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A Coastal Commission Enforcement Hearing is scheduled for January 7-9, 2015 in West Los Angeles. The owners of Banning Ranch are under investigation for major violations of the California Coastal Act, including massive unpermitted habitat clearing that threatens the survival of Banning Ranch wildlife, and oil field violations that include 153 unpermitted wells.
This Enforcement Action is the single most important event in our 15-year effort to save Banning Ranch.
The Conservancy needs experts to testify before the Coastal Commission. We also need busses to take supporters to the hearing. This is essential to our effort, but money is needed to cover these costs. Now is the time to make a donation. Remember, the Conservancy is 100% volunteers and 100% of donations go to the cause of saving Banning Ranch. Also, donations made by December 31st are tax deductible.
• Enforcement Hearing update!! The Coastal Commission enforcement action against NBR LLC and West Newport Oil Company for unpermitted mowing and unpermitted well drilling and related oil field activity on Banning Ranch is expected to be held in January. The hearing dates are January 7-9, 2015 and the most likely area is West Los Angeles, in either Santa Monica or Marina Del Ray. We'll report back when we have the exact day and location of the enforcement hearing.
Meanwhile, please pencil in January 7-9 on your calendars. The Conservancy believes the enforcement hearing could be the single most important event in the 15-year history of our effort to save Banning Ranch. We need you to stand with us at the hearing. A huge turnout will tell the Commission that the public wants a permanent end to the excessive unpermitted mowing and oil field activity on Banning Ranch, the habitat restored to its original condition and the owners of Banning Ranch held accountable.
• Help us permanently stop the mowing on Banning Ranch! Sign our petition to the California Coastal Commission. We’re asking the Commission to put a permanent end to the mowing and clearing of ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas) on Banning Ranch and to restore the habitat. Banning Ranch’s wildlife, rare birds and marine life won’t survive without the habitat! • SPON's new look. Be sure to visit SPON's relaunched website and learn about their new campaign, "Still Protecting Our Newport - Inspiring the Next Generation" at www.SPON-NewportBeach.org. Click here to go directly to the website. SPON'S initial goal with this effort was to alert the public to the negative impacts of Ballot Measure Y in Newport Beach, which they did very successfully. Measure Y was defeated in the 2014 mid-term elections by a popular vote of 13,448 (69.50%) to 5,901 (30.50%).
•The Banning Ranch Conservancy Vision Plan. Our 2nd edition of the Vision Plan can now be accessed online. Please click here.
•The BRC needs volunteers. If you have experience with Wordpress websites, please contact Suzanne Forster at (949) 650-8806. We need volunteers to help with site design and content. If you have experience with Quickbooks for Nonprofits or would like to help out at a BRC Event or with our fundraising efforts, Suzanne would love to hear from you as well.