said Paul Horgan, a lawyer who plans to file the suit on behalf of the
Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Coast Keepers and the Sierra Club.
The commission, with the support of the city, agreed April 11 to
sacrifice the poorly functioning wetland on the condition that Mayer
partially restore and partially create a similar sensitive habitat four
times larger at the Donald G. Shipley Nature Center across town.
But the chairman of the Sierra Club's Los Angeles chapter, Gordon LaBedz,
said all wetlands should be protected.
"It's a no-brainer," he said. "We're going to fight it to the Supreme
Court if we have to."
The Sierra Club chapter's board of directors voted unanimously Sunday to
join the suit, he said. The wetland was the site of a protest on Earth
Day in which around 50 environmentalists rallied to stop Mayer Corp. from
proceeding with the development.
The developer is under no obligation to improve the nature center if a
court prevents the land swap, officials from Mayer Corp. have said.
The wetland sits on part of the 23 acres set aside for the construction
of 175 townhomes.