Playa Vista: Legal challenge to the Village rejected

A Santa Monica Superior Court has denied a petition of three environmental organizations that opposes the entitlements of the Village, the second stage of Playa Vista’s commercial and retail venture.

The petition by the Ballona Wetlands Trust, the Surfrider Foundation and Anthony Morales, a chief in the San Gabriel Gabrielino Tonga tribe, challenging the environmental impact report for the Village, was rejected by Judge John A. Torribio.

“The court finds that there is substantial evidence in the record to support the conclusion the conclusion that the respondent (Playa Vista) has complied with the court’s orders,” the judge wrote.

The Ballona Ecosystem Education Project, another petitioner, also had its challenge to the writ of mandate was also turned away by the court.

A complete story will be in the Jan. 27 issue of the Argonaut.