, April 30

The author incorrectly states that Westchester Secondary is looking at Cowan Elementary as a location for next year. WISH Charter school has been offered Cowan for its middle school program and Westchester Secondary is still hoping the district will find a way to make room for us at WESM or Emerson Manor prior to our court date on May 27.

Janet Landon, Principal WSCS

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