Greenius on Patch.com: Fiesta Hermosa Bicycle Valet an Instant Hit

About 600 to 700 bicycles used the valet service at Fiesta Hermosa on Saturday.

Hoping to encourage more Fiesta Hermosa attendees to go carbon-free in their transportation, the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau offered free valet parking for bicycles this Memorial Day weekend.

Expectations were for about 100 to 200 bicycles to take advantage of the new service each day. But within just a few hours of the valet lot opening on Saturday morning, the lot was filled to near capacity with between 600 to 700 bicycles checked in, parked and watched over until their owners returned to claim them.

No bikes were reported either lost or damaged. The reviews from those who used the service were nothing short of raves. I know because I was part of the volunteer team from the South Bay Bicycle Coalition (SBBC) who valet parked and retrieved bikes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Read more about it at Hermosa Beach.com

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Greenius on Patch.com: The Message Is in the Bottle

Patch.com Columnist Joe Galliani shows off his new EcoUsable filtered water bottle.

If Hermosa Beach is ever truly going to become a carbon-neutral city it’s going to have to make some very big and very healthy changes, including cutting out the use of unsustainable fossil fuel-based plastic products.

If there were a poster boy for non-sustainability and wasteful spending, it would be the disposable plastic water bottle.  In the United States we consume more than 500 million bottles of water each week. That’s one billion plastic water bottles every two weeks and 800 million of those don’t get recycled; they wind up filling our landfills with plastic that will never biodegrade.

Or they find their way into the ocean, adding to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which now covers hundreds of miles across the North Pacific Ocean, turning the sea into the world’s biggest garbage dump and killing birds, fish and sea mammals in the process. There are giant plastic garbage patches in four other oceans too.

Read more about it on Hermsoa Beach Patch.com

Greenius Says, Time’s Up Folks. Your Global Warming Goose Has Now Been Cooked…

The smartest scientists on the face of the planet, the ones studying climate change and global warming, are mad as hell and they’re not going to take it any more. They’re really pissed because some of the dumbest people on the face of the earth have been successfully keeping us from taking the steps we needed to take if we were going to save our children from a future existence we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies.

But the scientists now know that we’re NOT going to save our children from that hell and high water that’s coming their way. We’re going to be doomed by our lizard brains and by the people who made sure that we didn’t see what’s happening as any kind of a crisis or anything we needed to have a sense of urgency about.  The people who made sure that we were forced to argue with idiots while the heat just kept getting higher and higher…

This chart and the data behind it make people who argue against taking immediate action to cut GHG emissions sound like dangerous fools.

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Greenius on Patch.com: Bicyclists Deserve Praise, Not Punishment

A message board looking south at Ave I on the Esplanade tells riders that "Bicycle Laws Strictly Enforced."

Despite two unexpected days of May showers, the Bike to Work Week Challenge here in the South Bay had no shortage of participants from the cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo and Torrance.  South Bay businesses Aerospace Corp., Zislis Group, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and DirecTV all took the challenge as well.

The exact number of participants and challenge winners wasn’t tabulated yet by our deadline, but Bike to Work Week’s success was evident at the VIP Reception honoring the event’s co-chairs at Shade hotel in Manhattan Beach.

One of those co-chairs, Redondo Beach City Councilman Steven Diels, traveled to the hotel on his tandem bike, arriving with his wife and young son on his zero emission ride. Diels is also a member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition.

Read more about it in Redondo Beach Patch.com

Greenius on Patch.com: “Green Idea” Attracts New Solar Business to Hermosa

Brad Bartz inside of his new ABC Solar shop in Hermosa Beach.

Brad Bartz is big on Hermosa Beach. He’s betting that the city’s efforts to become carbon neutral will make it the “green beacon” that brings in a new generation of green businesses just like his, ABC Solar.

Bartz is placing his bet by leasing the location that formerly housed the International News Stand at 344 Pacific Coast Highway.  It’s on a stretch of PCH that is surrounded by buildings with “For Lease” signs everywhere you turn, but when Bartz looks around all he sees is opportunity…. and “naked roofs.”

Bartz and ABC Solar have a long history installing solar throughout the South Bay and he has just as long of a history battling with local municipalities like Torrance and Manhattan Beach when he feels they are needlessly obstructing the public’s right to get free electricity from the sun. I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed watching him do so.

Read more about it on Hermosa Beach Patch.com

Greenius on Patch.com: Bike to Work Week: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Redondo Beach bike riders could use this route to commute to work.

Despite the South Bay’s reputation as being a laid-back area, those of us who live here know that getting to and from work each day can be stressful.

There is nothing melodious about the cutthroat, “I’m already late and you’re in my way” attitude of the road warriors as they head to and from the office. And they’re typically still on the job while they’re in the car thanks to the smart phones that keep us tethered to work no matter where we are.

But what if we could radically change that whole scenario? What if drivers could instead ride their bicycles to work?

Greenius on Patch.com: Refineries Are Too Close for Comfort

Climate-changing equipment at Chevron's El Segundo refinery, the number 4 top greenhouse gas emitter in all of California.

If you live in Hermosa Beach, you are the envy of people all over this planet. It’s easy to get jaded and take it for granted if you’re a local, or to lose sight of 99 percent of the world’s population who would gladly swap places with you if given the chance. The beach, the ocean, the weather, the fresh coastal air blowing in, the Hermosa Beach culture and lifestyle–they all combine to build an image of a SoCal paradise. If it really is all about “location, location, location,” then Hermosa Beach has got it made.

Or does it?

If you look at a list of California’s  six worst greenhouse gas emitters (as compiled by the California Air Resources Board), you’ll notice that three of them are pretty close to Hermosa Beach. The El Segundo Chevron refinery is just four miles away, the Torrance Exxon Mobil Refinery is four miles away (in the other direction), and the always-popular BP/Arco Refinery is just 12 miles away in Carson.

Read more about it on Hermosa Beach Patch.com

Greenius on PATCH.COM: World of Tomorrow Already Here In Hermosa (Today)

I’m a Sputnik baby–born in 1957, just a couple of weeks before that first satellite launched the Space Age. For the past 52 years I’ve had my sights fixed on the horizon and what comes next. It’s no wonder my favorite land in Disneyland has always been Tomorrowland.

But if you’d like a trip to a real Tomorrowland without ever leaving Hermosa Beach, then this Saturday, May 8, is your star date. That’s the day the South Bay’s Environmental Priority Network is sponsoring its free, 5th annual Solar Homes Tour, and three of its “E Ticket” attractions are all within walking distance of each other in Hermosa.

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