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Morning greens: Better security for Metro rail and Eagle Rock park - and lots of news for Calif. marine life

Metro plans security upgrades on rail lines. Reports LA Times: “The improvements were planned before U.S. officials announced they had found evidence that Osama bin Laden was planning some type of attack on U.S. rail systems. But officials said the roughly $10-million worth of safety upgrades comes at an opportune moment.” In other rail news: KPCC reports Amtrak promoted a national day to honor rail travel at L.A. Union Station on Saturday.

New bus plaza to open in Compton. According to Metro’s The Source, “Beginning Sunday, May 8, Metro customers will be able to use the new Martin Luther King Jr. Transit Center adjacent to the Metro Blue Line Compton Station.”

Remains of humpback whale wash ashore in San Pedro. Reports LA Now: “The mutilated carcass of a large humpback whale was found washed ashore at White Point in San Pedro. Experts said Sunday the whale was probably struck by a ship’s propeller.”

Man-made rock reef off San Clemente is part of a welcome seaweed change. Reports LA Times: “Three years ago, Southern California Edison pushed basketball-size rocks from a barge off San Clemente. Little did the utility realize that the kelp reef it created would thrive the way it has, or as quickly.”

In local parks news: Monrovia renames park in honor of Latina civil rights pioneer, reports Pasadena S-N: “Lucinda Garcia, a descendant of the Palomares family, was instrumental in changing the attitudes of Monrovians in the years before desegregation became the law of the land.” ABC 7 reports Eagle Rock park got a new surveillance camera after a brutal attack three weeks ago.

Didn’t get to our Green Picks over the weekend? SM Mirror has the lowdown on what happened at AltBuildExpo in Santa Monica and the bicycle safety event for kids at Will Rogers State Beach.

Irrigation districts seek closure of commercial salmon season off California, Oregon. Reports LA Times: “The suit adds another dimension to the fisherman-farmer fight that has grown increasingly bitter in recent years, when water deliveries to farms on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley were cut in part to protect delta smelt and salmon migrating through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.”

Bay water levels are expected to rise. Reports NY Tiimes: “Pacific Ocean conditions appear to be entering a new phase in a long-term cycle. Developed low-lying shorelines, like the Embarcadero in San Francisco, are vulnerable, they say, with a possible rise of 14 inches in sea level by 2050.”

Photo: Visitors were given tours of private rail cars, Amtrak, and Metrolink trains on National Train Day at Union Station on May 8, 2010 (Newly Paul/KPCC)