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Letters needed to protect the Santa Monica Mountains

Oct 4, 2020

Friends of the Santa Monica Mountains:

We need you! Please help save the Santa Monica Mountains’ treasured and threatened wildlife, wildlife corridors, sweeping ridgelines, habitat, and magnificent wild canyons from further mega development pressure and destruction.

You can do this by sending in your SUPPORT for the NORTH AREA PLAN that has been updated and reinforced by Regional Planning and is in front of the Planning Commission for a vote this Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Your letters of SUPPORT are critical now. Get them in today — the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Below please find two optional letters: You can simply cut and paste one of the letters or utilize any of the points contained therein or of course write your own —

Thank you, your voice is essential and it counts. The battle to save the North Area will not be won without you….

OPTION LETTER 1

Put in the Subject Line of your Email: SUPPORT ITEM #6 2017-003501-(3) NAP/CSD UPDATE

One Email to: SMMNorthArea@planning.lacounty.gov, TLippman@bos.lacounty.gov,

Cut and paste from here…..

Honorable Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioners:

SUPPORT – Agenda Item #6 Project No. 2017-003501-(3)

Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan * Community Standards District Update * FEIR

I/we strongly SUPPORT the above-referenced Project and its components and respectfully ask you to vote to approve these critical updated documents and recommend they move on to the Board of Supervisors for adoption and certification.

The North Area (NAP) is located in a rare Mediterranean ecosystem, in a designated Significant Ecological Area (SEA,) and contains “irreplaceable biological resources” of unsurpassed value to the people of this county.

The 22,000 acres are encompassed in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area — “in national parkland”. It is essential therefore that the goals of maximizing preservation of the area’s natural environment — and — recognizing the constraints that the land imposes for new development, are prioritized and reinforced, while providing for a wide range of public recreational opportunities.

Increased human activity associated with development is escalating negative impacts on our natural environment and on our rural communities, including greater vulnerability to destructive wildfires, heightened safety risks for residents, diminished water quality, degradation of overall ecological quality, and the loss of critical animal and plant habitats.

Thank you for this opportunity to ensure our voices are heard. Please vote YES to approve the updated North Area Plan, the Community Standards District, and the Final Environmental Impact Report.

Sincerely,

Your name/title/org

or

OPTION LETTER 2

Put in the Subject Line of your Email: SUPPORT ITEM #6 2017-003501-(3) NAP/CSD UPDATE

One Email to: SMMNorthArea@planning.lacounty.gov, TLippman@bos.lacounty.gov,

Cut and paste from here…..

Honorable Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioners:

SUPPORT – Agenda Item #6 Project No. 2017-003501-(3)

Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan * Community Standards District * FEIR

I/we SUPPORT the updated North Area Plan (NAP), the Community Standards District (CSD) implementation, and the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and respectfully ask you to vote to approve these critical documents so that they can move on to the Board of Supervisors for adoption and certification.

The North Area lies in a designated Significant Ecological Area (SEA) containing “irreplaceable biological resources” of unsurpassed value to the people of this County and to the wildlife that call it home. Furthermore, it is encompassed entirely in a NATIONAL PARK — the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Therefore, density and urban sprawl should be even more restricted, especially commercial enterprises, large special event venues, and residential facilities. All 22,000 acres of the NAP are in a Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone (VHFHSZ). Fire and fire frequency have increased and are a threat to public safety and to the wildlife and precious resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. More intense development creates more fire risks and consumes critical wildlife habitat that further chokes wildlife movement and survival. Noise, lights, and traffic, wield heavy impacts on the North Area’s sensitive resources and on surrounding rural neighborhoods.

Every new project creates a barrier to wildlife connectivity and is a threat to our endangered mountain lions. Public viewsheds must be preserved too.

Thank you for this opportunity to ensure our voices are heard. Please vote to approve and move the NAP, the CSD, and the FEIR forward, incorporating stronger protections where possible.

Sincerely,

Your name/title/org

Sample Letter:

October 4, 2020

SUPPORT ITEM #6 2017-003501-(3) NAP/CSD UPDATE

Honorable Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commissioners:

SUPPORT – Agenda Item #6 Project No. 2017-003501-(3)

Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan (NAP)

Community Standards District (CSD) Update

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)

I strongly SUPPORT the above-referenced Project and its components and respectfully ask you to vote to approve these critical updated documents and recommend they move on to the Board of Supervisors for adoption and certification.

Increased human activity associated with development is escalating negative impacts on our natural environment and on our rural communities, including greater vulnerability to destructive wildfires, heightened safety risks for residents, diminished water quality, degradation of overall ecological quality, and the loss of critical animal and plant habitats.

The North Area (NAP) is located in a rare Mediterranean ecosystem, in a designated Significant Ecological Area (SEA,) and contains “irreplaceable biological resources” of supreme value to the people of this county. Noise, lights, and traffic, wield heavy impacts on the North Area’s sensitive resources and on surrounding rural neighborhoods.

Furthermore, it is encompassed entirely in a NATIONAL PARK — the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Signed,

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