Sunday, March 12, 2017

Saturday #SantaMonica #BeachTrash Report

Empty MODELO® beer can in front of Lifeguard Tower #28
Dateline: Saturday morning,  at approx. 9 a.m., March 11, 2017... Between Lifeguard Tower #28 and #26 in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica, I took photos of the following #beachtrash near the water's edge and that was apparently left over from the day before or earlier and which had not been collected and/or disposed of by the City of Santa Monica.  What this means is that beach patrons that pay exorbitant parking fees to park at the beach parking lot so they can enjoy a day at the beach cannot expect that the beach will be cleaned of #beachtrash.  

Lousy deal?!...  #Absolutely.  Unsafe?!... #Absolutely.  Ridiculous?!... #Absolutely.

The City should be ashamed of itself for not daily or regularly cleaning up the #beachtrash near the water's edge at Santa Monica State Beach.  This is, indeed, a State of California beach and the State of California ought to demand that the City of Santa Monica clean the beach near the water's edge of accumulated #beachtrash on a daily basis, and if not, on a regular basis, e.g., 3 - 4 days per week.  Unfortunately, nothing has changed.  It is business as usual in Santa Monica as far as #beachtrash collection and disposal is concerned, e.g., #beachtrash continues to be allowed to accumulate and is not collected or disposed of on either a daily or regular basis.

If the City can collect parking fees seven days a week, then the City can pick up the #beachtrash near the water's edge seven days a week.

Unfortunately, neither of these below are the last straw...

Told ya.....

Wildlife remains at risk due to the City's failure to clean up the #beachtrash near the water's edge.

Lots of storm debris remains near the water's edge and continues to be ignored by the City of Santa Monica.  How difficult is it to pick this up?!  Apparently, it is simply too much for the City of Santa Monica and its sanitation dept. which continues its dysfunctional and negligent operation in connection with the accumulation of #beachtrash near the water's edge.


Later in the day, I picked up all of the #beachtrash below near the water's edge at the end of Bay St. (aka, Lifeguard Tower #20).  In the late afternoon, I also spoke to two employees with the City of Santa Monica's sanitation dept. that drove by in a City of Santa Monica ATV and I was informed that this was not their particular job and that their job did not include picking up #beachtrash near the water's edge on Saturdays.  I told them I wanted the City to dispose of all of this #beachtrash and they said that a crew would "probably" pick it up either Sunday or Monday morning. 

Opinion: In spite of the fact that the City of Santa Monica charges #exorbitant parking fees to park in the City beach parking lots, esp. on the weekend, the City does NOT clean up the beach near the water's edge of #beachtrash on Saturdays!  What a scam!  This is a public disgrace and it continues to represent a potential liability risk for the City should a member of the public be injured because of the substantial #beachtrash that accumulates near the water's edge, particularly on the weekend.

Op/Ed Summary:  "Congratulations to the City of Santa Monica for continuing to be so irresponsible and greedy."

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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