The citizens of Laguna Beach deserve congratulations for the recent decision by the Fish and Game Commission to designate our ocean as a Marine Life Protected Area. Without the overwhelming support from Laguna's residents and leadership from a band of citizen volunteers too numerous to list, this designation would not have been possible.
Councilwomen Toni Iseman, Verna Rollinger, Jane Egly and Elizabeth Pearson also deserve our thanks and congratulations for this victory! We all appreciate their leadership on an issue so important to our village. And, more importantly, we saw they were not deterred from taking a courageous stand by a few strident critics who have and continue to personally criticize their environmental votes and commitment to our blue and green belts.
They are creating a legacy for which they should be honored, thanked and recognized.
I have been spending a lot of time in China this year and can testify to the destruction of marine life and ocean quality taking place across the Pacific. Overfishing, uncontrolled development along the coasts, discharge of poisons and sewage into rivers, etc. continues unabated. No one drinks tap water in China except the poor who have no choice. Their beaches are simply unfit for any human activity and their cities choked by air pollution that is literally doing serious damage to their lives. It is a crime! As is the destruction of their culture, history and neighborhoods as a result of a building approval process that provides for no citizen input. It is so sad to see.