Could a piece of the Los Cerritos Wetlands be moving into the public domain in the not-so-distant future (and no, I'm not talking about the land swap!)???
The California Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) recently released the preliminary agenda for its upcoming May 27 meeting in Sacramento.
Of note, item 32 (Los Cerritos Wetlands, $6,180,000): To consider the allocation for a grant to the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority for a cooperative project with the State Coastal Conservancy and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, to acquire 100+/- acres of land to protect critical coastal wetland habitat, scenic features and vanishing remnants of California's wetland landscape located in the City of Seal Beach, in Orange County. The proposed funding source allows for the acquisition, protection and restoration of lands in or adjacent to urban areas. [Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Fund of 2002 (Proposition 50), Section 79572(a)].
The land in question is the Hellman Property.
You can find out more about the WCB by clicking here. Essentially (and from their website), the primary responsibilities of WCB are to select, authorize and allocate funds for the purchase of land and waters suitable for recreation purposes and the preservation, protection and restoration of wildlife habitat. WCB approves and funds projects that set aside lands within the State for such purposes, through acquisition or other means, to meet these objectives. WCB can also authorize the construction of facilities for recreational purposes on property in which it has a proprietary interest.
Keep your fingers crossed for a positive outcome!!