The Greatest Solar Powered Music Festival in World History! SUNSTOCK JUNE 18 Los Angeles

Out of the darkness, comes the light! Be there and shine with us!

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Your Creative Greenius loves him some Cults

You KNOW I dig Kaki King…

In fact, there has NEVER been a greater, more talented, more entertaining musical line up than Sunstock!

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Give Me A #BreakFreeLA & Then Give Me 100% Renewables RIGHT NOW

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I’ve lived in my house in Torrance, California for 23 years now. Been in L.A. since I was 19 years old in 1976, back when then Governor Brown was telling us that we were “living in an era of diminished expectations.” He always was so ahead of the curve…

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Like I say, I live in Torrance, home of the exploding Exxon Mobil refinery where our Air Quality Management District just gave the refinery operators exemptions to exceed pollution limits while they restart the aging climate wrecker back up.  

I was at the meeting where they cut the deal and I had this to say about that: Continue reading

This Is Why You Don’t Take Money From Oil Companies For Your Schools

When Chevron, or Phillips 66, or ExxonMobil or E&B oil companies give schools and nonprofits funding money they do it for one reason only.

To pay them to shut up.

You can fool yourself if you want to, but you can’t fool your kids, because in the end they will know their school, or that nonprofit pretending to be teaching kids about the environment, sold them out. Sold them out to the very oil companies who are destroying their chance of having a decent future.

And they will damn sure remember who went along for the ride to get that oil company money. Continue reading

Riding Into A Better Future @ South Bay Bike Night

Your friendly neighborhood Greenius has been a proud member of the South Bay Bicycle Coalition ever since there was one, and I’ve been on the Board of Directors just as long.  I do it because I love to ride my bike and because here in the South Bay – which happens to be the best climate in the whole world in which to ride your bike – we need lots more zero emission people-powered bike trips to replace car trips, especially fossil fuel powered cars.  Our obesity and diabetes rates need it too.

Members of the newly formed South Bay Bicycle Coalition are happy with the Hermosa Beach "sharrows," which allow bicyclists to use a lane of traffic on Hermosa Avenue. The group hopes to see more South Bay cities install such bicycle-friendly facilities. (Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze Staff Photographer)

December 2009 – Members of the newly formed South Bay Bicycle Coalition are happy with the Hermosa Beach “sharrows,” which allow bicyclists to use a lane of traffic on Hermosa Avenue. The group hopes to see more South Bay cities install such bicycle-friendly facilities. (Steve McCrank, Daily Breeze Staff Photographer)

In fact back in 2010 that’s why the County of Los Angeles Health Department gave our South Bay Bicycle Coalition (SBBC) a $250,000 grant. We used that money to create and then help get passed the world famous Seven City South Bay Bicycle Master Plan.  That’s the 20 year plan that lays out the blueprint for connecting bikeways in the cities of El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Lawndale and Gardena.  The plan that’s now being implemented bit by bit all over the place.

And now the SBBC is having its first fund raiser, cause there’s no more grant money and we need the dough-ray-me to buy bike helmets for kids who don’t have one of their own.  We need the Benjamin to pay for certified instructors to teach bike safety classes to elementary school kids and to conduct rules of the road and safe biking workshops for adults.  We need the scratch to pay for printing up rules of the road booklets and to offer free bike parking corrals at major events throughout the South Bay.  We’re an all volunteer organization and we’re fiscally responsible and frugal too.  So you can feel damn good about how hard your money works for better biking on the streets right here in your communities.

And, if like me, you’ve never been to a hipster event at the private rooftop poolside venue at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, South Bay Bike Night on Saturday, February 28, 2015 is your opportunity.   Continue reading

Let Us Now Murder AB 2145 Before It Kills Community Choice Power

NO2145-Logo-JPGWhen we last wrote about AB 2145 it was after a trip to Sacramento to speak out against the bill at the Senate Energy Committee hearing on it.  We told the bill’s author, Assemblyman Stephen Bradford that we wanted to bring Community Choice Power to the South Bay, especially cities like Inglewood and Gardena, where lowering electricity bills will have a big impact on homeowners and business owners.  We went home that day happy that the bill’s opt in provision had been removed.

But as it turns out we shouldn’t have been so pleased because AB 2145 was still alive and in its revised form now had three different ways to kill the current Community Choice programs in Marin County and Sonoma County, and to make sure no new Community Choice Power programs, like our own embryonic South Bay Clean Power efforts, can possibly succeed.

How does it do that?  Pretty simply –

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Bradford: Twelve Years A Failure – His Reason To Kill CCAs

South Bay Gets More Done In 3 Months Than SCE’s Former Flack Got Done in a Dozen As A City Councilman in Gardena

What a unique concept.  First admit what a failure you were in your own personal efforts of launching a Community Choice power program where you live.  Then ignore or lie about the progress made by so many outside your community.  And finally, try to kill the Community Choice power program for anyone else with the skills and abilities to do what you are not capable of.

That’s been the strategy of SCE’s man-on-the inside of the California State Assembly, Steven Bradford, who says he “resents the implications” that he is carrying water for his former employers and current campaign contributors.  

Mock outrage by bamboozlers and scoundrels upon getting called out for their attempts at the old Okey-Doke is a classic loser technique.  Good old Foghorn Leghorn in the classic cartoons couldn’t have sounded any less convincing. Especially after being puppet mastered all hearing long by the dirty energy lobbyist who whispered in his ear to feed him talking points.

It was a sad display of how laws get made in Sacramento and a cynical confirmation of all your worst fears about corrupt, dishonest, egocentric politicians who mean us more harm than good.

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Ted Lieu To The Rescue! Heroic Climate Champion Saves Community Choice Aggregation

IMG_1981 My politically connected friends (who prefer to remain nameless) advise me to accept State Senator Ted Lieu as he is and be happy for his strong environmental record.  

They tell me to stop wishing he was somebody else and that I’m dreaming if I think he’s ever going to change into the dynamo that I fantasize about.  

And I get that.  You go to climate battle with the Ted Lieu you have, not the Ted Lieu you wished you had. Joe St Rocke

Yet still… I couldn’t stop thinking about it Wednesday night at St. Rocke’s in Hermosa Beach where I had gone to get away from it all and rock out to Jimmy Vaughan and his band.  Luckily that totally did the trick as I downed one quadruple The Reverend after another, locking into the groove.  

That night I slept like Rip Van Winkle himself, dead to the world and dreaming the vivid-as-life dreams that The Reverend, and the music, and the moment made possible.  

And it all suddenly became clear to me. LieuWaxman__disclaimer_(1)Suddenly we were at The Crossroads as Ted Lieu runs for Henry Waxman’s seat in the United States Congress.   Waxman has been our heroic climate champion for many years now and is retiring.  New, fresh, young, energetic blood is needed from a new champion at this special spot on the climate timeline – and Ted Lieu has now seized his moment and become that champion.

Everything he’s done in life has led to this unique time and place. And I could see Ted, bigger than life, looking strong, and determined and unstoppable.  He was downright dynamic.

And the issue that Ted grabbed and commanded and was using to transform himself into a climate legend was Community Choice Aggregation.   It was a natural for Ted and he knew it.  

And right before my eyes Ted was making it his own and becoming positively evangelical about it.  Continue reading

Wayne Powell, Dudley Do Right For All The Right Reasons

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Greenius (white shirt) talks to Manhattan Beach Councilman Wayne Powell (center) and Councilman Mark Burton at the 2014 Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration.

A lot of my political friends are still suffering from election night hangovers this Throwback Thursday.  Their heads continue to pound, they’re still experiencing dry mouth and disorientation.

Think of today’s post as a hangover cure.

As we learned in my last Greenius “Al Muratsuchi Kills Community Choice Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize” everyone makes mistakes.  Some are forgotten, some are cast in titanium, forged forever.

One of the biggest mistakes your friendly neighborhood Greenius made was back in the day when I first met Wayne Powell in 2009.  He was running for Manhattan Beach City Council and I wrote something snarky about Wayne.  It was flippant and critical, and like a lot of what I’ve written, completely forgettable the moment after you finished reading the sentence.  But not to Wayne.

Which is understandable, for who among us doesn’t remember the cutting comment far longer than any compliment?  As the wise man once said, “One F-you wipes out a thousand attaboys.”  True dat.

And no surprise to anyone who knows Wayne Powell, I was completely wrong about him.  I’ve had it proven to me time after time after time over the last five years as Councilman Powell stood up strong on bicycle issues, on health issues, on climate issues, on water issues, on fossil fuel issues, on safety issues.  On Tuesday he did it again on helping to pass Manhattan Beach’s new ban on smoking citywide. Continue reading

Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

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This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder.

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Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, representing the 66th District in California explains as State Controller, John Chiang listens at the Lunquist Mansion on the Palos Verdes Peninsula during a recent fundraiser (photo by Joe Galliani)

Imagine my surprise on Friday afternoon when my cell phone rang and it was Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi on the line calling to tell me he had made a big mistake and that he was sorry.  

He wanted me to know that he really regretted his YES vote two days earlier for AB 2145, the CAA Killer bill, which – Surprise! – was written by the big utilities to try and kill Community Choice Aggregation.  

Al said he had been lied to about what the bill really says and does and that he didn’t really know anything about CCAs until a few weeks ago.  He again said he was sorry, that he had dropped the ball on this one and that he was now going to lobby State Senator Ted Lieu to make sure the State Senate didn’t make the same mistake.  What could I say? Al sounded sincere and remorseful… Continue reading

The Curious Case of Buying A New State Senator From The South Bay

about-image-correctCandidate Ben Allen, running as a democrat, gets $300,000 from the right wing guy who wanted Henry Waxman out of office – Bill Bloomfield –  and then Ben tells me he feels “weird” about it.

But not weird enough to make a public statement about the money, where it came from and what Bill Bloomfield wants in return for his three hundred thousand bucks.  Ben would have to be a lot more weirded out than this is making him feel.

I’m guessing Bloomfield thinks he’s buying a Ben Allen who would NOT be Waxman-like on the issues. I’m guessing he feels like Ben Allen would be the best representative of folks who consider themselves Republicans.  

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Ben would protest that, but money talks and that $300k is speaking much louder than any of the weak rationalizations and justifications Ben is now making.  

You want to show what you’re really made of, Ben?  Publicly turn down that money and tell the guy trying to give it to you that you cannot be bought and you will not allow him to define you and that you know what he’s trying to pull – just like all the rest of us know.

Yes indeed, it is these moments in the spotlight that define character – if you ask the Greenius – and if there’s one thing this race has, it’s plenty of  characters.

Now I don’t know much about politics and I’ll be the first to admit that I think both political parties have failed us miserably and have outlived their time.  Are they the lessor of two evils or the evil of two lessors? Continue reading