Long Beach’s newest newspaper has an article on the breakwater by our very own chairman, Robert Palmer:
This year’s chapter general election will be held on December 4, Wednesday, 7pm during the Annual Wrap-Up Celebration. There are 5 open positions in the executive committee (EC). We really need your help and want new blood in the group. Joining the EC is a great way to get actively involved in Surfrider and your community. Here are the qualifications to be a nominee for an EC member for the 2014-2016 term:
If you want to join the Long Beach Chapter Executive Committee, send your name to Robert Palmer (email@example.com) by November 30. To simplify the paperwork on our end, there will be no last minute write-ins on the ballot. For Surfrider members, we will have food and drinks so come by to vote, and mingle with the fellow Surfrider members!
Thanks to New Belgium Brewing and Congregation Ale House for their recent donation of $1400 to our chapter. We’ve recently spent this much on Ban Styrofoam postcards and Surf Long Beach stickers, so this will nicely replenish the coffers. If you like Surfrider and you like Ale, go order a New Belgium Ale at Congregation Ale House on the Promenade in Long Beach.
Great Article on the Breakwall, check it out:
The Long Beach Post has an important article about how much Long Beach spends to keep trash off our beaches:
There’s been a bunch of news articles on our efforts to Sink the Breakwater. Here’s one at the Long Beach Press Telegram,
and here’s another at the OC Register.
With the help of the Coastal Commission and Long Beach’s own Commissioner Robert Garcia, Surfrider got way more than it was asking for in regards to the proposed pedestrian path. Originally, the City of Long Beach was proposing to add a new pedestrian path parallel to the existing dual use bike/pedestrian path on the seaward side of the existing path. After much flak from a whole host of environmental groups, the City and California Coastal Commission staff came up with a handful of modifications and special conditions that would move both paths landward in specific areas. This significantly reduced the likelihood that the new paths would interfere with coastal processes. In addition to these improvements, Garcia asked that the commission require that any new work take place on the landward side of the existing path and that the gap between the paths be minimized. On top of this, the commission asked that City staff work to minimize the loss of beach parking spots at the Belmont Pier. Long Beach Surfrider Foundation is extremely happy with the results of the Coastal Commission hearing and thanks all the other environmental activists that worked so hard on this issue. We still have more work to do in minimizing or eliminating the sandy gap between the paths and minimizing the amount of new pavement on the beach, but for today we’ll hoist a beer and celebrate a great victory for the beach. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Long Beach wants to pave 4.2 acres of our precious beach to add another pedestrian path next to the existing path. It’s certainly true that there are conflicts between pedestrians and bicyclists on the existing dual use pedestrian/bike path along our beach, but the solution that the City proposes, championed by Councilmember Lowenthal, is both too costly and wasteful of our precious resources. There are other ways to pave less beach and spend less money for the same benefit. The proposed path is to go on the seaward side of the existing path, thus increasing the likelihood of costly shore protection and increased maintenance during winter storms. The Surfrider Foundation believes a solution is possible that widens the landward side of the existing path and adds a curb between the two. If you’d like to help save our beach, please call or write to Councilmember Lowenthal. Her webpage is here.
Click Here (.pdf) to see Surfriders detailed argument against this horrible proposal to pave our beach.
Even more, to argue against the path, the issue goes before the California Coastal Commission on Thursday June 13 at Long Beach City Council Chambers. This is at the bottom floor, 333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802. For more info e-mail: email@example.com.