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Conservationists opposed to the Banning Ranch development celebrated a major legal victory last week with a California Supreme Court ruling that would require the developer to go back to square one and redo the environmental analysis for the project.
A ongoing legal battle in Dana Point centered on the rights of beachgoers versus those of property owners has taken a new twist with the city suing the developer of Strand at Headlands, claiming he owes taxpayers more than a half million dollars in legal fees.
Activists are encouraging the public to attend the final Coastal Commission hearing for Banning Ranch on September 7th. The California Coastal Commission staff has recommended a significant reduction to the project.
OC Coastkeeper’s Gary Brown argues the 50-year Poseidon deal would be a big dollar payday for investors while costing OC ratepayers – who have already adjusted their consumption by doing an amazing job of cutting back on water usage – billions of dollars.
Dozens of residents and activists, including a native peoples’ advocate, showed up to Thursday’s Coastal Commission meeting to criticize officials for poor communication and scaling back their protection of natural habitat.