Talk:Sea Ranch, California

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I recently had the opportunity to read through "Milestones" issues 1-4 and another similar publication pulled from the quarterly magazine "Soundings", I believe. The Sea Ranch has at least two publications which I may be confusing: one reporting the doings of the Sea Ranch association (Boundaries? B-something maybe) which appears monthly and a quarterly reflective.

The "Milestones" major topics offer good bullet points for a history of the watershed events at the Ranch since its founding. I feel that the publications are clearly POV "sustaining resident": full-timers and those owners up on a regular basis. I compared the content in "Milestones" to the current page] and found it lacking in many of the main issues covered in the former corpus.

I unfortunately do not have open access to these materials but wanted to capture a few of the more expansive issues for later exploration by myself or others as areas for inclusion in this article.

  • Sea Ranch as design concept: The Sea Ranch was a planned community with a number of design goals. Largely this is oriented towards living harmoniously within the environment which should not be confused with a blanket environmentalism. The major values are sometimes described as "Vision" and continue to drive local decisionmaking.
  • COAAST, 1972's California Proposition 20 and its effects, and the Coastal Commission: some information here now but "Milestones" makes this sound like a pretty big deal. It seems that the Ranch and the Coastal Commission came to an impasse on public access to the coast to the extent that construction was all but halted for more than a decade. Interesting now, given the relative impact of the feared Public Hiker versus the ongoing menace of (public) golfers poking about. Also, I believe its "COAAST", not "COAST".
  • The drive towards independence: once Oceanic resolved its issues with the Commission it began divesting itself of its various stakes in the Ranch. I believe the entity providing water for the Ranch may have been the last of the investments they held.
  • Future direction: I think there's ~2300 lots provided for and ~1750 built, thereabouts. "Buildout" with its many revised speculations as to completion has been an issue of ongoing concern for Ranchers since the earliest "Milestones" coverage, 1984-5.
  • Sea Ranch as community: while the community is largely driven by the Vision design concept, it has a character beyond that. The Association and its various committees govern nearly everything at the Ranch and I believe is largely self-ruling which I think is probably worthy of commentary. It seems like there is celebration and much energy put into well-pitched battles such as the defeat of several high-density or commercial projects within the Ranch and other times one can assume the mantle of Defender of Vision.

"Milestones" were good publications and covered a great deal more than the above. Much of it was very inward-facing and probably of little scholarly interest though could be covered in a "community" section: the building of the fire houses, the saving of the Great Barn, etc. Good luck! Ogre lawless (talk) 01:57, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

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Either edit the content of this page, or remove the Advert Banner. Don't make a negative statement (on the page) about previous editorials, and then walk away for two months. If you felt so inclined to add information you mentioned, you should have done so. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Brownbear1076 (talkcontribs) 18:55, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Research and writing takes time. Wikipedia's not the only thing I do. If you agree or disagree with the advert banner, you are free to edit accordingly—but the historical fact of Sea Ranch's role in the debate of California coastal land use is still there. Michael Patrick 15:54, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

I've marked this page with the {{advert}} template. It gives more praise ("creating a harmonious coexistance") than that which is appropriate in an Wikipedia article, and sounds a lot like this page. Neither that page nor this article, by the way, mention historic controversy over Sea Ranch and the subsequent the establishment of the California Coastal Commission via Proposition 20 in 1972. I might add that discussion when I have more time. Michael Patrick 23:03, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

Opinions opposing or agreeing are welcome, by the way. Please share your thoughts before deleting the advert tag. Michael Patrick 18:56, 18 July 2007 (UTC)