Good Advocacy

Thank you for showcasing our community’s many successful efforts to preserve important open spaces in Santa Barbara County. [News, “The Million-Acre War: Fighting to Preserve the Wilds of S.B.,” 4/15/10.] While it is extremely important to recognize and honor the institutions responsible for securing final acquisition of such places, it is equally important to acknowledge and thank the grassroots organizations who fought long and hard in the trenches—sometimes for decades—to make sure that such places were not developed and could be saved for enjoyment by future generations.

As Carla Frisk once said, “Behind every acquisition is a good lawsuit.” Virtually every wild place mentioned in your article was saved through years of activism, advocacy, appeals to the Coastal Commission and other agencies, and, in many cases, lawsuits. If it were not for the hard work and perseverance of the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) on behalf of their many clients (including, for example, the Carpinteria Valley Association, Save Ellwood Shores, Surfrider Foundation, and more), none of these places would have been available for acquisition.

Please support these groups as they continue to work on saving our important coastal places, including Gaviota, Naples, More Mesa, and others. —Alice Roessler

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

City Amends Charter Concerning Council Vacancies

The proposed amendment concerning elections must be approved by Santa Barbara voters.

Garden and Haley Closed for Emergency Sewer Repair

Northbound Garden Street closed between Haley and Cota streets.

Former Supervisor Tom Urbanske Dies

He had stayed active in community nonprofits benefitting those in need.

Hollister Ranch Settles with State to Provide Limited Public Access

A beach at Cuarto Canyon will be accessible by sea, and educational programs will expand.

School Safety Focus of Ongoing Workshops

Santa Barbara Unified will host parent meetings for next several months.