Vandals cause destruction, disruption at wetlands site

Friends of Ballona Wetlands has its sign back where it belongs. The organization’s informational sign that normally sat alongside Culver Boulevard in the Playa del Rey area was vandalized and dragged to a creek in the wetlands. Volunteers Desmond Crumwell, Michael Beverly and Douglas Mercer — and led by Juan Alvarado — retrieved the sign from the creek. Sign painter Bud Harris of Bud Harris Signs cleaned the sign and the group reinstalled the sign where it had earlier been. “It must have taken three strong guys to lug that sign to the creek,” said Friends of Ballona Wetlands president Ruth Lansford. “Strong, but not too bright. In the process, they mowed down a swath of sensitive wetland vegetation.” The Friends organization has recently gone through a period of vandalism with its other informational signs. Signs required by the state Coastal Conservancy in compliance with a restoration grant have been stolen, Lansford said. A wetlands restoration trailer was also broken into and several dozen expensive binoculars that had been donated by supporters of wetlands restoration were stolen. Lansford suggests that the large Culver Boulevard sign that was lugged to the creek was probably too large to be loaded into a vehicle and taken away. Police reports have been filed on all losses and the police are taking an interest in continuing vandalism at the wetlands, Lansford said. The organization’s...

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