NEW - LA Times, April 14
Our Coastal Waters Are in Trouble
by Tom Ford, The Bay Foundation
A message from the north country.
Like Palisades Park this iconic signature park in British Columbia owes much to the actions of park rangers since it was founded in 1888.
But many of the natural wonders popular among tourists have been destroyed. The Seven Sisters, a group of giant trees are "all dead and were cut down."
“They were so popular that people basically killed them by walking on their roots."
See the article in The Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2013
See also our page on soils and a tragedy of the commons.
So Popular it Hurts
NY Times Travel Article
August 13, 2013
Santa Monica City rightfully promotes wellness and active lifestyles. These are essential to an individual's wellbeing, but also contributes to healthy communities.
Shouldn't the City then award trainers who exemplify both active and sustainable practices?
And those who use a lighter footprint on the ciy's ecosystem, understand their own impacts, aviod degraded areas, and work to restore the damage done, should be recognized.
Friends of Palisades Park urges the city to devise incentives such as a 10-20% reduction of permit fees and a certificate of sustainability.
Trainers in Santa Monica Park Could Face Fines Due to Backlash
LA Times, January, 2013
Santa Monica Weighs Limits on fitness classes in Palisades
KTLA 5, 2013: Report on Trainers in Palisades Park
Commissioner Phil Brock, Recreation and Parks Commission, speaks on trainers in Palisades Park.
Fitness Groups in Denver
In Health-Conscious Denver, Limits on Group Exercise
NY Times Article, July 10, 2013
Fitness Groups in
The Herald, July 29, 2013
During last Monday's storm LA Public Works shoot silver iodide into the clouds.
Last October Board of Supervisors approved a contract with North American Consultants, a Utah based company, for $550,000 to do clud seeding.
According to DPW spokesman Steve Frasher, they used land-based generators in 10 locations between Sylmar and Pacoima.
The generators, creating ice particles. Water vapor freezes onto those particles which fall as rain.
That stormwater is then captured in dams and spreading grounds in the Pacoima, Big Tujunga and San Gabriel watersheds.
See My News LA.com for more information. Or visit the LA Public Works website.
Ecodistricts Shaping Sustainable Cities
A new urban planning movement is gaining converts across the United States. One of the most recent of these "ecodistricts," as they are called, is being developed in San Francisco, with
Civil Engineering July 16, 2013