Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016: Santa Monica #BeachTrash Report

Dateline: Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016... along Santa Monica South between the Santa Monica Pier and Bay St... I began our audit this morning by walking along the soft sand behind Lifeguard Tower #17, just two towers south of the pier... whereupon I noticed a small group of students collecting and hand picking up #beachtrash (see photos below). I spoke with them a few minutes later and learned that they are from a marine biology class from nearby Santa Monica College.  I thanked them for picking up the #beachtrash along the water's edge, esp. because the City of Santa Monica does not do so either regularly or daily.

Santa Monica College students above and below hand pick up #beachtrash along the shore line...  How come student volunteers can hand pick up #beachtrash but the City of Santa Monica does not do so either regularly or daily?!...  Answer: because the staff assigned to do this is not doing so.

Below, a build of of sludge and/or contaminated water at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain along with miscellaneous #beachtrash that the City of Santa Monica has not cleaned up.  In our opinion, this will not be cleaned up. Instead, the City will have its tractors open up the creek to the ocean and this contaminated water will be allowed to flow into the ocean.  I wonder what the EPA or the Coastal Commission would think of this.  This may also be a "hazardous materials" issue that should be dealt with by the City of Santa Monica.  Frankly, in my opinion, there will be no collection and/or proper disposal of this contaminated water by the City of Santa Monica.

This contaminated water and/or sludge is RIGHT SMACK in front of SHUTTERS Hotel and CASA DEL MAR...  How nice for their guests...

Note: The Santa Monica College Students picked up this #beachtrash below so the City won't have to do it... even though it is unlikely that the City would do so anyways...

South of the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain, an abundance of #beachtrash was observed and which had not as yet been collected by the volunteer students from Santa Monica College, let alone the City of Santa Monica...

Lots of cigarette butts that will never be collected and/or disposed of by the City of Santa Monica...

Additional #beachtrash along high tide line right out front of Lifeguard Tower #20 at Bay St....

What a beautiful stretch of beach, eh?!.... Too bad the City of Santa Monica cannot seem to find a single employee to walk the water's edge and to hand pick up #beachtrash on a daily basis...

Below, a City of Santa Monica sanitation dept. tractor and rake above the berm.... This is as close to the water's edge as the City regularly cleans, even though there is an abundance of #beachtrash between the berm and the water's edge that needs to be regularly hand picked and properly disposed.

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Santa Monica Beach Overview: The Video


It turns out it was just as bad on the other side of the Santa Monica Pier (aka, the north side), as the following photos reveal, e.g., no one has walked the water's edge and  hand picked up the #beachtrash:

Below, fortunately the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors is keeping fresh paint on the lifeguard towers and removing graphitti... 

So the beat, er, #beachtrash goes on and on and on and on.....  with no end in sight and no indication of any improvement by the City of Santa Monica, which unfortunately basically doesn't give a hoot about the #beachtrash that plagues it's beaches along the water's edge.

Instead, it is up to volunteer organizations and groups of students from children to college students, to clean up the #beachtrash along the water's edge in the City of Santa Monica.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos and video by & Copyright William Maguire 2016.)

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