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6/18/2014
OBAMA TO ORDER MAJOR EXPANSION OF OCEAN SANCTUARY IN PACIFIC
President Obama announced a series of measures Tuesday to protect parts of the world’s oceans, including the creation of a marine sanctuary that would close a large swath of the central Pacific to fishing and energy development. The plan would require federal agencies to take multiple initiatives to address pollution, overfishing and acidification of ocean water, which is driven by climate change. "Rising levels of carbon dioxide are causing our oceans to acidify. Pollution endangers marine life. Overfishing threatens whole species," Obama said in televised statement to an international conference on ocean policy hosted by the State Department in Washington.
6/8/2014
PETITION TO BAN SINGLE-USE POLYSTYRENE FOOD CONTAINERS
In 2011, the LA County Board of Supervisors was close to establishing a ban on single-use Expanded Polystyrene (EPS foam) food containers throughout unincorporated LA County. They invested time, money, and staff resources into the issue by directing the Department of Public Works to conduct a lengthy feasibility study. Unfortunately, thanks to the deep-pocketed lobbying of the American Chemistry Council, SB-568 failed. The time for reconsideration has come. Sign the new petition now!
6/1/2014
DAVID WEISS, RENOWNED OBOIST, DIES WHILE SURFING AT SUNSET
David Weiss was a world-renowned oboist who spent 30 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. "I shall never forget his wonderful interpretation of the oboe part in Richard Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde,'" longtime Philharmonic music director Zubin Mehta said this week in a statement, "nor will I forget seeing him play the musical saw on a street corner in Vienna during one of our European tours." Weiss, 67, died Saturday while surfing off Pacific Palisades, said his wife, Alpha Walker. He collapsed near shore after riding in on a wave; the exact cause of death has not been determined.
5/23/2014
RICKY GRIGG, BIG WAVE SURFER AND OCEANOGRAPHER, DEAD AT 77
Ricky Grigg, a pioneering big wave surfer who later became a renowned oceanographer, died Wednesday at his Waialae Iki home. He was 77 years old. Back when there were no board leashes or even lifeguards on Oahu's North Shore, Ricky Grigg became famous surfing giant waves. He could be seen at Waimea with Eddie Aikau, and he won the 1966 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship, on waves that the Duke said where 12 to 18 feet -- face height. "Duke Kanahamoku said it," recalled Grigg in a 2011 interview. "You want to argue with Duke? Not me!" Richard W. Grigg was born on April 12, 1937 in California, and began surfing at the age of nine. He eventually came to Hawaii and was among the first surfers to put the North Shore on the map.
3/31/2014
HOBIE ALTER PASSES; SHAPED SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SURF CULTURE
When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn't want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn't want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower, Alter is credited with innovations that allowed people who couldn't lift log slabs to surf and those who couldn't pay for yacht club memberships to sail. Known practically everywhere with a coastline or a lake simply as "Hobie," Alter developed the mass-produced foam surfboard. He later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran.
3/2/2014
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new gallery of photos is now available for your viewing pleasure. All 81 photos were taken at Sunset Beach on 3/2/2014.
2/8/2014
PROPOSED MARINA DEL REY COPPER CLEANUP PROVOKES BOATER REVOLT
Plans for the first extensive pollution cleanup in Marina del Rey history have sparked a revolt by boat owners at the tony harbor that could echo along the length of the California coast. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday will consider rules that would force boaters to strip copper paint from the bottoms of their boats and replace it with a less toxic alternative. To clean copper already in the water, the plan also calls for the county to spend at least $147 million dredging the nearly 50-year-old marina, the nation's largest manmade recreational boating harbor. Almost all of the marina's more than 4,500 boats have bottoms covered in copper paint.
2/3/2014
FORGET SHARK WEEK: THEY AREN'T THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA
Americans have a love/hate affair with sharks. But the oceans are filled with even more exotic and dangerous creatures. Lately, the headlines have focused on Maui, which had eight shark attacks — two fatal — last year. Never mind that swimming in Hawaii's ocean is safer than driving the roads; tourists and natives alike have emptied store shelves of anti-shark devices, despite their dubious effectiveness and reports that a great white shark ate one.
11/21/2013
SKATEBOARDING'S FIRST WAVE: A PALISADES STORY
Tim Keller has just written a fascinating article about the First Wave of skateboarding and how it all sprang from the small beach community of Pacific Palisades, California. The article appears in this week's Palisadian Post, but you can also check it out online by clicking the link below.
11/18/2013
TOXIC WASTE SEEMS TO NATURALLY VANISH FROM PALOS VERDES SHELF
Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up. Samples taken from the sediment suggest more than 100 metric tons of the banned pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have vanished from one of the country's most hazardous sites, almost a 90% drop in just five years.
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