One of the conditions of the settlement was that Irvine Smith
would do nothing to impede Bren's developments. But she and her late
mother always called Newport Coast Drive, Donald's Road.
"I came out of the environmental closet in 1990 when Donald told
me he had no plans to develop Crystal Cove," Irvine Smith said.
Irvine Smith subsequently joined forces with Laura Davick,
president of the Alliance to Rescue Crystal Cove, putting the full
weight of the Irvine influence and resources behind the fight against
the development of the cove into a glitzy resort.
Irvine Smith is also a member of 18 conservation groups and groups
that support the restoration of El Moro Canyon at Crystal Cove State
Park. The group includes Laguna Greenbelt Inc., the Laguna Beach
Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, Village Laguna and the Laguna
"We held a fund-raiser in Huntington Beach and raised $80,000 to
get Prop. 50 on the ballot," Irvine Smith said. "Prop. 50 is
important because it is unique to have the state allocate money to
this area. Most of it goes to L.A. north. We need to get the money
The conservation groups announced Oct. 9 that a letter had been
sent to Gov. Gray Davis urging him to restore public access to El
Moro Canyon, which is now occupied by trailers at El Morro Village.
"The public spent $32 million to buy the land. It is time they got
to use it," said Greenbelt President Elisabeth Brown.