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Coastal Commission Grants Extension for Malibu Lagoon Permit

The original coastal development permit originally called on California State Parks to finish all work within the Malibu Lagoon by Oct. 15, but the contractor has asked for extra time to finish up the reintroduction of native plants.

The California Coastal Commission recently granted California State Parks a 16-day extension on a permit needed to finish restoration work at the Malibu Lagoon.

The permit, which required that all work within the wetlands area be completed by Oct. 15, has been extended to Oct. 31, according to Craig Sap, California State Parks District Supervisor for the Los Angeles District.

More time is needed to finish the at the lagoon before the removal of a temporary dike, which separates the main body of the lagoon from the channels.

"The longer we can delay the opening of the dike, the better chance the plants will have," Sap said.

However, an earthen berm created for a retention basin within the restoration area is expected to be torn down as early as Thursday, he said.

"The water will come in and start filling in the lower areas," Sap said.

According to a letter dated Sept. 26, California State Parks requested the additional time on Sept. 21, including an allowance for work to take place on Saturdays. The permit allowed the Coastal Commission to allot more time "for good cause."

The additional time is not expected to have any harmful effects on any species, and biological monitoring will continue, according to the letter from the Coastal Commission.

The permit allows for the construction of a public access trail and "interpretive elements" through Dec. 31. Sap has said previously the project should be completed on time in December.

Susan Tellem October 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
We spent all this money destroying the lagoon, yet the state has no money to keep dirty diapers, drugs and filth out of the San Gabriel River. Explain that. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-trashed-river-20120930,0,5547567.story
Cece Stein October 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM
If the Lagoon's Western Channel area was not used as a dump that destroyed it's function as a wetlands by unscrupulous land developers and Cal Trans contractors in the 30's and 40's it would not require voter approved bond money to RESTORE ( as opposed to DESTROY ) the dysfunctional wetland to a healthier habitat for wildlife and surfers. but since the Project is looking like it might be coming in under budget, the money may be well spent on preventing the problems that are occurring at the San Gabriel River by improving the security at our borders. We are constantly picking up trash and dirty diapers at our semi secret little beach here in Malibu. We often confront these violators when we see them leave trash behind and most can barely speak a complete sentence in English. I doubt many of these trash offenders are here legally. Understand the importance of a functional wetland is described in this new YOU TUBE video. A MUST SEE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nGYnpWs-uU
Niles Akbar October 02, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Dottie, it is NOT racist to connect the dots from a peasant society and their observed trash-throwing behaviors in their own beautiful beaches. It is not racist to resent the presence of millions of illegals in California as our tax dollars provide them with a wealth of undeserved public services ( http://www.laalmanac.com/immigration/im04a.htm ). Then they throw their dirty diapers on the beaches and waterways ( http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/29/local/la-me-trashed-river-20120930 )
Jason M October 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I'm excited about the new look. I personaly will spend at least ages hours every week picking up cigs and trash for free. I can't do it all myself. People need to learn to use garbage cans.
Jason M October 02, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I'm excited about the new look. I personaly will spend at least a few hours every week picking up cigs and trash for free. I can't do it all myself. People need to learn to use garbage cans.
Cece Stein October 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Racist? NO. Realistic? YES. Can you pick out the racist statement in my post? Didn't think so. Susan Tellum's link above describes the culture that is impacting the shorelines of the San Gabriel River. As someone who has traveled to local Baja on numerous occasions I have witnessed their "peasant society and trash throwing behavior" ( thank you Niles! ) firsthand. I have great respect for anyone, including immigrants that are here legally that have respect for their surroundings and the law of the land. To come to the U.S., seek refuge, take advantage of public services and to treat our beaches and streams like a toilet is as unacceptable as the white immigrant developers who treated the Malibu Lagoon as a trash dump in the 20's thru 40's, "or the hipster white folks putting their cigarettes out on the ground in Solstice Canyon"... and by the way Dottie, were neighbors... maybe we'll see you out one of these days when were cutting castors or picking up trash at the beach.
Sara Gepp October 03, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Dottie I agree with you. CeCe Stein. Your incendiary statement is nothing but racist. With a thin wrapper of self righteousness. I pity you. I do because you actually think you're on a moral high-ground. So sad, so very sad.
Cece Stein October 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Sarah Gepp, Feel free to specify the exact incendiary statement... your personal attacks aside - why don't you stick to the issue of this thread - which is the extension of coastal permits for The Lagoon Restoration. Just a side note, my mother was an immigrant who came to this country and earned her citizenship - just like everyone else should. By the letter of the law. There is no self righteousness in my statement ( as their seems to be in yours ), there is experience in understanding the process to become a U.S. citizen and to respect the honor of becoming a citizen. I speak from the example my mother set for me. Next time you want to make a personal attack, get to know the person first.
john of arc October 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
How funny it is to read "smart peoples" Write stupid comments about people they don't know , while trying to vent their feelings about another issue , how ever right this issue is. Get off the illegals they aren't the source of this or any other problem in this country. It is missdirection created buy politicians who need to get our eta of the ball. Be nice and decent to all.
Jessica E. Davis October 03, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Please refocus this comment thread on what the story is actually about: the permit extension at the Malibu Lagoon.
Cece Stein October 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nGYnpWs-uU Voices of reason . Getting the new native plants to get properly rooted is a good reason to grant an extension before the dike is removed .
John October 03, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Racist or not, it is true. I have seen the same thing when I lived in Carona Del Mar - the beach was full of trash at the end of the beach day, even though there were plenty of trash cans conveniently located all over the beach. Recognizing cultural differences could be racist if you want them to be. Some cultures do not educate people on why littering is bad. Is that racist?
sean October 03, 2012 at 11:22 PM
sorry to say this about my own neighborhood, but the prevailing surfer jock attitude in malibu is straight racist. Ive heard it from my friends since I was a kid and you can see it even today. Look on patch and you can see "locals only" events. If the citizens in maibu have any guts they would boycott these events and shame all of the surf jocks that carry racism with the same pride as they carry their nerfboards.
hellwood October 04, 2012 at 12:26 AM
sean, Your post is irrelevant, confrontational, and negative. "surfer jock" is an oxymoron, which explains a lot about the depth of your comments, as well as your age. locals have not had anywhere to play because if 300 people aren't willing to pay 10-20 at the door, the bookers and bar owners don't make enough money to be bothered. the MLO night is just a night featuring local bands with a 5 dollar cover, and its open to the public. all communities typically have events that feature local talent, music and arts, and this has nothing to do with racism. why don't you tell the flash mob organizers here in malibu that they are racist for supporting local businesses while you are at it? oh, and nobody believes that you are a local. did you bonk your head on your boogey board?
Andy Lyon October 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
"We are constantly picking up trash and dirty diapers at 'OUR' semi secret little beach here in Malibu." YOUR ?? Just one more thing that you took over, huh? "or the hipster white folks putting their cigarettes out on the ground in Solstice Canyon" At two packs a day I wonder how many cigs Mark Abramson has thrown on the ground in the new lakegoon ??
Jacky Tomlinson October 26, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Sean and Hellwood, you guys don't have to agree. The value is in your stating your perspective. By each of us saying what we see from our spot in life, we all get a broader view. Thank you for stepping up and broadening our perspectives. I have not knowingly ever gone to an MLO event but understanding what they are now, I'd go and I'd hope to see other Malibuites there. It sounds like a fun opportunity for members of our community to get together. Lots of people here surf, they can't all be super surfer jocks (athlete's). Every sport is going to have it's elitest. People who think they are defined by their performance in their sport. That's their perspective. It's usually not permanent. I don't have to be attached to it. I can still choose to get to know the person, or not. I love the idea of us all coming out and hanging together, surfers, producers, finance geeks, business people, local Moms and Dads, artsists, teachers, fire fighters, health guru's... we have it all in Malibu! We are so lucky and blessed!!

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