My newspaper column this week (coming out this Thursday) is about how radio-controlled cars and dirt bikes have torn up about five acres of Huntington Beach Central Park. I’m using my blog to post extra photos plus a video of some guy lighting a fire for his car to jump through.
The whole park is 500 acres, so that means that a group of unauthorized hobbyists have taken over one percent of the park for their own use. They did this without obtaining liability insurance, filing an environmental impact report or making plans to mitigate the damage that they caused. This area supported rodents and lizards and had been former habitat for raptors. Nothing lives there now.
The plants in this area used to be hip-high at this time of year. Now there is nothing there. And this is how the wild world ends. Bit by bit, humans are destroying it.
And check out this video. This guy lit a fire on a Santa Ana wind day. I’m sure it’s cool to jump your toy car over real fire, but the city ordinances prohibiting fires anyplace except city-owned barbeque pits are quite clear. A variety of laws are being broken here every day and unless citizens demand enforcement, nothing will happen.
And listen to that mega-decibel whine. No wonder the hawks have left this area. Even if there was anything left there for them to eat, the noise would drive them away. So sad.
(To read more of Lou Murray’s environmental writing, see her weekly column, Natural Perspectives, in the Huntington Beach Independent at http://www.hbindependent.com/blogs_and_columns/ )