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The Big Banana

The Big Banana Car spotted on Hampton Drive on January 1, 2017.

Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 09:26AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Santa Monica Owl

Girls look into the virtual reality “Owl” at the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, December 18, 2016. The Owl is a new public engagement tool installed on the Santa Monica Pier and is the first use of virtual reality for understanding the impacts of climate change in Southern California. The freestanding viewers, named the Owl by manufacturer Owlized, Inc. offer visitors an immersive virtual reality display showing panoramic views of Santa Monica Beach.

 

Inside the Owl, the public can see how the beach and infrastructure will flood due to sea level rise coupled with a large coastal storm. The Owl also displays potential solutions or “adaptation measures” being considered by the City of Santa Monica. The Owl is available 24/7 and includes an interactive element that lets viewers share their opinions.

“Sea level rise is a slow moving crisis that’s hard to see, and harder to get people energized around, but this technology will help bring it home in a very tangible way,” says Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Santa Monica. “Seeing firsthand how the change will impact us will be a very powerful experience for all of our beach lovers.”

By 2050, sea level rise in Southern California could increase by 5-24 inches and by 17-66 inches by 2100. As the sea level increases, the water line will move up the beach, permanently eroding the beach. While the day to day impact may be mild, a further inland tide line can mean more impacts from major coastal storms, according to research being conducted by the City’s project partners, USC Sea Grant and the US Geological Services.                                                                                                                                      

“From Malibu to the Port, sea level rise will impact local communities differently,” says Elizabeth Bar-El, City of Santa Monica Senior Planner. “Future scenarios are informed by complex modeling, which are then incorporated into local plans to reflect the reality of climate change. It is very important to reach out in creative ways to help the community understand what it all means.”

Bar-El is the project manager for the update of Santa Monica’s Local Coastal Program, which will incorporate future sea level rise into coastal zoning. Another City effort, the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan, will develop measures to adapt to risks and hazards posed to existing buildings and infrastructure.

The Owl viewfinders is located on the north side of the Pier, west of Bubba Gump Restaurant.

For additional information about the Owl and the City’s efforts to prepare and adapt to sea level rise, visit www.sustainablesm.org/climate.

 

#smclimateaction #smowl

 

Posted on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 10:26AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus welcome guests during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 07:01AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Let It Snow

Snow fell during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 06:59AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

SAMOHI Choir

The Santa Monica High School Choir performs during Downtown Santa Monica's Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Third Street Promenade on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 06:53AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

String 'em up

Ken Reilly strings lights on the 14-foot Christmas tree at the California Heritages Museum on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.  The Main Street Holiday Party is this Saturday, December 3, from 5pm to 9pm.

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 01:11PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

FIRST FLUSH

The “first flush” of the storm drains is an annual event every fall or winter. The first heavy rain causes massive amounts of water and trash to flow out of the storm drains, onto the beach, and hours later, into the ocean. As a result, there is an enormous amount of plastic and urban runoff that is brought to the coastline, and this month was no different. After the first heavy rainfall hit the Los Angeles area this morning of November 21, garbage lodged in catch basins from all over the city was shuttled to the ocean shore. Santa Monica High School's Team Marine and Heal the BaySurfrider Club are quick on the scene. The groups ventured to the storm drains to collect samples, survey the damage, and start cleaning up. Club members are testing ocean water for fecal indicator bacteria, while Team Marine assessed the state of plastic pollution on the shore and will perform an emergency beach cleanup after school.

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 05:44AM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Drink. Drive. Go to Jail

Half Santa Monica Police Department Car and Half Taxi Cab, anti-DWI campaign. “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail,” Third Street PromenadeDowntown Santa Monica, Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 08:59PM by Registered CommenterFabian Lewkowicz | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint