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Environment

Ballona Back Story

By John Davis Many secrets surround that area of land just South of Venice called the Ballona Wetlands. The fundamental issues regard land ownership, government jurisdictions, and the story that is put forth for public consumption. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish settlements, many generations of indigenous people made the bountiful land their home....

Chuck Cheats at Ballona

By John Davis It is no surprise to environmental advocates that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to cheat environmental laws to build a 46,000 square foot building that would include an auditorium, parking lot, and retail (business) on the sensitive Ballona Wetlands Ecological Preserve. Charles Bonham, the Executive Director of the...

Penmar Park Project Lacks Public Hearing

By John Davis The City of Los Angeles has undertaken a project at Penmar Park to clean dirty storm water before it reaches the ocean. The project is being completed by the City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering. While the project appears to be sound, the process leading to it has had at...

Stand Still for the Apocalypse

By Chris Hedges Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank. The continued failure to respond aggressively to climate...

California Coastal Commission Silences Pacific Gas & Electric's Airguns

By Krista Schwimmer On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the California Coastal Commission unanimously and vehemently denied Pacific Gas & Electric Company a permit that would have allowed them to conduct a high energy seismic survey off shore of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, along the Central Coast of California. To accomplish this goal, the Research...

Stop Flying Over My Head

By Martin Rubin Santa Monica Airport flights should go back over Santa Monica, where they belong. Historical facts show that for more than two decades changes to flight operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO)  moved the airport’s impacts away from Santa Monica to over Venice. That’s a fact. It was 1990 when SMO’s “departure-to-the-west” rules...

Stealth Flood Control Project

By John Davis On September 26, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced a major flood control project to protect the Playa Vista development. Internal documents estimate the cost at $100-200 million to the taxpayers. The agencies working in concert are the California Coastal Conservancy, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the Department of Fish...

Let the Sun Shine on World Peace and a Greener Tomorrow

By Don Geagan Imagine a world where energy is clean and free. Where nations no longer have to encroach on, or fight over, their neighbor’s resources and where concerns over global warming are a thing of the past. Sounds like a fairytale or heaven on earth? Thanks to a major breakthrough in solar technology, that...

State Parks Cheat Environment at Malibu

By John Davis Malibu Lagoon State Park, a haven for surfers and wildlife, was bulldozed this summer. Wildlife was laid to waste and surfing opportunities have been adversely impacted. All of this could have been prevented when the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released, but Staff of State Parks cheated and violated State law so...

What The Frack Is Under My Bed?

By Suzy Williams I’ve got some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news:  They’re fracking in Culver City.  That’s right, our next-door neighbor has a 1,000-acre oil field with old wells now being used for hydraulic fracturing, which means that at this moment there COULD be fracking right underneath us, because at...
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