Mailbag: Taxpayers not funding mesa plan

March 09, 2011

In their hit piece about the Land Trust plan for the Bolsa Chica mesa ("More like a 'heart attack for the mesa,'" Natural Perspectives, Feb. 10), Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray write that it "will cost $4.3 million to implement. Wow. Would that be our tax dollars that it hopes to spend?"

Apparently, rather than taking the five minutes to find out and actually inform their readers, they preferred to ask a loaded question and move on, leaving the impression that the proposed project would be some sort of tax-funded boondoggle.

For those interested in facts rather than petty political sniping: The initial funding for the project planning came from a foundation that gets its money from both government and private sources. For the next phase, the Land Trust is applying for Proposition 50 funds.


This is a pool of money that already exists for projects such as the Land Trust's. That money will be spent somewhere, and a lot of people think some of it would be best used here to create a world-class restoration model as well as employ staff and contractors from the local area.

Going forward, the Land Trust will be seeking private funding and corporate underwriting as well as Prop. 50 funding for the 10-year project.

Thank you for the opportunity to at least partially set the record straight.

Victoria N. Bloom

Huntington Beach


Dog owner takes solace in spray

Hallelujah, Chris Epting!

Thank you for giving attention to this chronic problem ("Keep your dogs safe—on a leash," In the Pipeline, Feb. 24). We used to be afraid to walk our dogs in this city that we call home. Too many dog owners in Huntington Beach are ignoring the leash laws in this city. These owners seem to have a sense of entitlement and an attitude that the law doesn't apply to them. Our dog has been attacked four times just in our neighborhood by unleashed dogs. Unfortunately, our dog now tenses and reacts in fear when an unleashed dog approaches.

We now carry Spray Shield, which is a citronella spray that acts as an animal deterrent. When sprayed in an unwelcome dog's direction, this spray distracts the dog and is not harmful. Now, when unleashed dogs approach, we yell and try to verbally stop them. If they continue to approach, they are quickly sprayed. After each instance, the sprayed dogs have turned around and returned to the owner. Quite often, the owners do not even know the dogs have been sprayed because they are not even nearby.

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