Category Archives: Environmental

Two Mature Eucalyptus Trees May Be Cut Down at the Recreation Center; Activists Respond

Circling the News learned on November 24 that two mature blue gums (eucalyptus) adjacent to the new Veterans Gardens at the Palisades Recreation Center are being targeted for removal. The trees, according to historical records, were part of those envisioned by … Continue reading

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Homeless/RV Encampments Continue to Foul and Endanger the Ballona Wetlands

Millions of birds fly along a 7,500-mile migratory route between northern Alaska and the southern tip of South America. Wetlands, including the freshwater Ballona Ecological Reserve in Playa Vista, provide vital resting points during the journey. With their unique location between salt … Continue reading

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The “Great” YMCA Pumpkin Patch Opens

The annual Palisades-Malibu YMCA pumpkin patch will open tomorrow, October 1, and run through October 30. All proceeds benefit the local Y, a nonprofit organization. As always, there will be a wide selection of pumpkins to choose from at Simon Meadow, corner of Sunset … Continue reading

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Smoke, Trees, and Points in Between

Last week’s weather reports in western South Dakota included a daily smoke report and showed where people in Wyoming, Montana, South and North Dakota might suffer ill health after days of breathing the smoke invading from fires in California. Many … Continue reading

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UCLA’s Edward Parson to Speak on Climate Change at Rotary Club Meeting September 28

Edward A. (Ted) Parson, the faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA, will speak to the Palisades Rotary Club at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 on the topic “Climate Change: What’s (probably) … Continue reading

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Jeff Ridgway’s Volunteer Work Clears the Ivy Hiding the Historical Mural on Temescal

  As reported earlier in Circling the News, the ivy that had grown down from Radcliffe residences above Temescal Canyon Road made it impossible for residents and high school students to walk along the sidewalk without getting hit in the … Continue reading

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Rotarian Nancy Cleveland Waters Trees at Will Rogers and Seeks Volunteers to Help 

Nancy Cleveland, a Pacific Palisades landscape artist, spends time with her oils at Will Rogers State Historic Park. In early June, she noticed that “the big eucalyptus tree and the pepper trees in the picnic area were not looking good. … Continue reading

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Uptick in Homeless in Pacific Palisades; Transients Return to Venice; New Ballona Fire

  A resident sent a video and photo of a homeless person camping in Los Leones Canyon on August 30 to the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness. This kind of camping is forbidden because this state parkland is in … Continue reading

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Ballona Ecological System Is Becoming Overwhelmed with RV Garbage and Human Waste

The Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, located in Playa Vista, is an approximately 600-acre protected area owned by the State of California and managed by California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Now it is in the process of being destroyed by … Continue reading

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Upcoming Rotary Club Topic: “History of Water in L.A.” 

Jack Feldman, a member of the executive board of Water and Power Associates, an organization dedicated to educating the public, politicians and media on water and energy issues affecting Southern California, will be the speaker for Palisades Rotary on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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