SBCCOG Works with West Torrance Girl Scouts to Provide Kindness to Unhoused

Laurie Jacobs, project coordinator, SBCCOG Homeless Services programs, loads welcome kits made by west Torrance Girl Scouts in preparation for distribution to formerly unhoused neighbors who have been newly placed in permanent housing. The South Bay Council of Governments (SBCCOG) recently worked with a west Torrance Girl Scout [...]

2023-01-18T13:00:19-08:00January 18, 2023|

Perspective – Help Make #HeatSafeLA a Reality

By Lynn Hur, research and communications intern, Los Angeles Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) Heat is a year-round threat to health in Los Angeles County. New UCLA research ( shows that on extreme heat days, emergency room visits increase by 1,500 patients. Estimates ( show 16 additional people [...]

2022-11-28T19:04:52-08:00November 28, 2022|

Drought Developments – Manhattan Beach Moves One Step Closer to Water Sustainability as it Constructs a New Peck Reservoir

The City of Manhattan Beach is building a new drought-busting reservoir to replace its aging system.

2022-11-28T14:16:55-08:00November 22, 2022|

Sustainability Under Our Feet – Water Replenishment District Refills Ancient Aquifers to Meet Region’s Growing Water Needs

As Southern California faces the worst drought on record in 1,200 years, water is at the forefront of the minds of many. Some communities are facing water restrictions imposed by cities and utility companies. Many are asking, “why?” The Water Replenishment District (WRD) manages southern Los Angeles County’s groundwater supply. [...]

2022-11-28T13:01:32-08:00November 22, 2022|

Good News on the Homeless Front – Following a Close Brush with Homelessness After a Pandemic Job Loss, Redondo Beach Woman Finds Path to Long-Term Stability Through Home Sharing

Elena Becerra (left) and her father Alberto Becerra (middle) share a laugh with housemate Ron Bachmeier, a semi-retiree (right). At the end of 2019, Elena Becerra felt on track toward achieving the American dream. She had a full-time job she loved teaching her native language Spanish to students [...]

2023-01-03T11:23:12-08:00November 22, 2022|

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|

Phase One Planning Work Gets Underway for Micromobility Lane Network

The South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), its technical consultant Fehr and Peers, and cities’ staff have begun technical planning work to implement the new 243-mile route network called the South Bay Local Travel Network (LTN). The LTN is a network of safe streets that will support the growing [...]

2022-10-03T17:36:05-07:00September 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|
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