This particular morning like many others that I have covered in earlier blog posts reveals that there was NO hand picking and removal of any of the #beachtrash or storm debris near the water's edge by the Los Angeles County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors (LACDBH). On the other hand, I have been informed that LACDBH staff do walk the shoreline and hand pick up #beachtrash. I do not know how many times per week that LACDBH does so but it clearly does not seem to include weekend mornings, which also seems to me to be absurd given that a great many more people go to the beach on the weekends, not to mention the fact that LACDBH charges for parking at the beach SEVEN DAYS a week. In other words, if LACDBH is going to charge people to park at the beach on Saturday and Sunday (and they certainly do!), then they ought to out on the sand near the water's edge hand picking up #beachtrash early in the morning on both Saturday and Sunday.
No word on whether any storm debris is collected near the shoreline and removed from the beach by LACDBH, including but not limited to sharp bamboo shoots, drift wood, tree branches of all sizes, and large pieces of wood. From the photos I took this morning, however, it appears that LACDBH does NOT hand pick up and remove storm debris near the water's edge.
Here are the photos I took this morning, Saturday, May 7, 2017 between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.:
Below, these bamboo shoots have sharp edges and can cut a person's foot but there seems to be no rush or any effort made by LACDBH to pick any of it up and remove it from the beach, even though it represents a significant threat to public health and safety. Heck, I am willing to help pick it up and remove it so long as LACDBH takes the lead which is it's obligation anyways. Just sayin'...
Plastic, glass, paper, storm debris near the water's edge... Why is LACDBH not picking this up on the weekends in the morning when crowds are absolutely expected?!... To not do so, in my opinion, is tantamount to negligence.
As far as I am concerned, all of this #beachtrash is unacceptable! I cannot imagine that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors would disagree if they were aware of this ongoing issue.
For the record, these photos were taken in the morning on Saturday, May 6th!... The day after Cinco de Mayo. Why wouldn't the LACDBH send out a team of workers in an ATV to reconnoiter near the water's edge and systematically pick up and remove this #beachtrash?!... I don't get it! It boggles the mind that the agency in charge of and responsible for cleaning up the #beachtrash near the water's edge would not do so in the morning before the anticipated crowds arrive near the water's edge to enjoy a day in the sunshine and in the ocean. When you consider that LACDBH is able to staff the beach parking lots and collect parking fees, there is NO EXCUSE not to clean up the #beachtrash near the water's edge on the weekends in the morning. NO EXCUSE. ZERO. NADA. Again, I cannot imagine that the L.A. County Board of Supervisors would disagree with me on this.
And I've saved THE WORST FOR THE LAST shot... Just look at all of these cigarette butts
left in the sand near the water's edge. This is why it is so vitally important that LACDBH daily have its staff walk near the water's edge and hand pick up the #beachtrash!
x-ref: Absolutely HORRIFIC!...
Los Angeles County Resident
(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)
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