It will be a day without politics at Bolsa Chica. Officially, anyway.
Over the last three decades, the coastal area has been the center of one controversy after another, as developers dug in their shovels, officials debated and environmentalists campaigned to preserve open space. When the Independent sought to identify the top story of the 2000s last year, it didn't take long to decide — the words "Bolsa Chica" showed up in our archives for the last 10 years more than any other proper name.
Now, it looks like the battle over Huntington Beach's wetlands may be one of the most prominent stories of this decade as well. The City Council voted in July to approve the Ridge, a 22-unit, five-acre housing tract, over many residents' pleas. Saturday, hundreds of members of the Tongva and Acjachemen tribes, who lived in Southern California long before the settlers arrived, plan to gather on the land.