Welcome to Santa Monica State Beach... home of the used diaper...
Dateline: Friday, July 21, 2017, a narrow but very revealing audit today from the border with Venice, Calif. to Ocean Park in the City of Santa Monica, a distance of perhaps one-half mile, near the water's edge.
We begin at the turnaround (or starting) point at the border with Venice, Calif. where the City of Santa Monica uses its so-called "Specialized" Equipment, e.g., tractor towing a rake, back and forth above the berm. The area of our audit is below and does not include the area where the tractor and rake are used. The area of this audit concentrates between the berm and the water's edge where the City of Santa Monica continues to represent that their staff daily ("every day") walks and hand picks up #beachtrash.... which turns out to instead be a continuing "misrepresentation".
Here are the photos I took of this limited, perhaps, one-half mile stretch of Santa Monica State Beach that the City of Santa Monica did NOT bother to hand pick or otherwise collect or dispose of #beachtrash near the water's edge on Friday, July 21, 2017:
Nice Used and Soiled Diaper!...
Above and below, discarded plastic water bottles near the water's edge that would be very simple for the City of Santa Monica to hand pick up and dispose of.
#Beachtrash at the time line, above and below, that also would be very simple for the City to hand pick and dispose of...
Below, the same used and soiled diaper is still there at approximately 12:15 pm...
And even later, at approximately 12:40 pm, I observed a white colored City of Santa Monica sanitation truck drive down to the border with Venice, Calif. and the driver never got out of the truck and never got closer than a 100 feet to the used diaper and did NOT dispose of the used diaper even though I had sent the City a photo of it from my Twitter account at approx. 10 a.m.
Below, in the distance at mid frame, notice the white City of Santa Monica truck driving away without ever stopping and picking up the used diaper... at approx. 12:40 pm...
x-ref: Twitter post at 9:57 a.m. (Friday, July 21, 2017):
comment: In other words, the City of Santa Monica had specific notice of the used and soiled diaper on Santa Monica State Beach by 10 a.m. At 12:40 pm, approximately, a City sanitation truck drove down to the border with Venice, Calif. and its driver drove up to and within approximately 100 feet from the used diaper and never got out of truck and did not pick it up and remove it.
This represents a total failure to collect and dispose of #beachtrash, specifically, a used and soiled diaper which likely contains fecal matter, which represents an obvious public health and safety risk.
Conclusion: The sanitation dept. of the City of Santa Monica continues to be dysfunctional and the City continues to misrepresent its daily efforts to collect and dispose of #beachtrash near the water's edge. This failure to remedy this ongoing #beachtrash issue represents an obvious failure by City Hall to effect change to ensure the public health and safety. Additionally, the failure of the State of California to get the City of Santa Monica to daily hand pick up #beachtrash near the water's edge reveals the State to be complicit in this failure to protect the public health and safety.
Attorney at law, and
business owner in the City of Santa Monica
(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)
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