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Upcoming Guided Nature Walk

Heron Hike

What: Heron Hike

When: Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at 8:00AM until 10:0AM

Where: Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Meet us in the driveway near 1st street and PCH.  You may park in the driveway.  

Our walk begins with a brief orientation to our wetlands. We will discuss the history of newly acquired wetlands and view Marketplace marsh. We will then walk around on oil roads, walk towards the levee and discuss the reintroduction of the tides. After that we will walk to the old bridge on the levee and discuss the San Gabriel River and the future of bringing water back into the land before we head back to our meeting place, all the while keeping a lookout for Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.

We will complete our walk by heading back along the access to the parking. Bring binoculars, if you have them, we will observe many different kinds of interesting wildlife.

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For more information or to RSVP email ejlambe@verizon.net
or call 714/357-8576.

Attend a meeting. Express your opinion, or join an event. Do your part to help Mother Earth and our local wetlands.

south east comunity plan
not cool

SEADIP updating.  Sure, it sounds nerdy and obscure, but the updating process will have a big impact on the health and welfare of Los Cerritos Wetlands and here's why:  SEADIP (South East Area Development and Improvement Plan) is the zoning plan for the part of Long Beach that contains most of Los Cerritos Wetlands. We think the fact that SEADIP is currently so out of date explains many of the inappropriate developments that year after year have been proposed for the area. Think about it:  if the zoning is so old that it is considered basically irrelevant, why shouldn't developers and speculators roll the dice and try again and again in hopes that one of their profitable but misbegotten developments will get through.

So we all agree.  It's time to update the zoning for the area to better reflect what we know now about the importance of protecting fragile wetlands.  And we are happy to report that the process has commenced, and the public is invited to go and offer their opinion at a series of upcoming public meetings. 

The first workshop will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 pm, at the Best Western Golden Sails Hotel (Seafarer Room) located at 6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

The second workshop will be on Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:00 am at the Seaport Marina Hotel,located at 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

According to the Long Beach Development Services website "Both workshops will provide the community with an opportunity to participate in an interactive visioning exercise, speak one-on-one with the project team, and discuss ideas with fellow community members".  Click here for more information about the SEADIP updating process and how to voice your opinion and get more involved.

The next big potential change to our local wetlands is the conversion of the AES Power Plantaway from 

once-through cooling.  Once-through cooling is old-school, much like the current AES power plant is.  Once-through cooling is used to keep AES's power-producing turbines cool enough to be able to function in producing energy.  But wow, does once-through cooling kill a lot of fish, larvae, plankton and other fragile marine life!  The small creatures that get sucked into the AES cooling system are boiled alive or get entrained, injured and die. These small creature deaths in turn make our entire marine ecosystem more fragile since all marine life depends on this foundational food source.  So we are glad once-through cooling is going away and we need you to get involved to help make sure the conversion is done right.  That's why we need you to attend the first public hearing on the matter, which will be on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, at 4:30PM.

Additionally, the public is invited to go on a bus tour of the project prior to the hearing.  Meet at the address below at 3:30PM.  For reservations contact the Energy Commission Public Advisor office at 916/654-4489 or 800/822-6228 or atpublicadvisor@energy.ca.gov.

What:California Energy Commission Public Informational Meeting and Scoping Meeting

When:Tuesday, April 29th.  Site visit is at 3:30PM.  Hearing starts at 4:30PM

Where:Grand Ballroom Recreation Park 18 Golf Course 5001 Deukmejian Drive Long Beach CA 90804

 

And have a little fun too.

green prize

The Green Prize Festival just sounds like a lot of fun. The more we Iearn about the interesting and "green" items, workshops and events that will be a part of this day-long celebration, the more excited the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust is to be a part of such a cool celebration of Mother Earth.

Free yoga, tasty organic coffee, free bike and ripped jeans repair, fascinating art; and check out the list of speakers for the event below:

1:00 PM Chef Paul Buchanan - Primal Alchemy
1:30 PM Ryan Serrano - Foodscape Long Beach
2:15 PM Dharma Shakti -Yogalution
2:30 PM Tony Damico - Long Beach Time Exchange
3:00 PM Deborah Devar - Path to Perfect Health
3:30 PM Ram Bhakt - Long Beach School of Yoga
4:00 PM Ariana Bates - Free Yoga On The Beach 

Sign up for the latest news on their Green Prize Festival Facebook Page and, if you can, plan to bike on over to this fun event.  We will be there educating folks about the value of protecting Los Cerritos Wetlands; we will have a fun paw print game for kids to enjoy and we will also be inviting event attendees to our next wetlands nature walk. We urge you to be a part of it.

Speaking of our next Los Cerritos Wetlands nature walk, it will be at 8:00AM on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, and starts at 8:00AM.  We will be touring the Marketplace Marsh, an important and fragile portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands, an area you can access only by attending one of our guided tours.   So make a plan to join us and prepare to be educated by our knowledgeable tour leaders Eric Zahn and Taylor Parker of Tidal Influence.  It's a great way to start your day.

 

Some fun earth day events are coming up. Hope you can attend.

Green Gen

Join Sustainable Long Beach's Green Generation Mixer on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from
5:00 - 8:00 pm at the beautiful Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB (1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach 90815).

The Mixer is a free event and open to the public. Help kick off Earth Week celebrations with a showcase of local green artists, live musicians, student environmental projects, sustainable community organizations, appetizers & drinks! Both CSULB and the Long Beach community have made incredible environmental advancements. This event strives to unite faculty, staff, students and community members to highlight these efforts.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability, Green Long Beach!, CSULB's Sustainability Task Force, CSULB Environmental Science & Policy Club, Green Campus, ASI, and the 49er shops for making this event possible!

Email: megan.ono-sa@csulb.edu for more information or to rsvp.

Parking: Use metered spaces in Lot 16 or adjacent lots or you may park in available student spaces by purchasing a permit from one of the yellow permit machines in parking lots or at turnout on Earl Warren Drive just south of the Garden.

Another fun event will be on April 26th when you can check out the Green Prize Festival at Bixby Park. The Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust will have an information table there helping to educate people about the value of Los Cerritos Wetlands and the simple things they can do to protect them. But there will be a lot of other stuff going on there too. Entertainment, interesting foods and crafts and plenty of ways to educate yourself about how to live a greener lifestyle. The event runs from 11:00AM until 6PM.

To quote from the Green Prize festival facebook page.

"Three things to toss in your bike basket before you ride to the Green Prize Festival on Saturday, April 26th."

1. Coffee Mug to get .50 cents off your fresh brew from the WIDE eyes OPEN palms Pop-Up Coffee Shop and to fill-up on water at the Green Long Beach! Hydration Station.

2. A T-shirt so you can get the limited edition Green Prize Festival 2014 artwork LIVE screen-printed by Red Eye Media on the inside or backside for only $5!

3. Those ripped jeans you want to get fixed at the Sewing Rebellion booth in the ReUse Refuge."

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? See you there I hope!

Elizabeth Lambe
Executive Director
Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

 

Recent Coastal Commission vote reinforces the importance of adhering to Local Coastal Programs.

Baech Plaza HotelBeach Plaza Hotel at 2010 E. Ocean Blvd. Long Beach April 8, 2014. (Photo by Brittany Murray / Daily Breeze
We, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust, believe in sticking to a set of rules that everyone must play by.  When it comes to development in the coastal zones those rules are codified in something called a Local Coastal Program.  The Local Coastal Program, reviewed and certified by the Coastal Commission lets a developer and the community know what kind of development is (or is not) allowed within the coastal zone.   And when a proposal to tear down a low to moderate income visitor serving hotel across from Bluff Park and put in its place high end condos, a fancy restaurant and a bar, local residents were concerned, and we were too.  Local residents were concerned about potential late night noise and increased traffic which would negatively impact their neighborhood and their quality of life. We, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust, were concerned about the precedent that would be set if the Coastal Commission approved this development which explicitly says that hotels in that area should serve moderate and lower income people.  Be it in or around our local wetlands or along the Bluff Park area everyone should play by the same set of rules and that is the argument we made to the Coastal Commission last Friday in person and in writing. Happily the Coastal Commission, including our local Coastal Commissioner Robert Garcia, saw it that way too.  Last Friday's vote was a victory for all who believe in a level playing field when it comes to coastal development.   Both the Long Beach Press Telegram and LBPost have stories about the issue and Coastal Commission vote.
 

AES conversion process moves forward.

AES PortionPhoto of AES from across a portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands

The first public meeting about the conversion of AES away from once through cooling is being convened by the California Energy Commission on Tuesday, April 29th

As you know, we are happy about the fact that California is requiring once through cooling to go away. It is old technology that uses ocean water to cool the generators that AES uses to make electricity. However in order to do so AES kills an enormous amount of fish and other important marine life.  AES's new system of creating energy will be more efficient and no longer create great harm to marine life.  But, as always, the devil is in the details and a public process must be followed to help us all learn more. 

Therefore I urge you to learn more details about the AES conversion by attending the California Energy Commission's first scoping hearing on the matter which will be in Long Beach on April 29th.

The public is invited to go on a bus tour of the project prior to the hearing.  Meet at the above address at 3:30PM.  For reservations contact the Energy Commission Public Advisor office at916/654-4489 or 800/822-6228 or by email at publicadvisor@energy.ca.gov.

 

Join us on a nature walk of Los Cerritos Wetlands this Saturday, April 5th.

Hellman part of Los Cerritos Wetlands
Winter is over; the days are getting warmer; it's time to get outside and enjoy our local wetlands. 

Join us and our partners, biologists and environmental educators Taylor Parker and Eric Zahn, on a wonderful hike of Los Cerritos Wetlands this Saturday, April 5th. Eric and Taylor will be leading us on a tour that will take us to the spot in Los Cerritos Wetlands where native people lived and thrived many years ago.

We will view and discuss the Hellman portion of Los Cerritos Wetlands while keeping an eye out for local wildlife.  Of special note is the fact that this land provides habitat for the endangered Belding's Savannah Sparrow. Perhaps we will spot one this Saturday!  Hike attendees will also learn about the history of oil extraction and its impact on the wetlands.

WHAT:Raptor Ramble Nature Walk at Los Cerritos Wetlands.

WHEN:      Saturday, April 5th, at 8:00 am sharp! Parking lot gate will open at 7:45 am and close at 8:10 am. No late-comers can be admitted for the tour, and all participants must stay for the entire tour, which will end by 10:00 am

WHERE:Meet in the driveway/parking area at the corner of 1st Street and PCH in Seal Beach.

There will be signs. Wear close-toed shoes; and kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to rsvp send an email to elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org .

 

Would you like to help restore our local wetlands?

planting in wetlands

On the first Saturday of every month, right after our nature walk (like the one described above) you and anyone you know are invited to participate in our community based restoration program.  You don't need any special skills, just a good attitude and a willingness to donate a little "elbow grease" to improving Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Why don't you give it a try?  It's a fun and easy way to make a difference.

WHAT:   Community Based Wetlands Restoration

WHEN:10:30AM to 12:30PM, Saturday, April 5th 2014

WHERE:  Meet in the driveway/parking area on the corner of 1st Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach.

Wear close-toed shoes, and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them.

For further information or to rsvp, emailiwanttohelp@tidalinfluence.com.

Did you know that mustard, an invasive plant introduced many years ago in California, is all over Los Cerritos Wetlands, especially in the Hellman portion?  There will likely be mustard planteradication going on this Saturday, and you can be a part of it! This kind of mustard is a bad plant for Los Cerritos Wetlands.  It crowds out fragile native plants, and must be removed!

 

The first SEADIP Community Advisory Meeting was super interesting.

South East Area Development

The City of Long Beach hosted their first Community Advisory Meeting for the new South East Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP) earlier this week.  It was inspiring to see a diverse group of people representing land owners, community members and environmental interests gathered together to begin the discussion of how best to update the zoning for this area.  The event was carried live by LBReport.com.  Also on LBReport.com is a great article about that inaugural advisory committee meeting, including a history of controversial developments that have been proposed for within the SEADIP area over the years.  A map of the SEADIP area is below and, as you can see, Los Cerritos Wetlands are, indeed, the heart of SEADIP.

Another great resource is the City of Long Beach website that has it's own separate page about the SEADIP updating process.  You can even sign up for emails about upcoming meetings and other important information.  I urge you to sign up and be a part of this important and historic effort. 

Did you know that the current zoning for the SEADIP area was created in 1977?  Wow, that was a really long time ago and does not reflect what we now know about the importance of protecting wetlands.  How to protect Los Cerritos Wetlands while also updating the zoning will be the main question for the SEADIP Citizens Advisory Committee to consider in the coming months and years as the process moves forward. I urge you to weigh in by attending meetings and signing up for SEADIP updating emails in order to educate yourself about this important process that will have an enduring impact on Los Cerritos Wetlands.

And....speaking of the future of the SEADIP area, the primary nominating election for Long Beach is Tuesday, April 8th . There are 5 candidates running to represent the 3rd District on the City Council and since most of Los Cerritos Wetlands is located within the 3rd district it will matter who that City Council member will be. Check out the views of candidates Stephen Bello, Jim Lewis, Martha Flores-Gibson, Jack Rosenberg and Suzie Price on important wetlands related issues on our website at www.lcwlandtrust.org.

 

We are super-excited about our upcoming annual meeting. We hope you will make plans to join us.

Ballot Box

It's hard to miss the fact that election season is here in Long Beach. There have been lots of mailers, yard signs and, yes, candidate forums.  But until now, there has never been a candidate forum about issues relating to the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  This year there will be, and it will happen at our upcoming annual meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  It's not an exaggeration to say that the next 4 to 8 years will be critical ones for Los Cerritos Wetlands. There will be many issues that will require thoughtful City Council leadership:  the plan to update the zoning of the lands in and around Los Cerritos Wetlands, that newly proposed big development at the corner of 2nd Street and PCH, planning for the restoration and rehabilitation of Los Cerritos Wetlands, and more.  Those are just some of the unique opportunities and threats steaming forward, so we need leadership in the 3rd District (where most of Los Cerritos Wetlands are located) to help guide and steward this important natural resource.

That's why we are so excited that all 5 candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant 3rd District City Council seat have agreed to speak at our upcoming member meeting. With the primary nominating election coming up soon (April 8th), providing the public and our members with a chance to hear and meet 3rd District Council candidates Stephen BelloJim LewisMartha Flores-GibsonJack Rosenberg and Suzie Price is a timely opportunity. We hope you think so too and will plan to join us.

Our Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board of Directors election comes first and should not take long; then 3rd District City Council candidates will each have 5 minutes to talk to meeting attendees about their views on issues regarding the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands. 

  • WHAT:    Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Annual Membership Meeting 
  • WHEN:    Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM sharp 
  • WHERE:  Kettering Elementary School 550 Silvera Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803
  • WHO:      Candidates for Long Beach's 3rd District City Council seat as well as candidates for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Board of Directors.

For more information or to rsvp, contact Elizabeth Lambe at Elizabeth@lcwlandtrust.org.

 

Oh, and one more thing.  All the 3rd District Council candidates were kind enough to fill out a questionnaire about issues relating to Los Cerritos Wetlands.  You can find them at

www.lcwlandtrust.org

 

SEADIP updating, an important process that will likely impact our community for years, is about to begin.

SEADIP

Those of us who care about the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands are weary of one inappropriate development proposal after another that would impact our local wetlands. It seems as if, without fail, every few years a large and harmful-to-wetlands development is proposed. The latest proposal (details have just been released) is for a large retail project on the corner of 2nd Street and PCH.  We think the reason for these unending and potentially exploitative development proposals is that the zoning for the area is really old and therefore ignored by everyone.  We believe that is going to change because a process to update the zoning for the area, known as SEADIP, is beginning.  It's expected to be a long process (at least a few years) and will require lots of study, some in the form of an environmental impact report and input from the Coastal Commission.  To be successful, new zoning will also need lots of input from the community.

My exciting news is that the kick-off meeting for the Community Advisory Committee for the updating updating process is this Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30PM at the Golden Sails Hotel. And while there are still a lot of unknowns, the fact this important updating process has finally begun is noteworthy and creates an important milestone.  Wednesday's meeting is public, so I hope you will be able to join us. I'll be there, as an Advisory Committee member, representing the views of those who care about the preservation and protection of Los Cerritos Wetlands.

Hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust

P.S. The City of Long Beach has a website all about the SEADIP updating process where you can learn more details. I urge you to check it out.

 

Our annual member meeting is Tuesday,  March 25th.

Dear Friend of Los Cerritos Wetlands,

My email from yesterday had the incorrect day of the week in it for our upcoming annual member meeting.

Our annual member meeting will be on Tuesday, March 25th.  Details are below with the correct date.

Candidates for the soon-to-be-vacant 3rd District City Council will be speaking at our upcoming member meeting and we thank them in advance for their time.  With the Primary Nominating Election coming up soon (April 8th), providing the public and our members with a chance to hear and meet 3rd District Council candidates Stephen BelloJim LewisMartha Flores-GibsonJack Rosenberg andSuzie Price is a timely opportunity. We hope you think so too and will plan to join us.

WHAT: Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust Annual Membership Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Kettering Elementary School 

550 Silvera Ave. Long Beach, CA 90803

WHO: Candidates for Long Beach's 3rd District City Council seat as well as candidates for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust Board of Directors.

Our Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust board of directors election comes first and should not take long; then 3rd District City Council candidates will each have 5 minutes to talk to meeting attendees about their views on issues regarding the protection and preservation of Los Cerritos Wetlands.  

I look forward to seeing you at our Tuesday, March 25th meeting.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lambe

Executive Director

Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust