Environmental Press # 301

Subj: Hellman: Gum Grove Park gate allowed; not a dog park
Date: 8/7/2003 11:02:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Doug Korthof <doug@seal-beach.org>
To: voiceforveterans@aol.com (via list)

The Commission, with words of praise for the late Lillian Robles, staff, the local tribe and chiefs, and the efforts of John Laing Homes, APPROVED the mitigation plan that preserves the Native American Cemetery on ORA-264, reducing the size of the tract by 6 houses.

In addition, Commission approved staff's siting the interpretive center proposed by John Laing Homes on "sit C", which is very close to "site B" on the expansion of Gum Grove Park. This location is a little farther from existing homes, which is responsive to some concerns by local residents, and integrates views of the wetlands with the mesa, a fine site for school kids to visit and a resource for all the people.

Commission agreed that Special Condition 17 does NOT bar a locked gate restricting entry to the park when it is not open, and does not interfere with public access. This phony argument was used by CCC detractors to make fun of the alleged "stupid" condition, but their bogus plot was penetrated and foiled by this Commission statement.


Commission further questioned Lee Whittenberg, Planning Commissioner and de facto universal factotum, about allegations that Gum Grove park was little more than a "dog park", with dogs roaming freely, defecating and urinating all over the park, its paths, off paths, and in the bushes. Whittenberg firmly stated that "ALL DOGS ARE ON LEASHES" in the park, which the Commission accepted as testimony. Let's hope it's accurate.


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