Bolsa Chica Mesa Landowner Fined $430,000 for Damaging Ancient Native American Village
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A Native American monitor must also be present for the reburials, as would have been required by law for the original excavation.
Hearthside Homes stooge Ed Mountford appeared before the commission meeting in Santa Monica Wednesday on behalf of the Goodell Family Trust to do what he does best: apologize, grovel and plea for mercy after desecrating yet more sacred land, bones and artifacts at Bolsa Chica. Hearthside, of course, is just the latest incarnation of the builder that has done despicable things on the culturally and environmentally sensitive coastal property for three decades, usually in defiance of state law. In 2005, the Coastal Commission controversially greenlit Hearthside's 350-home Brightwater project next to the Goodell site.
The most recent excavation was done after the property owner received permission to do surface studies that would not involve digging. Instead, three large pits were dug, damaging prehistoric shells, scorched rocks, animal bones and other cultural artifacts.
Despite Mountford suggesting a $130,000 penalty would be in order, the commission held an emotional hearing that was followed by a 10-1 vote to triple that offer. Funds from the settlement will be used to create an archaeological conservation project along the coast.
Speaking of digging, a Goodell rep abruptly withdrew an application to do even more of it when it became clear the commission was in no mood.