Dig at Bolsa Chica under scrutiny

The state Coastal Commission has asked the developer at a sensitive archaeological site believed to have been a long-lost Tongva village in Huntington Beach to defend its handling of an alleged massive number of ancient human remains and artifacts.

A hearing on a revocation request has been set for Nov. 13 at Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Theresa Henry, district manager of the Coastal Commission’s South Coast office, said Thursday.

A Native American monitor told the commission during its meeting last week in Ventura that developer Hearthside Homes has failed to properly handle "more than 6,000 bags of unsorted material" from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands area.

Ten boxes of human remains also had allegedly not been reported to the coroner’s office as required by state law, Native American monitor Anthony Morales told the commission.