Greenius on Hands Across the Hermosa Sand

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A typical June gloom morning on the beach at 26th Street couldn’t put a damper on the determined group of 50 to 60 concerned residents who participated in a Surfrider Foundation beach cleanup Saturday.

The trash pickup work, which I was happy to participate in, was the prelude to our part in the nationwide Hands Across the Sand action, designed to bring people from all walks of life and political persuasions together to say no to offshore drilling and yes to switching to clean energy

Despite the work already done that morning by the tractor the county uses to rake and collect trash on the beach, I had no problem finding cigarette butts, small pieces of Styrofoam, food wrappers and all matter of plastic parts and pieces everywhere I looked on the sand.

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Greenius on Riviera Village Summer Festival Not So Green

Many residents and visitors participate in this year's Riviera Village Summer Festival.

I walked down from my Hollywood Riviera home to the Riviera Village Summer Festival Saturday on a mission to get something good to eat while I listened to the groovin’ music on this perfect June beach day for the first weekend of summer. I also wanted to see how my own hometown street fair stacks up against neighboring events in Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes.

I’m happy to report that there was a great BBQ truck that served up a smoking good pulled pork sandwich and a big BBQ’d turkey leg.

But I’m sorry to have to tell you that the Riviera Village Summer Festival (RVSF) ranks dead last in standard green practices for public events. The organizers weren’t engaging in any visible sustainability or environmental practices.

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