Southern California environment news and trends

Morning greens: Surfrider named World Surfing Reserve

It’s CicLAvia and 10/10/10 today! I’ll be at the Rally to Kick Coal out of L.A. at City Hall at 12:30 — then on Santa Monica beach to clean up with The Daily Ocean at 5:45 pm. Hope to see you there.

Malibu’s Surfrider Beach is officially the first-ever World Surfing Reserve, reports LA Times. “The designation is largely ceremonial and does not grant greater protection for the surf. But surfers and conservationists hope that enshrining the world’s best breaks … will one day lead to legally binding protections against development and pollution.”

Spotted a ladybug or lizard? Snap a pic, quick — for science! Anyone can be a citizen ecologist-scientist with Project NOAH: “This new mobile ecology platform is turning images of sporadic animal and plant sightings in the confines of homes, backyards, and neighborhood parks into scientific contributions on a mass scale,” writes Jill Priluck in Slate.


How will you celebrate 10/10/10?

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CicLAvia happens to fall on 10/10/10 — a “Global Work Party” day of climate action loosely coordinated by environmental organization, which has green activists around the world holding both fun and serious events aimed at pushing policymakers to address climate change. This means that eco-friendly parties are planned not just around CicLAvia — but all over L.A. and around the world tomorrow. Here are my top picks for how you can celebrate:

  • If you’re at CicLAvia, join the Rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles. Organized by Green LA, Sierra Club,, Greenpeace, and other environmental organizations, the event will urge the City of Los Angeles to move toward cleaner energy sources. The rally begins at 12:30 pm on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall at the corner of Main and First in downtown Los Angeles.


Morning greens: L.A. on the move -- CicLAvia and more

Angelenosonbikes Morning greens: L.A. on the move    CicLAvia and more

CicLAvia happens tomorrow — so get ready to party on the car-free streets! Here’s a shortlist of the fun you can have:


Proposition 23: campaign finance update [UPDATED]

If it's Friday night, it's time for campaign finance numbers. (Really?)

Let's review: Proposition 23 would freeze AB32's provisions – most notably, efforts to create a cap and trade system for certain industries in California – until unemployment drops to 5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters (undefined in state law currently, but they don't mean NBA).

The fact that oil companies from out of state are funding the campaign to pass this proposition isn't news. We've talked about it on KPCC a bunch of times – the last time I did was with Madeleine Brand on the first week of her show.

A new and still cursory look at late and large expenditures shows yet another epic battle over a proposition in California - this one between Texas oil and Silicon Valley. (scroll down for a word from the no on 23 folks on that.)


Is DWP backing away from residential rooftop solar?

Renewable energy advocates are concerned that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's consideration this week of modifications to its solar incentive program signals a retreat from solar entirely. DWP was looking to modify solar incentives as of November 1, but has delayed the decision until next month after impassioned testimony by solar installers. Does this mean DWP doesn't want any more solar in its mix?

DWP currently pays upward of $3.50 a watt for solar installation incentives - that figure's far higher than in other parts of the state. And even though PV panels themselves have come down in price, installation costs here remain relatively high. According to a 96-page report attached to the agenda, demand is so high for solar PV that at this rate LA will burn through the money rapidly. Too rapidly: as DWP's Aram Benyamin told