By Marcia Hanscom
Founder of (Ballona) Wetlands Action Network
Presdent Obama’s memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seems like it is far reaching beyond what any President has supported.
I still have tears in my eyes from reading it!
The public has been kept from secret meetings the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies have participated in related to plans for the Ballona Wetlands due to some “speculative or abstract fears” that this order below zeroes in on as so pervasive in some government places these days.
Maybe now the public will be informed as to why huge bulldozing plans to “re-contour” the wetlands, erase the habitat that literally hundreds of species depend on and favor water quality/move the levee plans are being promoted over the habitat preservation that stakeholders all voted was to be the primary goal of any restoration on the site.
When was this decision made, and who made it? Since we’ve attended every public meeting that has been called, we can only speculate that these decisions were made during the Managers Meetings or behind closed doors. Now the doors are being opened by our new President.
We have repeatedly asked to be allowed to attend the Managers Meetings, where government agencies have been making plans for the land we all love so mcuh.
Now we have the tools to attempt to force the issue.
Thank you, Barack Obama!