• Banning Ranch Dispute Resolution. On June 12, 2014, Newport Banning Ranch LLC (NBR) hand-delivered to the Coastal Commission Staff a letter appealing Staff's determination of NBR's Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application as incomplete. The appeal triggers a dispute resolution hearing before the entire Commission within sixty days. The hearing date will be posted here when it has been scheduled. The dispute focuses on five Threshold Issues, all regarding the oil field operation, that must be resolved before the application process can continue.
•Matching Challenge. On June 25, 2014 at the Wednesday evening Banning Ranch Conservancy board meeting, special guests Frank Randall and his wife Joanne presented the Conservancy with the $25,000 matching challenge check. Frank and Joanne were given a beautiful framed plaque commemorating their generous donation and unwavering support of the Conservancy's mission to save Banning Ranch as an Open Space Nature Preserve and Park. Thank you Frank and Joanne for your vision and your giving spirit!! Thanks also to our many Banning Ranch supporters for their amazing show of support, without which we could not have made our Matching Challenge Goal!
•SPON'S Petition.Sign the SPON petition to stop the proposed Newport Beach General Plan amendments. These General Plan amendments will allow extensive development and traffic. Take this opportunity to tell just five of your friends about your concerns. Ask each of your friends to sign this petition and be a part of the growing wave of opposition to more traffic and more development in Newport Beach. Sign the petition!
Be sure to visit SPON's relaunched website and learn about their new campaign, "Still Protecting Our Newport - Inspiring the Next Generation" at www.SPON-NewportBeach.org. Click here to go directly to the website.
• Banning Ranch Tour Report by Suzanne Forster. The tour was great! Karl Schwing, Jonna Engel and Amber Dobson of the Coastal Commission were our tour guides. At each stop, Karl described the route and the development plan, Jonna handled the biology (ESHA and special species). For most of us it was our first time on Banning Ranch, so a unique opportunity for an up-close and personal look at the land we aim to preserve for posterity. Click here to read the rest of the report. Scroll down right sidebar to bullet point list.
•The Banning Ranch Conservancy Vision Plan. Our 2nd edition of the Vision Plan can now be accessed online. Please click here.
•The BRC needs volunteers. If you have experience with Wordpress websites, please contact Suzanne Forster at (949) 650-8806. We need volunteers to help with site design and content. If you have experience with Quickbooks for Nonprofits or would like to help out at a BRC Event or with our fundraising efforts, Suzanne would love to hear from you as well.