Names like "Landmark Village" and "Mission Village" conjure pictures of quaint rural communities -- not a combined new city of 5,500 houses plus 2.5 million square feet of commercial buildings crammed onto coastal wildlife habitat.
Yet that's exactly what Los Angeles County is proposing for the never-ending zombie project known as Newhall Ranch. These "villages" will destroy more than 290 acres of floodplain of the last free-flowing river in Southern California -- the Santa Clara River.
In creating a new city of at least 10,000 people, this development would also eat away at already-diminishing habitat for some of the region's most iconic rare plants and animals, including the unarmored threespine stickleback, a rare fish, and two rare birds, the least Bell's vireo and California condor. And while Newhall is promising "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions, don't bet on it. The company's plan relies heavily on purchasing carbon credits from potentially dubious sources.
February 7, 2017 Action Alert ID# 473
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