LADWP's newly released budget proposes to dramatically slash investment in essential environmental initiatives including energy efficiency, water conservation and stormwater capture.
LADWP will present their budget categorized into two types of costs: basic business needs (minimum to meet regulatory mandates and basic operations) and “strategic investments.” “Strategic investments” include a higher percentage of support for such programs as: water conservation, energy efficiency, water reuse, groundwater recharge, water recycling, smart meters and stormwater capture.
Both “basic costs” and “strategic investments” are critical to ensure water sustainability.
Visit www.ladwp.com/laforward to learn more about the 2011 Rates Process and to RSVP.
Join us in asking the City of Santa Monica to Ban the Bag
The City of Santa Monica will vote on a plastic bag ban on Tuesday, January 25th. The City Council meeting starts at 5:30, but the bag ban will most likely not be heard until 6:30. If you live in Santa Monica, please come and show your support by wearing a blue shirt
About Plastic Bags
Plastic bags turn our neighborhood parks and beaches into trash dumps,
and also kill thousands of marine animals every year. Around the world,
countries, cities, and counties are enacting bans on plastic bags in an
effort to end this run-away pollution problem.
Calabasas City Council to consider banning plastic carry-out bags
The Calabasas City Council will consider an ordinance to ban the use of plastic carry-out bags at their February 1, 2011 meeting.
You are hereby invited to attend the public hearing if you have any opinion or concern to share. The meeting will be held in the Calabasas City Hall located at 100 Civic Center Way and will start at 7:00 PM. The draft ordinance will be posted on City of Calabasas website on Thursday, January 20, 2011.
For additional information, please contact Alex Farassati, Environmental Services Supervisor, at (818) 224-1680 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Access is available to the City Council agenda and reports.
The City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation will hold an informational meeting on the Low Impact Development Ordinance
developed for the city. This landmark regulation will help cut down on
the amount of polluted runoff that reaches our beaches by requiring new
and redevelopment projects to capture rainwater on site, allowing it to
filter into the ground and recharge groundwater supplies. Members of
the public can attend this meeting to learn about the ordinance, which was passed in Dec 2010.
The LID ordinance was heard by the Energy and Environement Committee of the Los Angeles City Council this week. The committee chair, Jan Perry, has asked for more information in the form of a COA report that is generated by the city. The LID ordinance will be reheard on December 14th with the hope of it passing to the full city council on December 17th. Please join us in support of this crucial vote.
After much planning and community input, the Fish and Game Commission is preparing for the final MPA decision that will be made in Santa Barbara on December 15. Final approval of a network of MPAs for Southern California is expected by the Commission at this meeting.
Take a scenic ride up to Santa Barbara and join us to voice your support in person for strong MPAs. Be a part of ocean conservation history!
Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance To Be Heard at L.A. City Council Energy and Environment Committee
The proposed Los Angeles Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance is scheduled to be heard at the December 7, 2010 meeting of the City Council's Energy and Environment Committee.
This is an important step in the adoption of the LID Ordinance. If approved at this meeting, the LID Ordinance is then considered by the City Council’s Land Use Committee, then goes before the City Council for final approval.
We hope you're able to attend this meeting to show your support so that the Ordinance can move forward in the approval process! Important - please arrive by 9am. Although the LID Ordinance is fourth on the meeting agenda, it may be considered first and the other items will not take much time.
History will be made November 16th. Please join Heal the Bay in supporting the Board of Supervisors as they vote to ban plastic bags in Los Angeles County unincorporated areas. The rally will precede the meeting on the steps of the Hall of Administration. Please stay and testify in support of the ordinance. With a population of over a million people, this will be the largest municipality in the country to ban the use of plastic bags.
Please RSVP if you will be joining us. We’ll keep you updated on any changes as the Board can postpone any agenda item at their discretion. Don't forget to wear blue.
Californians use more than 19 billion plastic grocery and merchandise bags each year, roughly 552 bags per person. This usage generates 147,038 tons of unnecessary waste — enough to stretch around the globe over 250 times.
Californians throw away over 600 plastic bags per second.
California taxpayers spend millions to collect and landfill plastic bag waste each year. That figure does not include external costs, e.g.