Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat and EnviroReporter.com first exposed Wayne Fishback’s dumping of tons of rubble and trash into wild canyons near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the 2006 feature FISHBACK MOUNTAIN. Six galleries of this dumping, and resultant public protests, are documented in Fishback Mountain Gallery.
“The County of Ventura obtained a mandatory injunction ordering two property owners to remove massive quantities of solid waste they illegally disposed on their property,” said a county news release February 10, 2015. “Based on the property owners’ flagrant violations of law over many years, the Court also awarded $21,710,000 in civil penalties to be paid to the County, which is the maximum amount the Court could award under the law.”
By this time, as seen in the galleries below, Fishback had already been letting dumpers drop their loads into Browns Canyon in Los Angeles County. Judge Stephen P. Pfahler agreed with the county June 1, 2018 that Wayne Fishback, Charles Lee, ABC Waste Management Corp. and Cepheid LLC continued to violate his 2015 order preventing the transport and deposit of concrete and demolition debris in Browns Canyon. The following galleries document nearly four years of illegal dumping which is slowly being hidden by vegetation:
Fishback Mountain Gallery – 6 galleries of Ventura County dumping
It’s his property, leave the man alone.
Its no wonder that so much crap is coming down Browns Canyon creek in the rains. Looking at these mountians of rubble covered by dirt doesnt hide that a big deluge could make these dumps collapse then plug up the canyon. Then a mud lake builds up, dirt dam breaks and goodbye north Chatsworth. We’ll have a great view at least. Thanks Fishback.
I’ll bet Enviroreporter had to work really hard to get those photos. The County needs to start policing the area — now that we’ve seen these photos, the cops have good reason to fly drones over Brown’s Canyon. Then arrest anyone dumping anything.
This is infuriating. What does it take to put this guy in prison?
Dale must not live near Browns Canyon because it had little dumping before Fishback and it is no longer a “beautiful wildland”. The reason people ignore or endlessly appeal judgements is because you can get away with this without threat of jail. Fishback already owes Ventura county $22 million and yet can pull this stunt over and over. This speaks to government laziness and/or corruption because these kind of crimes should have seen jail cell doors slamming long ago.
The photos of Browns Canyon show a beautiful wildland area. It’s too bad that such wide open spaces invite dumping, now and in the past. Wherever man inhabits there are trash piles that inevitably follow. It seems from the article that proper permits were not issued and civil judgements have not stopped the flow of trash and construction debris. It’s puzzliing that people can just ignore or endlessly appeal judgements while the dumping just goes on and on. Of course, the land at the Santa Susanna Field Laboratory also experienced dumping and is home to some very hazardous contamination nearby to Browns Canyon. And, that situation goes on and on too. I feel very sorry for the neighbors of SSFL and Browns Canyon. That beautiful area has had such a troubled past.