city council district   v corona del mar & newport coast

Nancy Gardner 

councilwoman  v  newport beach, california

 

 

DECEMBER UPDATE

 

 

 

THE UBIQUITOUS PRESENCE OF STYROFOAM
Since 2004, the Irvine Ranch Water District has had a debris boom across San Diego creek during the low flow season. On a regular basis they remove the trash, dry it and weigh it. 12,100 pounds of trash have been collected, made up of 3% metal, 3% glass, 4% paper, 23% plastics, 26% rubber, and 41% Styrofoam by weight. When you think of how light Styrofoam is, this is an amazing figure. I was a little puzzled by the amount of rubber, but then I remembered all the tennis balls Iíve collected during cleanups. Either tennis players have a really hard time keeping the ball in the court, or too many dogs arenít doing a very good job of fetch.

LEAF BLOWERS
Coming up with a good alternative to noisy leaf blowers is a challenge. Sweeping has apparently gone the way of the dodo bird. We absolutely donít want people hosing off their patios and yards (drought, runoff, argh!). Models touted by the AQMD (Air Quality Management Board) donít stand up to commercial use (the City tested them). When Claremont outlawed gasoline models, commercial gardeners switched to electric. However, when homeowners wouldnít let them plug into their home supply, the gardeners went out and bought generators which were noisier and more polluting than the banned blowers, pretty much defeating the purpose. EQAC (Environmental Quality Affairs Committee) is researching what other cities besides Claremont have done and hopefully will come up with some fresh ideas.

CITY HALL
For those of you who absolutely hate the design chosen for City Hall, here is sort of good news. We didnít really choose the design. We selected the architect recommended by the design committee with the understanding that the committee will work with the architect in improving what was presented, so thereís still plenty of time to weigh in with your ideas.

EEL GRASS
We are finalizing the expertsí report which lays out a new approach for the management of eel grass in the harbor, one based on the premise that while the harbor provides habitat for marine life it is also an active recreational boating harbor. Next step: a presentation to National Marine Fisheries, the proponent of the current program that has proved so onerous to dock owners.

BEACH SAND AND BACTERIA
Growing up, I followed my fatherís example on the beach. Go in the water, catch waves, get very cold, come in and lie directly on the hot sand which is the fastest way to get warm. Now I find that all this time I have been wallowing in bacteria. People involved in water testing have begun to focus on sand as a source of high bacteria counts and have done some analysis of dry sand. At one site, they noticed a gull had pooped. When they came back a day later, the bacteria from that one little dot had spread yards from the site, so maybe a towel isnít such a bad idea. And speaking of bird poop, when I was very young I loved running to the end of the Corona del Mar jetty, hurtling from one vast boulder to the next (picture the coming-down-the-mountain scene in Dharma Bums). I wanted to share that experience with my grandsonsĖnot racing but at least hiking to the end of the jetty, but it was so slippery we turned back. There is so much guano on those rocks we may be able to start mining it one of these days. Talk about a yuk factor.

MORE ON THE DROUGHT
The California Department of Water Resources has warned that State Water Project Contractors are likely to receive as little as 15 percent of what they have requested for 2009, the second lowest initial allocation in the history of the State Water Project. This would change if we get a wet year, so donít pray for surf, pray for rain.

 

 


 

FUTURE TOPIC SUGGESTIONS

 

This is a two-way process, so please donít hesitate to contact me with your ideas and opinions.

 

 


 

Councilwoman Nancy Gardner

QUALITY OF LIFE Advocate FOR NEWPORT BEACH

 

City of Newport Beach - 3300 Newport Blvd - Newport Beach, CA  92663

Phone:  949.644.3004    -    EMAIL: gardnerncy@aol.com

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