At the Bolsa Chica Land Trust town hall meeting on the Community Promoted Restoration, or CPR, plan, Independent columnist Lou Murray crossed the line from environmental defender to self-serving personal vendetta.
An overflow crowd of 150-plus came to hear about the plans to restore the lower bench of the Bolsa Chica mesa, demonstrating once again how much the community cares for its environment. After a presentation of the major highlights of the plan and a short break, there was a question-and-answer session.
Practically every issue Murray had brought up in her columns was inquired about, with explanations from either Land Trust representatives or a Department of Fish and Game official. Several times, it was mentioned that the plans still have to be approved by the California Coastal Commission, which means that they are not yet final. The respondents also stated several times that the plan is purposely flexible and adjustable to minimize potential impacts to wildlife, that there would be regular monitoring by DFG and outside consultants, and that they want the community involved because it is the community that saved the mesa — hence the moniker "Community Promoted Restoration" (emphasis added).