Burrowing owlets (photo by Kevin Cole)
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A group of conservation and environmental groups sued the City of San Diego a week ago, claiming that the city's development plans at Brown Field would destroy burrowing owl habitat at Brown Field.

Organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity and California Chaparral Institute say that the last remaining large population of burrowing owls is at Brown Field in Otay Mesa.

The groups charge that the owl burrows have been poisoned to eliminate the owls in order to keep from relocating them. The groups also charge that the city's multiple species conservation program was designed to protect burrowing owls and animals and plant found in vernal pools, yet both are on the brink of extinction.

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shirleyberan Nov. 29, 2013 @ 8:06 a.m.

Poison first, then see if anything they killed that had tried living there was near extinction? Nice work American development, again selfish ignorant monsters.

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Don Bauder Nov. 29, 2013 @ 9:27 a.m.

Shirleyberan. If the city is found guilty of using poison, some heads should roll, and the fine should be huge. Best, Don Bauder

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mridolf Nov. 29, 2013 @ 11:48 a.m.

No need to roll them. Just turn them 360 degrees.

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Don Bauder Nov. 29, 2013 @ 12:26 p.m.

Mridolf. But politicians can turn their heads 360 degrees with ease. Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Dec. 1, 2013 @ 9:12 a.m.

the city is too busy prosecuting persons that trim shrubs in front of their homes that grow on city property to have time for this.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/nov/30/man-faces-felony-charge-over-trimming-shrubs/#c26003

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Don Bauder Dec. 1, 2013 @ 9:24 p.m.

Murphyjunk. Picking the low-hanging fruit. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Dec. 2, 2013 @ 6:51 p.m.

This time, Bonnie was doing her best Jan Goldsmith immitation.

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Don Bauder Dec. 3, 2013 @ 3:21 p.m.

aardvark: Do you suppose she was wearing a wig as she did that imitation? Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 29, 2013 @ 8:18 a.m.

I don't even spray poison in my yard or on a sidewalk but I know some who have the poison spray service render all over their property every month. Overused. Still unconscionable.

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Don Bauder Nov. 29, 2013 @ 9:30 a.m.

Shirleyberan. The developers have run the city and county far too long. And they have succeeded in ousting a mayor who wanted to change things. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 29, 2013 @ 1:01 p.m.

They don't learn or change unless they get rolled in return.

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Don Bauder Nov. 29, 2013 @ 3:27 p.m.

Shirleyberan. And beware those who dare to roll them, even though they are Ina minority. Best,Don Bauder

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shirleyberan Nov. 30, 2013 @ 3:28 p.m.

Don - did you see on world news that the starfish in the Pacific Ocean are dying - I think they said "waisting away", many different kinds, they don't know why - I figure poisoned ocean. Report targeted lower Oregon area, a lot of Northern Ca coast the most extreme losses. Looks very bad as if they just turned brittle. Something unnatural happened to them.

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Don Bauder Nov. 30, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.

Shirleyberan. Extinctions are a problem in oceans. Commercial fishing has problems. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 1, 2013 @ 9:21 p.m.

Shirleyberan. Definitely. Pollution is a huge problem. Best, Don Bauder

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rehftmann Dec. 2, 2013 @ 11:11 p.m.

And that's the story of San Diego… profiteers using the public offices to convert natural assets into brownfields. The owls may become extinct due to San Diegans, but at least they did not die out from shitting in their own nest. Who will be around for the last laugh?

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Don Bauder Dec. 3, 2013 @ 11:47 a.m.

rehftmann: San Diego has a dismal record in this regard. Developers run the City and have for years, other than the short time in which Bob Filner was mayor. Best, Don Bauder

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