BOCA has just recognized longtime Canyon residents Earl and Carol Fisher for their generous deeding of oceanfront hillside to preserve ocean views for future generations.

The Fishers, who live on Ocean Way, own the bluffs along the western leg of Ocean Way, facing PCH and Will Rogers State Beach. In 2010, they deeded the two adjacent parcels to the Golden State Land Conservancy, and incorporated easements which will protect the historic open views to the Pacific.

This spring, BOCA commissioned Canyon artist and longtime BOCA member Judi Jensen to create an artwork commemorating the Fisher's gift to the community. The gift was to have been presented to Carol and Earl at the BOCA summer meeting, but at the last minute they could not attend. However, at the BOCA meeting, Judi was able to obtain signatures on a card for the Fishers from the members present. Last night, a delegation from BOCA was finally able to present the card and the artwork to the Fishers at their home. The delegation included Vice President Holly Goldberg Sloan, Environment Committee chair Wes Hough, and Judi Jensen.

BOCA would like to thank the Fishers for their long residency and civic contributions to the Canyon. Earl was a former BOCA president, and his and Carol's herculean efforts to preserve the Bradbury house, their historic home designed in 1923 by renowned Spanish Revival architect John Byers, has assured the permanent presence of this important Canyon landmark. For their efforts, they have been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Combined with the easement on the bluffs, these contributions by the Fishers reflect the best civic traditions of the Canyon. Their generous efforts set an example and have helped to protect the Canyon from overbuilding. The Fishers have helped assure that the architecture and landscape which make the Canyon so special are preserved for generations to come.

AuthorDoug Suisman