The Environment Committee works on keeping the beach tunnels clean, safe, dry, and well lit; on landscaping and street furnishings; on trash collection; and on environmental and anti-pollution issues. We work with the City of Los Angeles Street Services division, Bureau of Street Lighting, and Bureau of Sanitation.
The Beach Tunnels
Residents of BOCA and Santa Monica Canyon who wish to get to the beach on foot or bike are severely restricted by Pacific Coast Highway. The two critical links to the beach are our two tunnels: The southerly "Little Tunnel", at the bottom of the steps from Ocean Way, and the northerly "Roosevelt Tunnel" at the end of West Channel in front of the Hungry Cat restaurant.
While these tunnels are critical links, they also create ongoing problems for the community. Our goal is to keep the tunnels clean, well lit, dry, and free of graffiti. This requires a sustained and sometimes costly effort by the community to have the tunnels swept, to have rainwater removed, to have graffiti painted out, to have light bulbs replaced.
We are working on an on-line volunteer sign-up system to improve our effectiveness and regularity in assuring the optimal condition of the tunnels. We will be using an online service called Sign-Up Genius. Each tunnel now has a designated volunteer captain who will oversee our maintenance efforts and volunteer coordination: Judi Jensen for the Little Tunnel, and Sharon Kilbride for Roosevelt Tunnel.
For any issues related to the tunnels requiring contact with officials or organizations, please go to the Who to Call page (please note: we are in the process of developing the tunnel contact list).
BOCA worked for 2 years to have Caltrans to install a $30k pump in the Little Tunnel to stop winter flooding
Landscaping and Neighborhood Beautification
BOCA has organized, paid for, and installed attractive landscaping in the traffic islands at Ocean Way / Entrada and at Mesa / Entrada. We will be looking into further landscaping improvements on the triangles at Mesa Road /West Channel, Ocean Avenue Extension / Entrada and other locations. We are interested looking into any other projects to beautify the public areas of the Canyon. Suggestions are welcome.
Bus Benches and Trash Receptacles
More than a decade, BOCA members joined with PRIDE in the Palisades to have advertising benches removed from the Canyon and replaced with attractive wood benches and trash receptacles in seven locations. Since that time, BOCA members have been paying to have trash removed from those locations, since the City stopped servicing them. This has proved to be an expensive burden and we are currently asking the City to resume collection at these baskets.
Leaf blowing is a controversial environmental issue. Gas-powered leaf blowers are illegal in Los Angeles. Some residents and gardening contractors continue to use them. Blowing leaves, whether with gas or electric blowers, stirs up enormous amounts of dust, pollen, and pollutants. This sometimes requires more time for maintenance and therefore higher cost.
In addition to the air pollution caused by blowers, the noise pollution is also significant. A growing number of Canyon residents are now home during the work week, many of them conducting business from their residences. The noise of blowers can be very disruptive.
BOCA's official position is to urge all residents whenever possible to use brooms and rakes rather than blowers of any kind.
The use of fertilizer has raised concerns by some residents who are highly allergic. The Committee will be looking into this issue during 2014.