Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017: Venice Beach Trash Report

#Glass bottles, #aluminum cans, #plastic, even a #deadbird...  just another day at Venice Beach.....

Dateline: Late morning, Saturday, August 12, 2017.  Audit of #beachtrash near water's edge from Navy St. down to Avenue 26 just shy of the Venice Pier.  From Navy St. to Brooks Ave. the sand and the beach near the water's edge was pretty darn clean.  It was a real nice surprise.  This did not last, unfortunately.  Just south of Brooks Ave., where the Rainbow themed lifeguard tower is located, I found six (6) empty crushed aluminum cans of MODELO® beer near the water's edge that remained uncollected by the Los Angeles County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors (aka, LACDBH).  This is because LACDBH continues not to daily have anyone walk near the water's edge and hand pick up the #beachtrash that does not get raked by the tractors.   This failure represents a continuing threat to public health and safety and apparently LACDBH couldn't care less...

Here are the photos of today's #beachtrash observed near the water's edge along this above referenced stretch of Venice Beach:

Above and below, the beach and sand is pretty darn clean between Navy St. and Brooks Ave. thankfully!  

And below are two more shots just south of Rose Ave. along Venice Beach which shows the potential of how this beach should look near the water's edge every day, e.g., clean and with little or no #beachtrash to be observed:


Just south of Brooks Ave., however, the #beachtrash begins in earnest with a six pack of crushed aluminum cans of MODELO® beer near the water's edge.... UNCOLLECTED and IGNORED by LACDBH!...  It's approximately 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning and LACDBH has not even bothered to pick this #beachtrash up and dispose of it.  Why?!  Because LACDBH couldn't care less if there is #beachtrash near the water's edge.

Nice!... Welcome to Venice Beach!...  You can thank LACDBH for the failure of even a cursory effort to clean up the sand of #beachtrash near the water's edge.

Maybe, just maybe now LACDBH will notice these empty cans and pick them up now that I've set them up in the sand...

Even a "dead bird" near the water's edge out front of Ave 19 remains uncollected and totally ignored by LACDBH after 11 a.m. on a SATURDAY when the beach is packed with people who have paid $9 (Nine Dollars) or more to park in the lot adjacent thereto.

Below, in picking up this bit of plastic #beachtrash I have done more than LACDBH today in terms of hand picking up #beachtrash near the water's edge at Venice Beach, even though I am obviously not paid to do so.

It is obvious that LACDBH lacks the leadership and commitment to daily hand pick up the #beachtrash near the water's edge that does not get collected by the tractors that tow the rakes.
LACDBH knows this and yet it still does not commit the resources that it has to make sure that the beach near the water's edge is clean and safe for families and beach patrons.

In turn, the Board of Supervisors has been unable to effect the change necessary to provide a clean and safe beach near the water's edge for its citizens and constituents.

When the fix is so simple, one has to wonder just how deep the DYSFUNCTION runs within L.A. County Government?!...  All it would take is a couple of LACDBH employees to walk along the water's edge on a daily basis and hand pick up the #beachtrash that collects every day near the water's edge.  How difficult is that?!...

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Attorney at law,
L.A. County resident and concerned citizen

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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