This morning, House Speaker John Boehner announced to his GOP colleagues that he would be resigning from Congress at the end of October. Although it's not clear who will succeed Boehner, the most obvious candidate is the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Articles below discuss Rep. Boehner’s abrupt resignation and the potential for Rep. McCarthy to become the new House Speaker.
Tomorrow is the Coastal Cleanup Day in California and around the world. You can find a California cleanup site near you here. More information about Coastal Cleanup Day is available here.Be one of the thousands of volunteers who participate in this annual event.
October, CalCoast™ and its allies in government, academia, and the
private sector (including Strategic Advocacy Partners) will hold
"Drought Symposium 15," this Oct 20-21. We
are pleased to announce that the Southern California Coastal Water
Research Project (SCCWRP) will be hosting the event at its headquarters
in Costa Mesa, CA. Directions to SCCWRP’s facility are available here. Attendance will be limited to 120 people and online registration for the event will be available soon. SCCWRP has a special rate of $124/night ($94/night for state employees) at a nearby Holiday Inn. More information about the hotel and how to make a reservation is available here.
The symposium will focus on the drought and the mechanics of updating LCPs and General Plans, as well as how to deal with relevant statutes and regulations, and innovative measures that are being taken to combat the drought. CalCoast's well-attended "Coastal Symposium 15" focused on the science of sea level rise and climate change, but due to positive feedback, and the high profile climate change and the drought have in the news (see below). The symposium will:
• Focus on practical solutions and strategies to address the California drought, such as replacement of landscaped medians, other public areas, and residential lawns with artificial turf and low-water vegetation;
• Feature recognized experts from the public and private sectors discussing innovative water conservation and water management techniques, including groundwater recharge;
• Discuss the mechanics of updating General Plans and other policy documents including LCPs;
• Address drought-related statutes and regulations;
• Showcase implementation and adaptation plans from experts involved in the process.
The event program is nearly complete, but if you have an idea for a presentation or a panel (90 mins), please send a message to Steve Aceti at email@example.com and John Helmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor of Drought Symposium 15, please send a message to Gracie Parisi, CalCoast's COO, at email@example.com. Stay tuned for program updates!
Call for Information: Pool Removals and Pool/Fountain Bans
We have come across a number of articles the past few months about residential pool removals and bans on ornamental fountains. In addition, one of our coastal city members is working on a draft ordinance that would ban the future construction of residential swimming pools unless the pool was filled with desalinated water. Please let us know whether you are aware of cities that are working on similar ordinances.
Call for Coastal Homeowner Groups
We are aware of several homeowner groups along the coast, but we would like to update our list and add coastal homeowner groups to our database so we can eventually link up organizations to support or oppose statutes, budget items, regulations, etc. Homeowner groups along the coast should be organized and we want to help facilitate that process.
We are aware of several homeowner groups along the coast, some of whom are CalCoast™ members, but we would like to update our list and add coastal homeowner groups to our database so we can eventually link up organizations to support or oppose statutes, budget items, regulations, etc. Homeowner groups along the coast should be organized and we want to help facilitate that process.
Two Weeks of News
Our WAVE editor took a much-needed vacation two weeks ago, and, although the WAVE was not published last week, news articles from that week have been posted on our website.