Category: Air & Water

Fracking From Above…

Baldwin Hills Oil Fields

MYSTERY PHOTO CAPTION: Cappuccino Latte Froth?

No, it’s an aerial view of the Baldwin Hills oil fields between La Cienega and WLAC’s College Blvd — the largest contiguous urban oil field in the U.S.

This area has become a focal point for Fracking discussions in Southern California as concerned citizens seek accurate and trustworthy information and momentum builds to put a moratorium or ban on this controversial drilling trend that’s been sweeping the nation in the name of energy autonomy.

So what’s going on below ground?
Are Southern Californian oil fields like Baldwin Hills the same as other fields across the nation? Is horizontal fracking happening here? Is the technology safe? Can gas & chemicals migrate? How do we protect our precious water resources? Does fracking trigger earthquakes? Who’s monitoring the drilling? What’s going on with Assembly Bill 972?

Get the scoop on all this and more at:

FRACKING AWARENESS NIGHT at the Aero Theatre!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — 7:30 pm
DETAILS IN PREVIOUS POST>>

This educational evening of film, panel discussion and Q&A focuses on the issues from a Southern California perspective. Action plans will also be discussed.

Panelists include:
• PAUL FERRAZZI, Executive Director of the County-wide Citizen’s Coalition for a Safe Community

• DR. CLYDE TOM WILLIAMS, retired oil/gas field specialist

• MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS, Culver City Council Member

The Panel will be moderated by DONALD STRAUSS, MFA, Founding Chair and Core Faculty, Urban Sustainability Master of Arts at Antioch University. Donald has an interest in urban ecosystems and global environmental change narratives.

Fracking Awareness Night @ the Aero, August 21, 2012

WORDS MATTER: Culver City Council votes 5-0 in favor of statewide Fracking BAN!

Ban Fracking in CC

photo: J. Oyama

With this motion, Culver City becomes the first California municipality to approve a resolution to call for a statewide ban against fracking.

Prior to Monday night’s (July 2, 2012) vote, the council was considering calling on the state for a moratorium.  However, as Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells stated on the dais: “We have to be bold. The state needs pressure. We don’t have time to mess around. The message really does matter—‘Ban’ sends a strong message.” Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper echoed Sahli-Wells’ sentiments, stating,  “ ’Ban’ shows we’re serious. We should let the state know how we really feel.” Initially, Councilmembers Jim Clarke and Micheal O’Leary favored a moratorium over a ban but… Read the entire Council report on Culver City PATCH >>

As a longtime steering committee member of Transition Culver City, Meghan has a firm understanding in local environmental issues—and now she serves our entire city in an official capacity! Meghan showed great courage and elegant statesmanship at the meeting as she remained true to her position until all five councilmembers achieved consensus. Here’s what Meghan had to say post-meeting on Culver City Patch:

Ban Fracking in Culver City Demonstration

Demonstration at City Hall, June 12. Photo by Kate Parkinson-Morgan

“Words matter. The original resolution called for a moratorium… but after hearing from scores of residents over the last several months and reading many studies, reports, and articles, I made the motion to change the word moratorium in the resolution to ban.” Read Meghan’s whole commentary on PATCH >>

A bold first step has been made by our City Council in protecting the health of our environment and our citizens. To be continued!

 

Bag It! Free Screening at West LA College, Friday April 13, 7 pm

BAG IT is a humorous yet penetrating documentary that investigates the effects of plastics on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. 

 

Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell and the 47th Environment Cabinet invite you to a FREE local movie screening of the documentary BAG IT! , followed by a discussion.

BAG IT!
FREE Movie Screening
Friday, April 13th, 2012
Doors open @ 7 pm, Movie starts @ 7:30 pm
Discussion @ 8:30 pm
West LA College
ATA 128 (Theatre Room)
9000 Overland Ave, Culver City
(convenient parking in Lot #5)

For more info or to RSVP, phone 310-342-1070
or email: Sidney.Kamlager@asm.ca.gov
Co-sponsored by L.A. Green Machine

TRAILER: http://www.bagitmovie.com/

 

Rainwater Harvesting in Culver City

On Thursday, Ivan and Heather of the Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program came over to M n R’s on Rhoda Way and installed a rainbarrel, just in time to catch Friday’s rains. If you would like to do some guilt-free watering during the dry spells, while protecting the watershed from polluted city run-off, read on for more information about this wonderful program.

Culver City Rainwater Harvesting Program

The City of Culver City and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission have partnered to implement a city-wide rainwater harvesting program. The program offers Culver City residents and commercial properties in the community the opportunity to receive a professionally installed rain barrel at a drastically reduced rate.

The first 500 residents to sign up can take advantage of this opportunity for a professionally installed rain barrel for a suggested donation of $40 to cover material costs for the barrel, an estimated value of over $250!

What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a collection and storage system used to harvest rainwater from your roof before it’s lost to urban runoff. A rain barrel consists of a 55 gallon industrial strength food-grade plastic container, a hose bib for watering your garden and landscape, a mesh screen to prevent the entry of trash and insects, a vinyl hose to redirect excess rainwater to permeable areas in your yard.

Advantages of Rain Barrels
The US EPA estimates that outdoor water usage comprises nearly 40% of a typical family’s water budget during the summer months. Collected rainwater can be stored for times of drought and provides a plentiful source of chlorine and calcium free “soft water” – great for watering gardens or washing cars – and costs a homeowner practically nothing.

Registration Information: If you live in Culver City and are interested in this pilot program, Email Questions and Application forms to rainwater@santamonicabay.org. Heather (424) 645-7017 or Ivan (310) 961-4606 or go to http://ballonawatershed.org/CCrainwater.html

Bag It Tonight! Knitting Circle Update

Bag It! Screening tonight. Hope to see you there!

Bag It! Screening > Thursday Feb. 24, 7-9 pm
The Clean Seas Coalition and Transition Culver City present:
Bag It!” the award-winning documentary about why we’re banning plastic bags and looking at our relationship with single-use plastics
Doors open at 7pm, screening at 7:30pm – public forum discussion after the film
Culver-Palms United Methodist Church – 4464 Sepulveda Blvd – Culver City, CA 90230
Requested donation: $5 (to help pay for the screening) – Everyone donating will be entered into a drawing for a DVD copy of the film, signed by the filmmakers


Knitting Circle Update – from Nicky

A small group of women met on a cold wintry night for our first Knitting Circle in a warm living room. Some of us were established knitters. One had never knit before but learnt that night. At half time, we had tea and an assortment of healthy desserts.

We want to increase our numbers and welcome all who knit, crotchet, needlepoint or quilt.

Our next meeting is on March 24th, 7-9pm. Email Nicky to RSVP and get directions: verbreg@aol.com.

10/10/10 Community Think Tank

Community Think Tank: The Plastic Bag Challenge

part of the international 10/10/10 “Global Work Party” organized by 350.org

The California State Senate voted against banning single-use plastic bags in California (SB1998) this summer. Yet the problem of plastic bag pollution remains.

Transition Culver City facilitated a community conversation to gather information and work toward a solution to the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for our pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags.

Photo by Jonathan Levy

Participants were urged to bring used single-use grocery bags for the art piece, in exchange for hand-made re-usable bags.

Community-generated solutions included:
– proposing a Culver City municipal plastic bag ban
– initiating a “buy-cott” or “carrot mob” to motivate businesses to discontinue offering single-use plastic bags
– following Ireland’s “Plas-Tax” model
– replacing plastics with biodegradable materials
– reducing consumption altogether
– starting campaign to eliminate plastic bags from our local Farmer’s Market
– putting pressure on mega-companies such as Target and Wal-Mart to stop using plastic bags

There has been good news since our event:

On November 16th, the L.A. County Supervisors voted to ban single-use plastic bags and charge 10¢ for paper bags in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. They also approved an Environmental Impact Report encompassing the entire county, which will make it easier for incorporated cities like Culver City to pass bans of their own. Culver City activists present at the hearing agreed to keep the pressure on the city to act swiftly on the matter.

See our video of the event here: 10/10/10 Community Think Tank