Friday, December 16, 2016

Second Flush #BeachTrash Report: Friday, December 16, 2016

Dateline:  Friday morning, December 16, 2016... the overnight rain storm produced a great deal of much needed rain to Southern California.  This resulted in a great deal of run off into the ocean, however, as expected.  I arrived by the Santa Monica Pier and observed a City of Santa Monica tractor towing its rake at the front of the beach but as usual it did not clean up the #beachtrash along the water's edge and there was no one from the City on the sand hand picking up the #beachtrash which is extensive.  Here are the photos and videos:

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#BeachTrash By The Santa Monica Pier: The Video

If the City were truly "on the ball" they would have a couple of people out here hand picking up the #beachtrash along the water's edge instead of doing nothing at all about it...

 Below, note the Pico-Kenter storm drain is raging!... so much so that it was not safe to try to wade across it to the other side. So instead I walked to the back of the beach and then down to the water on the other side...

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Pico-Kenter Storm Drain Raging: The Video

The south side of the Pico-Kenter storm drain was very heavily inundated with #beachtrash from the overnight storm as the following photos illustrate...

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Second Flush #BeachTrash: The Video

Question: So why doesn't the City have staff out here hand picking up this #beachtrash? 

This #beachtrash most likely won't be cleaned up by the City of Santa Monica, e.g., no city employees who work for the Sanitation Dept. will likely ever set foot down here and hand pick up this substantial #beachtrash.  Unfortunately, this #beachtrash will probably not get cleaned up until some organization like HEAL THE BAY does something about it...

Two employees of the City of Santa Monica could have easily picked up a lot of this #beachtrash this morning when you consider that a City tractor towing a rake could go back and forth along the soft sand where there is little if any #beachtrash...

Time will tell if the City of Santa Monica ever cleans up this #beachtrash along the water's edge.  In any case, I will keep an eye on it over the next several days.   My goal in documenting the continuing saga of uncollected #beachtrash is to create a record of the City's continued negligence in the hopes that at some point someone in the City will take notice and demand that the sanitation department do what it says that it does, e.g., that staff does walk the water's edge and hand picks up the #beachtrash, which unfortunately is not the case.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

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

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