“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana- “Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason”
In 1983, Governor Jerry Brown, was serving the great State of California and was our youngest Governor when he was elected at 37 years of age. Madonna’s hit song “Holiday” was playing on our radios, “Footloose” was about to debut in theatres, Sally Ride was taking a ride as the first US woman astronaut in Space and bulldozers were dredging up the Malibu Lagoon in order to “restore” it. This Malibu lagoon “restoration” effort involved the excavation of three channels and the creation of a series of boardwalks and bridges to increase wetlands and public access to world-famous Surfrider beach.
Fast-forward to 2012, Governor Jerry Brown is currently serving the great State of California, only this time he will be the oldest governor elected at 73 years of age. Madonna’s new hit song “Girl Gone Wild” is playing on radios, “Footloose 2” is coming out on DVD’s, a private space capsule was launched by SpaceX and the bulldozers will once again be dredging the Malibu Lagoon, imposing man-made designs over what mother nature has created over the past thirty or so years.
The City of Malibu opposed this destructive and dangerous dredging. Nearly 10,000 people from all over the world have signed an on-line petition opposing this destruction. Thank you all for remembering our past and praying that we will not repeat mistakes made.
Will the current Malibu dredging project help Mother Nature or hurt it? We will all be watching. I hope and pray that this time our children will learn what works and what doesn’t work with respect to a true “restoration.”