Los Cerritos Wetlands Unpermitted Grading

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March 22, 2009

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3/22/09, a huge pile of waste asphalt rock dumped on the site which was ordered removed by the CCC.

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Jacob inspects the perimeter, finding "artifacts", old bottles & newspapers dated 1950's or before.

Picture from the 3/27/09 Protest
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This sign says it all...click picture to enlarge.

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A number of palms such as these were removed from the site along with Egret nests.

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Waste asphalt "rock" the land owner says the city gave him to spread over the site.

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3/22/09

This is an old issue resolved.  

Currently (Oct/Nov. 2012) the land is undergoing native plant restoration.  The area (like a few others around Los Cerritos Wetlands) is an old landfill and is located directly across the Los Cerritos Channel (river) from Steam Shovel Slough. 

Click here
to see the original staff report recommending a "substantial issue".  This issue was heard at the California Coastal meeting November 2010

COASTAL PERMIT APPLICATIONS

a. Application No. A-5-LOB-10-15 (2H Properties, Long Beach) Appeal by Commissioners Shallenberger & Wan, Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust (Elizabeth Lambe, Executive Director), Thomas Marchese, Heather Altman, Mary Suttie, David Robertson, El Dorado Audubon Society (Mary Parsell), and Our Town – Long Beach (Joan Hawley McGrath, Sandie Van Horn, Pat Towner, Cindy Crawford, Tarin Olsen, Kerrie Aley, Allan Songer & Brenda McMillan) from decision of City of Long Beach granting permit with conditions to 2H Properties approved (after-the-fact) for importing 1,000 cu.yds. of soil to re-establish and maintain cap over existing landfill (in response to Coastal Commission Emergency Permit 5-09-068-G), and allow weed abatement and remediation, at 6400 Loynes Drive, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. (CP-LB)


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Old news articles about the Coastal Commission appeal (links may no longer work):

http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_14665850

http://www.lbreport.com/news/mar10/hitchccc.htm

http://www.insidesocal.com/greennotes/2010/03/coastal-commission-wants-new-hearing-on-los-cerritos-wetlands-grading-case.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/24/local/me-wetlands24


http://www.egretsnotregrets.com/2009/12/ponding-on-hitchcock-land.html


http://www.lbreport.com/news/apr09/loycpra.htm  


http://www.lbreport.com/news/mar09/aqmdwet2.htm


http://www.egretsnotregrets.com/search/label/Sean%20Hitchcock


On March 19th & 20th, 2009 new land owner graded a 10 acre parcel, which is a protective cap on a 1950's landfill.  The new owner had just purchased the land to make a soccer field, but had no permits.  An emergency permit was issued by the California Coastal Commission to cover the methane gas leaks with 4" to 6" of soil.

This land is zoned as "wetlands" and subject to environmental protection laws and has been on the list for acquisition to be included in the Los Cerritos Wetlands restoration.   

More pictures and desription of Los Cerritos Wetlands and surrounding areas:  http://caopenspace.org/loscerritoswetlands.html

Click any picture on this page for a larger view.
More old news articles (links may not no longer work)

http://www.presstelegram.com/ci_12014680


http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_11989537

http://www.gazettes.com/articles/2009/04/02/community_news/doc49d3cc0a9e73c041993105.txt

http://www.gazettes.com/articles/2009/04/02/opinion/letters/doc4908c7471198b719719196.txt

http://www.lbpost.com/newsdesk.php?id=895

http://buzz.yahoo.com/article/1:cbs2com117:b0aaa7f7ee94c9046d372163136d96c3/Wetlands-Grading-Leads-To-Stop-Work-Order

http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_11984503?nclick_check=1

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wetlands24-2009mar24,0,4722044.story



Long Beach's LCP (Local Coastal Program) SEADIP (which is in a revision process now), plans for the Los Cerritos Wetlands area & South East LB area, including maps.  Sub Area 23 is the designation for this parcel, described in SEADIP as intended use, restoration of wetlands--a brackish marsh, see page 20:  http://www.lbds.info/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=2459

 

Before Destruction, picture dated 6-1-08
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A little blurry, but shows how much ground was removed...which was a "cap" on the landfill.

After destruction, pictured dated 3/22/09.
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Same corner as the "before" picture, the asphalt pile shown was ordered removed by the CCC.

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This site was a landfill sometime back in the 1950's, before coastal protection laws.

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The edge of the property along Loynes Dr, near Studebaker Road.

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3/22/09