| Save Our Peninsula donates $10,000 to Chapter
The Ventana Chapter gratefully acknowledges the recent gift of $10,000 from the
Save Our Peninsula (SOP) committee. Ed Leeper, an SOP spokesperson, stated that
these funds were part of a settlement of a lawsuit SOP brought against the Robles
Del Rio Lodge, in Carmel Valley. The suit was based upon Robles Del Rios
sale of water credits to wealthy developers at exorbitantly high fees.
Attorney Richard Rosenthal filed suit on behalf of SOP. As part of the settlement,
Robles Del Rio was ordered to place $35,000 in an escrow account, to be used for
specific enumerated purposes. If not expended within a year, the funds were to
(and did) revert back to SOP which donated them to Monterey County environmental
groups. In addition to the Ventana Chapter, groups receiving donations from the
fund were the Big Sur Land Trust, LandWatch and Helping Our Peninsulas Environment
SOP was founded in 1995 to stop the Developers Dam, and worked with the
Ventana Chapter on that issue. Since then, SOP has served as an environmental
watchdog concerned with development projects proposed for Monterey County.