By Michael A. Lewis (Contact)
To be delivered to: California Coastal Commission
The coastal terrace prairie of Arana Gulch is a fraction of the remaining 1% of California's original unique coastal prairie ecosystem. The Arana Gulch greenbelt, saved from development by a vote of the people in 1979 and again in 1994, is home for many sensitive species, including the Santa Cruz Tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia). It is a rare natural place in an urban setting, with two existing accesses serving City and County residents, who enjoy and appreciate its uniqueness daily.
The City's draft Master Plan EIR states that there will be "significant and unavoidable" impacts to the endangered and threatened Santa Cruz Tarplant "which cannot be fully mitigated" if the Broadway Brommer project within the Arana Gulch Master Plan is approved, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service and CA Dept. of Fish & Game agree with the City's determination. This non-resource dependent, City Public Works component of the Arana Gulch Master Plan is inconsistent with the Coastal Act.
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