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California Conservancy Agency Accused of Wetland Fund Misuse (1)

Aug. 10, 2020, 8:51 PM; Updated: Aug. 10, 2020, 11:38 PM

The State Coastal Conservancy of California misspent more than $12 million on research for a project that seeks to destroy the last remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles, a suit filed in state court alleges.

According to the Aug. 7 suit, the agency used funds from a bond designated by California’s Proposition 12 to research ways to destroy the Ballona Wetlands, so that gas companies including SoCalGas could upgrade their underground natural gas storage facilities.

Approved in 2000, Proposition 12 created a $2.1 billion bond for spending on acquisition, development, and protection of recreational, cultural and natural areas, the suit...

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