I am responding to the various and sundry letters published by the Independent on the general subject of the work being done on the Bolsa Chica mesa, its possible (mis)management by Bolsa Chica Land Trust folk and commentary/reportage by Lou Murray on her accidental discovery of water drained from hardpan soils.
First off, I believe that all parties involved in this (now) silly brouhaha over who did what and when and why must recognize that an open public meeting forum was the required modus operandi by the Land Trust. The possible secrecy — lack of openness to the community-at-large — would have avoided the rhetorical explosions both ways.
As one of hundreds of community activists of past years on the Bolsa Chica issue, saving all 1,700-plus acres and doing a college paper on the subject, I am disgusted at the current personal attacks against a "columnist" working for the Independent, and doing a fine job as far as this observer is concerned. Her "accidental" entry into this quagmire, and her persistence in getting to the bottom of her discoveries on dry/wet ground, is journalistic detail that she need not have followed up on, but she did, and she gets the watchdog award of the year from these quarters. Murray, thank you.