Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Ellen Stern Harris, California Environmentalist, Dies At 76

Resilient idealists like Ellen Stern Harris, who died of cancer Monday, Jan. 2, at 76 in her home in Beverly Hills, and Marvin Braude, the L.A. City Councilman who died last month at 85, were great environmentalists who left Southern California better than they found it.

Harris, in particular, had an uphill battle. She was something of a gadfly, who kept up a steady drumfire of agitation and was seldom popular with her colleagues.

She won her spurs on the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, which I covered for the Times in the late 1960s at a time when she was a minority of one on one of these boards that seldom was very active in pursuing the regulatory goals for which it had been set up. Later, Harris fought succeessfully for establishment of the California Coastal Commission, upon which she later served.

In meeting after meeting of the water quality control group, Harris beat her head against a stone wall, and I have to confess that while sympathetic with her goals, I frequently felt she didn't have a clue about behaving in a way that would win friends and influence people. It didn't help that Ray Hertel, the paid director of the water quality control board, was a bureaucrat who seldom pushed hard for improvements.

But, fortunately, for her, she had the support of the Times, and the people of Los Angeles during her service. She often prevailed, because she could not be ignored.

In all the time I knew Harris, and it was for nearly 40 years, I never saw her discouraged. Even at the end, suffering with cancer, and lacking the vigor she once had, she was indefatigable.

California is really lucky to have a good many people who fight for the beauty and quality of this state. They sit in redwood trees until U.S. Senators finally work out deals that insure they will not be cut down. They insist on air quality, until at last the auto companies come around half willingly to developing appropriate smog controls and hybrid engines. They have preserved much of the coast and they strive for public access.

And the newspapers often support them. Although some politicians appointed corrupt officials to the Coastal Commission, by and large it has done its job.

Make no mistake about it, we owe more than we ever could pay in honors or popularity to the Ellen Stern Harrises and Marvin Braudes, They made all our lives better, and they certainly will be missed.

I notice that Myrna Oliver wrote the Harris obituary for the L.A. Times. Her last day on the job at the Times, I understand, is Jan. 16. Myrna always cared enough to honor those people who passed on and deserved to be remembered. Now, she will be remembered, and I wonder whether the Times staff will carry on her worthy tradition.


Blogger mariognitrini111 said...

Here's an Update Ken:


This is Michael Hahn's (Kim Goldman's Husband) "FIRST E-MAIL" to Me. There was MORE in this "FIRST E-MAIL" that Michael Hahn Sent to me, but some of it I WILL NOT DIVULDGE, FOR REASONS:

Here is some of it,

Dated Monday, December 12th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

in Michael Hahn's OWN WORDS,

Sent To Me, Mario G. Nitrini 111:

"Dear Sir,

I made the unfortunate mistake of marring Kim Goldman in 2001
and am
now involved in a brutal divorce case trying to salvage the right to
see my Son
and retain any money that is owed me.

New Paragraph:

I have seen your posts were you publicly state your
negative opinions
about Fred and Kim Goldman and am interested in
any information you can offer me.

New Paragraph:

I am trying to get my Son away from those awful people and
anything that would be helpful I would appreciate very much.

New Paragraph:

Fred Goldman, his daughter and their circle of
friends are despicable people, I will do everything in my power to destroy them.

Please contact me, I look forward to talking with you.

Michael Hahn"

Michael Hahn says he's Involved in a "BRUTAL DIVORCE CASE."

So, according to Michael Hahn, he wants to retain ANY "MONEY" $$$$$$$$$$$$ that is owed him. According to Michael Hahn, he is trying to "SALVAGE" the Right to see his son.

WHO??? is Michael Hahn Referring to in Being Fred Goldman and Kim Goldman's "CIRCLE OF FRIENDS"??????

Michael Hahn says he is trying to get his son away from these AWFUL PEOPLE. WOW!!!!!!!!!


I broke this "FIRST" E-Mail up that Michael Hahn sent to me SO NO ONE CAN FORGE ANYTHING.

I have The ORIGINAL E-MAILS that Michael Hahn sent to me in 3 Safe Places where ONLY MYSELF and a Few People can get to them, FOR REASONS!!!!!!! They are ALSO Posted Securely.

Check me if I'm Wrong, but I have heard "NOTHING" in The Media about this, NOTHING. Is this ANOTHER COVER-UP with a Connection to The OJ Simpson Case?????? SURE LOOKS LIKE IT TO ME.

Mario G. Nitrini 111

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