Last month POTUS quit smoking (it's not known if the Prez fell off the
wagon due to recent events). Tomorrow, the American Cancer Society is
urging smokers to quit in The Great American Smokeout.
If the health benefits from quitting isn't enough incentive, think of
the millions of cigs that won't end up in beach clean-ups statewide.
Congratulations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, the cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach, and consultants for obtaining from the Coastal Commission a federal consistency determination for the Encinitas/Solana Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project (beach restoration).
A copy of the commission’s staff report recommending concurrence is here and a link to a U-T article about the project is below under “Beach and Coastal News.” This was an important step in the project’s feasibility study. Now, the project will be reviewed by Army Corps HQ and Congress.
Other notable decisions during last week’s meeting (i) Poseidon Water’s application for a CDP for a proposed desalination project in Huntington Beach was withdrawn to give commission staff and Poseidon time to study the feasibility of a subsurface intake instead using once-through cooling at an adjacent power plant (see staff report here) and a report by KPCC FM below under “Beach and coastal News;”(ii) a vote on Solana Beach’s LCP/LUP Amendments was postponed - again. Read the staff report, which chronicles the saga the city has experienced in trying to complete its LUP.
We're at the CCC hearing in Newport Beach so we don't have a lot of time
to comment except to say that the CCC approved the USACE
Encinitas/Solana Beach Storm Damage Reduction Program.
Congratulations to the Cities, the Army Corps, all the consultants and the endangered species who use the beaches as habitat.
One hundred years ago yesterday, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, spearheaded
by then city engineer William Mulholland, was opened. As the articles
below attest to, potable water supplies for SoCal are still an issue.
Also, next week the Coastal Commission (CCC) will meet in Newport Beach (Tues-Fri). Among the agenda items are Poseidon's Huntington Beach desalination project, the city of Solana Beach's Amended LCP/LUP, the U.S. Army Corps Engineers Encinitas/Solana Beach Storm Damage Reduction project, and several seawall CDP applications.
The agenda is available online. The meeting can be viewed online with the agenda or listened to online. We will be covering next week's CCC meeting and reporting on significant decisions.
- Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (Conference Call)
- Meeting with State and Federal Officials (San Francisco)
- Clean Seas Coalition (Conference Call)
- Ongoing Work Related to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Encinitas/Solana Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project
AB 976 (Atkins), is a re-introduction of AB 226 (Ruskin) from 2009 and SB 588 (Evans) from 2011. AB 226 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Assembly Floor, but was "gutted and amended" on the Senate Floor. No legislative action was taken on SB 588 after the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee passed the bill. The latest version of AB 976 is here and the Assembly Floor analysis of AB 976 is here.