Environmental Press # 315

Subj: HB: Join the Wetlandvillage! Down with AES monster!
Date: 9/5/2003 4:15:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Doug Korthof <doug@seal-beach.org>
To: voiceforveterans@aol.com (via list)

RE: Huntington Beach wetlands:
Join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wetlandvillage/

Hi,
The major evil in Huntington Beach is the AES power plant. It DOES contribute $$ to "civic groups", according to reports; whether that is really a rake-off is open to investigation. This giant, obsolete monster sits on the Coast, with permits to suck in up to 500 million gallons of living sea water every day -- grind it, boil it, discharging DEAD water into the Ocean at temperatures high enough to inhibit fish from spawning successfully, creating a massive 'dead zone'.

This is obsolete. Modern combined cycle power generators don't use ocean inlets and outfalls; so AES is fated for removal -- except for Poseidon, which threatens to give it new life by USING THOSE PERMITS to continue killing the Ocean under the guise of the desalination scam! Poseidon MUST BE STOPPED!

 

Littleshell/bigshell wetlands border the Cabrillo trailer park, which stands surrounded by wetlands and is a target for industrialization. This park has been renamed the WETLANDVILLAGE, and the people in it are rallying to stop the the planned destruction of this affordable housing and roll back the further destruction of remaining wetlands around AES.

Hyatt hotel, according to Stan Cohen's report, received $2m in low-income housing grants, and $4m in loans, under the theory that it would provide jobs for low income workers!

Yet here, right across the street, is GENUINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING already in place -- and yes, it is ALREADY ON PUBLIC PROPERTY, as it is still owned by caltrans! The city and the developer are plotting to sell out the wetland village, and industrialize the area!

The wetlandvillage already exists, and is not harming the wetlands surrounding it. There is no reason to destroy it, and still less reason to build anything in the area. Instead, we need to tear that AES monster down, and restore the ground to its original wetlands state for habitat, recreation and use of the people. LEAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ALONE! Don't tear it out!

We say, NO BUILDING ON WETLANDS! These areas are all part of the former estuary complex of the Santa Ana river, and all belong to the people under the Sovereign Lands doctrine. AES itself sits on filled-in wetlands, and must be removed.

JOIN WITH THE HEROIC WETLAND VILLAGE DEFENDERS, who nurture wildlife and cherish the neighboring bigshell wetland! HELP DEFEND GENUINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE COASTAL ZONE!

The wetland village folks hold their meetings on Wednesday night, you can go there in person; but to help them gain visibility, you can just join their group, and follow their progress in bringing this issue to the attention of the people of Huntington Beach, their elected officials, Cal-trans, and finding a way to buy the property -- currently the former landowner is trying to get it from Caltrans for only $1.5m. LESS than was given to Hyatt for phony low-paying jobs supposedly for people living in low-income housing.

/Doug

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wetlandvillage/

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