Adopt a Channel is a creative, sexy, and in this case, magical public-private partnership. The program between OC Public Works (Flood Control) and private sector sponsors is designed to promote community involvement in and stewardship of our waterways, and to prevent trash from reaching Orange County beaches. The new President of The Disneyland Resort, Michael Colglazier, was kind enough to participate in a press conference at Bolsa Chica yesterday morning to promote the program and to accept a few accolades for Disney’s being one of the premier participants. We were also joined by Wyland, enjoying his role as the founder of the Wyland Foundation (see http://www.wylandfoundation.org/), in the announcement. Wyland also designed the logo for the Adopt a Channel signs. I want to thank both of them for their involvement in this fun and important opportunity in sharing and promoting the “Clean Channels – Healthy Ocean” vision.
I have the privilege of chairing the Newport Bay Watershed Executive Committee, so I fully appreciate what enters our flood channels and flows down to the ocean. I shared the story of one young Annual Cleanup Day volunteer who picked up a paper coffee cup that had his mother’s very unique name written on it by the barista. Several organizations have expressed interest in coordinating cleanup events in watershed areas important to them. If this is of interest to you, please do not be shy about contacting my office for more information (see Orange County’s Proposed Adopt a Channel). Coastal Cleanup Day is September 21st. Lend a hand if you are able. ABC Channel 7 did an excellent clip on the topic in their piece, with link, below.
Orange County launches Adopt A Channel program to keep waterways clear of debris, graffiti
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — About 350 miles of flood-control channels in Orange County manage water runoff when it rains. But it can be tough to keep all of those concrete channels free of graffiti and trash. The county is launching a pilot Adopt A Channel program in response.
Workers picked up nearly 600 pounds of garbage and painted over 12,000 square feet of graffiti over the past year in a 2-mile stretch of the Anaheim-Barber City Channel in Anaheim. That section of the channel was adopted by Disneyland Resort.
"When you care for an area, it turns out that folks see it and they respect it more," said Frank Dela Vara, Disneyland Resort director of environmental affairs. "And I think that we’ve seen a great drop in the amount of graffiti and the amount of trash that’s been deposited there."
Disneyland Resort piloted the Adopt A Channel program and provided a $50,000 grant to the non-profit Orange County Conservation Corps, which helps at-risk young people through employment and training.
Orange County Public Works, Disneyland Resort and well-known artist Wyland unveiled the new Adopt A Channel program.
"Look at the history of Adopt A Highway, how successful that was. This, to me, is as equally important," said Wyland.
Officials with OC Public Works say they’re expanding the program countywide and hope to work with various groups that can adopt even more channels.
More than 350 miles of flood-control channels handle storm water runoff in Orange County to prevent flooding in nearby neighborhoods. But the channels also collect a lot of debris.
"The trash that we don’t take care of today ends up in these waters, finds its way into the ocean and wrecks havoc on all the life," said Wyland.
The county says the goal is to keep all of the channels free of debris that would otherwise flow through to the ocean.
"Here we are at the end result, and you see herons and snowy egrets and you see all the wonderful wildlife," said Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. "This county is blessed with Back Bay and Bolsa Chica and we want to protect them."
Disney is the parent company of ABC7.
FIVE-YEAR LOOK BACKS
Legal Newsline reporter Scott Sabatini focused on a unique topic in “Attacks nothing new to Calif. AG.” It was a lengthy piece, but the opening four paragraphs and a segment from the middle will give you a flavor of the article.
The game plan remains consistent, but the accusations of political gamesmanship are just beginning if indeed Attorney General Jerry Brown formally announces his intentions to run for a return to the California governor’s office he once occupied thirty years ago.
Brown has not been coy about his interest to succeed Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010, much like he followed another actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan, when Brown was first elected California’s governor in 1974. He has aggressively raised money, courted powerful backers and made several public comments suggesting he’s ready to run.
"It does seem he is positioning himself for a run for governor," Jessica Levinson, director of political reform for the non-partisan Center for Governmental Studies in Los Angeles, told Legal Newsline.
"Stay tuned," Brown told Legal Newsline in August.
Chris Reed, an editorial writer for the San Diego Union-Tribune, is a frequent and caustic critic of the attorney general. Brown and Reed clashed in July following Reed’s accusations that Brown’s work as attorney general "has been geared toward making him the most attractive candidate possible in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, which most observers assume is the real election that year since no GOP candidate will have Arnold’s unique appeal."
Brown responded with a letter to Reed writing "your vitriol goes too far."
Last week, Reed used the line to fire back at Brown’s support of the Indian casinos.
"Oh, Jerry, Jerry, Jerry," Reed wrote. "I’m sure that it’s just more baseless vitriol to even speculate briefly that the fact the tribes are the single biggest source of megamillions in campaign cash had anything to do with it. I’m sure the tribes’ history of generously rewarding their governmental benefactors was completely irrelevant. … Not."
The drum beat of political opportunism sounded by Reed has become something of a drum line this month.
Mario Mainero, chief of staff for Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, pulled no punches in making the accusation after Brown thwarted Moorlach’s plan to save the county millions by altering deputy sheriffs’ pension plan.
"It’s pretty clear here that," Mainero told the Los Angles Times, "Attorney General Brown, who apparently wants to be governor again, is going to try to gain the support of people who can raise a lot of money for him."
Brown announced that he raised nearly $300,000 in campaign cash in June. Many of those largest donors were labor organizations and workers’ groups.
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