Dateline: Saturday morning, March 25, 2017. This audit of #beachtrash at Santa Monica State Beach near the water's edge begins at the shoreline out front of the Annenberg Beach House and continues on down to the Santa Monica Pier. This stretch of beach is also known as "Santa Monica North". Here are the photos and videos I took this morning showing the large amount of #beachtrash and debris that has not been collected by the City of Santa Monica near the water's edge.
Below, I notice in the distance what looks to be a group of young people hand picking up #beachtrash... which turned out to be the case. They were a high school group from Cantwell ( ) (aka, @) near Montebello, Calif. and they were conducting a beach cleanup in conjunction with HEAL THE BAY.
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Below again is the group of high school students referenced above and shown here cleaning up #beachtrash near the water's edge... and yet another example of a volunteer group doing what the City of Santa Monica refuses to do either daily or regularly...
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Above and below, are #beachtrash installations or totems I have erected and where I have placed #beachtrash I collected this morning near the water's edge that the City of Santa Monica is somehow remarkably unable to do itself...
Below, more plastic #beachtrash and broken glass that I found in the sand...
And below, unfortunately, a dead bird near the water's edge left uncollected and not disposed of by the City of Santa Monica BECAUSE the City does not either daily or regularly have ANYONE that walks near the water's edge and hand picks up #beachtrash and other debris, including dead birds.
Three different photo angles of the same dead bird are shown below...
Welcome to Santa Monica State Beach...
Below, another dead bird in the sand near the water's edge left uncollected by the City of Santa Monica...
And then I arrived at the Santa Monica Pier and walked under the pier to the south side but it was during the short walk in the shade near the water's edge UNDER THE PIER that I encountered an enormous amount of #beachtrash left uncollected by the City of Santa Monica. The City really is determined to avoid it's obligation to collect and dispose of #beachtrash it seems. See for yourself. It is truly shocking! Welcome to the World Famous Santa Monica Pier... just don't walk under it!...
Out of sight, out of mind is apparently the protocol of the City of Santa Monica with respect to the collection and disposal of #beachtrash at Santa Monica State Beach. I wonder if the State of California and its agency, California State Parks, is aware of this policy. I've read the Operating Agreement between Cal State Parks and the City of Santa Monica and the City is supposed to clean up the #beachtrash on this State Beach. Obviously, the City is not doing so.
When is the State of California going to take the City to task for failing to live up to its obligation to collect and dispose of the #beachtrash at Santa Monica State Beach? Perhaps taking away the significant revenues that the City collects at the beach parking lots would incentivize the City to do what it is supposed to do.
How difficult would it be to assign a few employees to walk near the water's edge daily or several times a week and hand pick up #beachtrash?!... Answer: not difficult at all and the City HAS the resources to do so.
Santa Monica business owner
(All photos and videos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)
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