State to review Bolsa Chica
By Joe Segura, Staff Writer, Long
Beach Press Telegram, NOVEMBER 12, 2008
LONG BEACH - The state Coastal Commission is set to
take a close look today at the method used to handle
scores of ancient Native American remains and thousands
of buried artifacts unearthed at the Huntington Beach-based
Bolsa Chica wetlands.
The commission takes up the issue at
the Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., the City
Council Chambers. The commission meeting begins at 8a.m.,
but it's not clear at what point the review begins.
The commission staff is recommending
the denial of a request to revoke the development permit
at the Bolsa Chica wetlands site, ruling the ancient
remains found there were handled within state guidelines.
The decision is part of a report released
Friday outlining a wealth of discoveries at two archaeological
sites at the Huntington Beach-based wetlands, findings
that point to ongoing excavation and salvage programs
that followed prescribed protocols, the staff stated.
A Native American monitor told the commission
last month that developer Hearthside Homes had failed
to properly handle "more than 6,000 bags of unsorted
material" from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands area.
Ten boxes of human remains also had
allegedly not been reported to the coroner's office
as required by state law, monitor Anthony Morales said.
Raymond J. Pacini, chief executive officer
of California Coastal Communities, the parent company
of Hearthside Homes, said all necessary procedures in
handling cultural resources were followed.
Commission staff listed among the discoveries
at the sites 83human remains that need to be reburied
and 83 prehistoric features that were uncovered with
the burials. More than 100,000artifacts have been collected,
including 5,839items found during grading.
No details of the discoveries were withheld
by the applicant's archaeologist, the commission staff
Note: The Commission voted unanimously
to reject the revocation of the permit on November 13,