Environment, Parks, Libraries


Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, residents of the Second Supervisorial District and representatives from the California Department of Conservation and the South Coast Air Quality Management District gathered together last week to discuss pending litigation and regulation of the Inglewood Oil Field in the Garden Room at the Veterans Memorial Building in Culver City.

The Supervisor provided residents with an update on the progress and status of negotiations to resolve litigation brought by the City of Culver City and local community organizations against Plains Exploration and Production Company and Los Angeles County.

The meeting was an open dialogue in which residents asked questions and representatives from involved agencies addressed outstanding community concerns.

We will post a synopsis of the questions and answers for review in the near future. In addition, a follow-up community update will be held in the upcoming month.

Please check back for updates.

Day Without A Bag Givaways

Day Without A Bag

With the coming of a new year, it’s time we make every day a Day Without A Bag.

Join citizens throughout California and pledge to bring a reusable bag whenever you go shopping. It’s a powerful step you can take to clean up your neighborhood and protect the environment. It’s one New Year’s Resolution that’s easy to keep.

Held the third Thursday in December, Heal the Bay’s fourth annual A Day Without a Bag will be December 16, 2010 (11 am to 1 pm) when Southland shoppers will receive an early holiday present, courtesy of a giveaway of nearly 25,000 reusable bags at more than 175 Giveaway Locations throughout Los Angeles County.

A Day Without a Bag is sponsored by Albertsons, EarthWise Bag Company, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the City of Los Angeles. Participating retailers and supporters include Ralphs, 99c Only Stores, VONS, Subaru, Union Bank and Fred Segal Santa Monica.

For more information, please call 310.451.1500 x116, e-mail Meredith or visit healthebay.org/NoBagDay.

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Leads Ban On Plastic Bags


LA County Becomes Nation’s Largest Municipality to Take Step

The Board of Supervisors introduced an ordinance banning
the sale of single-use plastic bags in Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas. The County becomes the country’s largest government entity to enact such bold environmental legislation.

“With this vote, Los Angeles County becomes a national leader in the movement to promote the use of reusable bags,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “Single-use plastic bags take a significant toll on our environment and infrastructure. The vast majority of plastic bags ultimately end up clogging our storm drains, threatening our local waters and wildlife, and become blight within our communities.”

The new ordinance will ban plastic carryout bags and impose a ten-cent charge for paper bags at all supermarkets, grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and food marts. Retailers, such as supermarkets and large pharmacies, must stop offering single-use plastic bags by July 1, 2011 or face enforcement action; smaller retailers will have until January 1, 2012 to comply.



Florence Firestone Halloween Celebration Saturday


Games and candy and a haunted house ($3 entrance fee)

For more information contact Gloria Medina at gloriamedina2859@yahoo.com