Monthly Archives: October 2014

Aliso Beach Sunsets

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There is something truly amazing about the way the sun sets out over the Pacific Ocean from the vantage point of Aliso Beach in Laguna, California.  I could admit that my love for Aliso Beach and the Laguna area of our coastline feeds a bias that has me telling you this is one of the truly magnificent places in the world to take in sunsets but I won’t because I believe that  this beach is just one of those magical places.  Aliso Canyon opens up at Aliso Beach with a fresh water creek twisting through the canyon, hills, cities and mountains with tributaries that feed it as far east as the Cleveland National Forest.  It is by no mistake that the canyon opens up to this beautiful beach.  This sandy beach rests between two sections of coastal hills punctuated by rocky out croppings and inter coastal reefs.  As you look out over the ocean from the vantage point of Aliso Beach, you feel as though  you are on the water.  I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing Aliso Beach Sunsets and can tell you they never disappoint. The experience of the sunsets there are more a feeling than they are words in text or flapping of the gums to describe.  Sometimes it is better just to remain quiet but I will do my best to minimize verbal vomit and not take any of the shine off Aliso Beach Sunsets.

The Pacific Ocean seems to swallow the sun.  The light is eclipsed by the western facing slope of Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean in a display of glowing, orange goodness that words will not do justice.  I can tell you that the sunsets at Aliso Beach draw you in as if somehow you are being pulled into its energy as it lights up the western Pacific and sky in an explosion of color that is best described as spectacular.  I am no scientist so I can’t tell you why the vantage point of Aliso Beach is so good for sunsets but can tell you that it is.  I am including two weeks worth of Aliso Beach Sunsets and an older one from the archives of Scotty Carter in pictures that I believe you will enjoy.  I am trying to document Aliso Beach as much as I can and bring what I see through my IPhone 4s back to you to enjoy.  Being able to drive passed this beach every day gives me the opportunity to really soak up this incredible beach and sunsets are clearly worth their weight in gold at Aliso.  Sunsets and the ocean at this South Laguna Beach work harmoniously to leave we humans speechless and in their presence, without words is exactly what we should be!  What an amazing gift they are!

I would also like to thank Kirk Keiser for his contributions to the Aliso Beach website with pictures from the before and after of the Hurricane Marie coverage I have been giving to the state of beach since the devastating waves.  The 12th image in this slideshow is a perfect display of the extraordinary sunset experience at Aliso Beach.  Enjoy!






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Halloween Costume Cleanup Event At Aliso Beach


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Costumes and Cleanups!

I miss all the good stuff.  While I did choose to take advantage of an opportunity to rest and sleep in this Saturday, I got down to Aliso Beach just in time to talk to the folks responsible for the creative Halloween Costume Cleanup Event at Aliso Beach.  Cleanup events have put on quite a show in the last few years mobilizing people to get involved in the communities and beaches they enjoy.  As someone that has always picked trash up off the beach when it is around, I am really happy that so many people young and old agree that we can have clean beaches and oceans. When not working and especially during the weekends, I try and get down to Aliso Beach to snap pictures of the state of the beach.  As some of you have seen for your own eyes visiting the beach and others that have followed some of my posts on social media and on the website, this particular South Laguna Beach was beaten up pretty good by waves from Hurricane Marie in late August 2014.  So powerful were the waves and tides during this episode of historically high surf, that much of Aliso Beach was reduced to rocks, old pier pilings, long and forgotten fire rings, cement retaining walls and slabs of concrete that were a part of an Aliso Beach pier era that is out of sight, in the rear view mirror and buried in the history books.  Making my rounds to document the changes in the sand levels, I noticed that there were canopies and some sort of event taking place. The first booth I stopped at was the Wyland Foundation, an environmental non-profit started by the world renown environmental artist Wyland.  The foundation’s goal is to educate children on the affects of urbanization and communities on our water ways that feed the ocean.  It is also to educate and inspire people to take action to help preserve our valuable water ways and promote healthy oceans.  Come to find out, the Wyland Foundation was there in support of another group called SoCal Land and Water Conservancy.  Speaking with Tammy from the Wyland Foundation, she let me know that So Cal Land and Water Conservancy was the group that organized the event.  Inquisitively, I walked over to their booth and happened to stumble into a man that appeared to be in some pirate or three musketeers type of costume minus the buccaneer hat which may have been a little uncomfortable in a rather warm Fall Saturday.  It was Stephen Blackwell Co-Founder and Program Director of So Cal and so I got to talking with him a little about what he does.  Doing some research, Stephen is a field biologist with a graduate degree in Environmental Geography that has been a part of 75 river restoration projects in California.  This is significant because in my humble opinion, we need to do something about Aliso Creek and its polluted and toxic ways.  His organization focuses on clean water ways, habitat restoration, water sampling and monitoring, and beach cleanups.  What I personally find so interesting is that he indicated that while there are a lot of groups that do beach cleanups, he wants to continue his push into upstream areas that affect our beaches and I absolutely think it is a great idea.  Sure, we can clean beaches up until we are blue in the face, and we will continue to do that because humanity struggles with the simple concept of throwing trash away properly. Despite the amazing contributions of coastal cleanup events, we have to pay attention to upstream contributors to the problems that get dumped onto our beaches that produce unsafe bacteria levels that can make people sick.  Urban runoff, pesticides from landscapes, pet waste and the occasional “Oops we did it again” sewage spills that plague Aliso Creek put people that come into contact with the water at the beach at risk.  If we clean up pollution sources upstream and restore natural habitat as Stephen Blackwell’s group is committed to doing, we will make huge strides in water quality down at Aliso Beach.  There are many groups that make stops at Aliso Beach for cleanups and I am hoping that others follow his lead with working upstream to protect this Laguna Beach gem.  He is right, the affects of urban pollution that make their way down streams, creeks and rivers begins well before they end up at Southern California Beaches.  His approach to beach cleanups is another giant step in the right direction and I will be interested to see what he does moving forward.

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Founder Stephen Blackwell

The SoCal Land and Water Conservancy will have a yearly cleanup effort at Aliso Beach.  There is much work to be done so we can’t expect him to be at Aliso Beach all of the time.  His interest in taking beach cleanups up off the beach into waterways emptying to coastal waters is going to inspire others.  I am hoping other groups that service Aliso Beach follow this lead because clearly the problems of Aliso Beach start up Aliso Creek.  Today’s event was a Halloween Costume Cleanup that included a costume contest, a barbecue, a 3 legged race, a sack race and most importantly a beach cleanup.  Yes, this was all done by a pack of children with parents while in costume.  Festive and good for the community, SoCal Land and Water Conservancy has started a tradition that I think is worthwhile down at Aliso Beach, and I look forward to following their activities and some how joining them in support at events and offering them another outlet to get their message out to like minded people who want to get involved in beach cleanups and restoration of environments that carry pollutants to California Beaches.

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Aliso Beach Sand A Good Comeback Story


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Aliso Beach Erosion!

We are approximately 8 weeks from the damage sustained to Laguna Beaches during Hurricane Marie.  The damage to beaches and the movement of sand is undeniable with whispers and comments about specific Laguna Beaches that they had not seen like that for over a decade.  People all over Laguna Beach were caught up in the the epic run of surf, the surprise of waves popping up in unlikely spots along the coast and the loss and addition of sand to beaches that took on different shapes post Hurricane Marie.  Aliso Beach clearly took one of the worst beatings in this run of historic surf and as far as I can tell, it has been one of the more reluctant participants in nature’s good will and attempts to restore the beach.  That being said, Aliso Beach Sand is making a comeback and that should be good news to locals, visitors, skim boarders, body boarders, surfers and anyone who loves this beach.

The worst damage seen at Aliso Beach was on the south end beginning at about the lifeguard tower.  There was a 4 foot cement wall exposed that has since been overcome by sand and now fading into memory.  There were also jagged edged pier pilings sticking out with rebar wire flailing back and forth in the ocean water as the waves rushed up the beach and receded back out to sea.  Most of the evidence of this damage is gone with Aliso Beach sand taking back over as aided by seasonal shift in the direction of the waves.   When we get to winter, the Southern Hemisphere and the tropical areas off Baja produce less storms with the intensity required to give Southern California significant waves.  These areas produce South Swells that push sand north.  As the wave producing storms south of us slow to a trickle, the northern hemisphere begins to produce storms that send us waves.  The beginning of the season for waves from the Northern Hemisphere starts slowly as the Southern Hemisphere season winds down.  What you have during this period is storms with less intensity and energy from the north taking over for its cousin to the south.  The result is that nature is given a time period between the seasons to restore sand to the beach.  With the sand being gently pushed back south with the shift to the northern hemisphere winter season, Aliso Beach sand is coming back from the north and filling up the beach.

It has been a long time coming but nature will always do her best to put things back the way they were.  This is good for everyone that loves Aliso Beach and it may give the County, which operates beach park, an opportunity to repair damages to the sidewalk area near the snack bar and repair the planter that houses the grassy area and palm tree that broke off.  Time will tell, as to how the County puts Aliso Beach back together again.  As for now, nature is doing her part.


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Nature Restoring Aliso Beach


Nature did a number on Aliso Beach with large surf pumped out by Hurricane Marie tearing up beaches all over Southern California.  Aliso Beach among the many beaches damaged by a run of high surf beginning with Marie, may have taken the worst beating.  The sand was literally ripped off the beach exposing an entire rocky section of beach on the south end where it used to host board meetings for local skim boarding talent.  The damage to the beach exposed old pier pilings that were assumed to be buried in the history of Laguna Beach that required an attempt to further remove the evidence of not getting the job done completely the first time they tried to remove the pier. Old fire rings that were discarded long ago with the build up of the beach were visible at the water’s edge where skimmers would routinely start their approach to side waves careening off the reef.  The rush of dangerous tides and waves eroded the sand beneath the sidewalk crumpling it into pieces and a cement retaining curb that housed a grass plot and a palm tree that sways in the wind lost the edge facing the ocean. The shower was included in the area roped off keeping beach goers from walking up to the unstable parking lot.  The sand on the north end extended over the sidewalk out towards South Pacific Coast Highway and the sand extended from the beach covering the sidewalk and into the playground area.  In my mind, it would be a while before Aliso Beach would return to normal and perhaps nature had plans for a new normal.

As I have seen and noticed over the years, nature will move sand around and what appears to be complete devastation of a beach somehow eases back to normal.  The process is more rapid than you think and as it stands Nature Restoring Aliso Beach appears to be in full swing.  A couple of flat days and wind swell generated wave days later and the sand appears to be going back to normal.  The sand is filling back in on the south end and extending the beach.  Nature restoring Aliso Beach still has much work to do but the beach has come along way since Marie.  This process will speed up with a seasonal shift and this area of the coastline seeing wave energy from the Northwest which slumbers during the late spring, summer and early fall months.  The slope to the beach that is characteristic of Aliso has come back.  The sand has pushed back up under the sidewalk that crumpled in a process that is stabilizing the beach.  The plot of grass with the palm tree now has send up to the edge of the grass and is level with it.  The shower area has been reopened with the threat of that section of paved walkway falling off into the ocean in our rear view mirror.  In talking to a lifeguard, the County does have a plan to come in and restore the beach.  I don’t know what their strategy is but believe they will wait for nature restoring Aliso Beach to commence with the work required to restore the south end walkway of the beach.  Time will tell how long that takes to happen!

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Bikes And Cars Do Mix


I have been thinking about doing this piece for awhile.  Before I get any further, I must admit that bikes in front of me on the road make me incredibly nervous.  I do not want to be in the shoes of someone that has seriously injured or killed a cyclist while behind the wheel of a car and I must say that it is my opinion that cycling on busy roads like Pacific Coast Highway present challenges for drivers.  A couple of things have happened that have compelled me to think about the issue of bikes and cars on the road in the last several months.  After an unfortunate accident in Laguna Beach that took the like of a local cyclist, there was an exchange by a group of people from the area on Facebook that took an ugly turn for the worse. One of the responses was from a woman tied to people in the community that were responding with prayers and well wishes for the family made a statement that suggested that the cyclist got what he deserved. The outrage that followed was no surprise and to make that statement there was both highly inappropriate, insensitive, ill-timed and wrong.  Local people had just lost a friend and family member and this woman decided that she would put an exclamation point on his death with a he deserved today rant!  Why?

If you have been driving on Southern California roads, you have seen hundreds of cyclists sharing the pavement with you. If you are like me, cyclists stress you out a little because they are hard to see and their presence does put you on a heightened alert while driving.  Nobody in their right mind believes that cyclists should die and nobody in their right mind wants to run them over.  My belief is that this woman has had an experience or two that may have included a close call that really got to her.  Although some people lose their minds while on the road, I don’t think this particular woman truly believed this Laguna Beach local and cyclist should die.  Part of me understands the angst when it comes to sharing the road with cyclists but just because they add stress to my drive, does not mean that I want bad things to happen to them.  Over the summer I was getting out of my car and getting my board out of the trunk on South Pacific Coast Highway and left the passenger door open.  I had no idea that a cyclist was coming south on the highway and had to maneuver around the door with traffic bearing down on him for the morning commute.  I was completely oblivious and this guy waited until he was right on top of me to yell “Shut your fucking door”!  It scared the hell out of me.  My back was turned when he decided to yell that and the element of surprised made me jump.  First of all, I didn’t do that on purpose as yelling at me with obscenities would suggest he thought.  Secondly, he could have hit the brakes and asked me to close the door and I gladly would have done that.  Like a coward he screamed at me and biked on in a useless stress inducing scream that pissed me off.  When I say that part of me understands the anger in this woman’s rants, although totally wrong and inappropriate, I am saying that at times cyclists make it tough on drivers and that an arrogance exists among some that makes it more difficult to share the road with them and keep everyone safe.  Again, these thoughts do not express in any way a belief that cyclists deserve to collide with automobiles and either get injured or die.  While it still would have been the wrong forum to address the motorist and cyclist topic on Facebook, she could have said from experience that she was not surprised that an accident like this had happened.  Poor choice of words and not a good venue for her feelings toward cyclists when friends, family and community members were remembering and mourning their friend and loved one.

The other reason this piece came into focus for me was the fact that a second memorial has been placed on Pacific Coast Highway 3 miles north of the North Laguna section of the road that claimed the cyclists life.  Now, within a few short miles, there are two bikes left as memorials with flowers laid on the grown next to them.  They serve as a reminder to drivers that we have to be aware of our surroundings including the cyclists we share the road with.  It also should remind cyclists that sometimes drivers don’t see cyclists and that they also must be alert to drivers that could put them at risk.  I could not imagine being a driver and causing the death of a cyclist.  You would have to live with that the rest of your life.  In the cases of those two drivers and assuming their actions behind the wheel were not criminal in any way, those drivers get up every day and deal with the fact they are at least partially responsible for taking a life.  I don’t know any car driver that wants to be in that situation.  That being said, some of the angst drivers feel when they share the road with cyclists and I certainly understand that cyclists have to be aware of drivers and worry about their decisions.

One of the things our DMV Drivers’s Handbook stresses that is the key to bikes and cars coexisting on our busy roads is “Keep your eyes moving”.  In the modern world it is sometimes tough to do.  As a society and culture, we Americans are having a tough time with mobile devices.  Despite law changes that now give tickets to drivers texting or using a cell phone in a non-hands free way, every day I drive I say people texting and using cell phones in the car.  Even I struggle with this.  If dangers existed previous to the evolution and proliferation of cell phone use for drivers and cyclists, it is not a stretch to say that the dangers got a whole lot worse on our roads.  It is not good that cyclists lose lives in situations where careless drivers are texting or talking on their phones.  Bikes and cars do mix, but it is going to take a concerted effort from drivers to end the practice of talking on non-hands free phones and texting while driving.  The only way I see this happening is if drivers turn their phones off in the car.  I don’t see large numbers of people voluntarily stopping the practice of texting and talking while driving and yes, that does mean that the danger to cyclists is elevated and ever present.  I would be surprised if cyclists did not give this some thought and I am sure that they are paying attention to the road and cars as much as they possibly can.

Biked and cars do mix and the law tells us that drivers and cyclists have the right to share the road. Neither drivers nor cyclists are going to give up the road and with that, it will require both parties to be aware and respectful of each other.  My recommendation to drivers is to shut their phones off completely until they are parked. I myself am going to make that a priority.  I often take Pacific Coast Highway and the two bike memorials within 3 miles of each other from Laguna Beach to Newport Coast are a reminder that I do not want to be the cause of the fatality or injury of a cyclist.

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Aliso Beach Yelp Review Bad Karma



Do you believe in karma? As for myself, I am not sure it works like that perfectly but a bee sting days after a particular review I made of people that made somewhat unflattering Yelp reviews of the Aliso Beach I love.  Those rants and complaints I thought were not fair or justified I chose to poke a little humor at.  Here is the review that I attribute the Aliso Beach Yelp Review Bad Karma too!

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The trash is overflowing and obnoxious bees frequent the trash can and snack bar areas.

My Response:  There has been a lot of buzz around Aliso Beach this summer and it isn’t just the fact that Hurricane Waves have torn the beach up and caused a lot of damage. My first thought is given the loss of bees and the mysterious colony collapse disorder which threatens the insect most responsible for our blooming and food bearing plants, the presence of bees is a good thing.  While I respect the role bees play in food, I, like you, do not want to be on the wrong side of a stinger and when I throw trash away hope to get them to buzz off.  It is a little obnoxious and I would be concerned too if allergic to bees. As for the trash cans always overflowing I am going to chalk that up as a busy day at the beach and a rare occurrence. Maintenance at this beach is consistent and timely so I stand by my statement that the County of Orange does a great job keeping Aliso Beach nice!

It is important to note that I have never, ever been stung by a bee while in the water.  How on earth does that happen?  Having been in and around the coastal waters of Laguna Beach as a wave rider for decades I have experienced stinging like sensations from nettles that have broken away from jelly fish and have occasionally had something end up on me that bites that some have attributed to sea lice.  I have no idea if they are right on the sea lice thing but I can assure you that I have never been stung by a honey bee in the ocean.

So I am paddling through the blown out conditions at Salt Creek and I have this prick and stinging sensation to follow that immediately grabs my attention.  It was an immediate response of “Ouch!  That hurt”!  I look down and there is what appears to be a honey or Africanized Bee wiggling its behind and depositing it’s stinger in my left forearm.  I laughed at a friend who stepped on a bee on the hill walking back to the car a couple of weeks previously which probably only added to the Aliso Beach Yelp Review Bad Karma.  I quickly brushed away the bee whom I had wished made better use of its stinger.  As you may know, the stinger is a great deterrent for predators that understand buzzing to come with the risk of a sting but then ends the life of bees.  Perhaps the little fella was confused and when he found himself on a living being in the ocean the only instinct it could think of was to sting me.  So the bee dies and my arm swells up and itches for a couple of days.  To me, the bee was the loser in this interaction.  I would have carried the thing back to shore if I could have!  It seems to me we need all of those bees we can help survive.

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Aliso Beach Honey Bee

The Yelp Review above wasn’t bad really in any way but it did compel me to inject a little humor.  Beaches do tend to have yellow jacket and bee issues with trash cans that are open faced, missing lids or overflowing to the point of trash hanging out the lid of the can.  At Aliso Beach, the trash cans have a lid that is open and it contributes to the bee problem that the Yelp Reviewer objects to.  She is allergic and worries about the health of young family members that are also allergic.  The county may want to look into trash cans with a closing lid as well as having a second pick up for trash during busy summer days and weekends.  I have seen the problem and agree that it happens.

If there was a situation of Aliso Beach Yelp Review Bad Karma perhaps this is it.  I for one don’t think it is the case, but just as I found a little humor in the Yelp Reviews of Aliso Beach, I find humor in getting stung by a bee right after I poke a little fun at the review.  My recommendation to this beach goer providing the Aliso Beach Yelp Review is to come back to the beach she otherwise enjoys.  With summer crowds gone, less trash produced on the beach and delivered to the trash cans, and the Fall Season, this is a great time of year to enjoy Aliso Beach.


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What Is That All About?


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Aliso Beach Sand Returning

Hurricane Marie is in our rear view mirror by several weeks.  The damage to this Laguna Beach as a result of historic waves was incredible.  Loss of sand at Aliso Beach extended to ocean waves rushing up the beach and taking a whack at the sidewalk on the south end resulting in part of the cement lined grass parkway containing a palm tree collapsing.  The incessant pounding of tropical storm surf left the beach rocky and exposing cement barriers and pier pilings that had not been seen since the removal of the pier in the late 90’s.  The image of jagged pier pilings sticking up in shore line surf with rebar wire flapping back and forth in the waves is cemented in my memory as is the sidewalk that is reduced to a state resembling damage caused by an earthquake.  For a couple of weeks after Hurricane Marie, high tides and waves took advantage of the loss of sand to rush up the berm and into the parking lot.  This led to a closure of the front half of the parking lot and the presence of sand and salt water in the lot.  The good news is that with a period of smaller waves and gentler northwest winds swells pushing sand back the direction it was forced out of with large waves coming from Marie south of us, the beach is recovering the sand that was lost.  This does not change the fact that significant damage occurred at Aliso Beach that now has a roped off section of the beach that includes sidewalk broken up into slab chunks and a shower that is now off limits to beach goers. Yes, chances are if you use Aliso Beach, you will leave saltier than you came if you enter the water.  As of the last day of September 2014, however, there was no entering the water with sewage contamination signs lining the beach.

How nature works to put beaches back together has always been really fascinating to me.  Everything I have read recently suggested that Aliso Beach and the greater Laguna Beach coastline area would take some time to get back to normal post Hurricane Marie.  While I am seeing measured improvement at Aliso Beach with respect to sand every time I visit, there is still a natural process under way to bring sand back to the beach that will require some patience and there is an inaccessible portion of the beach that will need to be repaired.  I am sure that the amazing people down at the County of Orange who keep the beach and facilities nice are discussing what to do with the areas of sidewalk that will need to be repaired. While I have not spoken to anyone down there as of yet with respect to plans for those repairs, I imagine that they are waiting for more sand to return to stabilize the beach on the south end of Aliso so that they can make good decisions about what to do to fix the issues.

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Steven and daughter Mia staying warm at Aliso Beach fire pit.

Yesterday evening, I scanned the beach to see how Mother Nature was doing with restoring order to the beach. Having snapped IPhone photos for weeks after the hurricane waves I was pleased to see the beach coming back. There was a nice family huddled up around a fire pit with a nice warm flame helping them enjoy a cool evening and a brisk ocean breeze. I told them I ran the website and that I was there taking pictures with my phone for my website and that I would love to have a picture of them next to the fire. Steven and his daughter Mia were kind enough to pose for the camera.   I am such a professional with that IPhone 4s Camera.  They must have thought that was pretty funny!  Anyways, I got into a conversation about the beach and Steven’s wife (who will have to forgive me for forgetting her name…I am getting old…sorry!) asked in relation to the damage to the beach, “What is that all about”?  I told her that Hurricane Marie had taken a huge toll on the beach and that the natural order of things was just starting to restore the beach with sand.  She also saw me snap a picture of one of the many sewage contamination signs lining the beach and her response to that was “Yeah, what is that all about”?  Having a young daughter who loves the ocean, ocean water contaminated by sewage water would be a huge concern so I will say again what she said, “What is that all about?”That is my new favorite question as it relates to Aliso Beach.

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Aliso Beach Water Contaminated By Sewage

As it relates to the sewage contamination incidents and water quality issues that have plagued Aliso Beach for decades, I cannot think of a better and more appropriate question than “What is that all about?”  It seems like it has always been where city, county, state have never been able to come up with a plan to restore Aliso Creek and affect the quality of water along the coastline.  It is never a good thing when beach goers can be made sick because the industrial human footprint takes its toll on water ways that feed the coast.  It is a huge problem.  Much has been made recently about wave riders and photographers breaking the river to enhance the waves they enjoy out in front of the river letting out into the ocean.  Some are arguing that those wave enthusiasts and photographers that break the river are toxifying the water and poisoning those who enjoy the water at Aliso Beach including themselves.  The truth is that no matter what anyone does or does not do with Aliso Creek, it will back up, break the sand berm and flow out to the ocean all by itself.  This makes the argument against breaking Aliso Creek a little hollow and shortsighted.  The debate over breaking Aliso Creek seems to focus on how the waters running into the ocean affect waves and beaches to the south without ever broaching the subject of how to fix the problem.  The larger and more important problem is that sewage spills, urban runoff, fecal matter from local bird populations and other contaminants found in Aliso Creek are an ongoing issue that we fail to address.  Given that the stories of rashes, illnesses, sewage spills and contaminated waters go back at least three decades I am going to repeat the question raised by Steven’s wife.  “What is that all about?”


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