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EHL in the News
On June 15, 2004, immediately prior
to a critical vote on the San Diego County General Plan “2020
Update,” the San Diego Union-Tribune published an
opinion piece authored by EHL Executive Director Dan Silver calling
for environmentally sound supervisorial leadership on land use.
Click here to read the op-ed.
After the vote on the
“2020 Update,” the Union-Tribune’s June
17, 2004 edition quoted Silver’s reaction to one of the land
use maps moved forward for analysis: “The map is a balanced
compromise that would allow the process to move forward and the
stakeholders to continue to work together,” he said.
EHL was also quoted in
other newspaper stories across the region. In the June 12, 2004
Orange County Register, Dan Silver pointed out the fatal
flaw in the proposed Rancho Mission Viejo development: “One
of our biggest concerns is habitat fragmentation,” he said.
“We'd like to see more focused development, rather than scattered.”
In the June 22, 2004 Los
Angeles Times, EHL reacted to an adverse judicial decision
on the Saddle Crest/Saddle Creek development: “If we don't
preserve Orange County's wildlife now, well, we don't get a second
chance,” said Dan Silver, the agency's executive director.
In the wake of formal
signing of permits for the Riverside County Multiple Species Habitat
Conservation Plan (MSHCP) that will conserve 153,000 acres of new
private land, Silver described the benefits for the public-at-large
in the June 23, 2003 edition of the Los Angeles Times:
“What this means to the public is that there’s going
to be beautiful, natural open space in Riverside County, and that
will keep Riverside different than, say, L.A. County.”
The July 2004 Planning Report (“The
Insider’s Guide to Managed Growth” at planningreport.com)
featured an extensive interview with Dan Silver on the Riverside
County MSHCP and the state of “smart growth” in California.
According to Silver, developers are “cherry picking”
the smart growth package, and the most environmentally damaging
problem -“rural residential” sprawl at the urban fringe
- is not being addressed.