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6/7/2011
SHIPS ASKED TO SLOW DOWN TO PROTECT WHALES
A coalition of environmental groups is asking the federal government to require ships traveling though California’s marine sanctuaries to slow down to avoid fatal collisions with whales, a problem that they say has climbed to unsustainable levels. Four groups filed petition Monday asking the Commerce Department to establish a 10-knot speed limit for large commercial vessels traveling through California’s four marine sanctuaries.
6/1/2011
JUDGE DELAYS MALIBU LAGOON RESTORATION
A contested plan to restore pollution-choked Malibu Lagoon by reshaping it with bulldozers won't be getting underway as scheduled on Wednesday after a major setback in court. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith issued a stay last week delaying the state Department of Parks and Recreation project until a lawsuit challenging it can be heard. He said the harm that would result from the plan going forward was "severe."
5/26/2011
TOPANGA RANKS AMONG 10 MOST POLLUTED BEACHES
Water quality at Los Angeles County beaches has worsened over the last year in a decline that may be linked to heavy rainfall, according to the most recent annual report published by Heal the Bay. Eight beaches in L.A. County received year-round Fs. Four of them — Avalon Beach on Santa Catalina Island, Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Topanga State Beach and Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach — made the list of "Beach Bummers," the 10 most polluted beaches in California.
5/20/2011
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new set of 68 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on the morning of May 20th. Enjoy!
4/19/2011
DEAD DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS ALONG COAST
Two dead dolphins that washed up on the shores of Newport Beach on Sunday appear to have died from domoic acid, a poison that can be deadly to large sea mammals and birds. Mike Teague, animal control officer for Newport Beach, said experts at the Natural History Museum are also reporting that dead dolphins have also washed up in Los Angeles County.
3/31/2011
SAN ONOFRE WAVE FARM IDEA CHURNS UP CONCERNS
An Orange County firm has federal approval to study putting thousands of generators off San Onofre. Surfers, conservationists and fishing groups worry about potential negative effects.
3/27/2011
DOLPHINS DIE AFTER UNDERWATER NAVY TRAINING EXERCISE
Three dolphins died this month during a Navy training exercise using underwater explosives near the San Diego County coast, authorities said Friday. Scientists have yet to officially determine what caused the deaths at the Silver Strand Training Complex near Coronado, but examinations of the animals showed injuries consistent with blast trauma.
2/5/2011
LEROY GRANNIS PASSES AWAY AT AGE 93
LeRoy Grannis, a noted photographer whose widely printed images captured and popularized the surf culture of California as it exploded in the 1960s and '70s, has died. He was 93. Grannis, who also co-founded what is now Surfing magazine, died Thursday of natural causes at a Torrance nursing facility, said his son John.
1/22/2011
NEW PHOTOS FROM SUNSET
A new set of 67 photos from Sunset is now posted in the gallery. These photos were all shot on January 18th and January 19th. Enjoy!
1/13/2011
RIZZO WORKING AT THE INTERNATIONAL SURFING MUSEUM
Robert Rizzo, the former Bell city administrator, who is accused of misappropriating public funds, is working as a parking lot attendant at the International Surfing Museum in Huntington Beach.
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