Petition Update

A letter from Keith A. Dixon to the city of Costa Mesa - Part 7 of 8

Benjamin Yessayian
Costa Mesa, CA

Oct 15, 2013 — --== A post from the Friends of Fairview Nature Park ==--

Previous damage to Ora-58 by the city:

Years ago the city was dredging the river below and needed some place to dump some of the huge amount of accumulated mud and trash. So they trucked tons of it up to the bluff top and spread it on the west part of Ora-58 over a cemetery area. There was talk of lawsuits because of the damage. How did that happen? The city person in charge said he had a "vague memory" that archaeological sites can be protected by covering them. Although he had good intentions, he acted just on that vague memory, without consulting the guidelines in his files and without first asking for advice from any of the archaeologists or organizations known to be available. Properly covering a site to protect it is a highly technical operation. It was never recommended because the plan was to maintain open space -- the site would have been protected with no need for impacting its surface.