CALL FOR WATER-SAVING ACTION – West Basin Wants Residents to Get Super-Cali-Frugalistic with Water

The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin), a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is the water wholesale agency proudly serving the South Bay region. Working in partnership with the SBCCOG’s South Bay Environmental Service Center (SBESC), it works to ensure water reliability in both wet [...]

2022-09-01T16:39:36-07:00September 1, 2022|

BACKYARD HOUSING – State Funded Project Seeks to Determine if “Granny Flats,” Once Perceived as Urban Blight, May Be an Affordable Housing Solution for the South Bay

When Jonathan Pacheco Bell conducted zoning enforcement for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning from 2006 to 2020, he frequently encountered homeowners who had built smaller, detached residential dwellings, known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), on the same lot as their single-family homes. Often these units, nicknamed “granny [...]

2022-09-07T15:40:22-07:00August 30, 2022|

7 Reasons Water Bottle Filling Stations Make Good Sense for Health and the Environment

West Basin Municipal Water District has installed more than 80 water bottle filling stations in or on the premises of public facilities throughout its service area through grant programs. In doing so, an estimated 110,000 plastic water bottles annually have been removed from the local waste stream.

2022-06-27T14:29:09-07:00June 16, 2022|

Perspective – Droning On – Drones Positively Impact Lives

By D. Damon Willens Ten years ago, if someone had mentioned the word “drones,” one would have thought about far-away wars and unmanned aircraft firing missiles at unsuspecting targets. Yet only a few years later, drones have become a part of everyday life for millions of people. Hobbyists, commercial users [...]

2022-05-23T13:37:49-07:00May 23, 2022|

Tunnel Vision: Rachel “Bores” the Clearwater Project to Preserve Local Waterways

A worker walks through a completed portion of the tunnel. A modern tunnel boring machine (TBM) named Rachel has been quietly building an 18-foot diameter, 7-milelong tunnel from Carson to San Pedro. This tunnel will convey cleaned water from the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts’ largest wastewater treatment [...]

2022-06-02T13:52:29-07:00May 23, 2022|

A Safer South Bay – Alert SouthBay Messaging System Streamlines Emergency Notifications for Subregion

On February 18, 2015, two workers suffered minor injuries and debris was dispersed into the surrounding community following an explosion in the gasoline processing unit at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Torrance. The incident brought to light the need to change the way communication is coordinated during community disasters. “There were [...]

2022-05-19T18:01:13-07:00May 19, 2022|

SBCCOG General Assembly – Speakers Call “Intentionality” Key to Community of Innovation

Every city needs a vice president of innovation who shepherds partnerships with other businesses and public sector agencies, according to Skyler Logsdon. Logsdon is co-founder and CEO of Boomerang, a technology platform that connects people with their lost items. He says such a liaison could help him cultivate partnerships with [...]

2022-05-23T14:22:01-07:00May 19, 2022|

“Right-Sizing Your Ride” – Micromobility Lane Networks Are Appropriate Local Step Toward Global Environmental Change

By Drew Boyles, Mayor of El Segundo and SBCCOG Board of Director Chair December 13, 2021, in his Los Angeles Times op-ed “L.A. can no longer afford to push bikes and buses aside,” Michael Schneider accurately describes the challenges Los Angeles and other cities have faced in fully embracing electric [...]

2022-05-09T16:37:29-07:00May 9, 2022|

The Path to Permanent Housing – Hawthorne Uses Federal Emergency Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Residents

Dulce Medina, Hawthorne homeless services coordinator (right), client/tenant (left) and property owner (center) discuss a home being rented through before the EHV program. In late January 2022 Hawthorne Homeless Services Coordinator Dulce Medina met her client at the front door of a modest, well-kept cottage, and welcomed him [...]

2022-04-22T10:59:22-07:00April 21, 2022|

Making Every Day Earth Day – CivicSpark Fellows Help Advance South Bay Environmental Programs

CivicSpark, a program of the Local Government Commission, is dedicated to assisting local public agencies in addressing issues such as climate change. Each year, CivicSpark recruits Fellows to augment public agency staff for 11 months. During their service year, the Fellows implement a needed sustainability and resilience project for a [...]

2022-04-13T17:44:43-07:00April 13, 2022|
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