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Damon Nagami, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica

Damon Nagami

My love of nature started in the Eastern Sierras, especially the scenic drive up U.S. 395 from Los Angeles. The majestic, snow-capped mountains and serene lakes and streams are a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. When we get up toward Mammoth, sometimes I slow down and point out all the places we used to go trout fishing in the summer when I was little.

As director of NRDC’s Southern California Ecosystem Project, I work to protect parkland, open space and wildlife habitat and advocate for sustainable land use planning in southern California. Before joining NRDC in 2008, I practiced environmental law at a Los Angeles firm for five years. I earned my J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and my undergraduate degree in environmental sciences at U.C. Berkeley.

Recent Posts

Los Angeles Bans Indiscriminate Snares and Traps

Posted April 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the use of traps that snare or grip coyotes, bears, foxes and other animals in the city and directing the Department of Animal Services to ensure that other types of traps...continued

Huge Fracking Rally in Sacramento This Weekend

Posted March 12, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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On March 15th, Californians from across the state will descend on the capitol to speak out against the state’s failure to protect residents from the risks of fracking, as oil companies are increasingly looking to ramp up this heavy industrial...continued

Push For a Fracking Moratorium Gains Momentum in Sacramento and Los Angeles

Posted February 24, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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This month, California lawmakers at both the state and local levels are moving forward with efforts to put in place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other well stimulation activities. As I said in my blog post last...continued

What's Next For Bankrupt San Diego Landfill Developer?

Posted February 19, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that three of the original investors in the Gregory Canyon landfill project are seeking bankruptcy protection. This is not a good sign for the highly controversial project, which NRDC has opposed for many...continued

Letter to Gov. Brown: Californians United in Support of a Fracking Moratorium

Posted January 14, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Today, as the public comment period on fracking regulations ends, a broad and united coalition of 50 environmental, public health and social justice groups representing more than 2 million Californians just sent one unified comment, in the form of a...continued

California Leaders: Clean Up Your Fracking Mess Of A Bill

Posted September 12, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Some 11th-hour shenanigans from the oil industry and the governor’s office have allowed a good bill to go bad and pass through the California legislature without a full airing on its flaws. Fracking bill SB 4 passed late last night...continued

NRA's Enemy List Misses the Mark: Should Be Firing on Lead, Not Zoos and Conservationists

Posted August 9, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It seems that a gaggle of zoos, conservation groups and NRDC have somehow landed on the National Rifle Association's latest "enemies list" over what they perceive as a threat to access to ammunition. We don't have a problem with bullets or...continued

California Needs a Moratorium on Fracking Now

Posted July 23, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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A recent poll shows a majority of Californians want a moratorium on fracking. Governor Jerry Brown should give the people what they want. Leadership doesn’t mean sitting out tough battles. Governor Brown should use his executive power to direct DOGGR,...continued

Toll Road Denied Key Permit; Big Win For Southern California's Coast

Posted June 21, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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For the third time in six years, a regulatory agency has put the brakes on an ill-conceived toll road project in Orange County. On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board voted 3-2 to deny the Foothill/Eastern...continued

One More Chance to Stand Up For California's Coast and Reject the Toll Road

Posted June 6, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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We are still fighting the notorious Foothill-South Toll Road, an ill-conceived highway project that would pave over San Onofre State Beach, one of the most popular state parks in California, and destroy some of the last remaining wildlands along...continued

Beleaguered Toll Road Agency Approves Illegal Highway Project With Virtually No Public Notice

Posted April 19, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday, at the end of a hastily arranged “special meeting” that afforded virtually no prior notice or opportunity for the public to comment, the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agency (TCA) reportedly approved its plans to build the first five miles...continued

Conservative Think Tank Questions Toll Road Agency's Unsustainable Financial Plan

Posted April 11, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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For the second time in four months, the financial condition of Orange County’s Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), the public agency that has been trying for years to pave a toll road through San Onofre State Beach, is being called into...continued

Southern California Air Agency Poised to Take Big Step Forward in Tackling Pollution From Fracking

Posted April 1, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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On Friday, the agency responsible for cleaning up air pollution in the Los Angeles region, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, will vote on whether to adopt a new rule targeting the air pollution from oil and gas operations...continued

Speak Out to Stop the Toll Road and Protect Southern California's Coast

Posted March 4, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A destructive toll road is threatening a popular state park and the last remaining wildlands along the southern California coast. Sound familiar? It should, because it’s the same nonsensical project we thought we killed five years ago. For years,...continued

San Diego County Residents Speak Out Against Riverfront Garbage Dump...Again

Posted February 3, 2013 by Damon Nagami in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Another day, another packed public hearing near San Diego over the controversial Gregory Canyon landfill, the proposed 300-acre garbage dump that would be built next to the San Luis Rey River and sacred Native American sites. I've blogged about...continued

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