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Developments are good for the city The development...

October 31, 2002

Developments are good for the city

The development of the Shea properties has been welcomed by all

residents that have seen the Bolsa Chica groups keep our city in a

quagmire of dissension for the last 30 plus years. Its approval has

many ancillary repercussions that will not only benefit future home

owners at this site but thousands of existing homes and businesses

that the developer will benefit by improved urban run-off control.

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The next step should be the approval of homes the Hearthside

developers would build on the Bolsa Chica mesa.

The Bolsa Chica land is outside our city's jurisdiction.

The state and county should shoulder the responsibility to

maintain it, not our city.

The approval of the Strand is not only a victory for those of us

who have campaigned for progress and prosperity in our city but a

symbolic gesture of the departing council persons that the grip the

Bolsa Chica groups should end and a call to the voters to confine

their concerns to the people of Huntington Beach, not the Bolsa Chica

groups that not only consist of members outside our city but are

presided over by residents as far away as Laguna Niguel.

Bolsa Chica has too long been an anchor to prevent progress and

prosperity to provide a pet project for a few that could not case

less about our economic future.

BOB POLKOW

Huntington Beach

Parkside Estates not worth the price

Parkside Estates should not be built. The Huntington Beach City

Council is in denial about the impact of additional traffic in the

area and cost of continuing burdens on the city's infrastructure.

Even if these arguments fell on a majority of council's deaf ears,

the fact that the area is a biological wetland should have protected

it from the possibility of wanton destruction by development. After

enduring a 30-plus year battle over the protection of the Bolsa Chica

wetlands, the majority of members of City Council should have had

their fill of waging their wrong-headed battle for development

against environmentally conscious citizens and agencies who

understand the importance of and necessity for retaining wetlands and

open space.

My understanding was that there were laws in effect to protect

California's remaining wetlands, and the City Council could have

avoided yet another contentious (and probably drawn out and costly)

dispute by doing the right thing and denying the construction of

Parkside Estates.

KENNETH M. KLEIN

Huntington Beach

I know the term "ironic" gets over-used. However, the City Council

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