Hot Tub Time Machine WayBack Wednesday – Reposted Word-for-Word from June 25 of 2008

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

There’s an old joke that most of us baby boomers first heard when we were kids. Here’s the version I remember hearing in New Jersey:

A man goes on vacation and his brother agrees to housesit for him — feeding the cat, picking up the newspapers and mail, watering the plants, etc. After the first week goes by the vacationing brother phones to check in.

“I’m sorry bro,” his brother at the house tells him almost immediately, “but your cat died.”

“What!? What do you mean my cat died?! How could you tell me like this? What kind of insensitive creep are you!? You need to prepare someone for a shock like that!” exclaims the vacationing brother.

“How was I supposed to prepare you?” asks the man.

350-chart_0“Well,” says the brother, “first you should have told me, the cat is on the roof. Then you should have said, but don’t worry, we’re calling the fire department. Then the next time I called in to check you should have said, the fire department was doing everything it could and not to worry.

Then the next time I called you could tell me that the cat had fallen, but not to worry — the vet was doing everything she could to resuscitate him. Then, finally, after all that, you could have told me, my cat had died. That’s how you break news like that.”

“You’re right, bro, I’m sorry. I should have been more sensitive first,” said the housesitting brother, who really did feel bad about it at this point.

His vacationing brother on the phone was quickly forgiving, “That’s okay. I understand. So anyway, how’s everything else? How’s mom doing?”

“Mom?” says the man, “Mom is on the roof….”

Guess what? Right now, here in 2008 the cat is on the roof for global warming. Continue reading

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Ready For Environmental Justice in the LA Harbor? So Are We! Join Us, August 19 in San Pedro

Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm South Bay 350 Climate Action Group comes to San Pedro for its first ever general membership meeting in the L.A. Harbor.  We’ve been working with the San Pedro and Wilmington communities as well as Carson, Torrance and many other cities.  Join us and find out about our active campaigns, and how you can get involved and take climate action.  

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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

What’s In It For Me?

carson ccI was in Carson California last month at their City Council meeting to speak on behalf of the resolution I asked them to pass to approve participating in a feasibility study on community choice aggregation (CCA). 

Carson was the sixth city to have our resolution on their agenda, the five others having already passed it. Like in each of the other cities, someone in Carson, this time the City Manager, had the same question for me, 

“I understand all the CCA program stuff you’re telling us about Joe, but what I don’t get is what’s in it for YOU?” 

That’s what someone always asks when I pitch them our South Bay Clean Power initiative, especially when they find out I’m doing this work full time.  They want to know who is paying me. 

When you work pro bono, turn down all job and consulting offers on the issue, and say “no,” to $18,000 a month gigs offered you by people in this growing field, people get real suspicious and uneasy.

I gave the Carson City Manager what has now become my standard reply.

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Plastic Propaganda Proven Phony, Oil Red Coats Still Willing To Sell Out Their Neighbors

The british are comingHappily covering themselves in toxic waste, E&B Oil Drillers and their paid mercenaries in Hermosa Beach have been trying to float a bullshit story about a world made of plastic dependent on oil for its every need.  

Like the British during the Revolutionary War, the Hermosa Red Coats speak another language and don’t understand Americans if they think people will fall for headlines like: 

Without Oil A Day At The Beach Wouldn’t Be Much Fun

Even though it’s a crude canard long since disproven, and even though the leaders of the Idiocracy think that rubber is made from oil, the climate wreckers hope you won’t actually read Claudia Berman’s knockout take-down of their every talking point:

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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

Hermosa Beach Sees The Light

As if from the heavens above, The Word, appeared immaculately and impeccably on some of Hermosa Beach’s signature buildings last night.  The forces of darkness who support this dirty, climate wrecking, grotesquery of ugliness of a project might want to buy some of those E&B Blackout Curtains offered by the oil company as their mitigation

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You can read books in this building that will teach you why this project is unsafe, unhealthy and a bad deal for Hermosa and the South Bay.

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The people in this building work to destroy the climate, pollute the air and ruin the future for our children and their children. They do it for the money.

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The Hermosa Beach Community Center building knows that the community does not need oil and should not profit from helping to wreck the climate.

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If you know your Hermosa Beach history you know why the people voted to ban oil and how much better the City has been because of it.