Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017: Santa Monica Beach Trash Report

Dateline: Saturday morning just past 9 a.m., I walked along the shoreline from Santa Monica lifeguard tower #24 to Tower #29 where Santa Monica State Beach ends and Venice begins...

Today's photo audit reveals YET AGAIN that the City of Santa Monica does NOT handpick up #beachtrash near the water's edge either DAILY or EVERY DAY.  The City has said on two occasions that it does so, but that is in fact a continuing misrepresentation.

As these photos illustrate, the City of Santa Monica relies principally on its use of a tractor that tow a rake above the high tide line, thus leaving any #beachtrash between the high tide line and the water's edge uncollected and not disposed of. This is turn represents a continuing threat to public health and safety and all because the City of Santa Monica is lazy and lacks the commitment to protect public health and safety.

Above and below, two angles showing where the tractor and rake STOP and do not operate any closer to the water's edge. This is the area (where the tractors do NOT operate) that does not get cleaned or handpicked daily by the City of Santa Monica, in spite of the City's misrepresentations to the contrary.  The City simply ignores this area near the water's edge most days of the week and just does not care if there is #beachtrash near the water's edge where most beach patrons congregate. No, it does not make sense but YES it is expedient and convenient for the City to not devote its human resources to this issue.

Above and below,  Oh Look!... people using the beach near the water's edge. What a shock!...
 A large piece of driftwood is observed below near the water's edge and remains uncollected by the City of Santa Monica because it is too lazy to have anyone even bother to drive by and stop and pick it up.

Gee, why should this young couple below expect the beach near the water's edge to be clean and safe?!...

Above and below, more evidence of where the tractors stop and do not clean below the high tide line...

Above and below, does anyone needs a broken paper plate?!...  Too bad the City of Santa Monica does not bother to pick it up and dispose of it.  You didn't really expect to get a clean and safe beach when you paid over $10 to park in the beach parking lot, did you?!...

Lots of plastic and paper debris near the water's edge today left uncollected and not disposed of by the City of Santa Monica because it is too lazy and inconsiderate to do so.  Meanwhile, the beach parking lots are open and the City is collecting its parking fees from beach patrons.....

I sure hope that the State Attorney General is paying attention to this ongoing public health and safety neglect because neither the City of Santa Monica or Calif. State Parks is going to do anything about resolving this ongoing public deception and public health and safety threat.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Attorney at law,
Concerned citizen

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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