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Vote Yes on Prop 67

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Save California’s Plastic Bag Ban Vote “YES on Prop 67” in November

Recent research tells us that there could be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!1 We see singleuse plastic items, including the easily littered plastic bags, polluting our beaches and ocean. Marine plastic pollution is also extremely harmful, and sometimes fatal, for marine life.

CONSIDER THESE FACTS: • In California, the average person uses 360 bags a year—which adds up to 10 billion bags a year.2 • An average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes, but the bag lasts forever!3 • Less than 3% of bags are recycled4…which is why… • Plastic bags are one of the top items picked up at beach cleanups.

THAT IS WHY WE MUST FINALLY BAN THE BAG! After six years of advocacy to the California state legislature, a bill to ban plastic bags was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2014. Unfortunately, due to the political maneuvering of the big plastics industry, the bill was stalled and will be put on the ballot as a referendum. The California voting public will now be asked to affirm this bag ban legislation by voting YES on 67 in November. Let’s make the plastic bag a thing of the past. Vote “YES on 67” in November. Learn more on go.surfrider.org/YestoCABagBan

Ocean Photography Fundraiser at Berlin and Fingerprints

Four local artists will be showing at Berlin and Fingerprints in the East Village Arts District(420 E 4th St., Long Beach).

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Opening night is Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 6 – 10PM.  Sunlit Souls will be playing and Barefoot wine is the beverage sponsor.  High end framed imagery available for purchase through August.  Proceeds benefit Surfrider Foundation Long Beach Chapter.

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Breakwater Project in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal posted an article on the Breakwater Project.

…”We would like to take the whole thing down,” he said. “We need to get people and kids back playing in the water”…

Breakthru Long Beach

Breakthru LB

You’re Invited to a Request for Information (RFI) Release Mixer!

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location:309 Pine, Downtown Long Beach

RSVP

About BreakThru Long Beach

The City of Long Beach has partnered with Citymart, with the support of the Long Beach Community Foundation and the Knight Foundation, to engage you in a creative, problem-solving approach that can change how the city functions and performs. This mixer purpose is to present our two upcoming challenges:

(1) Up & Out: The Active City Data Challenge and
(2) the Beach Life Challenge.

Citymart is a New York-based company that transforms the way cities solve problems, connecting them with new ideas through open challenges to entrepreneurs and citizens.

Images from Paddle Out in Memory of the Waves on June 4, 2016

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All photos by our Surfrider Foundation pro-bono photographer, Mr. Wes Harding.

Breakwater Awareness Month – June 2016

Breakwater Event Flyer 2016

 

Please note the venue for the Breakwater Community Meeting has been changed. 6-7-2016.

Cal Poly Report on Breakwater

A new study about the Long Beach Breakwater is available from a recent Cal Poly graduate, Mr. Victor Flores.

LB Chapter Comment Letter on Breakwater Feasibility Study

The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has sent a detailed comment letter to the US Army Corps of Engineers about the East San Pedro Bay Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study.  It describes the Surfrider Alternative to restoring the historical ecosystem by reconfiguring the Long Beach Breakwater, bringing back waves, and mitigating for impacts.  The letter also goes into detail how the Army Corps should not be attempting “enhancement” alternatives, which go against Army Corps rules and would not likely be supported by LB locals and the US Congress.

VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS WANTED!

Have you been looking for a way to get involved with Surfrider Long Beach, but wasn’t sure what you could do to help? If you go out to eat, and you care about the quality of our ocean, then the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is for you!
The program is free and easy for the restaurants to participate in. If you notice restaurants that are taking steps to recycle properly, and rid their businesses of Styrofoam containers and plastic bags, please let us know. They might qualify for an Ocean Friendly Restaurant certificate from Surfrider!

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants initiative was founded with the mission of creating an ecologically sustainable restaurant industry. A big focus for this program is reducing the plastic pollution that ends up in the marine environment through the use of alternative products, and the promotion of better recycling practices. We believe in rewarding restaurants for doing the right thing for the environment, and we are here to do whatever we can to support them in that cause.

Long Beach has several restaurants that have made the commitment to incorporate sustainability into their business practices (go to our website and visit them!), and we need your help to identify new restaurants– AND put together a fun event to recognize their environmental achievements, while raising awareness on the program.

If you are a local student in need of some service hours, great experience building outreach and organizational skills, or are interested in event planning this is an excellent opportunity to serve as a Surfrider Intern.

And if you are an individual concerned with ocean-quality protection, and would like to volunteer to reach out to local businesses to promote this message, please contact Sona Coffee at vicechair@lbsurfrider.org.

Breakwater Opinion Piece

by Josh Barut, Surfrider member

According to the MLS, in 2015, the average home sale price in Long Beach was $594,795. In Huntington Beach, it was a little under $1 million, and in Seal Beach, just over $1 million. Would it be realistic for homeowners in Long Beach to expect the values of their investments to catch up to those of comparable properties in these cherished beach communities, were the breakwater to get taken down? Maybe not, but it’s safe to say that if there’s an increase in the amount of people who want to buy homes in Long Beach, there will be an increase of what people are willing to pay for homes in Long
Beach. And that, of course, means that there would in turn be an increase in what homes in Long Beach are worth.